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Old 06-27-2012, 08:56 AM   #66421
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Is Bike Bandit pretty competive as far as OEM parts go, or should I just order these up from the dealer? Also, who's the best supplier for a sealed version of the wheel bearings? I believe someone said to avoid the All Balls stuff.





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Old 06-27-2012, 08:59 AM   #66422
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I've just had a set of Eibach .47's arrive from Procycle. 4 washers and a length of plastic pipe for the spacers were all included in the box.
Wow. Thanks for letting me know I got hosed!

Curious, were a set if emulators or intiminators included in your spring order?
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:11 AM   #66423
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Is Bike Bandit pretty competive as far as OEM parts go, or should I just order these up from the dealer? Also, who's the best supplier for a sealed version of the wheel bearings? I believe someone said to avoid the All Balls stuff.





BB is competitive on certain parts. Not so much on others. Do some comparison shopping.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:40 AM   #66424
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Anyboby have Shinko 712 tires? I'm thinking about doing a 100/90-19 front. Opinions? My DR lives on the pavement.
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Old 06-27-2012, 09:41 AM   #66425
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Hmm... Maybe I need to get some washers from the hardware store. I wonder how important it is to have washers between the spacer and fork cap.
I believe the washer is to keep the spring from grabbing the spacer or fork cap. As the spring goes up and down the coils tend to try to twist the spring. In my opinion there would not be enough twist to matter, but I remember a few years back a product was sold that allowed the spring to twist without resistance. It was like two washers with needle bearing between them that was placed on top of the spring if I remember correctly. That said I would be willing to try them, but I'll try anything just to see if its better. I think it was used to reduce the initial movement of the fork from the resistance to twisting brought from the spring grabbing the cap. In my working with forks I have once removed the washers to reduce pre-load even more, and cannot tell the difference.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:15 AM   #66426
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Is Bike Bandit pretty competive as far as OEM parts go, or should I just order these up from the dealer? Also, who's the best supplier for a sealed version of the wheel bearings? I believe someone said to avoid the All Balls stuff.
If you have a bearing supplier such as Kaman Technologies or McGuire Bearing, take the parts you need to them and you can usually get good quality bearings cheaper than from other sources, and they can supply the sealed wheel bearings as well.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:33 AM   #66427
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Anyone have any opinions on the MSR or Quadboss kits for the steering stem or wheel bearings? The dealer here offered them for about half the price of the OEM stuff, just wondering if the quality is reputable.

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Old 06-27-2012, 01:03 PM   #66428
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I believe the washer is to keep the spring from grabbing the spacer or fork cap. As the spring goes up and down the coils tend to try to twist the spring. In my opinion there would not be enough twist to matter, but I remember a few years back a product was sold that allowed the spring to twist without resistance. It was like two washers with needle bearing between them that was placed on top of the spring if I remember correctly. That said I would be willing to try them, but I'll try anything just to see if its better. I think it was used to reduce the initial movement of the fork from the resistance to twisting brought from the spring grabbing the cap. In my working with forks I have once removed the washers to reduce pre-load even more, and cannot tell the difference.
That was my thought on the washer, too... to keep the spring from catching on the spacer. The emulator instructions specifically says to put the spring directly on top of the emulator, so no washer there. And I didn't see a need for a washer on top of the spacer. I will more than like leave things as they are unless someone comes along and says I am headed for a horrible, fiery crash if I don't have a washer on top of the spacer.
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:22 PM   #66429
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That was my thought on the washer, too... to keep the spring from catching on the spacer. The emulator instructions specifically says to put the spring directly on top of the emulator, so no washer there. And I didn't see a need for a washer on top of the spacer. I will more than like leave things as they are unless someone comes along and says I am headed for a horrible, fiery crash if I don't have a washer on top of the spacer.
You are headed for a horrible, fiery crash.

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Old 06-27-2012, 01:28 PM   #66430
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You are headed for a horrible, fiery crash.

And with that... off to the hardware store I go!
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:43 PM   #66431
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Anyone have any opinions on the MSR or Quadboss kits for the steering stem or wheel bearings? The dealer here offered them for about half the price of the OEM stuff, just wondering if the quality is reputable.

Thanks!
Whatever you order, make sure it includes the seal/dust covers for the top and bottom. I bought from ProCycle and their kit has the seals.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:05 PM   #66432
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You are headed for a horrible, fiery crash.

What is the story of that rider who looks like he's about to hit the fire-bike? Did he somehow make it, or did he hit it?
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:22 PM   #66433
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I've had pretty great success with the All Balls bearings. The steering bearings in my dr are those and I put a set in the sprocket carrier that have held up longer than the oem jobs ( likely because they are double sealed ).
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:23 PM   #66434
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If the rear wheel of the DR350 has a cush drive hub, than yes it will fit your 650, all you have to do is flip the brake disk of the 650 and use all the 650 spacers, I'm not sure about the front wheel.


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Does anyone know if I can fit on my 2008 DR650se front and rear wheels from a 1994 Suzuki Dr350s?



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Old 06-27-2012, 05:30 PM   #66435
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...You might not be using the tread all the way to the sidewall on a more street oriented tire...if that kind of thing is important to you. It also looks like your running a 70 aspect ratio rear tire.....I don't do track days so the so called "chicken strips" are meaningless to me. ...Tech23
haha, same 'ol Tech23! nice to see you made it to the ADV forum. and yes, the street tires i'm ordering will definitely be used all the way to the edge of the sidewall. :P

that rear is a 140/80, that's the only Distanzia with the DS compound and was the reason for the mileage report. just in case some others are interested.

overall, pretty good tire. they get a little squirmy after i've been pushing them hard for several miles. it's probably just my fatass.
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