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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-31-2009, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Pop! Goes the Toolbox cover...

Just a heads up. Was riding home the other afternoon and hit a pothole about 2 miles from my house. When I get home I went to work on another part of my bike and I notice that I'm missing my toolbox cover! Apparently when I hit the pothole the toolbox cover popped off, not exactly the sturdiest piece of engineering in the world.

Magically I went back an hour later and the damn thing was on the side of the road and was unharmed. Needless to say there's some duct tape there now to keep all my Vulcan bits on the Vulcan.
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Toolbox cover

The crappy toolbox is one of the few things I do not like about the Vulcan 750. Here is my solution: Install a rear rack and mount the trunk bag I had on my XJ650. It mounts tight up against the seat back and will keep the thing from falling off.

At least until I replace the whole seat. Glad you found yours...


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Nice trunk bag, kontiki. What make is it? Looks like it has a bit more storage in it than my cortech.

Now Cliff, you should follow the Vulcan Verses and silicone in your toolbox lock from the inside of the cover, or it too may be gone one day. Loosen the retaining ring first, then apply silicone sealant to the plastic cover underneath, then tighten the retaining ring and put some additional silicone over the ring and let the whole thing dry.

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Its a Nelson Rigg CL-75, I've had it for several years, it worked well on my XJ and would probably mount well on many bikes with a seat like that. They have a newer model that seems like it is a better fit for a rack mount situation: https://www.nelsonrigg.com/store/product.aspx?pid=441

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is there a way to make an entire box from scratch?
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Don't see why you couldn't make one from wood or other material if you have the tools and expertise. From the picture of the painted wooden lid, I couldn't tell it wasn't plastic.

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i would want to make a box out of thick aluminum or something. maybe i'll try it once i figure out how to remove the box
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-03-2009, 11:18 AM
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Get yourself a black fanny pack and put it on the bike facing the rear of the bike. This will hold the tool box shut as well as provide a small amount of storage. I have done this from day one on my bike and am use to the look. Not to mention it is a cheap fix.

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Just a heads up. Was riding home the other afternoon and hit a pothole about 2 miles from my house. When I get home I went to work on another part of my bike and I notice that I'm missing my toolbox cover! Apparently when I hit the pothole the toolbox cover popped off, not exactly the sturdiest piece of engineering in the world.

Magically I went back an hour later and the damn thing was on the side of the road and was unharmed. Needless to say there's some duct tape there now to keep all my Vulcan bits on the Vulcan.
Just yesterday I was following behind my bike on my buddies Honda. For no obvious reason, like rough road, I see the trunk door drop down to the open position. I quick speed up and signal Ray to pull over. The lock was still intact and in the locked position...hhmmm. If I didn't have 2 strips of duct tape on the inside. my trunk lid would have been toast as we were in heavy traffic. Duct tape is cheap insurance.
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