What did you do to your bike today?

Discussion in 'Technical & Maintenance' started by fortech, Oct 10, 2014.

  1. EmmBeeDee

    EmmBeeDee Active Member

    So the initial set of fork gaiters I bought from Amazon were too small. I ordered this set which aren’t perfect, but they should still do the job.

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    The bike’s all back together now. Working well, so Stephanie and I went for a ride on Friday. 200kms, and no more oil leaks. Time to wash the bike now.

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  2. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Looked at mine this evening. In garage working on things.....


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  3. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    You wouldn't believe what a pain in the ass it is to change the battery in the 1100!
     
  4. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    So the battery was definitely the problem? Keep an eye on system voltage, just in case. (What has to come apart to get at the battery?)

    The gaiters should help keep the dirt out of the fork seals. Hopefully, there isn't any scratching or scoring on the fork tubes - can usually be polished out but you don't want to get into that mess again anytime soon. How did the oil seals look when you took them out - were they obviously damaged (nicked) or worn? 30,000 km isn't very far for a set of fork seals!
     
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I need together the new battery to see what happens. I also need some tools from home to get it out, like I said it's a major bit of shit. Both side panels off and the tank has to be lifted. First I need to get one more screw out but I need a 90º screwdriver to get it.
     
  6. EmmBeeDee

    EmmBeeDee Active Member

    The old seals didn't look damaged in any way, they just didn't grip the tubes well. There may have been crud inside the seals but they ended up being washed so any evidence was lost. The forks themselves showed no sign of scoring or wear, so I just made sure they were as clean as they could be before I put the new seals in place.

    I really question the wisdom of mc factories leaving the fork tubes bare like that on bikes they sell.
     
  7. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Especially for bikes that are meant to be ridden offroad. My bike has a plastic "protector" that shields the front of the fork tube from road debris. There is also a dust seal which is separate from the oil seal and somehow dirt still makes its way in. The rubber fork gaiters work well to protect fork tubes. There is also a neoprene shock sock available.
     
  8. EmmBeeDee

    EmmBeeDee Active Member

    The VStrom also has a deflector and a dust shield over the seals but they are really not effective. I suppose if you cleaned the tubes after every ride, then crud wouldn't dry on the tubes and then get past the seal protectors, but who can remember to do that? Anyway, the only way to cure the problem properly is to cover the legs.

    I do like the idea of the shock socks - especially if you can install them without dismantling the forks. But if the forks are apart anyway, might as well go for gaiters.
     
  9. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    I've shopped for 'shock sox' locally but no luck.
    I'm thinking thin sheets of neoprene joined with longitudinal velcro strips (the join facing rearward) and zip ties should work, or similar set up with a split bike inner tube. I'd want something easy to remove and clean so might mock up something like that over the winter and see how it works. Also the seals degrade over time so protecting them and the fork tubes from the elements can't hurt.
     
  10. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    DIL lets me drive her Subie WRX STi six speed standard so I change the cabin filters and pull the fan from the A/C unit in her to clean the turbines. Seems fair deal to me...:p
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  11. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    Holy crap. That car was designed to make money on the service hourly rate.
     
  12. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    I know...
    It's a 2012. Dash comes off easiest from left to right. Mirrors and youtube helped. PO had pets and DIL has dander allergies so did a complete detailing along with the cabin filter and turbine fins.
    She's ordered a new stereo for it so installing that should earn me another test drive. LOL
     
  13. EmmBeeDee

    EmmBeeDee Active Member

    Why didn't you give us a picture from outside?
     
  14. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Because this thread is: "What did you do to your bike today?" So I still cringe with bated breath for snarky comments about that pic. LOL
    But in my defence, I learned dash removal skills changing air filters on my GL1800 and need the practice to stay current, right?
    I'll PM you a pic from outside.
     
  15. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    I don't think any of us are going to flame you too bad for putting up car pics.:p
     
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