Budget Tool Box 1200 GSA/LC

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by Fighter, Feb 19, 2018.

  1. Fighter

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    Did not feel confident with the lack of tools that showed up with my new bike so I put together my own kit. Then came the issue of sourcing an external tool box. I am using Jesse bags and I researched available options from Touratech, Givi, and Wunderlich. They all were bigger than what was needed.
    I thought about Pelican cases, Tupperware, aluminum baking pans, etc.

    While roaming aimlessly through Cabellas I stumbled onto an ammo can that was a perfect fit for the tool wrap.
    I wanted to make the box lockable and clean.
    A couple of trips to "Ace is the Place" and this is what I came up with. I didn't like the look of the somewhat exposed latch/lock so I made a cover to clean things up.
    The ammo can will actually be mounted upside down.

    Best part is that I'm into this build for under $30.00. Win Win



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  2. Fighter

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    Will send better pic when the paint cures.
    Fite
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  3. triman11427

    triman11427 Mud is my chrome

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    I’d like to see how this looks once you mount it. Nice work.
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  4. Fighter

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    Jesse bags will arrive next month.
    Anxious to see how it looks/fits.
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  5. Tigger's Toy

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    I would like to know the tool list as well.

    As I use tools I put a piece of blue tape on them to remind me this goes with the bike. But I have no rhyme or reason for it..... just curious.
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  6. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    You can find tool lists for each R-series GS here: http://www.jvbproductions.com/Links.html
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  7. leafman60

    leafman60 Long timer

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    I've seen those type boxes but the problem I see is the lid opening design. Mounting this behind the panniers does not leave upper space for the big lid to open.

    I noticed the OP's statement-

    The ammo can will actually be mounted upside down.

    So, does that mean that you open the box and everything is subject to falling out the bottom???

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  8. Fighter

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    Not at all.
    Tools are in a pouch that fits perfectly in the box.
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  9. leafman60

    leafman60 Long timer

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    And then the pouch drops out the bottom???

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  10. Fighter

    Fighter Head Gruver

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    Correct. Close enough fit that it requires a slight tug.
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  11. Dogslobber

    Dogslobber Been here awhile

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    What are the outside dimensions of this box?
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  12. Fighter

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    Let me get back to you.
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  13. Fighter

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    3 5/8 inch wide
    11 3/4 inch long
    7 inch tall
    Those dimensions are with the key cover.
    Actual box length of box is 10 1/4 inch. IMG_1392.JPG
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  14. Fighter

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  15. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    That is pretty similar to my GS Emotion tool box in size. Looks pretty good!
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  16. Dogslobber

    Dogslobber Been here awhile

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    Thank you.

    I dig the roundel placement!


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  17. naruse

    naruse Been here awhile

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    Indeed, looks really amazing the tool box! :), when you can, send pics when you mount it on the bike! :)
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  18. Fighter

    Fighter Head Gruver

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    Can and will do.
    Jesse bags arrive in about a month.
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  19. KHuddy

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    I'm still uncertain about where your box will be mounted, Fite. Guess I'll have to wait for the film.

    I had my tools in a couple of document holders strapped under the tail rack. Didn't like the look nor having the weight so high and so far behind the rear axle. I ordered an Adventure Designs Pillion Tool Box. It is $313 shipped and it will be 2-4 months before delivery; order cancelled. So, I ended up buying a Harbor Freight knock off of a Pelican case for $19 and mounting it on the SWMoto pillion luggage rack I already had. Holds everything I want to carry (air-pump, plugging tools, tool roll, jumper cables, spare key fob and batteries and a few other small items). It attaches just like the stock rear seat and is secured to the bike with the key. I'll put combo locks on it so I can gain access if I loose my keys. Not as finished looking as the ADV Design box, but just as useful and I think holds more.

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  20. Fighter

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    Nice job Mr. HUD.
    Looks great.
    Unfortunately I need that space for something more important.
    My ass!
    Sent a Rallye seat down to Rocky at BMS last week for a Big Boy BarcaLounger conversion.
    Will keep you posted.
    Fite
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