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    Senior Member mattmus4357's Avatar
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    Had a long day with the TW. Started pulling it all apart at 10am. Changed the front & rear sprocket, new chain, and replaced the base gasket. Went ahead and put the 47t rear sprocket on, LOVE IT! Tonight wasn't the best night to test it out due to the 20+ mph winds but I can already tell a huge difference. Less vibrations at 55mph and it got up to 70 a lot easier. The base gasket was a chore, but it was definitely fun to take it apart and learn more about the bike. It's now ready for the 1100+ mile journey at the end of June!.



    Got a question though. Does anyone know what size the bolt is that holds the muffler on the rear frame? Apparently mine decided to commit suicide and jump out while riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattmus4357 View Post
    Had a long day with the TW. Started pulling it all apart at 10am. Changed the front & rear sprocket, new chain, and replaced the base gasket. Went ahead and put the 47t rear sprocket on, LOVE IT! Tonight wasn't the best night to test it out due to the 20+ mph winds but I can already tell a huge difference. Less vibrations at 55mph and it got up to 70 a lot easier. The base gasket was a chore, but it was definitely fun to take it apart and learn more about the bike. It's now ready for the 1100+ mile journey at the end of June!.



    Got a question though. Does anyone know what size the bolt is that holds the muffler on the rear frame? Apparently mine decided to commit suicide and jump out while riding.
    Sorry, don't know the size. But it is metric.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the red rider View Post
    But it is metric.


    I figured as much

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    Quote Originally Posted by the red rider View Post
    Sorry, don't know the size. But it is metric.
    I'm thinking it's 8x1.25 with a 12mm head maybe 19mm long. Best source is salvaged from an Asian import car. Better steel than the hardware store

    and 12mm instead of 13mm head. Hit up your local salvage yard
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    Quote Originally Posted by arbolmano View Post
    I'm thinking it's 8x1.25 with a 12mm head maybe 19mm long. Best source is salvaged from an Asian import car. Better steel than the hardware store

    and 12mm instead of 13mm head. Hit up your local salvage yard


    Thank you sir. I may grab one tomorrow.

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    I too am running that sprocket and yes, the vibration is way down, the bike should last a lot longer.

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    get a bolt that is a little longer and put a jam nut behind it. Mine came out twice, then I put the jam nut on, and no more troubles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverwing View Post
    get a bolt that is a little longer and put a jam nut behind it. Mine came out twice, then I put the jam nut on, and no more troubles.


    Good tip! I'll do that

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    1100 mile trip?? Spill it, where ya going??
    Only a fool would attempt it, and God help me, I am that fool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r80rt View Post
    1100 mile trip?? Spill it, where ya going??


    I'm going to do the Trans-Arkansas Trail (TART) from the Missouri border down to El Dorado, AR. Then plan another route back up to NWA. The TART itself is something like 543 miles, and I'm sure the return route will be just as long, maybe longer. I'm going to take the week off from work and just have fun with it.

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