Seahorse SE720 Side Case Install

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by KEN PHENIX, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    Well I have finally come close to finishing the job I started just before my trip to VA. I wanted some big old Pelican-style cases and I didn't care what they looked like on my street bike.

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    I decided on Seahorse SE-720 cases - not quite as sturdy as Pelican but at $53 a copy, ya can't beat 'em. They're quite a bit lighter too. I found an incomplete side case mounting bracket set for some unspecified cruiser that I cut and welded and bent to fit the Bandit.

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    Of course I used more bicycle locks to mount the cases. I welded the tips on like so:

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    Locks are fastened to the cases as before with 1" conduit clamps at the top and the bottom is secured with sections of black poly cutting board material. I used reach nuts to keep the hardware flush.

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    The cases lock on securely and pop on and off quickly.

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  2. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    I also attached a smaller Pelican 1150 case on the tank.

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    Bicycle U-locks...genius application! :clap :clap :clap
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  4. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    No Shit!!! I'm so stealing that!
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  5. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    Thanks, the bike lock mount has been holding the top case on nicely for about 18 months. It works great. thread

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  6. xroad

    xroad Been here awhile

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    Great work!

    About that tank top bicycle lock ..... I am not sure I like them two pointy things in position to skewer my boys if I get into a crash. Can't you turn it around? The mounting tabs should match.
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  7. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Eremikophobic

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    That's terrific! I've been thinking of how mount a box on my YZF and that may just fit the bill!
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  8. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    :eek2Oooooh Noooo! I'd never ever ride without the box on the tank. I would certainly take the u-bar off first. I did try it backwards but the lock hit one of the grips. I had a low speed get-off and flew right over the whole rig. :D
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  9. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    My next step was to make the cases more visible at night. I ordered two 8" x 10" sheets of 3M Scotchlite from cyclegadgets.com.

    The material is black . . . . .
    until you shine a light on it - then WOW!
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  10. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    Paint kept flaking off the zinc finish on the conduit straps. Now I'm coating them with Plasti Dip. I think I like this stuff. :wink:

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  11. Bugtussle

    Bugtussle Been here awhile

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    Damn, McGuiver of the year award on this one!!!:clap
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  12. paul.miner

    paul.miner Adventurer

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    Tank-mount Pelican... I like it!
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  13. IdahoRenegade

    IdahoRenegade Long timer

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    I really like what you did. Can you update us on how the Seahorse side cases are working out? Do they seem to be pretty tough? I'm thinking about doing something very similar, I really like the price on the SH vs Pel.
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  14. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    I am pleased. I have taken them on two trips so far and I leave them on the bike full time. I They both survived tip-overs with only minor scratches. The only drawback I have found is ya can't overstuff 'em like Pelicans without the lids bulging and breaking the seal. They are quite a bit lighter though. I bought another 720 for the top case.

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  15. Crazy_Dave

    Crazy_Dave Back'in it in

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    Where are you purchasing your seahorse cases? Best price I found was 43.95 for the SE720.
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  16. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    That sounds about right.

    http://www.carrycasesplus.com/se-720-p29907.html

    I think I paid $53 each including shipping. I bought another one to replace the old Pelican top case. I'll have the pics up soon.
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  17. KEN PHENIX

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    Ok, here's pics:

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    As before, I used Sea Dog marine nylon pad eyes and "S" biners to hold the bungee net.

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    I used flat aluminum reinforcement with flathead bolts. The pad eyes have tee nuts so all the hardware inside is flush.
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  18. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    I almost forgot - I dunked the tee nuts in Plasti Dip. I love PLASTI DIP!

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  19. EvanADV

    EvanADV Big Bearded Boy

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    sorry to dig this up from the grave, but the u-lock idea is freakin awesome.
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  20. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    McActor never came close to this ! Frakin brilliant.:eek1
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