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Old 04-12-2010, 05:37 AM   #166
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I would suggest visiting ebay, and ordering a 5 3/4" headlight from a harley and a 50/55w halogen bulb.
Way ahead of you...except I ordered a 90/100W

PS: Don't tell the cops eh?
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:50 AM   #167
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Do you think any off roading is in the cards for this bike? If not, and if you think the switch to a 90/90R21 street tire was a major improvement... let me just say, for the price of lacing a stock replacement rim, plus a $100 for new stainless Buchanan spokes you could put a 120 (3.5") front rim and a 150 (4.25") rear via Excel or other aftermarket brand. It will change the attitude of the bike, no doubt, but if you are okay with that or if in fact you welcome a more aggressive stance and lower seat height and steeper seat angle, then you have an option in that.

Just sayin. :)
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Well, maybe not, because then I'll spend more money, and I am attempting (keyword there) to save money towards a modern bike. My main goals for this bike is to get it reliable, better rear shock and have something a little unique to take on my sportbike rides I think I have about another $150 until the bike is where I'll just ride it.

I sort of want to keep the stockers as well because eventually when I get a dedicated road bike again I'll want a dirt machine again
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:54 AM   #168
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Way ahead of you...except I ordered a 90/100W

PS: Don't tell the cops eh?
The 550 only has a 180w stator.
You better consider replacing all the other other lights with LED's to try and save some power for reserve.
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:55 AM   #169
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The 550 only has a 180w stator.
You better consider replacing all the other other lights with LED's to try and save some power for reserve.
Turn signals have been turfed. If they eventually get replaced I'll go LED. Tach/Speedo gone as well so no lights there either. Headlight and tail light are pretty much it. I'll also tap into the "grid" for my GPS, but there is no significant power draw there.
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Old 04-12-2010, 09:31 AM   #170
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Well, maybe not, because then I'll spend more money, and I am attempting (keyword there) to save money towards a modern bike. My main goals for this bike is to get it reliable, better rear shock and have something a little unique to take on my sportbike rides I think I have about another $150 until the bike is where I'll just ride it.

I sort of want to keep the stockers as well because eventually when I get a dedicated road bike again I'll want a dirt machine again
Yep. Sounds like dirt is definitely somewhere off in the future!! And unique is the understatement of the century .

The nice thing about the super motard type wheel setup is you lower the front axle by two inches (21" minus 17", divided by 2) which reduces the rake angle making your steering more responsive, and further reduces trail making it easier to actually turn the bars. But in this case it looks like you're on the right path keeping stock rim sizes.

On a loosely related note, I have a pair of chromed (90-95 XT600E used steel rims instead of Alu) 90/90R21 and 120/90R17 rims that I'll be de-lacing from their hubs. I'd love to use ADVRider to try and find a home for them instead of sending them to a metal recycler or waste heap. Is it possible to tell if rims are straight just using a decent table or a fresh sheet of apple plywood as a straight edge? Maybe I need to post a question like that in the Ask Woody thread :)

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Old 04-12-2010, 10:25 AM   #171
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Yep. Sounds like dirt is definitely somewhere off in the future!! And unique is the understatement of the century .

The nice thing about the super motard type wheel setup is you lower the front axle by two inches (21" minus 17", divided by 2) which reduces the rake angle making your steering more responsive, and further reduces trail making it easier to actually turn the bars. But in this case it looks like you're on the right path keeping stock rim sizes.

On a loosely related note, I have a pair of chromed (90-95 XT600E used steel rims instead of Alu) 90/90R21 and 120/90R17 rims that I'll be de-lacing from their hubs. I'd love to use ADVRider to try and find a home for them instead of sending them to a metal recycler or waste heap. Is it possible to tell if rims are straight just using a decent table or a fresh sheet of apple plywood as a straight edge? Maybe I need to post a question like that in the Ask Woody thread :)

-justin
I'd imagine if they have no hubs you can tell it is straight by 2 boards but I am no expert.
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:56 AM   #172
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So I have the petcock sitting in a cup of seafoam. I pulled it and it looked flawless, not even a single rust chip *phew!* and no dirt in the screen. However, the 'faceplate' that holds the petcock in was a little loose. Not terribly loose to the point that I think it is the cuplrit, but still loose. I'm hoping that soaking it will clean/cure any problem and that tightening the faceplate down will also help. A petcock is only $30 shipped but I'm a cheap man!
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:15 PM   #173
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Yay or nay? My front fender is bent and cracked and will one day tear off on the highway. Looking for strong replacement that is shorter and sturdier, a SuMo fender too much for this antiquated Thumper?
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:12 PM   #174
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Yay or nay? My front fender is bent and cracked and will one day tear off on the highway. Looking for strong replacement that is shorter and sturdier, a SuMo fender too much for this antiquated Thumper?

IMHO - nay. Not for a classic thumper.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:34 PM   #175
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IMHO - nay. Not for a classic thumper.
Is ther a fender sort of in between a SuMo and an MX fender? I think the massive wing on the front is too much but I agree a dedicated SuMo size fender is too small.
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Old 04-14-2010, 07:28 AM   #176
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Is ther a fender sort of in between a SuMo and an MX fender? I think the massive wing on the front is too much but I agree a dedicated SuMo size fender is too small.
I'm with this idea; somewhere in the 'tween of those two is the place to be. If you still have the big 21" front tire then you'll want more fender than the UFO and SuMo-style fenders provide.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:20 PM   #177
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Front Fender

How about a Yamaha DT FF. I have a mid eighties on mine and I like the look. Cheap and plentiful. See my pic bottom of pg6.
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:53 PM   #178
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Is ther a fender sort of in between a SuMo and an MX fender? I think the massive wing on the front is too much but I agree a dedicated SuMo size fender is too small.
From Misc Bikes

There is fender my bike had when I got it.
The PO just found a low fender off something and drilled the holes to fit.
That fender above would be fine if you had a more modern looking headlight/numberplate on it.

I still have that finder laying around the shop someplace.
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Old 04-15-2010, 11:28 AM   #179
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Vudu, I like the look of that fender, but would love to get it in white.
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Old 04-15-2010, 05:12 PM   #180
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Not the greatest photo but this is a stock '92 front fender with about 7" trimmed from the front.



It's super easy if you trace your line and use a fine toothed jigsaw or Fiskars. Sandpaper to smooth out the end and aluminum etching primer believe it or not seems to adhere nicely.
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