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    Senior Member rmoore2112's Avatar
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    Northern Tool and Amazon sell some nice sport tool boxes that can easily be turned into stylish panniers. The boxes are modeled after ammo cans,

    but are made of plastic. The boxes were originally green and I spray painted them black to match the TW.



    The reflective tape and optional bullet holes can also be had at Nothern Tool. The next step is to attach the cases to the cycle rack pannier mounting

    bracket.







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    Mounting boxes to cyclerack bag supports



    Materials:



    8 - 1 1/2" x 1/4 carriage bolds

    8 - 5/16" washers

    8 - 1/4" washers

    8 - 1/4" lock washer

    8 - 1/4" nuts

    2 - Locking Linch Pin, 6/16 in. dia.

    2 - 5"x5" 3/4 plywood



    Cut some 3/4 plywood into 2 5"x5" pieces









    Clamp or hold the wood against the cycleracks bag mount and mark the holes with a sharpie





    Using a 5/16" drill bit, drill the marked holes in the plywood



    Clamp and center the drilled plywood on the side of the box that will be mounted against the motorcycle. There is a lip for the lid, make sure the plywood is flush with the lip on the box







    Drill through the plywood into the box with the 5/16" drill bit.



    Clean holes with an knife, removing excess material.







    Here is the bolt assembly from the inside of the box, out





    Place the bolt inside of the 5/16 washer and push through the box and plywood, repeat for all 4 bolts





    Add washer, lock washer and nut to the other side with cyclerack bag mount attached. Make sure you orient it correcly so the the hooks are on the outside and allow you to open the box









    Use some paracord or string to attach the linch pin to the closing latch.



    Attach bag mounts with box to bike by hooking the bag mounts onto the cycle rack.







    I haven't done the shorter turn signal mod, so I used the forward clipping position on the cyclerack.







    Here is a front photo. I like that the boxes are low and easily clear my legs when swinging them over the bike.



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    They look great. It will be nice to see them mounted. Gerry
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdm2112 View Post
    Northern Tool and Amazon sell some nice sport tool boxes that can easily be turned into stylish panniers. The boxes are modeled after ammo cans,

    but are made of plastic. The boxes were originally green and I spray painted them black to match the TW.



    The reflective tape and optional bullet holes can also be had at Nothern Tool. The next step is to attach the cases to the cycle rack pannier mounting

    bracket.





    Pretty Cool...



    How do you plan on mounting them? Side or top or cyclerack? Are the side walls of the boxes stout enough to run a bolt thru them w/o any backing? They could mount directly to CycleRacks bag supports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kankujoe View Post
    Pretty Cool...



    How do you plan on mounting them? Side or top or cyclerack? Are the side walls of the boxes stout enough to run a bolt thru them w/o any backing? They could mount directly to CycleRacks bag supports.


    I plan on using a sandwich type mount with bolts going through ->cyclerack pannier mount->1/2 plywood->box->backing plate (aluminum or 1/8" steel) in that order. The plywood is needed to clear the lip of the box. I'll post pics when done.



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    The nice thing about those is that they can be secured with a small lock in an attempt to keep unwanted visitors out.

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    Those are larger than the ammo boxes I was contemplating. Cannot wait 'til you post the pictures of this project, because I could use a few more ideas before I start bending conduit.Best of luck
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    Fake bullet holes? You have a BMW?




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    When motorcycling I find them vastly preferable to actual bullet holes. Just sayin'.



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    Since the TW is the Chuck Norris of motorcycles, bullet holes are not a problem.



    Oh, and those boxes may be the best value in hard boxes going. I might order a pair, and if they are as good as they look, order a couple more to use atop the rack.




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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Fake bullet holes? You have a BMW?




    Why he put fake bullet holes on doesnt peek my interest.



    The fact Northern sells them does.
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