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Old 05-02-2012, 03:34 PM   #1651
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On the rammount balls:

I have designed 2 kinds:

- 1 which accepts a M8 allen bolt of which the stem can also act as a replacement for a M8 allen head, to use it in a handlebarclamp f.i.

- 1 which accepts a M10 allen bolt and which can be used f.i with an M10x1,25 allen bolt,(though I succeeded, these proved hard to find in a stainless or plated version as I discovered to my surprise ) for use in the threaded holes for the mirrors of the XC.

These anodised balls prove to be hard wearing, but a bit slippery. So some rubber extra device is advised . Bas at Hyperpro found a resin filled heat shrink to be the perfect layer in between, which can eventually be changed if/when worn out. So we're buying some metres of that at the moment.
I sold a bunch of them to a shop where they build up adventure and special bikes (Hyper-Bas ) and am using them myself in all kind of projects.
Have you considered nylon? http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...32&postcount=6
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:38 PM   #1652
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On the rammount balls:
These anodised balls prove to be hard wearing, but a bit slippery. So some rubber extra device is advised.
Another solution, other than the shrink wrap can be found in post #2680 in this thread...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...d#post18463184

Liquid electical tape and 220 grit sandpaper.
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Old 05-02-2012, 03:42 PM   #1653
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If I think of it, I will look into it tomorrow. If you don't hear from me, poke me by mail .I'm overly busy at the moment with the moving of my workshop to a larger premises

By the way, talking about dashboards.
Walter's enjoying himself on his private project in my workshop, led to the design of a basic adventure dashboard for the replica KTM690 fairing setup. Though handmade, this one comes directly from the digital design I did, so I think it can be seen as a proper pre-production model:



A possible setup is what we did on the bikes of 2 crazy Norwegians last week. Mr. EtronX was in such a hurry leaving our place to start his adventure that I didn't even have time to take some pictures, but I re-recreated the situation (before the imminent placing of switches, sockets a.s.o) in my drawing programme



Thanks Walter and Geir for being guinea pigs


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Old 05-02-2012, 07:35 PM   #1654
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Tbone: Did you fix the stalling?

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I forgot to tell you all that it seemed to also have something to do with temperature and weather. Cold mornings seem to make is worse . Ya this could be anything and thats driving me crazy
Hey Tbone. Did you fix your stalling problem?
I had the same problem with my x-challange. I finally figured out that it was water in the fuel. The water was sucked up the tank vent tube following a long river crossing. Easy to clear:
(this works best if the fuel has had a few minutes to settle)
1-disconnect the feed hose from the tank. (That goes to the injector)
2- push on a suitable hose and point the other end into a bottle.
3- Turn on the ignition and let it pump. Turn ignition off and back on. repeat a few times.
4- have a look in the bottle.The water will sit at the bottom of the petrol. (I had about 1/2 inch at the bottom of the bottle)
5- empty bottle and repeat until no water found.
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:57 PM   #1655
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:47 PM   #1656
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Another solution, other than the shrink wrap can be found in post #2680 in this thread...

http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...d#post18463184

Liquid electical tape and 220 grit sandpaper.
Another solution is to use an old bicycle tube (thin tube off a road bicycle). Stretch it over the ball and then trim. It makes the ball diameter wider but the RAM clamp still fits.
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Old 05-03-2012, 01:41 AM   #1657
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Ah ... I used this special plastic paint:

http://www.krylon.com/products/fusion_for_plastic/

And I THINK I used colour "Satin Khaki", and "gloss black" (also Krylon Fusion) for the front fender.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:56 AM   #1658
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Once Adventure-Spec approve them to be sold by such a prestigious business and they get a production run in the shop
Hate to keep asking but any news from Adv Spec? I am in serious need of some soft bags.
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Old 05-04-2012, 04:40 PM   #1659
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Hate to keep asking but any news from Adv Spec? I am in serious need of some soft bags.
Drop them an email next week - I know they are looking to sort it out then.

sales@adventure-spec.com
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:46 PM   #1660
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Drop them an email next week - I know they are looking to sort it out then.
Awesome.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:48 AM   #1661
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:40 AM   #1662
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Second Fork Transplant - 50mm Shivers

Last summer I had managed to score some top shelf, brand new Marzocchi 50 mm twin chamber closed cartridge forks for a sweet price. They are basically the same as 50mm factory series forks, but without the DLC (black) stanchions - these had normal chrome ones.

I had been hesitating about whether or not to put them in, because Bas at Hyperpro - my fork man - had set up the 48mm WP adventure forks I had on there to be working like a dream. They had been revalved, resprung overhauled and I could hardly ask for better performing suspension for the type of riding I do.

So I decided not to change the forks.

