pannier mount kit 1/2 inch?

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  1. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    im mounting some seahorse cases onto my triumph bonneville.

    the racks im modifying for use are 1/2 tubing. i have not been able to find a "puck kit" or mount set available for 1/2 inch tubing.

    ive seen some crafty shit done with a cutting board, but i don't care for that look.

    anyone have suggestions for a mount set for me?

    thanks in advance.
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  2. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I used 1/2 by 3/4 black polyethylene from McMaster-Carr with steel on the wheel side of the rack. After the first year it loosened up enough to rattle so I took it apart and shaved the 1/2 down a bit with a regular woodworking plane which works great on poly.

    If any of the puck kits are polyethylene you may be able to shave them if you have good plane skills -- it will be more difficult than the 3/4-inch face I was working on.

    If you could be more specific about what part of the "crafty-shit" look you don't care for . . .
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    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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  4. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    I ended up not using a "puck" at all. I welded 2 pieces of 1" x 3/16 thick flat stock on each side rack with holes drilled in them to simply bolt on the cases. On my last 3 bikes, I've used happy trails mount kits. But I never took the cases off any of them, so this time I figured to Just bolt em on.

    Will post pics later tonite.

    Bike is a triumph bonneville. I'm mounting seahorse se720 cases to.
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  5. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    I've used hockey pucks to machine into mounting pucks . . . . . cheap, black, and don't mind cold.
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  6. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    P clamps or u bolts. Unless you want a quick release.

    u channel steel square\rectangular tubing for the bottom rail works nicely too.
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  7. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    i welded "straps" of metal to the vertical plane of my racks, with holes in them to bolt the cases to (seahorse se720)

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    ive got a total of 105 bucks into my racks including hardware and powdercoat, i started with the saddle bag supports from seller losi3030 (on ebay) for my bonneville, they were 60 bucks uncoated.

    the seahorse se720 cases with locking latches, were 135 to my door for the pair.

    so for 240 bucks, ive got waterproof, dustproof, hard lockable luggage, all made in the USA, gotta love that.
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