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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    Ahhh.... Now I got ya!.. The whole cast iron thing gets moved down. I was just looking at where the master cylinder appears to bolt to that piece. And yes, I see what you mean about the top bolts and it all makes perfect sense to me now. Denseness over! At least for now... :lol3



    Not missing anything. I agree, I'd try it first as is. But, I like to have a contingency plan just in case I'm not comfortable with how close my belt runs to other hard parts. I probably wouldn't "need" it, but it's nice to know that once I spend the cash on a set of shocks, I'm not screwed if my bike exhibits interference issues. Besides, a little extra clearance won't hurt.

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  2. Eye of the Tiger

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    The fact that my wire wheels have tubeless tires with tubes in them makes me angry. I am used to keeping a tire plug kit with me, but I'm not patching tubes. Anyone know where I can get some cheap cast wheels that I can run tubeless tires? All the ones I see on line are really pricey and fancy looking,. Or a good way to seal the wire wheels so I can throw the tubes away?
  3. hhkiwi

    hhkiwi Been here awhile

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    Keep an eye out on Ebay or Craigslist - you can regularly pick up stock cast wheels for a good price.
  4. Randy

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    Or, keep your spokes and convert your wheels to run tubeless. The internet is full of different DIY methods for doing this and there are companies that offer it as a service as well. I like the looks of spoked wheels but I'm like you about being stranded with no way to repair a simple puncture.

    http://www.motorcyclecruiser.com/tech/tubeless_tire_seal/viewall.html


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  5. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Sorry they're in CT, but it's the best I could do on short notice.:D

    http://hartford.craigslist.org/mcy/3620509063.html

    iron 883 wheels - $500 (plainville)

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    </figure> <section id="postingbody"> looking to trade my black mag wheels of my 2012 iron 883 for black nightster wheels, may throw in cash or RSD parts to make deal </section>
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  6. Eye of the Tiger

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    Wow, that would be perfect. Does that mean they would pay me $500 to swap wheels? That would cover gas and a couple of nights in a hotel. :evil
    Too bad I don't have time to actually make that trip.


    $59/wheel ain't too bad, until I have to ship them all the way to California. I wonder if I can buy this sealant and do it myself.

    Yes, apparently http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=274533
  7. Randy

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    Well, as I said, there are lots of DIY methods floating around the net... Lots of people do it with common off the shelf sealants and use different methods. Here's just a few of the things I found with a quick google search...

    http://www.teamincomplete.com/Projects/950/1719tubelesswhee.html

    http://cyb.smugmug.com/gallery/7250813_ZxQA5#!i=465979239&k=mT2KWZM

    http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&eotf=1&u=www.tenereclub.ro%2Findex.php%3Fp%3Dforum%26s_id%3D33%26t_id%3D346%26s%3D1

    http://cyb.smugmug.com/gallery/7250813_ZxQA5#!i=465979239&k=mT2KWZM

    http://www.gadgetjq.com/tww.htm


    And then there's the Alpina kit that uses replacement spoke nipples with o-ring seals :

    http://alpinawheelsusa.com/products/motorbike-tubeless-kit-conversion/

    Of course I can't vouch for the reliability of any of these although I have read of quite a few people that have done it and had ridden tens of thousands of miles with no problems. But honestly, if you don't care about keeping the spokes, I'd do what you were originally thinking and just get mags and be done with it. I just tend to like spoked wheels on certain bikes for aesthetic reasons. :lol3 Damn! There I go now! Putting form before function! :huh


    Hmmm... THIS STUFF sounds like it could be a useful product for this application if using the Teamincomplete method linked to above...
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  8. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    :lol3 That's quite a leap - the Plainville guy wants to sell his wheels for $500 OR trade them for wheels like yours, and you want him to give you the wheels AND the 500 zorts? You sure you don't have a KLR?:lol3

    I dunno, they could be shipped, or he may be going to Daytona in a couple of weeks, who knows - send him an email, if you want. Mention my name - I'm big with the Plainvillians.
  9. Eye of the Tiger

