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Old 02-14-2013, 12:39 PM   #73801
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I thought about making some of these but for the money I'd rather just buy it.
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Old 02-14-2013, 01:51 PM   #73802
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Panniers & swingarm erosion

Also have the PC panniers. Did the same mods/sewing described by SHU. Works fine for the money. Pulled them forward with small bungee. Sewed the dart for the saddle strap.Raised them up a bit. Industrial velcro'ed to the sides of the tank. Keeps my knees warmer. Know they will get wet in rain. Oh well...

To protect the swingarm from the sidestand foot: I routered a footpad shaped depression into a hockey puck and bolted it to the footpad. Drilled some holes into the puck to remove some of the weight. Now I have a bigger footpad (works in sand) with swingarm as well as leg protection. Did not want a bigger METAL addition to the sidestand. Cheap, funky, functional.

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Old 02-14-2013, 02:16 PM   #73803
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Nice job on the sidestand foot. I may do something like that. First, I need to establish whether or not I need a new swingarm, get it welded or leave it as it is. I've had two shops say it's ok, and that its cosmetic. But a few friends have suggested it could fail. I'm no mechanic by any means, so I'm not really sure what to do.



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To protect the swingarm from the sidestand foot: I routered a footpad shaped depression into a hockey puck and bolted it to the footpad. Drilled some holes into the puck to remove some of the weight. Now I have a bigger footpad (works in sand) with swingarm as well as leg protection. Did not want a bigger METAL addition to the sidestand. Cheap, funky, functional.

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Old 02-14-2013, 03:16 PM   #73804
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Nice job on the sidestand foot. I may do something like that. First, I need to establish whether or not I need a new swingarm, get it welded or leave it as it is. I've had two shops say it's ok, and that its cosmetic. But a few friends have suggested it could fail. I'm no mechanic by any means, so I'm not really sure what to do.
It doesn't look too bad IMO. I know that I'd run it.
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Old 02-14-2013, 03:31 PM   #73805
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:00 PM   #73806
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Cogent shock, anyone?

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Old 02-14-2013, 04:41 PM   #73807
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Check this out. Poor man's Giant Loop bag?? $40, maybe with some modification...

http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...aped-Rack-Pack
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Old 02-14-2013, 04:41 PM   #73808
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Good day all,
I noticed yesterday that my kickstand has rubbed a pretty good groove in my swingarm. I'm concerned about this, and not really sure how to get the kickstand to not rub, except to bend it outwards? I'm not sure grinding it would work, as the "foot" is pretty flush with the backside of the kickstand. Also, what potential does a deep groove in the swingarm for a failure of some sort? I'm not sure how thick the material is, and how does one go to repair something like this?
I tie wrapped some sturdy fuel hose just above the pad.Now the rubber sides on the swingarm.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:45 PM   #73809
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Need some food for thought on rear shocks, I've been calling about everyone in teh shock biz this week try'n to decide from which to buy, but for the price tag (most in the $550 range) just how good are they ?? can a guy buy a more economical shock & it do just fine or do the top of the line shock make that much of a difference ??
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:17 PM   #73810
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Good call Rusty! Took the kickstand off, closed it up, and it's perfect now. I also rode by the local Ducati shop, spoke to their welder guy, he said it's an easy fix, about an hour labor TIG weld, but he said I didn't need it. I also took the bike to the local Suzuki shop, they said cosmetic also....Any thoughts?
mine looks worse than that, no worries
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:29 PM   #73811
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I went round and round with the same issues, my stock shock was harsh at the standard setting and with all the bad reports I've read about the stock shock I thought I'd just rebuild , respring and revalve to get a better ride and then just for the Hell of it I thought I'd knock the preload down to the soft position. With Ricor's in the forks and the reset rear shock I went out and pounded the hardest terrain I could find and the bike just floated over everything, no harsh jolts no bottoming out in the rear the bike was 100% better. I ride this bike hard off road and it sees very little pavement. Maybe my shock is an odd ball but I won't even think about touching it now until it needs a rebuild. I'm just saying that it might be worth your while to mess with the preload first and maybe save yourself $600.00.
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Old 02-14-2013, 07:44 PM   #73812
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Adjusting the preload will not make the shock stiffer or softer, rather, preload is used to set the ride height (sag).

If you're under 160 lbs, then the stock shock is pretty good, but offers no rebound damping adjustment which makes it hard to fine tune to your liking, and to suit the terrain and type of riding.

If you're over 160, then a stiffer spring will certainly help and a valve kit if you want better. Having 3-way adjustment is ideal but you would need to add a rebound clicker for that.

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Old 02-14-2013, 07:50 PM   #73813
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Good call Rusty! Took the kickstand off, closed it up, and it's perfect now. I also rode by the local Ducati shop, spoke to their welder guy, he said it's an easy fix, about an hour labor TIG weld, but he said I didn't need it. I also took the bike to the local Suzuki shop, they said cosmetic also....Any thoughts?
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mine looks worse than that, no worries
ther's a dent in my swingarm, about in the middle of the swingarm, where your gouge is. the p.o. obviously dumped the bike and the end of the sidestand made the dent. purely cosmetic issue, imo...

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Old 02-14-2013, 08:06 PM   #73814
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DR650 side (gen 1 Wolfman style) and top racks for the DR in vendors:
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:12 AM   #73815
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crankshaft access to adjust valves

I finally got the access plug off the crankcase housing ... what a PITA .
Somebody prior to me must have used something smaller than a 10mm Allen & wrung it out real good. I tried heat ,tapping , driving in a 10mm Allen , no dice .
I got it out using a chisel working it around the circumference & it thankfully came loose.

I don't see in my manual the proper torque settings for tightening the cover . Can anyone lend a hand ?




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