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post #1 of 14 Old 05-08-2008, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Storage tube end cap mod

There are many write-ups on storage tubes but I came up with a one for the end cap that I have not seen on the site yet.

While picking up the pieces to make a storage tube for my 650 I noticed something that set off my ‘inner MacGyver’.
Most tube write-ups I’ve seen on Stromtroopers utilize the square clean out plug as a cap and I have never really liked the way it looked
and I wanted the option to lock it if desired.

I noticed a 4" test plug which gave me an idea.



I had a locking handle from a ski rack and thought, “ Hey that might just fit” Nope it didn’t and I had to find a new bolt with the correct thread – metric.
Once I did that I ended up with an keyed locking end cap and once the storage tube is mounted it might even look like it belongs there.
Here's a shot of the end product and a link to the album with a few more pics.




http://picasaweb.google.ca/VStromDavid/ToolTube

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post #2 of 14 Old 05-08-2008, 11:14 PM
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That's a really great idea. I like it. I like it a lot. I've been considering building a tube soon and like you I really don't like the look of the clean out plug. Your idea is a great solution.


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I like that better than my clean out cap!!

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Pretty slick!

Looks like the lock on my SW Motech bag mounts.

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Thanks for the positive responses, now all I have to do is get some racks and mount it .

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Pretty slick!

Looks like the lock on my SW Motech bag mounts.
Gravehunter, I just had a look at the SW Motech locks and they do look very similar to the one I used off the ski rack except for that funky bolt.

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looks like the one I have on my ram mount for my zumo
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That's friggin' brilliant! I've been scheming ideas for awhile, this is better.

Can you give some more info on exactly how the lock works?

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GREAT IDEA..............Now someone needs to find a source for those locking knobs.......Please let us know if you have a source. Thanks

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That's friggin' brilliant! I've been scheming ideas for awhile, this is better.

Can you give some more info on exactly how the lock works?
jra-xp,

Thanks As far as I can tell there is a cam inside and when the key is locked it is open and the knob just spins around the bolt. When you unlock it, the cam engages and grabs the threaded section allowing you to loosen or tighten it.


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GREAT IDEA..............Now someone needs to find a source for those locking knobs.......Please let us know if you have a source. Thanks
Nope no source, just a ski rack.

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GREAT IDEA..............Now someone needs to find a source for those locking knobs.......Please let us know if you have a source. Thanks
I've got one that looks very much like that for a GPS mount. It's a stock RAM locking knob, part# RAM-KNOB3L. Threaded standard 1/4"-20. Seems to be quite weatherproof. It's a bit too big and bulky for the GPS mount; maybe I'll recycle it into a storage tube lock

http://products.ram-mount.com/rammou...er=RAM-KNOB3LU


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