Then Bas saw the trick looking Marzocchis - and he looked at me with a grin and said - you are not going to leave those unused in the cupboard, no way. I looked at those amazing fork caps on the Marzocchis and fell in love. Damn it, he was right. They were too pretty not to fit on the bike.

And so my winter suspension project was to change forks over to the Marzocchis.

I also had new unused triple clamps for the forks from a Husqvarna TC250 (2009) but they had a 200mm tube spacing and since my bike had KTM dimension front wheels and other bits n pieces it was easier to stick with the KTM standard 190mm fork tube spacing. I contacted Marzocchi UK and found they had some old stock for the Factory 50mm Shivers - Marzocchi Factory CNC machined triple clamps and axle spacers to fit the forks to KTMs. They sold me a set (that was normally about 450 quid) for 150 including delivery. (They have exited motorcycle suspension in the UK and the UK distributor just does push bike suspension - moto stuff is all done by a centralised European distributor now - which means any moto stock they have left they are just trying to get rid of)

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Old 05-06-2012, 12:50 AM   #1663
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50mm Shiver transplant part 2

Bas machined up a custom steering stem to fit the triples to the XC and then the forks were fitted to the bike.

Next problem was matching up the downstairs. The axle clamps on the forks were as much of a work of art as the triple clamps and the fork caps - beautiful elegant Italian design.

We used a KTM 26mm axle (26mm left hole, 30mm right hole), but the forks were for a TC250, which has a 25mm axle - 25mm left hole with a 28mm hole on the right axle clamp. So both of those had to be machined out to 26mm and 30mm respectively. Once that was done, an axle could go in.

Incredibly, the caliper bracket from the KTM and original XC brake fitted straight on - no mods required.

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Old 05-06-2012, 01:16 AM   #1664
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All that was left to do was to open the forks, and set them up the way I like for adventure touring. The fork springs were OK but I want to go lighter. Even tho the forks had been for a lightweight 250cc bike, it was a motocross bike and so the springs were such that the bike could land major jumps without bottoming out. The stock springs were 4.8 N/mm which is about the same as KTM 990 adventure forks. I was not going to be jumping the bike and wanted plusher springs. Besides I had a lot more suspension travel than a 990 adventure, and a lot less weight, so I definitely needed lighter fork springs.

I was hoping for something similar to what I had in the WPs I had just changed out from - they were progressive from 4.4 to 5.9 N/mm, but because the Marzocchis had more travel (300mm vs 275 on the WPs) we had to look for a different spring. There was nothing exactly on the weight I wanted but one a bit lighter. I have to check the exact specs but it is about 4.0 to 5.5 N/mm - about 10% lighter than the last spring - but then again I have 10% more travel. Time will tell if it is too light. I do have a load of damping adjustment to compensate if it is - as well as fork spring preload adjustment - which is something the WPs didnt have. In any case the ride is now very plush and the bike will soak up bumps like gutters as if they werent there.

The final change to the forks was to change the seals. Nothing wrong with the stock seals, except they are sticky. The bigger the fork tubes are, the more surface contact there is between seals and chrome stanchions, and the stickier the forks feel at small movements. We took out the stock seals and I am keeping them as spares. We put in the new SKF green seals that everyone is raging about as being super low friction - and sure enough, the stickiness was reduced by about 80%. As the seals wear in, I expect that to disappear pretty much completely.

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Old 05-06-2012, 04:41 AM   #1665
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@ Don't shoot me!!!
If I think of it, I will look into it tomorrow. If you don't hear from me, poke me by mail .I'm overly busy at the moment with the moving of my workshop to a larger premises

By the way, talking about dashboards.
Walter's enjoying himself on his private project in my workshop, led to the design of a basic adventure dashboard for the replica KTM690 fairing setup. Though handmade, this one comes directly from the digital design I did, so I think it can be seen as a proper pre-production model:



A possible setup is what we did on the bikes of 2 crazy Norwegians last week. Mr. EtronX was in such a hurry leaving our place to start his adventure that I didn't even have time to take some pictures, but I re-recreated the situation (before the imminent placing of switches, sockets a.s.o) in my drawing programme



Thanks Walter and Geir for being guinea pigs


Hola. The dashboards that Erik made looks great. We will spray paint it matte black.

Sorry I was in such a hurry to leave Erik. I wanted to spend a few days with the kids before work. When I come back from work I'll take some pictures and post them here.

My partner in crime, Erik K whoom I will travel with, is now doing the last bits of work on the bikes. The final fittings of the rally fairing and the old plastic covers. We have now settled on color scheeme. Pictures will come.

One issue that Erik K mentioned is that the wires for the speedo is to short. I have not seen this myself. I will investigate when back south again.
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