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Old 01-08-2013, 06:47 PM   #31
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I added a couple more farkles.

Helmet lock off E-bay. Not particularly cheap, but necessary.






Cost $29.

I also added a couple yellow conspicuity lights.


Cheap CREE 15 watt yellow lights.


I added a switch for temporary. I plan a better one when I do the Fuzeblock.






I know, but they are ridiculously light, and I am trying it out. I have some spare turn signal stalks.



They really put out. I doubt all that much down the road, but I bet people will see me, even if they don't see my turn signals!

Alternate mounting locations are in the future when I add the driving lights.

Cost $44.

I also mounted and wired up, temporarily, my USB plug. Very nice Pieces, and should work great!














Cost $29

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Old 01-09-2013, 06:59 PM   #32
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A couple more.

Headlight protector, home made.


Why you need one!


Tape on a piece of clear plastic and trace the shape of the headlight. Notice I have it even with the support bar.


Trim it to size, then use it to trace it on a piece of Lexan, or similar. Make sure you leave the protective wrap on it.


Trim it out. I used a Dremmel with a stone wheel designed as a cut off wheel for metal. It made a clean easy cut, and left only melt behind That was easily cleaned off by hand.


Still with the protective plastic cover on, I sanded the edge with 400, then 600. If you want it clear, keep going to 2000 grit then polish. I like the opaque edge as it helps not to transmit light and reflection to the windshield.


Drill the holes to match up to the Adel clamp height. Use a soft plastic/rubber backing so you can drill through without cracking the plastic.


Bolted on.



Side view.


Flipped down to clean the headlight.


Clean!

Cost, free to me since I had everything, but about $10 in parts.

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Old 01-09-2013, 07:03 PM   #33
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More on the seat recover:


Pan minus seat cover and pad.






Pads compared. The New pad is a bit taller both front and back, but dished more. It is also slightly taller i front. Hope this isn't an issue as I am short with a 28" inseam.



New pad on the pan. Good fit.

I would have finished it, but I had the wrong length staples. So tomorrow instead.

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Old 01-11-2013, 04:28 PM   #34
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Installed the seat foam and cover today:


Heating the cover to make it pliable in my 40 garage.


Installed and stapled the foam, in front staples.


Used a bit of glue in the dished part of the seat to hold it down.





Great fit! Looks good.

The seat is definitely taller than stock, but it feels like it will be more comfortable. I can still get my toes down!
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:05 PM   #35
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that "looks" more comfy than my Sargent seat. let us know how it works out.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:26 PM   #36
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Yes, curious about the seat comfort and nut crunching as others have mentioned. What kind of stapler did you use on it? Seat looks good though.

Hey. this is my 100th post. I am catching up to you Jim!
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:21 PM   #37
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The seat is definitely taller than stock, but it feels like it will be more comfortable. I can still get my toes down!
I'm curious, do you normally use a standard or low seat on the GS?
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:23 PM   #38
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Yes, curious about the seat comfort and nut crunching as others have mentioned. What kind of stapler did you use on it? Seat looks good though.

Hey. this is my 100th post. I am catching up to you Jim!
I found that I didn't need to put the front in the high position like I do the Sarget and stock seat. Very short ride, but it was comfortable, and the foam was firm.

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PS I used a Cobra manual stapler from Walmart, IIRC. Worked well so long as you put good pressure on it. I purchased an electric one from HD and it sucked. I am taking it back.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:00 PM   #39
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Last thing for today.

I wanted both conspicuity lights (see above), and driving lights. I also wanted to move the conspicuity lights lower so they didn't wash out my turn signals.

This was my cheap solution:

Using 1" by 1/8" flat bar I formed this:




Checking for clearance I zip tied it in place.

The center section is 11" long, with a 1.5" drop and 4" mounting surface for lights. It is quite stiff as is.

Being cheap, I made my own "J" bolts from long bolts I had in the bin.


I wanted to bed liner paint it, but had run out, so I used Plastidip. It was really too thick, but should be OK for now. I have plans for a slightly improved unit in the future.



Mounted to the beak frame with J-bolts. As far forward as possible. This gives the forks about an inch of clearance at full lock.


The conspicuity lights are mounted low, and the driving lights high. (Yes, I would have prefered black light housings for both, but they were cheap.) I used the same bolt, loctited, for both lights.


Front view. Looks like this should work great!

I will wire up the lights when I receive the fuse box next weekend.

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Old 01-11-2013, 08:27 PM   #40
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Jim, what did you use to cover the two "open screw holes" (one on each side of the tail section) belonging to GS luggage mounts/GSA pannier racks? They appear black and possibly plastic, i noticed them in one of your new bike pics that you posted recently.

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Old 01-11-2013, 09:25 PM   #41
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Jim, what did you use to cover the two "open screw holes" (one on each side of the tail section) belonging to GS luggage mounts/GSA pannier racks? They appear black and possibly plastic, i noticed them in one of your new bike pics that you posted recently.

Thanks in advance,
It is a rubber plug that was on the bike when I got it. The PO took off the mounts and used his old luggage on his new bike. I suspect these were on the new bike and he just used them on the old one. Probably available from BMW. Likely cheap.

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Old 01-12-2013, 04:59 AM   #42
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wanna continue your cheap build. I have a set of BMW bags and mounts that I just took off my 05 1200GS. they're in good to better condition and have LOTS of stickers on them. $650 "shipped" to your door.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:09 AM   #43
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wanna continue your cheap build. I have a set of BMW bags and mounts that I just took off my 05 1200GS. they're in good to better condition and have LOTS of stickers on them. $650 "shipped" to your door.
Thanks for the offer, but I have a plan for bags already. I believe you will be impressed.

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Old 01-16-2013, 12:19 PM   #44
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does this count as a farkle... i found it in the parkig lot 6-7 years ago and it fit perfect

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:04 PM   #45
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does this count as a farkle... i found it in the parkig lot 6-7 years ago and it fit perfect

Nice steering stop!

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