DIY panniers $99

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  1. iatethepeach

    iatethepeach Adventurer

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    You could also add a bottom lip to your rack to take the vertical load off the bolts.

    Nice work, by the way! DIY panniers rule.
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  2. kayvon

    kayvon Been here awhile

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    ill second that. just get an aluminum plate and drill the bolt holes through that. then epoxy it down to the inside of the box. at the very least find some big fender washers to help spread the pressure.
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  3. Undercover Poe

    Undercover Poe Been here awhile

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    Cool Honda's, love the ct90 and the XL is sweet!


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  4. gogogordy

    gogogordy Long timer

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    Nice job on those.
    (and I love the mailbox)
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  5. jaxes88

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I went ahead and made some spreader bars to put inside the boxes (sorry for the sub par photograph).
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    While I was working on it the other day I also replaced the nasty old fork boots and leaky seals.
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    I love 80's dirtbikes with the rectangular headlights, black hubs, and cool fork boots. I wish my bike had gold rims on it.

    Thanks, the mailbox is my parents', they're both cougs. I went to University of Idunno so I'm a vandal.
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  6. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    You can buy gold rims.
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  7. jaxes88

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    I might someday. It would be fun to get some and learn how to lace spokes, etc. I've never done it before.
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  8. severely

    severely almost a noob

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    Great job young man, welcome aboard.
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  9. jaxes88

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    Thanks!
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  10. tonusmaximus

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    Bet his next bike is a klr with that home made budget minded get it done attitude. Well done man.
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  11. jaxes88

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    I'm leaning towards a DR650. I see why so many people love the KLR's but I want something air cooled. If I ever get one I will probably build a similar setup. Thanks!
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  12. jaxes88

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    Well I learned a few things today...

    I was climbing up a fairly steep hill covered in tree roots, my back tire slid on one of them and the bike tipped over.
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    Unfortunately in the process it smashed one of the cases against a protruding tree root, causing it to shatter.
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    However... After surveying the damage I found that my box frame turned out just fine. It also did a wonderful job of protecting the blinker (as I designed it to!)
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    So at least I can say that the parts of it that I made all survived! As for the tool box, I went to Lowe's, grabbed another one, and got it bolted on in time to enjoy some more riding before the sun went down. While I'm not thrilled that it broke, I'd rather replace a $20 toolbox than fork over $100+ for a Pelican case that might have done the same thing in this situation.
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  13. kiwi_outdoors

    kiwi_outdoors Been here awhile

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    If you really want to go outback - you need boxes that don't shatter.
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  14. mabupa

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    I heard pelican cases have lifetime warranty. Pretty creative rack though!
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  15. jaxes88

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    I'd like to get some pelican cases, but at the moment I don't have the money. I recently graduated college and I'm between jobs at the moment. Maybe someday.
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  16. mabupa

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    You would be surprised to see the deals that come up on eBay. I bought 2 of the 1520 models for a little less than $100 for the pair shipped to my door. They were bought from separate sellers that had them up for auction. All I need to do now is get some hardware to mount them to the dirt racks I have.
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  17. Argus16

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    That 250 was probably one of the greatest woods bikes produced for a very long time.
    Great setup!
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  18. jaxes88

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    Thanks. I've been pretty pleased with it so far. I wanted something that was small and nimble for single track riding, this bike does not disappoint. I wish it had a lower first gear but oh well.
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  19. Ezekial_Altman

    Ezekial_Altman Aspiring Adventurer

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    Maybe look for a cheap DIY soft pannier option that you could use with your current framework. A soft pannier would be much more forgiving on trails. Maybe a cheap roll dry bag.
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  20. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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