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Old 06-09-2011, 01:47 PM   #106
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Old 06-10-2011, 01:23 PM   #107
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^ ^ ^ That looks friggin' GREAT! .

What rack did you bolt the Pelicans to?
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:03 PM   #108
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Hey ag_streak,
Thanks for the compliment. I wasn't impressed with the available racks so I built it myself. I get a kick out of fabricating parts and with the rack I used the same diameter tubing as the bikes trellis so that if I took the boxes off, the rack would blend into the bikes frame as much as possible. The tubing is 3/4" OD with a .090 wall thickness. The cases are Seahorse SE 720 which I purchased from seahorsecases.com for $48.00 and come with a lifetime guarantee. I called this company when I ordered the cases and they were very professional and shipped the cases promptly.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:13 PM   #109
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:52 AM   #110
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VanIslandRider,

Amazingly slick rack fabrication skillz, dude! Fantastic!

At first I thought the long horizontal pieces extending back would be unsupported and vulnerable to vertical forces, and I thought you needed to triangulate the joint. But then I realized the case itself provides the resistance to bending! Brilliant!

I really think you're on to something important there, because Givi and SW-Moteck are no longer recommending both side and top cases be mounted at the same time, due to the Versys subframe.

Your design isolates the weight of the cases from the subframe supporting the seat and tail section! It concentrates the stresses down low by the footpegs! That is REALLY slick!!
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:07 AM   #111
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Thanks ag_streak
The photo dosen't show the two seat stays I fabricated but I thought that some lateral support would be nice so I fab'ed up stays from the rear most bolt of the grab handle down to the upper rear portion of the rack. Very stable! I also fab'ed up tail light extensions this weekend. I will post pics if there is interest later this week.

I have done a bunch of mods and was thinking of creating a thread to bring together a bunch of ideas that may be helpful to others, a way to give back for all the info I have used from others that have posted.
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:06 PM   #112
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Thanks ag_streak
The photo dosen't show the two seat stays I fabricated but I thought that some lateral support would be nice so I fab'ed up stays from the rear most bolt of the grab handle down to the upper rear portion of the rack. Very stable! I also fab'ed up tail light extensions this weekend. I will post pics if there is interest later this week.

I have done a bunch of mods and was thinking of creating a thread to bring together a bunch of ideas that may be helpful to others, a way to give back for all the info I have used from others that have posted.

Hell yes!!
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:41 AM   #113
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Awesome fab work

......now about those chicken strips....

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Old 06-16-2011, 08:13 PM   #114
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Here are a of pic showing the seat stays I added to the rack and the tail light extensions I fab'd up.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:20 PM   #115
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Sorry but I can't seem to upload more that one pic at a time even though I resized them, a little help would be appreciated!!!
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Old 06-17-2011, 10:01 AM   #116
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Sorry but I can't seem to upload more that one pic at a time even though I resized them, a little help would be appreciated!!!
Upload them to http://imageshack.us and you get links to the uploaded pic
there, you just copy/paste them here.. one by one or just a link to the
whole gallery.

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Old 06-17-2011, 05:32 PM   #117
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Thanks ag_streak and cortez for the help with the pics, I'll work on it this weekend
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:33 PM   #118
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OK guys, here is my first attempt at uploading a series of pics (using Flickr) showing the pannier racks I fab'd up.

Close up of the .090" x 3/4" tubing welds

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Trial fitting!

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Final fitment and paint

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Signal light extensions

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Seahorse cases attached along with seat stays and signal light extensions

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Nice rear end!

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My work in progress

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Hope this helps someone.
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Old 06-19-2011, 05:53 PM   #119
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^ ^ ^

Dude! That is FIRST CLASS!!!!!

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Old 06-19-2011, 06:19 PM   #120
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I gotta +1 that! Nice work VanIsland Rider.
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