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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Sock Monkey, Apr 7, 2008.
Not a good one. I'll try and get one tonight...
Dude! Your KLR250 was too peaky ?!? :eek1
I recently declared war against bar vibes on my WR. Grip Puppies from CA Sport Touring reduced the amplitude of bar vibes to the point where my hands would just get tingly instead of completely numb. Next step was to install Vibranators into the ends of the bars. I rode today with the Puppies and Vibranators installed, and after 30 minutes of highway, I had very little tingling in my fingers and no numbness!
BTW, the Grip Puppies win the bang-for-your-buck award at only $10 + shipping.
What mods have you done in regards to power and what handlebar/clamp setup do you use? I'll be sure to stay away from at least the bars and clamps if the vibes are that bad.
So today I had the first experience with real mud after Irene passed through yesterday. It felt like I was on ice half the time. F/R pressure was 15psi. Wow. I have to use R² on my commute to wear these damn things out. Scary as hell after my last trip in the woods resulted in my wrist injury which is almost back to normal after a few weeks. I can't wait to get some 606s on. Perhaps then I'll at least have a little more confidence which hopefully will aid in developing any offroad skill.
Even with my limited time off-road and the lack of difficulty the riding is, you would probably all laugh at where I crashed and injured the wrist, I can see why many road racers recommend dirt riding to improve feel, looseness, and skill. I wish I grew up on a dirt bike or at the least started riding off-road instead of the many pavement miles I put on before I got my beautiful first dual-sport. WR250R
So I want to make a heat shield from a 15" tire spoon. The spoon is curved & fits into the passenger foot peg bracket. the other end is flat & it's basically 1" wide.
I have a 60mm (crome) & 70mm (stainless) version of the stock 10mm bolt. There's also a spacer so the bolt holds the muffler braket down. How do I secure the flat end of the spoon to the long bolt?
2 ideas so far:
1: tap the head so a M3 (like the bolt that holds on a skid plate) can screw in. Would need an oval hole thru the spoon since it's at an angle.
2: weld the head of the M3 to the head of the long bolt so the shaft sticks out & can secure the spoon at a 90 deg angle.
All this so the Giantloop Coyote doesn't touch the FMF muffler. I like that it goes back to stock easily & seems to be a great way to store the spoon.
Any other ideas?
How 'bout some stick drawings to give a better illustration of what you are talking about with these spoons.....:huh
I'm a special case - lots of nerve damage from an accident years ago and a little Carpal Tunnel Syn too. But since you asked, Protaper CR-HI bars and Zeta clamps, de-smogged, TBR pipe& fuel programmer, re-geared to 13/47.
Thanks for replying. I hope this pic works:
hnmmmmm, I suppose if you have the spoon to spare, it should work......
wasn't sure what you were going for at first, but I have to say I like it - great way to store the spoon and also shield the luggage from the exhaust, in one fell swoop - go for it!
If you are planning on still being able to use the spoon for a flat repair as it sounds from the first post then I recommend drilling holes in the spoon and bolting it on. It looks like you have a spacer for the exhaust bolt in the picture so just use a longer than stock bolt there and on the other end you can probably use a u-bolt through the cuts in the passenger peg bracket. You could then use a strip to secure the spoon or drill holes depending on how the bolt is aligned. Should be easy enough but seems like it would be a lot of work to get it off and use.
I don't know if it's me, if kenda tubes are sh*t, or if fate is involved, but I pinched FOUR tubes trying to mount the front k270. As it turns out, my oldest boy is going to come and stay overnight for a job interview in the morning, so I'd rather be home anyway...
The Fly heavy duty tubes are great. No pinches at all, front and back; considering this was my first time changing tires...
Tubes: Metzeler, they're natural rubber and are easily patched. Others have silicone in them that the patches/glue won't stick to. Don't always assume you'll replace and not repair on the trail.
Read the tire changing thread. Watch youtube videos on changing. Put a little air in the tube before you spoon the tire back on to the rim. Don't jam the spoons deep into the rim.
ps - For a minute I thought I had wondered into the KLR thread.
word to yo motha... I've always done as you prescribe, never had a pinch flat yet (knock on butyl rubber) Definitely a process you want to take your time with in the comfort of home the first few times, under little duress. By a few tire changes, you'll be adapt at doing it ~ANYWHERE~ - which is good because that's where the WRR might take you!
Thanks! It should be 1 bolt/nut to remove to use the spoon for trailside repairs. Question is which way to secure it: tap or weld or another method ya'll think of?
$35/30min shop time - they say they can do either. I'm leaning toward the tap.
FWIW this started at post 24246, right after the license plate heat shield.
I've changed tires four or five times now and the tire changing thread was a huge help. I've only pinched a tube one other time (that was on the front too). I don't know what I'm doing now that's causing the probs...
I'll propose an alternative idea.
There's always Giant Loop's protector, ready made, which costs less than the shop time is going to cost you and probably goes back to stock even quicker.
I have the Motion Pro tire spoons with an axle nut wrench at the end, one for each axle. They're very light, nest very nicely in minimal space in the fender bag where the rest of the tire change stuff resides, accept their socket converter, and work like a hot damn. I don't think I would have them tapped or welded on, even if it was for free. You've still got a few other things to store that are needed for changing a flat... how much room are you saving by screwing with just one of the spoons to make it do double duty as a heat shield?
I'm sure you've got a plan all laid out, but I kind of like having my spare tube, patch kit, pump, irons, etc all together in one place in a fender bag or whatever, without having to start messing with my GL and whatever is mounted around it. Giant Loop already has their ready-made heat shield, and you could probably recreate it in 15 minutes with a couple of band clamps, some scrap thin sheet metal, some tin snips, and a vise if you really wanted to go low dollar.
I think I also recall a few people having some fab work done on their FMF so that the stock heat shield would bolt on when needed.
I have the giant loop protector for my FMF muffler on my WR and it was easy. $25 dollars later and everything is protected. No more worrying about burning stuff on the muffler. I got a fender bag and mounted it to my front fender and that holds all my tubes and tools for tires stuff and bike repair.