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

  1. Jarlaxle

    Jarlaxle Bregan D'Aerthe

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    Appearance. The button-head Torx bolt looks better than the nut.
  2. c1skout

    c1skout Long timer

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    No biggie removing the muffler on my solid mount. One bolt and a clamp, so my axle is in the factory position. My beef is why put the schrader valve on the KICKSTAND side?

    That's just dumb!
  3. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum

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    I've owned 3 Sportsters and have never seen one set up that way. That is odd.
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  4. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    The 04-13 rubbermounts are a PITA because the crossover pipe connects to the muffler rather than the head pipe, more plumbing to deal with.

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  5. rd400racer

    rd400racer Long timer

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    Yep, that was my take on it when I diagnosed removing the exhaust last night. Way too much work. I'm biting the bullet today...stopping at Harbor Freight to buy the motorcycle jack, a bead breaker and a pack of big ass zip ties and doing my own tires. I'm getting sick and tired of the money I spend to have tires mounted. While this might not be the perfect setup it's a start. I'll rig a shade tree balancer for now.
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  6. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    I always use zip ties when doing tubed tires (nearly impossible to pinch a tube that way) but I don't bother when I'm doing tubeless. FWIW two things that make DIY tire changes MUCH easier for me are a fixture to hold the wheel securely at waist level and a gallon of Ruglyde tire mounting lube from Napa. (dish washing soap works but some types can be corrosive to aluminum). The MC wheel balancer from HF is OK if you get a good one (I was lucky and did) but from what I've read many come with bent axles, poorly machined cones, etc.
    Also made a crude DIY bead breaker (tacked it on to a bicycle work stand) and that is a big help when doing tubeless tires, especially on rear wheels...

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  7. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    AND the rotor has a bigger diameter than the pulley so it's harder to access the valve, so it's even stoopid-er!:dirtdog
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  8. Webman

    Webman Been here awhile

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    That’s a slick setup! If you have dimensions and details of how you made the bead breaker and your stand, I’d really appreciate it. I can weld ok, and would love to be able to change tires myself, but I have no idea how to make the tools you showed.
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  9. blackstone0514

    blackstone0514 Adventurer

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    Finally, no bikes on the lift. Just choose one and ride. Might post the dyna up for sale soon. Dont ride 2 up much anymore and the sporty scratches the harley itch for now.

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  10. victor441

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    Thanks! but I winged it on both and the dimensions, geometry, etc. are much less than ideal, you would be better off getting some rough dimensions from a commercial unit and making a drawing (what I should have done) I used a cut down bucket for the wheel fixture but need to make a new one using a steel car rim.
    However can highly recommend the Jawhorse, I use mine for tire mounting, wheel balancing, welding, all sorts of stuff...

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  11. Webman

    Webman Been here awhile

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    Wow, I’ve gotta get one of those! I hadn’t seen one before. Just looked them up, and looks like an amazing tool. Much easier than clamping stuff to sawhorses!
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  12. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy I aim to misbehave.

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    Might I suggest tire lube?

    So much better than Windex or soapy water! I didn't even need to use zip ties, because the tires slid right onto the rims!
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  13. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    good looking bikes, both good models. I especially like the dyna
  14. blackstone0514

    blackstone0514 Adventurer

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    Whats the consensus on Hagon shocks nowadays? Anyone have first hand experience? I'm looking at their Nitro 14.6" in particular.
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  15. Webman

    Webman Been here awhile

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    Agreed, although I'm partial to the Sportster! :D
  16. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    A few years back, I replaced the awful stock shocks on my '93 with a set of their basic "Girling look-alikes" and was impressed with the improvement in ride and handling for a little over $200. I'd imagine that the higher models would give more adjustability, which can be a good thing.
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  17. victor441

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    Definitely worth it, especially for welding....since you operate the clamp with your foot both hands are free to position the work. One more gratuitous mostly off topic Jawhorse photo but I promise it will be the last ;-)

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  18. Richy

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    Someone told me long ago that it was to keep the schrader valve out of the chain goo.
  19. Oilleaker

    Oilleaker Ne’er do well tinkerer Supporter

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    Might just be because they use the same wheel on big twin where the belt is on the right side
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  20. Webman

    Webman Been here awhile

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    Just ordered one, it'll be great for fabrication work. Thanks!
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