Mounting a tool box

Discussion in 'GS Boxers' started by firstwordisee, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. firstwordisee

    firstwordisee Adventurer

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    New to the forum, thanks for all the helpful information the regulars post here. I am thinking about mounting a tool box behind my license plate on my '12, 1200GS. I got the idea on the forum and have seen a couple of pictures here however the search engine makes it difficult to find more info. I have the standard BMW luggage so there is not really enough room to mount anything behind the luggage (think about this when buying the BMW luggage!)
    I was looking at these boxes http://www.pelicancases.com/1150-p/1150.htm.
    Any feedback would be appreciated, it looks pretty easy to do but not sure if there is a better option, if box is a good size, if there are problems others have experienced etc.
    Thanks.
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  3. norcal1

    norcal1 Cameron Park, CA.

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    If you find the thread let me know. All I can find is the GSA behind the luggage rack. I would like to see the one you are talking about behind the lic. plate.
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  4. firstwordisee

    firstwordisee Adventurer

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    Yea, already checked those out, not enough room behind the standard Vario Luggage mounts for any of those as far as I can tell.
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  5. LaurelPerryOnLand

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    Correct-a-mundo!
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  7. klondike1

    klondike1 Nobody in particular

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    OK there is this
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=351936&highlight=pelican
    this
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781250&highlight=pelican
    and this
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=681075
    I know some are not what you wanted but may get you going in right direction. I will say the pelican on the inside of GSA cases is a pain in the butt to get at. Nice and out of the way mind you but not very easy access. Tubes are accessible all the time. I may put my tubes back on in the spring.
    My 2 cents anyway.
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  8. Spaggy

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    Here's how I did mine on the 1150. Used for a first aid kit. Gotta like Pelican, indestructible and water/dust proof.
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  9. terryckdbf

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  10. klondike1

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    After seeing these past post i will be moving my pelican in the spring!!
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  11. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    If you go solo, and don't have the GSA luggage mounts (I have Micatechs, so no frames), you can always do something like this...it's mine, I have it mounted on a pillion deck plate:

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  12. firstwordisee

    firstwordisee Adventurer

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    The pelican behind the plate is excactly what I had in mind. Ater using it how do you like this type of mount, is there anything you would suggest? Can you fit a decent tool kit in it? Is that the "small" 1150 pelican?
    Thanks
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  13. firstwordisee

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    Very nice work! I wish I had the means to fabricate something like that.
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  14. DDT Rider

    DDT Rider Been here awhile

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    Cool!
    A couple Qs:
    - I see you have the pelican 1120 on the side...it the back unit also the 1120?

    - If you fill that up with tools, does the extra weight move that back fender/attachment point much?

    Many thanks!
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  15. Spaggy

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    I think mine is the 1150. It's the perfect place for something light like a first aid kit. If you're using it for a tool kit, with more weight, I would brace it from behind just so it doesn't shake back and forth and break loose of the fender. I'm going to brace mine now that I've changed luggage and have a side to side brace behind it now.
    Here's the interior dimensions of the 1150, 8.18" x 5.68" x 3.62".
    The only concerns I would have about using it for tools is when you open it, will they all fall out? Also, if they are wet at all when you put them away, they might rust bad being a waterproof box.
    Worst case scenario, you use it for something else.
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  16. terryckdbf

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    I will try to answer. Both cases are the 1120 which are smallish. After all the research, internet searching, and cardboard mock ups this is what works for me. All of my heavy tools etc are in the side case with no issues. The license case holds lighter stuff such as luggage straps, etc. The round tube ideas are great but I like these better.

    If I were doing it again I would keep the 1120 at the license plate, purchase an 1150 for the side. I may try that as the 1150 is about 1" wider, 1" longer and 1/2" deeper so it will hold more. I saw pics of an 1150 that hit the tire during off road so after my cardboard mock ups I settled on the 1120. I believe I could use the 1150 on the side and not have it hit the tire on compression but I ride conservatively. The 1120 is small but holds what I need. I have also seen an 1150 case at the license plate melted by the exhaust.

    Access to open the side case is easier than people are saying and if you are getting in it that much you need to rethink what is going there.

    If I need my tools every time I ride I have the wrong bike.

    Hope this helps.

    Terry
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  17. DDT Rider

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    Many thanks!
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  18. bemiiten

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    It's been documented here that boxes mounted in this position will not clear the rear brake caliper when the rear suspension is compressed.
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  19. terryckdbf

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    Bemitten

    That is a very valid concern and one should be careful regarding the clearances. During my mockups it was evident the 1170 was way too large. The 1150 may be OK but it is a little deeper than the 1120.

    As you can see I mounted it as far to the rear as possible thus avoiding the brake caliper and its parts.

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    It will clearly miss the caliper.

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    Under 100% full compression there is the possibility of contact with the mud guard. I run a stiff set up suspension but that is no gurantee it will not compress fully.

    Thanks for pointing this out but I believe all of the ones that hit the caliper were the 1170 or the 1150, not the smaller 1120.

    Terry
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