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Old 05-30-2011, 11:53 PM   #31
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On the bright side, the fiberglass damage looks like it can be easily repaired.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:37 PM   #32
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Okay, now I feel like an idiot..... Just a couple minutes searching over on sidecar.com and I had part numbers and descriptions for the bearing outer, inner, and seal... Seems to be common trailer parts, I'll try to get organized and repost the info here if anyone would like
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Old 09-28-2011, 01:23 PM   #33
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Hey... is this why you are putting a sidehack on the Ninja?
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:17 PM   #34
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Talk about back from the dead, I'm ashamed to realize how long it's been since I gave any updates... Anyway, time to get anyone who remotely cared about this up to speed.

The wing is GONE! Diving in proved waking it up wouldn't be very hard, but making it reliable was going to take a larger financial commitment than I wanted to spend. So, in my infinite wisdom I sold the GL off as a parts/project bike to offset the cost of the project. (cue: FREE sidecar ) This leads me to the next change of plan: going back to my original plan.... Hacking the Ninja!

Over the last three months this much has happened:
Got the sidecar chassis & mounting bits blasted and powder coated (man, they look great now!).
Got all new bearings & seals for the suspension pivot and a new trailer hub w/bearings & seals.
A really awesome guy I work with volunteered to patch up and generally work over the entire tub so it's ready
for a rattle can closeup (it's almost done!)
Commisioned Jay @ DMC to build a subframe for my trusty Ninja. (being unwrapped as I type!)

Things left to do: Wiring for the hack lights, decide between a new tire on the original wheel or a trailer wheel/tire, then get the frame hooked to my bike and measure for the upright supports. (more work than I'm thinking it's gonna be for sure!)
Now, for what you guys really came here for, pics! Here's the frame fresh from its makeover
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:20 PM   #35
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Here's the mounting hardware/suspension and spindle. I prepped the original hub just in case I decide I want to hook up the disc brake later down the road.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:27 PM   #36
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And just in case anyone is wondering, here is what I'm going to hook up to. I"m really hoping for a lightweight, nimble(for a hack) handling setup. This may not be the ideal tug but it's reliable, dirt cheap, and I know it inside and out. Plus, I already have the handlebar conversion for better leverage on the steering. I also installed a set of raising links on the rear suspension to try and help with the steering trail issue a tad.
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:32 PM   #37
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Now, just in case.... *DISCLAIMER*

You guys have seen the speed of my progress so far, so don't get too excited just yet cause I'll probably be forever and a day finishing this project up
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Old 11-19-2011, 09:43 PM   #38
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Cool so far...

I, for one, am rather interested in seeing what all it takes to get one of these things working and I look forward to hearing what you think of it when you get it done sometime. Too bad about the Honda, but I bet it'll look sweet next to your 500. Good luck!
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:09 AM   #39
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Now, just in case.... *DISCLAIMER*

You guys have seen the speed of my progress so far, so don't get too excited just yet cause I'll probably be forever and a day finishing this project up
Ok... I for one will NEVER cast a stone! you have see my progress!
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Old 11-20-2011, 11:19 AM   #40
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I thought about a gpz500, settled on a cheaper 250, could I ask what the subframe set you back as its still in my mind?
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Old 11-20-2011, 12:09 PM   #41
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I thought about a gpz500, settled on a cheaper 250, could I ask what the subframe set you back as its still in my mind?
It was $630 shipped to my doorstep, which should keep my overall conversion costs right around the 1k mark. (not counting the bike, of course) Cheap enough for me to try some new waters with a good solid setup
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:05 PM   #42
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It was $630 shipped to my doorstep, which should keep my overall conversion costs right around the 1k mark. (not counting the bike, of course) Cheap enough for me to try some new waters with a good solid setup
does this give all 4 mounts? sounds reasonable enough, folk on here seem pretty keen on his workmanship.
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Old 11-20-2011, 02:42 PM   #43
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does this give all 4 mounts? sounds reasonable enough, folk on here seem pretty keen on his workmanship.
Yes, that was the lower subframe for the two bottom mounts and the two upper mounting brackets. The only thing not included was the struts from the car frame to the upper mounts on the bike, but I wanted to mount up the frame first and get a measurement so I can order the specific (correct!) length instead of guessing and having a bunch of thread showing. I'm assuming you would want LH mounts? I know Jay offers LH mounts for the KLR crowd on his website, but not sure about anything else. Of course, I didn't see anyone knocking down doors to build a subframe for my bike but after a couple phone calls and emails I was in business!
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:23 PM   #44
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Just a teaser, the hack and bike made first contact today! It's nowhere near aligned and set up, but I at least have an idea of what kind of footprint it's gonna have. I plan on a starting point using between 15/20% of wheelbase for lead and around 75% of wheelbase for track. That puts me at 10" of lead and just under 45" track, it might actually fit on a 4x8 trailer! Now I need to get everything aligned so I can get some accurate measurements for the length needed on my upper support rods
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Old 11-29-2011, 06:32 AM   #45
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Can you slip your fork tubes up in the triple trees a bit? Can you put a tall profile rear tire on and keep a low profile radial up front? Those mods, with your raising links will help reduce the trail at not much cost. If you do it before you get to doing your alignment it would be better...
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