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Old 12-14-2007, 07:26 PM
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Default 2008 CRF450R- preride notes

     

Finally sold the 05 and picked up the 2008 last weekend. The parts have been trickling in all week. All I am waiting on now is a tall seat for it.



I was able to get it setup the way I like it before the first ride. It has been really nasty here in CenTex, so I worked it over and added a few pieces.

ProTapers- Windham bend
Black ProTaper clamps
Acerbis Hanguards
Works Connection Rad Braces
Works Connection Skid Plate
DID Gold x-ring chain
SDG tall seat (on the way)
Weapon MX tank foam.
Quick disconnect fuel line
IMS Pro Series Pegs
Hour meter
few other minor goodies.

Still looks like a stocker, though.

Before I rode, I worked over the following components:

Wheels- spokes were finger tight
Linkages- more grease than I have ever seen, but was black and smelled really foul
Motor- out of frame. All welds were complete, but motor was torqued in the frame and had huge pressure on the mounts on the upper frame.
Front end- good grease on steering head, but no torque.
Airbox was sealed really well from factory.
Bolts- most were really loose

Overall, about the same as my 03 and 05, but I really wish they would put the wheels together better. New rotors are cool, but the front brake even after bleeding feels mushy. Rear brake was well bled. No nasty cosmoline on the rotors. Airbox is still small, but you get used to it. Ergos are really low and the gas tank is flattened down a bunch compared to my 05.

I will update with ride report later, if this rain and wet ever stops. I have my fingers crossed that the suspension is workable. I would really hate to throw several bills at the forks and shock before it has 5 hours on it.

James
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:40 PM
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Default Re: 2008 CRF450R- preride notes

Now thats how you do up a bike, don't give it a chance to make a bad impression with wimpy stock parts. Looks good, can't wait for the ride report. BTW, get that bad boy some numbers, it can't go out all nekked like that.
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:42 PM
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Numbers are sitting in the top of the toolbox. Has been too cold to put them on right and I haven't felt like breaking out the heat gun. Will happen this weekend.

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Old 12-14-2007, 08:52 PM
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Cool, you could always take them inside, thats what I always do. Missed im my first post about the new front number plate, they finally changed their goofy design that had them zip tied to the forks. Never liked those.
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:57 PM
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I never really can get them angled right on the CRF panels when they are off the bike. It was easier on my KX's, but the CRF is angled so funny that to get them really right you need them on the bike.

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Old 12-14-2007, 09:08 PM
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I have my fingers crossed that the suspension is workable. I would really hate to throw several bills at the forks and shock before it has 5 hours on it.
I'd be willing to bet you get your suspension done fairly quickly. rbm picked up an '08 a couple months back. Here it is before the first ride.



I think he got two rides on it before spending the bucks. Once you've had the good suspension, it seems difficult to push as hard on stock.
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Old 12-14-2007, 09:17 PM
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Nice bike!
Quick disconnect fuel line? Tell me more.

That black/white one looks really good, I'm a sucker for black rims.
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Old 12-14-2007, 09:17 PM
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Wow i dont want to be a post whore but that bike is amazing. Thats the look everyone wants, at least I want.
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:37 PM
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From Tucker Rocky. Made by Motion Pro. Is a 5/16" quick disconnect so that you don't have to pull the hose off of the petcock every time. They have been using them on roadrace bikes for years with no problems. I had one on my 03 and 05. It makes taking the tank off so much easier. Just do not get the one that has the fuel shutoff in it. I think it might interfere with flow.

Here is a link:

Motion Pro Tools - Quick Disconnect Couplings

I have had excellent suspension on the last two bikes. This one will probably get done ASAP.

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Old 12-14-2007, 10:42 PM
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Ohhh.. I like that quick disconnect line

Bike looks good Lawdog, looking forward to hearing your first ride impression.
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