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post #1 of 19 Old 07-04-2014, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone in the NW suburbs of Chicago up for a "short" 2-3 hour ride tomorrow July 5?
Nothing big, just want to get out. Ride out somewhere, grab lunch & return.
I'm in Elgin.

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post #2 of 19 Old 07-24-2014, 05:19 PM
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Just saw this. I am in Arlington Heights and just did a Lake Geneva run today. One of these days I plan on doing a run up 14 to where ever. I would be down with meeting up some time. Next season, I plan on having a better seat as the stock 9er is KILLING my behind on these jaunts. Shoot me a PM and we can work something out.

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post #3 of 19 Old 12-08-2016, 08:25 PM
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I'd like to join you guys. I'm in Evanston.

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I'd like to join you guys. I'm in Evanston.
In the Spring? Not sure that I will be out and about with the snow this weekend.... I am in Arlington Heights.

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post #5 of 19 Old 12-09-2016, 04:42 PM
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Should have been more clear. But yes, in the spring or any time the weather permits.

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Should have been more clear. But yes, in the spring or any time the weather permits.

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I went out for a quick spin today to get the engine up to temp and top off the gas tank so that I can change the oil and throw StaBil in the tank for the winter. My nuts froze to the side of my leg! I think it's time to officially hang up the helmet and gloves for the season. At least I can say I rode into mid December. She is all up on her stands and will be torn down for more winter mods over the next few weeks. Powder coating the fork lowers, full fork rebuild, triple powder coat, gold calipers, and Ohlins rear shock install.

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post #7 of 19 Old 12-12-2016, 05:19 PM
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I'd love to hear about the fork rebuild, as that's on my list too.

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I'd love to hear about the fork rebuild, as that's on my list too.

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We can have a fork party! Bring some beer, your forks, and patience. I have a 2 year old, 5 month old, and a wife. One, or all three, MAY come out to check up on us and lend a hand.

I wish I was better at documenting stuff. I am going to follow the instructions in the service manual (available for download on this site) and the various threads that I found while searching. I replaced the springs and oil on my stock 2003 forks last winter, but I just scored 2004+ forks and since I am going to take them apart to get powder coated so I may as well replace all the seals and bushings. Plus the springs I got for my stock forks fit the "new" ones. So it will be a fun project. Obviously the powder coating will take a bit of time, but the rest of the stuff I can get a head start on. Final step will be to find a suspension guy to help me get the proper sag and other tunes. Not looking to race, but with a good suspension, I want it to be set up right. I am an idiot when it comes to that stuff.

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We can have a fork party! Bring some beer, your forks, and patience. I have a 2 year old, 5 month old, and a wife. One, or all three, MAY come out to check up on us and lend a hand.

I wish I was better at documenting stuff. I am going to follow the instructions in the service manual (available for download on this site) and the various threads that I found while searching. I replaced the springs and oil on my stock 2003 forks last winter, but I just scored 2004+ forks and since I am going to take them apart to get powder coated so I may as well replace all the seals and bushings. Plus the springs I got for my stock forks fit the "new" ones. So it will be a fun project. Obviously the powder coating will take a bit of time, but the rest of the stuff I can get a head start on. Final step will be to find a suspension guy to help me get the proper sag and other tunes. Not looking to race, but with a good suspension, I want it to be set up right. I am an idiot when it comes to that stuff.
Might as well throw a set of valves in them while you have them apart, it'll make a big difference.

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Might as well throw a set of valves in them while you have them apart, it'll make a big difference.


Yeah. Agree on that. That said, I might have to wait till next winter for that project. I am so beyond over budget for the year that I just can't spend any more money on upgrades or customizations.


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Yeah. Agree on that. That said, I might have to wait till next winter for that project. I am so beyond over budget for the year that I just can't spend any more money on upgrades or customizations.


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Good news is that the new year starts in 19 days... get ready to spend more money. Anything else I can sell you? :wicked:

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Good news is that the new year starts in 19 days... get ready to spend more money. Anything else I can sell you? :wicked:


After I sell some goodies that tying up my funds. Want a Corbin and A240 screen? I'm sure you can mod them to find the tuono lol


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After I sell some goodies that tying up my funds. Want a Corbin and A240 screen? I'm sure you can mod them to find the tuono lol


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That Comp werks fender is screaming your name.....

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That Comp werks fender is screaming your name.....


Trade for a pair of gloves?


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We can have a fork party!
One of my early mods was a 2004 CBR600f4i fork swap.
I had a local shop powder coat them while swapping springs.

When I went to rebuild them a couple of winters ago, I could not remove the inner fork tube.
The bushings seemed to be stuck hard.
So I made a puller at work that threads into the fork where the cap goes equipped with jacking screws.
A tube transfers the force to the aluminum body.
If you find your tubes are stuck, I have a tool.
Also, my son lives in Arlington Heights, so I get out there a bit.

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One of my early mods was a 2004 CBR600f4i fork swap.

I had a local shop powder coat them while swapping springs.



When I went to rebuild them a couple of winters ago, I could not remove the inner fork tube.

The bushings seemed to be stuck hard.

So I made a puller at work that threads into the fork where the cap goes equipped with jacking screws.

A tube transfers the force to the aluminum body.

If you find your tubes are stuck, I have a tool.

Also, my son lives in Arlington Heights, so I get out there a bit.


Good to know! Thanks for offering it up. It's a small world. AH is a nice place to live, with the exception of negative temps in the winter. Lol


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Just joined today. you guys still around for some riding? I'm in the Lake Geneva, Kenosha and Antioch area.

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Just joined today. you guys still around for some riding? I'm in the Lake Geneva, Kenosha and Antioch area.


I'm sure we can organize something. It's hard to get out for me right now because I have a 2.5 and 1 year old. 95% of my riding is to and from work. Weekends are filled with play dates, BBQ s, and house projects. I really like the ride up Route 12 to Lake Geneva.


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Life is always busy. I find if I really want to do something I need to schedule it in.

12 is a great road. Little busy around Lake Zurich but still not horrible. The next exit just past hwy 50 (lake geneva exit) heading East is a beautiful area with minimal intersections.

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