Tool Tube?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by wayno, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. fhfr436

    fhfr436 Thirsting for ADV

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    Although it might seem like a good tool-storage tube, it's made to hold a paper booklet. The tabs just aren't made for what you (and so many others) are trying to do. The insulated P-clamps are a better route for a secure mounting.
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  2. Antti

    Antti Been here awhile

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    Yep, i allready made a new one out of PVC drainpipe :)
  3. Phil

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  4. kenstone

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    Why would anyone use something made to hold a booklet, to carry tools?
    How about something made to hold tools...to hold tools
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    A tool tube from an ATV
    :lol3
  5. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Because it works (when mounted properly) and is very inexpensive.
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  6. kenstone

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    Yeh, if your going to cut off the mounting flanges and use/devise/engineer something else, why not start with welding rod holders, which are thicker plastic:dunno
    Those quad TOOL tubes are plug and play, thick/built to carry tools, with no cutting/designing/ or added mounting hardware to source/buy.
    That, and underneath panniers seems to be a great place to mount them :fpalm
    Put a couple of hundred dollars worth of essential tools into a thin/cheap plastic tube, then figure out a way to mount it, somewhere out of sight :confused
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  7. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    I use the flanges to mount mine, it's been on there for about 6 years and still going strong.
  8. DaleE

    DaleE TransAlp Adv

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  9. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    I used a hacksaw to cut off the flanges, and carry the tube in my sidecase. It makes a neat organizer for the tools. That is all.
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    DaleE TransAlp Adv

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  12. Fordbailey

    Fordbailey Been here awhile

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    Laconic Berserker Nativist

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    The gilding is off the lily!

    Use a welding rod tube or go the PVC route. I had a chance to get a couple of the document holders for free the other day and passed on them, too flimsy.
  14. portablevcb

    portablevcb Long timer

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    I've had one full of tools on my bike for a while. Only two of the bolt holes used. It's only been on the bike for 20k road miles. No signs of cracking and it works nicely.

    Off road? I agree the mounting is probably not worthy. For that I'd get Al tubes and good solid mounts.
  15. MotoMigrant

    MotoMigrant Been here awhile

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    Made a locking plug for my tool tube that only cost $10. The locking plugs you see online usually go for $30 for a 4". I'm outfitting 2 DR650s and each will have 2 so spending $120 for locking plugs was out of the question. Simple is better (maybe this has been done before but I didn't see it). Get plug for $7, drill a hole for an eye bolt,50cents (I even welded the gap), lock nut on the back, drill hole in wing nut, spray paint & add a lock.
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  16. UnclebudinTX

    UnclebudinTX Half Moose Whiskapalian TEX-LEX

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    I like your idea but when someone sees that lock they are going to think some valuble is in there and maybe give them the idea to break in.. iv never.had a problem wiyh any body messing with my bike.. do i lock up my cases hell yes.. do i chain my helmet to my bike.. no.
  17. BiGR Rich

    BiGR Rich Been here awhile

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    Kgm, how long have you had that lock? I had a pair of those on a some hard bags for a couple months before one crapped out. The numbered rollers were getting tougher to spin, and one day I unlocked it and it wouldn't shut again. My best guess was the combination reset itself when it was open. Didn't trust it after that.
  18. MotoMigrant

    MotoMigrant Been here awhile

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    I'm heading to central america (Panama and back) for 2 months. I'll be locking my helmet ;)

    I can agree with the thought process of just keeping it shut without a lock. If someone wants in, they will get in anyways. But at least this is kinda low key but also a little tamper proof. I'll let you know in April, lol

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    MotoMigrant Been here awhile

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    Hmm, had these a couple years but I could see that happening. I just made this and put the lock on, it will have to be on road testing...

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  20. RTinNC

    RTinNC Long timer

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    Do you use those plugs in the normal tool tube? Or did you make your own tube? Like the locking idea!