Pelican Topbox Setups: Let's see 'em

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by GoGoGavin41, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Which 'bags'?
    Most of us are hauling backpack gear for camping off the bike - AKA adventure riding. My image shows complete gear for living in the backcountry for 5 days. The secret to light packing is good backpacking equipment that is light, durable, and compact.

    BTW, I never bother to lock my cases as I'm not away from the bike nor in the city. However a couple of small padlocks work just fine. And they are attached from the inside so not easily removed/stolen.
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  2. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Are those the 26L seahorse bags? What mounts did you use? Got a picture from behind?
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  3. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Yes, seahorse. Happy Trails rack with their puck attach system. Had the same setup on my Versys so transferred the cases over to the Tiger. Not happy with happy trails. :rofl But they're hell for stout and they work.

    Only pic I have from behind...

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  4. pegaso54

    pegaso54 Adventurer

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    Hi Browneye!

    Are the seahorse valuemax enough big for travelling? 26l seem to be small for long trips. What's your opinion, after having use them?? What can you carry in the two side boxes?
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  5. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    If you look at inside demensions on the Storm i2600 and Pelican 1550, the seahorses are like an inch narrower and an inch or so smaller square. If a guy needed the extra room he should go with the i2600, they are the nicest to look at and a good size.

    I find them adequate, especially since whatever you have you fill up anyway. So the bigger they are the more crap you haul.

    Let's see...
    Left side:
    tool roll and spares, spare tube, tow strap, jetboil, a liter of wine, camp shoes, extra jetboil cartridge, camp towel, water jug (flat).
    Right side:
    2 ea 1 liter water cantenes - rectangular, camp kitchen with foods, snacks plates, coffee, foods, mini soft cooler that holds 3 beverages and ice (yeah, beer), camp clothes in a stuff sack.

    I'm sure there is more stuff but just can't remember offhand.

    Top box has a slew of stuff in it too, including a 45deg down bag, rain pants, chain lube, maps, snacks, tent lantern.

    Tank bag is small, sun glasses, sun screen, visor cloth, buff, notepad and pen, camera, phone, spare batteries for camera and gps, tire guage, lighter, change, ear plugs, tissues.

    Hydration pack with spare keys, compass, 3l of water, large brim hat, soda for lunch, sandwich or lunch for the day, an apple, jerkey, nuts, via coffees, sun shower (super compact).

    In summertime I can get clothes and stuff in the cases. In cooler weather when I need to haul more I add a 35L dry bag, put the sleeping pad in first and unroll it, stuff sleeping bag and clothes into the middle. Tent and spare jacket or liner gets strapped to the top of the topbox. A-Lite chair strapped to the pannier frames somewhere, along with a K-Bar folding knife - a BIG one. :D
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  6. Heipaal

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    What size and make is that?
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  7. alexk243

    alexk243 Been here awhile

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    Mounted a Pelican 1550 case to the back of my 1992 Yamaha TDM 850. Have used it all summer as I commute to work on this bike and the Pelican case allows you to lock it with a padlock or similar. Worked amazing and held real tight with the “door sealer strips” that I used on it.

    Not sure of total cost for the parts, but was really inexpensive. Case was about $60-$70 (got an amazing deal on them)
    Here is my bike with the finished project:

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    All the parts I used to mount it (minus the spray paint):

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    Metal piece I cut for brackets (used saw-zaw to cut)

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    Kinda approximated on length:

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    Drilled holes for the bolts and then filed all the edges down (iron file):

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    Lined it up and drilled holes in the Pelican 1550 case:

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    Now I originally tried it with just two metal brackets, but as I tightened down on the bold inside the case I noticed that the case was bending over the mount so I decided I needed to have a bracket on top of and below the TDM mount. That way I could tightened it down enough to make sure it would not move.

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    Painted them with a primer to keep them from rusting:

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    Put on the weather-stripping strips to keep them from sliding around and providing more grip:

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    Bolted them back on:

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    Used fender washers and wing nuts to hold the bolts on the inside of the case. The wing nuts allow the box to be removed without tools and the bolts I used have no nut on the outside so hopefully that will prevent the casual thief from removing the box.

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    Finished product:

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    After I completed this last summer I may have tightened it one, but it has stayed in its place really well and worked amazing for commuting on the TDM.
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  8. Moto Mikey

    Moto Mikey Been here awhile

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    F800GS with a Pelican 1500 mounted on an Adventure-Spec rear rack. Also installed a Caribou case lock set and footman loops (not pictured). Debating if I should mount my 1 Gallon Rotopax on top of it or leave it strapped to the rear seat. Worried about the extra weight mounted higher up..

