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Old 02-25-2005, 12:46 AM   #21
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Yup,that's them.

They are stocked at most any hardware store. sized by the inside diameter and then by length.

Most will have them by inside diameters of 1/4 inch to over 2 inch ID, and lengths of from 3/4 inch to near 6 inches or more.
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Old 02-25-2005, 12:49 AM   #22
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We'll be doing his soon and I'll take plenty of pictures to show the whole process start to finish,no worries.
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Old 02-25-2005, 03:28 AM   #23
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Yup,that's them.

They are stocked at most any hardware store. sized by the inside diameter and then by length.

Most will have them by inside diameters of 1/4 inch to over 2 inch ID, and lengths of from 3/4 inch to near 6 inches or more.
LOL.. since the construction work involved in my house concerns rebuilding the bathroom, I've got a few pipe nipples at hand

thx for the info, I'll reserve a nipple for the bike
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Old 02-28-2005, 06:11 PM   #24
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what do you weigh?
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Old 02-28-2005, 06:37 PM   #25
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Who? Glenn?

He's a big dude, probably 6'1" or so and easily 225-230 by my estimate.

Looks like a better looking John Wayne and rides like Evel Kneivel (who, by the way, will be at AZ Bikeweek this year, lecturing and leading a ride).

All around great guy!
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Old 02-28-2005, 10:53 PM   #26
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Bmblbee,

Ha,I'm loosing a bit,down to 206 in my scivies. Probably that 220 in full riding gear.

I want to be about 190 by spring so she'll stand right up with out having to lift quite so much.
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Old 03-01-2005, 05:07 PM   #27
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I'm just asking, because the stock springs may be "just right" for a lighter rider...
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Old 03-01-2005, 05:41 PM   #28
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Nah

The stockers suck, plain as day. Even lighter riders would get benefits from switching to, say .85 Racetechs and lighter weight oil and a different spring out back. Cheapo suspension, easily improved upon.
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Old 03-01-2005, 06:09 PM   #29
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At least do the fork oil.

Then think about doing the dog bones with lowered front raised forks.

The problem is,without stiffening the forks,the added front loading will make it dive under breaking all the more.

Hey,bee,
Maybe it's just me and the way I like to ride that make it seem unhinged without the mods I did.

Though it didn't take me long to get comfortable on yours.

My bars and seat on yours and look the funggo out for me.
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Old 03-01-2005, 06:55 PM   #30
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Glenn,

What's the latest on Igor's Blue Beauty?
Does she have the suspension mod yet?
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Old 03-02-2005, 12:13 AM   #31
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Haven't done it yet. He went to work on the new job the last couple days and I was teaching a scuba class all weekend.

I've got your kit ready to ship to you.
I'll print up a set of directions for you to make it easy.

Aluminum dog bones and spacers at the correct length for the front.

I'll ship them to you tomorrow. We may do the suspension for his on Sunday.

I want to get it done and take pictures for you to follow along.

The jet kit was easy. The hard part is getting the carbs out and back in.

How's the move coming along. Did you get fined for our trailer being in your driveway while we were at your place?????

I sure hope not.
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Old 03-02-2005, 05:28 AM   #32
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No, no fines! (at least that we've been notified about yet)
We've got almost everything in boxes. The moving van comes Monday for the big stuff, and we start TOMORROW with the little stuff. I still have a couple of home repairs to make...thanks for asking.

While packing, i came across a CD I made for you. I'm sorry i haven't sent it yet (I'm getting old). I'll mail it out today.

Did you see this listing?
http://www.yamahafz1oa.com/forum/sho...threadid=32148

Should i guy those to modify, in case i screw something up?

PM me, when you get a chance...I don't remember hearing about Igor's new job. Please greet him for me.

I'm excited about receiving the suspension kit you made up...thank you!
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Old 03-02-2005, 07:12 AM   #33
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I found a source for custom machined pipe spacers, 3/8" sch. 40 pipe (which I'm assuming RavenRider used); they can be machined to custom length in increments of 1mm, with .05mm tolerance. No threads. $3 each, plus a little shipping. I'd be willing to order (and ship out) a few sets in +1" and +2" (there is a volume discount) as a service to other board members. They should come out to about 9$ a pair (tops) shipped to you, if I can get 5 or so sets of either size.

I'm going to order a set of each size this week, if anyone wants in, let me know. I'd be willing to trade a few pairs for a set of longer dog bones too.

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Old 03-02-2005, 08:22 AM   #34
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Measured the stock preload spacers that mount above the springs at 2.602".
Is this what you mean by stock preload spacer?

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Old 03-02-2005, 08:33 AM   #35
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You bet.

That is the one.

The cheapest way to go is to pick up a 3/8" X 4" threaded pipe nipple at the local hardware. Here they run $1.29 each.

Either cut off a bit more than 1/4" and then bench grind to 3.602" or just bench grind all the way.

Measure often as you get close or you'll just have to add a washer under it to get to the correct length.

Great picture of the spacer in question.
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Old 03-02-2005, 11:19 PM   #36
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You bet.

That is the one.

The cheapest way to go is to pick up a 3/8" X 4" threaded pipe nipple at the local hardware. Here they run $1.29 each.

Either cut off a bit more than 1/4" and then bench grind to 3.602" or just bench grind all the way.

Measure often as you get close or you'll just have to add a washer under it to get to the correct length.

Great picture of the spacer in question.
Thx for the info.
Picture came from Bigworm1's fork upgrade website.
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Old 03-03-2005, 10:46 AM   #37
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Are any special tools required to disassemble or reassemble the forks?
Also, how hard is it to grind the spacer to a consistent 3.602 around the entire circumference?

Raven, I'd like to buy a set of dog bones from you if possible.
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Old 03-03-2005, 11:03 AM   #38
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special tools

Rave,

I don't remember there being any special tools to get into my, or your, forks unless you count the shadetree air ratchet + screwdriver to get the fork tubes separated from the lower tubes which the front axle mounts through?

But just to do the mods we're talking about here you wouldn't need to separate them, so no worries there right?

Well, then there was that little mini screwdriver you fabbed on the grinder to let the Mad Igor tease out the fork oil seal retainer clips.... Oye.

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Old 03-03-2005, 12:36 PM   #39
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Todd 1qaz,

No special tools needed.

The spacers are no problem either.

I just hand hold them and grind one end at a time on my pedistal grinder.

I'm an ex machinist and millwright mechanic so I have the measuring tools to do it easally.

Just measure with a caliper.

To be honest,it ain't that critical. Just grind them to the same length as close as you can to 3 and 5/8 inches and don't worry about it.

It's just a spacer to hold the spring preload.

PM me with your address and I'll be picking up some aluminum for the dog bones in a day or so.

The machine shop was out of stock in the size required.
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Old 03-03-2005, 06:35 PM   #40
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Raven,
Your mailbox is full.

I took the forks off of the bike this evening. Piece of cake. I went to the hardware store looking for a 19mm allen socket to remove the axel bolt and ended up buying a chisel with a 19mm handle for four bucks. Worked like a charm. I should be able to get to the mod this weekend.
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