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Old 03-17-2013, 06:42 PM   #3871
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Thanks for the reply, John
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:00 PM   #3872
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Some videos of my CRF250L. Make sure to subscribe as more videos are on the way, and my first MC club event with this bike is in April.

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Old 03-18-2013, 04:25 AM   #3873
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Swing Arm Service

I was able to make time to do the swing arm service this past weekend. As with the shock linkage, the swing arm was lacking in the grease department from the factory.





I took pics during the process, once I get a minute I'll pull together a post covering the steps involved.
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:24 AM   #3874
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My wife installed the "Low" Seat Concepts seat for the CRF250L this weekend. She decided to order it with the "soft" foam as she only weighs in at about 115lbs and also chose the black top with gripper material and red sides. I think she was hoping it would have lowered her a bit more, but in the end it was maybe a 1/4" at the most. However, it should give her a much more comfortable seating area when she slides back for the long hauls. Granted these pics are just with sneakers and jeans on, but she wanted to show a good comparison.

Oh yeah, don't mind the fact the entire front end of the bike is off. We are fixing a few things.

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YAY! So Maxwell got his new Seat Concepts Low seat installed today!!

And....well...it looks better than stock, but didn't really lower me that much.

First,for those who don't know, you can buy the Seat Concepts seats here:
http://seatconcepts.com/

They ship you the foam and cover and you install it on your existing seat pad. You can pay them to install it,but you also have to pay shipping costs. Which can be pricey for something as large as a motorcycle seat.

I ordered the red/black version of the LOW seat with the gripper top and the soft foam available at no extra charge. I'd always recommend going with the gripper vs the all carbon version. The all carbon tends to feel like you're riding on an armor-alled seat. Super slippy.

http://seatconcepts.com/products#!/~...56&id=18216003

I also watched both of these installation vids. I watched both because they offer a few different helpful tips in each one





A few tips:
Let your new seat cover warm up in the sun for a good while before starting. The warmer it is, the easier it'll stretch.

I borrowed a friends pneumatic stapler for the install, so it wasn't too difficult, just time consuming.

I used a flat head screw driver and a pair of needle nose pliers to remove the old staples. Just stick the screwdriver under the staple and twist. Once one side pops up, you can remove it with the pliers.

Take your time getting your old seat foam off,if one spot doesn't want to come off clean,move to a different area and work back.

Make sure the adhesive you use is safe for foam. I used Locktite heavy duty spray adhesive and 3M 77 on the seat pan. (both with varying results..the Locktite worked on the rear but wouldn't stick the front...weird. Likely user error induced failure. ). Also use the silicone between the foam and the cover. WD-40 now makes a silicone spray. It really helps when positioning the cover.

Follow the directions in the vids, starting at the nose and working your way around evenly on both sides so one side doesn't get more stretched than the other.

Keep flipping it over to check positioning and watch for wrinkles.

Push the stapler firmly into the plastic when you fire them to seat the staples down snug. Don't be afraid to pop out any unruly or misplaced staples. Also don't be afraid to remove several staples to re-snug an area you're not happy with.

All in all this project took me a good hour and I would rate difficulty level at a 3 on a scale of 1-5. 1 being so easy a caveman could do it.

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And the results

Before:


After:


Before:


After:


Before


After


The two foams side by side. Stock foam is the darker one:




*Insert 'waaaa-waaaa-waaaaaaaaaa' let down music here*

So, if you're looking to gain an inch, this isn't the way. I maybe gained a quarter to half an inch. Obviously I don't ride in sneakers and jeans, but wanted to give my normal leg length. I won't be gaining that much extra with my dirt boots unfortunately.

Ah well,in the end, Maxwell got a pretty new seat and the wider seating area should be more comfortable as well. The front was supposed to be narrower to aid in the 'lower' effect, but the Honda already had a pretty narrow seat to begin with.

May look at a lowering link in the future. Kouba makes one for the CRF:
http://www.koubalink.com/CRF250L%20Dual%20Sport.html
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:48 AM   #3875
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I'm 6'1" and have a 31" inseam and if I have a bike that my feet touch the ground like hers do, I'm going to fall every once in a wile riding off road. I've been riding 45 years and uneven surfaces for some reason just happen to be where you don't want them, I would lower the fork tubes and put on some lowering links, she could use and 1" or 2" lower bike for now. Just don't want to see her get hurt.

