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Old 02-28-2011, 10:18 AM   #1
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Are you happy with Ammo Box Panniers.

I'm looking to add hard bags to my Suzuki Bandit. Just got a great deal on a NIB SW-Motech quick-lock siderack kit and installed it.

The idea of the Ammo cases is the right price point for me as well as the security. A new work promotion has me riding a 150 mile round trip twice a week. I can't handle my backpack for that long.

Can the ammo cases swallow a laptop case decently and stand up to daily use? are there any true downsides?
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Old 02-28-2011, 10:40 AM   #2
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Ammo cans are very heavy - ~20lb a side for the 30/40mm ammo type

You can pick-up the pelican knockoffs on line cheap (Fry's here had some off brand in there store this weekend for $40bucks each) or used on Ebay
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:52 AM   #3
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I tried ammo cans on an old CB750.

They're plenty tough - almost indestructible, really. But they're awfully heavy.

I wound up taking them off the bike in short order because I hated the weight. I'd recommend finding something else.

Can you just bungee your backpack to the passenger seat?
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:50 PM   #4
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Yes they are a bit heavy, cheap, indestructible and I like em. I made a little vid-half way in the short vid shows how I did mine with quick release slap latches, check it out. http://www.facebook.com/video/video....87790&comments
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:17 PM   #5
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Ammo cans are alright, but I wanted something lighter, already waterproof & with keys. I bought the Plano AW case #108030. It weighs ~10lb & can be bought for under $100/ea.

The downside are the plastic latches...I overloaded the box in 16F temperature with 2 drums & shoes for the cage + some winter gear & broke a couple latches. Plano sent me 4 for free.
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Old 02-28-2011, 09:04 PM   #6
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What about this?


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With the foam removed, the inside dimensions are 9 3/4" by 15 3/4" by 2 7/8" per each side.
Used something similar on my Vx800.
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:52 AM   #7
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I have put two ammo boxes on my Transalp 43cm x 36cm x 20cm,they weigh 5 kilos each there a little bit smaller then my alloy cases which I have on my Africa Twin but they weigh the same,the ammo cases had 20mm rounds in them,as they are steel I have welded brackets to them to fit onto the pannier racks which I also made on the bikethey just need to be painted and I`ll try and post pictures.
http://www.xrv.org.uk/photopost/show...nniers/cat/500
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:08 AM   #8
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Put a 30mm set on my KLR with HT racks and KLR650.com support brackets.

Pros
  • Cheap ($20-30 each)
  • Large size (37 liters)
  • Bullet proof steel construction (small calibers only)
  • Waterproof
  • Carry handles double as strap points
  • Field repairable (anyone can weld steel)
  • Very durable OD paint
Cons
  • Heavy (20-22lbs per side)
  • Did I mention they're heavy?

Overall I'm very happy with them. I chiseled a side support off each box to provide a flat mounting surface and added eye bolts so they can be locked. Only other "mod" I'm thinking off is to put a metal shim between the mounting bolts and pannier surface, spread the load around better.

Only pic I have online at the moment. Let me know if you'd like others.

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Old 03-01-2011, 04:10 PM   #9
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Simple lockable and easy on and off in seconds.
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:13 PM   #10
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I have a vid. too that shows how I put them together. 7 min vid in the middle if you want to skip to it. http://www.facebook.com/video/video....87790&comments
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:04 AM   #11
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I have a vid. too that shows how I put them together. 7 min vid in the middle if you want to skip to it. http://www.facebook.com/video/video....87790&comments
Thanks for the vid and music. Could you provide more details on the quick release setup for your ammo cans? That looks like a very tempting mod.
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Old 03-02-2011, 06:58 AM   #12
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Got to change something

I mounted 20mm boxes (20# each) and then I weighed them with the stuff I wanted to carry. The 20# box had 15# of gear in it. So that is just not right.

I'm looking for some plastic boxes. They seem either too expensive or to flimsy. I have a bunch of dry bags that I've used before with smaller boxes but I'd like to have everything inside. Some people have accused me of using the Jedd Clampet method of packing.

If anyone has a specific source of serviceable boxes (DeWalt cases, etc) I would appreciate a reference. I know how to get $200 Pelicans -- ain't going to happen.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:09 AM   #13
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I mounted 20mm boxes (20# each) and then I weighed them with the stuff I wanted to carry. The 20# box had 15# of gear in it. So that is just not right.

I'm looking for some plastic boxes. They seem either too expensive or to flimsy. I have a bunch of dry bags that I've used before with smaller boxes but I'd like to have everything inside. Some people have accused me of using the Jedd Clampet method of packing.

If anyone has a specific source of serviceable boxes (DeWalt cases, etc) I would appreciate a reference. I know how to get $200 Pelicans -- ain't going to happen.

Have you looked at the Sea Horse cases? I have used them as panniers on my Vstrom for a couple of years. They are fairly light, very durable, totally waterproof and easy to mount to existing racks. I use the 720s and can fit more than I need to in a pair. I have ridden in some major rain for extended periods and I have never had a drop of water in one. I forgot to lock one down one day on a dirt road and it bounced down the road at 30+mph and ended up in the ditch. Other than some superficial scratches and mud it was fine. My bud runs a set of grey ones on his Uly and they are holding up well. Shoot we used one as a center stand last fall when he lost a rear wheel bearing. Tough cases and a lot more affordable than Pelicans.

The 720's are $44/ea at this site, they have them on sale a lot for lower than that. PLus they have a few other sizes to choose from.
http://www.seahorsecasesonline.com/p...e720-Case.html
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:32 PM   #14
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Thanks, Rider:

They look good and the price is fair. However, I looked at the Weight and it's 17#. That's a saving of only 3 pounds -- they do look a lot better than the Ammo cans though.

I'm beginning to wonder if it's just that there are no plastic boxes that are as strong and lighter. My big Magna is a road bike so I don't need to worry about banging into trees or rocks. If I do that I've got bigger problems than a broken pannier. LOL
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:42 PM   #15
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Someone has cases for sale in the Rockies flea market .
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