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Old 04-18-2009, 10:44 PM   #271
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That's right and also a nod to the BMW dakar rallye bikes of that period.

Those that are planning to paint their Captain America dakars contact me and let's see if we can find some standard GS plastics for you to paint. I would love to have a spare set for my C.A dakar.

Definitely like the paint.
At least over here the plastic is surprisingly cheap at NOK300 a piece (last I checked - a few years back)...that's about US$45
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Old 04-19-2009, 07:50 AM   #272
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Just fitted the new home made panniers to the wifes bike, total cost £40


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Old 04-19-2009, 08:23 PM   #273
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1st dirt run on '03

I picked up my '03 two weeks ago and Saturday was the first chance to get it in the dirt. I went out to Anza Borrego Desert and ran a couple mile stretch until I stopped to take this picture. Upon doing so I realized I had been sponsoring a yard sale as the "trunk" cover had vibrated loose on the washboard and ejected everything out over the next couple hundred feet. I turned around and scouted the area and found everything except my kick stand plastic foot for sand. So I cut the off road portion short, bungied the "trunk" cover back on and it managed to stay in place until I got back home.

Has anyone made modifications to this lid to keep it in place? From what I can tell, the tab at the rear simply flexs around too much and the keyed lock isn't enough to keep it in place.

I have noticed you can buy reinforcements for the keyed lock but I don't know if this would make any difference for this situation.

Any thoughts?
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Old 04-19-2009, 08:31 PM   #274
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Lid works its way around

...enough for the tab at the opposite end of the keyed lock pops loose and the cover is gone.
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:14 PM   #275
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I picked up my '03 two weeks ago and Saturday was the first chance to get it in the dirt. I went out to Anza Borrego Desert and ran a couple mile stretch until I stopped to take this picture. Upon doing so I realized I had been sponsoring a yard sale as the "trunk" cover had vibrated loose on the washboard and ejected everything out over the next couple hundred feet. I turned around and scouted the area and found everything except my kick stand plastic foot for sand. So I cut the off road portion short, bungied the "trunk" cover back on and it managed to stay in place until I got back home.

Has anyone made modifications to this lid to keep it in place? From what I can tell, the tab at the rear simply flexs around too much and the keyed lock isn't enough to keep it in place.

I have noticed you can buy reinforcements for the keyed lock but I don't know if this would make any difference for this situation.

Any thoughts?
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Old 04-19-2009, 09:35 PM   #276
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2nd piece...

There is a plate already that ties to two rear sections together. The problem seems to be more shifting from front to rear. Perhaps the other reinforcement would make the difference.

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Old 04-20-2009, 05:22 AM   #277
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The TT part completely fixed it for me. I had to monkey around adding a few washers under it before the trunk would lock properly. I think that's because the subframe is treaked a little causing all the stuff back there to fit a little oddly. The subframe is oddly delicate for a big Austrian farm implement.
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Old 04-20-2009, 07:51 AM   #278
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Just the lock portion

So you went with just the lock reinforcement?

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Old 04-20-2009, 08:45 AM   #279
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Absolutely, positively, definitly get the tail light re-enforcement too.

Eventually you will bottom the shock, (or it will blow out like mine) the tire will eat the lisence plate mount, and take the entire tail light off the bike $$$$. Unless you have that $26 part.

All of the plastics on the bike are suprisingly weak considering how stout the rest of it is. They wasted pounds and pounds of weight on the steel swing arm and the exhaust system, and then the headlight is held in with two plastic tabs.
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Old 04-20-2009, 09:19 AM   #280
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Got the BMW one

I have the re-enforcement made by BMW. I thought maybe that would be enough but perhaps not. If they didn't engineer it sturdy enough the first time, do I trust the fix?

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Absolutely, positively, definitly get the tail light re-enforcement too.

Eventually you will bottom the shock, (or it will blow out like mine) the tire will eat the lisence plate mount, and take the entire tail light off the bike $$$$. Unless you have that $26 part.

All of the plastics on the bike are suprisingly weak considering how stout the rest of it is. They wasted pounds and pounds of weight on the steel swing arm and the exhaust system, and then the headlight is held in with two plastic tabs.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:00 AM   #281
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can anyone tell me more about the fork up grade?

i have found a lovely set of yzf45 forks

what is needed to do the conversion?

also can you get an ungraded rear shock spring or do other shocks work instead of spending huge money on a new one?
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:26 PM   #282
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Yamaha forks, WP forks, Showa cartridge build

Factory settings on most suspension is for a rider weighing 75 kg. Thats' what all my pink slips say also; rider or driver weight: 75 kg.
I'm not even close to 75 kg

I was really pondering what to do about the forks on mine. Lusted after the WP complete front, but I can't afford it. I went to a local suspension specialist. He's been a mechanic in the world mx championship and supplies many of the elite racing guys over here. He sets up PA Ullevålseters KTM before the Dakar rallies and the other desert rallies too. Figure he knows his stuff.

We were talking back and forth about it. He's the official importer of WP here and mentioned that their service had been rather poor since KTM bought them and directed all focus in the company towards the KTM race teams. Also turns out the WP front end TT sels is a TT creation. He could get the forks from WP, but all fitting parts I had to get from TT so it sorta made the point mute.

We also talked rear shocks and after he'd checked it out he recommended me going with an Öhlins rear. It's sturdier than the WP and they deliver - WP couldn't tell him how long before they could deliver. (Pretty much all shocks are built to order at both companies as far as I was told). So he's building an Öhlins for me - adjusted to my weight and needs riding wise and luggage wise.

I emailed him a link to adv rider and the Yamaha front end thread. I was surprised he took the time to read the whole thing. Said they were designed for a bike half the weight. Would need to fit the stiffest spring available and even if the the set physically fit the bike it would need to be run at the extreme limit all the time. He pretty much adviced against it.

He thought the stock Showa should have potential for a build, but he'd never built forks for our bike so he couldn't guarantee it was possible to make a cartridge with external adjustment for it. He's got the legs right now and I'm waiting to hear back from him if it's possible. If it is he'll do it, if not he'll just rebuild what's in there. He said either way it'll be like riding a new bike. He'll ofcourse also adjust this for my weight.

I've been running Wirth (TT) forksprings since the second summer, but it's still soft as two strings of spaghetti held together by porridge.
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:42 PM   #283
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well i know a breaker selling brand new yz450 forks and they look the part so might get them and try get front wheel brackets, brakes etc
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:57 PM   #284
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well i know a breaker selling brand new yz450 forks and they look the part so might get them and try get front wheel brackets, brakes etc
Sure, didn't mean to sound like I was advicing against the Yammie option, just saying I decided against it. I hope my set up will work as well for me as people say the Yammie setup works for them
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:07 PM   #285
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So you went with just the lock reinforcement?

Thanks!
No, I did them both but the lock bit was what needed some fiddling. It's really quite unique in that it's a TT part which costs less than $50.
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