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Old 04-07-2011, 08:40 PM   #151
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But Fred? That's the ugliest goddamned bike I've ever seen. You'd better make that sucker work like no one's business to make up for the cacophonous riot of moto-vomit that I see in that photo. That thing looks like it's made out of WRONG.
It's not THAT bad. We ride BMW's ... our general opinion of what is tasteful is already in question. Deny that.

It also helps that I am a true left brainer. While I can identify colors ... they mean nothing to me. I see the structure, the forks, the suspension, how the frame works ... on a geometric level. Color? Yes. It has color (checking that off on the list).

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That being said... I'd ride the piss out of it.
Now we're talkin ... and that is entirely the point. I have less than a grand in this bike ... as it sits. Right now. The point is really to see how much it actually takes to 'GS-ify' something and get me riding the trails!

After it's all said and done ... I will have a working trail bike that I already know the in's-and-out's of ... and it won't have costed me my savings, first born, or left nut ...

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Old 04-07-2011, 09:29 PM   #152
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What about drilling the shock out to 10mm and bushing the mount from 15mm to 10mm?

I wonder what a 10mm bolt will support in single shear mode?
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Old 04-08-2011, 04:36 AM   #153
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PS - The mock-up:



PS - I've been riding The Dobber around the neighborhood ... She's running great ...

I like it. Haven't really been paying attention, is that a DR650 front end? Looks sharp.

Can't you simply drill the shock's eye? Is there enough material? Is there already a bushing in the shock eye that's vulcanized to the shock?

Can you take a close up pic of the shock eye?

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Old 04-08-2011, 06:08 AM   #154
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Gotta make up some foot pegs next!!!
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:35 AM   #155
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What about drilling the shock out to 10mm and bushing the mount from 15mm to 10mm?

I wonder what a 10mm bolt will support in single shear mode?
The BMW bolt that attached the old shock to the frame mount is 15mm in diameter. There is something about this that tells me that I should leave this alone. I have never heard of one of these bolts snapping/shearing/etc ... While I like the idea ... I think I'd like to use that bolt.

I could use a different bolt ... I'll have to look through the local hardware store's selection of metric bolts.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:40 AM   #156
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I like it. Haven't really been paying attention, is that a DR650 front end? Looks sharp.

Can't you simply drill the shock's eye? Is there enough material? Is there already a bushing in the shock eye that's vulcanized to the shock?

Can you take a close up pic of the shock eye?

Thanks Lornce .. it's a DRZ400 front end. As luck would have it the DR series all use a similar steer tube diameter. The bearings are for a DR650 ... A real 'mutt' solution.

Drilling the shock's eye is the direction I'm leaning towards. Ther is definitely enough material on the shock ... just not in the bushing that I'm actually drilling. The solution might be that I simply drill a larger hole ... add a rubber tube, and use the bushing that came out of the BMW stock shock ...

I'll post a pic in a minute ...
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:42 AM   #157
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Gotta make up some foot pegs next!!!
Yep ... Next up ... some pegs that will be made from a damaged pair of /5 pegs on the shelf. And of course ... lengthening the center stand by 3 inches ...

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Old 04-08-2011, 06:51 AM   #158
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Yep ... Next up ... some pegs that will be made from a damaged pair of /5 pegs on the shelf. And of course ... lengthening the center stand by 3 inches ...

Just so you know, I've got, I think 2, R80ST shocks lying about that we could rob bushings out of. Also, I have a pair of stock R80G/S pegs somewhere. Could cut them up instead?? let me know if you want that shit and I'll leave it in the bin.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:54 AM   #159
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Just so you know, I've got, I think 2, R80ST shocks lying about that we could rob bushings out of. Also, I have a pair of stock R80G/S pegs somewhere. Could cut them up instead?? let me know if you want that shit and I'll leave it in the bin.
Heck yeah! I'll take it!

PS - Three pairs of sunglasses DO work as a welding shield ... just sayin'.

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Old 04-08-2011, 06:57 AM   #160
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Heck yeah! I'll take it!

PS - Three pairs of sunglasses DO work as a welding shield ... just sayin'.

Oh, ok....now you're too much of a bad ass to need a welding mask.... I'll leave the mask out too, just don't break it again....
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:00 AM   #161
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Oh, ok....now you're too much of a bad ass to need a welding mask.... I'll leave the mask out too, just don't break it again....
I didn't break it ... swear ... and I won't mention any names ...
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:05 AM   #162
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I didn't break it ... swear ... and I won't mention any names ...
Yeah yeah, I can't find the pegs. May have already given them away. I'll look again when I'm back in town. mask and shock is in the bin...enjoy
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:12 AM   #163
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Yeah yeah, I can't find the pegs. May have already given them away. I'll look again when I'm back in town. mask and shock is in the bin...enjoy
Thanks Jenna!!!
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Drilling the shock's eye is the direction I'm leaning towards. Ther is definitely enough material on the shock ... just not in the bushing that I'm actually drilling. The solution might be that I simply drill a larger hole ... add a rubber tube, and use the bushing that came out of the BMW stock shock ...

I'll post a pic in a minute ...
That makes sense.

That's a neat bike.

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Old 04-08-2011, 08:58 AM   #165
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