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The only thing I thought I might have messed up would have been installing the dog bone incorrectly. I put it curve down, like in your photo and assumed that the L and R plates made sense that they were "read right". Seems I managed to get all that correct after all.

Thanks for the picture and additional confirmation.

Thanks again.

Rally Raid / ~4 mm of clearance between L2 rear shock and swing arm?
« on: March 31, 2020, 11:50:58 PM »
... is this normal?

Hi all:

I finished swapping out my L1 suspension with an L2 kit and noticed that there is very little space between the swing arm and shock spring. So little that some of the spring coating got chewed up during installation. I didn't notice this as an issue with the L1 shock (though I didn't really look). Is it OK for it to be that close? I'm wondering if I did something during the install.

Rally Raid / RRL2 rear install on '13 - Where/what to bash on exhuast
« on: March 21, 2020, 10:48:10 PM »
I love the RR hardware, but their instructions could a use improvement.

I'm installing a L2 kit on a '13 and found a comment in this thread,,5958.msg57669.html#msg57669, about having to hammer on the stock 2013-15 exhaust to allow swing arm travel.

Unfortunately the fitting instructions on the RR site don't make any mention of this.

does anyone where and how much needs to be reshaped?

Tyres and Wheels / Re: NEW Dunlop Trailmax Mission on 2019 CB500X
« on: March 12, 2020, 01:26:10 AM »
I wanted to try the Trailmax, but went ahead with the tried and true TCK80s. I figured that I'd wait to hear other folks rant or rave about the Dunlops.

Tyres and Wheels / Re: NEW Dunlop Trailmax Mission on 2019 CB500X
« on: March 08, 2020, 08:02:15 PM »
*Originally Posted by VA-CB500X [+]
But isnít the correct size for the CB500X rear tire a 160, not a 140/80 17?

Yes, for the stock wheels. Rally Raid recommends 140/80 17 for theirs.

Tyres and Wheels / Re: NEW Dunlop Trailmax Mission on 2019 CB500X
« on: March 03, 2020, 10:31:57 PM »
*Originally Posted by ncroadtoad [+]
Having a hell of a time finding a 140/80B17 here in the U.S.

I'm looking too. Let us know if you find any.

Suspension / Where to buy fork preload caps for 2013?
« on: February 21, 2020, 04:21:06 AM »
Any suggestions on where to buy fork preload caps for a 2013?

I think the OEM part for a 2016 is "BOLT ASSY., FR. FORK 51450-MR8-003" which seems to run about $70 each.
There is one on Amazon for about $50 each (SSR Showa), but no reviews or feedback.
eBay has a bunch between $12 - $20 each, but the build quality seems a bit sketchy based on the photos.

Any suggestions of where else to look or perhaps a specific purchasing recommendation?

CB500X - General Chat / Re: RR kit or new bike
« on: February 20, 2020, 01:49:47 AM »
*Originally Posted by Triskelion [+]
the cost of the upgrades plus what I paid for the bike is bringing me dangerouslly close to the price of a new tenere 700. What am I to do?

A few folks have recently posed this question (myself included). I ultimately decided on going the RR route (Liz @ RR was very patient with me and my vacillation) because the sales tax/license/dealer fees alone on a comparably equipped, but well used replacement was nearly half the cost of the RR upgrades. Buying something new (like a T7) would easily cost double my out of pocket even with any resale value my 2013 has plus whatever I budgeted for the RR bits.

I'm still discovering if I perfer pushing further away from paved roads and camping more or churning through highway miles to reach the next scenic route with the occasional hotel stay. The modified CB was the cheapest way for me to easily explore both of those paths.

Rally Raid / Anyone in the Pacific Northwest with an L2 I could check out?
« on: February 04, 2020, 06:52:02 AM »
I have a '13 with the Lvl 1 suspension and am wanting something for more serious off-pavement riding. So while considering various options* I was wondering if anyone in the Seattle-ish area with a Level 2 bike would let me come visit? I'm not looking to take a bike for a test ride, but would really appreciate being able to throw a leg over and get a feel for it.



*L2 suspension & rims would be ~$2,600. Add that to what what selling my CB might fetch I'm into the price range of a well frakled DR650 and stretch away from an older F800.

I park near the most expensive bikes in the parking lot.

My muddy and ragged CB looks much worse next to a shiny Harley or BMW.

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