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Mini "Givi" Storage & Tool Box

When I have a long trip planned I like to pack along a few extra tools and maps. I wanted a bit of extra storage space but didn't want a big Givi box; it had to be something I could leave on the bike that would be secure. I spent a lot of time searching for a box that would fit the bill. My first choice was a fiberglass reinforced polyester box that I found on the internet. These boxes are watertight and are made to house electronic controls in industrial settings. The one I liked was available through Adalet Products. They carried many sizes and styles; best of all they were solid, light and cheap. An 8" x 10" x 4" box was only $42 U.S. I found a fiberglass box made by Hoffman at the local electrical wholesaler. My box and the one from Adalet, has two hasps that can be locked.

Look for a  NEMA type 4X enclosure

The first step was to drill the existing rack. I used stainless steel #12 machine screws, washers, and nylock nuts. I sandwiched the rack between the bolt heads and nylock nuts. That way, the bolts stayed in place and didn't rattle around when the box was removed.

When mounted, the box is butted right up against the front of the rack, it still leaves room to remove and reinstall the seat without problem.

At the back, (or would that be front ? ), there is a full length hinge.

After this picture was taken I used a can can of gloss black paint on it; we'll see if it lasts.

The bolts stand a little too tall to put the plastic cover back on when the box is off. The next step is to get some bolts about 1/4" shorter. Also, the nylock nut on top of the rack may have to be replaced with a standard nut which is a bit slimmer and therefore lower. This would allow the box to sit 1/8" or so lower and allow for a still shorter bolt. I would have to put a bit of Locktite on it to keep them from coming loose when the box is off.

The box hangs over the end of the rack just enough to provide a bit of leverage on the rack. I'm not sure what would break if anything should someone really leaned on the back end

Article By: David J. Morrow

August 2001

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