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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by onaXR, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Chief Mansplainer

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    Has anyone tried fillet brazing the braces in place w/ low fuming bronze rather than using TIG or MIG? The bicycle guys have been using fillet brazing for years to avoid having cracks develop in a Heat Affected Zone, but then good bike frames are chrome moly steel and I'm guessing that our frames aren't that.
  2. michael.brat

    michael.brat Been here awhile

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    I like the struts idea. Let me know if you start making them Mike. Keep in mind clearance for variables like aftermarket exhaust and tire width :thumb

    Fyi, my FMF Q4 exh started cracking at the forward most mounting point nearest to the header meet up. I guess it was taking grunt when the subframe kept breaking on that side. The leftside seems stronger with the extra reinforcement to support the battery box & maybe even from the battery box frame itself.

    Mike B
  3. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    Does anyone know what kind of exhaust this is? I think its a White Bros, not sure and Vance and Hines just bought White Bros. The reason being I want to have it repacked. I am almost done grinding the weld right inside the headers and off to Jett Hot Coating.

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  4. xj750guy

    xj750guy on the Baja 7yr plan

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    Hi everyone,

    Been lurking on ADV for about 4 years while I worked out some "sportbike touring" issues (never did cure that bug :evil)

    Just picked up my first thumper 6 weeks ago.....2003 with 23000 kms.

    The previous owner used it for Baja/Copper Canyon trips, but it appears well kept. Even came with a dealer sticker from a Honda shop in La paz, Bolivia (good Karma).

    Corbin Seat, 4 gallon Clarke tank already installed.

    It's finally cold enough here (-20 C) that the bike is torn apart.......time for farkles!!!! :clap

    Shorai Battery location has begun, Supertrapp Elite is in the works, new front/rear springs to support my "well proportioned" self, K&N/Jetting, Led Lighting, HPRC hard luggage/rack, as well as many other mods. Can't wait to see what I end up with!

    With regards to subframe issues......I am going to attempt something that I have yet to have seen tried. I plan to build a solid rack similar to the Happy Trails setup, but not solidly connect it to the subframe at all. I was thinking to build the rack off of the pillion pegs (2 mount points / small triangulation), with a hoop connecting left to right around behind the tire (ala Happy Trails), but then provide "vertical support" to the rack with a ROK strap looped over the top of the actual frame from left to right.

    It's a little hard to explain without pics, and I have yet to start building, but it may work to remove some of the vibration stress, as well as shock to the frame with sharp hits, as well as limit crash damage to the frame in a get-off.

    Kinda like the "nice rack" previously shown, but unlike the video clip, I don't want this "bra strap" to fail.:evil

    Regards
    Darryl
  5. Cigar Mike

    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    White Brothers E2. I have one sitting on the shelf. It preformed well and was not too loud.

    Mike
  6. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    Welcome to the asylum, Darryl. :nod You're going to enjoy your Shorai battery; mine is still working great! :D

    Spud :wave
  7. KyoXR

    KyoXR Clouds, Snow, Rain

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    I always go back to the stock mirror because of its superior vibration damping and its correct convex shape for maximum rear view.
    I like to be sure to keep an eye on any stupids that might be behind me.
  8. 1Bonehead

    1Bonehead Fearless of Falling

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    Would you be willing to part with it? I have two bikes and have been looking for a second one for my sons bike. ?????Please????:evil
  9. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    With all this talk of struts I thought I'd throw in my two cents. I have a CycleRacks rack on mine. I know they are big (good thing in my mind) and if you don't do multiday trips it may be overkill. I've done the TAT and Colorado fully loaded without the first problem. Many other weekend and multiday trips as well. The way they are built helps support the rear subframe. I had my bike go end over end in Oklahoma and it smashed the windshield and bent the bars and none of the luggage came off.

    Not affiliated with them in any way but a very happy customer. When you order they don't ask for payment. Send the rack and you install and are happy BEFORE you pay. Great guys to deal with and a great product. I've got another ordered for my KLR.

