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Old 06-08-2017, 07:40 AM   #11
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Cool !
Be sure to update us... please. Forget the haters
Oh, make sure you use a heavy ass hammer on the brake arm. I used a small sledge hammer. Or you can heat it with torch to soften it. Keep the outside (pretty side) laying flat on a 2x4 piece of wood when you hammer. Then just hammer the inner area, test fit , hammer it, test fit, hammer it. You may have to bend the rear caliper bolt hole (Edit: the tab) slightly to get it in, then just tighten the bolt to make it flush again.
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Old 06-08-2017, 08:24 AM   #12
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Cool !
Be sure to update us... please. Forget the haters
Oh, make sure you use a heavy ass hammer on the brake arm. I used a small sledge hammer. Or you can heat it with torch to soften it. Keep the outside (pretty side) laying flat on a 2x4 piece of wood when you hammer. Then just hammer the inner area, test fit , hammer it, test fit, hammer it. You may have to bend the rear caliper bolt hole (Edit: the tab) slightly to get it in, then just tighten the bolt to make it flush again.
I used a bent fork tube I had laying around (any longer pipe would do) and just put the bracket in a brace (my brace was actually a tree fork... ) and then it was really easy to bend with out showing any marking on the arm at all.

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Old 06-08-2017, 08:20 PM   #13
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Thanks!

I just ordered a shinko stealth 003 160/60/zf17 for $102

I decided on a 160 over the 170 just to see how the small size feels. If I fell like going for a 170 I can always try it out and my stealth wears out after a couple thousand miles.

I'll probably burn through tires a lot heating them up at the strip on weekends.
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Heres what happened to me...
I had a 160, loved it, burnt it up in one season (Continental "Sport" Attack). Next season, I tried a 170, loved it more ! Burnt it up after 2 seasons (Continential "Road" Attack). Then decided to go back to a 160 because of price and I thought it would turn better. After riding with the 170 for two seasons, I must have learned to ride better/get lower in the corners. When I put that 160 back on there it felt like I was leaning too far over now, like I was riding on the side wall. Now, I've gone back to a 170 and I'm never going back ! It makes me feel way better knowing I have a little chicken strip as cushion and honestly, I think it just handles better now.
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