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  1. gozfast

    Broken ankles w/X-rays, prognosis?

    Fixed my original post to clarify. Thanks
  2. 2-1/2 months ago, I broke both ankles overjumping a 70' tabletop and flatlanding hard about 85' out from around 20' up. Both talus bones are broken among others. My left ankle took the worst of it and received surgery two weeks after after the incident when the major swelling was down a little. At six weeks out, I started to put weight on my better right leg in hope of getting around on crutches and out of a wheelchair. Now, at 10 weeks, I'm in a fracture boot and still can't make it more than a lap around my living room in severe pain using the right leg with crutches. On my left leg, the extra pins have just been pulled and I'm in a fracture boot on that side too now with prescribed total immobilization and no weight bearing on it for another six weeks. Dr. Mark, could you please take a look at my before and after surgery X-rays and let me know if I should be trying to walk on my right leg or why it still hurts so much after 12 weeks. On my shattered left side ankle, what do you think your prognosis would be for my recovery. What functionality might I lose and what kind of timetable might I be looking at. My ultimate goal is to get back on the bike again. I'm no kid anymore, I'm 46 and know this won't be easy. Left ankle Before X-rays: http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp330/gozfast/LeftSideBefore.jpg http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp330/gozfast/LeftFrontBefore.jpg Right ankle Before X-rays: http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp330/gozfast/RightSideBefore.jpg http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp330/gozfast/RightFrontBefore.jpg Left ankle After X-rays: http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp330/gozfast/LeftSideAfter.jpg http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp330/gozfast/LeftFrontAfter.jpg Right ankle After X-rays: http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp330/gozfast/RightSideAfter.jpg http://i424.photobucket.com/albums/pp330/gozfast/RightFrontAfter.jpg
  3. Well, I overjumped a 70' table and flatlanded about 85' feet out from around 20' up. I severely broke both ankles on impact (8 bones total) and now get to have surgery and spend the next three months in a wheelchair. I had some nice, but budget minded boots and would like to get the best protection available next time. Believe me, after spending three months not being able to walk, price is no object. My main concern is protecting my ankles as much as possible. Anyone have experience with top end AStars, Sidi's or SG12's? P.S. Quitting has never entered my mind.
  4. Does anyone know for sure if the Riverside MX track is still open? This was one of my favorite places to ride, but I haven't been able to get out there for a while. I know they were seriously flooded out a while back and then with all the recent hurricanes, who knows? I wanted to ride there over the long weekend, but their website is gone and I can never get an answer on any of the old phone numbers I still have. It's a two hour drive for me and it kind of makes it hard to plan when you can't "call before you haul".
  5. Does anyone know for sure if the Riverside MX track is still open? This was one of my favorite places to ride, but I haven't been able to get out there for a while. I know they were seriously flooded out a while back and then with all the recent hurricanes, who knows? I wanted to ride there over the long weekend, but their website is gone and I can never get an answer on any of the old phone numbers I still have. It's a two hour drive for me and it kind of makes it hard to plan when you can't "call before you haul".
  6. http://www.timesenterprise.com/content/1/5461/Board+rejects+requests.htm To those people that think they can run any damn, ear bleeding loud exhaust they want just because they're on a track and not out in the woods, I give you this. All the riders running Jemco, TA, Supertrapp, gutted, blown out packing, race pipes etc., you need to pull your head out of your ass and smell the exhaust. I ride (well used to ride) at these places and they're going to be forced to close because of NOISE. When will riders stop buying these exhausts and ruining it for the rest of us. Trust me, you're not any faster, you're just annoying more people. Since this has become a problem around here, the city council has said the tracks in question can remain open if they pass a, get this, 75 db noise limit. It seems we should have addressed this before it became a problem, it's too late now here.
  7. I would like a Toy Hauler but a new tow vehicle is absolutely not in the budget. I have a sweet, perfect condition '99 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner (2WD) with a V6 and the TRD package. I've already added air bags to the rear suspension, a trans cooler and electronic brake hookup. The truck has a maximum 5000# tow rating. Right now I pull a small travel trailer, put two bikes in the truck bed and one in the camper. All of the ones that I found advertised as "lite" still go over 5000# when I add the bikes. I would really like the simplicity of loading all the gear in a Toy Hauler, but does anyone know of one that will work with my current rig?
  8. gozfast

    changing tires

    Here's a trick for you that I use. Lay the new tire flat on the ground while you're taking the old tire off. Take a hair dryer and place it inside the new tire where the innertube would normally sit. Turn the hair dryer on low so the warm air blows around the inside of the tire in a circle. This gets the rubber nice and hot and pliable by the time you have the old tire off, and makes the new one WAY easier to mount. I learned to do this on my street bike tires which are typically much harder to mount than a little dirt bike tire. Some people say they lay the new tire out in the sun before they mount it, but this heats it unevenly and only on one side, and doesn't work nearly as well.
  9. gozfast

