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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-29-2017, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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DIY saddle bags

Hey guys. Iím new to the forum, and this is my first post. I have had my rebel 500 for about 4 months now.

I hate having to stuff things in my pocket; cell phone, wallet, keychain, extra beanie etc., so I decided to make my own saddle bags.

I used 50 cal. Ammo cans. I think they turned out pretty well, and can hold most everyday items. Let me know what you think!
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Looks neat! Now you just gotta mount that 50 cal on the side or something, and you're good to go! It'll be like the bat bike before you know it!

How'd you go about mounting the cases? Just some good'ol spacers and longer bolts?
I see you've gone and done some other mods too, care to enlighten us?

Oh and almost forgot, welcome to the forum!

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Lyoko-code, thanks! I would mount one if I had one! I still am planning on painting them black, but itís too cold to paint anything at the moment. So thatís on hold.

But the other mods are just a burly brand dyna fairing, and then just biltwell grips. Other than that, itís stock!

Iíll post a separate thread on the fairing this week with pictures.
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Lyoko-code, also forgot, I drilled holes that were the same distance as the holes on the fender, and just used the same bolts to mount them.

It wonít let me edit the post on the mobile site!
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JB,

You are going to have to reinforce the ammo cans. My first attempt I just used fender washers and the can cracked.

When you reinforce the cans put the reinforcement vertically inside the can, no more cracking...

You can't beat the price of ammo cans, I paid $10.00 U.S at Central Tractor.

I saw today that Harbor Freight has the ammo cans for $15.00.

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kenny I would love to see a picture of how you reinforced the ammo boxes!
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kenny I would love to see a picture of how you reinforced the ammo boxes!
Dutch,

I used aluminum bar stock about 1 1/4" wide by 1/8" thick.

For fastening I used 8mm threaded rod, washers Nylok nuts and acorn nuts on the very end to prevent hand injuries when reaching into the box.

The fasteners holding the brace to the box are 6mm bolts with nylok nuts....

If you put the brace crosswise the box still flexes, with the braces running vertically there is no flex at all.

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Here is my ammo can set up. the boxes slide in and out of the rack ring. Super sturdy and waterproof and lockable.
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JB,

You are going to have to reinforce the ammo cans. My first attempt I just used fender washers and the can cracked.

When you reinforce the cans put the reinforcement vertically inside the can, no more cracking...

You can't beat the price of ammo cans, I paid $10.00 U.S at Central Tractor.

I saw today that Harbor Freight has the ammo cans for $15.00.

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How have these been working out for you? I had cans on my old bike and thinking do the same on this one.
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How have these been working out for you? I had cans on my old bike and thinking do the same on this one.
I only have the one ammo can and works fine. The reinforcement stopped the metal cracking.

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