DIY storage tube write-up, with locking interface! Vstrom

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by zed88, Jul 2, 2007.

  1. zed88

    zed88 n00bilicious

    Joined:
    May 4, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,308
    Location:
    Pingree grove il nw chicago
    Materials needed:
    1 Stanley ¾” double hinge clasp lock 1 2” Section of 4” pipe (either normal, or thinwall)
    1 Waterproof lock
    1 4” End cap for drinking water (you can also use a flat end)
    1 4” female end
    1 4” screw on Male cap
    1 PVC Primer
    1 PVC Cement
    1 can of Krylon black fusion
    1 caulk or other waterproofing agent

    Tools
    Hacksaw
    File
    Screwgun with 1/8th drill bit
    Rag

    Sorry for the poor pictures, I don’t have a digital camera.

    Go ahead and cut the pipe to a desired length (I used 17”) with a hacksaw, and then use a file to remove the burred edges. Wipe all dust off with water. After you have done that sandpaper the edges to get it roughed up a bit and apply PVC primer to both pieces. Then apply Cement to both the inside, and outside of both pipes. Twist the end cap on with a ¾ turn and let dry for 5-15 minutes.
    [​IMG]

    Repeat this for securing the other end (male/female end).

    Now attach the latch as shown. You will need to drill pilot holes with a 1/8th drill. Make sure to apply some caulk to the back of the screws to maintain a waterproof seal when done. The latch also doubles as a lever if the lid should the lid get stuck. Make sure you have the lid screwed down all the way before installing the hinge. Otherwise it won’t line up!
    [​IMG]


    After screwing it down and caulking, let it dry for awhile. If you feel like it, you can cut off the screws before you caulk over them. I didn’t mind the little bumps so I left them in.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Now you can paint it with your desired color. I use krylon fusion because its supposed to bond to plastic good. After it has finished mount it on the bike. Don’t forget to loctite your screws so they don’t vibrate off. I used some steel L brackets, rubber offsets, and hose clamps. I’m partial to how JBH painted his:
    http://www.twtex.com/forums/showpost.php?p=209926&postcount=352

    You can also run a bungee around the lock to keep it from vibrating, and banging against things.

    Congrats, you now have a secure, durable, waterproof, connection that distributes weight low on the bike, and is an efficient use of space. It’s tough enough to get ejected from the bike, and keep all your tools intact. If you are going off-road you can throw your phone and wallet in it. Best of all it was less than $40!

    Eric :jkam
    #1
  2. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray Glistening Shaft Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2006
    Oddometer:
    5,156
    Location:
    Pisgah Forest, NC
    Wow!

    I like it.
    #2
  3. ADAMD

    ADAMD Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2006
    Oddometer:
    208
    Location:
    Montreal, QC
    That lock is too big for my liking, but a great idea! What about one of those combination lock biners?

    [​IMG]
    #3
  4. RicH2

    RicH2 Ric H2

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    4,720
    Location:
    North Alabama
    Huhhh...nice work...now lets see a picture of it mounted on the bike....Please...
    #4
  5. zed88

    zed88 n00bilicious

    Joined:
    May 4, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,308
    Location:
    Pingree grove il nw chicago
    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I will be mounting the givi racks tonight, so I will post pictures when I'm done.

    I think I'm also going to add a piece of foam to the bottom end to decrease rattling and vibrations.

    You can definitely use a smaller lock, I just had this one laying around. A smaller hasp, and smaller lock would blend in better :)
    #5
  6. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2005
    Oddometer:
    10,971
    Location:
    Grass Pants Orygun
    Painting it black?

    You do know they make black pipe? :wink:

    [​IMG]
    #6
  7. sbdep

    sbdep Adventurer

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2007
    Oddometer:
    15
    Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
    The black pipe is the ABS pipe which has a much thicker wall, and is significantly more expensive than PVC pipe. At least around here in Ottawa. 3 feet of 4" ABS pipe for $13 vs 10 feet of 4" PVC for $10. All prices in Canadian dollars.
    #7
  8. DrEvil

