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Offline Ron Gibson

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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #60 on: August 25, 2018, 09:37:52 AM »
Just out of curiosity, how were you killing coils?

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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #61 on: August 25, 2018, 11:17:13 AM »
I've discovered several ways to kill a coil over the years. This latest batch of MSD coils came from a long ago set that was recalled and replaced. According to lore, they are sensitive to heat and high RPM.

Older dead ones had to do with an improper setting in the ECU. That setting kills them almost instantly.
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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #62 on: July 12, 2019, 09:32:03 PM »
So, this year we are back to Ducati coils.

And a funny front end:
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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #63 on: July 13, 2019, 01:45:22 PM »
There appears to be no bolt in the lower shock mount. That may help somewhat.

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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #64 on: July 13, 2019, 10:16:58 PM »
There appears to be no bolt in the lower shock mount. That may help somewhat.

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It's welded up, too. It's too dark out to take pictures.

But the wife is out of town, so you get a bonus:
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Re: Team Unorthodux, the fifth year
« Reply #65 on: July 14, 2019, 09:30:28 PM »



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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #66 on: July 18, 2019, 08:20:09 PM »
Huh. It seems most here aren't shy about opinions, but not now. I'm currently treating this thing as a roll cage, where I don't get to grind the welds.

It's MiG, hence the light boogers.

Am I over thinking this?
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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #67 on: July 19, 2019, 09:28:02 AM »
PM sent.

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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #68 on: July 19, 2019, 09:43:09 AM »
I suspect they may want to see some type of NDI inspection report on the welds....   :?
If they break it might get ugly  :cheers:
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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #69 on: July 19, 2019, 03:25:29 PM »
Either do much more practice with the MIG or spend some money and have qualified welder TIG weld it. This is potentially your life here. Quality welding is worth any expense in this case. My guess is that the SCTA would not let you run it welded as you have shown. I know I would not.

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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #70 on: July 19, 2019, 04:51:58 PM »
I found out that I was a shitty welder.  Back when I did it all the time, I worked up to poor.  Now I still design and fabricate and fit things just right ? and let a real welder do the rest.  I put in the most hours on my "half".  You'd be surprised how fast a real welder can do a job when he's just welding.
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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #71 on: July 19, 2019, 05:32:12 PM »
PM sent.

Pete

Please take Pete's advice.

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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #72 on: July 19, 2019, 05:48:11 PM »
Thanks Tom!  :-D :-D :-D

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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #73 on: July 19, 2019, 06:52:44 PM »
Can I ask a stupid question like what is wrong with a standard fork designed by experts? Sems your new one would have reduced aero as well as the other comments on safety.

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Re: Team Unorthodux, the third year
« Reply #74 on: July 19, 2019, 11:24:36 PM »
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Pete

Please take Pete's advice.

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And many thanks to Pete, too!

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Can I ask a stupid question like what is wrong with a standard fork designed by experts? Sems your new one would have reduced aero as well as the other comments on safety.
TLDR: "Because."

Long story:
Lots of things are wrong with telescopic forks from an expert perspective (of which I am not one, but where I look to Tony Foale as the most experienced experimenter with funny front ends).

For me, I'm getting 2.5 inches of added lowness with no apparent adverse effects to handling and no increase to wheelbase. As I understood from a discussion on aero for motorcycles around here somewhere, the area around the front tire is a hot mess from an aero perspective anyway (and somebody posted a fancy CFD picture to prove it). Besides, all that stuff should be under the fender.

As I have understood the above commentary on safety, most of it was addressing my obviously untutored welding (the short answer is, I was doing it wrong). The sage folks here have no end of good advice, and I'm willing to accept plenty of it directly and indirectly through reading the posts from the past. That's kind of why I hang around here.

Another concern that might be raised is trail... I'll measure for real when I have a helper to hold the bike for me, but it should still be at least 4 inches.
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