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post #1 of 8 Old 08-25-2014, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Am I being overly cautious?

I bought my '08 Wee just about 2 years ago with 12K miles on it from a dealer. I had brand new Metzler Torrence tires and full service done (plugs, oil change, air filter I think). It just clocked over 24,000 miles and all I've done is oil, filter and lube the chain. The rear tire is squared off from mostly commuting but still has passable tread. The front tire has plenty of tread but cupped. The chain and sprockets are in good shape although there is one link that is little stiffer than the rest. The brakes have at least 1/8" of material on all the pads although the front lever gets pretty close to the bars in heavy braking. Still runs great and get over 52 mpg regularly.

My state inspection is due next month so I figured I might as well do a full overhaul before bringing it in. Plus I'm hoping to get a bunch more "fun" riding in as I enjoy those brisk but sunny days in the Fall and would rather not have down time to do service on it then.

So, I just ordered up over $700 worth of tires, brakes, sprockets and chain, rivet tool and sprocket alignment tool.

(I will probably check/replace the air filter too. I know servicing the valves and throttle body sync is on the radar also, but I can do that over the winter).

Should I feel guilty about replacing parts that probably have quite a few miles left in them. Am I flushing money down the drain just for a sense of security and convenience?

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IMO, 24k miles out of a chain is decent life.......some folks massage their's to 30k, but a chain + sprockets with that many miles is only going to get worse (not better). Almost every component on a bike is considered a "safety part"....especially the brakes (and probably more important than anything else). I would not feel guilty for spending the $$$$......."better to pay me now"....than "to pay UP latter".

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Tires, good. If you aren't required to take what you've ordered (don't know where you got them), I really like the Michelin Pilot Road 4 for on-pavement riding, and the Bridgestone Battleax T30 at lower cost but not quite as good in the rain.

Chain & sprockets, good.

Brakes--the pads are good as long as you have the groove remaining. Very important to flush and renew the brake fluid biennially, front & rear. A very good bleed to get all the air out will restore your firm feel. I like HH grade pads in the front, and I'll try Galfer brand next time. I like the stock-type black organic pads in the rear.

Coolant--Two years on standard coolant, five years on long-life coolant. I like Zerex Asian Engine flavor. Our engines seem to tolerate every brand. Prestone has a new all-makes/all-models juice that should work fine.

Air filter--Remove the old filter and knock out the bugs. I'm not a fan of blowing it out with compressed air--too much velocity can open holes in the filter media. The only aftermarket original-type filter is the HiFlo, and I feel that the backing plate is too restrictive. I'm not a big booster of the K&N or other so-called high performance filters, but they seem to work OK on our bikes and the price is right from Amazon.

Be cautious of what might be called a "full" service. Follow the owner's manual, with a couple of exceptions, and if you don't have one, the dealer's parts counter can get one for you. The exceptions are silly early replacement of radiator hoses and spark plugs.

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I would have done the same as you...replaced all the same parts. Would much rather be out a few bucks with regular repairs than have a crash or chain that snaps just be cause I was too cheap to baby my baby!
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Not sure of the specifics of what you ordered, but seems a bit pricey to me.

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Should I feel guilty about replacing parts that probably have quite a few miles left in them. Am I flushing money down the drain just for a sense of security and convenience?
No - I have typically replaced tires, chains, sprockets, and brake pads before they are totally used. Partly so that I would have these done fresh for a tour, but also to do them or have them done when convenient. The tire may have usable tread left (not down to the wear bars yet, right?), but a new one will surely handle better. If the chain has a kink or two, chances are it's on its last legs. Brake pads? An 1/8" is probably almost half of the original pad material - I don't like to run them too low, though - rotors are really expensive - and changing them can be an opportunity to go to some better (i.e. more aggressive) pads.
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Well to be honest I was lusting after the Vee2 and I'm just accepting the fact that is not going to happen. So spending a grand on some farkles and some maintenance is a drop in the bucket compared to bike upgrade. I figured I might as well make the one I have as comfortable, reliable and safe as it can be. (I also just upgraded to a Seat Concepts seat and ATV mid bars I'm still deciding on)



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Tires, good. If you aren't required to take what you've ordered (don't know where you got them), I really like the Michelin Pilot Road 4 for on-pavement riding, and the Bridgestone Battleax T30 at lower cost but not quite as good in the rain.
The Metzers it came with performed well for me and seemed to wear adequately.

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Not sure of the specifics of what you ordered, but seems a bit pricey to me.
I got tires, front a rear pads and a Rox riser from Rocky mountain ($421) and the chains, sprockets, rivet tool and alignment tool from SV Racing ($320).

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Probably put about 250 miles on since I finished buttoning everything up and passed my inspection yesterday. I literally rides like a new bike. Not sure which components made such a difference, but I don't care.

Had the low speed wobble - GONE

Had vibration at high way speeds bad enough where the rear view mirrors were just a burr - GONE

Got numbness in my hands after 1/2 hour of riding - GONE!

Tires - I suspect the tires that originally came on the bike were not balanced from the dealer even though they had replaced them hence the low speed wobble and highway vibration. The shop I took the tires to balanced them correctly. Also noticed the "V" pattern on the front and rear tires are opposite each other. Checked and rechecked and yes, the tires are mounted according to the factory arrows on the sidewalls.

Chains and sprockets - Got them and chain rivet tool and alignment tool from SV Racing. The rivet tool wasn't cheap but made the replacement process way simpler. Alignment tool also came in handy. Went with a 16 tooth sprocket calm it down a little on the highway. I like this much better, but it defiantly hurts off the line.

ATV Mid bars and Rox risers - I didn't understand what people meant when they said the stock bars are junk, now I get it. I can sit up straighter now (have back issues) and I think the beefyness of the bars also helps keep vibration down. The mid bars have mush less pull back than the stock so my wrists aren't turned at an odd angle. Had to remove some cable clamps to free up some slack, but didn't have to lengthen or disconnect any. The only issue with the Rox risers is getting to the Allen bolts on the lower clamps, you need a very stubby Allen key.

Seat concepts - Second attempt at a more comfortable seat and very happy with this. I need to revisit the staples as they didn't really penetrate correctly, kind of went in halfway and then bent over. I wasn't sure if I would want to mess with the foam after riding it so I left it like that, but it's working pretty well so I will re-staple permanently.















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