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Discussion Starter · #61 ·
I only installed my 45deg street fitting for
The additional 175HP !
You have to get the angle just right to achieve
This level of performance gain..
Keep on trying ....Lol
After further testing it appears that 175HP may be optimistic - lol
 

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Discussion Starter · #62 ·
Saturday September 5 2020
Mileage 1,299
Today a day off and good weather came together.
I really wanted to ride but I thought I better take advantage of the weather
and turn some wrenches...
I can now climb the highest mountain , explore the wildest wilderness.
I can go where few men have dared go before..
I FEAR NO BATTERY
I NOW HAVE A KICKSTARTER
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Special thanks to buellzebub and TW-Brian


I was able to get the oil cooler installed .
I'm not sure how much it will help but I don't see how it could hurt.
There may be better options out there but this one is special.
I'm running it as a tribute to a great guy...
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I pull a trailer so I decided to go ahead and replace the clutch springs
With some heavy duty ones ..Heck I had the clutch out anyway..
These springs are supposed to apply twenty percent more pressure.
Hopefully they will prolong the life of the stock clutch plates..

And the last modification for the day was adding a small tool bag to
The back of the rack.. I like it
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After getting my mess cleaned up..
I dumped in a quart of 20/50 full synthetic oil ,
Threw about forty five pounds into the trailer.
KICKED her over and made a test run.
All seems well..
No oil leaks.
Could not make the clutch slip under hard acceleration in any gear.
The clutch now has a better feel at the lever..
The oil cooler sure gets hot..
ALL in all I'm happy with today's modifications..
One step closer to being ready for the great beyond
Mike from N.C.
 

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Discussion Starter · #63 ·
It's really quite easy. Almost intuitive, once you are in there. I saw that TWBigBlake posted instructions. But print off that pdf in post #24 as well as it has good photos. Post up if you have any questions while you are doing it.
Thanks NorthernSpy
 

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Discussion Starter · #64 · (Edited)
Wednesday September 9 2020
Mileage 1,326
Rant warning
In my opinion the engineer who designed the seat attachment point
Should be hung over a low burning fire..!!!
Why couldn't they just have the bolts go in from the side of the bike... CHEAP BASTARDS !!!!!!!!!!
You can't even see if the holes are aligned. All you can do is cram the bolt into a mud caked hole
Hope it goes in and by some miracle doesn't cross thread.....!!!!!!!!
Worst seat attachment point I have ever seen...!!!!!!!
Frickin bean counters.....!!!!!!!!!
Remember the good old days when there goal was to build a good motorcycle...
Unlock the helmet lock lift the comfortable hinged seat.
Battery, fuse block,tool kit , storage space right there ....
Heavy vinyl pouch on the bottom of the seat for paperwork and what not,..
If you need to remove the seat completely just slide it off the hinge pins...
I REALLY MISS MY BELOVED DT400
Im really liking the T-dub but here and there parts of it really suck!!!!

Very frustrated right now. There's got to be a better way
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oday I added the tinman's pannier mounts
I think they my be just a little tweaked , just like me.
At least the mounts can be adjusted unlike myself.
I think I will really like these when the panniers are all mounted
Up and the deal is done..
They are much more sturdy then the ones from cyclerack...
I looks like the rear turn signals may need to be relocated
To mount the panniers. What do you think?
One more step forward
Mike from N.C.
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Discussion Starter · #65 · (Edited)
Special thanks to RockyTFS for the deal on the
Set of tinmans racks
 

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Discussion Starter · #67 ·
Sunday Sept 13 2020
Milage 1,375
Until I can find the right tank bag
This cargo net will have to do...
It's working ok so far....
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Discussion Starter · #68 · (Edited)
Sunday September 20 2020....….( my birthday )
Mileage. 1,436
Today I slept in , didn't get up to almost noon.
I haven't been able to ride much.
The only gas station around here that sells non ethanol gas
has been out for almost a week..
Soon as they get some in I will tank up!!!!!
The only modification for today is that I added a couple of
1.75 gallon Rotopax fuel cans to the trailer.
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They are a little low for my liking , but I wanted to get them on there..
If I can find someone to Tig some aluminum brackets to the trailer.
I will raise them up four or five inches.
They make some low temp aluminum welding rod that works with
A regular propane torch .. I might give them a try.
Has anyone here used these types of rod ?
Mike from NC
I took the TW out for a ride. Didn't go far I'm on reserve
I threw in into some curves and turns pretty hard and they
Didn't scrape the road. I still want them higher for off road..
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I covet your trailer. I suspect that I would not worry about raising those Rotopax mounts, but I know better.

I have tried those low temperature aluminum welding rods with limited success. I will never try them again

Please post more about that trailer. I am married and She controls the checkbook.

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Discussion Starter · #72 · (Edited)
I covet your trailer. I suspect that I would not worry about raising those Rotopax mounts, but I know better.

I have tried those low temperature aluminum welding rods with limited success. I will never try them again

Please post more about that trailer. I am married and She controls the checkbook.

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Thanks for giving me the heads up on the rods. That's a lot of weight bouncing down the trail.
It will most likely require a good weld.. the rest of the welds on the trailer are fantastic..
If the better half controls the check book.
You better go pick up a couple of nice bottles of wine , some flowers and a good book on how to sweet talk the honey..
She will be writing a check for about three times what it's worth.. There will be a comma involved.. LOL
And that doesn't even include the box..
All kidding aside . If there is anything you want to know about the trailer
Just drop me a PM...
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Discussion Starter · #73 · (Edited)
Make sure your speedometer cable is lubricated and properly seated. It is up near the front tire.....


