Revised: Toolbox Saddlebags for Under $20

Intro: Revised: Toolbox Saddlebags for Under $20

I've updated the flimsy design of my toolbox saddlebag from it's previous version into something much more structurally sound and a bit more conventional.

The new design includes getting rid of the refrigerator racks & pipe clamps and replacing them with Conduit Hangers (available at your local home improvement store) and a few customized Elbow Brackets.

This new design conforms much tighter to the frame of the motorcycle without compromising on safety. This shifts most of the weight onto the muffler allowing for less vibration and bouncing. Flash fairings help to prevent the toolbox from melting under the heat of the exhaust pipe.

Aside from all of this good stuff, the toolboxes are easily removable/mounted with a simple slip-on/slip-off design which I shall illustrate further on. 

Step 1: Tools & Supplies

Step 2: Bend the Elbow Bracket

Take note that the screws should be incorporated into the Elbow Bracket before bending.

Step 3: Attach the Conduit Hangers to the Bike's Frame

Step 4: Attach the Modified Elbow Brackets to the Toolbox

Step 5: Attach Flash Fairings to Toolbox

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    toxicbloodshock

    1 year ago

    Great build. It wasn't until I made it to the comments that I realized why you made the mounting locations on the lid instead of the toolbox body. These are for removing easily, and not so much for permanently fixed saddlebags.

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    bmaverick

    2 years ago

    SWEET. Got an idea now to mount the same tool boxes onto a John Deere! Of course I have to paint the brackets JD green. ;)

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    imitt12

    2 years ago

    Interesting design. How do the toolboxes stay put? It would seem to me that simply sliding them on and off without locking them in place would be dangerous. Does the friction of the clips hold them in place?

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    Kamiana8imitt12

    Reply 2 years ago

    I found that crimping the ends of the brackets helpful; however, you could consider flipping one of the brackets so it faces opposite the other and readjust the clamp.

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    imitt12Kamiana8

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks! I got some 5.56mm ammo cases from my local surplus store, and am looking at your 'ible as a way to mount them. I'd probably flip the brackets, but have one facing down and one facing back so you slide the back-facing bracket in first and then lower the box down onto the other one. I'd also add a third bracket and a mount down lower, perhaps off of the lower shock mount so that they can clip in like bicycle saddlebags do onto cargo racks. Feel free to use any of this in your next iteration of the design.

    Also, sweet Nighthawk!

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    Kamiana8imitt12

    Reply 2 years ago

    That's a great idea! I look forward to seeing the final result!

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    nhampto9

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Loved this idea so much, it inspired me to make my own. I used 2 4' long 1/8"x1" aluminum strips across the front and bac under the pinions seat to attach the 17" long plastic toolboxes to. As additional support, I bent a 1/8" mild steel rod through the back strip, then under, up, and around to toolbox on each side, then back through the front strip. I frequently carry 36 eggs & other groceries in the boxes. Light, bulky packages ride atop the toolboxes w the help of ratchet straps attached to the rod across the bike. Between the toolboxes, oversized sissy bar bag, pinion crate, and backpack worn backward, I've brought home over $150 in groceries for my family every week until I was able to replace our wrecked vehicle. Thanks for the inspiration. Next project: a single-wheel trailer.

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    stormthirst

    5 years ago on Introduction

    The conduit hangers I think are the key. They're wrapped around the back seat handles