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Old 01-20-2013, 03:27 AM   #73036
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I have only recently purchased my bike so I was wondering what maintenance stand would suit me best for general tinkering.

I picked this up from Supercheap for $149 and I think it works well

It made the chain adjustment and lube really straightforward. It was easy to spin the bike and move it around as needed.

I also took off my frame guards and cleaned up under there. It was filthy as and well worth the effort. I had also taken off and cleaned up my bash plate when I did the oil change - again well worth it. I have put a zip tie on my side stand switch and that saves some hassle - the side stand pivot has been cleaned and lubed, too.

I worked out what chain and sprockets the PO had installed. It turned out to be a 525 with 14F and 41R. I am thinking of going for a 42R and a 15F and 16F to cover the options. What do you think?

Anyone else got a different fave workshop stand?
Actually, I've got the exact same one and find it great. I saw it on special for $99 a few months back but nonetheless is still worth the $150. I can actually move the bike around whilst its jacked up, up have never had an issue of it toppling off. Great for turning the bike around!

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:08 AM   #73037
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I have only recently purchased my bike so I was wondering what maintenance stand would suit me best for general tinkering.

I picked this up from Supercheap for $149 and I think it works well









It made the chain adjustment and lube really straightforward. It was easy to spin the bike and move it around as needed.

I also took off my frame guards and cleaned up under there. It was filthy as and well worth the effort. I had also taken off and cleaned up my bash plate when I did the oil change - again well worth it. I have put a zip tie on my side stand switch and that saves some hassle - the side stand pivot has been cleaned and lubed, too.

I worked out what chain and sprockets the PO had installed. It turned out to be a 525 with 14F and 41R. I am thinking of going for a 42R and a 15F and 16F to cover the options. What do you think?

Anyone else got a different fave workshop stand?
That looks shit hot exile730, now all you need is a Safari tank, some Wolfman racks, Wolfman Saddle bags and you will be ready for the Canning Stock Route in July....

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Old 01-20-2013, 04:36 AM   #73038
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Rally Grips

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Won't ship at all
That does suck.

Try mxsouth:

http://www.mxsouth.com/progrip/pro-g...rally-grip.htm


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Old 01-20-2013, 07:42 AM   #73039
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The Shock solution kit for $289 is nothing like the Cogent rebuild. or the full shock shaft assembly from PC.
It is a great budget rebuild improvement but is not in the same league.
The Cogent rebuild kit is $295 if you can do it yourself (spring NOT included) and it gives you full adjustment.
Or for $399 you can have them rebuild yours for you (again, spring is extra)
Their optional Mil spec coating is not required and you don't get that with any other rebuild so don't add that $ to the Cogent cost.

So, the bottom line is that if you want the best, you want full adjustment, comp & rebound, and if you need a different spring, the Cogent costs under $500 and they do the work, or you can spend $498 for the Shock Shaft assembly and you do the work.
Kinda seems like an easy decision to me...
I agree 100%. The adjustable rebound is worth the cost alone. Depending on your weight, you can still use the stock rear spring. Rick told me to stay with the stocker. He's not gonna try to sell you something you don't need.
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:56 AM   #73040
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I have been told the Race Tech unit has a larger diameter shaft than stock and therefore more bearing surface area. Other than that, I'm not sure how the Cogent differs from Race Tech.
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:25 AM   #73041
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Originally Posted by JagLite View Post
The Shock solution kit for $289 is nothing like the Cogent rebuild. or the full shock shaft assembly from PC.
It is a great budget rebuild improvement but is not in the same league.
The Cogent rebuild kit is $295 if you can do it yourself (spring NOT included) and it gives you full adjustment.
Or for $399 you can have them rebuild yours for you (again, spring is extra)
Their optional Mil spec coating is not required and you don't get that with any other rebuild so don't add that $ to the Cogent cost.

So, the bottom line is that if you want the best, you want full adjustment, comp & rebound, and if you need a different spring, the Cogent costs under $500 and they do the work, or you can spend $498 for the Shock Shaft assembly and you do the work.
Kinda seems like an easy decision to me...
The $498 includes a new spring. If you get the shaft assembly only from Racetech it's $399.99 minus %15 = $339.99

http://www.racetech.com/page/title/S...t%20Assemblies

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...76&postcount=1
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:35 AM   #73042
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I have only recently purchased my bike so I was wondering what maintenance stand would suit me best for general tinkering.

I picked this up from Supercheap for $149 and I think it works well









It made the chain adjustment and lube really straightforward. It was easy to spin the bike and move it around as needed.

I also took off my frame guards and cleaned up under there. It was filthy as and well worth the effort. I had also taken off and cleaned up my bash plate when I did the oil change - again well worth it. I have put a zip tie on my side stand switch and that saves some hassle - the side stand pivot has been cleaned and lubed, too.

I worked out what chain and sprockets the PO had installed. It turned out to be a 525 with 14F and 41R. I am thinking of going for a 42R and a 15F and 16F to cover the options. What do you think?

Anyone else got a different fave workshop stand?

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Old 01-20-2013, 12:02 PM   #73043
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Sweet looking ride and I love the low front fender. Wait a minute, an English wheel in the background..........Did someone say talent?
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:26 PM   #73044
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With about 7500 miles on the beast today I changed out the rear and front brake fluid.

Here is about the first inch-worth's of fluid coming out of the front...
Hope I put newer fluid in it in time to prevent the front from seizing up too soon.

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Old 01-20-2013, 12:29 PM   #73045
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I've taken flak for the fender & a lot of stuff I built for my DR, but I don't give a shit it's the way I like it

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Old 01-20-2013, 12:56 PM   #73046
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Anyone know what the thread pitch is on the header bolts?
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:04 PM   #73047
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I may have gone a bit too stiff with the springs (.70 front and 8.1 rear), I'm still figuring it out. It's a relatively stiff ride, but the fact that it doesn't bounce around on wash board is phenom.
.70 front?

That would be a stiff ride...
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:02 PM   #73048
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.70 front?

That would be a stiff ride...
Could be. I went slightly less than Race Tech recommends and the guy that set up my suspension mentioned the stiffness of the springs, but he followed up by saying that he thought I was right to put in significantly stiffer springs. He said many of the people who bring him suspension work refuse to believe they should be running spring rates as high as they should, so they change the compression/rebound and run springs too soft for the weight they are running (either their body weight or how the pack the bike), or their style of riding. So, bottom line is I figured the springs are pretty cheap and I might as well use Race Tech's recommendations as a starting point. I'm not sure it's right or will be over time, but with the small amount of riding I've been able to do since yesterday, the bike feels very well balanced over rougher terrain. It definitely feels like the front and rear are working together as opposed to feeling front and rear separately (I used to feel the front and then the rear when going over terrain; whereas, it now feels like one fluid movement). I think the rebound is much much better.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:03 PM   #73049
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.70 front?

That would be a stiff ride...
Racetech changed their spring calculator a while back and it shows a lot stiffer fork springs than it used to. I just tried it a minute ago and it recommends .72 for the front and 7.9 for the rear for my 195 pounds. I have had .50 in the front and 8.1 on the back for a few years now.
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Old 01-20-2013, 02:37 PM   #73050
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Racetech changed their spring calculator a while back and it shows a lot stiffer fork springs than it used to. I just tried it a minute ago and it recommends .72 for the front and 7.9 for the rear for my 195 pounds. I have had .50 in the front and 8.1 on the back for a few years now.
Weird.
0.47 front and 7.6 rear gives me (85kg) the correct static and race sag settings going by Ned and James's book.
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