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Old 03-24-2013, 04:36 PM   #46
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Stromsurfer, I sympathise with the pic above, (heavy bastards aren't they! )

That's how I ended up making this:




P.s. love the look of the Dakar outfit
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Old 03-24-2013, 10:08 PM   #47
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Stromsurfer, Ive enjoyed reading your story. Im also working on sorting out the handling of my new rig. Sorry for the thread jack.

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Do you have pics or a build thread? I'm thinking of doing a hack for my DR and would be interested to see what you did.

Home built and not that pretty. But for a few hundred bucks Im pretty happy with it.


pm or email me, I dont have a build thread but I think I have a few pics of the frame and stuff somewhere
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:29 AM   #48
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Old 03-25-2013, 05:27 PM   #49
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That's how I ended up making this:

Loved my V, really hated to sell it, and had considered hacking it but sold it last year for the Dakar(lighter) which allowed me to stay on two wheels one last season. Awesome looking rig you have there
P.s. love the look of the Dakar outfit [/QUOTE]

The trouble with the dampner it will calm the headshake but add steering effort. one of the motorcycle versions may damp less but steer easier:http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...abilizers.aspx

The steering itself is not too bad but even after riding it the last week or so the headshake is a concern. Any kind of bumps at certain speed, or taking one hand off, or when cornering, the shake is bad enough to make me feel that at some point a loss of control is a very likely scenario. My hands are not too strong and it's actually difficult to hang on to the grips. It is way better then during my first rides but, its still bad enough that I really don't feel safe or that it is something that I would get used to.
I will try over tightening the steering head bearings tomorrow. The spoke are tight, wheels are balance, correct air pressure and wheel bearings seem good. I lowered the forks in the tree 3/4 but the back is stock links/height.
Adjusted today and after riding here are specs.
Toe-in 5/8
Lean out 3/4
Track 51
Level side to side and front to back when I am in the saddle.
Trail 7 3/8.......Is that enough?

I think I will try the VW Damper. If it turns out too hard I can return it to auto parts store and try one specific for bikes. Is it ok to connect the damper to the lower fork then down and back to the middle of the front strut(one supplied by DMC that goes from front upper frame mount down to car)? I'd like to connect the damper with the p-clamp and fork clamp shown below.



I have run this by Jay also but The Collectives thoughts and advice are very much appreciated.
Thanks for the positive comments and support.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:02 PM   #50
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Different reasons, different solution, but interesting:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...2#post20995892
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:10 AM   #51
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If Jay likes your figures and you have been able to ride it, maybe the steering damper is the answer.Your a determined man.DB
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Old 03-26-2013, 03:17 PM   #52
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If Jay likes your figures and you have been able to ride it, maybe the steering damper is the answer.Your a determined man.DB
My wife calls it something different.....Stubbornness!
Quite happy to just be able to get on it, and pleased that it light enough for me to move/turn it around after pulling inside my shop.

At Jays suggestion, I again checked steering head bearing tightness and found that it needed a couple more turns to really snug it up. Went for ride.....huge difference. There was no tendency to shake a speed(35-55), and very little when hitting bumps at slower speeds(15-35). I am much happier and with just a bit more tweaking:-) :-)......I may just leave it alone, ride some and then see about the damper(low cost experiment). At least now I feel like I could actually go somewhere on it.
Today's test ride was quite enjoyable. Felt quite nice cruising, and in the bumpy gravel road, the bike was pretty solid.


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Old 03-26-2013, 04:53 PM   #53
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Hurray making headway is always rewarding, and actually if you have some physical issues a light rig will serve you better in the long run. I've had some of those determined obsessive issues myself and were far more interesting than people who take no for an answer easily.DB
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:31 AM   #54
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Dakar HCk for sale

I can no longer push the Dakar rig around so it's up for sale. Bought a Ural with reverse and it seems to be working out for me. Not sure if the linky will work but it's over in the flea market if anyone is interested.

MC

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=919956
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:23 PM   #55
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Hacked Dakar

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