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Old 08-06-2013, 08:50 AM   #61
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Hi all
Got me a repairable written off 2012 f800gs 6000km a few months back
It's now licensed and is pretty sweet with a few deep scratches.
I had the front end bottom out in ruts and it was scary so I'm
Spending the money for a race-tech setup!!!
It's at a motorcycle engineering shop in
Western Australia at the moment and will get it back in a few days time.
I'm a heavy rider 110kg and love extreme off road
Willing to take this thing anywhere.
Will let everyone know what I think of the setup when I get
a chance to Ride it hard off-road !!

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Old 08-08-2013, 12:02 AM   #62
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Traxxion cartridges in the post Should arrive 16th August.
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Old 08-08-2013, 02:33 AM   #63
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mine are somewhere this side of Melbourne

took for bloody ever... but at least its happening now..........

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Old 08-11-2013, 11:22 PM   #64
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According to the tracking number ( UPS ) my Traxxions have been delivered. See what is there when I get home!
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Got home at 4:30 this afternoon and no package despite UPS showing proof of delivery. Now to start trying to find out where it is.

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Old 08-12-2013, 01:21 AM   #65
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mine got yet another 'departure scan' in Melbourne again this morning.....

(thats the 3rd time they've 'left' melbourne )



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Old 08-12-2013, 11:34 PM   #66
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mine just arrived.... bang on time...!


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Old 08-13-2013, 12:58 AM   #67
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mine just arrived.... bang on time...!


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weeeeellllll? Its been an hour and a half, Surely theyre installed, test ridden and a full report done for the rest of us waiting eagerly!
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:15 AM   #68
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weeeeellllll? Its been an hour and a half, Surely theyre installed, test ridden and a full report done for the rest of us waiting eagerly!

yep, almost


nah, still painting... but hope to get the forks at least out tonight... (sigh, and got a pretty busy one tomorrow )

did a bit of a search for an 'install thread' for these... doesnt seem to be one... (i know, they're a piece of cake, and come with instructions...) I'd still like some pictures

so, anyone know of an AK-20 install thread/report....?


thanks!
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:50 AM   #69
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Louise picked mine up from the LPO this afternoon. They went from UPS to Star-track air freight to Australia Post!

Never pulled a USD fork apart so Saturday will be a bit of a learning curve. Tips anyone?

I forgot to ask Dan for the tool kit. I guess I will have to improvise the cap tightening tool. Hope there isn't anything else special required!
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Old 08-13-2013, 02:03 AM   #70
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I forgot to ask Dan for the tool kit.


tool kit? what tool kit?

looks like we're both in the same boat.......



i'm off to look at me forks....

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Old 08-13-2013, 02:37 AM   #71
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Have a look at the fork caps. They are a large inhex instead of the usual head head. I did a quick measure and it looks like 1 1/2' inside across the flats. I am going to grab a 1" UNC HT bolt tomorrow. It will need the head counterboring to go over the pre-load adjuster built into the new cap. An old 3/8" drive socket of any size will need to be welded to the threaded end of the bolt. Also round the corners of the bolt head to fit into the new fork cap.

I am fortunate I have access to a lathe to counterbore the bolt head but I am sure any machine shop do it for a minimal cash deal whilst you wait.

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tool kit? what tool kit?

looks like we're both in the same boat.......



i'm off to look at me forks....

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Old 08-13-2013, 03:21 AM   #72
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Dan and the crew at Traxxion

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According to the tracking number ( UPS ) my Traxxions have been delivered. See what is there when I get home!
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Got home at 4:30 this afternoon and no package despite UPS showing proof of delivery. Now to start trying to find out where it is.
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I fired of a quick email to Dan at Traxxion and had a very quick response. Investigations were implemented and the package was located in the Australia Post system.
The service and response from Traxxion was beyond reproach. A lot of businesses in Oz need to take a leaf out of their book and realise what customer assistance and satisfaction entails.
Kudos to Traxxion for fast response.
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:22 AM   #73
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i'm not sure you need to go to that effort... (Indy to the batphone! )

the instructions dont mention any torque settings for the caps... and from talkin to old mate Google, it seems the stock caps are only torqued to 20Nm.. and having loosened mine tonight they were not all that tight...

The top tripple clamp is also grabing right there to tighten it all up as well..

I'm thinking really good hand tight.....

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in other exciting news..

I've loosened the top caps, loosened the top tripple clamp (surprising how little effort was required to undo them too)

Took front wheel off, including calipers, got abs sensor out (if its stuck after taking the screw out, its just 'gunk' holding it in...)

got the 2 (per side) lower mudguard torx screws out... and found the top ones are seized... bent the torx key trying to undo em

freezer bags over the calipers, and a good dose of penetrating oil...

fingers crossed in the morning.....



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Old 08-13-2013, 03:37 AM   #74
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I've loosened the top caps, loosened the top tripple clamp (surprising how little effort was required to undo them too)
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The Triple clamp bolts are torqued to 17 ftlbs (23 NM) if I remember correct.

When you tighten them make sure to go from one to the other several times to make sure they are really tightened correctly.

Enjoy, I hope you have plans for a shock, you're going to want that next.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:07 AM   #75
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Just a few tips from my experience with these.
Be careful not to damage the old o-ring when transferring it from the oem caps to the new caps and they will work fine - no need for new ones. Hand tight was all the caps needed to be on mine.

Adjust the dampers and preload before you put the handlebars back on so there is room for the Allen wrenches. In my case the bars blocked access to the caps.

I ended up using 5W Amzoil and still had the dampening adjusters both out 4 turns.

Make real sure your springs are installed with the smallest diameter end at the top. This is supposed to be the end with the engraved rate on it, but check to be sure. If your springs are the same diameter at both ends, make sure it fits tight on the plastic buffer. If it can slip there at all, it will. Traxxion sent me a redesigned buffer which has a steel washer for the spring to sit on, perhaps this is now standard.

If you also ordered bushings and are replacing those while you are in there, measure the new ones or compare them to the old. The bottom (larger) ones need to be 2mm thick, not 1.5mm, or the sliders will fit so loose that the seals will leak.

Be prepared for a dramatic improvement in the front end - and the subsequent urge to upgrade your rear shock!
I absolutely love being able to fine tune my bike's suspension. The Elka shock has 4 adjustments and the Traxxion cartridges have three, plus the ability to change oil wt. I finally stopped tweaking the adjustments, front and rear. The bike has been transformed.

Good luck!
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