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post #1 of 14 Old 10-03-2010, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Falling in love all over again - Making the Wee my own

I spent the past few days making some mods to the wee. Instead of doing one thing and testing the results, I just decided to do it all at once. I bought the bike with the following done already:

powerlet connector
Suzuki centerstand
suzuki heated grips
Suzuki handguards

That was a good start but it was nowhere near where I wanted the bike and the first thing needed was the seat so I ordered a Russell day long. Finally I could ride the bike all day with no pain. However, the bikes suspension really needed help, and not just a little but alot. So, I figured I would go all out and also try to adress some buffeting issues and other annoyances. So, I spent the last few days putting on the following:

madstad bracket
Elka 3-way rear shock
Racetech fork emulators
Sonic springs 1.0
Richland rick fork brace
Richland rick GPS mount
Richland rick mirror extenders
Garmin 2730 GPS
Garmin GXM-30 XM antenna
Rancho fork boots (excellent idea Greywolf)

After all that I did an oil change to synthetic and checked the tire pressure. I just got back form a 100 mile break in ride and all I have to say is WOW! This bike has truely made a huge change. The suspension is just amazingly better than before. The bike is finally taking form into what I envisioned. Next up on my list of things to do are custom pain (that silver has to go) and a set of Jesse cases and painting the muffler guard. Heres a few picture (although poor quality) of the weekends efforts.












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After all that I did an oil change to synthetic and checked the tire pressure. I just got back form a 100 mile break in ride and all I have to say is WOW! This bike has truely made a huge change.
What kind of synthetic did you use?

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Fork Brace Makes Big Improvement

I put on Rich Hughes' Fork Brace today and could not believe the difference in encountering Texas cross winds. That should be a stock item.
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Nice work Monkey man, can't wait to see it in person this weekend!

What's wrong with silver?!! It IS the fastest color you know...

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Try raising the fork tubes 10-15mm. The Ranchos will keep the brace from hitting the brake plumbing. It's easy to do, free, reversible and most folks who try it prefer it. The lower rake angle makes the steering more responsive and the lower angle of attack makes the bike more aerodynamically stable at speed in my experience. I see yours are raised a little but you might try a little more with the boots on.

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Wow you've really farkled that thing well...and the silver is my second favorite color after orange of course

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Try raising the fork tubes 10-15mm. The Ranchos will keep the brace from hitting the brake plumbing. It's easy to do, free, reversible and most folks who try it prefer it. The lower rake angle makes the steering more responsive and the lower angle of attack makes the bike more aerodynamically stable at speed in my experience. I see yours are raised a little but you might try a little more with the boots on.
I am at 10mm right now. I may experiment with another 5mm. It is pretty easy to do. I appreciate your tip on the rancho boots. Not only are they functional in more ways than one but they look good too.

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Wow you've really farkled that thing well...and the silver is my second favorite color after orange of course
I am debating between all black and the stock Suzuki Orange. I havent decided yet.

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Nice work Monkey man, can't wait to see it in person this weekend!

What's wrong with silver?!! It IS the fastest color you know...
Yeah, I am looking forward to this weekend. I am just happy I got all the work done in time. Since I had never worked on a Wee it was a learning experience. Note to self: Taking the wheels on and off a strom is PITA.

BTW, silver is the fastest color (as long as mine is Silver....:mrgreen

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How hard is it to do the boots? Actually seems like a very good idea after a micro nick left my fork seal hosed on the last bike.
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