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    Funny that you mention KLR... I was seriously considering one as a second bike for buzzing arond town and in crummy weather. I don't like having to polish the Harley's chrome every day!
    I do like the looks of that nipple ring kit that Randy posted. Nipple rings... haha. I definitely want to do that, but I think I will wait for when I buy new tires, and do everything at once. I'm thinking radials...:eek1
  10. tree88

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  11. DS Hobo

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    @ sloryder

    The rear shocks are 13" Showa nitrogen charged shocks R 54552-96A (right) and L 54542 -96A (left). I really like the ride these shocks provide, firm but not stiff. I have had a Kraftech rigid custom amd a lowered 883C; both of those bikes were hard riding bikes after fifty miles or so. The shocks on the 883C were limited in travel because of their 8" length.


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  13. Weldman

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    a Sportster. So fuck it ... I brought this home last weekend. It's a '99 and I'm lovin' it :lol3.
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  14. Eye of the Tiger

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    Fuck it!:clap
  15. Weldman

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    again and again. They're crude, heavy, slow, unrefined, loud, they vibrate and drop parts etc. But I always came to the same conclusion: I just WANTED one. So fuck it! :D Once in a while in this world you just gotta say "fuck it" and do what makes you happy despite rational thought processes. This bike makes me happy every time I ride it or look at it :clap!
  16. Randy

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    :D

    Hence the last line in my sig. It actually used to say "FUCK IT" but I thought that was a little crude for a signature that appeared in all my posts, so I changed it to be a little less... crude... :evil

    But yeah, that's a philosophy I came to at the end of my last relationship. Seems to work for me, cause now I'm about to marry the woman of my dreams. The one that just so happened to give me my Sportster for Christmas last month! :clap The only reason I'm with her now is that I said, "FUCK IT!" So, in a round about way, me saying "FUCK IT" also got me into Sportsters....:D
  17. Red eyed and Rollin

    Red eyed and Rollin Been here awhile

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    But yeah, that's a philosophy I came to at the end of my last relationship. Seems to work for me, cause now I'm about to marry the woman of my dreams. The one that just so happened to give me my Sportster for Christmas last month! :clap The only reason I'm with her now is that I said, "FUCK IT!" So, in a round about way, me saying "FUCK IT" also got me into Sportsters....:D[/QUOTE]


    Im trading my Bagger on a "new" XR 1200 X, so i know the meaning of FUCK IT. Ride what you want Sportys are the best running Harley motor. The best built. Forget what all the pirate posers say Sportys have always been the shit. Looking forward to riding the snot out the bike. I think we may be onto a movement here. Fuck it. I have tried to live my life on my own terms sometimes you can some times you gotta just say FUCK IT.
  18. ukiboy

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    Amen to that! I bought my Sportster last month brand new, and its taken a while to 'gel' with the thing but your post sums it up for me.
    I think it would be like asking a pilot - would you prefer to fly a modern day fighter jet (smooth, fast, effective, deadly efficient) or a WWII Mustang or Spitfire (slower, noisier, cruder etc).
    I bet most pilots would take the vintage option and, to me, thats the difference between my Sportster and a Honda or Yamaha inline 4..
  19. Gas Hog

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    Ok..First time I have pulled the choke on..anything to get it started today :huh Freeken sportster's anyway..:rofl
    So experts, tell me why I shouldn't by a damn nice "94 1200 for $5000.

    17,000 miles with a 5 gal bucket full of gold live to ride..and freedom something or other..Or at least thats where all that stuff will end up. Extra tank and fenders, saddle bags ect. Sounded nice. Told the guy I couldnt ride it today as I didnt bring my helmet..:huh I thought he was going to pass out. :rofl
    I want the earlier models for the lack of FI and unpainted motor, if that makes sense.
    Lets hear it. :*sip*
    Gary
  20. gusanito

    gusanito Mindless Wonderer

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    Without seeing any pics of it, $5k is too high, IMO.
    I paid $3500 for my '96 1200S with 16k miles a few years ago.