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post #1 of 7 Old 12-25-2008, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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Mounting Tool Tube to Givi Rack

Just thought I would post some pictures of my tool tube.

I mounted it with some aluminum strap (3/4" x 1/8") and utilized the lower luggage mounting points on my Givi rack, as well as using the left rear fender bolt. It is rock-solid, with no flexing or movement.

I used some longer flat-head socket bolts (1qty 6mm x 1.0 x 40mm for the front mounting point, and 1qty 6mm x 1.0 x 45mm for the rear mounting point) which allowed the threads to stick out the back side of the rack so that I could mount the aluminum strap to the lower luggage mounting points.

I used button-head socket bolts (4qty 6mm x 1.0 x 40mm) to mount the pvc tube to the aluminum straps. Inside the tube, I used some large washers and locknuts to secure the bolts from the inside.

All the bolts and washers are stainless, which I sourced from http://www.boltdepot.com/

I was able to purchase the 4" diameter pvc tube in a 2ft length from Lowe's for about $5. I also found the neat "Oatey" cover from Lowe's for about $5, which is actually designed for plugging open-ended piping from debris. As the large wingnut is tightened, it compresses the rubber ring in the plug, which causes the rubber ring to tighten against the inner sidewalls of the pvc pipe, creating a watertight seal. Plugs like this are available in other designs if you don't care for this red-colored one.

I scuffed up the surface of the pvc pipe with sandpaper so the primer and flat black paint would adhere better. I also drilled a small hole in the lowest part of the tube (at the front cap on the bottom) so that any moisture or condensation could escape. This hole should also help equalize inner and outer pressure of the pipe.














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Love this shot.



It sort of goes well with the James Bond thread that is running elsewhere at the moment.

Imagine the fun you could have with curious lookers when you stop in out of the way places.
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Very good idea!

I am creating the same storage tube based upon your design. Have already picked up the 4" pipe, wing nut cap and end cap from Lowes.

Just finished trimming down the pipe so it will fit. I have the Pelican case mount system from Caribou, so am looking at different mounting ideas to accommodate their welded frame.

Thanks for posting those detailed pictures; I will take a photo of mine (once painted and installed) and post it in this thread.

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Looks good, I really like the end cap, I need to rebuild mine as I really don't like the screw cap. Not that it matters much as I don't have anything in it!!!:mrgreen::mrgreen:

These little clamps have worked really well to hold it to the bike, pretty easy install.


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These little clamps have worked really well to hold it to the bike, pretty easy install.
Those clamps that you used; do you think that they would also work with a square frame that is used to mount the Pelican side cases?


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Those clamps that you used; do you think that they would also work with a square frame that is used to mount the Pelican side cases?


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They might if you got ones large enough and bent them to fit. They are cheap enough at about a buck so you could give it a shot. The ones on my bike would be too small but they come in much larger sizes. I got them from Home Depot.

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I know am bumping an old thread but I wanted to say thank you to the posters for supplying pictures. It helps with my planned build coming up soon.

How have the mounting systems held up over the years?

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