A Pelican Tank Box ------------ I'm Wired

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Lost Roadie, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. Lost Roadie

    Lost Roadie Rider

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    I've been wanting a Pelican tank box to add to my bike, and I finally put together all the components.
    I had some special requirements for the box, and here's what I came up with.



    Since I already had a SW-Motech tank bag, with a tank-ring and quick release mount, I had that covered. I finally decided on a Pelican 1200, not too big, not too small. Lockable, removable, waterproof and indestructible.

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    I took the mount off of the SW-Motech bag, lined it up, drilled 4 holes and was good to go. That's the easy part.



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    Notice the wires coming out? Well that's where things started to get a little more complex. I wanted the box to have a multi-pin, waterproof connector wired into it so I could remove it very easily, either to bring it with me or to just lose it all together. I managed to find a suitable 9 pin connector at one of the audio companies I work with.


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    One twist and it's gone.

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    I wired in 2 power cables for my GPS, and for the dual accessory outlet, each individually fused and grounded. Then I wired in a stereo audio cable to get sound out of my iPhone, iPod, or XM from the Garmin. That leaves me 2 empty pins for future use.
    I also shortened the iPhone/iPod charger's cable to keep it neat.


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    Since I had most of this stuff hard wired into my soft bag, I could move it out of the way to fuel, but could not remove it all together. Not any more!




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    Now, on to my last hurdle. Since I used a GPS mount that connected to the tank bag, I had to figure out how to mount the Streetpilot and XM antenna to the box. It had to be self contained with no wires coming out of it to a handlebar mount, etc...
    I ended up modifying a SW-Motech/Garmin handlebar mount, drilling a hole through one of the halves of the bar mount. 1 screw and nut for the GPS ( It's very solid), and 2 small factory screws to hold the antenna. It takes less that 5 minutes to install or remove the GPS system to the box. Thats good enough for me, since I only use the GPS for out of town trips anyway for the most part.




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    Flood Warning! Good thing I don't have to worry about rain covers any longer :)

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    I'm hoping to shorten up the USB cable, but I'm going to talk to Garmin before I get to cutting.
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    A little e-tape on the inside keeps the rain out when the GPS is off



    Here's where the Audio comes out.

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    Pelican Cases Rock!
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  2. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    ChiTown Very nice job and also exelent report, very clear and easy to understand, easy to see were some of your professional skills reside.:bow :raabia :feelgood :bow :raabia :feelgood
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  3. zed88

    zed88 n00bilicious

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    Thats excellent! I had never thought about a pelican as a tankbag, but now I think I'm going to make one almost exactly how you made yours. Thanks!
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  4. spicychili

    spicychili Been here awhile

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    Very nice. I just added a pelican case as a top box to my thumper.

    I like pelican boxes. Interesting for a tank bag. Might have to look into that.

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  5. R_W

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    very nice. Sanitary and would be easy to adapt to multiple bikes--just a new pigtail and tank bag ring on every bike in your fleet. :evil

    You could get rubber washers and put the bolts back in the lid if the e-tape isn't waterproof enough.
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  6. jdbski

    jdbski old but getting younger

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    I have two questions;
    1 can you just buy the connectors, one for the tank and one to attach to a pelican case?
    2 what about handlebar clearance when turning the handlebars? does the case get in the way?

    thanks jb
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  7. PaulS

    PaulS Österreicher

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    Nice setup, I was looking for something like that. What size/model of pelican box is that ?

    Thanks
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  8. spicychili

    spicychili Been here awhile

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    Pelican 1400. Its pretty good size inside. I am pretty happy with it.

    Doug
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  9. R_W

    R_W wannabe

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    If you added the slick internal locks like Roger puts on the caribou luggage that would be very slick, matched so one key for all your bags.
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  10. MikeO

    MikeO Part-time wage slave...

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    I wouldn't ever ride that bike without the bag fitted...

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    ...those will have your knackers off in a prang...

    Mike :huh
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  11. RoyB

    RoyB Dartmouth, Massacusetts

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    VERY NICE!!!!
    All I would add is an Amplirider headphone amplifier and a radar detector. Pick up a couple more of the female 9-pin connectorts and a few more tank mounts and this thing could be a perfect multi bike setup..........very easy "bike to bike" and could even be used in a sports car..........Great job!
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  12. Lost Roadie

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    As far as I know SW-Motech doesn't sell the mount separately, only the tank ring is available separately, since it's bike specific.

    No problem with the handlebar clearance, about 1.5 inches to clear on both sides.


    I will find out the brand of connector asap and post it here. You can also google "multi pin connector"


    I rode in a heavy downpour today and the e-tape kept the water out. :)
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  13. N-m

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    That must be some slang from up north. :lol3

    Note - I am resurrecting this thread since I already have Pelican's and would like a tank/bar mount. I wonder how this set up is working today?

    I cannot find a source for the tank ring and bag part that is not energized. Anyone got a source that is not a dead UK or Oz link? 1995 R1100 GS.

    thanks.
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  14. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    I don't know if it will fit your bike, but I used a Cortech ring mount for my tank case.

    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/cortech-ring-mount-for-dryver-tank-bag
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  15. Lost Roadie

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  16. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    Found some great pics and ideas. Thanks for your help.
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  17. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander only happy when sad

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    Personally I wouldn't ride with something that hard on the tank. Guys have lost the family jewels on much smaller thinks like gas caps before. This will hurt if you hit something head on and go over the bars :deal

    IMHO and YMMV and RYOR and all that

    http://men.webmd.com/guide/testicle-injuries
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  18. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    Duly noted. There are people who survive an endo of that magnitude? I just figured if I have a wreck that bad I would be dead.
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  19. N-m

    N-m Captain 2 Sexy

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    I was thinking about this set up some more and wonder if you could lessen the damage to privates if you turned the tank ring around, or would it fit in that manner?
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  20. went2fast

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    Probably ought run clip on bars too if you are worried about snagging "stuff".:lol3
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