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Old 07-02-2004, 10:20 PM   #1
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Topcase for 12 bucks.

Many of you may have seen my request for accessories for my NX. I have a hard time finding anything used, and new stuff for a 15 YO bike can be pretty expensive. I wanted a topcase, and after looking at Givi and others, decided to make my own. I scrounged an old rolling case with a broken handle from work. It had two chintzy keylock latches and a 3 digit combo lock, good enough for my use.
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Old 07-02-2004, 10:24 PM   #2
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To mount the case, I took the top rack off the bike and used it as a template to drill four holes in the case. I put the rack back on the bike using only two of the six screws. I then used some longer allen-head screws and flat washers to mount the case through the existing holes for the rack, thus holding both pieces in place.
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Old 07-02-2004, 10:27 PM   #3
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I also used 8 eyebolts to act as bungee points. Six are on the lid, on the rear and sides, and two are in the front for a tent or roll. I used trim washers with teh o-rings to keep the look clean.

What I really like about the case is that it is watertight, with a rubber o-ring sandwiched between two aluminum trim pieces for a seal, as seen here:
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Old 07-02-2004, 10:29 PM   #4
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The front bungee points, for illustration. I put these two on the body of the case, so the lid could be opened without removing said roll or tent.

Yeah those are wheels. I left them on to act as frame sliders.
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Old 07-02-2004, 10:31 PM   #5
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Heres the whole package, doesn't look too bad if you ask me...
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Old 07-02-2004, 10:33 PM   #6
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I did the eyebolts like that so you could access whats in the case without removing whats on top. Exhibit A: Soft cooler.
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Old 07-02-2004, 10:34 PM   #7
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Exhibit B: Said soft cooler rotated 90 degrees. I hope to test this whole thing out over this holiday weekend, as it is supposed to rain for 3 days, and I need to check watertightness.
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Old 07-02-2004, 11:14 PM   #8
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Old 07-03-2004, 03:14 AM   #9
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Old 07-03-2004, 01:32 PM   #10
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Old 07-03-2004, 08:23 PM   #11
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