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I have the SW Motech removable side racks mounted with Pelican cases. I see several different mounting kits for those side racks which allows you to remove aluminum cases from the removable rack. If I wanted to swap to aluminum cases, would there any advantage to this system as opposed to drilling the cases and bolting them directly to the removable racks?
 

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The main advantage that I can see and think of is if you use the side cases for travelling without liners... you could simply take the bags off and bring them into the house/hotel/tent.

I'm toying with making mine quick-release or not... I'm just thinking that removing the bags and racks at the same time would be cumbersome. Don't know yet.
 

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Dear Kurt 1305

I was just crusing through the forum looking for ideas and I saw that you used pelican cases. I'm up here in Canada and I was looking into this myself. Pelican doesn't make saddle bags but I'm sure they could be mounted I just need to figure out what mounts??? How are you making out? could you send me some pics of your set up?? [email protected] If I can't make the pelicans work I might go with Hepco Beckers. Can't justify the cost.

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I sent you some pictures, but don't recall if I mentioned they are mounted to SW Motech removable side racks. I used stainless 1/4-20x1" button head cap screws, 1.5" fender washers, regular washers and nylock nuts to mount them. I couldn't find all the stuff in 6mm locally so I used SAE instead.
 

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I've started looking at Pelican cases as a less expensive/fairly rugged solution to my pannier quest. Which model of Pelican are you using, and do you like them as panniers? From their web site, the Pelican 1430 cases look pretty nice, are about the right size (could be a little bigger), and are top-loading. While they list for about $95 each, they can be found elsewhere for around $61.

1430 Case:
Exterior Dimensions
(L x W x D)
16.93" x 9.61" x 13.42"

Interior Dimensions
(L x W x D)
13.56" x 5.76" x 11.70"

Do you think these would mount up pretty well with the Motech racks, or is there a better and/or less-expensive option?

Thanks!

Stan.
 
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Someone has used the 1430 cases with the SW Motech rack with similar results, although they appeared to mount pretty high up on the racks. If I were going to purchase cases again, I would go for the 1500 (1550?) series. The 1450's I'm using were smaller than I had imagined, but still very functional. For the total cost of about $325, cases and rack, I'm very pleased with the results.
 

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Hey Kurt I got your reply via email thanks again and for the web site of those VERY cheap cases yes they do ship to Canada Ya I looked at the 1530 case for size seems the best. It looks like I can do the whole thing for about $400 CDN with shipping Thanks again
 
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