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Old 04-18-2009, 08:36 PM   #1
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Custom Ammo Can V-Strom Install (Now Painted!)

I just bought an '09 V-Strom 650 last week and am in the process of getting it ready for some longer rides. I really couldn't see spending $700+ on some panniers, so I decided to mount some ammo cans.

I also couldn't see spending $200+ on a luggage rack to mount my $12.00 ammo cans to, so I welded up my own. I used 1.25" angle iron and 1" strapping for the rack. I've looked over many other racks and I think mine are stronger than most, and only cost me a few bucks . I also didn't have to relocate any lights

The rack is held on by 8 bolts, and is in one piece, so I can install it and take it off the bike in 5 minutes. Width with the cans mounted is just under 40". I wanted to keep the cans mounted symmetrical as I wanted space for a tool tube and don't care for lopsided looking mounts. I'm not completely done with it yet, I just need to build some sort of tool tube for the left side. I'll then sandblast/paint the ammo cans and rack.

Total time spent so far is about 8 hours and total cost about $30.00. Can't beat that.

Well, here are a few pics. Sorry that they are a little dark (don't mind the mess in my shop either).

Rack from the back:



Rack from the side:



Ammo cans mounted:







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Old 04-18-2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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Looks great, nicely done, plus cant beat cheap .
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Old 04-18-2009, 11:00 PM   #3
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dang... love to have a garage with a tig, mig and O/A welder!

Oh ya, nice rack!
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:43 AM   #4
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dang... love to have a garage with a tig, mig and O/A welder!

Oh ya, nice rack!
What he said.
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:52 AM   #5
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dang... love to have a garage with a tig, mig and O/A welder!

Oh ya, nice rack!
Yeah, that, I guess, is the main reason why I built my own. Part of the fun with anything for me is to fab up parts for things instead of buying them. (I got a nice hydraulic tube bender over in the corner, and a metal cutting band saw as well ).

Here's one of my other projects I've been working on. It has been on the sidelines since buying the bike though .

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Old 04-19-2009, 11:14 AM   #6
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Nice work man
I like very much your cj tire carrier
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Old 05-01-2009, 01:46 PM   #7
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Got the cans painted. I used a metallic matte black, very similar to the frame color. You can't see it in the pics, but the metallic really shines in the sun, looks great!




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Old 05-01-2009, 05:12 PM   #8
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OUTFREAKIN' STANDING! Very nice work. Gives me lots of good ideas when I get mine. Thanks for sharing. How exactly did you mount them to the frame? Your install is very clean. It looks like factory stuff and will be very rugged.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:12 AM   #9
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Very nice for sure. So what do you charge for another set? I'm sure you could make some money for other stuff with a couple sets of those.
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Old 05-02-2009, 08:17 AM   #10
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wow, you haven't even had the bike very long and it's already looking good.

what were the mounting locations again? Passenger pegs? I'm not sure if I see more than 6 bolts.
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Old 05-02-2009, 09:28 AM   #11
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