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  1. GP

    Shinko Cheater vs IBEX video review

    I think you will be happy with that. Coming from a TT, it only brakes and corners better so you won't be missing anything there, just trades a bit of absolute traction on obstacles that only the radial can provide in extreme cases. Next year I'll try siping a 505 once it wears down, I suspect it will extend the life a few rides as it did with the 525.
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    Shinko Cheater vs IBEX video review

    I think what Goatse rides, as I do, is primarily large embedded rocks that don't move and must be negotiated as obstacles. Or to put it another way, a rock trail with some dirt sections. That MT trail looks awesome and has a lot of good dirt, we don't have that much dirt here locally, the trail gets boney fast with use. All this stuff tears up large spaced sort tires unless it's wet. When dry the IBEX knobs stick real well and flex hard, and they shear off. The 525 seems to wear instead of shear, but it goes away fast as well if used dry. Right tool for job guys, no one answer!
  3. GP

    Shinko Cheater vs IBEX video review

    I ride tech rock stuff mostly. If you like the TT but want a bit more versatility try the 505 if its not too wet. 525 when its wet. They work well, hold up for their intended use, and their price is good. If your a rock crawler you will destroy an IBEX. My experience is like Goatse's.
  4. GP

    2018 300rr over oiling?

    250 has enough and keeps your clutch skills sharper. 300 lets you get lazy. I also find that racing the 250 takes less energy, but I've known that for years after switching from KTM300s to GG250s.
  5. GP

    2018 300rr over oiling?

    You might be surprised how the 250 feels lighter then. It can be ridden more aggressively, but it doesn't have to be.
  6. GP

    2018 300rr over oiling?

    Low tech ratio Rite for the win! Just make a sharpie mark at your ratio for each fuel volume increment. Fast, don't even need the cheaters on then! For the trail or dual sport, small plastic bottles marked in gallon increments. It blows my mind how some people think this is enough of a hassle to justify that OI system.
  7. GP

    Hernia recovery

    I was all set to get mine fixed and then had my appendix burst and almost kill me. This was early '16. Once recovered from that mess, it was spring so I rode all of '16 with compression shorts. Got it fixed late '16, 6 weeks before I could hit the gym. One thing to consider, ask your doc, the traditional way (open) is more invasive and a slightly more painful the first couple days but a better repair than the laproscopic. I had no choice due to the scaring from infection, lapro a no go, but my surgeon prefers the open anyway. This is pretty common, I know more guys with this repair than not. Some done twice.
  8. GP

    2018 300rr over oiling?

    "OI is fine, its the future, Beta wouldn't have put it on the bike if it was bad. You internet blowhard know-it-alls just need something to complain about." 2 weeks later.... "Why does my lower end make squeaky noises?"
  9. GP

    2018 300rr over oiling?

    Exactly. To see how its engineered and crudely implemented on a price point is enough to not give it a chance to fail. It amazes me that some people are ignorant enough to really believe that the mfg. knows best, and the consumer is just a whiner about small or non-existent issues. What bullshit. They are in business to make the most $$ possible. That means spend as little as possible per unit on a system that is required to sell as many units as possible.
  10. GP

    Fork oil is BLACK

    Base alloy has a major say in the color. Here is a set of Marzocchi 48mm uppers, more of a gold/green tint shade. I sent these to Steve, along with the Zoke and KYB cartridges. All slightly different colors from the same process.
  11. GP

    Fork oil is BLACK

    That's an example of what I mean by a user variable. Way too long, but in this case considering the forks history of coating failure with far less hours, its not a primary cause. Likely that oil was black at 15 hours, but all the extra time didn't do the other parts any good.
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    Fork oil is BLACK

    Cartridge tube inner wear. Rods were fine and still are. I'll likely do the rods and uppers this winter simply because of age. Don't neglect rebound piston bands. Don't just look, MEASURE them.
  13. GP

    Fork oil is BLACK

    The fouling would be a combination of the anodizing(harder) being worn off, plus the soft base metal underneath. What happens then is the cartridge walls also start to wear from the fouled oil migration, and contribute. Its a cascade effect. Also, but not relative to the issue, there is usually some normal/light steel contamination from the spring/tube interface. As I said before, IMO this issue is a combination of things, not just poor anodizing, although a good T3 coating WILL take care of it. I have a set of KYBs with around 300 hours on them, ridden very hard. I have already had Steve hardcoat the cartridges because they just wore out. The uppers are fine, in great shape. Production Yamaha KYB SSS from the YZ250F doner ARE NOT T3 hard coated. There is much more in play here, from engineering, manufacturing, and user variables.
  14. One good look at that POS OI system a few years back and I knew it would play out this way for some unfortunate people. Shame, because with good mix it's an exceptional motor in every way.
  15. I had the TSB done and it helped, but its still mapped for mpg in Drive. I had two Tundras, they did the same thing shifting up fast but with all the 5.7L torque they could pull the taller gear that the 3.5L can't, so it shifts back down on the first small hill. If they set the truck up so that the ECT PWR mode was default(and this is a fairly easy mod), and the switch said "ECO" like some other vehicles, no one would complain. Just look at it and drive it that way if the road is hilly and making it shift a lot. If I drive my wife's 3.5L Pilot and watch the tach it shifts and behaves very much like my Tacoma with ECT PWR on, but cuts out a couple cylinders when load drops to save fuel(which is another problem). I'm at 5K miles on my '18 now and with ECT PWR on I drop from 21.5 mpg to 20.5 mpg on my commute to work on backroads with small rolling hills. With the bike and gear in the back on the highway at 70 with a few hills its fine like this and still gets over 19mpg. 5th and 6th are both overdrive gears in this trans and you can always lock one or both out in S4 or S5 as well. If I needed to tow a camper again I'd get another Tundra in a heartbeat. Most reliable vehicles I have ever owned.
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