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post #1 of 12 Old 02-27-2008, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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"Action Packer"

Anyone using an action packer as a topcase?? If so post some pics for me. I'm looking into putting one larger than the small one on my bike for my long camping trips and would like to see some photo's if anyone has allready done so.

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-27-2008, 11:57 PM
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I have definitely seen a few pictures of that setup around here. Pics if I find them.

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post #3 of 12 Old 02-28-2008, 11:39 PM
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I bought one for my old Honda XR and mounted it but the base seemed too flexy. I also didn't feel like it held much for its size and was much happier with just a drybag. The JC Whitney top cases are pretty affordable and very nice.
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-29-2008, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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yeah, i'm not feeling it either. the cost is right but the looks and performance are definatley sub par.
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-01-2008, 01:21 AM
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I bought one with the thought of using it as a topcase. I keep ammunition in it, instead, and bought a JCW topcase.

I saw one photo someone posted of his action packer setup. He used nylon web straps, laced between the handle and the luggage rack, to attach it to the bike. I think I'm happier with my JCW topcase.

Guess I should have been wearing pants...

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post #6 of 12 Old 03-01-2008, 01:38 PM
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I have on on my Quad, if there is anything I could suggest, if you do not lock down the red handles, instead use a hitch pin or clevis pin. Otherwaise when it gets rough, you will loose the lid.

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post #7 of 12 Old 03-01-2008, 02:41 PM
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Lightbulb Action Packer Mounted

I used the Action Packer for a while until I bought a large JC Whitney top box for $47. I like the JC Whitney box better because it secures better and has greater storage capacity than the Action Packer. Free mount came with it, too.

When I used the Action Packer, I purchased a small(18"?) bungy at Harbor Freight for $.99(solid, black rubber), and would hook it through the hole which exists on the axel of the red handles(The first bungy I used was purchased at Wal-mart and is shown in the picture below, but it eventually got overstretched to where it lost much of it's holding power). I ran it underneath the rack which has some 'teeth' on the underside to ensure it doesnt' slide off.

However, I was not completely satisfied with this so I took some nylon cord and threaded it the same way as the bungy cord to act as a safety cord. Finally, I bought a $6 cargo net(Wal-mart again) that I would reverse the two front hooks on to catch at the very front of the tote handles. The middle two hooks went face down and mounded to the rack. The last two went along the edges of the Action Packer handles to offer a third method of support. Had to work a bit to get the third hooks to drop in behind the action packer handles. This also creates a pocket between the front of the action packer and the seat which I could use for storage. Total cost of the above mentioned parts was about $27.

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Warning: The bottom of that Action Packer can scratch the rack ! I recommend gluing a shower mat to the bottom of the Packer with some super glue(epoxy didn't work well on the smooth plastic; I like Plastic Surgery glue sold a O' Reilly).

These three things together made it decently secure, but not as secure as a good top box & mount. When the price of the JC Whitney box got that competitive, I made the switch.

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post #8 of 12 Old 03-03-2008, 10:57 AM
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Works for me, I just need it for hold cooking supplies, food, and beer. I like the fact its not very bulky on the bike. Maybe one of these days if I save my money I might go to JCW and get better one or I can rob a bank and buy some Givi.
Also: I installed mine by removing rubber mat and drilling 4 holes in it and bolting down .

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post #9 of 12 Old 03-03-2008, 10:54 PM
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I've got one, I'm trying to replace it. It doesn't really allow a passenger to sit with you and it won't hold a helmet, but it's good for groceries and stuff.

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post #10 of 12 Old 07-09-2008, 01:53 PM
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Bringing this back up in hopes for some help. I picked up an Action Packer last night to mount on the V. I use these for all kinds of things including fuel additives for my F350 so I always need them around.

I would prefer to mount mine instead of strap it on. Any advice would be appreciated. I was looking at building a metal rack from some scrap steel that the packer would sit into and then bolt onto.

I am not really looking for secure I will hopefully be able to pick up a Givi next year. Mostly I just need capacity to store grain for brewing(10-20 lbs) and other brewing supplies. Fuel costs have made shipping cost prohibitive, and until my buddy in the club opens up his store in town I have to drive to the shop near work in SD(20 the opposite direction from home), or the shop in Riverside(35 miles from home). Even once my buddy opens his store I would like to be able to get supplies on the bike instead of the truck at 15mpg.
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