Freshening up my 2010.

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  1. Megadan

    Megadan New Member

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    I think I do this with all of my "new" bikes, which are never new. Ordered 4 quarts of Pro Honda HP4S 10w30 synthetic and a couple of genuine Honda oil filters, some Maxima high temp DOT 4 fluid to flush/bleed the brakes and clutch since the fluid looks a little too dark for my liking., and some Redline "lightweight" Shockproof 80w90 for the rear end.

    I also ordered in some new shoes today to get installed next Friday. I took a while to decide on what tires to get, but decided to go for the Bridgestone T31 Battlax GT. It was one of my 2 top picks, the other being Metzeler Roadtech 01's, and my decision was made because I got a deal on the Bridgestones making them an appealing price, and they are offering half off install as well.

    Why no Michelin Road 5's? It mainly came down to a couple of reviewers noting that they were a bit "soft" feeling on heavier bikes. I am sure they are marvelous tires, and who knows I may still try them if these Bridgestones wear out sooner than I would like. Supposedly they fixed the issues many people had with the T30, such as warm up time, dull handling responsiveness, and especially wet weather capability. We will see. The Bridgestones ended up over 100 bucks cheaper between the discount on the tires and half off on the install. Hopefully my "cheapness" doesn't bite me in the rear.

    I am also thinking about just tossing in an air filter as well since I will be taking the fairings off to setup my new headlights. Low beam is an H7RC HID (designed for reflector housngs) with 35W ballast and a Retrofit Source wiring harness. High beam is a SuperBrightLEDs H7 Fanless HLV5 bulb with an external driver. I have one of these bulbs in my little enduro, and I am extremely satisfied with the brightness of it.

    Anyway, just a ramble.

    Kind of tempted to send off my ECU to get reflashed during the air filter and lighting fun since the fairings will all be off as well. Initially I wanted to send my suspension off to DMr for a full re-work, but I am starting to learn the irritations of the factory ECU tune. I know I have seen a lot of people praising the Guhl reflash, and I will probably go that route too.

    Yes, the suspension leaves a little to be desired, but seeing as I am still learning the bike I would sure like to enjoy it...
     
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    Just out of curiosity, does anybody have their own method for getting the front off the ground to check the head stock bearings? Namely getting the front wheel in the air without using a lift/front stand? On my Goldwing I would be able to use the center stand and then a jack and piece of wood to lift the front of the bike via the lower part of the motor, which I obviously can't do on the VFR.

    I do have the Pitbull rear stand and I know it lifts via the center stand mount on the bike. I am assuming I can do the "Strap some weight to the rear to lift the front" method, but I was wondering if there is a more stable method out there?
     
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    I put a centre stand on mine over the winter. Good thing to have.
    If you can raise it at the centre stand points, it's not difficult to whip off the belly pan and put a jack under the sump.
    Only the four, small, hex bolts on the sides of the pan, and its off. Do not be tempted to use an impact driver on them if they're stiff. The lugs on the engine casing where they attach are not strong. Don't ask how I know this...
    Remember to unhook the belly pan from the fairing panels after you release it. No need to force anything.
     
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    Been absent for a little while, but now is a good time for an update.

    I did get the new tires installed... Then immediately took the bike apart and shipped off my suspension after finding the left fork leaking.
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    Thank you for the suggestion with lifting the front. I ended up just getting a front head stand from Pitbull to go with my rear stand. This let me put my bike into hover mode so I could take the forks and rear shocks off.

    I sent them in to Daugherty Motorsports for an upgrade. I ended up doing the compression and rebound upgrade and they fitted them with 1.1kg springs and skf fork seals as a free upgrade since they had no OEM seals on hand. The rear shock also got their full rebuild, valve upgrade, and new spring, a monster 1300lb/in unit. I just got them back in the mail yesterday.
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    I mailed off my ECU to Guhl this morning, and I am waiting for my Coffman's shorty exhaust to arrive in the mail. It has been close to 2 months since I got to ride her, so I am getting antsy! I cannot wait to try this bike out with proper ECU tuning and the suspension properly tuned to my weight.

    Just because I can...
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