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Old 08-27-2012, 10:56 AM   #13576
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Chris,

I have not studied your comments and questions but only caught the issue about the counter shaft sprocket "wobble". I do not know how bad yours is but every Transalp that I have worked on clearly has some very noticeable counter shaft sprocket "wobble". A more accurate description maybe "wiggle" but it is unmistakeable and normal.

The current Transalp that I am working on has less that 1,900 original miles and the counter shaft sprocket clearly wiggles, they just don't fit all the tightly on the shaft.

After market ( non OEM Honda) sprockets are another matter and I can not comment on their quality of machine work and fit.

I only mention this in a effort to clarify that there is normal sprocket "wiggle" and perhaps there is no reason to be overly worried about it.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:18 AM   #13577
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Been looking at batteries with the tips I read on here. I saw that Motorcycle Superstore is having a sale at the moment so I thought I'd check out their battery selection.

On the drop down menu for bike models the TA wasn't listed, so I selected XR650L (1993) and NX650 (1989) as the closest big bore bike on there to the TA. I don't know if these bikes would use the same batteries, as the twin may need a different amount of cranking power?

The batteries that turned up are:

Western Power Sports YTX9-BS - -- - $44.99
Western Power Sports sealed factory activated battery, YTX9-BS - -- - $72.99

Can anyone tell me if these batteries will work with the TA?

Thanks.

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Old 08-27-2012, 12:40 PM   #13578
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[QUOTE=mas335;19456589]Chris,

I have not studied your comments and questions but only caught the issue about the counter shaft sprocket "wobble". I do not know how bad yours is but every Transalp that I have worked on clearly has some very noticeable counter shaft sprocket "wobble". A more accurate description maybe "wiggle" but it is unmistakeable and normal.

The current Transalp that I am working on has less that 1,900 original miles and the counter shaft sprocket clearly wiggles, they just don't fit all the tightly on the shaft.

After market ( non OEM Honda) sprockets are another matter and I can not comment on their quality of machine work and fit.

I only mention this in a effort to clarify that there is normal sprocket "wiggle" and perhaps there is no reason to be overly worried about it.[/QUOT


+2 on the above................the front sprocket is a floating design used on hundreds of 1000's of Hondas and "wiggle" is TOTALLY normal and I could image it has been described as a wobble but most are very loose on the splines and Honda retainer and Honda sprocket effect this fit.
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:56 PM   #13579
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Sorry. Guess I should have asked how much "wobble" was in wobble. Didn't mean to lead anyone astray.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:08 PM   #13580
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shock spacer

Hey, Anybody have a shock spacer laying around? Did the xrl front end, now need to raise the rear a tad. Thanks. Jeff.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:24 PM   #13581
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Transalp rally in North Carolina

Posting this here just so no inmate misses the alert -- there will be a Transalp rally at The Ironhorse Lodge in Stecoah, NC, October 12-14. Camping, cabins, bunkhouse are part of this complex. Meals served morning and night on weekends. Very nice facility in a great part of the country.
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:32 PM   #13582
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When does a wiggle become a wobble?

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A more accurate description maybe "wiggle" but it is unmistakeable and normal.
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Sorry. Guess I should have asked how much "wobble" was in wobble. Didn't mean to lead anyone astray.
I'm gonna have to wait til next year to see how my current sprok and a new one compare in wobble/wiggle stakes. I can't decide if mine wiggles or wobbles. The level of movement may be normal or worse because the hole in the centre of the sprocket may have worn because of the sideways force of being pulled "wrongly" by the chain.

I read somewhere that non-oem holes are harder than the shaft, so the shaft wears and that on oem sproks, the hole is softer, so the hole wears. Maybe my sprok is oem? I paid an oem price and the invoice included a Honda part number (discussion elsewhere, linked previously).

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Old 08-27-2012, 09:10 PM   #13583
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Western Power Sports YTX9-BS - -- - $44.99
Western Power Sports sealed factory activated battery, YTX9-BS - -- - $72.99

Can anyone tell me if these batteries will work with the TA?

Thanks.

BW
They may work for a while. Listen to your elders and buy a YTX14AH-BS. I can help you if you need some.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:36 AM   #13584
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My 2 cents.........

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Hey, Anybody have a shock spacer laying around? Did the xrl front end, now need to raise the rear a tad. Thanks. Jeff.

Hey Jeff, Since you have done the forks why not match the rear with a shock? Give Rick a call at Cogent Dynamics, he built me a Moab shock for my TA and the difference is amazing. The Moab shock provides 10 1/2 in of travel on the rear to match the 11 1/2 of the xr forks. Rick also increased the springs in my xr forks to handle the weight of the TA. This guy knows suspension stuff..........
I also have a spacer if you decide to go that way.......
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:58 AM   #13585
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FYI on batteries.........

I have been getting batteries from Batteries Plus......they are nationwide and are comparably priced.
Would be handy if you are traveling and had battery issues.
They also had a Transalp listed..........just sayin.......
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:19 PM   #13586
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They may work for a while. Listen to your elders and buy a YTX14AH-BS. I can help you if you need some.
That's exactly what I needed to hear, thanks. Do you have any good sources (or do you sell any?) or would I be better off just looking for a local one?
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:03 PM   #13587
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Hey, Anybody have a shock spacer laying around?
Search this thread.

Carlos made a great one from a auto lugnut. Forget the model but its listed here somewhere.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:07 PM   #13588
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Search this thread.

Carlos made a great one from a auto lugnut. Forget the model but its listed here somewhere.
Page 353 - starts at post # 5283
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:35 AM   #13589
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Sorry to sound like an anorak, but should you be interested in creating a modified front sprocket retainer (as mentioned above or on page 905), the grove it sits in is 3.15mm wide (the oem retainer is 2.3mm thick).

Managed to get special dispensation from Mongolia Customs today to leave my bike here for a year. They belieeved my bike is genuinely only worth 600 bucks... Hence v low deposit needed.

Siberia 2013 is on!


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Old 08-29-2012, 03:15 PM   #13590
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TA forsale

I just listed one of my TAs for sale

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=821872

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