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Old 02-10-2013, 07:26 AM   #7126
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I did that simple bolt fix. I drilled the sleeve out CAREFULLY (it is very hard) to fit a 5/16" bolt (Lowes). I put a washer on both ends of the bolt with a nyloc nut to hold it. I don't know how strong the bolt is, but I can replace it every year to maintain a safety margin.



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This is what I'm doing to my lower mount. I have the RR upper coming from KTMtwins. Should be here tomorrow.
When I went to remove the existing bushing I found one side was locked in place. Had to put the other side bolt back in and use an impact to break it loose. Using a single bolt eliminates that possible issue.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:24 AM   #7127
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yep saw that post now.. ill have a look when i get it and go from there.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:32 AM   #7128
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I see a lot of people changing the lower tank bolt (good idea) but not too many people changing the bushings themselves. My lower bushings were sloppy as all hell by the time I hit 3k miles so I replaced them with Delrin bushings that I purchased from "partmaker" in the vendor's forum here on ADV. Absolutely no slop in the 9k miles since!

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The problem: Fuel-n-whatnot deteriorates the OEM lower tank mount bushings

Solution: Either Aluminum(2pc) or Delrin(2pc) $25 shipped to your door in USA or Canada. $30usd to anywhere else

Want a backup set?
$40usd gets you 4pc of either material

Aluminum




Delrin



Black Delrin installed




You can take your pick between the aluminum or black Delrin. Both (2pc alum. 2pc Delrin) can be had for $40 shipped, so you can try each. Both of the materials hold up well. Some prefer aluminum because it will last longer, others chose Delrin due to it's self lubricating properties - you chose (it's simular to the 'what kind of oil should I use').

How long will these last?
I don't know.
The in-house "Test Bike" had 3000 miles on the Delrin bushings when I took it apart to inspect. There was no wear, visibly or by measuring . So they could last 10k or 50k miles.

I've been selling these for a while via Mudguts vendor thread for his Upper Tank Bolts. This thread was started so you could find these faster.

PM for ordering info.

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Old 02-10-2013, 09:39 AM   #7129
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I was thinking of throwing some shrink tubing on mine to shim them up.

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Old 02-10-2013, 09:56 AM   #7130
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This is what I'm doing to my lower mount. I have the RR upper coming from KTMtwins. Should be here tomorrow.
When I went to remove the existing bushing I found one side was locked in place. Had to put the other side bolt back in and use an impact to break it loose. Using a single bolt eliminates that possible issue.
UPDATE

On my simple fix, I just ordered a few grade 8, 5/16" bolts (Amazon) to replace the softer bolt I bought locally.

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Old 02-10-2013, 10:04 AM   #7131
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UPDATE

On my simple fix, I just ordered a few grade 8, 5/16" bolts (Amazon) to replace the softer bolt I bought locally.

Cheers,

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You just saved me a trip to Lowe's.
I can get grade 8 from a place near my work.


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Old 02-10-2013, 10:14 AM   #7132
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450RRs. However, the angle that photo was taken at makes it all a bit deceptive, Riaan and Darryl are both average lads, neither is really small.

I could've sworn they were hobbits!
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:18 AM   #7133
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Does anybody know how much offset the 2012 690 Enduro models are running in the triple clamps? I think it was KTMmitch that posted it was increased from the previous 22-24mm, and axle clamp offset reduced, in order to gain more steering lock.

A guy on another forum wants to put on a set of full travel closed cartridge forks so he would probably have to switch to the older triples.
The 2012 triple clamps have more offset,but to counteract the reduction in trail,they reduced the fork clamp offset,it would be better to fit the earlier triples when using EXC type forks,or the steering gets a bit "lively" on the flat,but really sharp in the tight stuff.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:26 PM   #7134
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upper tank bolts

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i have a 690 coming to me in the next few days i read about the tank bolts and seen the offering from various vendors but the prices seen quite excessive.... for a few bolts.

Any reason why I cant just replace the originals wiith stronger bolts ?

i also believe the tank bushes are part of the problem, i heard some one makes replacements - who? or where on the tank are the bushes?
I had my upper tank bolts kinda made for cheap. Ground off the threaded part ( that breaks) and had it drilled and tapped out then put in a new stronger threaded piece. So far so good and it only cost $20 to do both sides.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:34 PM   #7135
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I had my upper tank bolts kinda made for cheap. Ground off the threaded part ( that breaks) and had it drilled and tapped out then put in a new stronger threaded piece. So far so good and it only cost $20 to do both sides.
There are several ways to skin this cat....I bought hardened bolts and used a Delrin shoulder to replace my stock bolts....no problems at this point....I think it was a $10 fix.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:00 PM   #7136
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There are several ways to skin this cat....I bought hardened bolts and used a Delrin shoulder to replace my stock bolts....no problems at this point....I think it was a $10 fix.
Yes I did the same thing on the lower tank bolts also, easy fix. It was the upper ones that made me think of a cheaper (KLR) way to fix them lol.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:07 PM   #7137
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Really liking the RR EVO2 tanks, they sure do snug in very well!




The only issue I had with the install was mounting my upgraded Reg/Rect, I need to make a bracket to position it lower. My RR has plugs instead of leads, so the width is wider than the stock R/R that comes on the 690. Personally, I think it's in a better place for cooling anyway but it's also probably more prone to damage. I'll post pics when I get it sorted out!

The HDB Nav tower is great, love the simplicity and the dual Squadrons should provide plenty of light
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:09 PM   #7138
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I had my upper tank bolts kinda made for cheap. Ground off the threaded part ( that breaks) and had it drilled and tapped out then put in a new stronger threaded piece. So far so good and it only cost $20 to do both sides.
How did you remove the broken piece out of the frame? Drill and easy out or can you just thread it out to the inside with a pair of visegrips?
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:25 PM   #7139
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Really liking the RR EVO2 tanks, they sure do snug in very well!




The only issue I had with the install was mounting my upgraded Reg/Rect, I need to make a bracket to position it lower. My RR has plugs instead of leads, so the width is wider than the stock R/R that comes on the 690. Personally, I think it's in a better place for cooling anyway but it's also probably more prone to damage. I'll post pics when I get it sorted out!

The HDB Nav tower is great, love the simplicity and the dual Squadrons should provide plenty of light
Can you put up a front shot of bike?

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Old 02-10-2013, 03:27 PM   #7140
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Can you put up a front shot of bike?

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