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post #1 of 15 Old 09-24-2010, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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suggestion Rack for Pelican 1550 top case lid?

Hi there I want to put some light gear (rain gear, extra clothes, sleeping bag etc) on top of my Pelican 1550 lid which is mounted on my rear rack.

Any suggestions out there (cheap and effective works for me).

I was thinking of mounting some "D" rings to the edge of the lid for my web net hooks but I'd rather mount an inexpensive rack of some kind.

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post #2 of 15 Old 09-24-2010, 09:11 PM
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Get some U-bolts with extra washers and nuts at the hardware store. Galvanized is good if you can't find stainless.

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post #3 of 15 Old 09-24-2010, 09:40 PM
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Hold downs........

I mounted (4) of the bungie "eyelets, or whatevger they are called.....plastic hoop with a threaded stud protruding out opposite end, to the four corners on my pelican topcase so I could lash down the tent ontop of the case. But.......you might consider these tie-down loops (shown mounted on my ammo cans)..........


........made using kitchen cabinet handles from Lowes......$0.97 each. I would suggest having flat metal braces on the inside of the pelican so the bolt head will not pull thru the case when using heavy (or shifting) loads.

I know it's not a rack, just an idea. Also, one member on here went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and found SS rack materials......it was either a drawer, or dishrack, or silverware rack, or something like that, in which he cut up and used.

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Hey thank for the suggestions. I was thinking of using those "D" rings that lay flat when you are not using them attached to the outside lip of the lid. I was considering a "rack" that was larger than the lid to expand the mounting surface a bit. I could always just purchase a rack made to mount to the existing rack beneath the Pelican case but they start at $50 and up. I want to use something that will allow me to still open the lid with something on top.

Thanks again for the ideas....
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Maybe a few footman loops around the edge of the lid. They have the advantage of holding a webbing strap flat and in place, for a solid mount that won't let your stuff shift when you open the lid, but work fine with bungee hooks too. They're stronger than D-rings and they don't flop around when not in use -- a tough, tidy, and dare I say more Pelican-like solution. Their shape even echoes the Pelican design a bit, so they'll almost look factory. ;-)



You can get them powdercoated flat black to match your case, or lots of other colors, for a dollar or two each here. (I've never ordered from them and have no connection, so no recommendation one way or another.) You probably can find plain zinc ones at your local hardware or marine store for less.

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Oven rack

How about using an oven rack, cutting and bending to end up with 4 legs, thread and bolt to the top of your case !!:mrgreen:
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How about using an oven rack, cutting and bending to end up with 4 legs, thread and bolt to the top of your case !!:mrgreen:
Wow! You definitely can think out of the box! Most genuine idea so far! Now I have to convince my better half about the oven rack... Or just steal it and blame it on the kids. :biggrinjester:

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or find a used bbq rack

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or find a used bbq rack
You just made my day! My bbq rack is made out of cast iron... I just imagined mounting that on the top of my top case...

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You just made my day! My bbq rack is made out of cast iron... I just imagined mounting that on the top of my top case...
Cast iron rusts. Use aluminum (can be too flexible) or Chromed parts (stronger than billyo if steel based).

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