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post #21 of 32 Old 07-17-2019, 11:09 AM
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For an oil change with all the works, or getting bad advice?

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post #22 of 32 Old 07-17-2019, 04:07 PM
 
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Randy - I'm the same size as you. I joined the club about a week after you. I told everybody that I'm the size of Shrek, but I smell twice as bad. I had to move the handlebars up as when I do a tight turn like in a parking lot, the handlebar would trap my leg between the bar and the tank if I didn't remember to move it out of the way first.


And, I've had a problem with the bottom of my pant leg getting caught on the peg when attempting to put my foot down. It didn't cause me a problem, but might have if I had freaked out. I'm loving my Rebel so far as small as it is. I will be doing some other comfort mods shortly. And WOT tuning fairly soon.


I'm going to put forward controls on it, plus I'm going to make some brackets that will stand my rear seat up and have it serve as a driver's backrest. I don't need the rear seat. It's too small, and the bike is slow enough with just me on it. So, the rear seat would be better served as a driver's backrest.




Flitecontrol - I didn't know the driver's seat would move any farther rearward then how mine came. I'll be looking into that.




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Flitecontrol - I didn't know the driver's seat would move any farther rearward then how mine came. I'll be looking into that.




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Do a tag search, and just enter seat. Many threads on the subject.

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I'm a little dizzy at just how much information there is in these forums... I agree, the rear seat is useless as anything other than a support for my duffel bag. I'm now looking for the info on moving the seat back as Flite said. That would make A HUGE difference, as much as the floorboards from Jack's.

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It is surprising how much wisdom has been accumulated here over the years, thanks to the folks that shared their experience. Tag searches can reveal where a lot of it is.

Some of the seat brackets/mods others have done allow the seat to be raised and moved back a bit. Both help bigger riders be more comfortable on the bike.

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Have either of you used lockwashers when you installed the floorboards from Jack's? I had heard lockwashers don't actually work. When i was tightening one of my boards I reached a point where the nut wouldn't tighten anymore but rather just spun freely, as did the board, 180 degrees. So I'm assuming I stripped the nut or bolt while tightening. Problem was the board would still move up and down at the toe end a small bit, so I kept trying to tighten. Got a new one coming from Jack but don't want to screw it up as well trying to get it not to move...

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It is surprising how much wisdom has been accumulated here over the years, thanks to the folks that shared their experience. Tag searches can reveal where a lot of it is.

Some of the seat brackets/mods others have done allow the seat to be raised and moved back a bit. Both help bigger riders be more comfortable on the bike.

The last thing I need is to raise the seat. I already tower over the bike like I'm on a minibike. And flat foot it with my feet even with the front wheel and knees bent.

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Raising the seat not only gives more leg room, it allows the seat to be moved to the rear.

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Have either of you used lockwashers when you installed the floorboards from Jack's? I had heard lockwashers don't actually work. When i was tightening one of my boards I reached a point where the nut wouldn't tighten anymore but rather just spun freely, as did the board, 180 degrees. So I'm assuming I stripped the nut or bolt while tightening. Problem was the board would still move up and down at the toe end a small bit, so I kept trying to tighten. Got a new one coming from Jack but don't want to screw it up as well trying to get it not to move...
Mine came with nyloc nuts for the board hinge. They function as they are supposed to, not backing off any. The bolts that screw the frame onto the bike are OEM Honda flange bolts. Flange bolts don't need any lock washers, but might need a little removable strength lock tight on the threads before you bolt them in. Flange bolts by design are hard to get to loosen if torqued to specs, which is why I'm reluctant to use any lock tight on them. If your bolts don't have any flange on them, I would use lock washers. Lock washers do work, but if the washer is out of round, as in reused and out of round, then the lock washer might give away and then failure.

By your description, it sounds like maybe you or the PO stripped out the threads up front? There shouldn't be any toe wobble. But the board will fold up from the left or right edge if you lean too hard and scrape pavement.

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What I stripped was the cylinder that has the bolt coming out of it and the 11/16 nut that bolts it on. There's definitely toe wobble on the one I HAVEN'T stripped yet. But I don't have a lock washer on, just have it tightened down as far as I dare.... Maybe I'll just put up with it.

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