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  9. ua99003

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    Pelican 1530 on my 06 tiger[​IMG]
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  10. GSJon

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    I like the coat hooks. Are they for helmets?
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  11. ua99003

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    Yep ... Helmet and jacket .... they work great. Got them from Lowes
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  12. Ze_zaskar

    Ze_zaskar Been here awhile

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    A little question for all the Pelican users. I've been using a Pelican 1500 as a topcase on my S10 for an year or so.
    I love it, except for the rattle of the outer/smaller part of the latches. I do a 30mile daily commute on very rough roads and the constant noise is driving me crazy.

    They used to be silent when new, but I guess repetitive vibrations are making them looser.

    Any help with this?
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  13. goldentaco

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    Get some Black Liquid Electrical Tape at your Local Hardware Store. WIth the outer smaller part that's making noise open, goop some the Liquid Tape around the latch hinge and on the part closer to where your thumb would be. Let it dry, ( you may have to tape it to keep it open). The idea is to spooge the gap between the two pieces. It should dry to be useable in 20 min and should tighten up your latches.


    J
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  14. cuonawv

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    I ordered the 1600 and mounted it straight to my SW Moto rack. I had to put 1/4" spacers between the box and the rack in order to raise the box up and off the top of the side case lids. I now have just enough room to unlatch and remove the side case lids or unlatch one side and swing the lids front or back

    I also added stainless grab rails (drawer pulls) which come in super handy when packing stuff on top or on the sides (resting on the side case lids)

    I do feel the box looks too big for the bike (looks like a pizza delivery scooter), but REALLY appreciate the capacity - 4 six packs AND a bag of chips and salsa.. (without crushing the chips - Winner :freaky)


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  15. goldentaco

    goldentaco Been here awhile

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    I got rid of my larger JC Whitney box when I forgot to take my key out of the lock before riding off a while back. So I got a Wolfman Large Rollie. That was great but only held my tools, knife, pump, spare tube and firstaid kit. Looked great but I needed more space.

    I have tent poles measuring 17" so the I picked up a Storm IM2450 which was just humongous. FInally settled on a Pellican 1500. I had already mounted my Black Dog Cycle Works KTM 950/990ADV rear rack on my Funduro so I finally settled on Caribou Cases QFS mounting system.


    Used some spare 1/8"x1" Aluminum bar I had laying around and carefully drilled and laid out my mount. I wanted to still be able to use the Tail bag without the Top Case, so I ran the rails on the sides instead of across the front and back.

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    You may notice in the above pic the center receiver for the quarter turn fasteners are protruding a bit. Actually about 1mm compared to how they are shipped. I had to push them up in order to get the fasteners to engage with the rubber weather seal on the fastener side. Not sure if my older 1500 case had thicker "feet" but some trial and error produced acceptable and secure attachment.

    The Quarter turn fasteners are great and are more than strong enough for anything I can put in there and are low profile. I think they are rated at 500psi shear strength and 700psi tensile strength. THe receivers are spring loaded so there is always positive tension between the two eliminating slop and wear.

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    Now that it's mounted I needed a way to lock it. I'd read a thread here about using a trailer hitch latch pin lock. There are many types and styles but most were bulky.
    I found one of these at my LHS:
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    I found if you remove the blue tip and nestle it in the corner opposite the lock hole in the lid, the "L" can't be pulled through the hole by determined folks.

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    Works great, no banging around offroad and is low profile.:clap
    I have a spare lock shaft I'm going to cut down to reduce the extra length if I get motivated.


    J
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  16. fuelish

    fuelish Been here awhile

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    SeaHorse box with an OnGuard lock, and part of a plastic cutting board. I welded sub frame mounts to the "U" and the lock bar is bolted to the back of the box. Used the cutting board to make a lip that fits the front of the "U". Got the idea from the farkel thread.

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  17. munchmeister

    munchmeister Grow'd Up Mini Trail

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    Thanks for bumpin' this thread up. Forgot how clever you guys are. :clap
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  18. ilbiker

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    Any pics of the completed setup mounted on your bike?

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  19. goldentaco

    goldentaco Been here awhile

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    Yeah but it didn't come out well. The picture that is.
    I'm gonna ride this Sat I'll take one or a few then.

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  20. steve_k

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