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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by neepuk, Jan 10, 2009.
Great write-up of how you dealt with the common problems!
This is about the time of the year that the TWs should be hitting craiglist, cyclertrader, and the tw forum. I am keeping my eyes open.
You'll be a happy rider if you find one. :)
Just saw a new one show up on LA Craigslist.
Installed the MT43 yesterday, was rough.
Just kidding--my arm's in a sling. I had help.
I'm liking this balancing/truing stand.
I also got tie-down strap rings..
I am looking into raising the front fender next. Some mechanic work is doable, chores and stuff as well with one arm, but I miss riding. I don't know how Jean Reno did it in 22 Bullets. At least my firearms are made for ambidextrous shooters..although the casings still eject from the same side.
Get a matched set of 45 ACP's. A left handed one and a right handed one with pearl grips.... Then you wont get hit in the face with a hot casing.
I like pearl handles
By the way..... I like those slippers. LOL
You bet it is rough!
Hard wood flooring is beautiful but painful to work on.
Almost as bad as concrete...
I use these floor mats from Lowe's for everything now. LINK
Inside the shop, outside on the asphalt or gravel, crawling under vehicles, or just standing.
They also come in bright colors if you prefer
I gave away my mechanic creeper after using these mats one time.
I give them to friends as gifts when I hear they have to work on the ground.
And if you get enough of them you can park your bike on them so that when you drop a tool it doesn't damage your flooring.
Hey Mio: quick recovery! And keep us informed as to how the tie down rings hold-up once you start using them. I looked at a set at a local place, but they seemed kinda flimsy to me. Maybe my imagination (or just paranoia?).
Looks like you have a great helper there, Mi0!
On the subject of Clarke tanks, a lot of TW owners use the one made for an XT225 and make it work. It holds 4.1 vs. 2.7 gallons.
They are for sale, somewhere, in Unobtainium Land... I'd love a set, simply because of our family's DT background; but, ultimately, on our gravel/dirt roads around here; there's no point.
You should have seen him working the tire spoons, he said it was ruff. He works cheap though--all he wants is treats.
MiO......nice sense of humor.....always appreciated. :)
Have used 3 xt225 Clarke tanks on my T-Dubs an 4 on my xt225s.
Am a good customer.
Trim the seat, trim the side panel,(right), move the pucks up and back, cut rear mounting bolt off, move it back just a little and fill tank and go. 4.1 ga!
Pic with 4.1 Clarke and Cyclerack with bike rack and bike.
NO, it did NOT handle well.
FB Marketplace shows several in Pennsylvania. Get a move on.
I've heard the FB search can be wonky and it seems that the link above proves it. Try for yourself. There had to be a dozen of them. Good luck!
A little wonky is an understatement.
When I click on a bike I get a blank screen on the phone.
Hi heirhead. I'm looking at the 4.1 gallon tank on your TW and it looks like the lowest part of the tank up toward the front is quite a bit lower then the entrance to the pet cock. If so there would be a lot of fuel that you can't use. Seems to me that the pet cock should be installed at the lowest part of the tank. Or am I just not seeing it right in the pic ?
Here is the 4.1 on an XT225 (from ProCycle website)
Looking at the fuel lever through the tank I see you are correct.
Just need to wheelie to the next gas stop.
The right side has a step in the bottom that would trap some fuel behind it.
If there is a step on the left side also, the rider could rock the bike with the front brake locked to slosh fuel from the lower front back to the rear pocket area.
I haven't see the tank in person so I don't know if that is the case but the potential is there.
Yes, the left side has the same shape:
Hi Jag , thank you for posting that pic of the tank on a xt225. If you go back to that pic of the tw200 it looks like the front of the tank is much lower then on the xt225. So maybe it is just the way the tank got mounted on the TW. Also in that lower part of the 4.1 gallon tank how do you get the fuel from the right side to the left side without doing a wheelie like you said, hahaha
It may be just the angle of the picture we are looking at but it appears to me that there would be quite a bit of fuel not being used? Back in the good old days, he he, there used to be a fuel crossover tube located at the lowest part of the fuel tank which was usually back near the petcock so you would draw fuel from both sides of the tank. I guess the manufacturers today are just not as smart as they used to be. Hahaha
I wonder if the stock xt225 tank is built the same way as the plastic one? It would be pretty easy 2 modify the metal tank for a crossover tube with a quick disconnect line 4 easy tank removal without slobbering gas all over the place. I need to do some searches for the metal tank to see what it looks like. If I had a 4.1 gallon fuel tank I would not have to carry my rotopac. Maybe just a couple of small fuel canisters just in case.