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post #1 of 13 Old 07-25-2012, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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Stealth Topbox Mount

I bought a Seahorese SE540. Kind of a low rent Pelican, but lighter, which is nice. $40 plus $6 if you want the locks. I did not want to install it permanently, and there are very few options for removable options that look clean when the box is off the bike. I experimented with a SW Motech alu-rack (got that for sale on this site), and spent some time noodling over the Caribou DIY option. In the end I decided to roll my own. I removed the rubber cover and installed camlocs in the holes where the rubber cover mounts, then used camloc studs to hold on the box. 1/4 turn removal and there is nothing visible above the rack when the box is off.

The camloc receptacles look like this.



I used the proprietary adjustable receptacle from Milspec after an unsatisfactory install of the threaded one. You may notice that I enlarged the holes in the rack to fit the threaded ones, which is not necessary for the riveted on adjustables. The install might have looked a tad cleaner with the stock holes. I used the adjustable receptacles because I already had ordered the studs, and I didn't want to have to go through measuring to get the right length again (these things have a range of only .03").

Backside, riveted on (I had to enlarge the holes in the receptacles to 1/8", then drill out the rack to match).



The rack without the box on it. No rubber pad, and it could use a sanding and powder coating, but I don't think it is worth it.



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And a pic of what the stud looks like (this is a -13)



It seems pretty sturdy (camlocs rated for 200 lbs each). If I decide I want some sort of fender washers or the camloc proprietary bushings on the stud I could readjust the receptacles to accommodate them. I'll throw some non-critical crap in the box and give it a ride.

Next up, and aluminum shelf to mount to the same locations.

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Slick instal man. Really nice!
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Nice buy on the SH. Clean installation too.
Are the fasteners you used rated stronger than DZUS fasteners?
I always worry about vibrations and spring loaded fasteners.
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I understand that they are rated stronger than Dzus. SW Motech uses Camlocs, as does I believe Caribou, so I figure they must have done at least some level of testing. I was giving consideration to a little leash on the box just in case though.

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This is what I've been talking about. Good work here. Where did you get the cam locks?

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Milspec, but note that it doesn't gain you anything re: not having to root around in the box to unscrew the Camlocs.

I like this system, but it does give up the quick-remove ability from the outside of the box that Givi or other options have. Also, the box is not 100% waterproof, but I would think since the holes are on the bottom and mostly covered you would only be concerned if you were fording a river :mrgreen:

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Hey BillZ-

I wonder if you could fab some brackets that use these on the outside:

CAMLOC 2600 SERIES SIDE MOUNT RECEPTACLE: 212-12B-R

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After a quick review of the options available as well as a few ideas that have been bouncing around inside my head for that last year, I believe the you have already devised the cheapest, easiest, most effective methods to achieve a clean solution.

My goal of create a clean mount for a brief case style mount would include maintaining a clean case that could be used in a business environment without damaging countertops, furniture, etc. That would suggest that any style of mount should leave "edges & clips" on the luggage rack in a Givi-style solution.

Rather than reinvent a product that is already commercially available, I think I need to modify my objectives or my budget. The net result is to accept what is available or recreate a similar product.

This project warrants further review, but I don't anticipate different results.

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A little leash on the box just in case though.
I used a nylon strap around all my luggage including the top box. That element of insecurity makes me do it. I've heard too many stories of top boxes and saddle bags gone away and I've experienced it myself.
It's a strange feeling to have see your saddle bag pass you in a corner!
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