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Old 02-13-2014, 08:03 PM   #10066
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Some people will just drill and tap the existing valve hole for a schrader...

I did that to the stepsons YZ250 and used air since his skill level was "severe noob"



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I know you have the adapter at work, but what if you blow the shock in BFE, where there is no adapter available?

I doubt BFE would have ANY KTM parts so it probably wouldn't matter. The nice thing about the piston, it won't blow out like a bladder and it takes a while for a leaking shock to go down. I have no clue how long my shock had been seeping but the seal had quite a bit of dirt lodged in it. The bushing and the pistons seemed to be ok after all that time.
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Old 02-13-2014, 08:12 PM   #10067
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When I had my first couple of Yamaha DT's that were converted to dirt track race bikes.We took the springs out of the front forks, drilled and tapped the caps and installed schraders for air shocks.
My Uncle even did the mod on his 650 twin, but he tied them together with a common fill point.
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Old 02-15-2014, 04:34 PM   #10068
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Ever seen a lower control arm snap in half?


The poor focus let me down last night, took out the axle too when it broke. I'm glad I had AMA roadside assistance, I was all the way down in Mansfield when it happened. Would have been an expensive tow. Looks like i'll be riding to work for a while .

Pretty cheesy design by ford, two stamped steel pieces riveted together. Trapped salt and rust inside it and broke in half. The part still attached to the ball joint is just packed full of wet rusty flakes. I'll be doing the other side as a preventive measure.

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Old 02-15-2014, 05:49 PM   #10069
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Ouch! What year is the focus?
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:57 PM   #10070
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Ouch! What year is the focus?
2001. After doing some research its a notoriously weak part. Ford upgraded it at some point, and the SVT's always had a stronger LCA.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:01 PM   #10071
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Had it happen on the subaru. Turned out there was a recall, but I was glad Mala B. was only backing out of the drive when it happened.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:01 PM   #10072
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2001. After doing some research its a notoriously weak part. Ford upgraded it at some point, and the SVT's always had a stronger LCA.
Subaru had an issue like that on similar years, the bugeye WRXs ... 2001-3 I think? Same issue. I wonder if the parts were made by the same plant?
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:02 PM   #10073
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Subaru had an issue like that on similar years, the bugeye WRXs ... 2001-3 I think? Same issue. I wonder if the parts were made by the same plant?
Edit... for anyone with a scooby of that era... it is a limitless warranty replacement for free. Check yours.
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Old 02-16-2014, 06:10 PM   #10074
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Subaru had an issue like that on similar years, the bugeye WRXs ... 2001-3 I think? Same issue. I wonder if the parts were made by the same plant?
Not the WRXs, those had aluminum control arms. All the rest though, due to faulty coating that allowed them to rust. Not just the control arm either, they did subframes on ours as well, and any part that was not in good enough condition to reuse. On ours it included the hydralic suspension bushings, and totaled up to a whopping $1600 in parts.
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Old 02-17-2014, 05:36 AM   #10075
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Had it happen on the subaru. Turned out there was a recall, but I was glad Mala B. was only backing out of the drive when it happened.
I wish i was just backing out when it happened. I was on the ramp from 71 to 30 doing 45 or 50 when it happened. Got pretty hairy for a minute.
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Old 02-17-2014, 08:35 AM   #10076
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I wish i was just backing out when it happened. I was on the ramp from 71 to 30 doing 45 or 50 when it happened. Got pretty hairy for a minute.
Dayum, glad you are OK. Imagine if it had happened while you were on I71 at full speed with cars next to you.

The only reason I found out about the Suby recall was I asked someone I know who works at a dealer if I could swap in the aluminum control arms from a WRX since they are dirt cheap on Ebay. The amount of stuff they ended up replacing under the recall was ridiculous, especially for a 200,000 mile car. SO now I'm investigating good rust proofing for our vehicles. Seems like the most sensible solution is to move south.
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:12 AM   #10077
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I wish i was just backing out when it happened. I was on the ramp from 71 to 30 doing 45 or 50 when it happened. Got pretty hairy for a minute.
Same thing happened to me at about 70 in my old microbus... Fun Times!
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Old 02-17-2014, 10:40 AM   #10078
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Same thing happened to me at about 70 in my old microbus... Fun Times!
Did you poo? I bet you pooed! I've never driven a microbus but I imagine them having some body roll as they are tall and skinny. I would have pooed.
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:46 PM   #10079
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Did you poo? I bet you pooed! I've never driven a microbus but I imagine them having some body roll as they are tall and skinny. I would have pooed.
No need to poo when you have an angel riding on your shoulder! Otherwise I would have been swimming in the Chagrin River. The right front suspension collapsed as I was driving down Route 2 where it crosses the river, I got thrown into the passenger seat as the bus was bouncing along the guardrail over looking the river.
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Old 02-17-2014, 03:18 PM   #10080
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Dayum, glad you are OK. Imagine if it had happened while you were on I71 at full speed with cars next to you.

The only reason I found out about the Suby recall was I asked someone I know who works at a dealer if I could swap in the aluminum control arms from a WRX since they are dirt cheap on Ebay. The amount of stuff they ended up replacing under the recall was ridiculous, especially for a 200,000 mile car. SO now I'm investigating good rust proofing for our vehicles. Seems like the most sensible solution is to move south.
Best thing I've found is to get it sprayed with bar and chain oil. It kept the rust at bay on my truck decently. The truck is currently retired until i move south though. I like it too much to see it destroyed.

I'd get this car sprayed too but the lift points don't exist anymore, so i don't think my guy would feel very safe underneath it on the lift.
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