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Old 09-30-2012, 07:43 PM   #30826
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Sooo....any gurus out there?

I'm scratchin' my head here.
Not a guru, but I have installed a big bore. Have you checked the connection to the throttle body?
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:47 AM   #30827
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Just decided to read this thread from begining...about a quarter in..what a monster.. Learnt alot though, great so many people willing to share..Least I can offer is a couple of pics from last little bit of scratching up the coast.

cruddy phone pics but this bike is a winner (yup we know this), I love it does everything from annoying the road bikes on the windys to bashing up the beach.


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Old 10-01-2012, 07:40 AM   #30828
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Home-made Plexiglass headlight guard. Doesn't seem to affect headlight pattern (I very rarely ride at night anyway, so it's just for conspicuity), and so far heat hasn't affected the Velcro.
Posted mine in another thread. It was all of 10 bucks and about 40 minutes work. I wanted it spaced out a bit so I could easily clean behind it. No broken light thus far.

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Old 10-01-2012, 03:02 PM   #30829
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JCKID - did you power-coat your rack? I don't see a black option on the website.

Also, the number of edge slots and edge holes / pattern are different between your rack and the silver one in the photos above. Anyone know why? I'd like to order the right rack the first time.
Looks like you got your answer, but just to confirm...mine is the larger size rack and it came annodized black. On ebay it sort of looks gray in the pics, but it is black. If you plan to carry a tailbag, I would recommend the larger size. It is kind of expensive, but it looks like a work of art!
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:10 PM   #30830
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JC - thanks. I sort of got my answer. Neither website says anything about size, and your rack has a different pattern of slots (more) and holes (fewer) than those shown on the website.

To be honest, it doesn't matter yet, as I haven't pulled the trigger on a WRX. I'm hoping that changes soon, however. And I like to plan ahead so that the mods don't take forever!
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:17 PM   #30831
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Brought my WR250r home a week ago and I LOVE IT!. Thanks to everyone here for all the great info! I'm still reading but without this mega thread I don't know if I would have paid any attention to this bike because of its size. Now my Versys just sits in the garage and watches us go play.

So he's my question. I've read a lot about swapping out sprockets to get more power off road. I really like the gearing as-is for commuting, but I'm planning a trip to Colorado next August to ride some trails. If I don't change my gearing do you suppose I'll regret it? I'm 49 years old and I'm more into general trail riding than trying to scale an 89 cliff. I've swapped sprockets on other bikes so the actual task isn't an issue.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #30832
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:25 PM   #30833
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Go for it. I run 13/47 and I've done several 300+ mile road trip days. It's no fun trying to maintain 70+ mph for any length of time but it's fine at 55-60. Besides, running high speed for that long, I've been able to SEE the tire wear at the end of the day(I usually run T-63s) . The advantage to the shorter gearing for my use isn't really so much the better torque as the ability to go slower without worrying about the clutch in dicey terrain.
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Old 10-01-2012, 08:31 PM   #30834
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JC - thanks. I sort of got my answer. Neither website says anything about size, and your rack has a different pattern of slots (more) and holes (fewer) than those shown on the website.

To be honest, it doesn't matter yet, as I haven't pulled the trigger on a WRX. I'm hoping that changes soon, however. And I like to plan ahead so that the mods don't take forever!
There's 2 sizes of racks. JC's is the bigger version. The silver one pictured in the previous page by nice_rumble (page 2055) is the smaller version.

The bigger one is rotopax and GIVI Monokey compatible. The smaller one rotopax compatible.

Just mounted up my small rack and that thing is rock solid and really nice craftsmanship.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:11 PM   #30835
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...So here's my question. I've read a lot about swapping out sprockets to get more power off road. I really like the gearing as-is for commuting, but I'm planning a trip to Colorado next August to ride some trails. If I don't change my gearing do you suppose I'll regret it?...
How often do you run in 6th gear? I realized even at freeway speeds I was running 5th most often...6th was just wasted for me with stock gearing. Lowering the gearing allowed me better low speed control, and now I use 6th routinely for high speed stuff. Just right for me, you'll have to see for yourself after riding a bit more.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:35 PM   #30836
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With R wheels and stock sized tires (120/80-18) - stock gearing is ok for most street and docile dirt road/two track use, but really could use a change on tight trails unless you love slipping the clutch. If its mostly street work with the odd trail day, get a 12T to swap on for play and run stock gearing most of the time. Or, go up from the stock 43 rear to a 45 or 46 for a lot more low speed grunt and controllability without sacrificing too much highway speed.

With R wheels and plus sized tires (like the 120/90-18 D606 thats so popular), go with a 13/46 or /47 minimum. You'll need the extra gear to turn the taller tire, both because the taller size changing the effective gearing and because of its extra weight. If you want extra oomph on trails, some people like a 48 or even a 50 rear sprocket but its going to drop the comfortable cruising speed a bunch.

With X wheels, I love the stock 13/42 gearing for all around street riding. Similar recommendations for gearing changes with regards to tire size changes, depending on the amount of trail/track riding you're doing. Right now I'm running a 150/70-17 (too big imo) with 13/45 gearing (perfect with the big tire).
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:39 PM   #30837
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Old 10-02-2012, 02:53 AM   #30838
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So he's my question. I've read a lot about swapping out sprockets to get more power off road. I really like the gearing as-is for commuting, but I'm planning a trip to Colorado next August to ride some trails. If I don't change my gearing do you suppose I'll regret it? I'm 49 years old and I'm more into general trail riding than trying to scale an 89 cliff. I've swapped sprockets on other bikes so the actual task isn't an issue.
I currently have 12/43 on (from original owner), and like it a lot. Due to the concern about the chain eating thru the seal guard and damaging the swing-arm, I plan to swap to 13/47 when my chain shows signs of wearing out. I also have a new seal guard on-hand, and the situation check regularly, no issues yet.

I just ordered a 47 T Primary Drive steel sprocket (1022350055) from Rocky Mountain ATV (I needed something to make the free shipping minimum), and I have a like-new OEM 13T front sprocket already. Will buy a new chain when funds permit; right now my factory chain looks great (5,500 km).
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:23 AM   #30839
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I currently have 12/43 on (from original owner), and like it a lot. Due to the concern about the chain eating thru the seal guard and damaging the swing-arm, I plan to swap to 13/47 when my chain shows signs of wearing out. I also have a new seal guard on-hand, and the situation check regularly, no issues yet.

I just ordered a 47 T Primary Drive steel sprocket (1022350055) from Rocky Mountain ATV (I needed something to make the free shipping minimum), and I have a like-new OEM 13T front sprocket already. Will buy a new chain when funds permit; right now my factory chain looks great (5,500 km).
My stock chain/sprockets did eat my seal guard and swing arm. So When I order from Rocky Mtn, I got a Primary Drive 112 link chain and 14/49 sprokets (DON'T FORGET THE TAPERED BOLT KIT, like I did). I used the stock bolts temporarily for a weekend trip up North with no ill effects, however, they were not very tight when I replaced them 350 miles later.
I've got the stock 13t for single track trips and other low speed stuff, but the 14/49 works great as an all around gearing, and the new chain made for a much quitter ride. (48t rear would work good too)

To reach the shipping minimum, order the motion pro mini fork bleeders? I have those and they are handy.
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:41 AM   #30840
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