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Old 01-12-2014, 08:46 PM   #1471
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Since you aren't making the parts any more, how about selling a set of mechanical drawings so folks can make their own?

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Old 01-12-2014, 09:46 PM   #1472
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I was making the kits for years and sold 1000 kits worldwide. Demand is now down to 2 or 3 inquires per month for the last 9 months. No one can justify making small batches and sell them at a decent price. I made batches of 250 at a time. Some one else thought of taking over the sales but I warned them that inquires are down to a trickle from a dozen kits per week to a few per month.
Unfortunately the guys buying F800GS do not appear as hardcore as the guys who bought them the first few years (2009 to 2012) that they came out. So sales of the F800GS seems to continue pretty strong worldwide but the majority appear to be happy with the stock set up or are not hard core off roaders.
Hahaha ! so you mean us younger generation are getting soft ?! :loll

I absolutely understand what you are saying and I get the commercial viewpoint. I guess I was just wondering wether it is something that could be specified and made by, say a machinist here in Aussie. Or is it a part that needed very specific knowledge to make ??

I don't want to tread on toes, I was just wondering.
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Old 01-13-2014, 04:40 AM   #1473
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Maybe the majority just adopted the Schrodingers Cat approach?
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:30 AM   #1474
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Hi all, my first comment here... Having just bought a F8GSA which I intend to tour Europe in the summer, beginning my ADV experience... have been lurking and learning here for a while (thanks to you all for fantastic and helpful reports). Bought the bike used (08) although its in good shape - never taken OR. I will go OR so would like to sort this obvious flaw... am, too, wondering if at all Indy would be willing to sell or share his drawings...
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:38 AM   #1475
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hi Noob! there is still this kit out there:
http://www.bestrestproducts.com/p-25...ort-wbolt.aspx

go wild!
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:48 AM   #1476
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I will go OR so would like to sort this obvious flaw...
Hi and welcome.

While I recognize the design flaw and have seen the pics of bent mounts, I feel you're a bit too worried about it. If you're going to ride 2 up with a lot of gear and ride it hard and fast over bumpy terrain and jumps then yes, it will bend. It won't leave you stranded in the desert unless it breaks but chances are, the rest of the bike will be bent and broken as well. Sure it's cheap insurance and a great mod, just don't stay home because you can't find a kit!

My '09 was ridden hard while loaded up, along the Dempster and up to the Arctic Circle. I got it at 10K kms and the mount is fine. I installed Indy's kit because I could and because I sleep better. Definately a top mod rather than just some shiny bling.

My 2012 F8 came with bent rims, bent forks, bent subframe, bent bars and the list is growing. The upper shock mount and bolt is FLAWLESS.

So how hard do you intend to ride?

NOTE: Both bikes have the stock suspension installed. Replacing your shock for an aftermarket one seems to escalate the problem. Probably because the bike suspension allows you to ride faster off road. YMMV
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:49 AM   #1477
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Thanks guys for welcome, advice and suggestions. Certainly this problem will definitely not stop me from getting out there... I have spent a lifetime in the African bush where spares are often a figment of ones imagination and you gotta just get on with it and make do or walk... This, just a precaution and I will probably go with the 'bestrestproducts' part. My tour this summer will hopefully be a prelude to allot more adventure traveling, very glad to find this forum - thanks!
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Old 01-14-2014, 07:13 AM   #1478
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Can do.

pm your email addresses and I can send PDF files to build your own kits.


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Old 01-14-2014, 12:04 PM   #1479
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Can do.

pm your email addresses and I can send PDF files to build your own kits.


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Cool, thanks man! PM inbound.

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Old 01-16-2014, 05:03 AM   #1480
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Can do.

pm your email addresses and I can send PDF files to build your own kits.


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Old 01-16-2014, 06:18 AM   #1481
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A true gentleman, many thanks - PM sent...
Indeed. Class act all the way.

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Old 01-16-2014, 06:29 AM   #1482
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Here is a source for 20mm shaft with a 12mm bore.

http://www.vxb.com/page/bearings/PRO...ystems/Kit7714

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Old 01-16-2014, 07:59 AM   #1483
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That has a 14mm bore not 12 mm their specs are wrong.
I purchased that originally and returned it and warned them of their mistake. They still have not fixed it.
You need to buy solid linear shafting and bore it out!
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:02 AM   #1484
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Good to know. Thanks for clarifying that.
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Old 01-16-2014, 11:40 AM   #1485
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+1 to that!

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Indeed. Class act all the way.

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