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Old 10-09-2006, 10:45 PM   #1
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I've done some recent updates to my bike from my crash back in Sept. '05
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=95165

The left PIAA light was destroyed in that crash along with a bent frame, tweaked forks and a sundry of other things. I made a new light bar out of an aluminum stock and bolted it to the frame via construction grade u-bolts.


In the crash, the frame bracket was collapsed. I purchased a new one and welded a steel strap across the top to add support and bracing. It probably wont fair any better in a frontal crash, but might do better ricocheting off of trees or the occasional oopps.


I bought some aluminum screen, spray painted it, cut to shape and zip tied it to the stock oil cooler screen. I also did this to the headlight screen and am working on a mesh screen for the PIAA lights too. I haven't lost a headlight to a rock before, but it does give that Baja ready cool factor to the eye.


After I had the frame straightened, I got an evil grin and decided to modify the frame. I read all I could about the process and a few ADV FF's added their $.02 worth (Thanks Jim Rowley & Rubber Cow!) So far on the street, the bike feels GREAT! No more of that rear end swaying on pavement, lots more precise steering. I haven't taken in the dirt yet, but this weekend is the ADV Eastern Air Head Rally, and I plan on seeing if all my labor will work...and not break the frame in the process.


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Old 10-10-2006, 01:28 AM   #2
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Hi Moman. I have been giving my R80 a full Makeover in preparation for our Canada/Alaska trip next year and couldnt resist a few frame mods of my own. I hav'nt figured out how to put more than 1 photo on at a time so the first is of the steering head area. If you want to see some more I will post others.
Ps: I have ordered the Staintune System. Should be here in about a week.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:40 AM   #3
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Nice work Phil! Beautiful welds. I'd never seen the brace between the backbone and the one below it. What's its purpose?

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Old 10-10-2006, 05:36 PM   #4
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Like MoMan, I spent considerable time seaching the net to see what others had done. One of the sites I found showed where a frame had failed around the steering head area. The main tube and side plates had been stressed and had split. I dont know what sort of riding was being done to do this but it showed up a weak point. It would appear the force required to do this is a forward pull at the bottom of the steering stem. My solution was to put a tube in from the bottom of the stem, back to the hoizontal tube.
I cant take credit for the welding, a freind is a welding guru. He used to work for the KR 500 GP team making exhausts and frames. I fabricate the parts and drag the bike to his place for welding.

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Old 10-10-2006, 07:19 PM   #5
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Question for you guys:

does the rear pivot-point gusset inhibit getting at the trans/shaft connection at all?
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Old 10-10-2006, 08:10 PM   #6
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Question for you guys:
does the rear pivot-point gusset inhibit getting at the trans/shaft connection at all?
It does a little, but still very managable to tighten the bolts on the driveshaft to the tranny. Now if there was something to help getting that damn rubber boot in place...
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