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Old 03-06-2013, 09:53 AM   #1516
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I ordered the progressive fork springs from Progressive Suspension the other day. I called and talked with tech and he said that the Sertao has a spacer in there, but when I last pulled the top cap there was no spacer to be found. The stock spring meets the cap. What gives?
So when I get the progressive springs, and compare them to the length of the stockers and find that suppose they are shorter than stock springs by let's just say an inch, should I just get some pvc (same diameter) and cut the spacer to make the progressive springs equal the length of the stock springs? When I pulled the top caps the first time it didn't seem like there was much preload. Could I try adding a quarter inch of spacer to give it a little more?
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give it a shot! see what happens.
that is how a lot of people do their fork spacing.
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Old 03-06-2013, 11:23 AM   #1517
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Maybe this can help..
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:08 PM   #1518
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Maybe this can help..

Looks like 5 is a spacer?
Not in my fork

Also, 15-4-3 and 14 are not there either. I'll pull the topcap off again but I also think I don't have a 6. My topcap screws on and just under it is the spring. That's it
WTF?!
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:27 PM   #1519
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All set. Word of advice; Never chat online with Progressive. I think they hooked me up with Aunt Bea!
I talked with a guy in tech and he said as I suspected, to cut the spacer they provide to sit on top of the progressive spring (shorter than stock) so I protrudes anywhere from a half to 3/4" above the top of the fork. It all depends on the depth of the recess in the topcap. They also provide the washers that sit between the spring and the spacer.
All set!
Can't wait till spring!
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Old 03-06-2013, 05:33 PM   #1520
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All set. Word of advice; Never chat online with Progressive. I think they hooked me up with Aunt Bea!
I talked with a guy in tech and he said as I suspected, to cut the spacer they provide to sit on top of the progressive spring (shorter than stock) so I protrudes anywhere from a half to 3/4" above the top of the fork. It all depends on the depth of the recess in the topcap. They also provide the washers that sit between the spring and the spacer.
All set!
Can't wait till spring!
Great, let us know how it handles after the upgrade.
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Old 03-06-2013, 06:41 PM   #1521
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Thumb 7/8 pro taper bars + stock heated grips + shorai battery

ok here is some good info for you guys thinking about ditching your shit stock bars. Alskee i think you are one of them.

i picked up 7/8 pro taper Henry/Reed bars today (they have the crossbar).

the stock bars cant fit "busters" on 'em because the fags at BMW decided they wanted to give the business to blah blah blah.. screw it. the stock bars suck.

if you want to retain your heated grips and switch out your bars its easy.

you will need to drill a hole where your horn lights signals switch is because that switch has a nub that sticks out into the bars. maybe you can remove it but i didnt try.

the stock bars are also drilled and tapped with ttwo screws that hold the left grip on. you may think that you need to drill and tap the bars. nah, this is what you need.

go buy some dry lube.
file the lip off the inside of the stock left grip
spray dry lube all over the new handle bar
spray dry lube inside the stock left grip

using lots of man force, twist and turn that fucker onto the handlebars as far as you can get it.

2. pick up dead-blow-hammer and hammer that biotch the rest of the way on there.

its on there so tight that the 2 screws are not needed.

on another note. my (correct polarity) shorai battery came in today.
fits perfect.


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Old 03-06-2013, 08:14 PM   #1522
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Swamp, I love your technique.. lol, awesome.

I managed to heat my bars and bend it back to place over the weekend. I have the same bars on my woods bike not sure I'll like them for long jaunts on the highway. I'm still looking into a similar bar dimension. I have a big trip coming up this Summer and its going to take alot of interstate to get to the real fun stuff. Another thought I had was to have a friend weld a crossbar on for me guess it can give it a bit more rigidity.

Digging your project, better hurry spring is around the corner. Keep the photos coming.
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Old 03-06-2013, 08:44 PM   #1523
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im working on it every day.

ive also got a big trip coming up with this bike.

im riding to Panama on it. trying to get out of town by April 10th... going to be cutting it close.

did you notice the forks in the last pic
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Old 03-06-2013, 09:22 PM   #1524
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im working on it every day.

ive also got a big trip coming up with this bike.

im riding to Panama on it. trying to get out of town by April 10th... going to be cutting it close.

did you notice the forks in the last pic
aha! I knew there was something different but figured you didnt get them yet as they were being revalved. Lucky dog! Nice!

So how was the install?

Damn, April 10th!! That's cutting it close

I'm leaving July doing the TAT up to the end of Utah, unfortanetly work/family is getting in the way of things. But the way I see it, I'll get as much as I can while I can. Time isn't in our side so use it wisely.

Panama, pretty awsome. In a few years from now I'll do a 5-6 months ride from NYC to Tierra del fuego and back. The TAT is just a warmup
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:05 PM   #1525
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what kind of tires are you running on the TAT ?

if you get ballsy , try this route :
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GPS data here:
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.........getting close.
just need my wheels , pegs, skid plate, center stand, radiator guards, need to fix the ABS and then. put the subframe back on, install my Leo slip on and then put humpty dumpty back together again






.... you dig ?
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:01 AM   #1526
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:26 AM   #1527
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Thanks for the lithium heads up! :)

When a battery is cold, one "tip" thats supposed to help is put the headlight on. Giving any battery a bit of work to do heats it up, so it should then give you more beans to start without too big a drain before you need it.

Not a cure all but might help :)
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:31 AM   #1528
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What are your first impressions? You already have her out in the dirt... Dirty girl!
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:49 AM   #1529
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what kind of tires are you running on the TAT ?

humpty dumpty back together again

.... you dig ?
Wow! Looks so freaking hardcore! Performance will be exceptional! Keep those pic's coming it's looking good and your doing a great job. Digging the front fender, when I do mine I'll keep the OEM like the look of it. Hopefully its not that hard.

As for the TAT, unfortanetly I'll be riding from NYC all the way to OK. Due to time I will not be able to ride the eastern part of the TAT. But since I never ridden the Western part ever I'm stoked to be starting there instead . I'm traveling light hoping to get upto 30lbs of gear camping and tools, etc. Tires for the first part of interstate will be K60 Scouts. On my arrival to OKC I'll change to Kenda Big Block tires. Fresh rubber for the hard part of the ride w/ an oil change. That should take me all the way to the end of Utah then slab it back to the airport to ship the bike back to NYC. Found a cheap way to ship using Terminal to Terminal shipping.

That looks like an incredible trip you took there, that was you right? It's rides like that which will last good memories forever.

Overall, keep up the good work and keep them pic's coming. I'll be picking your brain once your done so I have enough info on hand when my times comes to upgrade the front and wheels. I agree no need for the ABS, never ridden w/ it in the past (my other moto's dont have ABS) and it doesn't help in the trails. But it would be nice to just ride and shut it off instead of stopping then shutting it off.

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Old 03-07-2013, 04:33 PM   #1530
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SWEET!
What are your first impressions? You already have her out in the dirt... Dirty girl!
im really quite suprised at how capable it is off road on the std tyres, i tried a few hill climbs and it happily handled it all :) there'll be very little ill have to do to make it a perfect mid range adv bike.


one little gripe i do have that i have to take up with the dealer is the routing of the drain line for the battery, it was left hanging and has dripped acid down some of the engine covers :S
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