Originally Posted by twowheeladdict
There was a lot of bad rubber parts in the '07 - '10 time period. Degraded rather quickly. Fuel lines, turn signal mounts, valve stems, and even tires showing signs of dry rot prematurely. Cheap Chinese parts. LOL!
Definitely change out the valves stems on your first tire change whether you use TPMS or not. Especially if your bike sits outside in a parking lot.
The TPMS system I bought for my touring bike came with valve stems and the option to mount the sensors inside the wheel or outside.
Yes as a electrician I got all the clean jobs
, so if you ever were involved in rubber manufacture several things to know, carbon black is used extensively. They use a arc lamp at the time , now other means of producing ultra violet , the kind during a solar eclipse that TR**P looked up at , the purpose is to see how long the rubber compound takes to break down. 20 years ago a sheet of plastic took a year, possibly 2 to fail. A cheap tarp the same, now if you get 6 months out you are doing good. I said trivia, carbon black is a extremely good conductor, the more in the compound the better it conducts, so when you see a truck in contact with high voltage and the tires on fire, that is because of the carbon black, if it is your car, stay in, unless it is on fire. Kangaroo hopping with one foot, keep your arms at your side, don't touch anything metal if possible, it could be your last.
The most expensive plastic made is the clear stuff, other $$$$ means of ultra violet protection come into play here. I think I have mentioned about non conductive hose, for water cooled inverters, yes you knew when someone didn't know what they were doing, when called in on a hose failure, one that vanished
, only a small piece and a gear clamp left. Yes airline may look the same, but it isn't.
What appears to be rubber is usually a form of plastic, how can you tell? If you have a soldering iron, start it up, take a sample piece of hose, if it melts from the soldering iron, it ain't rubber
I mentioned trivia
A excellent manufacturer of non conductive hose Gates 19B
, made in Canada
, you could take this hose 5 years later ,after being subject to 150'F water, cut it and slide it back onto a hose barb, NP. Well they decided that Mexico could make it cheaper
:thum b: It was cheaper, think about it, something goes wrong, water cooled equipment operating at 860 VDC and in excess of 3500 VAC, circulation stops, do we want hose that melts present****Only if this is a make work project.
So I was leading up to what happened when Gates moved to Mexico , the hose supplier provided me with about 20 different hose samples, only one worked, all the rest had plastic in them. The OEM had to scramble too and went to India to get replacement hose made, we are talking 100 of thousands of feet.
So be aware when modifying your bike, instead of buying OEM hose to replace that ThermoBob hose, converting back, you went to Canadian tire, just be aware not all hose is a rubber product, like stainless steel , 100's of alloy's labeled stainless, the really good ones have a high nickel content , in induction 316 is the choice https://www.greenwoodmagnetics.com/r...ainless-steel/
OK, intermission is over, got some EBC brake shoes to install ,my Fortnine order arrived yesterday , only took a week, thanks again to a post by @16VGTIDave