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post #1 of 4 Old 05-23-2012, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Thoughts on riding 2 up.

I've read a little about the subframe bolts...are these failing due to "offroad" use, or just overloading? I plan on doing a lot of riding with a passenger. Between the 2 of us, we probably go 400 pounds. The roughest terrain we will see will be a dirt road, but I don't want to have any trouble. I'm assuming an extra 200 pounds of cargo on the seat isn't a problem?
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-23-2012, 08:16 AM
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Both reasons can cause the subframe bolts to fail.. Changing them out to larger, grade 8 hardware is easy and cheap..

I have the "drill through" type that is very similar to this


and I've helped perform this same upgrade on over a dozen bikes..

While you're at it, put better fasteners in your footpegs, too.
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post #3 of 4 Old 05-24-2012, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Me and the wife went for a little ride last night...needless to say, it is a much more comfortable ride than my XT350.

I can see us putting a lot of miles on this thing.
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post #4 of 4 Old 05-24-2012, 01:57 PM
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Bucket, I was actually looking at the upgrade too. I've heard of someone snapping their bolt on a highway as a lone rider. I don't recall, but it didn't seem like he had much cargo on him.

It does some nasty damage, aside from your frame just kinda holding on, the guy I read the story of said the carb detached from the airbox, somehow the exhaust ripped off the header, and there was an electrical wire that got sheared.

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