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5 days ago I finished replacing the 2nd sprocket on my Rebel. Then filled the 3.4 gallon tank. I've been driving more highway speeds than normal (70+mph). At 220 miles finally had to flip to reserve. I filled the tank & found that I got 80.6 mpg. This gear ratio IMO should be standard for these bikes. I can drive on the highway & if traffic is doing 80 mph, it'll do it too. AND get 80 mpg! Not too shabby!
 

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I got nowhere near those numbers with a 30 tooth rear sprocket. Top speed slightly diminished, fuel economy about the same.
 

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That was my experience as well. The 15/30 gears were great around town but ruined the bike for highway use. I am back to stock gears... Honda engineers yada yada yada.
 

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With this configuration, & riding 2 up I can only get up to 70. But by myself 80 is reachable relatively easily. We both have an 85 Rebel, I find the 85 has more power than the 2nd gen. I find that mine rides much better with the 15:30 configuration. I also have never had to rebuild my carburetor. I do ride every month of the year in the Heat or in the cold.
 

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With this configuration, & riding 2 up I can only get up to 70. But by myself 80 is reachable relatively easily. We both have an 85 Rebel, I find the 85 has more power than the 2nd gen. I find that mine rides much better with the 15:30 configuration. I also have never had to rebuild my carburetor. I do ride every month of the year in the Heat or in the cold.
I'm glad it's not just me. My 86 is tons faster than my 05 almost to the point I wanna turn my 86 into the "big" bike
 

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Sorry that it took so long.
I finally took pictures of my Rebel with the LED headlight. One picture is with the low beams and the orange circle and the other is with the high beams and the white circle. Tire Wheel Sky Fuel tank Vehicle
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Discussion Starter · #27 · (Edited)
I ordered these June 20, they arrived today July 16. They seem well built. I'll let everyone know how they work. Light Gas Electric blue Cable Wire
They have an additional switch between the kill, & start that I hadn't noticed in the original ad. I'll definitely put it to use for the hazzards & Fog lights!
I'll install the new master cylinder at the same time. And do some maintenance as well. Wood Automotive tire Flooring Automotive lighting Gas
Including new chain test of Niche 'X' style chain.
 

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Discussion Starter · #28 · (Edited)
Also I thought I should post some pictures of h Wood Table Flooring Hardwood Tree

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The 1st pic shows the blind nut that I used through the fender. That way nothing sticks down for the tire to catch. 2nd & 4th shows a piece of 1/4" steel bent into a hook for the front of the seat.
 

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@Emil you've put together a sharp looking bike
I Like the LED headlamp, especially if it lights the street well..
No profile images of seat installed?? What's with that? 🤪
 

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Thanks. I don't know if you noticed the red circle on the right handlebar. It's a bicycle bell. I use it in places like campgrounds. Nice to have a motorcycle so quiet. Very respectful especially in the evening when some are sleeping. The people walking 10 feet in front don't notice until I ring the bell. A group of 5 looked quite surprised to see the Rebel behind them!
I prefer to be seen but not heard. IMO, Loud pipes increase road rage.
 

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Discussion Starter · #31 · (Edited)
Just installed RFY air shocks. They're rated 4.7 so I thought... my shocks are OLD & need replaced anyway, so I bought a set for $50.00 to try. So far nice & smooth. Haven't ridden 2 up yet, so we'll have to wait & see.
Quick easy installation. Only problem was that the bushings were 1/8" to long. It took about a half hour to install them. I took my time.
Hopefully no more bottoming out!
 

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And yes, SoakedKarma the HID LED is quite bright after I finally got it adjusted correctly.
Previously I thought that they weren't very bright. But, adjusted correctly, they are Wonderful!
 

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Just installed RFY air shocks. They're rated 4.7 so I thought... my shocks are OLD & need replaced anyway, so I bought a set for $50.00 to try. So far nice & smooth. Haven't ridden 2 up yet, so we'll have to wait & see.
Quick easy installation. Only problem was that the bushings were 1/8" to long. It took about a half hour to install them. I took my time.
Hopefully no more bottoming out!
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Discussion Starter · #34 · (Edited)
The shocks are great 2 up. No more bottoming out. I bid & won so I don't know how much others would pay.
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Discussion Starter · #36 · (Edited)
Yes. Bench grinder, then wire wheel. I have them on their most mild setting. I changed the pressure to 25psi.
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Pic also shows Niche chain, & hopefully a good enough profile of the HD seat for @SoakedKarma Tire Fuel tank Plant Wheel Automotive fuel system
 
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That seat looks so comfortable! I looked for the rear cup holder but was unable to find it :)
I had the laugh, recently.
Before I put the big seat on, my wife never wanted to go for a ride.. Now any time the weather is nice she says "Hey let's go for a ride!"
When the wife wants to ride on the "B" seat you know it's comfortable!
 

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Discussion Starter · #38 · (Edited)
I ordered these June 20, they arrived today July 16. They seem well built. I'll let everyone know how they work. View attachment 110786 They have an additional switch between the kill, & start that I hadn't noticed in the original ad. I'll definitely put it to use for the hazzards & Fog lights!.
Well, I finally finished installing the new controls. The horn is wired to switch the ground not the hot.
Otherwise went pretty much as expected. The color coding is mostly the same, so color to color installation.
I had to order 9 pin connectors for both sides. (Replaces 6 pin & 4 pin) I was able to pull the pins out of the 6 pin to reuse them in the 9. The 4 pin was the opposite gender connector so I had to replace those.
The passing button on the left control flashes the high beams with a momentary switch.
The extra slide switch on the right control works well with my hazzard lights & fog lights.
But, all in all, looks & works well. Automotive tire Motor vehicle Bottle Shelf Fender
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I forgot to mention. The starter switch doesn't disconnect the headlight when depressed. I might add a relay in an additional weather proof box for that function.
 

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They seem to be a good quality. They don't seem to be any cheaper than the originals. And they're doing as they were designed.
I ran a hot from the black lead to the horn so that it would work with the grounding of the horn switch. I left the original wiring for the horn in place as well, so if I ever want to go back to original I can.
My old turn signal switch didn't work when I pushed in the center, it would not shut off. It's nice to have that function back again.
The headlights though instead of being a flip switch is a push button, in for high, out for low. It works.
 
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