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post #1 of 8 Old 01-17-2009, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tool Tube

I purchased an exhaust end piece a while back from another forum member with the intent of building a tool tube for the left side of my Wee.

Today I got around to putting it together. It is now test mountied and I still need to paint it.

Materials list:

1 - 18" long piece of 4" PVC

2 - 4" rubber caps with hose clamps (PVC terminal ends, instead of glue on caps)

3 - 1/4" X 20 X 2" SS bolts

3 - 1/4" X 20 SS Nuts

3 - 1/4" SS lock washers

2 - 1/4" X 20 X 1" thumb screws

2 - 1/4" X 20 X 1 1/4" SS Bolts

4 - 1/4" X 20 SS Nuts

First I cut my PVC to its maximum length which ended up being 17 3/4" long. I then placed one of the 4" rubber plugs and clamp on an end. Next the tube was tested for correct location on my Happy Trails luggage mounts and I marked them (two locations).

Next I fitted the other plug in place and then fitted my exhaust bling piece over the end of the rubber plug (all done in place with the aid of a ratchet strap to hold it while I located and marked my mounting locations. I then pulled the tube out with both the ends and bling piece still on it.

I drilled the two mounting holes and the three holes for holding the bling to the rubber cap. I installed the bolts into to the bling cap and then mounted the mounting bolts in place with three SS nuts.

After that it was a simple matter of bolting the tube in place. I still need to pull it off and paint the tube flat black. I used the rubber caps instead of pvc caps because I had them already.

Total cost $20





These pictures were taken with my cell phone. When I take the tube off to paint it tomorrow I will get better pictures of the components and mounting with the pannier off.

I felt I needed this because I am going to get a new Corbin modular seat and maybe the smuggler too: http://www.corbin.com/suzuki/svstrmfr.shtml
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-17-2009, 11:02 PM
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Two pipe envy. It's a beautiful thing.
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Envy? Had two pipes on many of my other bikes. One pipe is a beautiful thing! I am getting a modular seat system and the additional latching bracket will cause me to lose my tool storage space. I already have a Centech fuse block and alarm system under the seat making tool space VERY tight. So this tube will take care of the problem.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-17-2009, 11:12 PM
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Envy? Had two pipes on many of my other bikes. One pipe is a beautiful thing!
Oh, I believe you. That's why you are making it look like two pipes. :rolleyes:
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Point taken!
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LOL! WeThereYet got you on that one!

Say, make sure you take lots of pics of that modular seat. I've been interested in making one of my own. I'd like to see how it looks on the Strom in it's different configurations.
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I will do that, I should have the seat sometime next week. Gonna have to break down and buy the smuggler too I think.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-18-2009, 10:25 PM
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I will do that, I should have the seat sometime next week. Gonna have to break down and buy the smuggler too I think.
I just think the Smuggler looks kinda ugly. It really doesn't match the lines of the Strom. What I would like to see/make is a seat/rack combination. Driver's seat and then a rack that flows into/integrates with the stock rack.
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