MOD+Pelican+Caribou = WIN

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by Westy99, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. Westy99

    Westy99 Been here awhile

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    This has been a work in progress for some time now. It all started back in March of last year when I bought my bike and went searching for a top rack. Lots of folks were talking about the MOD so I got a hold of Dave and got one coming (along with a couple other goodies). At the time I purchased the rack I thought I would be buying the 34L top box from Caribou so I talked to Dave about mounting options and he told me about the universal mount kit from Caribou. Fast forward a bit, other parts and bits (that were a little more exciting than a top box) got in the way and it was late summer before I knew it. I ended up in the frigging hospital and my riding season was over.

    While in the hospital, my buddy came home from Afghanistan and had some pelican goodies. The cases were small (used to tote around retinal scanners over in the sandbox and I thought it'd make the perfect little top box. The more I thought about top boxes, the more a smaller one appealed to me. I did some serious cleaning to get all the sand and fine grit out of the case, ordered up the mounting hardware and set in on the install.

    For the front mounts, I could use pre-exisiting holes in the MOD rack. For the back two, I drilled a couple holes and mounted everything up. It was simple, the box is incredibly secure and the 1/4 turn fastners make removal very quick. The best part of this setup is I can pull the pelican case off and still use my top rack to haul other stuff, still use my Wolfman Rollie if I want a little more capacity or just to have another option.

    Once the install was complete, I decided to give the case a little love. It was gnarly looking after its service over seas, faded, beat to hell and so on. I've been wanting to try my hand at camoing something (got a few gun stocks I'd like to try) so I figured this pelican case would be a good place to start. I picked up some Krylon paint (with fusion technology for plastic), washed the case down good, rubbed it all down with some denatured alcohol and set in on painting. I left all the character the case earned so it's still cut, scratched, knicked and really just beat but it's solid and still water tight.

    What I learned was camo paint is a pain in the ass to do but if you mess up you can just go back over it with another color. I added the GS decals last night just in case the two big orange ones on the tank weren't enough. My uncle just got into doing vinyl decals so I hit him up and had him make a couple things for me.

    Thanks Dave for answering all my questions and making a fantasticly versitale product...sorry it took so long to get it all together! :lol3



    MOD rack w/ Caribou Universal Mount kit installed

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    To cover up the mounting hardware, I took the foam from the top and moved it to the bottom. Covers everything nicely without taking up too much room in the case.

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  2. Mollygrubber

    Mollygrubber Eschew obfuscation

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    That's the same setup I use, if that's a 1450 case, it works a treat. You have a much nicer mounting system, though :rofl.

    My DSLR rides in there all cozy in the foam and all my electronics go beside it. Never budges, always dependable and secure.
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  3. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Hey! Watch this.

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    Nice set up. Like the GS logo on the side. :clap

    Can you post a pic of the inside without the foam covering the mounts? Have some Pelicans and think this is a plan. Thanks.
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  4. Westy99

    Westy99 Been here awhile

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    Mollygrubber - near as I can tell from the dimensions it's a 1450 or very simliar. I was thinking it'd be nice for toting camera gear around.


    MoodyBlues - I'll take some shots without the foam and of the bottom of the case as well.
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  5. XPEDITIONREADY

    XPEDITIONREADY Adventurer

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    What are the dimensions to the 1450 case? I want to a pelican case but dont want one to big as a top box. I am looking for the size that my 15" laptop can lay flat in and I like the looks of this one but afraid it may be to small. Any input?

    Thanks,
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  6. TimTX

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    Here's a link to a chart I find handy, listing/comparing each Pelican and Storm case, with their dimensions/weight/links/etc:

    http://www.thepelicanstore.com/PelicanStorm.aspx
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  7. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Hey Westy99,

    Thanks for the showing the set up! Looks good. :thumb

    That Two Brothers can is lookin' pretty cool too :eek1.

    The Universal mounts definitely are lower than the Pelican version Caribou makes that I have pic of.

    I was sorry to hear about the accident you had last year...so best of luck for an awesome riding season this year!! :ricky

    I have a pic of the inside too for you (courtesy of FastRedBike):
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    and these are the Pelican versions that Caribou makes for comparison:
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    They are twice the height to accommodate for the "feet" on the boxes.

