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post #1 of 17 Old 12-22-2006, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Pics for left side plastic tube

I want to install a left side ABS tube on my wee to expand my storage space.
Anyone have any pics regarding their instal so I can get some inspiration (and steal your designs)
# 1 priority = Cheap. That said, any help would be very much appreciated!!!!
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-22-2006, 04:06 PM
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This from a Thread I did "way back when". . . .

Shortly after I installed my HT panniers, I saw a thread about using a chunk of 4"
PVC for a storage device on the "No Exhaust" side of the 6Fiddy. Neato I thought
except I really didn't want to weld on or hack or change the original HT side mount racks.

So for the past 5 months I've had this 4" X 17" hunk of PVC sitting on my
workbench. The day before yesterday I finally got off my ass and
bumbled/stumbled thru the "pennytech" Engineering & installation" process.






Since I occasionally "strap" other items in that area I decided to mount the tube in
a fashion that would allow it to (1 bolt) be removed easily.

After deciding roughly where I wanted the tube to sit, I fabricated a small L
bracket out of some aluminum, drilled a few holes (yea I know my chamfer job on
one of the holes ain't that great) for mounting and rounded up a stainless clamp,
bolted one end up and I was ready to tackle the rear mounting.



I kinda remember picking up these Velcro "devices" at my local Home Depot back
when I was a "boat person". The larger of the two was a perfect fit.

Small problem to be addressed: The "Eye" is an oval, not a round hole.


A little more digging and I came up with a longer bolt for one of the HT brackets, a
pair of tiny rubber bushings (since the opening was oval shaped, not round) and a
fender washer.



Mounted the Strap, positioned the tube, tightened everything up and took it (and the
bike ) out for a 288 mile test thrash yeserday. Stayed in the pre-ordained
position, didn't come loose, allowed me to take my large book of topo maps with me.
aaaaaah the non-smell of success. (as opposed to the smell of burning/rubbing PVC I guess)

4 bucks for the PVC, about 6 or 7 for the two straps (if I remember correctly),
another buck for the various nylock nuts, bolts, washers and aluminum. The net
result is easy to take off and on (as required) inexpensive extra storage. Looks OK
too.



Hope this helps . . .

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FANTASTIC!
I remember seeing you post awhile back and forgot were it was (ADV or here). What a beautiful job!!!!
This'll be my project for the winter.
Those were HT pannier racks right?
They look pretty secure.
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Glad I could help Fyr. Yep, HT Panniers and racks. Very secure and trouble free so far (20+K miles with the racks/panniers/PennyTechTube installed).

Don't forget to take pix of your project. . . .

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Thanks. I will take pix! Post em as soon as I ot em!

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This is my project for next month, too. But will have to adapt bracket to the side bag mounts I have on the bike.

What is the internal length of the tube?
They don't move at all when riding? aka no banging?
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good news, I just put the happy trail rack on my bike.. and they actually welded another plate with holes to mount a tube like this!!!!! and they even gave instructions on how to make it with the rack instructions.. pretty cool if you ask me!!!!

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So do you have to have the rack mounted to do this mod or is there a way to secure the tube without it? I've made those tool tubes before, but never mounted them to a Suzuki. I also haven't taken purchase of my Strom yet so I can't answer this for myself.

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Here's a pic of mine...

$15 bucks and a heck of a bodge job if I do say so myself and I've got a great place to put raingear or a cover.

I'm both impatient and pragmatic so the brackets are functional and ugly. Originally I wanted to make it independent of the racks, but then I realized that I had no plans to take them off the bike, and that mounting them there would be MUCH easier. I'm a big fan of the compartment so far! Water tight and very useful. Good conversation piece too.

People keep asking me if I'm crazy because they think I've plugged an exhaust pipe!

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Here's a pic of mine...

$15 bucks and a heck of a bodge job if I do say so myself and I've got a great place to put raingear or a cover.
what are the dimensions of the tube? I like it
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