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Old 03-18-2012, 12:12 AM   #91
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Indicator broke after some hard riding, so replaced it with a new one:





On that note, I also never got around to doing the head light guard and a mate's roost cracked my headlight too!!


Anyway, got myself an air hawk for some of those longer trips:



Bought a staintune exhaust:



Stock V Stainy



Fitted the stainy up, O2 sensor in, found an awesome hose clamp and also a tiny bit of gasket goo, just to make sure it sealed properly:




Hmmmm........ well that doesn't work out too good does it!!



While I did the exhaust, I did the flapper, removed all the AIS, the EXUP stuff and all lines etc:



Fair bit of junk gone!



Found a great bung for the airbox side of the AIS:



Made up a plate for the AIS entry:






I also modified my front tank bolts because it was rather difficult to locate them when putting the tank back on:



Did a quick solution to the exhaust positioning problem:



My friend Charlie was overlooking my work:



Closer look, just a carpet python:





Here is the resistor I used, because I had already run the bike without the EXUP plugged in, it had thrown the code and had the light on so I had to plug the EXUP back in, then disconnect and put the resistor in place, No more light!!



Also gave the air filter a clean because I wanted everything to be tip top for my first ride with all the mods:



I also got some white side covers and white fork guards, the beginning to the bike being totally changed to white when I do the fairing:







So here is a quick clip of the new exhaust:

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Old 03-18-2012, 12:19 AM   #92
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So today was supposed to be a "Family Day" but my daughter has pneumonia (not bad) so instead of heading out, we just pottered in the shed. The job took much much longer than it normally would, but it was way more rewarding!!








So anyway, I have a ride coming up next weekend and with the new exhaust, I needed some sort of guard to keep the Giant Loop off the exhaust. I didn't want to spend long on it, so just whipped it up real quick.

It is a simple plate at the top that is riveted to the aluminium guard that I had made earlier for the stock exhaust. Small diameter round bar laddered down to another plate which bolts onto one of the pillion peg bolts:













It leaves plenty of room for air flow so the bag doesn't get hot from the exhaust. I will be making a better version at a later date.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:26 AM   #93
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Ok, so here are a few things that have been happening over the last few months.

New wheel bearings for the rear:


Bit of heat for the hub and cold (freezer) for the bearings:



Slipped right in!



Quick little UHF mount I made up:



Mounted (just to the right of the GPS):



I added some heat tape to the back of the Giant Loop to try to cool things down inside the bags a bit:



Lost the bottom bolt from my kick stand, so replaced that and added a bunch of loctite to both:







WOOOOHOOOOO!!!! Finally a full exhaust!!!



Outing with the old:









So anyway, I am in Australia and we have the bikes with the Oxygen Sensor plumbed into the stock exhaust. So I had to get one plumbed into the new exhaust. Something I would normally do myself, but seeing as it was stainless, I wanted it done all in stainless. Turns out no one had the stainless bungs anyway! So got a mild steel one welded in. I marked it all out and got a local exhaust guy to do it:




BUT........ he did it in the wrong spot slightly and definitely not on the angle I told him it had to be in!!! So I ended up having to cut the bung out and re-weld it myself anyway!! The highway-robber charged me $40 too, for something I should have just done myself so it would be right!! I added a quick lick of paint which burns off anyway:



all in position:



All done, in and running!







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Old 07-20-2012, 02:37 AM   #94
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So I sold the sports cars and got a van! How embarrasing! But it carrys the bike nicely.





Loading two bikes is a bit harder by yourself I found out!!



Anyway, it was finally time for some real maintenance. Chain, sprockets and chain slider.......and swing arm inspection.........











Thankfully it had only just started touching the weld on the swingarm, so no actual damage was done. I was running a 12 tooth front sprocket for a long time with a really dodgy chain which had many kincked links, so it was inevitable.

Old slider:



Old V New:



New front sprocket:



New rear sprocket:



new chain and all back together:





I added some big hose clamps to help support the tool tube and they could come in handy for fixing something on the trail one day too!



New underbar mirrors with convex glass:





I revised my number plate lighting too with number plate LED bolt lights. Also new rear indicators:







I did an oil change too on it but the damn O-rings leaked on the oil filter cover, so had to get some new ones and lay the bike over and change them over:





You can also see in this one the bit of bling I added with some gold rim tape front and rear:



So that is it for now. I have some new levers to fit, a new front braided brake line. I have to finish the bash plate with tool boxes and also fit up the fairing setup which i am collecting all the parts to start it.
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Old 07-20-2012, 02:39 AM   #95
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Looking good man! How's it go with the new pipe?
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:16 AM   #96
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I noticed a pretty big difference hey! So now with all the pollution gear off, opened up the air box and with new high flow filter, the exhaust and also the better gearing, it is much much better than stock!
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:53 AM   #97
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New exhaust looks way nicer than the stainy.

How many k's you got on it know Joe?
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:54 AM   #98
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Yeah, it looks nicer and sounds much nicer too.

The bike now has 12000 on it. Condo was supposed to be this year for me......maybe next year.
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Old 07-20-2012, 04:58 AM   #99
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yea me too mate
maybe we should start a sunny coast team.
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Old 07-20-2012, 03:17 PM   #100
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Yes, this may be just the motivation I need to do it. It might lock me in so I can't back out of it!!
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Old 07-20-2012, 06:20 PM   #101
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Seeing as I might join the wr team I'm keeping an eye on this thread.

Have you looked at the bill Meyer seat?
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Old 07-20-2012, 07:28 PM   #102
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sweet bike, man! Thinking about buying one. Stock, would it do alright at 65mph?
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Old 07-22-2012, 12:51 AM   #103
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Nah, haven't looked into any other seats, the seat concept for most rides is great and adding the airhawk for any major distance rides is perfect.

65mph is easily doable on a stock bike, no problems at all. I wouldn't want to do it with no wind protection or stock seat for more than an hour or so though.....
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:46 PM   #104
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Oh, by the way, what welding setup do you have for aluminim? I saw it was mig, but I've never used gasless on aluminum.
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Old 07-31-2012, 09:31 PM   #105
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How do you find the added weight and width of the tank over the OEM one on the single trail?
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