DR650 Hack.... Dual Sport.

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by kliff, Nov 29, 2008.

  1. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    Back to bidness.... started a few heim end brackets this morning, was gonna get back on the sub frame.... but looked at that wheel and tire, with no swing arm...and I just had to.

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    It ain't done yet, still got a little grinding and cleaning to do, maybe install the bushings tomorrow, throw on some primer, then she'll be ready when I need her...

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  2. Get Back

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    .....I'm tellin'!...I'm tellin!...:puke1

    Just you wait 'til your Dad gets home!:wink:

    (...oh, I forgot!...Your Dad is home..)
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  3. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    LOL! I gots to copy somebody sometime....ain't no way an ole fart ....least me anyways, could come up wid all this, and be original too. :freaky

    Besides, that DRZ is way trick! :ricky
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  4. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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    Love the swing arm Kliff

    One things for sure. It wont break easily :lol3
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  5. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    Thanks Pezz. Check this out, ground, sanded, finish welded, ground again, primed, oil lite bronze bushings installed...

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    And the right side subframe, had so many tack welds, I thought maybe I should seam up a few, so I don't reak it later...as I start adding the left side, and tying them together...

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  6. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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  7. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    Just about when things started going good...the camera batteries croaked out....

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    So there are a few gaps in here, just use your imagination....cutting, welding, fitting, grinding....

    Which got us to this point, after I rememberred to get some batteries...

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    Not sure what, if anything, I'll get done this next week, but whatever I do, I'll post it for y'all.
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  8. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    One small step for man,One giant leap for the sidcar construction!
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  9. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    Got some more done this week, but still a lot to do!

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    Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night....I'm taking tomorrow OFF!
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  10. canoli

    canoli human

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    Lookin good Kliff. :thumbup How many more weeks you think it is going to take?
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  11. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    This week, with the holiday etc, wil be kinda jumbled, so I'm hoping to roll 'er out around the 15th of Jan. Heck I've got 2 more KLR's to get finished before March! This thing started off as a "part time" project, and has turned into a full time nightmare....J/K.
    But it has put me behind on getting those KLR's ready for sale, come Spring.

    Hope to finish the exhaust system today, so I can install the final hand holds and rock sheild. Then it all cames apart for finish welding and paint...:ricky
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  12. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    Suspension update!

    A single VW aftermarket, coil over shock, when used on a 2:1 ratio swing arm...is as limp as a wet noodle. BARELY capable of maintaining level with hack weight alone, when on highest pre-load and over 50% of levelling adjustment cranked in. Add a 30lb battery, and a few tools, and things start going downhill fast.

    Tomorrow I'l be working the second such shock into the design, without quite as much mechanical advantage working against it. If that doesn'r work, I'm thinking air shock for the secondary...
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  13. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Pics please Kliff.
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  14. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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  15. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Kliff,
    I butchered some of your pics to give you some food for thought...here ya go:D
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  16. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    Thanks Claude! I appreciate your taking the time to work that out.....but...I just got in from the shop, and think I've got it worked out. But it did end up using both shocks, and one mounted very similar to your suggestion, near the axle on the S.A.

    The original shock with pivot will allow a wide range of adjustablity, to level the hack, and the rear shock will work more for ride stiffness. Just about chucked the whole thing, and started from scratch, but thought I'd give this a try first. Next rig will either be torsion bar, or quarter elliptic leaf...

    So here is where we are....ready to take apart, and do the finish welding, wiring, and paint....then we're back out on the trail! 2 more weeks, TOPS!

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  17. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Looks good Kliff!! You may end up playing with the shock angle.
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  18. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    No doubt!

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  19. Bucho

    Bucho Long timer

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    Other than looking awesome, is there a specific purpose to the exhuast being routed out infront of the hack? Was it in the way of the subframe?
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  20. kliff

    kliff Retired Ole Phart

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    Yeah, I have a couple of reasons....which work for me, anyway,LOL.

    Sub-frame interference being at the top of the list, as you surmised.

    #2, if I have to carry the weight, let me put it on the hack side where it will do the most good.

    #3...now for it's "ugliness...." I used the original mid pipe, and an extension off the shortenned header to mimic original length, for low end torque., And the John Deere tractor muffler is a copy of what some guys are using with great success on their KLR's over at http://klrworld.com/forums/index.ph

    You really think it looks good? I thought it was uglier than sin! But by all expectations should work well. But "awesome...." Thanks, you made my day.:lol3
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