    '05 countershaft spacer DANGER

    I tried to order a new washer from my dealer to replace the one that shattered, and I was told that they are on indefinite backorder with no delivery date. I think Honda may have realized that there may be a problem with the outer washer material they used in the new '05 design, and they don't want to sell any more of them. I don't know for sure. I ordered a '02-'04 design one piece spring washer to replace it. I'll use the .030" Fastway spacer and the .030" washer I made and be done with the problem.
  10. gozfast

    '05 countershaft spacer DANGER

    It was the outermost washer that broke. It's the new one that has a step in it that locates the I.D. of the separate spring washer. This washer is made of a hardened steel material that apparently is very brittle. It's not made of aluminum. Mine shattered into a dozen pieces. I would assume that it could possibly do the same thing if a rock suddenly got caught between the sprocket and the engine case, sending a shock outward through the washer. I'm not sure why Honda changed the design or used that brittle of a material for the new washer but I guess they wanted to make it "better". Just to warm it up for a oil change, I bolted it up with my old design spring washer from my 250, but I used the new spacer I made just to be safe. After looking at mine, my dealer ordered up a couple of spares to have in stock, because he thought he might see more of these breaking on other bikes.
  11. gozfast

    '05 countershaft spacer DANGER

    I dunno, I made mine from a standard M8 washer which is about twice as thick as you want. Let me tell you it was a PITA grinding down that little bastard. I don't think you have a choice though.
  12. gozfast

    '05 countershaft spacer DANGER

    Ga426, If you use the stock chain or a non O or X-ring chain you don't need to add the spacer to accommodate the wider chain. No extra spacer, no problem.
  13. gozfast

    '05 countershaft spacer DANGER

    Sorry, I meant to put this in the CRF450 forum.
  14. I installed a X-ring chain on my '05 450 and used the Fastway countershaft spacer. I think the new '05 uses a different arrangement to hold the countershaft on than the '02-'04. Mine has a large stepped washer behind the bolt which holds the larger spring washer that rides on the face of the sprocket. The stepped washer is hardened and very brittle. Moving the sprocket out with the Fastway spacer leaves a gap between the end of the splined output shaft and the stepped washer when the bolt is torqued down, creating a lot of stress. My hold down washer exploded less than two hours after it was installed. Luckily, my sprocket didn't come all the way off, possibly saving me some major engine damage on a brand new bike. I measured the clearance between the pins on the chain and the case with the spacer installed and it came out to .035". The Fastway spacer is .030" thick, so without it you would have only .005" clearance. With even just a little bit of grunge or mud on the chain this wouldn't be enough. The solution is to use the Fastway spacer and make a matching .030" thick washer that fits between the end of the splined shaft and the stepped washer. This should bring all the tolerances back in line and eliminate the loaded stress in the hardened washer. All you '05 users who want to use a O-ring or X-ring chain should be aware of this potentially dangerous problem using the Fastway spacer alone, and fix it before something bad happens. Now my bike is laid up because I have to order a stupid broken washer.
  15. I installed a X-ring chain on my '05 450 and used the Fastway countershaft spacer. I think the new '05 uses a different arrangement to hold the countershaft on than the '02-'04. Mine has a large stepped washer behind the bolt which holds the larger spring washer that rides on the face of the sprocket. The stepped washer is hardened and very brittle. Moving the sprocket out with the Fastway spacer leaves a gap between the end of the splined output shaft and the stepped washer when the bolt is torqued down, creating a lot of stress. My hold down washer exploded less than two hours after it was installed. Luckily, my sprocket didn't come all the way off, possibly saving me some major engine damage on a brand new bike. I measured the clearance between the pins on the chain and the case with the spacer installed and it came out to .035". The Fastway spacer is .030" thick, so without it you would have only .005" clearance. With even just a little bit of grunge or mud on the chain this wouldn't be enough. The solution is to use the Fastway spacer and make a matching .030" thick washer that fits between the end of the splined shaft and the stepped washer. This should bring all the tolerances back in line and eliminate the loaded stress in the hardened washer. All you '05 users who want to use a O-ring or X-ring chain should be aware of this potentially dangerous problem using the Fastway spacer alone, and fix it before something bad happens. Now my bike is laid up because I have to order a stupid broken washer.
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