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Old 05-14-2008, 09:49 PM   #781
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Hanging 4" PVC "tool box"

Bent brackets to the two toolbox bolts and the indicator bolt.

Like so:





I made a wedge shaped piece of 1" poly insulation board shaped to match the full travel of the suspension and attached it to the top of the chainguard, then fitted the 4" poly so they didn't hit.

The brackets were fiddly to get them all lined up - best to make the first ones out of thin metal like alum flashing to get the right shape and bend. The two front tabs are on the inside and the outside.

The larger rear one is on the inside only. Rubber then fender washer on the inside of the PVC pipe to distribute the bolt loads.

1/8" 6061-T6 aluminum sheet works well, if not bent too tightly

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Old 05-15-2008, 04:18 AM   #782
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I'm a new owner, bought this 2004 XT225 to carry on the back of my Motorhome, particularly to the SW deserts in the winter.



I made the carrier out of 1/8" aluminum sheet, ready rods and alum. square bars. It feels very solid. The pool noodle is for the passengers tailbone !
The white on top is rubber.

The tool box is a piece of 4": PVC pipe - looks ok unpainted on this color scheme. Some care in installation needed to avoid the chain guard hitting it on big bumps.

The folding brackets are cut out of nesting alum square tube, with plastic washers between the two parts. With the bolt snug, they have just the right amount of resistance when moved.

I believe all I used were a bandsaw, hole saws, drill press and a sander.

If anyone would like a few more details, just ask

Peter
Peter,
Nice job on the carrier and folding blinkers.
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:44 PM   #783
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Took some pictures on my commute today. I live in Marquette, MI, on the south shore of Lake Superior. I stopped by the bicycle shop on the way home to celebrate Bike to Work Week!



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Old 05-18-2008, 02:41 PM   #784
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Nanaimo logging Roads

Went on my first local trail ride yesterday. Started at a logging road I knew of and eventually emerged back to the highway miles away.

It was not all logged, there was some nice older forest and most of the roads were quite good. Passed only one Quad.

This is a logging bridge over Haslam Creek.



Upon looking at Google Maps later I find they show all the roads VERY well in Satellite view - including some apparently accessible small lakes to be explored.

Was pleased with the bike - not tiring to ride and does manage 60 mph on the highway without too much fuss - about 1/2 throttle methinks. Front wheel seemed quite skittish on loose gravel - more so than the little Chinese Honda Trail Bike Clone I was using, but it had smaller and fatter tires.

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Old 05-20-2008, 06:48 PM   #785
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So i bought my little XT for commuting and to learn how to ride dirt with. I saw the Berkshire Trail Riders Three State Ride thread and we got a NYC clan together for it.
I have a bone-stock 01 225 and I had ordered some tires and hand guards for it for this ride but because of an idiot parts guy friend they did not arrive so i rode it with half worn stock Cheng Shin's and had no rel problem. I wrote a ride report but have no pictures of me but one of me fixing a bent brake lever a friend took. I wrapped it against a rock or root at one point and bent it pretty bad. But the stock tires were up to some of the hell that was the heroes sections.
We had two XT's in our group. i wrote a ride report here
Notice the two XT's in the bed of my truck that towed two X-Challenges
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Old 05-20-2008, 06:56 PM   #786
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Here is mine. '06 Husky 450SMR. Love it, LOVE IT!



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Old 05-21-2008, 04:54 AM   #787
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That's one serious looking XT225 mate.

It almost looks like a 450 Husky
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Old 05-21-2008, 01:17 PM   #788
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That's one serious looking XT225 mate.

It almost looks like a 450 Husky
Oops!

Better go post this one in the correct place.
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Old 05-26-2008, 09:01 PM   #789
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torque wrenches

I downloaded the service manual from xt225.com, and it seems that the torque settings for various fasteners have a wide range, from around 2 ft. lbs. to 61 ft. lbs. Am I right in thinking that I need to buy at least two wrenches? One for 0-20ish ft. lbs. and another for the higher settings? I've been on the Precision Instruments site....whoooo. Pricey.
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:29 PM   #790
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I downloaded the service manual from xt225.com, and it seems that the torque settings for various fasteners have a wide range, from around 2 ft. lbs. to 61 ft. lbs. Am I right in thinking that I need to buy at least two wrenches? One for 0-20ish ft. lbs. and another for the higher settings? I've been on the Precision Instruments site....whoooo. Pricey.
Correct.

I have two Craftsman torque wrenches. I'm pretty happy with them.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:08 AM   #791
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Any recommendations on assemblies I can use to upgrade from the rear drum brake to a disk brake? I have tried searching and found some people machined their own assemblies. Is there any easy swap that can be made.

Thanks!
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:38 AM   #792
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Any recommendations on assemblies I can use to upgrade from the rear drum brake to a disk brake? I have tried searching and found some people machined their own assemblies. Is there any easy swap that can be made.

Thanks!
Any reason why? On a bike this light, a drum is fine really... Unless you're having problems with fading, or ride in a lot of sandy water/mud and junk gets in there...

Just seems like a lot of money for something that provides little benefit... Although there's always the farkle aspect... I'd understand that ;-)
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:22 AM   #793
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Any recommendations on assemblies I can use to upgrade from the rear drum brake to a disk brake? I have tried searching and found some people machined their own assemblies. Is there any easy swap that can be made.

Thanks!
Hokie,
Some of the XTers at http://www.xt225.com/ have done the conversion but I agree with braindead about the necessity unless you are packing it with mud. I assume that you know that the new to the USA XT250 has a rear disk.
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:26 AM   #794
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I'm not interested in making the upgrade on my bike. It is for a fellow rider that wants to buy a small DS but isn't considering the XT because of the brake. I was thinking their was a mod available. Thanks for the advice.

PS. I like my XT just the way she is!
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:31 AM   #795
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I'm not interested in making the upgrade on my bike. It is for a fellow rider that wants to buy a small DS but isn't considering the XT because of the brake. I was thinking their was a mod available. Thanks for the advice.

PS. I like my XT just the way she is!
Get him on here... we'll fix 'em ;-)..

Drum brakes are fine in most cases, my wife can easily lock up the rear... that's plenty...

Perhaps he's got farkelitis or something... Heck, I just made custom leather tank panniers for my wife's XT, probably $30 worth of leather and I know I spent far to many hours making them (redesigning and stuff) ;-).. Keep meaning to post pics, they ain't pretty but they work.
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