    The Universal ones work better I'd say.

    Please note too that for anyone interested in doing this, the current version of the MOD Top Rack now has mounting points in the rear too so no drilling is needed. That's the one shown above.

    Thanks!

    Dave
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  8. TimTX

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    No question the Caribou system is awesome, but I thought I'd show my install to show A) how the MOD rack KISS worked, and B) how a Pelican 1500 case fits on the MOD rack. I do think the 1500 is a little too large: as you can see, it's a little hard to get to the tie-downs (I can fit a ROK strap in there, but it's not ideal). I do think a 1450 or smaller might be a better size.

    Anyway, here's the photos. As you can see, the 1500 takes up the entire rack:

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    I simply attached it via the two square holes on the MOD rack, meant for carriage bolts. For the price of two 1/4" x 1" long carriage bolts, two big washers, and two wing nuts, I mounted the case and it seems VERY solid.

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    It also seems pretty tamper proof: to remove the case you have to get inside (I can lock it), and nothing shows on the bottom but a rounded bolt head:

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  9. Dieselpwr

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    Hows the sound on that TBR exhaust? Been thinking of getting one.
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  10. Mollygrubber

    Mollygrubber Eschew obfuscation

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    Yup, that's pretty much how I mounted mine, except I used short stainless carriage bolts with nylocks, and rubber washers under big stainless ones - and I used 3.

    Good setup. With the 1450 case I can just get a Rokstrap into the slot on the back of the plate.
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  11. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Hey! Watch this.

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    "Yup, that's pretty much how I mounted mine, except I used short stainless carriage bolts with nylocks, and rubber washers under big stainless ones - and I used 3.

    Good setup. With the 1450 case I can just get a Rokstrap into the slot on the back of the plate."

    Yes, thats what I was thinking. Piece of mind that they aren't backing out from vibrations. This is my weekend project. Thanks guys.
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  12. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Hey! Watch this.

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    I have the titanium TBR pipe. Nice sound, not too loud. A slight tad more mid range power. Sounds more like a big bore dual sport instead of a sewing machine. No regrets.
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  13. Westy99

    Westy99 Been here awhile

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    My original plan was the KISS method but liked the quick detach option with the Caribou setup...you pay for it though! I'm still planning on getting a couple pictures of the inside of the case and the bottom, my setup is a little different than what Dave showed. The last couple nights haven't worked out buti should be ale to get them posted this weekend.


    As far as the Two Bros pipe, it sounds great, nice tone, not loud or harsh but much throatier. I've been 100% happy with mine.
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  14. MoodyBlues

    MoodyBlues Hey! Watch this.

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    Got my parts rounded up today. I am using a TT base plate with a 1500 Pelican case so I might start a new thread so it would be easier to search later on. I am going to put a link to this thread in mine if you don't mind. Thanks.
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  15. Westy99

    Westy99 Been here awhile

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    No problem Moodyblues...here is a couple more shots for you.

    Inside the case...

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    Bottom of the case...

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    Based on where I needed to put the mounts, I had to trim the feet off my case.

    By the way...great ride report!
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  16. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Thanks for posting those pics Westy99. :wave

    Yes that does look a different from the ones I posted with the Pelican mounts version.

    Thanks TimTX for posting your KISS set up. :thumb

    You can also get plastic thumb screws (with brass inserts for the threads) and they are easier to grip/use but they tend to be a bit bigger too. I'm still looking for the best ones...

    Cheers,

    Dave
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  17. JGoody

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    Lee Valley Tools has a good selection of the plastic handled wing nuts and plastic handled thumb screws. They're under woodworking > jig parts. The 1/4" - 20 ones are here - http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=61658&cat=1,43455,61994&ap=1 other sizes are available. No connection -- have used these parts in woodworking jigs. They are bigger but the plastic could cover the bolt so that nothing sticks up to catch stuff in the case.
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  18. toowheels

    toowheels on a mission...

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    Hey JGoody,

    Yes exactly!

    Thanks :wave

    Dave
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  19. TimTX

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    Good idea on the plastic wing nuts! Thanks, JGoody and toowheels!
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