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Old 03-19-2013, 12:10 PM   #33931
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Question about X->R conversion

Hi all,

I have a WRX that I've been riding for the last year with knobbies on the stock 17" wheels. I bought a set of 21/18 wheels to do the R conversion and I'm finally getting around to switching over. I'm pretty much used to the big front brake (don't use it on dirt, hardly). Any opinions on whether I should swap the brakes or not?

Thanks! I'm loving this bike.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:19 PM   #33932
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:15 PM   #33933
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... and use it on dirt!

When I was new to dirt I stayed off the front and favoured the rear. I soon learnt I had things the wrong way round. Try bombing down a slippery hill and relying on the back brake and you'll soon start carrying spare undies on your rides
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:27 PM   #33934
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... and use it on dirt!

When I was new to dirt I stayed off the front and favoured the rear. I soon learnt I had things the wrong way round. Try bombing down a slippery hill and relying on the back brake and you'll soon start carrying spare undies on your rides
I never use front brake when going down hills??
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:54 PM   #33935
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...no worries...

When I had the FMF controller (use Athena now), I had it velcroed under the left side panel on the battery. Easier to access it there.

I did a cheaper than Fuzeblock on this bike. A bus bar and fuse holder.
Not much room left under the seat for a Fuzeblock. I had to relocate the tip-over sensor as well.




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Old 03-19-2013, 04:25 PM   #33936
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I never use front brake when going down hills??
Then you're going SLOW or need to find harder hills!
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:56 PM   #33937
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Then you're going SLOW or need to find harder hills!
Not too many hills in my area put I don't really understand why you'd want to use front brake... even if you're going fast...
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Old 03-19-2013, 04:58 PM   #33938
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Not too many hills in my area put I don't really understand why you'd want to use front brake... even if you're going fast...
Going down a steep mountain road at a walking pace, you want that stopping/slowing power. In this situation, you can break out the rear wheel very easily, fine starting a hairpin otherwise butt clenching :)
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:40 PM   #33939
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Not too many hills in my area put I don't really understand why you'd want to use front brake... even if you're going fast...
It wasn't natural for me to use the front brake in the gravel at first, but once I had the faith that I could use it without locking up I got comfortable with it. Now I go to the front first 90% of the time.

More traction on that front wheel than you think............................................. ....


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Old 03-19-2013, 06:18 PM   #33940
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Now that winter is technically over, I better hurry up and get this thing back together! Sending the forks and shock off to Travis at Go Race, and then I need to go over all the bearings and other maintenance items. I did have one nice surprise and found fresh grease in the swingarm bearings. All the others I've pulled apart so far seem ok too, so just a clean and lube job should do the trick.

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Old 03-19-2013, 06:40 PM   #33941
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where i come from no such thing as a riding season and no one winterizes there bikes cause we ride all year even in the snow and rain
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:09 PM   #33942
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Not too many hills in my area put I don't really understand why you'd want to use front brake... even if you're going fast...
Going downhill, more weight is on the front wheel than when on the flat. This allows you to use more front brake as it becomes harder to lock it up. Also the front brake is significantly easier to modulate than the rear and a bike with both wheels rotating is easier to control than one with a locked rear.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:33 PM   #33943
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Nice.

Funny, though, how he refers to it as the "WR250F" in the opening statement of the video.


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Old 03-19-2013, 09:12 PM   #33944
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got bored yesterday and went stealth camping down by the river i really need to spray paint that tent bad color dont blend in at all

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Old 03-20-2013, 05:05 AM   #33945
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where i come from no such thing as a riding season and no one winterizes there bikes cause we ride all year even in the snow and rain
Must be nice.
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