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Old 03-06-2012, 08:00 PM   #60961
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Was looking at some "motorcycle porn" and came accross this. Haven't seen it on here before and thought someone might like it.

https://tciproductsusa.com/index.php...roducts_id=569

Anyone have one of these? Review? I probably will not switch out what I have...just currious.

I bought the full kit (skid plate, engine guards, rear master cylinder guard, and headlight guard) from them on ebay about a month ago. Fabrication quality and fit on the bike is excellent. Really high quality components.

However, not all was perfect. The kit requires you to reuse two on the engine mounting bolts to hold on the skid plate and engine guards. Only problem is the stock bolts are way too short. On mine, in stock configuration, the two bolts only had 2 or 3 threads showing past the nuts. The instructions said to slip the mounting brackets, which are maybe 1/8" thick, on either end of the bolts, and reattach the nut with some lock-tite. Only problem is with the added brackets, no way will the nut reattach, as the bolt is too short. Won't thread on at all. When I emailed them, they said they have hundreds sold without problem, and just to use some lock-tite. I guess they didn't get the fact that the bolt was too short to reattach, and lock-tite won't do squat. To make matters worse, one of the bolts is an odd size. I had to buy some 10mm threaded rod, and cut it to length with some new nuts and washers. This was for the skid plate. For the guards, I had same problem with one of the front 8mm engine mount bolts. But this one I could replace with one 10mm longer from Ace. Third problem was mounting the headlight guard requires using a long sleeve spacer, about 100mm long. They included a long bolt, which passes through the spacer and holds the bottom of the guard. Well, the bolt was the same length as the spacer, with no threads extending beyond the spacer. So i had to cut down the spacer about 8mm, so that it would thread into the mounting hole. But doing this caused the guard to tilt down a bit. So the spacer was the correct length, but the bolt they included was too short. I would have figured they had the bolt right, but cut the spacer wrong.

I emailed them again, told them of the three problems, and told them for the money (~$300), they should have included the two longer engine bolts. Got no response. Overall, i would rate the kit a 7/10. Could easily be a 10/10 if they improved their customer service (was basically told to PFO) and included all the right bolts. What should have been an easy install, ended up being two separate trips to Ace and cutting down a part I should not have cut.

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Old 03-06-2012, 08:03 PM   #60962
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YES!

Just scored an almost brand new take-off GSXR x40F0x on Ebay.

Of course I got it 1 day after the x35F0x arrived that I bought last week.

So.......anyone want an x35F0x?
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:11 PM   #60963
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YES!

Just scored an almost brand new take-off GSXR x40F0x on Ebay.

Of course I got it 1 day after the x35F0x arrived that I bought last week.

So.......anyone want an x35F0x?

How bout i trade you my near new 35F0 for your 40F0? I mean, two 35's GOT to be better than one measly 40, right?
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Old 03-06-2012, 08:31 PM   #60964
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I've been riding for just over two and a half years and I'm definitely not a teenager. The only bike I've ever ridden is the DR650 I bought new in 2009 and I love it, but the course I did to get my license didn't come close to teaching me how to ride and I could do with some general advice. Things like what am I doing wrong when my front wheel wants to slide out from under me going around corners and roundabouts in the wet. Yes I'm still running Trailwings but I'm talking about speeds of round 30kph so it definitely has to be an inexperience thing right?
Any tips?
I'm guessing this is on pavement. First I'd check your tire pressures regularly. I'd also consider at least a front tire that isn't known by a nickname like "DEATHWing".

Are the roads in your locale pretty slick when wet? Is your suspension set up for your weight?

Other than that, we'd have to see your riding technique to properly critique it. Is the riding course you took an MSF-or-similar BRC?

Some general tips:

- Wear decent moto gear...Upper body, lower body, gloves, full-face helmet, and protective moto boots.

- You'd want to employ counter-steering at speeds above about a jogging pace. Push on the right grip to turn right. Push on the left grip to turn left. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it works extremely well at speed.

- You'll want to practice not decelerating in turns. Practice reducing speed to a comfortable velocity BEFORE entering turns. Then either maintain a steady speed, or if your sight-lines are good, accelerate through the turn while LOOKING THROUGH the turn. If you need to tighten up your line mid-turn, lean further into the turn and push harder on the inside grip. You can also pull on the outside grip if you have to exert even more leverage on the bars.

- If the front wheel is letting go while you're just maintaining speed through a turn, you may want to move further forward on the seat. If that isn't enough, as you start to turn, with your toes pointed forward and up, put your inside foot as far forward as you comfortably can without touching the ground. This will shift even more weight forward, moving the traction balance between front and rear tires.

- Don't expect the front to grab as well if you're hard/quick on the gas and she's almost trying to loft.

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Old 03-06-2012, 08:38 PM   #60965
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How bout i trade you my near new 35F0 for your 40F0? I mean, two 35's GOT to be better than one measly 40, right?

Ha!

I just posted it the Flea Market. I'd been looking for one months that wasn't over $150 and never saw a single one until this evening and the 35F0 literally arrived on my doorstep yesterday evening.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:37 PM   #60966
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Ha!

I just posted it the Flea Market. I'd been looking for one months that wasn't over $150 and never saw a single one until this evening and the 35F0 literally arrived on my doorstep yesterday evening.
those will work just fine for someone
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:02 AM   #60967
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Fork upgrade

I'm going to fit some heavier springs as per the Race Tech calculator.

On their own are springs a worth while mod?
Or without the gold valves am I wasting my money?
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Old 03-07-2012, 04:12 AM   #60968
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Definitely worth it.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:00 AM   #60969
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Forum display??

Can someone explain why some posts display so wide that I have to scroll horizontally to see all the info?
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:14 AM   #60970
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Can someone explain why some posts display so wide that I have to scroll horizontally to see all the info?
Large photos push things wider than some screens can show.

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:38 AM   #60971
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I'm going to fit some heavier springs as per the Race Tech calculator.

On their own are springs a worth while mod?
Or without the gold valves am I wasting my money?
I put springs in my forks and shock with no other mods.

Very well worth it.
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Old 03-07-2012, 06:58 AM   #60972
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I'm going to fit some heavier springs as per the Race Tech calculator.

On their own are springs a worth while mod?
Or without the gold valves am I wasting my money?
I guess I'm not answering your question, but what I've been told and read is that you get better suspension from emulators and soft springs than heavier springs and damper rods. So, you'll see better results from using your stock springs and emulators/Gold Valve than putting heavier springs in if you need to do things incrementally. So, if you're deciding between one or the other it's better to put in emulators than spings and do heavier springs later.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:34 AM   #60973
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I'm going to fit some heavier springs as per the Race Tech calculator.

On their own are springs a worth while mod?
Or without the gold valves am I wasting my money?
I have two DR650's, one with only heavier springs front & rear, and one with heavier springs & gold valves front and rear. I'd say heavier springs are an improvement over stock, but the gold valves make a huge difference.
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Old 03-07-2012, 07:54 AM   #60974
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People often say this about the IMS petcock. It definitely is lighter than the stock unit. I've used mine for 40,000 miles now with no leaks or other problems.
I've had the IMS petcock in my yellow IMS tank for 6 years and it still works just like it is supposed to...
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:18 AM   #60975
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It would start to show deficiencies when pushed or as things start to wear, but for a lot of people a lot of the time that is all that would be required.

Yes, I still will be putting in Cartridge Emulators as it can use some help on washboard or rougher mountain roads. But just springs made a big difference.
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