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Old 10-18-2011, 11:23 PM   #136
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I found a scrap of stainless and got this crossed off the list:





I used some safety wire to hold it tight on the bottom and used foam strips so it won't saw through the cooler over time.
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:02 PM   #137
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Hey Larryboy.

Really enjoying this thread. Quick, probably dumb question. It looks like that steel mesh cover wont let a lot of air through. Are you concerned that it will not be as efficient?

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Old 10-19-2011, 12:35 PM   #138
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Hey Larryboy.

Really enjoying this thread. Quick, probably dumb question. It looks like that steel mesh cover wont let a lot of air through. Are you concerned that it will not be as efficient?

Cheers

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Yeah, it'll lose some airflow, but it's better than a hole in it. BMW's didn't always have oil coolers and there will be heat transfer and that's good enough for me.


I hit on some really good things this morning for the airbox and plumbing, battery ends up lower. I was holding off on painting the frame until I figured this part out...frame including the subframe which is welded to the front section now came in at 50 pounds even, with the box racks.

No time for pics today...off to work.
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Old 10-19-2011, 12:43 PM   #139
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Hey.

While I am typing, is 50 lbs about what you had hoped? Lighter than the original? How important was weight in your planning?

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I hit on some really good things this morning for the airbox and plumbing, battery ends up lower. I was holding off on painting the frame until I figured this part out...frame including the subframe which is welded to the front section now came in at 50 pounds even, with the box racks.

No time for pics today...off to work.
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Old 10-19-2011, 04:19 PM   #140
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50 lbs?

You're still 100 lbs down from the start. :

Is this gonna be the Richard Simmons GS?
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Old 10-19-2011, 07:36 PM   #141
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Larryboy, You mentioned in my thread that you where going to run .48 springs up front right? I just ordered .65s from Sonic Springs in CA after talking to Rich over there. Maybe you should check with those guys if you haven't bought yours yet. I think .48 might be a little soft especially with your talent with piping

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Old 10-19-2011, 11:14 PM   #142
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Ok, don't get hung up on weight yet. I never weighed the subframe alone, I'd guess 15 pounds looking at it and the stock stuff that held up the front is about 16 pounds that isn't going back on. So...long answer, my frame addition and box racks have put 35 pounds back on the bike...acceptable for the safety that was important to me.

.49 springs went in, fab. That's what it's going to get, stiffer springs aren't made for these forks and they'll be fine. Unless you have found stiffer springs for XR650R forks?


I'll do a final tally on the weight savings, I took about 160 pounds off the bike. The stock front wheel was 38.5 pounds with tire and I'll compare that to the new front. The only real world wet weight that I could find for a plain jane 1150GS was 580 pounds ready to ride. My goal is still 500 ready to go.
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:44 AM   #143
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Thought about using this earlier, but it's a little small for this engine size...it's crunch time, so I'm using it.







Motion Pro screwed up, they can sell you parts, but seem to have a hard time making sure that part remains yours. If I'm a business and somebody orders parts that require a custom build two weeks out I take all the parts required for that customer and put them on the shelf with their name and build date. Frusrated beyond belief with them, but they have a system that allows me to order the part through them and the system picks the closest dealer with that part number in stock and has them ship it to me....could be a dealer right in my town or Bolivia...they have no way of knowing.
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Old 10-21-2011, 03:32 PM   #144
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I don't think that canister is for a gas engine. You might put your eye out with that thing!

Too bad about MotionSickness. I guess you moved too fast for them?

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Old 10-21-2011, 11:12 PM   #145
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Too bad about MotionSickness. I guess you moved too fast for them?


Their system seems to work ok, the part shipped today from Faultline in Hollister. Thank goodness, I was about to snap.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:14 AM   #146
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Their system seems to work ok, the part shipped today from Faultline in Hollister. Thank goodness, I was about to snap.
Now you don't have to throttle anybody.

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.49 springs went in, fab. That's what it's going to get, stiffer springs aren't made for these forks and they'll be fine. Unless you have found stiffer springs for XR650R forks?
Drop an email to Rich at sonicsprings.com if you want to discuss your options. They made me .65 spring when all the other vendors went to .52 max.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:27 AM   #148
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Thanks Fabrice!! I'll keep them in mind, but I'm out of cash and time to change right now...I still have a final drive to rebuild.


Ok, hooked up with Poolside on the phone and Jim walked me through how to time the new ignition. Once we figured out that I set the engine to my 60* mark on my timing wheel instead of 60* BTDC...I was only 30* off , things went smooth after that.

Jim is a very patient guy, I woulda hung up on me.


We used this:




I own a meter that is smarter than me, I use it at work to find key off battery drains with the amp setting and that's about it. Our most common problems come from the aftermarket equipment that our rigs are covered with. I have started using charge guards on every draw I find, the labor to actually fix things is murder on the customer...find the draw and seperate it with a charge guard.

The meter for Jim:




This is how I rigged things to set the new gap on the timing cup:




Jim was going to talk me through wiring up the neutral light for the Acewell, but I bumped negative into positive and fried the light in the dash.
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:12 AM   #149
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Jim was going to talk me through wiring up the neutral light for the Acewell, but I bumped negative into positive and fried the light in the dash.
Yer just like Radioman - turning every negative into a positive.

Oh wait, this ain't quite the same is it.

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Old 10-24-2011, 09:18 AM   #150
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Yer just like Radioman - turning every negative into a positive.

Oh wait, this ain't quite the same is it.


Yes, I'm positive I screwed up the neutral light.


I was thinking that I had major warpage after final welding, but then realized that my last weld in section that I only tacked to check for clearance didn't actually have enough clearance...gonna take care of that and build the intake here in a minute.

My insurance guy is a pain sometimes, he expects me to have a fax machine, but then can't seem to answer emails...got a notice from the DMV that they're going to suspend my registration on the BMW if I don't get insurance.
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