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Old 06-06-2013, 07:15 PM   #16
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Had been planning to do more extensive testing, but I'm headed to the RedNEK Rendezvous tomorrow morning, so I've finished slapping it together and gave it a few coats of primer and krylon black.

I went with four bolts to attach the front panel. I'm wondering if it's going to rattle a bit, but I think since I'll also have a spare tube and plenty of stuff in there it probably won't have much room to rattle.



A few of the tools I'll be lugging in the trap.


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It's still wet from painting, none of the welds have been ground down, and there's even metal slag stuck to the sides. It's far from waterproof in this state, so I may pop it off, grind it to hell, fill any holes and repaint on some weekend when I'm not doing fun things. For now the tools will go in ziplock bags to keep them dry.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:29 PM   #17
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Nice job. I'm trying to figure something for a DRZ. I'm going to try and find a few secret spots to put registration, proof of insurance, and maybe spread tools to a few different places. I like that yours is low mounted,

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Old 06-17-2013, 03:50 PM   #18
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In the past two weeks I've put about 1200 miles on the bike over varying types of terrain and lots of rain and mud. No interference with the front wheel or cooling issues, as I'd hoped.

It is not at all waterproof, just driving in the rain throws water up under the lid. The lid itself only has one fold across the top, so the bottom flexes and bulges slightly, and doesn't seal well.

I think I'll remake the lid so that there is another fold that goes on the bottom to strengthen it and keep water from splashing up in, and add a seal of some kind to make it more watertight.

I've had to open it up to use tools four times. It takes a minute to get things unpacked, and packing stuff back in another minute. I'd worried that the nuts holding the lid on might vibrate loose, but I haven't noticed that at all yet.

I think I'd like to try wingnuts to hold the lid on.

I have the tools stored in ziploc bags, but a few of them have already worn holes in their bag from the vibration and tools rubbing together in the trap. I'm a bit worried now about packing the spare tube in there with everything else, that the tools might puncture the tube eventually. I think a custom tool roll is needed to keep things in order and prevent things from rubbing together so much.
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