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post #1 of 6 Old 08-11-2009, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Pelican case hard mounted on tail rack

I want to install a Pelican 1550 top case on the stock tail rack. My plan is to simply hard-mount it directly to the tail rack which will make it somewhat permanent. Anyone have any problems with this setup?

I know Caribou offers a case and mounting plate that allows quick release of the case but I can save over $200 by buying a Pelican and hard mounting it directly to the tail rack.

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It's your bike and your case. Personally I'd never punch holes in either my rack or my case simply to avoid purchasing a mounting plate that works, but that's just me.

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Did it on the KLR. I used the stock rack mounting bolt holes and longer bolts. The nuts were pretty soft, and the vibes or bouncing stripped them out pretty quick. I don't think the DL would be this bad, but I probably won't do it again. If anything, use separate holes. I don't see any problem with punching a few holes in a rack (although it already has quite a few). Plus, the pelican will have to have holes whether you get the carribou rack or not.

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Pelican case

I actually happen to have a Pelican topcase model 1550 NEVER USED for sale. Also, my bike came with a Happy Trails SU top rack (value $138). The top rack is flat and has a larger surface area to keep things solidly mounted. Plus, it has a bunch of slots and holes to strap stuff down with.

I've never had a stock tail rack, so I can't really comment. I think so long as you can get the case flat, it will work.

I'd sell the top rack if you're interested, or just the case by itself. Throw me an offer.
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That is how I have my Pelican Case mounted. I took the rubber mat off of the stock rack and used the holes to mount the case. You will need some fender washers or something to make up for the thickness of the rubber mat. I also drilled holes in the case to allow access to the bolts that mount the rack to the bike and covered these with some large snap in plugs. That way you can mount the case to the rack and then mount the rack w/case to the bike. Makes things a little easier when you are not trying to access fasteners that are nearly impossible to get to with the rack on the bike

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That is how I have my Pelican Case mounted. I took the rubber mat off of the stock rack and used the holes to mount the case. You will need some fender washers or something to make up for the thickness of the rubber mat. I also drilled holes in the case to allow access to the bolts that mount the rack to the bike and covered these with some large snap in plugs. That way you can mount the case to the rack and then mount the rack w/case to the bike. Makes things a little easier when you are not trying to access fasteners that are nearly impossible to get to with the rack on the bike
"Yes" to everything you mention above. However, you can work around removing the OEM luggage rack by using a little masking tape underneath your wrench to hold the nut and fender washer in place. That's what I did when I used to have a Pelican 1450 mounted to the OEM luggage rack. I drilled my holes in the case to match the ones in the rack, put a piece of tape underneath the "closed end" of the wrench and dropped the nylock nut I was using into the "pocket" I had created in the wrench by using the tape.

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