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Old 03-21-2014, 03:31 PM   #61
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Mount new rear tire on extra wheel ,maybe a SC seat and lots of fiddling with the suspension and the carb .
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Good show! You did an awesome job, and it looks like it wants to go for a trip!
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Old 03-21-2014, 04:25 PM   #62
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Old 05-03-2014, 05:16 PM   #63
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I spent some time today adding a few more things and tomorrow I will start loading up the tools and spare parts.









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Old 05-11-2014, 03:24 PM   #64
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FINALLY took the XT out for a day of dirt .I found out some VERY important things.
1..I need to move some weight forward .I was loaded at about 50% and it was almost unridable on dirt/gravel roads.It felt like I was doing a wheelie,NO front end feel at all.
It was OK if I was standing , but if I say down I couldn't steer it.
2..A full on dirt front knobby made the problem worse,on pavement it was horrible.It felt like it was washing out in every corner.
3..Gnarly single track SUCKS with alum panniers. !!!.
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Old 05-11-2014, 05:32 PM   #65
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Try lifting the fork tubes up about 10-15mm, made a difference on my 250
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Old 05-11-2014, 06:30 PM   #66
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The XT350 Overland build .

They are already about 3/8" above the clamps .


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Old 05-12-2014, 12:08 AM   #67
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said it before and Ill say it again, those boxes need to come forward about 6-8".......
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:32 PM   #68
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said it before and Ill say it again, those boxes need to come forward about 6-8".......

Then I could not kick start it, as it is I have about 2" from my heel to the box .
I 'm going to move some weight forward, set the rear preload up a bit. ( less squat ) and do a little tuning on the forks.
Maybe I will move them forward a inch or so , every little bit will help.

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Old 05-12-2014, 03:48 PM   #69
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Then I could not kick start it, as it is I have about 2" from my heel to the box .
I 'm going to move some weight forward, set the rear preload up a bit. ( less squat ) and do a little tuning on the forks.
Maybe I will move them forward a inch or so , every little bit will help.

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I've caught the calf of my leg on the Trax boxes on my NCX, doing a dab here and there in mud when I was sliding around, and to be honest it spooked me quite a bit.

I have never had metal saddle bags before, let alone on a bike with knobby tires that I am playing around in the dirt and mud.

The visions of snapping a leg out in the boonies cooled my initial "Wheeee" lol

From then on it's no bags or soft ones when playing, or being waaaay more conservative if I have the metal boxes installed.
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I've caught the calf of my leg on the Trax boxes on my NCX, doing a dab here and there in mud when I was sliding around, and to be honest it spooked me quite a bit.

I have never had metal saddle bags before, let alone on a bike with knobby tires that I am playing around in the dirt and mud.

The visions of snapping a leg out in the boonies cooled my initial "Wheeee" lol

From then on it's no bags or soft ones when playing, or being waaaay more conservative if I have the metal boxes installed.

I ran some gnarly , muddy,steep , tree rooted single track this weekend and had the same thing happen.This is a gravel/dirt road only bike from now on. !!.hehe


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Old 05-16-2014, 01:10 AM   #71
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A good thing about metal panniers is they save your bike in some instances


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No kicking starter so the panniers are mounted WAY forward





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Old 05-16-2014, 08:22 AM   #73
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I measured last night and it looks like I can move the boxes forward about 2" and still use the kick starter.


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Old 05-18-2014, 07:00 PM   #74
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The XT350 Overland build .

So I moved my panniers forward 2" and it looks more balanced .I also built a front rack ,now mounting the Kolpin up front is just a experiment .The rack and the full Kolpin weigh 10.5#.With the Kolpin up front it blocks the headlight so I bought a 6 LED bar light for $18 and it really puts out some light !!. I don't know if the LED light is street legal and I'm sure Mr Law will probably let me know.If the Kolpin doesn't work out up front it's a 15 minute job to move it back




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Old 05-20-2014, 02:49 PM   #75
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I'm not sure about the extra weight up high on the front like that, but I do really like the look of that lightbar, super cool.

Hopefully moving the panniers forwards helps settle the handling of the bike.
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