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Old 04-29-2012, 05:43 AM   #14116
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You mean like this?

Perfect! Thanks for that
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:46 AM   #14117
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This is payback Rob for previous digs at me , What does it say above "no big jumps" , now what about a camel.



Ha ha! I think a certain Lexpo may be your partner in crime here.
Good work
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:06 AM   #14118
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DRZ 400 "E" Model Racks now a reality!

I met with inmate Jackpiner57 on Friday. He's been working on a set of luggage racks for my "E" model, and has completed the welding and fabrication. I'm impressed with his design skills and craftsmanship. The racks are now awaiting paint, and will go for their field trials soon.

Unlike other solutions out there, these racks will mount a variety of luggage. He designed this set to mount my Wolfman expedition dry bags, but the mounting points will work with a variety of other throw-over systems. The top rack includes a mounting point for the Rotopax fuel can mount.

Perhaps their best feature is that they use stock mounting points. Beyond enlarging one hole in the left plastics, no modification to the bike is necessary. This means far less hassle than searching up an "S" subframe, modifying the airbox, and the lot.

Since the system works with the stock "E" subframe, it will be lighter in weight than the "S" subframe and racks.

An added advantage is with the addition of two strap clamps, the rack will keep the rear fender from flopping around, thus ending tail-light breakage.

Pics to follow as soon as the racks leave the paint shop.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:04 AM   #14119
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You mean like this?

What rear rack do you have on there right now? I've been looking for a decent one for the E model, and that looks pretty burly.
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Old 04-29-2012, 08:44 AM   #14120
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What rear rack do you have on there right now? I've been looking for a decent one for the E model, and that looks pretty burly.
That's a Nomadic rack, which is available through Seat Concepts here: http://www.seatconcepts.com/products...roduct=8231410

It's not bad for day trips, is light weight, and mounts easily. It is fairly small for anything larger than rain gear and a water bottle. I find it difficult to strap anything to it securely. Although they claim a 9" x 11" platform area, it's actually 9" x 7" useful. I don't want to shit on my brothers, it's a nicely finished piece and a good value.

The TATrack platform is quite a lot larger (16.5" wide x 14.25 deep,) offers a Rotopax mount, and will protect the rear turn signals. I wish I had it yesterday in the woods. I had to order new turn signals last night. . . It does not add appreciably to the width of the bike. It just clears the muffler and the battery case when mounted.

Overall weight on the TATrack is going to be greater, but I don't think the difference will be huge.

Tom is jigged up and ready to produce these. His vendor thread here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=667912

And for those whom it makes a difference to, Tom is an experienced welder/fabricator working here in the US to feed his family. The powder coating on his racks is done by a local firm. This is a hand-made, USA product.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:36 AM   #14121
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I met with inmate Jackpiner57 on Friday. He's been working on a set of luggage racks for my "E" model, and has completed the welding and fabrication. I'm impressed with his design skills and craftsmanship. The racks are now awaiting paint, and will go for their field trials soon.

Unlike other solutions out there, these racks will mount a variety of luggage. He designed this set to mount my Wolfman expedition dry bags, but the mounting points will work with a variety of other throw-over systems. The top rack includes a mounting point for the Rotopax fuel can mount.

Perhaps their best feature is that they use stock mounting points. Beyond enlarging one hole in the left plastics, no modification to the bike is necessary. This means far less hassle than searching up an "S" subframe, modifying the airbox, and the lot.

Since the system works with the stock "E" subframe, it will be lighter in weight than the "S" subframe and racks.

An added advantage is with the addition of two strap clamps, the rack will keep the rear fender from flopping around, thus ending tail-light breakage.

Pics to follow as soon as the racks leave the paint shop.
Hey Canuman, I have an E model and had the Nomadic Rack, Justin is local to San Diego. It worked well. I eventually swapped to an S subframe because I bent my E badly in a crash haha. The S only required me to cut my rear fender and build a maybe a 1.5-2" bracket to bolt the pipe onto the frame. I didn't mod the airbox in any way.

But, best of luck with the E racks, I'm quite interested to see how they turn out. Post some action pics when you're done.
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:37 AM   #14122
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This is payback Rob for previous digs at me , What does it say above "no big jumps" , now what about a camel.




DRZ jump pics are sweet! Good work.
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:48 PM   #14123
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A lot of work for a rookie

I just wanted to show off what I've been working on the last two weeks. I've never done any machining but a machinist at work gave me some advice but didn't want to stay after hours to help me. I'm quit proud of the results after going on a 150 mile ride today. The ride started out with some Harley riders, but I soon got bored and after lunch an emergency happened at home and I had to leave.



