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best way to modify drybox tabs?

Hi all,

I have an old school traditional aluminum drybox with hang tabs, and want to figure out if I can easily modify the tabs to run straps through, so that I don't have to run the straps over the box (similar to the Mad Cow drybox tab design).

Any ideas on if this is a good idea, and what the easiest way to do it would be?

Thanks in advance! Ian

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Drill a line of holes slightly smaller than the size slot you are trying to make. Try and use as long drill bit as possible. Use a center punch for the line of holes you are about to drill so the bit doesn't walk around on you. The long drill bit will help to keep your drill from hitting the side of the box. Then use a file or three and connect the holes and make the slot. The aluminum will be easy to file by hand and by using a smaller drill bit than the finished product will help you carve out the slot to the proper size and make it look pretty. By the time you get to the last tab.....you'll have the technique down pat. Good luck.
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I had mine fabbed with Southco draw latches. Best money I ever spent.
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Aluminum is pretty soft stuff. It will file easy and break easy too. If you drill and file as suggested just keep that in mind.
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If you use your dry box for any significant amount of time, the lid latches will wear out and come unlatched in a flip. Even with a brand new dry box with latches that seem to hold tight, I wouldn't consider my rig "rigged to flip" without two straps going over the top of the box.


Running straps through the tabs might be a good choice for fishing or flat-water when you need in and out of your box a lot and the chance of a flip is low, but for whitewater, just add webbing loops and carabiners to one bar of your frame and run your straps through those. Then you can get in and out of your box without fiddling with the cam buckle.
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I used a dremmel and a cut off wheel to put a narrow slit just big enough for a cam strap. Real easy takes about 10 minutes and you wont take off too much material.
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[QUOTE=surf.wv;759257]Hi all,



Any ideas on if this is a good idea, and what the easiest way to do it would be?

Thanks in advance! Ian

Lots of good ideas on doing the modification, but I would have at least one loop strap over the box to reinforce the latches. If you have one, why not just use two and not bother with the straps in the tabs.

My friend has this set up and likes it, but he might use a strap over it as well.
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