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Suspension / Re: DIY 1 inch lowering and it's free for everyone.
« on: March 19, 2019, 09:21:20 PM »
The file from Foale's stuff is in a propriety format. Best I can do is give anyone that wants them the interhole dimensions and the gauge Al I used.
PM me if you want the lowered distances.  Raised ones may take some finding but I may still have the modeling file somewhere.

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Just a thought.
The strengthening brace. Is there enough space around motor etc. to make it a straight piece from the bottom bend to the top bend on the side? That would shorten and lighten the piece and strengthen the brace. It would also allow a piece of Al plate across the flats to fill the space for extra protection from garbage being chucked by the front wheel.
I like the overall design , simple and strong.
Me I would make a Innegra/kevlar bash plate , but being a metal person your way works as well.

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Suspension / Re: DIY 1 inch lowering and it's free for everyone.
« on: March 19, 2019, 08:20:59 PM »
I did the f/r swap of the stock triangular linkage to confirm the concept before I made an aluminium set. It does actually lower the rear, but I only got 20mm after bouncing and settleing.  This type of linkage is a pain to estimate linkage dimensions, but I have a set now that lowers the bike ( used Foale's suspension software to model and check articulation).
I made a stock height, lowered and raised ( 0,+25mm and -25mm). Surprisingly the lowered one is not too bad with stock sidestand, but I will shorten it and put a plate on the bottom for stability.
Like an idiot, I didn't put the final dimensions in my work book but I can measure for anyone that wants them.

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: CB500X road handling
« on: March 19, 2019, 07:58:05 PM »
There is a post about the seat exchange in this forum with pictures.
https://www.cb500x.com/index.php/topic,8065.0.html

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CB500X - General Chat / Re: CB500X road handling
« on: March 19, 2019, 05:19:03 AM »
The 19" wheel will decrease the pointy end road handling and improve dirt road handling, and reduce lumpy road unpleasant feedback.
The basic geometry/ weight distro of the 2013 on really only has one drawback on the smooth and that is the long trail (107mm in the maanual). Easy to shorten it to something less floppy. I have raised the rear 30mm and dropped the front 20mm on my 2013. Big improvement on the bitumen ( but will sacrifice dirt road stability , which I don't care about).
I think the figures calculated ( Tony Folae suspension software) mine as now 103mm which feels much better. Not sports bike 95-100mm, but turn in is much better, less floppy at low speed and still relaxed enough to ride comfortably in a straight line. As I said before , a 120/60 front would get you a bit shorter ( maybe about 101-102mm on my setup).
The  biggest problem other than the mega trail, is the stock tyres and the suspension slopping around in it's travel. With my cartridges and Ohlins the quality of the frame geometry actually shines through.
I have also fitted a CBR500R seat to lower the seat height ( I actually find it more comfortable than the stock one).

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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« on: March 19, 2019, 04:56:14 AM »
Paula,
Note that unless you can get a 150/60 , which is an uncommon size but is available in some, a 150/70 is 12mm HIGHER than a 160/60 (102mm (150/70) from bead as opposed to 90mm ( 150/60).
It's the reason I stayed with the original size (160) rather than a preferred size smaller.

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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Silicone to seal gasket
« on: March 11, 2019, 08:12:21 PM »
I have used gasket goo for decades with zero problems ( when I used the correct one...That's how I know about silicone and geling), but CtlEsc has a point. You don't need great swathes of the stuff. Use the RIGHT amount and in the right places. Paper and composite gaskets in particular will absorb some to help.
Your oil filter should remove any bits . Even the mesh on the oil pickup should get most anything big enough to clog anything and most goos are not abrasive. But in 42years of motor building ( I started at 14) I have never had a gasket goo problem. I have seen one though but the was the worst application of gasket goo . More off the face othan on it and didn't clean it at all. Little SL100 motor and chunks of hardened goo clogges the oil galleries in the top of the cyl.

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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Silicone to seal gasket
« on: March 10, 2019, 11:31:29 PM »
Hope it will help. BTW different permatex fluids/pastes use different solvents for cleanup. Make sure you get the correct solvent to clean it with as most are VERY permanent.

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Tyres and Wheels / Re: Best tyres for cornering and handling
« on: March 10, 2019, 09:02:18 PM »
I had Metz Tourance on my Husky Strada . They were aweful everywhere. The next may be different though.

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Maintenance and Servicing / Re: Silicone to seal gasket
« on: March 10, 2019, 08:56:58 PM »
The problem is not heat ( at the cases) so much as chemical reaction with the oils.
There are specific "silicones"  that are fine with oils ( even some with petrol), but they are specific for the task. Most will sludgey gel up and fall to bits, if they are the wrong type.
Unless you need gap filling there are better alternative gasket liquids and pastes. I am a bit of a long time permatex range fan,, but there are plenty more.

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