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I keep thinking about selling my 04 ESTX 50 but then I ride her and I decide to keep her. Now I have decided that I have had the bike almost 4 years and she probably needs some serious TLC. New brakes and wheels are on the way. However:

Do I need to change the suspension bearings?

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Oh yeah. :thumbsup: Just before I sold my 2004 ETSX frame a year ago I took it into my LBS to have them stick some Enduro bearings in it. With the shock disconnected the suspension would drop into it's unsagged position all by itself, it took some effort to get it to move out of that position. New bearings made it smooth as silk. The other thing that's worth considering is upgrading the shock bushes to BETD Strong Bushes. They also help the suspension movement to be smoother since they allow the shock to rotate at the linkage more easily.
 

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Thanks that was exactly what I was looking for.
 

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Thanks, I kept the same saddle. :D

I'm really pleased with the subtle but significant changes between the 2004 and 2007 models. A bit lower BB height, less BB height change with changing rear travel, slightly slacker head angle, shorter effective chainstay length and the carbon rear swingarm is incredibly stiff and does not flex. The only minor gripe I have is that the carbon swingarm is a bit wider than the aluminium unit so there's some heel contact every once in a while.
 

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I thought about that upgrade, a new bike, but the wife says NO! So that is why I decided to clean up the 04.
 

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EMFC said:
I thought about that upgrade, a new bike, but the wife says NO! So that is why I decided to clean up the 04.
:madmax: buy new bike :madmax: buy new bike:madmax:

Remember, It's easier to beg for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission!;)
 

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I did that with the last three bikes, I may not survive another episode of "hey is that another bike?"
 

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EMFC said:
I did that with the last three bikes, I may not survive another episode of "hey is that another bike?"
OK, you may have used up your bike begging quota, time to move on to hi end audio? :thumbsup:
 

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I normaly only talk about how fantastic it would be to have a new toy.

When she is sick of hearing replies with dont talk to me about you purchasing a new toy, I go to fase 2.

Desktop picture of the offending article, sad eyes when she moves around the house.

I say no thanks to cups of tea and go to bed early.. That normaly brakes her after a couple of weeks.

We were at a party last week where a fella and I were talking about how much our toys cost. He mentioned this to his wife and hinted about his ps3 and 50 inch plasma. She replied that it was completly different...... at least my hobbies get me out of the sofa!
 

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Here's my trick, all my riding buddy's use me as their personal mechanic; which I enjoy and my kids like to get their hands dirty too tinkering with allen keys etc. At any given time I have at least 10 bikes on hand and my wife has no idea that 8 of them are mine. If I bring in an unfamiliar ride, she doesn't even flinch now, just checks out the garage to make sure she can still park in there free from the ice and snow; or sun in the summer.

Another plan is to sell the old bike and some other stuff on eBay and when you come up short a few hundred or so, sit on the couch and watch sports during the opportune times for Oprah and E.T. and such........... she'll ask you "what model bike did you want again".

As far as my first trick goes, I don't condone dishonesty toward your wife. If my wife asks if that's mine, I own up. The last time she asked, I had already had the bike for about 6 months. So I said, yeah it's mine, it's been here for 6 months (no money missed means no money to argue about)

Here's my last angle, I have a shaved head ............ $30.00 once overy 3-4 years for clippers vs. $65.00 every month for hair "styling" which requires an imediate wash upon returning home to "get all the crap out" That adds up to just over $3100.00 every four years. Your bike was an '04?

It's 08 now.
 

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Here's my last angle, I have a shaved head ............ $30.00 once overy 3-4 years for clippers vs. $65.00 every month for hair "styling" which requires an imediate wash upon returning home to "get all the crap out" That adds up to just over $3100.00 every four years. Your bike was an '04?

It's 08 now.
That's it, I'm shaving my head!
 

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Discussion Starter · #18 ·
This thread took a strange turn at reply # 8
 
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