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Old 11-30-2011, 07:21 PM   #2701
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It sounds like a good set up to me

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Thanks for the feedback, but given the slightly conflicting info am still a little unsure if these 2" shortened forks would work on my Dakar without further mods. Anyone else using a similar setup on a Dakar?

Stock Dakar suspension is 8 inches of travel front and rear. The typical YZ forks have close to 12 inches of travel. If the forks you have found have been shortened to just under 10 inches this should be a good balance front and rear provided you have similar spring rates front and rear.
My bike has a WP rear shock with a little more travel than stock in the rear, I plan on shortening my Yamaha front forks by an inch and half to two inches.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:29 PM   #2702
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I'd like to upgrade my suspension but am already on one foot with my 30" inseam so don't want the bike any taller. Do adding YZ forks make the bike taller? And how about Ohlins' Dakar shock?
If I remember way back at the beginning of this thread when JDRADman was figuring out his setup with House of Horsepower; his one inch lowered fork and stock Dakar rear shock put the bike at about stock Dakar height. And if I remember correctly RADman is about 5'6".

I went with that setup except with a Ohlins Dakar shock, I'm 5'8" with 30" inseam and I can flat foot on one side if I want or put both ball of my feet on each side. It's a great setup for what I do.
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:20 PM   #2703
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Thanks for the added info, sounds like these forks will work. Waiting to hear from JDRadman if he's still selling the BMW wheel adapter pieces for abs bikes.
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:24 PM   #2704
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Thanks for the added info, sounds like these forks will work. Waiting to hear from JDRadman if he's still selling the BMW wheel adapter pieces for abs bikes.
They will be fine but you still need to send them to HH (if you are in the US). He will make them Amazing for this bike. Stock yz forks are going to be soft as hell and blow through all the travel.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:10 PM   #2705
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They will be fine but you still need to send them to HH (if you are in the US). He will make them Amazing for this bike. Stock yz forks are going to be soft as hell and blow through all the travel.
I'm in Japan unfortunately. What needs to be done to them?
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:22 PM   #2706
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How's your 21" Yamaha wheel holding up?

I have a question for those running a 21" Excel wheel off a Yamaha dirt bike, and have put on a lot of miles/kms; how's your wheel bearings holding up? I know it was a worry earlier on, so I'm curious if the worries were founded.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:30 PM   #2707
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I'm in Japan unfortunately. What needs to be done to them?
Stiffer spring and revalving
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Old 12-01-2011, 09:11 PM   #2708
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Stiffer spring and revalving
Thanks. Sounds like it might cost more than it's worth for me given my location and low level of offroad riding (gravel/dirt forest roads). Maybe I'll do Racetech gold valves and springs instead.
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Old 12-02-2011, 05:39 AM   #2709
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Hawk Engineering

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Thanks for the added info, sounds like these forks will work. Waiting to hear from JDRadman if he's still selling the BMW wheel adapter pieces for abs bikes.

http://www.hawkengineering.com/BMWF650GS.htm

Talk to Jason at Hawk Engineering. He is making the Radman kits and still has them avalable for $500 including shipping withing the USA.

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Old 12-02-2011, 08:50 AM   #2710
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I have a question for those running a 21" Excel wheel off a Yamaha dirt bike, and have put on a lot of miles/kms; how's your wheel bearings holding up? I know it was a worry earlier on, so I'm curious if the worries were founded.
Have over 15k miles on mine and absolutely no issues. Been running the Yammie brakes as well and stops on a dime at less than 1/10 the price of keeping the stock BMW system.

I'm fairly certain that I ride mine much harder than most as well.

All the hoopla over needing to change to the BMW system is BS.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:28 AM   #2711
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FYI

I'm selling my bike. WP fork setup with BMW brakes which are way better than the Yammie brakes. Stops on a dime every time. And at the end of each stop it smells of superiority.

It's listed in the Flea Market.

Bought an Eyetalian dirt bike so I'm gonna need all my pennies for maintenance and repairs.

As for the ABS light deal I'm working on a batch of boxes to sell.

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Old 12-02-2011, 09:40 AM   #2712
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I have a question for those running a 21" Excel wheel off a Yamaha dirt bike, and have put on a lot of miles/kms; how's your wheel bearings holding up? I know it was a worry earlier on, so I'm curious if the worries were founded.
When I got my Yamaha wheel I changed them to be safe. I have about 8000 miles on them and they are fine. about 6000 miles of that is on the street riding between 60-80, one time for 4 hours straight. The other 2000 are off road. So far they are fine. I'm going to check them next time I have to change my front tire and they should have over 10K by then. I plan to change them before the tat next Aug just to be safe.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:45 AM   #2713
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I have a question for those running a 21" Excel wheel off a Yamaha dirt bike, and have put on a lot of miles/kms; how's your wheel bearings holding up? I know it was a worry earlier on, so I'm curious if the worries were founded.
Change them if you are concerned, then maybe get a grease gun, lift the seals, and inject fresh grease every two thousand miles or so. That'll help keep them running smooth.
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:47 AM   #2714
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FYI

I'm selling my bike. WP fork setup with BMW brakes which are way better than the Yammie brakes. Stops on a dime every time. And at the end of each stop it smells of superiority.

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Well my dad can kick your dad's ass.

And actually, that smell is your money burning..................................
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:23 AM   #2715
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Well my dad can kick your dad's ass.

And actually, that smell is your money burning..................................
Keeps my ass warm.
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