My 500 - New Ohlins fork springs and corbin seat
I just want to show everyone this beauty after all the hard work i put in this weekend. I did the Ohlins fork springs Saturday and the taillight/blinker combo with license plate bracket and light. I also bought a new corbin seat which i think really helps fill in some of the empty space caused by the rear rack (which is a bike rack, yes a literal bicycle rack on my motorcycle).
After several days of google searches I came up short on finding some brackets to mount the lights to the swing arm. So I took matters into my own hands and went to a hardware store picked up some big hose clamps, sized them down to where it would fit my swing arm, then with the extra band sticking out i folded it over multiple times and flattened it with a vice, drilled a hole through it and mounted the lights. it actually worked surprisingly well, and they seem pretty strong and stiff so the lights are bouncing around (which i thought was going to happen). I'm bummed I didn't think about getting marine grade stainless steel hose clamps before doing this so the ones i have will probably rust in a year or so but it will give me a lot more time to come up with something more professional. The lights i bought are the X-ARC duos and they are crazy small and insanely bright! They also seem extremely well built and made from a nice metal.
The ohlins fork springs are 100% the best decision I've made for my bike so far. Seriously the difference is unbelievable, it eats up pot holes and is no longer terrifying when i hit a bump in a turn, it holds to the ground so much better and doesn't feel like a rocking boat when i stop. I was actually so impressed with their performance that i bought the rear piggy back set 15 minutes after my test ride of installing the front springs (the rear set is $1000, My bank account is pissed but I'm happy). If you have the money I highly recommend the front springs, and the install wasn't that bad either.
I also had to cut down the old license plate bracket on the rear fender frame. I'm a firm believer that everyone needs an angle grinder/cutting blade now. I was going to mount a reflector in the holes of the fender but a friend of mine gave me a sweet sticker that I'm just going to cover them up with instead.
I've always said I'm not very handy with tools but after this weekend I'm pretty positive i earned the right to say i am.
Also I forgot to mention ignore the silver fork tube, it has now been wrapped with black vinyl.
Hope you enjoy the photos and my post, Thanks everyone on this forum i literally couldn't of gotten to this point without you guys and you're plethora of information. <3 Rebel Love
2016 Rebel 500 non ABS