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Old 04-29-2012, 07:09 PM   #14124
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I just wanted to show off what I've been working on the last two weeks. I've never done any machining but a machinist at work gave me some advice but didn't want to stay after hours to help me. I'm quit proud of the results after going on a 150 mile ride today. The ride started out with some Harley riders, but I soon got bored and after lunch an emergency happened at home and I had to leave.

Sweet! What wheels did you use? Where you able to keep the cush drive on the rear? I'm just now starting on a set of SV650 wheels for my WR450. I've ordered the wheels, cush hub, & rotors. Still working on figuring out the bearings & spacers. Did you have any issues getting the bearings to fit the axle? On mine the rear axle is 22mm and the bearings don't come in that ID, seems like reducing sleeves would be available, but I haven't found any yet. I'll call the bearing suppliers tomorrow and see what to do.

Wish I had free access to a lathe...

Do you have any other shots of the machining and maybe of how you chucked up the wheels?


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Old 04-29-2012, 10:09 PM   #14125
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I just wanted to show off what I've been working on the last two weeks. I've never done any machining but a machinist at work gave me some advice but didn't want to stay after hours to help me. I'm quit proud of the results after going on a 150 mile ride today. The ride started out with some Harley riders, but I soon got bored and after lunch an emergency happened at home and I had to leave.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:31 AM   #14126
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He used honda wheels. He has a thread going on TT. Search Hooligan you'll find a couple.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:13 AM   #14127
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Thanks for the info! The TATrack system looks great, will there be an E version available as well? I'm from VT originally and will be up there quite a bit this summer- maybe I can even save on shipping as well!

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That's a Nomadic rack, which is available through Seat Concepts here: http://www.seatconcepts.com/products...roduct=8231410

It's not bad for day trips, is light weight, and mounts easily. It is fairly small for anything larger than rain gear and a water bottle. I find it difficult to strap anything to it securely. Although they claim a 9" x 11" platform area, it's actually 9" x 7" useful. I don't want to shit on my brothers, it's a nicely finished piece and a good value.

The TATrack platform is quite a lot larger (16.5" wide x 14.25 deep,) offers a Rotopax mount, and will protect the rear turn signals. I wish I had it yesterday in the woods. I had to order new turn signals last night. . . It does not add appreciably to the width of the bike. It just clears the muffler and the battery case when mounted.

Overall weight on the TATrack is going to be greater, but I don't think the difference will be huge.

Tom is jigged up and ready to produce these. His vendor thread here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=667912

And for those whom it makes a difference to, Tom is an experienced welder/fabricator working here in the US to feed his family. The powder coating on his racks is done by a local firm. This is a hand-made, USA product.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:21 AM   #14128
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Oil Filter - O - ring.... O ! Ring ? or ????

So its only my second oil change on the DRZ and after doing so, I remembered that I forgot to research the fact that my 04 "S" model has no "O-ring" behind the filter.... the one that the service manual says should be changed whenever you change the filter.. Im not sure if the original owner pulled it and never replaced it ?? or maybe it was attached to the original filter and came out with it ???

In either case, it appears that it isnt needed ?

Is it typical to run without it ? or am I in dire need of getting one yesterday and installing it ???

Does anyone know where to get the proper size ??

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Old 04-30-2012, 08:51 AM   #14129
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So its only my second oil change on the DRZ and after doing so, I remembered that I forgot to research the fact that my 04 "S" model has no "O-ring" behind the filter.... the one that the service manual says should be changed whenever you change the filter.. Im not sure if the original owner pulled it and never replaced it ?? or maybe it was attached to the original filter and came out with it ???

In either case, it appears that it isnt needed ?

Is it typical to run without it ? or am I in dire need of getting one yesterday and installing it ???

Does anyone know where to get the proper size ??

thanks,
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there is a small oring that goes over the shaft that the filter goes onto. It's not the end of the world if you go an oil change without it but it's recommended to replace it when you change the oil next
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:07 AM   #14130
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So its only my second oil change on the DRZ and after doing so, I remembered that I forgot to research the fact that my 04 "S" model has no "O-ring" behind the filter.... the one that the service manual says should be changed whenever you change the filter.. Im not sure if the original owner pulled it and never replaced it ?? or maybe it was attached to the original filter and came out with it ???

In either case, it appears that it isnt needed ?

Is it typical to run without it ? or am I in dire need of getting one yesterday and installing it ???

Does anyone know where to get the proper size ??

thanks,
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If you have a Harbor Freight Tools or similar near you, they sell
an assortment of o-rings in a small plastic box. I keep one in the garage, it has saved me many trips to the hardware store.
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