Project Hand Banana

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by madrider5150, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Everything else is almost back together, I need to order new cables too, motion pro cables I have are really too long, probably slowing throttle response. I think they were at least +4" while I could use +1 or even stock length. I've also been questioning not having double sheer shock mounts for an aggressively designed bike with a heavier rider. I'm no engineer but examining my lower shock mounts with 1/4" plate welded to the swing arm on all 4 sides- seems it should be okay.
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  2. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Got my tank painted and clear coated, anyone use spraymax 2k clearcoat? That's what I used, got some runs, whatever.. but allowed my paint to fully cure- apparently I should have clearcoated before the paint cured for chemical bonding..? I'm a scientist but I really don't know paint. Anyway I'll give it a while longer to cure. My shocks went back to nitron to be shortened an inch to 16.5" roughly anyway so won't be riding for a while.
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  3. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Probably hard to tell the color, It's graphite gray duplicolor. My issue with the spraymax 2k which I've used previously is that the catalyst activated on the bottom didn't seem to do anything ie activate? I thought using previously it made a noise or I could "feel" something happening in the can like a soda fizzing or something. I sprayed it regardless and it has hardened but perhaps not properly. This happened with 2 cans and I sprayed them both anyway. Guess I'll find out it was okay, 60$ worth of paint/clearcoat is all
  4. CopyCat

    CopyCat I am NOT like the others Supporter

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    I'm digging the tank color. Will you lose any stroke by shortening the shocks?
  5. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    I talked to a guy at fast bikes the other day and he didn't seem to think so but he wasn't a shock builder. Just got a notification they were delivered this morning so I'll be expecting a call from David or the shock builder today or tomorrow. I'm thinking I'll go 16.5" or maybe even 16 if it doesn't affect the stroke. It felt too tall even with no seat at 17.5."
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  6. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    I confirmed the stroke will be the same shortening the shocks an inch and ground clearance can still be increased by moving them forward on the lower shock mounts. The bike still felt too low with 15" shocks mounted fully forward so I'm hoping this height will be just right.
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  7. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    So I got my tank mounted up looking at everything feeling good.. then I realized I didn't put the metal inserts into the rubber grommets on the tank and like a stupid mongoloid I torqued the hell out of the bolts completely bending in the rear tabs on the tank. This is what caused my tank to leak previously. So now I need to bend the tabs back, have the tank pressure tested and fixed if necessary and then repaint. What a fucking dumb move. I feel like even if it pressure tests okay I still really compromised it, could barely remove it was so tight to the backbone.

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    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Bummer!

    Love that intake tho!
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    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    I think what might save a fix is the previous welder who repaired it put enough material between the bracket and frame that just the "wings" going around the frame are moving, not affecting the joint with the tank. Thats what Im hoping anyway..
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    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Here’s to hoping!
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  11. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    That's a grade A pisser! Hope the leak test goes well.
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  12. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Got my shocks back, tank didn't leak, everything is working well and I rode a stretch of the wabdr with it on street tires. Just ordered a rear anakee wild and will be putting on a tkc80 up front. Excited to see how it does with some better tires.
    Now with the taller rear shocks front and rear more balanced and I can see how good the wp50 forks are. Not too mention the nitron shocks feel great and I haven't even dialed them in, just played with the preload a bit
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    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Tkc80 up front and have an anakee wild on the way. Going to be doing the south section wabdr in the next couple days and swing through mt ranier park and do some camping
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    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Anakee wild arrived at my door today, actually more aggressive of a tire than I had thought

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    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Got a late start yesterday as typical for me, things I didn't get ready, can't find things , etc. Finally got packed up and headed out
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    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    There is a road hwy 821 I believe between ellensberg and Yakima that's one of my favorites. A canyon road that goes next to the river then high up on the hillside overlooking the river valley with tall barren hills on both sides not to mention the great curves
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    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    Yakima to packwood is a good ride too unfortunately I lost the pinlock off my shield and the wind was blowing hard giving me a bad roar in my helmet. Rimrock lake
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    Camping spot near mt ranier. This campground which starts with an O, I won't even try to spell or pronounce it, seems to be in an area of perpetual shadow of the mountain although you cannot see it from there
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    madrider5150 Riding somewhere

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    I tried to get an early go at ranier national park before traffic and crowds but the heavy fog turned me around, got cold damp and decided breakfast sounded better
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  20. villageidiot

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    killer pics. looks like its fun having the bike back up and running.

    one thing I'm noticing, you pack your tent/bag/pad separately. it makes a much more secure setup if you stick all those in a dry bag. nothing crazy, i run the $30 ones from sea to summit, found at REI. they have loops on the sides for running straps thru, and it makes it very secure in one pack.

    carry on and all that, looks like you're having fun. me.... i gotta go tear apart my primary and get into the shifter mechanism to see whay its hopping outta gear. might happen this weekend, might not.
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