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post #1 of 19 Old 12-13-2007, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Tool Tube (my version)

So I deliberated about making my own tool tube. While I like the other designs out there, I didn't want to put plain PVC on the bike. So, I ask my wife since she works for a company that makes gas cylinders, if they ever had any scrap pieces lying around with about the right dimensions? I gave her the Oatey plug and told her an approximate length. Lo and behold, she pulls through and brings home a beautiful piece of billet aluminum that was destined for the recycling bin. 4,000 ton cold press took a solid log of 4" alumnium and pressed it into a cylinder. All the dimensions are perfect. Mind you it is heavier than PVC, but that also means it's damn near indestructible. Now I just need to paint or powdercoat it and figure out a mounting solution. Since it's aluminum, I might get frisky with the welder. Tell me what you think.












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post #2 of 19 Old 12-13-2007, 01:52 PM
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Just polish it. Easy to maintain that way. A great idea that should stand up to about anything but a desperate junkie.

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Do you plan on mounting this out in the open? What will protect the tools from being ripped off?

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wow! very cool!!
I've been deliberating my tool tube also, still undecided. You could so some really cool mounting ideas if you weld some custom brackets. It's be even better if it could double as a tripod.

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You probably don't want it sealed up tight because it will condense inside. Know anybody locally who can thread the ends? Or at least one end. Put a cap on it and drill two holes toward the bottom that you can slide a lock through.

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I planned on using that Oatey plug as the end. It is one solid tube with only the single open end. I thought of condensation as well, maybe a purge valve similiar to what's on the Pelican boxes?

As for security, I'm still working on that. Possibly some safety wiring w/ an integrated padlock? Dunno. all ideas are welcomed.

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have you had a chance to eyeball the location? Behind the front wheel?

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Seems to be the most logical place to mount it. Everywhere else looks to be in the way of gear and a hindrance to easy access on the road.

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Great idea! How about securely mounting it to the top of non-chain swing arm with many evenly spaced large hose clamps and bolts? Low CG and out of the way. Wad pack it tight to keep it from rattling.

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And this is all to house tools?

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And this is all to house tools?
exactly. When you go way off the beaten path the more tools you can bring the better.

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Great... Ridge carrying around a pipe bomb.

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And this is all to house tools?
Very practical, on the around the world trip if you run out of dough in the casinos you can do home repairs.

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How do we keep said tools from just banging around inthat tube and either make you sound like santa claus coming down a chimney... or breaking themselves into unuseable tools when actually needed? Do you stuff a shirt in there with them too?

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How do we keep said tools from just banging around inthat tube and either make you sound like santa claus coming down a chimney... or breaking themselves into unuseable tools when actually needed? Do you stuff a shirt in there with them too?
Money. You can never have enough on a bike trip.


As for security, strap a pic of RC90 to it.

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fill it with petroleum jelly.


ya dumbass.

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The tools are typically wrapped in a tool roll or towel to keep them secure. The towel doubles as a ground cloth to catch any errant screws, washers, etc... that could disappear in the dirt.

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On my DR the stock tool tube is mounted behind the number plate on the left side. I can't tell from the pics if there is any room under there on the KLR to do that, but it's another area to think about. Only drawback I can see to that is all the mud that gets caked up on the tube.

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Welding aluminum is hard.

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