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Author Topic: Bill's Big Take Over of the '04  (Read 723 times)

Guaire

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Bill's Big Take Over of the '04
« on: April 02, 2013, 04:43:49 pm »
I'm getting my 2004 ES 500 setup. From my local Coleman Powersports, I've ordered K70s for front and rear and a chain. Bought an oil filter on eBay. From NField I ordered rim straps, a carb manifold connection and one of those little light bulbs on the instrument panel.  Can't live without it. Now I get to wait.
  I fixed the rear brake's tail light link. Now I will be stopping in brilliant red. Next, I will lube all my cables. The front brake feels vague. I'll see if using it freshens it up.
  I put in fresh gas. I'll add SeaFoam before I ride tomorrow.
Anyway, so far that's it. I'll list any 'new and improveds'. Lots of help and encouragement from guys here.

Cheers,
Bill

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Re: Bill's Big Take Over of the '04
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2013, 06:01:25 pm »
Sounds like you're on your way! I was thinking of getting K-70's myself. A lot of folks on this forum  really like them. Much better than the stock rubber. good luck have fun. cochi :)

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Re: Bill's Big Take Over of the '04
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2013, 07:58:47 pm »
Buy a 5-pack of filters instead of one at a time. You need to change the oil more frequently on an air cooled 4 stroke single. You will love the K70's. It is imperative that you have the bike tuned correctly and that the battery is in top shape when using the ES on a regular basis. If not, you can expect to grenade the ES sprag.
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Re: Bill's Big Take Over of the '04
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2013, 11:51:26 pm »
Buy a 5-pack of filters instead of one at a time. You need to change the oil more frequently on an air cooled 4 stroke single. You will love the K70's. It is imperative that you have the bike tuned correctly and that the battery is in top shape when using the ES on a regular basis. If not, you can expect to grenade the ES sprag.

+ eleventy billion to this.

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Re: Bill's Big Take Over of the '04
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2013, 11:12:10 am »
 I love the smell of brand new Dunlop K70s, yo Bare. My local shop will do the labor. I got new rim straps from nfield. What's the deal with rim weights? I read here that the wheels are probably in balance. Won't the tires need to be balanced on the wheels? I notice nfield doesn't carry the weights.
Cheers,
Bill

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Re: Bill's Big Take Over of the '04
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2013, 12:06:14 pm »
I haven't ever balanced any of the tires I've mounted and they have been fine.  I did notice on my old GS550ESD that after I put some Slime in my dual-sport tires for added protection, they did seem to balance out completely and rode totally smooth,  even at 85MPH.  Just my 2 cents.

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Re: Bill's Big Take Over of the '04
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2013, 02:03:10 pm »
good point scottie j....    kind of like dyna-beads but....
unless  your wheel is bent, the slower speeds of these things don't
really require the need to be balanced.
   kind of like balancing the lawn mower wheels- Mike
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