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Old 09-12-2010, 05:45 PM   #17071
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Built a rack for my WRR

I didn't really like any of the racks I saw for the WRR out there - not to mention I didn't like the prices, so I decided to build my own. My requirements - strong, easy to take off, practical, cheap. I think I acheived my goal. I tried it out today and it seems to work great. I may weld some "tangs" on it for more bungee cord attachment points, but otherwise I think it'll work!

Strong - I can pick up the back of my bike using the rack.
Easy to take off - I made 2 brackets that bolt to the sub-frame - look at the pics. With 4 bolts I can take the rack off and leave my unobtrusive brackets.
Practical - seems to work well - like I said I think I will weld some tangs to it, but it still works well.
Cheap - It cost me less that $20 in materials. It did take some time to build, but it was worth it!















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Old 09-12-2010, 05:50 PM   #17072
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rear axle nut comes loose?

Anyone have this happen? I am still learning this bike, and have not put too many miles on it yet. I felt some chain slap last ride so I decided to adjust the chain tension for the first time. The nut came undone with almost no torque, certainly much less than 91 ft-lbs. I adjusted the chain and it turned out to not need any adjustment. Then when I went to torque the axle nut back down it took many more turns than it took to undo, indicating it had been very loose. Yikes!

Not sure if the PO did not torque it down when he swapped tires (to huge desert maxxis) or it just came loose by itself...regardless I will be checking it often from here on out.
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:57 PM   #17073
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I sometimes called this my "handicapped bike" while I was farkling it to accomodate my 'crippledness', but now I'm callin' it my "Can Do" bike!
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:08 PM   #17074
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Never had the nut come loose on mine unless I forgot to torque it down and only had it hand tight. Even then, it was just loose and didn't try to come off the bike, but the axle sure did move around a bit.
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Old 09-12-2010, 06:24 PM   #17075
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Had a little bit of fun at PNWet Fest.
I was the only one who was crazy enough to follow my friend up a goat trail. Good times. I am loving this bike more and more.
More pics later, this one for now. I am in the back.


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Old 09-12-2010, 06:30 PM   #17076
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Artoo and BigFeets!



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Old 09-12-2010, 06:57 PM   #17077
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so have made connections to the battery.. but i never look at it or give it much thought.. it will probably get lonesome someday & stop & sulk, leaving me to bump it.
- hey rydneseek, just thought of something that I wanted to note from your earlier post.

About the flat battery, as I understand it, you can't bump start an EFI engine that has a flat battery. If you can't find somebody to donate some electrons via jump cables, you either push or call for help.

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Old 09-12-2010, 07:01 PM   #17078
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Athena Big Bore Update

Its going...

Early impression: Oh my! Hope is Real. Its ALIVE.

My "break-in" was rather short. Now, I'm in the "tuning" stage. So, you'll have to wait for me to get her dialed in, before I render my detailed impressions. There's still work to be done here.

By the way, "Helicoil" is my new best friend.

Seriously, you wouldn't believe all the LOUSY aluminum thread taps in this bike (where you haven't looked yet). And, I'm on a new mission to methodically replace every single one (over time). Yeah...I've got good reason.

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Old 09-12-2010, 07:07 PM   #17079
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- hey rydneseek, just thought of something that I wanted to note from your earlier post.

About the flat battery, as I understand it, you can't bump start an EFI engine that has a flat battery. If you can't find somebody to donate some electrons via jump cables, you either push or call for help.

cheers

Hmmm, I thought Dysco said he was able to bump start his after draining the battery while fishing.
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:24 PM   #17080
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Hmmm, I thought Dysco said he was able to bump start his after draining the battery while fishing.




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In case anyone was wondering about bump-starting the fuel injected beastie...

I parked next to a particularly juicy section of river this weekend and so many fish were rising that I forgot to turn the key off. For 3 hours my headlight was on and the battery ran dry enough to reset my clock. I pushed it up a small bank and popped the clutch after 3 feet of elevation loss and it fired right up. It was charged enough for several restarts in town 15 minutes of riding later.

I'd been nervous about that, but apparently it was totally unfounded.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:46 PM   #17081
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Folks who are used to using 2nd gear to bumpstart might want to use first on this bike. The compression only locks up the tire on the loosest surfaces, and you want those revs to start it. I used a small, steep bank for momentum, and could just as easily use a ditch to get that kind of momentum. Rolling the bike into a pitifully small depression in a field and attempting to bump it was enough to charge the dash lights.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:50 PM   #17082
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I took my fresh farkled WRX (BigFeet) on it's first "real" ride in it's natural environment this weekend on a ride organized by Hilligan.

This ride looked pretty gnarly at times; no pics of the really rough stuff as there was no stoppin' in those areas so far as I could see.

The WRX took on the really nasty looking stuff like it was a walk in the park. The bike is totally confidence inspiring and had me doing things I'd have cringed at on my last bike.

Here's a link to the RR by Hilligan.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...7#post13991177

That's strong praise from a KLR diehard! Thanks fer noticing that the WR's kick arse, Hilligan!

I totally enjoyed riding with Hilligan and Corporal Goose. Good guys fer sure!


The highway portion from my place in "Taxenburg" over to Alamosa and back was totally cool. The bike pulled 65 mph actual going up the westbound climb out (pretty steep) while running into a fairly strong headwind. Probably could have gone a little faster, but traffic was in the way.

On a long stretch, I passed a couple of huge motorhomes with cars in tow. It had enough huevos & beans for that, but plan ahead as they say.

Wind gusts were handled easier than I expected on a lightweight bike.

It appears to me that the little bike really will do a LOT of things well! IMHO, it's grand forte by far is the rough stuff! Well, and even with knobbies, the X really carves the twisty stuff. Beyond my ability to use it; much more to learn...

Before this bike, had someone told me I'd ride stuff this rough again (Blowout Pass) with ease AND be able to ride the bike 150 miles round trip on the highway to get there, I'd have told them they were on crack.

I sometimes called this my "handicapped bike" while I was farkling it to accomodate my 'crippledness', but now I'm callin' it my "Can Do" bike!

The thing acts like it could climb a frickin' wall!


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I had a very similar experience when I got my WR. I had no idea I'd be able to do technical trails again, but this bike makes them seem pretty smooth.

Blowout was fun when I did it but I wish we would have ridden it when it was light out.
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:01 PM   #17083
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I had a very similar experience when I got my WR. I had no idea I'd be able to do technical trails again, but this bike makes them seem pretty smooth.

Blowout was fun when I did it but I wish we would have ridden it when it was light out.
I have a GWP ... er ... KLR. Wanna trade?

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Old 09-12-2010, 09:04 PM   #17084
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I have a GWP ... er ... KLR. Wanna trade?

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Old 09-12-2010, 09:30 PM   #17085
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I didn't really like any of the racks I saw for the WRR out there - not to mention I didn't like the prices, so I decided to build my own.
Great first post, and nice work on the rack.
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