DIY panniers for my uly.

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Wyocrawler, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. Wyocrawler

    Wyocrawler Been here awhile

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    I wanted a set of panniers for my new to me 06 xb12x. Being that I am kinda cheap, I couldn't bring myself to pay for the commercially available panniers and racks. After a lot of research I decided to go DIY. [​IMG]
    My beast.
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  2. CollinsB

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    Are you referring to the tank bag, or did you fab up panniers, but yet to post pictures?
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  3. Wyocrawler

    Wyocrawler Been here awhile

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    Sorry got interrupted. So I started with some 1/2 inch pipe. [​IMG][​IMG]
    I fabed the hoops using store bought bends and used some scape I had around for the mounting brackets. Once I had those in I made the supports that go behind the passenger pegs and the rear mounts. Finish welded and painted it [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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  4. Wyocrawler

    Wyocrawler Been here awhile

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    I was originally going to use 30mm ammo cans for panniers, but a buddy of mine had a bunch of scrape aluminum and offered to make a set. We took the measurements off the 41 litter zenga panniers and away he went. [​IMG][​IMG]
    They turned out pretty nice. Next was the mounting hardware. I used so polyurethane tie rod bushings, fender washes, 1/4 inch bolts and bar stock. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Got the mounts done last night. I am going to start finishing the boxes this week. [​IMG][​IMG]
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  5. Nikolya

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    It looks amazing!
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  6. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    If I may make a suggestion, put the heads on the inside of bottom bolts, or it's gonna hurt your knuckles when you rummage around.

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  7. Wyocrawler

    Wyocrawler Been here awhile

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    Very true twin. I'm going to get shorter bolts as well.
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    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    Why not just turn the bolts around so that the head is on the inside? And make them button head hex bolts while you're at it - that's what I run on my cases anyways.
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  9. paul56

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    Very nice job. Don't try splitting traffic with those, though :lol3
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  10. Wyocrawler

    Wyocrawler Been here awhile

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    Do these panniers make my ass look big? 😜
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  11. K7TNT

    K7TNT Been here awhile

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    in a good way! :rofl
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  12. CollinsB

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    Look great so far.... nice work!
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    No idea how big your ass nor that of your pillion is but the panniers should have a slimming affect...:deal

    You do know Harley still sells the frames right? Ooops, just re-read your OP.. Ok, this is cheaper, I think you can get the HD frames for $180 from the MoCo. Not 1/2" tube tho', you'll be able to carry pig iron camp stoves on those things!
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  14. Wyocrawler

    Wyocrawler Been here awhile

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    I saw the oem harley ones. Honestly I just figured I could do it myself, plus I enjoy it. Gives me something todo after the kids go to bed. The bonus is I'm in the whole project about 100 bucks. The racks cost about $30 for the steel and probably $10 for paint and consumables. I do have the advantage of having a lot of fab tools or accesses to what I need, but a person could do the same with minimal tools.
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  15. Wyocrawler

    Wyocrawler Been here awhile

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    So basically done. When it warms up I'm going to clear coat them. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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  16. K7TNT

    K7TNT Been here awhile

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    Nice work :thumb
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