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Hey Dubbers!

I looked around google images but didn't find many custom tool tubes/cases or mounts. I'm curious to see how others tackled this fun little project and show you all the one I came up with.

This one is mine. I'm sure many of you recognize the 3" ABS pipe.

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I happen to have two brackets left over from a bicycle rack that fit the frame perfectly. I used 1/4" aluminum sheet to make a mounting plate to which I bolted two aluminum square tubes that I cut to the curve of the tube. The I drilled the tube and bracket and bolted the tube on. I would like to replace the bolts in the tube with some type of strap so I can detach or mount other tubular objects that could fit. This will be durable till I come up with a more ideal solution.

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Finally the ace up my sleeve....The sub cowling I cut and bent out a piece of sintra. This material is easy to shape once it's heated so it's best either kept away from higher temp or used where it can drape naturally if it softens. It's popular with costume makers for stuff like armour.

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My main goal aesthetically was to balance the muffler. It's very close but I need better weather to get some outdoor pics. I'm really happy with it and would like see what other people are doing.:D

Maybe I should have posted this in the customizing section...
 

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Thanks! It's a very strong bracket. When I tug on it the whole bike moves. I used lock nuts/crush washers to keep the bolts nice and tight.

My buddy Butch used a tractor manual storage tube (made in the USA) and we bracketed it on.
Cool. I'd love to see it if you can get a pic. It could help those less skilled in fabricating to see various methods.
 

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Butch's fabrication talent makes up for the fact that he cannot turn on a computer. I know that we bought the tube at tractor supply and the bracketry at the local hardware store and it bolted up with stainless fasteners. Got out of the deal for about $15.00.


Edit: As I recall better we bent some steel stock and an L bracket or 2 I had laying around and built the bracketry after liberal application of black paint. To be in the running for best in the world, it must hold JIS screwdrivers and 3 Charleston Chews MBW
 

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If you're able to make something you're happy with the savings are an added bonus. All I had to buy was the cap a coupler and a screw off lid which was roughly 15$ as well. The rest I had kicking around. Even if I had to buy all the parts it would be cheaper then buying a premade tool tube and I get more control design.
 

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The hierarchy is can I repurpose all of the materials for the project including hardware. The next is fabricating what cannot at first blush cannot be repurposed by a mere mortal. Next is to find out what you want and to buy and build what they should have built the way they should have built it. Use the best components with the best fasteners. Build it as many times as you have to until you get it right. After you get it right, get it the way you want it. MBW
 

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TrailWoman's fender eliminator looks impressive too. A picture or two with a brief description might be appreciated by those wishing to replicate it. Good work!
 

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TW Brian...That's a clean package. Nice use of a tool tube. Tool tubes can be awkward to mount but they compliment the case nicely.

Thanks Fred....now that the colder weather is setting in I might initiate a thread on fender eliminator fabrication. I would prefer to make one out of sheet metal but for now the ABS sheet plastic works great and looks better then stock IMO.
 

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I shared an order of four Tool Tubes from Tractor Supply with a riding buddy thus diluting the seemingly relatively high shipping charge. This brought combined cost per tube plus 4 "P" clamps each to about $11 total. After seeing several two faster tool tube mounts break in off-road situations I elected to double that and use 2 "P" clamps per end of each tool tube for a total of four per tube. I trimmed about an inch of height off each tube's mounting bracket and drilled new holes for the "P" clamps that wrap around my CycleRack's cross members. This leveled up the tubes a bit, created additional clearance for exhaust and turn signals, as well as created what I feel to be a stiffer structure somewhat less susceptible to fatigue failure. Picture is terrible but does show how tubes tuck in a bit tighter. Big fender washers also help distribute stress on the mounting points. I have cracked the side of one tube in a minor shunt but the mounting held up just fine.


I can take better photos if desired, used this one since tubes are muddy and obscured by luggage on rack today.
 

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OK, now before you guys start laughing, this tool tubes are not as dodgy as they might appear to be, they are actually working perfectly!

I've been toying with this idea for nearly a year before I got around to putting it on my bike last week. Its easy to get a hold of the empty Glenfiddich whiskey containers at the restaurant where I'm working and after painting them black I just mounted them onto my bike using duct tape and wire.

Due to time constraints I it wasn't possible for me to use proper C-clamps to mount the tubes because it is my intention to go on a road trip within the next few days but I'm sure the wire and duct tape will do;)



 

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Here is mine. Its a "Mega Tube" from the tool tube online store. Its mounted to a custom steel mount i fabricated and welded to the rear of a cycle rack. I added a hose clamps for more strength to the tube itself to keep the plastic from cracking under the weight of the tools i have in there. I have done this mod to both of my TW's and they have gone thousands of miles and survived quite a few dumps. I decided to do this after having the p clamps fail multiple times while on the trail. I just found them to be unreliable when the trail gets rough.

I also have a regular sized tube mounted on the left side on a limited production Tinman Tim custom mount.




 

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Gee Cornelius, I just may have to change single malts. Gonna take a full Glenfiddich on your trip? Can't wait for another entertaining South African ride report.:icon_thumright:
 

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I now realize my "creativity" has been drastically inhibited. I need to drink a lot more Glenfiddich! :icon_thumright:
 

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Here is mine. Its a "Mega Tube" from the tool tube online store. Its mounted to a custom steel mount i fabricated and welded to the rear of a cycle rack. I added a hose clamps for more strength to the tube itself to keep the plastic from cracking under the weight of the tools i have in there. I have done this mod to both of my TW's and they have gone thousands of miles and survived quite a few dumps. I decided to do this after having the p clamps fail multiple times while on the trail. I just found them to be unreliable when the trail gets rough.

I also have a regular sized tube mounted on the left side on a limited production Tinman Tim custom mount.






Nice rack mods! Looking at the first pick I'm guessing you sprayed it with truck bed liner. Nice touch. I considered trying some of that too. It looks like a similar texture to the ABS sheet plastic I used for my fender eliminator.
 

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Nice rack mods! Looking at the first pick I'm guessing you sprayed it with truck bed liner. Nice touch. I considered trying some of that too. It looks like a similar texture to the ABS sheet plastic I used for my fender eliminator.
I did, i had them professionally sprayed with Line-X. I have tried the rattle can stuff before on other projects and it is just not the same as the stuff you can get professionally done. The rattle can stuff is much thinner and not nearly as tough when dry.

I have the Line-X stuff in the bed of my truck too and it has taken some serious abuse in this truck and my prior one. I feel like it was a perfect choice for the racks.
 
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