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Old 02-11-2013, 08:05 PM   #16
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Mine seems to be fairly sealed, but the door would be difficult to be made waterproof. The door did sit a little 'proud' when I had my honking tool set stuffed in a little tight. I'll definitely put it in a bag.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:13 AM   #17
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Be careful.. at full rear shock compression these type boxes will shear off your mud guard mounting bolt and could take out your rear brake bleader... ask me how I know

edit: to be fair to advdave, who just sent me an email, I am not sure if the damage to my rear brake bleader was caused by his box, or the european manufactured one I replaced it with. I had one of the early versions of advdave's box, but sold it pretty quickly because I did not like the side opening design. I replaced it with one of the rear opening boxes from ebay. I honestly do not know when the damage occured. Dave says his boxes have a cut out on the backside specifically to avoid the brake bleader, so I imagine the damage was done by the newer box. Also, I have a bad habit of getting both wheels of the GSA off the ground on occasion.. so I may be compressing the rear shock more than most. I will check the new box when I get home and see what they have done on the back side to address the rear brake bleader and will post up what I found... could be that Dave has a better design because he has thought of the bleader.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:29 AM   #18
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I did not like the side opening design. I replaced it with one of the rear opening boxes from ebay.
I didn't know there was a box with rear opening. It WOULD be nice to get into the tool case without removing the side case....ebay huh?

Oh, this one? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Aluminum-Ral...41e48f&vxp=mtr
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:07 PM   #19
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Regardless the sealing that can be done, I would put my tool roll into a dry bag with some desiccant packs and make sure the tools were put in a bit oily to keep em from rusting, etc. No reason to expect a totally waterproof solution at this price point in my opinion. Tools placed in toolboxes in my garage have been known to rust with humidity. I still like the idea of this box to hold the tools instead of at the bottom of my adventure case, as then I can just leave them with the bike all the time and not have to drag them around when I unpack at camp or hotel.
Great ideas! I would never expect a tool box (or tube or...) to be waterproof, especially at this price.

Where do you get desiccant packs?

Where can you get a dry bag small enough for a tool pouch? I've only seen larger bags.

This particular tool box is on my "next accessory" list.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:09 PM   #20
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I didn't know there was a box with rear opening. It WOULD be nice to get into the tool case without removing the side case....ebay huh?
Except you don't HAVE to lock it if the door is behind the pannier. I don't like having to carry extra keys. I usually lose them.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:27 PM   #21
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Dave's tool box install on my 2012 GSA. The installation went smoothly although I did have to add 2 washers as spacers behind the rear pannier mount. The bracket was welded slightly inward leaving a space between the tool box mounting plate and the rack.

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Old 02-12-2013, 12:29 PM   #22
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I rather like the side access to the tool box as it is less accessible to those who would pry it open given the opportunity. It is the main reason I bought this one as opposed to brand X.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:42 PM   #23
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Mine seems to be fairly sealed, but the door would be difficult to be made waterproof. The door did sit a little 'proud' when I had my honking tool set stuffed in a little tight. I'll definitely put it in a bag.
Just Bought one myself!! Thanks for the positive review sk8rdi.
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:51 PM   #24
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I've been running Dave's tool box for awhile now and have rode through a few gully washers, and one edge of a hurricane riding across Florida without seeing a drop of water inside the box. As far as which is better a rear or side door, for me the side door makes it much easier to cram a fat tool roll in or even to get my fat hand in to retrieve something from the far end.
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Except you don't HAVE to lock it if the door is behind the pannier. I don't like having to carry extra keys. I usually lose them.
Really you do since you need the key to shut the door.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:41 PM   #25
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I love these units...great idea to have the recess for the caliper... But why not make another recess to avoid the mud flap...
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:42 PM   #26
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Great ideas! I would never expect a tool box (or tube or...) to be waterproof, especially at this price.

Where do you get desiccant packs?

Where can you get a dry bag small enough for a tool pouch? I've only seen larger bags.

This particular tool box is on my "next accessory" list.
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:44 PM   #27
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Where do you get desiccant packs?
Here's one: http://www.uline.com/Grp_21/Desiccants
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Old 02-12-2013, 03:50 PM   #28
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I'm looking forward to the flame war over which type of desiccants are best for this application - Silica Gel or Clay based.

Because we all know it's Silica Gel.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:15 PM   #29
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I love these units...great idea to have the recess for the caliper... But why not make another recess to avoid the mud flap...
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:53 AM   #30
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I have to add my two cents. I have been running this toolbox for somewhere in the neighborhood of 18 months to two years and it has been excellent. I do a lot of off-roading and go over some rocky trails at pretty good speed so it gets a pretty good pounding. It has never even started to loosen up. It is solid. Dave even sent me out a new pair of rubber mounts for the top unsolicited just to say he had a better way not to mount the box. Very nice!

Highly recommend it, great value. Its not waterproof, but then again it doesn't seem to get much water in it, so I am a happy customer.

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