    DrEvil Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2006
    Oddometer:
    245
    Location:
    right between baltimore and DC
    3$ more? umm, i think a can of black spray paint would be that much, and not look as clean.
    #8
  9. jdub

    jdub Dawg bytes reel gud Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2004
    Oddometer:
    4,215
    Location:
    S. Central PA
    Must be a regional thing. I've gone to four different plumber supply places in my area (Lowe's, Home Depot, and two small been-around-for-50-years kind of places) looking for the black stuff and they all told me the same thing - "They stopped using that black ABS stuff around here 10 or 15 years ago". Looks like I have no choice but to use black paint too.
    #9
    RedEX likes this.
  10. ddlewis

    ddlewis Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,489
    Location:
    South/central Va
    :thumb
    I've been wanting to take advantage of that blank space behind my givi rack too. The piece of pipe with end caps is a no-brainer. As a potato gun smith, I could whip that out in no time..

    Mounting it to the rack in a clean looking secure way is the tricky part. I'll be interested to see what you come up with for that.
    #10
  11. SQD8R

    SQD8R Eat squids and be merry

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2004
    Oddometer:
    7,484
    Location:
    The Village: 52.9144° N, -4.09615° E
    :freaky

    Smart, saw a similar mod done on the 650GS before. Also a good idea is a fake exhaust, there's a company that sells them for the F650. A discarded 1000 exhaust would make an ideal secret compartment. Good job. :thumb
    #11
  12. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2005
    Oddometer:
    10,971
    Location:
    Grass Pants Orygun
    Mine's pretty low tech, couple strips of UHMW
    It's held so far for over 30,000 miles

    [​IMG]
    #12
  13. GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I use profanities

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4,404
    Location:
    Penngrove, California (Sonoma County)
    HA.. I was thinking of doing something JUST like this. However, since I took my can off thousands and thousands of miles ago, I was gonna look into installing a false muffler and using it to store all my shit, yet it would look JUST like a muffler, so the cops wouldnt NEVER even look at me. Maybe I can fit a small...eh...."adventure handgun" in there. You know.. for all the big ass Grizzly bears out here in coastal California! LOL
    Sweet write up!
    #13
  14. zed88

    zed88 n00bilicious

    Joined:
    May 4, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,308
    Location:
    Pingree grove il nw chicago
    I finished painting it tonight. After much head scratching (mounting it is difficult), I figured I was making it too complicated and looked around the garage to see what I had laying around. Lo and behold I found some nice U Bolts, washers and lock nuts lying around. Drill a few holes, and it pops right on. The pictures show the front U Bolt, and then on the rear of the can I used a pipe clamp, with rubber insulator.

    Has anyone ever had the pipe smack the chain guard if you really hit a bump? I tried to retain maximum clearance but I still wonder.

    Painted:
    [​IMG]
    Bike with my new luggage:
    [​IMG]
    Looking down from the back:
    [​IMG]
    U-bolt:
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    No pics of the pipe clamp. Sorry
    #14
  15. Stretch67

    Stretch67 Mad Scientist Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2006
    Oddometer:
    24,234
    Location:
    Bent, But Not Broken
    Now you're talkin'! :D

    I put one together for my cousin a couple weeks back. A large time was had by all.
    #15
  16. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2005
    Oddometer:
    10,971
    Location:
    Grass Pants Orygun

    I ditched the chain guard the first time I tried doing chain maitenance
    #16
  17. GillaFunk

    GillaFunk I use profanities

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2005
    Oddometer:
    4,404
    Location:
    Penngrove, California (Sonoma County)
    Finally got mine build this week. Turned out not tooo shabby! Painted and mounted. Its a bit snug for all my tools and tire repair crap, but its good enough for me!!
    [​IMG]
    #17
  18. clawspawn

    clawspawn Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2007
    Oddometer:
    96
    Location:
    LAS CRUCES NM
    I like it:clap anny extra space find a use for it:lol3
    #18
  19. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious. Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2006
    Oddometer:
    11,012
    Location:
    Around Denver
    Nice write-up. I have mine mounted on the Caribou rack, totally secure.

    I debated a locking mechanism, but finally decided that the extra complexity wasn't worth it. My view is that if you lock something, people wonder what's inside. I spent two months through Mexico and Central America without a lock and never had a problem.

    Jamie
    #19
    RedEX likes this.
  20. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2003
    Oddometer:
    30,231
    Location:
    San Antonio, Tx
    Bumping, cause it's a good thread. :evil
    #20