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Old 02-23-2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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Tool Tubes without luggage racks?

Have any of you FFrs mounted a tool tube on the right side of an F800GS but without having a luggage rack? Got photos?

I have a GL Great Basin that will sit on a TT rear top rack, but no luggage racks on the side of the bike. I'd like to mount a Tool Tube (or possibly 2 stacked) on the right side, but without a rack I'm a little derp about how to fab up a bracket. Wondering if anyone has prior art I can shamelessly copy?

I can see where a rack would mount near the bottom of the rear inner mud guard, but can't see where it would bolt up toward the rear fender. The forward bolt holes also seem too far forward?

I'm tempted to just punt on mounting there, and maybe go for the spot at the front where the bash guard and crash bars meet. I sort of hate that though. I might also skip it altogether and just keep my tool roll in the GL bag. Depends on what solution comes to light here.

Input welcome, thanks everyone!
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Old 02-23-2013, 01:36 PM   #2
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Have one mounted on the right hand side using those two mount holes under the fender. I don't have any pictures of when I made the bracket that holds the tube. I made it out of some 1/8 thick steel for the two bolts to go through. After that I welded on two pieces of 5/8 round tube to go to the bottom and top of the tool tube. Here's a picture of where it sits at on the bike.

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Old 02-23-2013, 05:28 PM   #3
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Man that is one good looking bike. Love the set up.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:43 PM   #4
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I made my own from ABS and mounted it between the Motech crash bars and skid plate. I made one for each side. I mounted them with hose clamps. You can make them the length you need to fit. I like adding a little bit of weight to the front of the bike.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:19 PM   #5
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Have one mounted on the right hand side using those two mount holes under the fender. ...
That is exactly what I'm picturing! I'll have to dig around for the mount holes under the fender you're talking about, because I don't see anything near the center of the fender. The holes that are obvious are way toward the the front of the the fender, almost by the shock. There is what looks like maybe two covered holes, but they have rubber plugs in them. I'm not sure what those are.

From that photo, it looks like the next thing you need to make is a kitchen sink bracket? Holy crap, man... unless those bags are all full of beer, you've got some explaining to do

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I made my own from ABS and mounted it between the Motech crash bars and skid plate.
No photos I guess? I'm the kind of rider that puts crash bars to the test, so I'm wondering if stuff mounted there will survive. Maybe I'll mock something up and see how exposed it ends up.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:17 AM   #6
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I'd like to see a pic. of the up-front mount!
I too like the idea of adding some weight up front!

Rear mount ... how's about this:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=446410
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:23 AM   #7
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Man that is one good looking bike. Love the set up.
Thanks, its been a good set up for my long distance trips.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:26 AM   #8
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That is exactly what I'm picturing! I'll have to dig around for the mount holes under the fender you're talking about, because I don't see anything near the center of the fender. The holes that are obvious are way toward the the front of the the fender, almost by the shock. There is what looks like maybe two covered holes, but they have rubber plugs in them. I'm not sure what those are.

From that photo, it looks like the next thing you need to make is a kitchen sink bracket? Holy crap, man... unless those bags are all full of beer, you've got some explaining to do
I'll try to grab some pictures of my bracket later today and post them up. I thought I was packed fairly light for this trip. That picture was from this past June when I rode from Michigan to Alaska and back. I was gone for 28 days and covered 10,500 miles. I was just north of Coldfoot when I took that picture.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:31 AM   #9
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I used the smaller diameter ones on my rear rack. Perfect for tire irons, tow rope, rim protectors or anything else's small like that. You can see them here:





Not to mention, tailgaters are unsure whether they are James Bond type missile launchers or not, so they typically stay back...

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Old 02-24-2013, 09:22 AM   #10
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Nice find. It's obvious to me now that there's a mounting point mid-way up the fender. It must be underneath the plastic? How much removal is needed to get to i? I'll have to look harder. The garage is about 25 feet away, I should just get my fat ass off the couch and go out there.

Now I just need to learn to weld... and buy a welder...

I'm mostly kidding about the over-packing, because I know how the stuff can pile on for a trip. I always fantasize about leaving with a toothbrush and credit card, but once you throw camping into the mix the pile gets big pretty quick.
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Old 02-24-2013, 12:17 PM   #11
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I'm not sure how it bolted up I have luggage that gets in the way ....
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:07 PM   #12
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I have some pictures of my mount here: http://lmw.se/%C3%96vrigt/BMW%20800G...ube/index.html
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:54 PM   #13
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Very nice Lars!

I did not realize the fuel tank had "wings" on the back that would allow a bracket to
slide down between the inside of the tank and the fender well!

Also, I am told that acetone will remove the yellow ink from the tubes if you care...
(try it on a small place first )

I need to go do something similar to your project if I can make it fit before my big summer trip!
I'm low on packing space!

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...snip...Also, I am told that acetone will remove the yellow ink from the tubes if you care...
(try it on a small place first )...snip...
I can confirm this to be true with no adverse reaction to the plastic.
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I have some pictures of my mount here: http://lmw.se/%C3%96vrigt/BMW%20800G...ube/index.html
I shamelessly copied this one. Worked well so far.
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