Tom
Thanks Tom
I gave the speedometer drive head a shot of spray grease today.
It worked like a charm. The speedometer needle is rock steady now.
That bouncing needle sure was aggravating..
 
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Discussion Starter · #74 ·
Monday September 21 2020
I forgot to mention sat morning a guy at work made me up a
( Duplicate ) temp tag on the computer and laminated it..
With a little splash of mud now I have something on the back of the bike.
 

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Discussion Starter · #75 · (Edited)
October 7 2020 Wednesday
Mileage 1932

No modifications since last post except for
Mileage and damage.
I just returned from uwharrie national Forest.
My first real vacation in years
Man o man did I enjoy it. OOOYEAAAAAA !
It might have been a little better if I had a riding buddy along...maybe.
No one else wanted to go..
( Gee there's no cell phone reception up there. What's the world coming to )
The weather was great. Lowest temp was 47 deg. Highs in the 70s .
I made the ride up and back ( about 175 miles round trip ) at an easy going 45 MPH .
The bike and trailer were pretty heavily loaded.
Once there I got in 41 hours on the trails and Forrest roads.
Speeds from 1 to 25 MPH

THINGS I LEARNED ALONG THE WAY
1, I do not know how to properly ride in deep gravel & sand. Sometimes I couldn't get over 5 MPH.
2, The trail covered with sharp jagged rocks ( pool ball to bowling ball size ) was my nemesis.
It was the only place I dropped the bike. The Jeep's covered them with slick wet clay..
3, When you drop your bike in the rocks you can easily break things...
I shifted the cyclerack towards the exhaust , sure wish it shifted the other way !
I must figure out how to fix this or the pannier will be right against the exhaust.
4, Airing down is important
I didn't get to air down till the last day . 20 to 9 PSI. WOW what a difference !
5, trailer idea needs work. Empty it's fine. Loaded heavy it can go into a tank slapper
Fishtail at anytime over 50 MPH. You have to ride a smooth line .. check your shorts time !
6, The T-dub is a breed all to itself. It requires a totally different riding style..
7, NEVER park close to another bike..
My bike was involved in a domino fall, a KTM 1200 Adventure bike fell on mine.
Suffered a broken GPS mount,bent clutch leaver,torn seat,small tank dent ,
Scratched plastic and a broken heart ! All six bikes bikes went down.
8, I really need a good heavy skid plate . Is the ricochet skid plate best ?
9, tent sizing is a joke. I could barely fit my helmet , food and me
In a three man Hillman backpacking tent..
10, At times I really felt a need for lower gearing.
Looking forward to the ATV tire and dual rear sprockets...
I am really looking forward to getting out there again when I get my three
new tires on the bike . Aired down of course...

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9, tent sizing is a joke. I could barely fit my helmet , food and me
In a three man Hillman backpacking tent..
Workingman, you got that right! We always divided stated occupancy in half in order to get an idea of actual usage. I remember being a young man camping with friends..."It's a six-man tent and there's only four of us, we'll be fine..." We were fine, however, rather uncomfortable sleeping in a dog pile!
 

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Discussion Starter · #77 ·
I'm looking at the Hillman 4 man tent for the next go around.
It's almost four times as expensive as the Hillman 3 man tent.
It's a pretty cool design and it has a decent storage area.
It too has aluminum poles and a repair sleeve so one
Small pole disaster doesn't ruin the hole trip
Unfortunately the storage area floor is bare Earth.
Anyone have any great suggestions on a good motorcycle
Tent that a man won't feel cooped up in ?
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Discussion Starter · #78 · (Edited)
January 1 2021
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY

The Tdub has just been sitting in the back yard covered up.
I guess I got bummed out about the damage the new bike took...
Heck it just didn't seem fair.
Heck I wasn't even involved didn't even get to see it happen..
Childish I know but I'm far from perfect..

The other day was uncommonly warm so I fired up the dub and took a
ride down to the stealership to pick up a few replacement parts.
The shop manager was checking out the bike and asked if I had full coverage.
He said considering the price of the bike , the price of the replacement parts
And the high cost of shop labor . The bike would probably be totaled.
I guess that's why bike insurance is so high...
The idea of starting over on a new bike didn't apeal to me at all..
The dub is no longer a machine it has become a family member..

I think my next step is to scrape up the 💰 for a shed to work in , pull my head
out of my arse and get back to work on explorer three
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January 9 2021

I went out shopping for a shed today.
As a member of the family the Tdub deserves it own room,
A place to live and grow up in,
It will have a roommate or two.

I am in sticker shock
A 12x24 with a garage door. 10,465
Corona virus sir charge. 2,115
Delivery. 311
Tax. 1,006
Total. 13,897
500 down 11% financing charge over five years
I guess the Little thing is going to have to live in a tent.
ohh hate being poor..
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January 9 2021

I went out shopping for a shed today.
As a member of the family the Tdub deserves it own room,
A place to live and grow up in,
It will have a roommate or two.

I am in sticker shock
A 12x24 with a garage door. 10,465
Corona virus sir charge. 2,115
Delivery. 311
Tax. 1,006
Total. 13,897
500 down 11% financing charge over five years
I guess the Little thing is going to have to live in a tent.
ohh hate being poor..
Mike from NC
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