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Old 09-12-2008, 12:38 PM   #61
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If your not running HID's, you can keep the lights AC with the stock regulator. With the rewound stator you can add on a second regulator/rectifier for DC power also. The Electrix Dakar dualsport kits offer options for AC and DC power as running the lights off AC makes them brighter and there is less loss.

Personally, I would go full DC and HID's.
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Old 09-12-2008, 12:48 PM   #62
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If your not running HID's, you can keep the lights AC with the stock regulator. With the rewound stator you can add on a second regulator/rectifier for DC power also. The Electrix Dakar dualsport kits offer options for AC and DC power as running the lights off AC makes them brighter and there is less loss.

Personally, I would go full DC and HID's.


Good stuff.

It's my goal to have at least one Halogen, I've seen too many HID failures and Halogen is cheap and works well. I've got more power from that stator than I need (only other thing I can think to run might be a GPS, and that can live on batteries if needed) so I'd like to have a halogen, and an HID, in the 2 openings I have.
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:43 PM   #63
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Everything has a beginning. I ended up going to the most basic beginning I could have.

As simple as it can be.....disassembled to the bare frame, cleaned, some cheap rattle can paint over the raw welds, the last of the African (caustic) mud removed.....



Note the extra structural aluminum added to the subframe...thanks Rally Management Services.



I pressed in a fresh set of bearing cups, and decided to give y'all a close up of the upper tank brackets and the weld on damper post.



And the steering head bracket for the lights, GPS, IMO, etc.



Note that yellow paint stamp - that's from the Dakar Rally, and has been preserved because it's cool!



The rear tank brackets.



And the donor machine.......

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Old 09-19-2008, 05:48 PM   #64
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Old 09-19-2008, 05:55 PM   #65
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And the donor machine.......


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Old 09-19-2008, 06:39 PM   #66
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It's killing me to do it. I went and rode it for an hour this morning. Too nice to be dismembered, but I think the finished product will be really fun.
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It's killing me to do it. I went and rode it for an hour this morning. Too nice to be dismembered, but I think the finished product will be really fun.
Did you pop any wheelies?
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Old 09-19-2008, 07:07 PM   #68
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Did you pop any wheelies?
Only between gears.

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Old 09-19-2008, 08:02 PM   #71
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This is going to be a cool thread! Good on ya Gaspipe for sharing with us.
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:24 PM   #72
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Old 09-19-2008, 08:40 PM   #73
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That Dakar stamp is bitch'en!
Keep it up, I'm enjoying this thread.
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Old 09-19-2008, 09:20 PM   #74
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Man! this pic stirs the moto soul!
Thanks for keeping us posted Ned and Gas.
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:49 PM   #75
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Now is time for some decisions.

I think I want to run an 18mm offset on this bike, rather than the 20mm it was fitted with by the KTM factory. The 18mm will put a little more weight on the front end, which will happen anyway with all the extra weight from the fairing and fuel, etc. I have 18-22mm offsets on the pile. The 20mm might be fine? This will take some testing once the bike is running.

I'm 235lbs - so the front forks will probably get .50kg/mm springs, and the back a 10N spring as starting points. I need to get those ordered.

I'm still looking for an LC4 rear wheel. When I sold off the last of my LC4's, I sold off all the cush drive rear wheels I had. Now I want one for this bike. Not that it needs it for the dirt, but I plan to dual sport this bike, and pile on some miles. Any help I can give to drivetrain will probably be worth the effort.

The front wheel is a an OE takeoff from my 950 Super Enduro - heavy duty spokes and a DirtStar wheel. It's much stronger than the original 525 front wheel.

For the front brakes, I'm considering upsizing to a larger rotor. I have to see what I have, and mix and match caliper hangers to make it work.

This bike was originally fitted with LC4 660 radiators, which are all but unobtainable. I will use a set of Fluidyne radiators. These add quite a bit more core area and cool the motor quite well. I've been using them on the 450 for a while now, and do not need a fan with these radiators. I'm sure I will have to fabricate some brackets to make these work.

Lots of stuff to think about.
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