Bolt-on or Weld-on Damper Tower?
Posted February 07, 2002 - 03:53 PM
I plan on pulling the bike down for a bit of work in March, so I could order one from the US and get it in time... I do plan to keep the bike for a few years, so portabilty between bikes is not an issue...
I have the universal bar mounts for my new protapers, and plan on using the stock triple clamp for a while - something else that the local distribor say they can't get... I suppose I need to have the bar more forward and should get the triple clamp as well, then get the whole thing setup once and for all...
Help me... I sometimes wish I lived in the US, so I could just cruise down the road and get anything I wanted for my bike...
Posted February 07, 2002 - 07:34 PM
Posted February 07, 2002 - 08:46 PM
It's a little hard to tell here but the "bolt on" stem really fits well. The dipstick is snug but it still fits nicely. The "weld-on" stem is probably more reliable in the long run though. The newer bolt-on stems are nice, they go around the steering stem as apposed to the ones that go around the filler coller. Good luck
[ February 07, 2002: Message edited by: Dan Lorenze ]
Posted February 07, 2002 - 09:12 PM
BTW, they say to trim the rubber on the dust seal, but you don't need to do that. You can put the post on and run a thin blade around to pull the rubber seal up over the top of the clamp. Then you tap the clamp down onto the steering head and tighten it up.
[ February 07, 2002: Message edited by: John H ]
Posted February 08, 2002 - 04:35 AM
Just had the weld on tower installed---GO WITH THE WELD ON UNIT!!! There is ample dipstick clearance AND you don't have to modify the upper triple clamp like the stem clamp on unit. I hear the dispstick mount unit doesn't work w/ the '00 and up bikes due to a shorter frame, but have no proof of this..so don't take it as truth.
I haven't ridden the bike yet with the weld on (doing winter maintenance stuff), but I can tell it will work much better!!! Now I don't have to worry about keeping the bolts tight and the unit slipping (which will totally screw you over on the trail!)
Posted February 08, 2002 - 05:06 AM
I hear the dispstick mount unit doesn't work w/ the '00 and up bikes due to a shorter frame, but have no proof of this..so don't take it as truth.
Mcarp, you are right my friend!!!!
[ February 08, 2002: Message edited by: Dan Lorenze ]