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  1. Thanks. First attempt the spacer didn't want to move so that's when I posted. After reading your response I tried again and got it. Ended up scoring the spacer a little, but easily remedied with a fine round file.
  2. Resurrecting an old thread... Great tutorial, but removing the old bearings is my problem. There is little to no 'lip' available on the race for a punch to catch. I have a fairly good range of different punches, but I can't find one that will catch the race. Any suggestions besides a blind bearing puller?
  3. And the best way to do that is to not buy their magazine. As much as I am interested in reading the article, I won't support a magazine whose editors forgot or ignored the whole premiss of the buildoff, and instead only offered their own biased opinions.
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    Clarke tank wire support thingy

    I use it on mine.
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    What GPS Unit Sould I buy? Mount kit?

    No, a GPS is a receiver only (the units we are talking about here). However, if you are lost or injured, can read your GPS and have a means of communication, you can relay the info.
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    What GPS Unit Sould I buy? Mount kit?

    To each his own. There's much more to it than just finding your way back to where you started riding. Topo maps show trails you might not find otherwise, lake and stream detail when looking for crossings, elevations and a lot of detail that helps when riding in unknown areas. Street mapping is good for finding nearby roads, facilities or whatever. But hey, if you want to stay in the dark ages of GPS, who am I to argue?
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    Spring rates del grande.

    I went to the heavier side because I have a larger fuel tank, and also a rack and tools on the back. Make up for the added weight with slightly stiffer spring rate.
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    511 vs 520 chain

    Not quite right. There are 428 and 525 chains, maybe others too. The second and third digits are combined for roller width, with a decimal point inserted between the second and third digits. For example, a 420 chain has a pitch of 4/8" = 1/2" ( 12.70mm) and a roller width of 2.0/8" = 1/4" (6.35mm). A 525 chain (the size my V-Strom uses) has a pitch of 5/8" (15.88mm) and a roller width of 2.5/8" (7.94mm).
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    What GPS Unit Sould I buy? Mount kit?

    I worried about the height of the GPS in a crash too, but after a few get-offs, my Magellan survived fine. The Ram mount gives before doing any damage to the unit. Haven't crash tested the 60Cx yet, hope it stands up as well.
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    FCR install

    Just run the petcock on 'prime' until you get a vacuum source.
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    What GPS Unit Sould I buy? Mount kit?

    I'm on my third unit. Had a Magellan Meridian for my DRZ, but found most people were using Garmin units, so sharing files was more difficult. Also, the Magellan screen resolution was not so good. Great reception though, even in heavy bush. It did have an SD card, so you could load more than fixed memory units. Then I bought a Garmin Street Pilot III for use on both bikes and in car. Thought I coud use it dualsporting until I got it and saw how large it was. It just looked too vulnerable on top of the bars in case of a get-off. Color was good and auto routing worked great for city stuff in the car, but now I had 2 different units, 2 different software programs and wanted one unit for everything. Down side was it uses Garmin proprietary cards which are expensive. I just bought a new Garmin 60Cx. This seems to be a great unit. The Cx has a MicroSD card for memory expandibility. Maps are getting more detailed, so this may be a factor. Older Garmins do not have the card, so the fixed memory limit what you can load. The new receiver in the 60Cx is excellent. Will even work in the house! Color screen is good in all but a few situations(looking into bright sun, low in the sky while trying to see the screen is difficult. Some kind of hood may help this). Also has autorouting if you want it. http://www.gpscentral.ca/products/garmin/60cx.htm If you have the money, I would go for a 60Cx or 60CSx over any of the lower priced older Garmins or even the Cx versions of the Legend or Vista. They can't match the reception of the 60Cx or 76Cx. The 76Cx is larger, but does float if you want it for water sports. The thing I didn't like about the 76Cx is it's larger size case(screen is same as 60Cx), and the buttons are above the screen. Your hand/fingers would cover the screen every time you use one of the buttons. The 60Cx buttons are below the screen. http://www.gpscentral.ca/products/garmin/76cx.htm Ram mounts are the only way to go, in my opinion. For power, you can use batteries or bike power. I have a cigarette lighter socket mounted to my cross bar, but will be changing to an automotive 2 prong plug. The lighter socket vibrates loose, so I use duct tape to hold it.
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    Distanzia Ride Report on SM

    There are different ratings available in 17" sizes, some under the Dual Sport category, and some under the Super Moto cat.
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    Distanzia Ride Report on SM

    Which type and speed rating did you go with? Supermoto http://www.avonmotorcycle.com/us/en/Product.asp?ProdType=SuperMotard&SubCat=32 or Dual Sport http://www.avonmotorcycle.com/us/en/Product.asp?ProdType=DualSport
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    flywheel from @$%&*#@

    So is there a problem with the Trail Tech flywheels? Can't the stator handle the output with the stronger magnets, quality control, or some other issue?