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post #1 of 12 Old 05-22-2019, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Tool Tube/Tool Box Ideas for V-strom With Itty Bitty Factory Side Cases?

I'm going to have to buy or fabricate some sort of tool tube/tool box to fit with the OEM miniscule side cases. I'm just beginning my search so I thought I would post a thread of inquiry to see if anybody here has come up with any good ideas. There are a plethora of great ideas for the larger cases with aftermarket racks; but, I'm hoping we can get some ideas for those of us with the ole side thimble cases. Heck, if I get a couple of good ideas I may ad one to each side. If you are a poster who has some uncontrollable desire to post something really inane like, "pack lighter" or "why do you need that?", then start another thread about how dumb people are who don't do things the way you do them.

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The prior owner of my bike used hose clamps to clamp a piece of PVC tubing to the front top of the skid plate. One end is caped and the other has a threaded fitting.
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Have you tried fabric tool rolls? They pack the smallest of any option I know of. What is your tool load out? Here is the majority of mine, plus I carry a mini compressor, a tire repair kit, a wire stripper/crimper, a short 1/2" breaker bar for the front axle nut, and three tire levers including a 16" one. It all fits under the passenger seat of my vee along with some tye wraps, some fuel line and a couple clamps and electrical connectors.

I do always have trouble finding a good [place for my chain lube can and extra oil on a long trip.



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post #4 of 12 Old 05-23-2019, 09:37 AM
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My tool tube is attached to the inside of the saddle bag frame on the left side.
That's easy if you have only one exhaust.
On my BMW G650GS I attached it to the bottom of the factory saddle bag. I reinforced the bag with some extruded aluminum stock.
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$5.49 Agri Supply tractor manual holder and a zippered cloth tool pouch from Home depot.

Carb cleaner takes the yellow paint off and then you have a $27.99 Twisted Throttle "Dry spec" tool tube.

To offset shipping costs order 3 or 4 of the manual holders and sell them to your buddies for $10 each. Or keep them for yourself as they are handy little devils. Great for holding MSR fuel bottles or a fifth of whiskey.

On my GS I could not find a good way to install a manual holder so I moved the tools into 2 small zippered camera cases about the size of 2 packs of cigarettes. Hex drives sockets into a 9" length of .065 wall SS that doubles as and extension for the stubby ratchet. Stubby ratchet stubby multi screwdriver and stubby combo wrenches in one case. Tire plug kit and wheel adapter in the other as well as a small razor knife and some other assorted goodies.

Everything is pickup very small and you can throw in the bottom of a pannier and pack stuff over it. I also have a small pelican case in place of the pillion seat that houses these tool bags a can of pledge (too cheap to buy face shield and windscreen cleaner) along wit a couple micro fiber towels. Mini air compressor is under the seat.
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not really pretty, but works great. The cap outs friction fit and never comes loose.

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Does the wee, and later generation bikes have less space under the seat? The cavity at the back on my vee is so big, I have all those tools I mentioned above and room to spare. I can't see why anyone would need a tool tube or another location for tools. It's like a clown car under there. They just need to be in small ish organizer pouches.

PerazziMx14 all that stuff except the pledge, plus the factory tools could easily fit under the seat on my vee. And really, I think the pledge could fit too, but it would be a bit inconvenient.

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On my BMW G650GS I attached it to the bottom of the factory saddle bag. I reinforced the bag with some extruded aluminum stock.
This is exactly what I've been contemplating. I've considered using a small Pelican box I have that is currently unused, reinforcing the bag/case and mounting it on the rear, angled, portion of the left side bag.

For those not in the know, the factory bags shown in my picture (the type which are the specific subject of this thread) do not have the space behind the racks like others whereby one can mount a tool tube or tool kit between the rack and the bike.

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Could something be mounted under the rear rack, under the top box? Just thinking that once you find/ buy/ build/ refashion something that holds the tools you need, it could be secured to the underside of the rear rack. It would have to be fairly thin to avoid hiding the tail light, however.

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AH, sorry I misunderstood that you specifically wanted to mount something externally, I thought you were looking for options to better organize your tools inside the bags.

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