Project: Warthog

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by CCjon, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. claude stanley

    claude stanley Claude

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    In some ways a sidecar outfit is easier to back up than a solo as you do not need to be concerned about dropping it.
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  2. CCjon

    CCjon Gypsy Rider Supporter

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    Escaped to the garage last night to install a few items that arrived...
    Tires shocks.jpg

    Removed the rear wheel to take to have mounted. With it off installed the Progressive 444 HD shocks. The OEM shock...

    Old Shock.jpg

    The Progressive 444... only 1/2" longer than stock 12 1/2" because they don't offer
    a 13 1/2" shock in the 444.

    New Shock.jpg

    A bit of a bling... yeah ,hate chrome but I ordered the wrong style, or am too tight to pay the extra $40 for the black...

    Right side Blaster.jpg

    The XB08 Extremeblaster Tunable Muffler, lose a lot of excess chrome weight dropping the two long OEM mufflers and the CAT. Plus the exhaust no longer interferes with the rear axle removal.

    Exhaust blaster close up.jpg

    Have used SuperTrapp mufflers in the past. They are tunable by adding or removing the disk plates you see between the end cap and the main body. Add disks to open breathing, increase top end and more noise. Remove disks to increase back pressure, giving better low end torque and less noise.

    Every bike I have ever owned had lots of plastic parts, panels, etc. etc. The Rocket is steel most everywhere. Am impressed with the ruggedness of the Rocket build. Nothing lightweight here.

    Now to go pick up the mounted rear tire.
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  3. FLYING EYEBALL

    FLYING EYEBALL out of step

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  4. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Josh has a good idea :fpalm WTF I can't wrong that often :hmmmmm

    I'd consider the removing the exhaust manifold pipe or whatever and having it ceramic coated. https://www.jet-hot.com/

    There was or is a guy around here pulls a champion escort with one he always has plenty of power.
    As much as I disapprove of the setup it's progressing nicely :dunno
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  5. claude stanley

    claude stanley Claude

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    Interesting on the exhaust. Got a feeling you will be happy with the low end torque no matter what. I did a two into one and canned the cat on my rocket and it worked fine. Almost painted that rig green and yellow and added a John Deere sticker to it. Only regret ? Should have not sold it.
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  6. claude stanley

    claude stanley Claude

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    Regardless of my previos post on steering effort take note : Trail is high on these at over 5 inches. However with the torque produced and using good pedulem effect steering technique I was okay with the stock trail. Yours will be ahead of the game compared to mine, steering wise, due to the weight and width of he camper sidecar magnifying pedulem effect steering. Of course a robust leading link would be very cool though. . SIDENOTE :Clutch replacement is easy compared to many as you do not need to split the bike like a tractor. It comes right out the front ,,, a big plus.
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  7. claude stanley

    claude stanley Claude

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    Food for thought on rear tire when Alaska trip takes place. See Speedway Motors .com [​IMG]
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  8. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    Claude its a dog damned car engine of course it's got grunt :fpalm
    That tire he's got on the back is A traction rated they have unbelievable amount of traction.

    [​IMG]
    Its older brother :fpalm
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  9. claude stanley

    claude stanley Claude

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    Uh yeah I had one but thanks so much for claifying my post... . ....... traction rated ? Oh okay uh huh. LOL
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  10. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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  11. claude stanley

    claude stanley Claude

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  12. davebig

    davebig Another Angry Hun !

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    I have a bunch of experience with that particular General Altimax rt43 all very positive on cars just put a pair on k1100/ezs working very well there also. Up here the rural route mail carriers love them, I thought ok so much for hype but I put neighbors Subaru in ditch 2 winters ago really deep and I managed to drive it out, pleasant surprise.
    Had a pair of Vredestien Quatrac's on K1100/ezs put 30 k on front and 15 on 2 different rears they are an AA rated tire the Altimax's are allot better everywhere.
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  13. draperg1

    draperg1 PapaBear

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    I used Supertraps on my R75/6 cafe bike and love them! No louder, a little throateir and adjustable!
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  14. Bobmws

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    Be sure to check/keep the screws that hold the discs tight! DAMHIKIJK
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  15. CCjon

    CCjon Gypsy Rider Supporter

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    Must be why they give you an extra six screws..... always losing one! :tough
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  16. Prmurat

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    I used Supertrapp on my Vmax once: not enough volume when using only a few discs (not too loud =too much back pressure) = shitty performance; OK performance when a lot of discs: louder than a MIG 21 at take off... off after a week; still have one on the HD: can’t get back to the stock ones: they are in the way of the sidecar attachments (and it is, alas, normal for an HD to be noisy ). Back street garage R&D will never achieve the right balance of performance/noise level of factories ones.
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  17. molochnik

    molochnik Anhedonic Enthusiast

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    mmmm; love those Rocket engines!
    As I keep flirting with the idea of a hack I often wondered about getting used to the width. I like the idea of the guide stick a la snow plows.
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    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Carpenter Racing can help you build that wimpy 2.3 liter up to fighting shape and 240 hp. Just think of the hole you can punch in the wind with that !
    Add a trailer hitch to tow the extra needed fuel.
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  19. CCjon

    CCjon Gypsy Rider Supporter

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    New front and rear tires shoed on, new slightly longer rear shocks on. Now the objective is to raise the front to gain the desired additional ground clearance. As you can see, there is a 1 1/16" difference between front and rear of engine oil pan.

    Being the frugal bastard that I am, before investing in new triple trees OR a leading link set up, am considering adding two inch extensions to the front forks. Question: will two inch fork extensions increase or decrease the trail? Will steering effort be harder or easier?

    Or no change at all?
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  20. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    Looking at this I think it will decrease trail. But Claude, Jay or DB will be along shortly......
    Trail.jpg
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