Custom Ammo Can V-Strom Install

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Colorado CJ, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Long timer

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    I just bought an '09 V-Strom 650 last week and am in the process of getting it ready for some longer rides. I really couldn't see spending $700+ on some panniers, so I decided to mount some ammo cans.

    I also couldn't see spending $200+ on a luggage rack to mount my $12.00 ammo cans to, so I welded up my own. I used 1.25" angle iron and 1" strapping for the rack. I've looked over many other racks and I think mine are stronger than most, and only cost me a few bucks :evil. I also didn't have to relocate any lights :D

    The rack is held on by 8 bolts, and is in one piece, so I can install it and take it off the bike in 5 minutes. Width with the cans mounted is just under 40". I wanted to keep the cans mounted symmetrical as I wanted space for a tool tube and don't care for lopsided looking mounts. I'm not completely done with it yet, I just need to build some sort of tool tube for the left side. I'll then sandblast/paint the ammo cans and rack.

    Total time spent so far is about 8 hours and total cost about $30.00. Can't beat that.

    Well, here are a few pics. Sorry that they are a little dark (don't mind the mess in my shop either).

    Rack from the back:

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    Rack from the side:

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    Ammo cans mounted:

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  2. sapperranger04

    sapperranger04 Beaver Slayer

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    Looks great, nicely done, plus cant beat cheap .
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  3. kshive

    kshive What the?!?

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    dang... love to have a garage with a tig, mig and O/A welder! :tb

    Oh ya, nice rack!
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  4. Kawidad

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    What he said. :thumb:lol3
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  5. Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Long timer

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    Yeah, that, I guess, is the main reason why I built my own. Part of the fun with anything for me is to fab up parts for things instead of buying them. (I got a nice hydraulic tube bender over in the corner, and a metal cutting band saw as well :deal).

    Here's one of my other projects I've been working on. It has been on the sidelines since buying the bike though :evil.

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  6. s10rat

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    Nice work man:clap
    I like very much your cj tire carrier
    ...inspiring for my scout:evil
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  7. Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Long timer

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    Got the cans painted. I used a metallic matte black, very similar to the frame color. You can't see it in the pics, but the metallic really shines in the sun, looks great!
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  8. Bob Tosi

    Bob Tosi Long timer

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    OUTFREAKIN' STANDING! Very nice work. Gives me lots of good ideas when I get mine. Thanks for sharing.:freaky How exactly did you mount them to the frame? Your install is very clean. It looks like factory stuff and will be very rugged.
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  9. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Very nice for sure. So what do you charge for another set? I'm sure you could make some money for other stuff with a couple sets of those.
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  10. crosscountry

    crosscountry Bear went over Mountain

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    wow, you haven't even had the bike very long and it's already looking good.

    what were the mounting locations again? Passenger pegs? I'm not sure if I see more than 6 bolts.
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  11. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    weight?
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  12. crosscountry

    crosscountry Bear went over Mountain

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    those things are like 20 lbs each but very sturdy.
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  13. Colorado CJ

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    Thanks guys, I'm using the original 4 bolts for the top rack. There is also a 3/8" hole under each pillion foot peg that I am using. Finally, although not structural, I am using the license plate bolt locations for the crossover bar.

    I think I am pushing close to 50 lbs. or so, but the Jesse system is around 40 lbs. I've heard and my rack and cans are probably alot more durable. I can't tell any difference when riding at all, and I have a tent in one side and a sleeping bag, heavy gloves and odds and ends in the other side right now. I'm going to be keeping a light weight camping setup on the bike at all times, so if I am out riding, I can camp out where ever and when ever I feel like it.
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  14. kshive

    kshive What the?!?

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    Think you should add something on the left inner side of the bracket... there's just so much empty space there that you could maybe put a small ammo can with your tools or something.
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  15. Snr Moment

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    Looks good. Thought about using those cans on my Uly, but I have to wonder if the stock HB rack will hold them adequately. Flat steel looks like a better option.
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  16. Colorado CJ

    Colorado CJ Long timer

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    Yeah, I'll be installing a tool tube on that side. Just need to fab one up. I was thinking on putting another muffler end on it like I have seen some others do. If it is done right, you can't tell the difference between the tool tube and a regular muffler.
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  17. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    Man those look good on the bike. Great job.
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  18. bretoneer

    bretoneer Been here awhile

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    Well done, looks great, easy / cheap to replace if damaged, which is prob very unlikely.

    Couple questions: are those 20mm cans? Any chance of providing the rest of the inmates with some specs, eg angles, lengths, specific mounting locations etc for the purpose of saving any of us amateur fab'ers the time to do the layout work?

    Or, as another inmate mentioned, any chance of fabbing up a couple of sets and offering them up for sale? Maybe just sell the bracket to save on shipping expense, and provide the mounting locations (and hardware used) to mount up the cans, leaving can procurement and painting to us inmates in our local markets.

    Again, well done. Very sano.:clap :clap
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  19. kshive

    kshive What the?!?

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    +1 I'm interested if the price is right. Where did you get the ammo cans?
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  20. LowAndSilent

    LowAndSilent Still a newb

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    Now that is nice! Very good job on the setup.

    I would also like to know if you'd be willing to help out a few of us by building some more sets.

    Name your price. :evil
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