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PostPosted: January 8, 2020, 4:15 pm 
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I need to start thinking about what kind of boot top (aka trunk lid) to use. Seems many alternatives are available: tonneau covers, padded vinyl-covered panels, aluminum panels, etc. Mine will have to be easily openable to access the fuel filler cap, and if solid will need to be hinged crosswise (halfway front-to-back) to avoid roll hoop bracing. Any ideas, pictures, etc. you can share would be appreciated. Thanks.

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PostPosted: January 9, 2020, 12:06 am 
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Here's how I did mine out of aluminum.
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I built a box out of aluminum sheet for the trunk interior, and used a couple dzus fasteners for trunk latches.
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PostPosted: January 9, 2020, 5:31 am 
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I was given an extra Brunton Stalker FG lid that I realized need more modifications than I had skills. I opted for a scrap aluminum lid. I Still have not added a tray around the tank though.


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PostPosted: January 9, 2020, 10:01 am 
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My trunk lid is 1/8" fiberglass. I've added reinforcement ribs on the under side, half sections of alloy tubes glassed to the bottom surface. The reinforced lid can actually support a lot of wt. I also put a lip around the edge to help seal the boot area. The top side is cover with vinyl, including the hinge which prevents rain passing thru the hinge area. I would suggest that if you are going to fill the gas tank from inside the boot, that you add a support rod to hold the lid open and a stand off to locate and hold the rod end. I used an old portable radio antenna for my support rod, with it's swivel base. Davew


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PostPosted: January 9, 2020, 2:56 pm 
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mine just ali sheet covered in vinyl, with a hatch cut out and locked using a hardware store cupboard lock. the front is held by tabs that slide under the main sheet. Image


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PostPosted: January 17, 2020, 2:58 am 
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Thanks for all the input, guys. There's obviously more than one way to top a boot. I'll probably end up with a hybrid of "all of the above." No wonder none of the published books include this in the "how-to's."

The Suzuki head rests in Johnlee's build are pretty cool, too. Another item for the to-do list. :D

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PostPosted: January 19, 2020, 9:01 pm 
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I used an 1/8" carbon pre-fabbed panel from some random e-bay store, a piano hinge, and some mcmaster-carr latches that kick ass.

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Latches, super happy with these, total nerd-out satisfying 'clicK' on closing.

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