Ammo boxes for panniers?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by baldwithglasses, Aug 3, 2007.

  1. pork chopper

    pork chopper Adventurer

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    They Have Those Plastic Ammo Boxes At Walmart And West Marine Also. Last I Saw They Had Them On Sale At West Marine.
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  2. charliemik

    charliemik Been here awhile

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    Very nice find there MZR. These may be the ticket for penny tech panniers. The two biggest drawbacks to the steel ammo cans are weight and having to work around the diagonal reinforcement piece that can get in the way. These take care of both and they're dirt cheap.
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  3. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Yup, they're heavy- even after some massaging with a grinder, the boxen weigh in at a none-too-stealthy 40 lbs, which includes mounting hardware and Campagnolo water bottle cage and "FYYFF" stickers.

    That compares to the total ~23lbs total weight for unladen Jesse bags or Happy Trails bags.

    As for the diagonal support, I used an angle grinder to take it off on one side of each of the boxes. I also used it to trim some of the excess lip material off can lids. I might have knocked off three pounds total off the boxes that way.

    The other drawback that I have found is that they will not fit a full sized helmet, unlike some of the aluminum boxes.
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  4. Stagehand

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    I bought a couple of those as well thinking I might try this, but yeah, they might as well be made of brick for what they weigh.
    Those little plastic boxes for the XT sound pretty cooL!
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  5. Abdelhub

    Abdelhub Blanco Trasho

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    really heavy but waterproof, durable and 70 bucks...

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  6. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Nice, Abdelhub!

    Now, can you show us the mounts?
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  7. Detroit Steve

    Detroit Steve Homely Adventurer

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    Abdelhub,

    what the sizes of those boxes and where did you get them?
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  8. bgoodsoil

    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    wow, a GS that looks even more 'GI Joe' than mine does :D
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  9. nanno

    nanno Been here awhile

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    I have such ammo boxes on my XT500 for about 1,5 yrs. Just have to reinforce the GIVI-Carrier that I modified.

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    Cheers,
    Greg
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  10. JPSpen

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    Looks like the $16 dollar plastic ones also come in...

    Drumroll please.......


















    KatieM orange.

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    Personally on the 650 I'm using a set of Night Vision Goggle cases I got at the Surplus for about 15 bucks I think . They're 11.5" X 13" X 6"
    so just two inches narrower than the plastic ones and they're made of steel.. And they don't weigh very much... Probably two or three pounds each.... I have to admit I didn't weigh them but they're pretty light. A little Hamertone Black and they look just fine.

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    The other day I did an accidental "Sturdiness Test". Pulled into the shop a little bit hot. Caught the right rear corner of the R100GS bag with the left front corner of the left bag on the 650 and knocked the GS off the center stand...
    So the GS rolls forward luckily falls towards me... I catch it and now I'm holding two motorcycles up.. Barely... I managed to get the side stand down on the 650 and was able to rescue the GS without any damage to either. So I guess they're both prety tuff...



    John
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  11. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    Why'd everyone paint theirs?
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  12. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Here are my gutted Mermites on Happy Trails racks on my KLR.They were about $30 each plus a lot of work to gut them. I painted the inside with spatter paint to cover the remaining foam crud.One neat thing about them is the hardware is Stainless steel and the handles aluminium. I cut a rectangular hole in the inbside of the lids and made a door to cover it . This adds about 200 cubic inches of seperated storage in each box.
    Loaded you definatly know they're with you and you quickly learn to dab straight out and NOT let your leg go back into the box. Once is enough of that.
    And Drummer, I painted mine a matte blue to match the KLR dull blue plastic.
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  13. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Crazydrummerdude, I will never again mess with the awful stripping agents necessary to take off that lead epoxy paint used on those boxes.

    If I don't take 'em to a radiator shop to be dipped, I'll only rattlecan the interior with a light etching primer - and that's it.

    Why indeed!
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  14. thurston

    thurston yep.

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    I miss my old grocery-getter -- at least it's still in the neighborhood. Never occurred to me to paint those things.

    Attached Files:

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  15. Abdelhub

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    They are US Navy Korean war era. they are really big. somewhere around 18x26x10 (roughly) to mount them I used pucks on top and angle iron on the bottom to go over the rack/tubes.

    They weigh 45 pounds together....got em at the army surplus in seattle.

    Mike
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  16. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    The boxen I use are 17 1/2 x 14 x 9
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  17. Bandit240

    Bandit240 Been here awhile

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    Well this has given me an idea. Im working on putting together a Honda Rebel project bike to have as an around town bike. I may end up useing a couple of ammo cans for cargo boxes on it. Hell i may go all out and camo the bike.
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  18. Steve in NZ

    Steve in NZ scared/cheap

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    hey if ya want something that is really cheap and nasty and shitty looking go to the ozzie rejoinal forum. If anybody can do it tight they can. ask them
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  19. nanno

    nanno Been here awhile

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    I have painted mine, for two reasons:

    1) to keep them cooler during summer
    2) to hide their origin, in Austria it is forbidden to mount such unapproved luggage onto the racks

    Cheers,
    Greg
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  20. JayhawkADV

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    Has anyone tried these yet?

    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200365437_200365437

    Are they pretty heavy duty?

    I want to mount them to my DR350 that I might get gently dropped now and then... :evil

    At about 42 bucks shipped (for the pair) I could afford to replace them if I wrecked hard but I'd like them to take a tip over without cracking or breaking...

    :ear
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