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What spares to stock?

Post  SkidMark on Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:26 pm

Hey folks!

So I am in UK for a bit (wife is about to have a baby Cool ) and need to purchase a stock of spares to take back to Uganda for the BRP. Alongside the 'normal' bits is there anything else you guys would recommend that the BRP is known to need frequently/regularly.
For now I just want to get bits for 'normal maintenance'. Next years when I am back I will start to get serious about mods. So far on my shopping list is: (I can get general, non model specific spares there like bulbs)
Spare cables
Spark plugs
Oil filters
The long oil filter cover bolt (missing from my bike at the moment Sad )
Air filter
47T Rear and 13T front sprockets to gear it to be less buzzy at highway speeds
A couple of jets either side of stock
Inner tubes

any particular bearings?
any particular seals or gaskets?

Thanks in advance... cheers
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Re: What spares to stock?

Post  BuRP on Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:21 am

Yo Skidder,

Baby hmm? Oinker or Oinkster? BRP smile Best wishes, and enjoy your night's sleep while you still can.
Like your choice of sprockets, odd numbers, they'll last long. Steel one's eh, ali does not last.
You may want to get the c/s sprocket seal, and I would definitely get all gaskets for taking top & jug off... better be safe than stuck. Also, some 2 bottles of your filter oil (BellRay's Blue Goo's excellent!) I'd pack too.
A chain? But then also some rivetable master links for sam chain, plus a tool if you don't have one yet. DID's chaintool is the bollocks, get that one including a spare pin (shit happens alignment wise). Having all this should sort out anything chain related. I'd get a spare chain adjuster bolts (& nut?) also, and a jar/tubes of anti seize/copper paste is a must.
You're in Blighty now, so go get some of the best gasket maker existing, Hylomar Blue (www.merlinmotorsports)
as with this you can sort any gasket but for the head's. Apply on new one's too, you will find it works the proverbial charm.
I'd get some spare levers too whilst you're at it, and this all should sort you out for quite a while I think. Consider a cable lubing tool or kit too, not too costly and saves messing around.
Cheers, enjoy the rain.... and re-appreciate the weather you've gotten used to Cool

Oh, some silicon spray you must get! Treat all electrical connectors with this, to fend off any salt intrusions you may get as you're a coastal boykie. Oh, maybe an LED taillight unit also? They never break, contrary to filament globes, and are much more visible.
On this, consider one or two LED spotlights too, better be seen in Luanda's traffic!
A TipTop tyre repair kit too maybe? Handpump, or CO2 cartridges, dunno what you've got already?
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Post  DoctorXRR on Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:52 am

I would suggest the following, some of it depends on how long you keep the bike.

- Brake pads, those could wear fast depending on conditions and use.

- Front and rear wheel bearings. The bearings are not really well protected, and I think they are prone to needing replacement.

- Rear suspension bearing kit. Same deal here, depending on condition could wear out on you eventually.

- "Swingarm Buddy" fix-it kit for rear axel adjusters. If not regularly bathed in anti-seize compound, these can cause a real problem and break inside the swing arm. The kit will save your bacon if that happens.

- Spare clutch assy - I had a hell of a hard time finding an inner clutch hub was on back order for months. XRR clutch baskets are prone to wearing, and may need replacement at some time, but likely not for a few years. What ever you do, make sure you have the correct tool for removing the inner clutch hub, I broke mine, thus needed a replacement. I got concerned about lack of spares when trying to get a clutch hub.
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Re: What spares to stock?

Post  Hew on Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:16 pm

I'd go along with the brake pads and wheel bearings.
Also a couple of spare oil and air filters.
Front sprockets are unique to the pig so will be hard to come by off the beaten track.
Don't know what the riding you will be doing is like but I have a 14 front and a 51 rear.
DID X ring chains have lasted a well on the bike.
Standard is 14 - 48 and that would be a good mix if you don't have too many slippy nasty hills.
Rear wheel spokes are another. I have snapped a few now, it is a lot harder on the rear wheel than the CRM.
Change the thermostat to one from a Suzuki Swift, no more than a fiver from a moto factors.
Mitas C02 rear tyres last well and give good grip. Not too everyone's taste but it is all I will use unless I was entering a competition.
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Re: What spares to stock?

Post  SkidMark on Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:14 am

ok thanks for all the input guys - will add a few of those things to my list. gonna try 15 47 gearing I think - I want to be able to cruise at highway speed comfortably and my offroad is alot of faster dirt road. Will see how it goes.

Cheers again,
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oh and by the way its gonna be a girl - due date is 3rd so hopefully any day now banana
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Re: What spares to stock?

Post  pontyboy on Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:36 pm

why go up one on the front and then drop one off the back.rule of thumb is one on the gearbox sprocket is equal to three on the rear.you could buy a 46 rear,save the money on a front and still have the same gearing ratio's as your 15/47.

i have run 15/42 in order to ride a fair few miles from the house without that "buzziness".then,if i so desired, it is easy to push the wheel forward in order to fit a 14T front to help me on the trail.14/42 is fine as long as its not too knadgery.
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Re: What spares to stock?

Post  SkidMark on Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:28 pm

reason is to use odd numbered sprockets

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Re: What spares to stock?

Post  BuRP on Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:58 pm

Shhhh Mark,

hush man, Mauser will comment - he still doesn't believe an iota that odd numbered sprockets do last longer Cool


Ponty,

that 'rule of thumb' is not accurate first of all, and secondly - if you'd apply it - you would not change the gearing, and clearly Mark wants exactly that. The nice thing about chain & sprockets is that you can dial in what you want or need, an overly long gearing or a stupidly short one. Marks want the buzz out hence a long one, and yeah, he could put on a 14T for the trail - which would equate to a 7% shorter (14/15) gearing then.
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Re: What spares to stock?

Post  SkidMark on Tue Oct 02, 2012 3:04 pm

There are a lot of variants and years of Suzuki Swift....are the thermostats all the same or do a I need one from a particular engine configuration or year?

Cheers
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Hew wrote:I'd go along with the brake pads and wheel bearings.
Also a couple of spare oil and air filters.
Front sprockets are unique to the pig so will be hard to come by off the beaten track.
Don't know what the riding you will be doing is like but I have a 14 front and a 51 rear.
DID X ring chains have lasted a well on the bike.
Standard is 14 - 48 and that would be a good mix if you don't have too many slippy nasty hills.
Rear wheel spokes are another. I have snapped a few now, it is a lot harder on the rear wheel than the CRM.
Change the thermostat to one from a Suzuki Swift, no more than a fiver from a moto factors.
Mitas C02 rear tyres last well and give good grip. Not too everyone's taste but it is all I will use unless I was entering a competition.
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Re: What spares to stock?

Post  SkidMark on Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:56 pm

OK scrub that request - now I mastered the funky search process I found it already...reminds me of masonic greetings.... Wink
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