Africa Twin CRF1000L suspension

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by uk_mouse, Jun 22, 2016.

  1. gve.mcmlxxiv

    gve.mcmlxxiv 2016 Africa Twin DCT No.272

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    Yeah, I was really hoping to get back on the road this weekend. The kids headed back to university and the weather has cooled off suddenly and it’s 70-85F now. But I can’t ride. But the payment on the bike is still due. Ahh life. I guess if this is my biggest problem I’m doing ok
  2. Nihon Newbie

    Nihon Newbie Weirdo

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    There's a really nice looking OEM shock on eBay for only $250 shipped from the Netherlands, comes with linkage, too.
  3. gve.mcmlxxiv

    gve.mcmlxxiv 2016 Africa Twin DCT No.272

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    It started moving again. After five days the tracker pinged and it was checked into a usps receiving point and then on to the distribution center then out of the center and is in transit. I have to wonder if it ever got picked up. The tracker pinged one time when the label was created then went off the grid. Priority mail only takes two days from Austin to Little Rock. I’m sure it will be worth the wait though.
  4. Scottyluc

    Scottyluc Been here awhile

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    I'm about to post up my OEM shock off my 2017 DCT bike in the classifieds. Figured I'd ask around here first if anyone is interested. Has about 6k miles on it. Some light offroad duty - mostly fire roads. All stock. Reason for the take off was I replaced it with an Ohlins.
    Looking to get $400 shipped in the lower 48 for it. Shoot me a pm if interested. It will be in the classifieds by the weekend if no one here contacts me.
  5. Motociclo

    Motociclo Long timer Supporter

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    Would scoop it up in a heart beat if you were in Oz.
  6. Scottyluc

    Scottyluc Been here awhile

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    I don't mind shipping it if you're willing to pay the shipping charges. No idea what that would be.
  7. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    @gve.mcmlxxiv
    yep. Got about 25k km on the tractive. Very good shock. Larger shaft size than OEM and Ohlins. Good bottoming valve unlike Ohlins.
    Loaded, it never missed a beat. The bike is sprung correctly for my size, and the luggage. We had some fun riding, jumping the bikes off water bars, and doing stupid shit like wheelies out of tunnels..Zero issues with the shock. Would recommend whole hardheartedly.
    [​IMG]

    Got it from the guys at the beemer shop.
    Careful when taking their advice on spring size. I have two springs now...cause...reasons!
    Richard has the same shock and rides his AT like a dirt bike.
    He did a slight change to the rebound shim stack. I will drop/replace the oil on mine this winter (preventative only, as we have a nitro bottle etc)
    but will likely leave the stack as is.
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  8. Motociclo

    Motociclo Long timer Supporter

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    Certainly interested, but no. Haven't looked into shipping, likely 100 mark. No biggy, but AUD to USD exchange is rubbish at present. Just too expensive. Damn exchange rate.
  9. gve.mcmlxxiv

    gve.mcmlxxiv 2016 Africa Twin DCT No.272

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    My shock finally got to me after being lost over a week so I won’t be doing that. I think it will be superb though. Revalved for my 10.3 spring. Polished inside and some other bits updated from oem. Done by Konflict.
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  10. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    good to hear. USPS has f.k me in the past as well, with an ECU no less...they did find it though..
  11. gve.mcmlxxiv

    gve.mcmlxxiv 2016 Africa Twin DCT No.272

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    I won’t get to try it out until next week though. While I was out of commission waiting on the prolonged return of my rebuilt shock my battery decided to die. I’m glad that it happened in the garage but now I’m out another weekend of riding. I ordered a antigravity 360 lithium battery.
  12. Danodemotoman

    Danodemotoman Have MC will ride

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    OK so ordered the ATAS upper tubes yesterday.
    Partzilla price best I found : $296.33 per tube.
    I want to change regret to enjoy!!!!

  13. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    nice!
    so a though occurs...what's the diameter of the AT lugs?
    But what if someone were to get off road forks (SSS) shim as needed into the triples, and re-valve/re-spring for street duty...and spin them into the AT lugs.
    Of course in the real world, nothing would match, and I would end up with less money and knuckles that are a lot more bleedy...

    just thinking out nonsense out loud

    Sounds easy enough...:1drink
  14. Motociclo

    Motociclo Long timer Supporter

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    45mm into lugs. Not enough meat to enlarge out to 48mm. 1mm thread for reference.
    I like your thinking.
  15. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    damn! worth a try!
  16. Motociclo

    Motociclo Long timer Supporter

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    Measured material thickness of area tube screws into, 4.7mm on AT.
    Old 46mm KYB i had laying around, 5mm.
    KYB of YZ85, 5.7mm.
    Sadly to thin i feel. Was going to see machine shop about enlarging hole to accommodate 48mm tubes. In reality only needs to enlarge 1mm. ID to 47mm, thread cut in this.
    Will investigate no less.

    Edit,
    Added these pics to show to some degree how much larger the AT lug is.
    The thread is only in last portion.
    Further investigation required.
    20190901_112643.jpg 20190901_112720.jpg
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  17. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    quite the difference, no doubt.
    If one could machine out the bottoms of the AT lugs, then the rest would be straight forward enough...The triples obv fit proper sized forks.
  18. madafakinges

    madafakinges SUPERENDURO

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    Maybe MARZOCCHI 45 MM from husky 610/630
  19. intosite

    intosite Adventurer

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    Anyone ever opened up the preload adjusters for the shock? Friend broke his by over tightening them, and now it won't stay extended. Took it out and tried to turn the knob, and it just turns endlessly, while you can see it extending out, if just using hands and compress it, it'll just return back to 0 extension.

    Tried opening the "nut" just behind the knob's cylinder, seems like it's plastic, and it deformed... Wondering if possible to service it.
  20. Motociclo

    Motociclo Long timer Supporter

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    Haven't dismantled mine.
    Heres something that may help.

    http://norwestsuspension.com/rebuilding-your-hydraulic-preload-adjuster
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