    Here's the bike the day I left for the TAT. The DirtBags supports provide another brace from the foot peg bolts as well.

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    John
  10. Cigar Mike

    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    PM sent.

    Mike
  11. jungleplant

    jungleplant Motorcyle Stuff

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    Hi mike , then maybe just the right side needs the strut , just a thought
    that would transfer over to the left side and help it too, that's interesting :deal
  12. ShooterDave

    ShooterDave Adventurer

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    All this talk about frame bracing. This will give you a rack and brace your frame. I know because this is what I have and it is what I took on my 8 month / 35,000 mile trip around the country. It survived 2 crashes, one at 30 mph and the other at 70mph. Both times the bike was fully loaded with about 40-50 pounds of gear. Look at the pic and that is how much gear was on her. The frame was fine both times. The only thing was that it cracked about 1/4 of the way thru after the second wreck. Not even in the typical spot either. I rode for ~600 ish miles with it like that and never even knew it. With this rack there is no need to reinforce the frame, plus you get a bomb ass rack. :evil

    Granted I also had the Wolfman side racks with it. The first set EVER made. I know, I was there. :D

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    One BOMB ASS rack!!!!!
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  13. AndyCBR

    AndyCBR Been here awhile

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    Guys, this is what I chose to do in advance of frame issues. 3/16 plate mig welded in and primed, painted and clear coated (used color rite match and their 2 part clear coat). I posted my templates up elsewhere in this thread but here they are again. I was heavily loaded with a pro moto billet rear rack and full camping gear and didn't have a problem on the whole TAT. I also had wolfman side racks that without a doubt add even more reinforcement. I also welded in a piece of flat bar and filled in the holes on the horizontal brace which is surprisingly flimsy in stock form.

    Granted this was time consuming and lots of trimming and fitting of the plates was needed to get a tight fit around all of the frame fittings and hardware. This works with the battery box and stock exhaust in place. I did have to trim a small cutout on the RHS for the wolfman racks that bolt in under the fender. If done carefully you can tie in to multiple stock mounting flanges and really tie the whole thing together. A very small amount of rear fender trimming is needed to get it to mount up around the braces.

    Nothing extravagant in the way of equipment; Millermatic mig welder (runs off 110), side grinder, cutoff wheel, etc. I did have a welder buddy use his plasma cutter to cut out the templates as a starting point just to save time.

    Hope this helps anyone looking at doing this mod.

    Andy


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  14. R80GSPDPETE

    R80GSPDPETE Adventurer

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    Just brought this nicely set up 2006 XR650L home and went to fire it up....... and it spewed gas from the overflow tubes all over my driveway!
    I am new to these bikes and am not familiar with the carbs yet but gas was coming from both the tube that attaches to the bottom of the carb as well as from the other tube that has a Y in it. one side of the Y is attached to the left side of the carb but the other was just hanging in mid air. can someone help me as to where that one attaches to ( look like perhaps on the right side at the top of the carb but its just a termination point ) and why its pissing gas??

    Thanks!!

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  15. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    OK big man, I have to ask. How small do you make your XRL look? I thought L's were supposed to be big. :huh

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  16. scotty69

    scotty69 Been here awhile

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    Your right. Make your big bike bigger.
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    [​IMG]I'm 6'3" so I added 2" Rox Risors. I love 'em!
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  17. scotty69

    scotty69 Been here awhile

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    Yea, I do know. I will have the time to build the bike by the time it needs it. I only have 11,000 miles on it now. In about 30,000 more miles I'll do a frame up restore.
  18. thebigman

    thebigman bout a dollar 3.98

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    I've been asked , is that a motorcycle stuck in your ass , :lol3:lol3



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  19. jungleplant

    jungleplant Motorcyle Stuff

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    Biggie how much is that house behind you
  20. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    Biggie, I am so glad to see another "normal" sized guy riding. I get tired of hearing all the whining about "its too tall, its too heavy" Sheesh. :poser

    I think it is time to put my personalized plate onto the bike UB2SHRT