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Old 02-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #1201
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Give Seattle Powdercoat a try. I've dealt with them a couple of times now and they have a pretty fast turn around. I had my new crash bars done by them for like $90 and they were done a week earlier than they quoted. If you stick to a color that they have a lot of then you will get moved up in the queue.
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Old 03-11-2013, 09:30 AM   #1202
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So, stripping to the frame for powdercoating is out. I am back on refinement of the front-end to get my G/S in top shape for the comming national rally in OR:

OK, to re-cap where my G/S front suspension is at today:

1999 KTM 640 WP Extremes shortened and installed - otherwise completely stock

Tried running 5wt and 10wt fork oil, now on 7.5wt

With all these weight I rode a number of miles varying the adjustments on the comp and re-load from nothting to max

None of the weights of oil nor setting on the valves gave me a plush and controlled ride (like the Ohlins shock out back does). All were a compromise and right now with mid-level adjustments on the comp and pre-load with 7.5wt the front end has a cavitation (?) and gently hops while riding on pavement... the front wheel was balanced when the new TKC was installed.

So, where are we today? The forks are in my car and headed to Konflict Motorsports to Alex who I got my custom .055 springs from for some valving adjustments, seals and such. Turn around time will be ~2 weeks.


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Old 03-11-2013, 09:33 AM   #1203
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While the forks are out, here's my list of things to address:
  • fabricate new top headlight bucket bracket
  • replace all pannier frame bolts with larger diameter and higher grade stock
  • clean all electric connections, apply diaelectric grease
  • check points
  • install dyna booster
  • purchase and install a breather tube for the points can
  • install a new gasket in the points can to replace the missing cork
  • change the oil in the final drive and shaft
  • change brake fluid
  • check the rear brake pads and drum for wear
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Old 04-02-2013, 05:31 PM   #1204
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New addition, while I wait for my forks...

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Old 04-02-2013, 06:34 PM   #1205
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Give Seattle Powdercoat a try. I've dealt with them a couple of times now and they have a pretty fast turn around. I had my new crash bars done by them for like $90 and they were done a week earlier than they quoted. If you stick to a color that they have a lot of then you will get moved up in the queue.
dang that's high, at least compared to what I pay around here. I may get special pricing, but that's still high.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the higher the grade the more brittle the bolt. Something worth considering.
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Old 04-03-2013, 12:08 AM   #1206
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None of the weights of oil nor setting on the valves gave me a plush and controlled ride (like the Ohlins shock out back does). All were a compromise and right now with mid-level adjustments on the comp and pre-load with 7.5wt the front end has a cavitation (?) and gently hops while riding on pavement... the front wheel was balanced when the new TKC was installed.]
that "cavitation" feeling is caused by stiction Solo Lobo. That might be better if they use better oil and seals.
And i think your fork has re-bound and no pre-load adjustment.

I like to hear how the fork is doing after the re-build.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:10 AM   #1207
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that "cavitation" feeling is caused by stiction Solo Lobo. That might be better if they use better oil and seals.
And i think your fork has re-bound and no pre-load adjustment.

I like to hear how the fork is doing after the re-build.

Good call Prutser!

I can admit that there is/was nearly zero preload on the springs, and that was something I completely failed to consider!

I am going to get that is the major (initial) issue I am having now. With the forks pulled I could easily push the leg down into the slider an inch or so with little pressure.

No word back from the suspension shop yet...
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Old 04-17-2013, 12:38 PM   #1208
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Forks are ready, secured another front half headlight/instrument shell that was already drilled for the slipstream deflector, new larger pannier frame bolts installed.

I plan to throw it all together over the weekend and do some miles!
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:03 PM   #1209
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Forks are ready, secured another front half headlight/instrument shell that was already drilled for the slipstream deflector, new larger pannier frame bolts installed.

I plan to throw it all together over the weekend and do some miles!

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Old 04-17-2013, 03:48 PM   #1210
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Old 04-27-2013, 02:28 PM   #1211
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This mornings work:

  • Re-torque steering head bearings - requires handlebar removal
  • Fix broken heated grip wire - most likely broken when doing the above
  • Find 1/2 cut heated grip wire and repair - not from above work
  • Confirm point's aren't "tiger tails" and plan to order some (found a supplier for the ones made in Brazil)
  • Install the breather/snorkel on the points can
  • Note that points can is all the way adjusted to one side - need to check timing
  • Order the top OEM spacer for the slipstream deflector as it is too far leaned back and is not allowing the headlamp shell to fully seat on the speedo
  • Replace the stupid LED's I had put into the front turn signals as one stopped working. Back to the OEM's




Work planned:

  • Change final drive, swinger, brake and trans fluids
  • Replace one last pannier frame bolt (hard to find an M9 x 50mm)
  • Check timing
  • Ride lots of miles in prep for the national rally!
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:53 AM   #1212
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Haven't got to any of the items above, but have been putting on the miles...

Last season I tossed my carbs into my new ultrasonic cleaner for fun when installing new jet needles and needle jets.

This spring I have been having popping on deceleration when the throttle is closed... don't think it was doing this last year.



Next steps:
  • Check mixture is set correctly (Done yesterday, still popping)
  • Check timing - for tonight!
  • Check float bowls for water
  • remove and clean jets
  • spray through passages with carb cleaner
  • check point gap (I don't have the "tiger stripes installed, but do have two sets on the bench)
Should have all that done this weekend, then more testing.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:48 PM   #1213
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Checked the timing last night and it had "slipped" to OT... re-set to "S" and the exhaust note is much more pleasing...

Popping still there, guess I am tearing into the carbs tomorrow.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:51 PM   #1214
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Popping still there, guess I am tearing into the carbs tomorrow.
Try tweaking your idle mixture a little before pulling them apart. Usually that's all it takes.
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Old 06-07-2013, 02:53 PM   #1215
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Try tweaking your idle mixture a little before pulling them apart. Usually that's all it takes.
That's what I did before checking the timing and adjusting the mix had no effect.


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