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I have an old Tour Master tank bag which I finally have decided to improve. Its problems are sifting on the tank and slumping (sometimes "over") when the bag is not completely packed. I have modified the strapping system from 3 to 4 straps which should solve the former problem of sifting. Now, I am soliciting ideas for the latter problem. Any ideas for (readily available) materials which will keep my relatively high (7 - 8") bag sitting straight on my tank?

I know that there are some innovative ideas out there. Thanks in advance.
 

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I have an old Tour Master tank bag which I finally have decided to improve. Its problems are sifting on the tank and slumping (sometimes "over") when the bag is not completely packed. I have modified the strapping system from 3 to 4 straps which should solve the former problem of sifting. Now, I am soliciting ideas for the latter problem. Any ideas for (readily available) materials which will keep my relatively high (7 - 8") bag sitting straight on my tank?

I know that there are some innovative ideas out there. Thanks in advance.
If you have one of those "magic carpets" kicking around, that the kids won't miss, measure the inside diameter (so to speak) of the bag and cut an (approximately) 8" slice of it about 2" longer than said diameter. Fit it inside the bag and when you have a support wall that fits, mark, remove and staple or rivet it. That should hold er up:thumbup:.
 

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In some of my bicycle bags a flexible plastic is used for shape. There is usually a fabric sleeve to hold the plastic in place. The plastic is thin and cut to fit the sides and bottom.
 

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Get a couple of the thin flexible plastic cutting boards, sold at most grocery stores, and cut them to fit as side stiffeners. I have used this mod a couple times and it works great...
 

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Plastic reinforcmens of side and crib the top back to the other side if ya can. I use those note eyes spring loaded hooks, then tie some rope across the other othher side of the loops of the bag. I had same trouble with my wolfman, but it has stiffeners, so I only hooked the front.
 

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You guys are on to something. I envision buying a sheet of plastic, thin enough to cut it with a razor knife. I could cut the sheet in the form of a rectangle with the width equal to the height of the bag and the length (slightly larger than) equal to the inner perimeter of the bag. I could then pop rivet the ends together to make a cylinder and place it inside the bag.

Now, any ideas on where i can find this plastic sheet?????
 

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A plastic gallon milk jug will do the trick. Cut one of the 4 sides off along with the tapered neck. You now have a 3 sided (plus bottom) milk jug that will not hold much milk. Lay it with the cut away side facing up and the bottom facing rear of tank bag. Cut it down to fit the sides of your tank bag, and then cut the jug to fit the width of your bag by simply splitting in half from back to front (opposite side that you originally cut away) and overlap the bottom or spread it apart to fit the width of the tank bag. Voila! free $tiffner...(unlike Viagra) :yikes:
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Now, any ideas on where i can find this plastic sheet?????
As close as your local Target / WalMart / K-Mart / or grocery store if you use the thin flexible plastic cutting board. For bulk plastic sheeting I'd hit Ace Hardware or Home Despot...
 

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I found a medium size rubber maid bowl (with lid) that fits in my JR Manta bag just right. It also provides total waterproofing to whatever is inside it, so no need to use the rain cover unless I just want to.
 

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You could order some Kydex, or similar from just about any plastics company. Kydex holds its shape very well after bending with a heat gun or a generous session with a hair dryer.
 

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Thin plastic from a 3 ring binder, heat it up to bend in shape and velcro it to the inside of the bag.
 

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Thanks guys, lots of good ideas. The engineer in me wants to pursue the kydex idea: very elegant. If I can not find the appropriate size and price for the kydex, I have a plastic "for sale" sign which, I believe, that I can cut to size (two pieces) and attach the ends with "sticky foam" - to form a cylinder. I like the idea of securing the stiffener to the inside of the bag with velcro.

When I finish this task (I have a rally this weekend), I will try to post photos which will also show how I adapted from 3-point to 4 point attachment to the tank. Thanks, once again.
 

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For a softer support, check out the underlay for laminate flooring. There is one type which is a PVC-ish foum about 1/8" thick.

The kid's slide is a good idea (and leaves you with some left for your next farkle).

Glenn

Thanks guys, lots of good ideas. The engineer in me wants to pursue the kydex idea: very elegant. If I can not find the appropriate size and price for the kydex, I have a plastic "for sale" sign which, I believe, that I can cut to size (two pieces) and attach the ends with "sticky foam" - to form a cylinder. I like the idea of securing the stiffener to the inside of the bag with velcro.

When I finish this task (I have a rally this weekend), I will try to post photos which will also show how I adapted from 3-point to 4 point attachment to the tank. Thanks, once again.
 
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