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Old 02-12-2011, 07:01 PM   #511
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Found a rear shock off of an older 250 ninja, its about 2 inches longer. It set the rear of the bike up 6 inches higher. Its amazing how the dog bones work on the rear of these bikes, 1/4 in makes a big difference
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Old 02-12-2011, 09:56 PM   #512
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How soon until your beast is roadworthy....looks like chain and brakes are all that's stopping it from rolling.
more than that, still a long list to complete.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:04 PM   #513
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Its amazing how the dog bones work on the rear of these bikes, 1/4 in makes a big difference
the direct connected shock arrangement on the Versys/650R is similar, but the relationship easier to see with the swingarm pivot, shock mount, and axle all lined up on top.
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Old 02-12-2011, 10:14 PM   #514
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i wanted to build a mold for the upper fender, but first i needed to slim that 2008 KLR thing down a little for both design and fitment considerations. this was a used fender, and i didn't feel bad about cutting it up.



2" should do it, so it was marked for the cuts and run through the saw.



the halves were hot glued back together with some backing, and then all the holes and so on will be filled and smoothed so the part is ready for glass. easy way to make a custom fender, and it should fit the bike well.
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Old 02-13-2011, 02:08 PM   #515
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If you're interested in maiking that fender out of kevlar instead of glass, shoot me a line, I have a bunch of kevlar cloth here waiting to be made into something. It would be much stronger that glass, it is a little hard on scissors, but not bad to work with for somethiing being molded like a fairing or fender.-Fred
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:03 PM   #516
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If you're interested in maiking that fender out of kevlar instead of glass, shoot me a line...
thanks fred, but already started in fiberglass. real easy, besides, that kevlar stuff will make the rat way too fast.
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Old 02-13-2011, 06:18 PM   #517
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the radiator guard is very light and it mounts on just two tabs on the ends of the radiator. i don't want it rocking back and forth, so i add some urethane bumpers to the back. the bumpers are trimmed to fit, then set in JB Weld. i wanted them on there before the guard got painted.

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Old 02-13-2011, 06:34 PM   #518
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the parts that were fitted and need a coat of black paint were pulled back off. sandblast or otherwise prep, primer, then topcoats. fussy work, but there's no way around it so i jumped in.



so that's how i spent the afternoon. now i've got a big pile of black parts, so y'all be sure to tell me how good they look from, say, at least 20'.
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:08 PM   #519
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so that's how i spent the afternoon. now i've got a big pile of black parts, so y'all be sure to tell me how good they look from, say, at least 20'.
No problem. Glad your back at it, I was worried the wolves of winter had carried you off. - David
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Old 02-13-2011, 09:33 PM   #520
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i wanted to build a mold for the upper fender, but first i needed to slim that 2008 KLR thing down a little for both design and fitment considerations. this was a used fender, and i didn't feel bad about cutting it up.



2" should do it, so it was marked for the cuts and run through the saw.



the halves were hot glued back together with some backing, and then all the holes and so on will be filled and smoothed so the part is ready for glass. easy way to make a custom fender, and it should fit the bike well.

I have a feeling that is going to look pretty good.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:17 AM   #521
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No problem. Glad your back at it, I was worried the wolves of winter had carried you off. - David
no wolves of winter yesterday, 65F.

local farmer lost 26 head of cattle over two days last week to what he said were coyotes. nobody saw them, and most of the animals were full grown, not calves. no coyote expert, but it looks more like dogs.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:24 AM   #522
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I have a feeling that is going to look pretty good.
hope so.

you did some nice work trimming the ptwin oil pan. i'm not sure why the pan was designed with that drain leg in the first place.
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:24 PM   #523
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Oil drain design is so you don't need to remove the fairings to change the oil, at least on the 650r.

Works great but Kawi should of known it was destined to be a dualsport
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:49 PM   #524
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Oil drain design is so you don't need to remove the fairings to change the oil, at least on the 650r.
right side belly fairing has to come off to get to the filter doesn't it? if so, they didn't need that style of drain.
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Old 02-14-2011, 06:07 PM   #525
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If you drive one of these things



you'll burn oil so fast you won't have to change it, just keep adding it....
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