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Old 03-27-2013, 09:43 AM   #886
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I'll be in tent camping site #21, just north of the showers / restrooms...

C U there too!

edit: I just looked it up, it looks like you are right next door...
Yup!
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Old 03-27-2013, 09:45 AM   #887
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Installed a pair of TeslaLEDs (thanks George) and put some covers onto them.







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Old 03-27-2013, 11:35 AM   #888
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How do the Tessla's work? Are they fogs or spots, and is it a round beam or does it have a cut-off on top?

Too bad they are not black!

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Old 03-27-2013, 12:16 PM   #889
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I'll be in tent camping site #21, just north of the showers / restrooms...

C U there too!

edit: I just looked it up, it looks like you are right next door...
BTW, bring the person in your avatar just in case I forget a pillow.
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:04 PM   #890
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How do the Tessla's work? Are they fogs or spots, and is it a round beam or does it have a cut-off on top?

Too bad they are not black!

Jim
They're spots, check this link:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=767257
The white covering is additional plastic housing to protect the front rim. The housing is black painted aluminium.
For fog I use the Hella LEDs below.

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Old 03-27-2013, 02:21 PM   #891
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BTW, bring the person in your avatar just in case I forget a pillow.
I'm a pretty generous guy, but dude - no...
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:59 PM   #892
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BTW, bring the person in your avatar just in case I forget a pillow.
What a cheeky bugger.

Cheers

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Old 03-27-2013, 03:40 PM   #893
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I haven't done anything to it yet today, but I did this last night. About to go do more now.

Before



After



On the docket:
- replace alternator belt
- Install PIAA's
- Install Ohlins
- Seal front housing
- Replace seat block
- Rewire existing Farkles, and add fuse block
- Change Cam Tensioner
- Adjust valves
- Change FD Fluid, and lube splines
- Remove charcoal canister
- Replace brake lines with S.S. braided lines
- Maybe, put in beefier horn
- Maybe install black beak
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:47 PM   #894
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Ode to a tire changeÖ

Hey Macadamia, itís time to get ready for Death Valley
Letís put on some knobbies, traction for the rally
Started with the front, after studying up on the net
I can do this, you bet!

Itís starting to get dark, I hope I finish before night
Wheel removed no problem, axle seemed a bit tight
Using my new bead breaker, I begin to replace
Iím taking my time, but need to keep up the pace

Tire deflated, valve core removed
Using my titanium Tar Arns, the ones with the groove
Trying to bring the tire over the rim this stint
But I pull too hard and one of the titanium Tar Arns gets bent

I grab my huge tire lever to get more bite
This seems much harder than necessary, something isnít right
I finally get one side over the lip
I forgot my beer in the house, I need a sip

I then look at the rim and gasp in horror
Iím scratching the rim in very short order
Realizing my error, I reach for the lube
I spray the WD-40 on the tire; Iím such a nOObÖ

Old front tire off, not a minute too soon
I look up to see itís dark and a full moon
I slather the lube on the new tire in preps for install
Letís see if I can get this replaced before the fallÖ

New tire goes on without an issue
Not a tear in sight, no need for a tissue
New mini compressor unpacked and plugged in
Hope this one works well, else Iíll get my other one out of the bin

The tire pops not once but twice
I need a drink; something cold, something with ice
The front tire bead is set, on the very first try
Iím tired and hungry, I need a break before I die

I reinstall the front wheel and call it a night
I head to the house to get a bite
I sit down in my chair with my dinner dish
I fall asleep before I can finish

Next day I get up, raring to start
I need to change the rear tire before I depart
Rear comes off the bike, lickity split
This is going to be easy, I can feel itÖ

Rear rim lubed up, bead breakers in hand
Old rear tire off in 7 minutes, Iím the man
New tire on the rim in record time
I feel good about not having to pay someone, not a dime

30 minutes into the rear wheel, things start to go south
I just had to open my mouthÖ
The bead will not set, it will not pop
My new mini compressor was so hot I had to stop

My neighbor came by to lend a hand
His name is Steve, he plays in a band
Nothing we tried worked, the bead will not set
I decide to take a break and check the net

I research ďmotorcycle tire bead not seatingĒ
My hands are sore, theyíve taken a beating
I send a text to a friend , BigTodd, for advice
He says what to try, not once but twice

Try different lube, he says
Otherwise, youíll be at this for days
Use a strap and a tire spoon for twisting
Make that bead behave, make it stop resisting

I head back out after studying some more
Iím way over the savings, this is such a bore
I try everything BigTodd suggests
I suck at this tire changing, but I digress

Nothing works, nothing at all
Iím now 4 hours into this, Iíve hit the wall
I grab my iPad to see if there is something Iíve missed
By now, itís inevitable, Iím pissedÖ

I see some youtube videos with fire, explosion, and such
I consider this as unsafe, but maybe not so much
So I squirt some electrical contact cleaner into the tire
I grab an aim-n-flame to light this fire

I see a flame, a flash, then hear a single pop
Where was the second one I wonder, why did it stop
I turn the tire over to reveal the other side
By now, Iím fit to be tied

It is not seated, no not a bit
I take some deep breaths and try not to fit
I put the mini compressor back on the stem to inflate
But no matter, it does not turn out great

All but 4 inches of one side of the bead is seated
Iím feeling like the tire has won, I am defeated
Now 5 hours into the rear tire replacement
Iím desperately in need for some liquid refreshment

I run the new mini compressor until it is too hot again
I decide to try the old one, so I head to the bin
On the way there I see a device I had not thought of using
It is not on my list, not one of my choosing

It is a manual bicycle tire pump, but it cannot work, can it?
Nothing else has really worked , not one bit
I reinstall the valve core, back where it goes
I hope the air finally seats the bead, no body knows

I take some strokes with the pump, the pressure gauge shows air
This is taking way too long, it isnít fair
But lo and behold, I hear another pop
It startles me, enough to make me stop

I open my eyes to see spots on my safety glasses
Itís WD-40, dish soap and water Ė the lube of choice from my classes
I check the bead, it is now in place
Iíve beaten this tire, finally Ė a smile crosses my face
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:16 PM   #895
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The notorious 4 inches of bead that would not seat...





The finally finished rear tire...



The added 90 degree angled valve stem...

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Old 03-27-2013, 04:50 PM   #896
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Like the valve stems, do you have a linky to order them? Also does anyone know what size the valve stem hole is on the 12' R1200GS?

TIA
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:07 PM   #897
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Like the valve stems, do you have a linky to order them? Also does anyone know what size the valve stem hole is on the 12' R1200GS?

TIA
ask and receive you shall...

http://www.motorcycleanchor.com/tire_valves/index.htm
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:11 PM   #898
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Like the valve stems, do you have a linky to order them? Also does anyone know what size the valve stem hole is on the 12' R1200GS?

TIA
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:29 PM   #899
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Awesome, thank you!
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:34 PM   #900
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I tried this with that hiking compass and found that it became completely overwhelmed by the metal on my 1200GSA. It had no clue where north was.

Did yours work out in the end?


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I had to steal your idea and while looking for a compass at REI, I found one that was almost made for this application. I took some crappy cellphone pics.



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