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Old 09-20-2011, 02:04 PM   #391
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What? My plans for long-stroke domination are ruined?

Just kidding... Chris has a 530, I've got a 450. Some of the pics are from his bike.
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:18 PM   #392
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So there IS more than one faring out there.

That faring is beautiful, it's making me rethink my DR purchase earlier this year.
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:53 AM   #393
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Just paid for a Race Supporter kit.

Best of luck Ned!
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Old 09-21-2011, 08:18 PM   #394
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Clamps

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- Clamping to the frame making a rock solid mount.

Here is a little preview of the lower mount.
This may be a silly question, but is there any concern that the clamp will work loose from the vibrations and abuse it will take?
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:03 PM   #395
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not at all, if you loctite it
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:34 PM   #396
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Aye, and the radiators will fall off before the nav tower does!

Great design fellas, very neat and minimalist - way to go!

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Old 09-22-2011, 12:16 PM   #397
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So the signs the nav tower may be loose is a lack of power and some overheating.

Not to mention the clouds of billowing stream...
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:48 PM   #398
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So the signs the nav tower may be loose is a lack of power and some overheating.

Not to mention the clouds of billowing stream...
Lower supports are a clearance fit around the studs. It is not a weight bearing location. The weight is carried from the friction by the clamping force of the 4 bolts in front of the head tube, bolt below the steering stop & a 6th bolt above the frame.

c.vestal screwed with this post 09-22-2011 at 10:30 PM
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:05 PM   #399
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Those nav tower mounts aren't going anywhere. I had a very crude version on my 525 when I wrecked spectacularly last spring. Im pretty sure the bike did a full front flip, twisted the forks in the triple, and launched me and my tail bag at least 10 ft. The mount had a slight bend in one of the front uprights.
His version is alot more robust than the one I made.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:27 PM   #400
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Lower supports are a clearance fit around the studs. It is not a weight bearing location. The weight is carried from the friction by the clamping force of the 4 bolts in front of the head tube, bolt below the steering stop, bolt above the frame.
True work of art c.vestal... Absolutely incredible. You've got some mad fab skills.
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Old 09-22-2011, 08:22 PM   #401
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I should have prefaced my question by saying that the nav tower looks amazing. As does the rest of the build on the bike.
I work in construction and love well made things, and this definitely falls into that category, hence my curiosity. (It takes some effort to pull me out of lurker mode).
If you don't mind one more clamp related question, here goes:
Are the clamped pieces metal to metal, or is this there some kind of gasket or spacer between the metals?

Wishing you all the best on the Dakar.
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:40 PM   #402
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push on and keep it comming

Ned! I was suppose to be sleeping, but I got stop reading the thread and seeing the awesome build! Cash support went your way immediately!

I am sure you have done the math, but do you have enough fuel capacity? A heavy 450 gets pretty thirsty in sand from my experience

Keep the dream and story alive!
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:17 PM   #403
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Shirt and stickers arrived! Go Ned.
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:54 PM   #404
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Old 09-28-2011, 07:58 PM   #405
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Munny sent. :)

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