Building a Vstrom For Off Road use

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by lentil, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    Was wondering has anybody ever put a pool filter or pantyhose over the RAM inlet on the airbox to try and reduce those big coarse bastards that work there way into the airbox ?


    I was going to put it over the funnels in the airbox but I reckon thats asking for trouble!

    I think Ill just whack it over the air ram - and see how it goes!:deal
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  2. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

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    Quite a few of us do that. Mines a very course filter foam held over the front inlet with a couple of cable ties (needed two to get the length).

    Doesn't need to be fine, just enough to keep moths, wasps, dragon flies out.

    Pete
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  3. tileman

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    to fit my new tank the airbox top cover has gone completely!!!!!! hope it works out :lol3
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  4. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    Beauty ill give it a bash!! I find with the Uni filter alot of crap makes its way to the second layer <___ i get the heebejeebies





    Living dangerously - I like it!



    Ill tell you that new suspension is like a dream :D - the handling has improved out of sight

    It has stiffened up the rear end so well - we went for a little blast early on friday morning from Gunnedah - I used to find crossing the middle track on marbley roads a nightmare. with that new shock it is awesome - it just tracks right through the marbles

    I have taken to riding in the loose squirelly shit just for kicks :D

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    Mr Yamamoto and Fat tony the Aprila enjoying Sunrise over Lake Goran

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    Plenty of fast good fun stuff :D

    Needd to work on the whole Tyre Lever thing

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    im going to rip the bash plate off tommorrow and drill them into it and then some bolts or pins with R pins to stop them moving about .
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  5. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    So I made my pre filter this morning :D

    Gone from this:
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    to this:
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    I used those little sockette things got them from the local supermarket cost me $3.99 for four of them.

    I am wondering if the double up is a bit much but I think if the first layer gets torn or ripped the second layer may help ?
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  6. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    so after all my faffing about

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    it lives 21 inches of pure pleasure :clap :lol3

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    as you can see I had to go for a custom bleeder :evil the little stem bleeder broke in transit :cry


    Result: I couldnt be happier with the suspensions performance I really like the improvement , travel is far superior and handling rough trails is now a lot easier and less demanding :evil

    TekNIK did a great job on setting the spring rate.

    couple of things I need to work on that willl have to wait untill my return

    1. Height - who would have thought I could get a wee strom too high :D
    2. Braking while it ok its not what I am used to and will need to make some adjustments

    Less than 2 weeks till I leave.
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  7. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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    You will choke your engine with this approach, you need a far greater filtering surface area in order to maintain your bhp.

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  8. amk

    amk Been here awhile

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    In thumpers people are mad to open the air box up, to let the motor breath freely... Anyway, what is wrong with some bugs on the filter?

    It would be interesting to know your honest opinion on the longer suspension. I sill run mine 35mm higher than stock, for a year now, but thinking really hard of getting to the stock level. If the surface is leveled but rutted, yes I do feel its advantages, but my rides are mountains of BC, on steep elevations/descends I definitely prefer lower COG.
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  9. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    I really really like the longer travel suspension..... the higher COG can be a pain but it allows so much more flexibility in riding .. but its not so good for what I magine you ride.

    anyway I'm back on the hunt for the perfect vstrom :D

    I'm doing away with the XR forks and putting standard forks with DR internals in the front so that I can swap motored 19 inch front and 21 inch front just for fun..
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  10. lentil

    lentil All round nice guy Super Moderator

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    its not bugs I'm worried about its really really fine dust and grit that gives me the heebie geebies.... for my trip in a few weeks I'm going back to the paper filter that comes OEM. just to add filtration.

    Leith
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  11. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    this is a very thoughtful post.. I have run tall & nekkid weestrom for several months and a good bit of rough terrain, and I have done the opposite. Even though I'm a little tall [35 inseam], when one adds up all the terrain variety and the tradeoffs etc, I'm sorta in the lower/better camp. Despite looks to the contrary the Weestrom underside is not fragile assuming one has a good skidpan and keeps things maintained, and protection for oil filter etc, extended fender. You can "bounce off" a lot of objects, and if you're going to get caught in deep hard ruts [I have... glad there was someone there stronger than I] Tall isn't going to save you. I have hit objects really hard with my wee and never suffered any particular damage [I think I did kill one of the two sidestand springs... no biggie]. Take the skid plate off, beat it out with a sledge hammer, back on and go.

    in really pocked terrain, that tall thing can be testy since you do not know when and how you'll desperately need to put a toe down, and whether the toe will find solid turf or a hole...

    the Wee is a fabulous hill climber. it is a piano going downhill
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