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Old 06-16-2010, 06:29 PM   #9691
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Heres a pic of the bike with the skidplate on it,it is only as wide as the frame rails but comes back to just in ft of the oil filter. I dont have it on the bike currently so havent taken a better picture of it.Its the KX450F glideplate.
That looks almost identical to the OEM skid plate, except it doesn't have the holes in front...
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:28 PM   #9692
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I had a fiddle with my forks whilst doing lots of other things to my bike. My impressions of the forks was that they were far too stiff. So, I got myself some 7.5W fork oil (Std. is 10W) and put that in the forks to a level of 140mm from the top of the leg with spring removed and leg fully compressed.
Why 140mm? Well, the Thruxton forks are filled to that level, whereas the Scrambler is filled to 123mm. So, if you're going to reduce the damping you also need to reduce the spring rate. The simplest way is to increase the air chamber above the oil.
I've just come back from a 100 mile ride to test it and I'm very pleased with the result. I rode a variety of roads from fast dual carriageway to bumpy back lanes covered in crap. The forks now absorb the bumps instead of crashing into them.
I have to say; I don't know if this would be too soft for dirt roads but if your riding is mainly paved roads and, like me, you think the forks come too hard, then you should give this a try.
7.5W oil to 140mm. You heard it here first.


EDIT, December 2009, I've done over 7000 miles with this set-up now including some pretty rough off roading and it copes very well with all conditions. IMHO this is almost as good as the forks could get for very little cost. Next step is to try 8.33W (mix 1 litre 10W with 1/2 litre 5W) at 135mm.
EDIT, May2010, next step is done and it is a bit better at giving more feel at the expense of ultimate comfort.

I bought the Fork Oil last year, finally while swapping the tires (now on Conti Trail Attacks) it seemed too good of an opportunity not to "upgrade" the forks. I went with the first version, 7 1/2 wt at 140mm and am very impressed thus far. Only one 30 mile test ride, mostly to scrub in the new sneakers but I realized that I was crossing some bumps in comfort and control that have made me cringe in the past. Interestingly, while perusing the shop manual for torque numbers I noted that in the general specs section they called for 120mm (maybe 123?) on the carbed Scramblers but 143mm for the injected ones. My bike is an '08, which in the rest of the world was injected but in the USA came with carbs. It makes me wonder what changes were made, I thought that the injection (and the different tank to fit it) was the only thing that was different.

Bruce

I had intended to include a "Thank You" to Blacktiger for the mod, I apparently got distracted when I heard 'Your dinner is on the table' and forgot!
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:19 PM   #9693
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any grade markings on the bolts? I've heard regular SS bolts can be pretty soft....
Yep, and be careful threading a SS bolt into a SS nut, turn them too fast and they will gall up and seize, i use SS nyloc nuts so i can put a dab of grease on the threads to keep it from galling
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:57 AM   #9694
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That looks almost identical to the OEM skid plate, except it doesn't have the holes in front...
Its pretty basic,I dont ride this bike off road much so its better then nothing.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:01 AM   #9695
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PIAA Lamp

Last night was my first time to try the bike with the PIAA 100/110 Watt lamp installed. It made a huge difference with the low beam, Brighter and I got about another 20 feet of light.

High beam still sucks . A big dead zone right in front of the bike but it does light up the sides of the road . I can live this setup for now.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:21 AM   #9696
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Last night was my first time to try the bike with the PIAA 100/110 Watt lamp installed. It made a huge difference with the low beam, Brighter and I got about another 20 feet of light.

High beam still sucks . A big dead zone right in front of the bike but it does light up the sides of the road . I can live this setup for now.
Sounds like we have different PIAA lights but I agree. I think the low beam is more functional than the high beam. Oh well.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:57 AM   #9697
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I think the PIAA part # was 70456. I got it for around $40 shipped to my door from Ridersdirect.
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:08 AM   #9698
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Better with grade 8 or allen head bolts would be 10.9
I've ordered/bought some 12.9 grade replacements on FleaBay.
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Old 06-17-2010, 10:51 AM   #9699
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New screen

Bought and fitted a Puig height adjustable screen....
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Windshield-Up-...#ht_1678wt_978





Test ride today into a strong head wind suggests that the 1600 miles of motorway I've got to do getting to and from Norway next week will be far more comfortable. This screen takes all the wind pressure off me with no turbulence. Just a bit of wind noise.
Interesting thing is that it fits over the small Triumph fly screen so that's there ready for when the big screen comes off for some off road trail riding.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:43 AM   #9700
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That Puig Screen looks like it would work much better then the Spitfire Ive got on the bike now,have to see who sells it in the states. Thats a Rentec rack on the back?
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:57 AM   #9701
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That Puig Screen looks like it would work much better then the Spitfire Ive got on the bike now,have to see who sells it in the states. Thats a Rentec rack on the back?
One thing I didn't mention about the screen is that the top part acts like a laminar lip. there's a gap between the lower and upper parts. I think that helps it to work so well.
The company on eBay is in Germany and shipped it to me very quickly. The advert shows that they ship worldwide. Drop them a line and see how much they charge to ship to the USA.


Rack? No, it's a Ventura.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:38 PM   #9702
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Any thoughts on what bars this guys running?

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Old 06-17-2010, 04:51 PM   #9703
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Any thoughts on what bars this guys running?

I'd say flat tracker bars
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:55 PM   #9704
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:05 PM   #9705
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Just make sure ya don't slip off that seat when ya givver the gun but if ya do, yer mutt will still be able to hear ya
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