Questions regarding filling Gobi Panniers?

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  1. gbx2001

    gbx2001 Geophiz

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    When I bought my 2010 990 Adventure (used) it came with a pannier frame (quick detach) and a new set of black Gobi panniers, still in their shipping boxes. The previous owner had even purchased some drain valves to drain liquid from the Gobis.

    I plan a few trips this summer, and am seriously considering taking a few liters of water in the Gobis - nothing like plastic flavoured water to quench your thirst after a long ride! The Gobis however have nothing but two small press-in plugs on the front and rear for filling / letting air out, and these two plugs are not the easiest to remove or re-install.

    I realize these panniers are not perfect, and have many critics, but they are what I have and I don't plan to spend $$ if I don't need to. I have spent some time searching for a replacement for these plugs to facilitate filling the panniers with liquid, but so far no success. I would welcome feedback from anyone who has come up with a better solution for filling these.

    Cheers.
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  2. alongat

    alongat Orange Blooded

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    If you have KTM-branded Gobis then they do not come with the water taps built in but those parts can be sourced seperately - for example, I typed in "Hepco Becker Gobi water taps" in google and came up with this:

    http://www.bykebitz.co.uk/hepco-becker-gobi-water-tap.html

    If you are on this side of the Atlantic, I am sure you can search for a North American source for these parts.

    I hope this helps...if I understood what you are asking in your post.


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  3. Tangai

    Tangai Been here awhile

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    They ain't easy to fill, gotta get a really small funnel and removing both rubber plugs makes it easier. It's worth doing though. I ended up camping in a trail head parking lot one hot night and the water was handy for brushing teeth, shaving and such.
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  4. onewoodsrider

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    I have also heard that if you run some red wine through those gobis before putting water in them it will help with the water not tasting so bad. I have never tried this myself. I have used a small funnel to put water in them and its a pain in the ass. Wasn't a very good design with such a small fill hole.
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  5. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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    I can't imagine it was really an intentional thing. More of a 'why not?' due to molded plastic having an internal cavity. Not many people are making molded cases quite like that - my guess is if HB did it again, they would probably revise the filling setup.

    I tend to pack enough stuff into the panniers that I don't like the idea of having more weight on them. They're pretty heavy even by themselves, and those little latches aren't very strong...mine are both broken, from pretty minor get offs off road. More weight would just make them even easier to break, I would think.
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  6. BHoward

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    A few drops of lemon or lime juice in the water helps the taste.
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  7. brooks

    brooks Been here awhile

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    The taps are the same as the fuel taps.
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  8. sven520

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    I wanna say they hold 3 liters of Vodka each, which removes the taste of plastic.
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  9. gbx2001

    gbx2001 Geophiz

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    Thanks for the feedback to date. I have taps for installation, and am looking for suggestions to replace the top plugs to fill the Gobi panniers with liquid. There has to be a better way ...
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  10. JoeMongo

    JoeMongo ¿Por dónde?

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    Replacement lock cores, which are the part that breaks, are about $13 each and install in seconds. Order replacements of your broken key numbered cores now, while they are still available. I have seen some sources dry up in my short time as a Gobi owner. While I was at it, I changed the top box locks to match the side cases, just in case I wanted to pick up a pizza. Then I installed a Pelican box instead. :baldy
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  11. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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    Not to thread jack too much, but the hinge actually broke on mine, along with the lock. Must have hit it just right. Or wrong.
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  12. onewoodsrider

    onewoodsrider Been here awhile

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    Could you drill out the filler holes larger and install the next size plug? I have seen smaller rubber plugs at home depot that might clear the lid.
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  13. KPuusepp

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    Cant find anywhere, but I know there's info about this matter in this board. What size is the hole that needs to be drilled for water taps?
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  14. geometrician

    geometrician let's keep going...

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    8.3mm IIRC. It's going to be the size that passes the plastic filter tube from the petcock, but no large that it interferes with the O-rings abilty to act as a seal
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