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Old 10-25-2012, 05:36 PM   #16
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Thanks all for your input. A good discussion. I am not intending to follow this example.

My question & curiousity arose because:
  1. I came across this picture again, &;
  2. I am thinking about a shortened torque arm as a means to raise the back end, to get some more ground clearance (following Redboots example).That won't happen yet though (a few other issues to address 1st)
Re the more extreme angles resulting from the potentially taller suspension, I am looking at the aftermarket driveshaft, & a higher maintenance schedule. The bearings / cruciform seem cheap enough to treat as consumables.

I had thought about a mono conversion, but the cost & hassle of that seem...
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Old 10-26-2012, 01:17 PM   #17
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I had enough of them failed/failing BMW driveshafts.A few on my bench still....! Yes the angle of operation is critical on them lasting longer. That's from the specialist up here, good driveshaft at 125,000(?) Kms on his personal GS. Do not crank up the preload too much he told me.

Don't know how "consumable" them repleacable U-joints are. Sure not cheap for that later driveshaft I just had rebuilt ,but yes cheaper than a new driveshaft that's for sure.So now I also can treat the U-joints as consumables but still will be greasing them up every year.

And from someone from Wanaka that was just up here, helped me set my suspension for that....angle of operation vs sag, no more than 16 Degree operation on any U-joint will make them last a lot longer. BTW 16 degree is pretty close to where BMW sets them on the newer bikes, altough I still have to measure my K-bike properly, me and the Kiwi got pretty close to that by eye only. Sorry can't measure the GS, all in pieces/boxes but for the bad driveshaft kicking around the bench somewhere with the other ones.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:19 PM   #18
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I'd heard Oak's CV project didn't go well. I think there were a couple crashes or dramatic failures and the company designing them wasn't willing to invest more free energy into the project.

Something sure needs to be done about these things - and CV joints certainly seem like the better approach!

BTW, the first thing I saw in the OP's pic was the brake cable not attached and wondered what sort of solution that could be?
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:25 PM   #19
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:26 PM   #20
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I sent an email to Oak about it. We'll see what he says.
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