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    Senior Member Bug Dr.'s Avatar
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    That's Right......Ammo Cans!

    I installed my ammo can panniers today. These are CNU 405s and equate to just over 40 liters in size.







    Advantages:
    1) Cheap - $104 delivered and about $65 in paint and mounting hardware
    2) Top loading
    3) Boxy design makes them easy to pack
    4) Solid construction

    Disadvantages:
    1) Heavy steel construction
    2) You must remove the lid completely to access stored items
    3) If you want to lock them it will require four pad locks. (I installed U-bolts for that task)

    I realize these are not for everyone and they may not be a permanent solution for myself either. However, given the price of aluminum panniers, I might make these work a couple of seasons.
    Mike

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    Senior Member That's Right......Ammo Cans! Cyclerosis's Avatar
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    A lighter, yet still boxy, alternative to those cans at about $125 apiece would be Pelican cases from either Pelican Storm iM2600 BASIC luggage case (single) - TwistedThrottle.com or Honda NC700X 35 Liter Caribou Side Luggage Pannier System

    The cases themselves are relatively inexpensive, water tight and very durable. The ones marketed by the two places above, come with lanyards and lid locks.

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    Personally I would convert one side of each box to a hinge so only one lock would be needed and the top wouldn't have to come off to get in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanWill View Post
    Personally I would convert one side of each box to a hinge so only one lock would be needed and the top wouldn't have to come off to get in it.
    Thought about that too. I don't usually lock any of my luggage so I will try them without hinges first and see how it goes. If I get tired of removing the lids I will put a hinge on them.
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bug Dr. View Post
    I installed my ammo can panniers today. These are CNU 405s and equate to just over 40 liters in size.







    Advantages:
    1) Cheap - $104 delivered and about $65 in paint and mounting hardware
    2) Top loading
    3) Boxy design makes them easy to pack
    4) Solid construction

    Disadvantages:
    1) Heavy steel construction
    2) You must remove the lid completely to access stored items
    3) If you want to lock them it will require four pad locks. (I installed U-bolts for that task)

    I realize these are not for everyone and they may not be a permanent solution for myself either. However, given the price of aluminum panniers, I might make these work a couple of seasons.
    Mike
    I like the slogan on your registration plate. Neat job with the boxes as well
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    Now that you have your ammo cans, where is the 50cal. machine gun mount on the top box plate?
    Naked_Duc (Tony)

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    Yep they do look good indeed. Congrats on your excellent purchase. Could you let us know what difference in fuel consumption these make please (if any at all)?

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    I would like to have a .59 cal for those driving slow in the left lane.

    My guess is that my mileage will drop considerably with these boxes.
    Mike

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    A for effort. Are you planning on making any STOC events this year on the 700?
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    I need a wider top case so I can get my AK with underfolding stock in it. It's just a little too wide for the honda case. Then I'd be slapping ammo in the ammo cans.
    I get 63 MPG, what do you get? Speeding tickets?
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