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Old 01-05-2012, 02:58 PM   #31
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Thanks for the heads up on these cases... I grabbed 3 of them for my Dominator...

Here's the ride report where you'll find more pics if interested::
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=753446

2 day rushed mounting job:






I'll copy the post-trip case pics here:

They were in the pre-Xmas catalogue on page 29:


They held up quite well... They had a few impacts on the bottom which broke a couple of the corner hinge gussets, I had the cases mounted a bit low... If I was buying them again I'd probably fill the gap between the gussets with some silicon sealant or sikaflex to re-enforce and support the gussets a bit better...


The bike only went down once on a steep rocky hill, it slid backward a couple of feet down a rock ledge with the full bikes weight on the right case... the case handled it ok...




The cases seem dust and water proof.... Good value for money IMO :)
(considering Pelicans are about $300 each here in Aus)

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Old 01-05-2012, 03:08 PM   #32
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Man thats a great set up you've got there. Cool.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:11 PM   #33
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Thats one of the best looking home made pannier set ups I have seen.Who cares if you drop it and break one.Very cheap to replace.I am terrified to break mine!
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Old 01-05-2012, 06:26 PM   #34
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Thats one of the best looking home made pannier set ups I have seen...

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Old 01-05-2012, 06:45 PM   #35
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Thanks....

I wanted to keep good access to the factory grab handles, and wanted the case racks to act as additional grab handles at the sides and the back... (the factory grab handles are a bit high for dragging the bike out of trouble)

I'll probably raise the cases a bit and make a better top mount, something lockable maybe... I'll also replace the MDF backing plates and the steel strip on the back of the cases with aluminum to cut down the weight a bit...

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Old 01-07-2012, 02:41 AM   #36
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On sale again today

In at Bunnings today These Craftright boxes were there and only $65.00
Had to buy a couple
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:31 PM   #37
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BAH! I went to a few bunnings around me, and they didnt have any, except the smaller Kingcrome ones.

I ended up going to Jaycar and picked up one for $130, its black and pretty well made. Ive taken some pics and will post them up soon.

I filled it with water and shook it about to test the seals... Not perfect, as it drips a bit, but that was a pretty extreme test. Its not on their website in the size I picked up.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:36 PM   #38
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<-- Latches being opened. You need to lift the bottom section to both, open and close the lid
<-- Filling with water
<-- Sitting half full of water. No leaks, untill rested on its side.
<-- First layer of foam is sorted for holding my camera
<- All done, with plenty of space for other things
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:39 PM   #39
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Two things I like.. My camera is held very well in the foam, and the hinge is very large, almost the whole width of the box and it looks very strong.
What I dont like.. Its not 100% waterproof, but very close unless submerged. Flex in the lid, but that could be a good thing in a crash rather than just shatter. Im not totally sure of the latches, they have a spring to stop accidental opening which seems flimsy but they are well protected and I think will hold up fine.

I'll mount it, stealing ideas from here and report back about how it goes.

-Shaun

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Old 01-07-2012, 11:57 PM   #40
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Go to your local pool shop and get a little tub of silicone grease, remove the o ring seal and give it a good coating then reinstall it. Put a light smear along the facing edge as well. This will help to improve the waterproofing. This technique is used with underwater camera housings. Silicone grease does not destroy rubber like petroleum based products.

Don't trust the catches. You could get a supply of gotcha straps, to be sure, to be sure.

http://www.gotchastraps.co.nz/products.php?cat_id=40

Oh yes. The clowns at Bunnings couldn't find the cases when I went to have a look at them. I found a pallet load in with their tool cabinets at the front of the store.
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:14 AM   #41
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Oh yes. The clowns at Bunnings couldn't find the cases when I went to have a look at them. I found a pallet load in with their tool cabinets at the front of the store.
Funny... I had the same issue... They ended up finding a whole unopened pallet of them stacked up high on top of the shelves...

Probably best to get them to check the computer if they say they don't have any ...
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Old 01-08-2012, 01:49 AM   #42
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Most of time I'll have another bag strapped on top of it with my camping gear, tent sleeping bag, mattress etc. it won't be opening easily
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Old 01-08-2012, 02:06 AM   #43
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Most of time I'll have another bag strapped on top of it with my camping gear, tent sleeping bag, mattress etc. it won't be opening easily
Hard to tell from your photos (is that because your camera is in the case?) but does yours have 4 latches the same as the Bunnings ones?
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:21 AM   #44
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Nope I didn't realise they had 4 until I re looked at the other images of them about 30 mins ago. Two latches on the top end only. You can prob head into your local jaycar and check them out for yourself.

Thanks for that advice with the rubber grease. I think your right I had a good look at them and the box was slightly bowed, possibly from the seal. Not being seated correctly. I'll have a look tomorrow
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Old 01-08-2012, 03:36 AM   #45
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Go to your local pool shop and get a little tub of silicone grease, remove the o ring seal and give it a good coating then reinstall it. Put a light smear along the facing edge as well. This will help to improve the waterproofing. This technique is used with underwater camera housings. Silicone grease does not destroy rubber like petroleum based products.

Don't trust the catches. You could get a supply of gotcha straps, to be sure, to be sure.

http://www.gotchastraps.co.nz/products.php?cat_id=40

Oh yes. The clowns at Bunnings couldn't find the cases when I went to have a look at them. I found a pallet load in with their tool cabinets at the front of the store.
The silicone grease.. is that the stuff you use on your condoms?
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