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post #1 of 6 Old 01-02-2013, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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I wonder whether anyone has experience from inserting a closable cubby hole in the plastic to left/right of the instruments on a 04-11 Wee? I would like a small place for a mobile, perhaps with charging facilities in it. The hardware could be something meant for boats, but I don't quite see how to secure it without making it difficult to dismantle the fairing later on.

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I wonder whether anyone has experience from inserting a closable cubby hole in the plastic to left/right of the instruments on a 04-11 Wee? I would like a small place for a mobile, perhaps with charging facilities in it. The hardware could be something meant for boats, but I don't quite see how to secure it without making it difficult to dismantle the fairing later on.

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I have toyed with the same idea, but I haven't actually tried it. Seems like it would be an ideal place to put spare gloves, phone (a charger is a great idea too), keys etc.

I think you could cut an opening in the side cowling and glue the cubby to the side cowl with some epoxy.

If I ever get around to repainting my bike I might try it.
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I was thinking more along the lines of a pencil case sized box, or Rubbermaid or Tupperware, to be mounted from the top. Those sorts of things generally have a lip around them. Cut a hole the size of outside edge of the box, not including the lip. Silicone glue the box into the hole so the lip, onto which the top goes, stands proud. Black bedliner paint would make it look okay.

I'm just thinking this out as I type this, and I haven't though through a hinge or lock, but there are no end of sandwich and lunch boxes out there that could be adapted.

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sandwich and lunch boxes

sandwich and lunch boxes - are not meant for such usage - may fail after you install them
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I immediately ran out the door and went to the garage to ponder this possibility.
Man, is there potential and problems. One could buy a sheet of heat bendable plastic and form a wall to close off a copious space but little things like the front vent on the older Wees make it more difficult. The matter of making an access door in the instrument surround add to the problem. It's a really interesting challenge.
Need more beer to think about this before butchering the dash area.
There are lots of automotive fasteners and pop rivets to make attaching a wall fairly simple.
Not quite as simple as the bucket and keyed door of the glove box of my old 1100RT BMW. That was big bugger.
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Has anyone actually done this?

Reallllllly miss the lockable (& power-outlet'ed!) compartment of the FJR I just sold. There's so much wasted space underneath the front panels, would be awesome to keep sunglasses, gloves, and garage remotes in a secure, waterproof location.

Honda's headed in the right direction with the NC700X's lockable tank box. Ooo, mamacita.
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