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I could have used steel plates and the Rotopax mounting system but I thought it looked ugly when not in use. I just changed the end bolts on my front cargo rack for 2.5" eyelet bolts. It holds my 2 two-gallon Rotopax cans very snug and won't look like crap when I'm not using the cans. $3 from Home Depot.

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Looks good. Have you rode with it on yet? Full of fuel of course. How does it hold up?
 

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I took it out on a 60 mile ride with rock river beds, whoops and steep hills. Stayed firm!

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Elegant solution!

Simple & effective - that's the way uhu uhu I like it!
 

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good idea i like it!
 

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But now it's ugly when it is in use... :)
I'm more of a function over fashion type, and no way would I trust a couple of bungies to hold my cans on. A sudden, abrupt stop, and those are coming right off the front end.
That is a great idea for tie downs though.
 

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I would get rid of the bungee and use a small ratchet strap instead. Personally I wouldn't use this setup but if it works for you, great! With those eye bolts you can now safely tie down a trophy buck without that muther movin anywhere anytime soon! :)
 

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But now it's ugly when it is in use... :)
I'm more of a function over fashion type, and no way would I trust a couple of bungies to hold my cans on. A sudden, abrupt stop, and those are coming right off the front end.
That is a great idea for tie downs though.
I was thinking the same thing..... not visually appealing while in use, and wouldn't trust 5 gallons of gasoline (~ 32 lbs.) to a couple of bungee straps.

But the tie down idea's are great...... may have to look into adding these to the wifes 2005.
 

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There is a large lip on the front of the cargo box that the cans are resting up against. I can lock 'em up or run head on into an object and these cans aren't going anywhere. They are snug!

I have some ideas for making detachable Rotopax mounts.

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One of the bungee cords popped off today. Live and learn. Going to try something else.

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Thanks for sharing and having the pride to share.....
 

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One of the bungee cords popped off today. Live and learn. Going to try something else.

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Trial n error trial n error. I know u said u didn't want to go with the factory mounts because u didn't want to see them when u weren't carrying the cans. Honestly all that will be there is essentially a flat plate that will blend with ur rack. To me its something I wouldn't want to reinvent the wheel on. I was on a ride and carried a 4-gal roto for a friend, no mount just ratchet strapped. The roto still moved enough to really scuff my rear rack. Factory mount is the way Togo.
 

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This is good info... we (Wife and I) are gonna pick up a couple XP's this spring along with the fuel packs. Seems like the factory mount is the way to go so far...
 

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One of the bungee cords popped off today. Live and learn. Going to try something else.

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Trial n error trial n error. I know u said u didn't want to go with the factory mounts because u didn't want to see them when u weren't carrying the cans. Honestly all that will be there is essentially a flat plate that will blend with ur rack. To me its something I wouldn't want to reinvent the wheel on. I was on a ride and carried a 4-gal roto for a friend, no mount just ratchet strapped. The roto still moved enough to really scuff my rear rack. Factory mount is the way Togo.

You are right! The "fixed" mount is the best way to go.
 

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Try using a velcro strap similar to these
thru the handle on the rotopax and then thru your eyebolts. I have an older ATV w/o lock & ride and use straps like that on my hand hole on my front rack and the holes in the rotopax. It works great and nothing is in the way when I take the fuel packs off.
 

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Here is what I did, I took the bolts that hold my metal strips on my box out, I turned them upside down, so bolt head is in box, then put a coupler nut on top of box.



I then used a steel plate and MDF board and built a rack with my Kolpin mounts put on it.




I drilled out the MDF board so the coupler nuts sit inside the board, this way it sits on the rack but also has some stability. I then use some flat head bolts with allen heads on them I drilled holes in the side of the MDF for storage when not in use. This way I just set it on the rack pull out the bolts and screw them into the coupler nuts.




Works pretty good the fuel pack is secure, I didn't have to drill into my box at all, plus when I pull it off I still can use my rack with no modifications at all.
 
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