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:29 AM   #3876
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Since she's only 115 #, you can unwind the preload on the spring a bunch...you'll get way more than 1/4"....and make the ride comfy as well
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:30 AM   #3877
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My wife installed the "Low" Seat Concepts seat for the CRF250L this weekend. She decided to order it with the "soft" foam as she only weighs in at about 115lbs and also chose the black top with gripper material and red sides. I think she was hoping it would have lowered her a bit more, but in the end it was maybe a 1/4" at the most. However, it should give her a much more comfortable seating area when she slides back for the long hauls. Granted these pics are just with sneakers and jeans on, but she wanted to show a good comparison.

Oh yeah, don't mind the fact the entire front end of the bike is off. We are fixing a few things.
Check this out:

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/100...ions-and-tips/

I've already been down this road, check out post #39 for some measurements. Stock, lowering link, seat concepts low


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Old 03-18-2013, 11:39 AM   #3878
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I was able to make time to do the swing arm service this past weekend. As with the shock linkage, the swing arm was lacking in the grease department from the factory.





I took pics during the process, once I get a minute I'll pull together a post covering the steps involved.
Very interested in how this is done! Can't wait to see the process....
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:24 PM   #3879
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:19 PM   #3880
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Mirror replacement

I did get these mirrors, and they have a kind of clicking, get into position thingy on there, adjustable for tension. They can be folded inward, to be out of the way for off road. Weather not ideal here right now for testing for vibration, being able to actually see what's behind you. The OEM ones seemed a bit quirky to get the adjustment right. $42 each, and shipped fast from the west coast to east coast in 2 days. http://www.moto-science.com/product/...ti-mount-0097u
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:41 PM   #3881
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I did get these mirrors, and they have a kind of clicking, get into position thingy on there, adjustable for tension. They can be folded inward, to be out of the way for off road. Weather not ideal here right now for testing for vibration, being able to actually see what's behind you. The OEM ones seemed a bit quirky to get the adjustment right. $42 each, and shipped fast from the west coast to east coast in 2 days. http://www.moto-science.com/product/...ti-mount-0097u
I have those mirrors on all my off road bikes. It's the first farkle I get.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:47 PM   #3882
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I have those mirrors on all my off road bikes. It's the first farkle I get.
Yes, thanks Tony, you were the one who I asked after you posted pics, back before I actually had a bike to bolt them to. More f'n snow on the way here, WTF.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:03 PM   #3883
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Since she's only 115 #, you can unwind the preload on the spring a bunch...you'll get way more than 1/4"....and make the ride comfy as well
That was our next idea. I worked on my car all day yesterday and didn't feel like screwing with the bike after she finished the seat.

It isn't squatting very much when she sits on it. She sat on one at a show that the preload must have been way out on because she could almost flat foot it.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:07 PM   #3884
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I'm 6'1" and have a 31" inseam and if I have a bike that my feet touch the ground like hers do, I'm going to fall every once in a wile riding off road. I've been riding 45 years and uneven surfaces for some reason just happen to be where you don't want them, I would lower the fork tubes and put on some lowering links, she could use and 1" or 2" lower bike for now. Just don't want to see her get hurt.

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Yeah, she's coming from an XT225 she can flat foot with ease and quite a bit lighter than the CRF250L so we are definitely taking that into mind

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Since she's only 115 #, you can unwind the preload on the spring a bunch...you'll get way more than 1/4"....and make the ride comfy as well
That was our next idea. I worked on my car all day yesterday and didn't feel like screwing with the bike after she finished the seat. :lol:

It definitely isn't squatting very much when she sits on it, although I haven't actually measured it yet. She sat on one at a show that the preload must have been way out on because she could almost flat foot it.

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Check this out:

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/100...ions-and-tips/

I've already been down this road, check out post #39 for some measurements. Stock, lowering link, seat concepts low

Thanks, lots of good info. I think we are going to try setting the sag right first to see how that works for her. As I mentioned above, she's sat on one at a show and it must have had the preload pretty far out because she was pretty sure footed on it.

She also has her sneakers on in this pic which she doesn't ride in. For street boots, she has a pair of the Daytona Ladystars which give her like 2" and her dirt bike boots probably don't do as much, but I'm sure they'll help too.
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Old 03-18-2013, 02:26 PM   #3885
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Anybody try to install moose racing contour mount handguards on the stock bars? Where inner mount needs to go seems to be right where the crossbar is on the stock bars. Tempted to file it down, looks to be an 1/8" off, but they are hollow Im guessing, which would lead to shearing later on and who knows what else. Any lists of what hand guards work with the stock bars? Or I could just get new bars considering I'm 6'4...
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