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About swfarrar

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  • Birthday 08/10/1946

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    Austin, TX
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    2004 VFR800A

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  1. Hi swfarrar, Thank you for your donation of $50.00. We look forward to improving the forums with your donation. Thanks VFRDiscussion
  2. Not sure if this is relevant to your problem but when I had a similar noise it was ascribed to the cam chain tensioner and I was advised to switch to a different engine oil, Shell Rotella T6 synthetic, 5W-40. Worked perfectly. No more noise.
  3. Hi swfarrar, Thank you for your donation of $25.00. We look forward to improving the forums with your donation. Thanks VFRDiscussion
  4. Windscreen Extension

    I also have the MRA Vario and like it a lot. I'm only 5' 9", though, so I don't know how it would work for someone 5" taller. I had the Laminar Lip, which is what I believe is shown in Monk's pictures. It helps a lot and is well designed to be used with a stock windscreen. I switched to the MRA mostly because I found a great deal on a used one and like the way it looks on the bike. Either of them should be an improvement if noise and buffeting are a problem for you.
  5. Gps Mount / Device Mount On The Viffr

    I have Convertibars on my 2004 and there wasn't a place to put a handlebar mount so I went with a RAM ball that bolts to the top of the clutch fluid reservoir. It comes with longer bolts and spacers and taking off the reservoir cover isn't any more complicated than without the mount. On top of that is a RAM 4" arm, though it's actually about 3.5" center to center on the two balls. Then there's a RAM clip-in GPS mount that's specific to my nuvi 500. It works really well once you get it adjusted properly. It clears the windscreen on a complete sweep, puts the GPS up fairly high but still protected by the windscreen, is out of the line of sight of the instruments and is just above my left hand. I power the GPS from an unswitched Powerlet in the stem.
  6. Flat Stanley rides to Dewatto Bay

    One of my Texas friends sent a 'Flat Stanley' cutout doll that's part of a kids literacy program her nephew was involved in. I was supposed to photograph Flat Stanley in a local place and send pictures. I shot him on a great ride last weekend along Hood Canal, Washington, http://g.co/maps/8aksx, after making a helmet for him, of course.
  7. What comes with a Power Commander?

    Hmmm, that pasted link doesn't seem to work so go to http://www.powercommander.com and work your way down to the information for your model.
  8. What comes with a Power Commander?

    You can download the installation and instruction manuals from the Dynojet site at http://www.powercommander.com/powercommander/downloads/Default.aspx. They have all their maps available for download, as well. There are also member-created maps available on this site in the downloads section. You'll need a PC and a USB cable (assuming it's a PC III USB Power Commander) to check the map that's installed now or change the map. You can use either a laptop next to the bike with the USB still installed or take the Power Commander out and carry it to your desktop PC to connect with the USB cable. If you do that you'll need to buy the optional battery power supply from Dynojet.
  9. Heated Grips

    Highly recommend the Dual Star heated elements, combined with a pair of BMW grips. I've installed them on two bikes and couldn't be happier.
  10. Changing the Instrument panel bulbs to LED's

    I don't have any experience with installing LED's on bikes but can offer one suggestion that might come in handy if they're too bright, which happens often when I'm dealing with audio equipment, especially with the blue LED's. Fingernail polish works great to manage the intensity of LED's and even to change the color slightly. A little deep-red polish applied to an over-bright blue LED dims it and makes it a much more pleasant bluish-purple color. There's also gray polish to dim the light without changing the color, useful for red and green ones. Just dab on a coat, let it dry thoroughly and test it. If it's not enough, put on another coat but ONLY after the first coat is completely dry. If it's too much it comes off easily with, what else, fingernail polish remover, or acetone.

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