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Old 06-28-2012, 10:12 AM   #21
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I'd like to get a narrow twisted springer someday, and I will.
I got mine for $300, see them quite often in the classifieds for that. cheaper than a new DNA, I think?
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:34 AM   #22
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The rockers are kind of ugly...I don't know if I want to post them. Ha ha.

They basically moved the axle out forward to eat up some of the 9-10 inches of trail I had.

I took 3/8" plate and drilled holes in it and inserted 1/4 inch wall tubing in the holes and welded it up...trying to mimic the original rockers thickness and appearance so I could retain all of the original hardware.

Seriously the welds are ugly (MIG), but have great penetration (220V). I am glad the washers cover up the welds.

I was going to try to polish them up shiny steel. But I lost patience. I ended up painting them metallic silver same as the frame.

ugh, I guess I will post some pics for ridicule later tonight.

I think DNA's are fine too. yeah, I'd like to get a narrow twisted springer someday, and I will.
its about function , not form!!!! the new rockers work right? you made them yourself, so they were cheap right? sounds like a homerun!!!
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:05 PM   #23
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I'm just trying to figure out the trail story.
9" - 10" is allot of trail, & unless I'm wrong (which I may be) the DNA springer runs parralell with the neck, getting it's trail in the rockers (about 3.5").
Rake should have no real affect on trail.
To shorten the trail by 6" means bringing the front wheel closer to the bike, not further away.
Longer rockers prolly work fine, & may make the ride a bit nicer, but will only increase trail.
Since the problem was in the neck, I bet the original rockers will be fine. They also contain brass bushings, so I bet they'll hold up better (no disparagement meant to yours).
That's why I wanted to see them.
I could be totally wrong here. Let me know if I am.
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Man you made them sound terrible, but I think they came out nice.

I was looking at the offset at the rocker / axle, you're right that's not trail. my mistake.

So does it ride softer with the longer rockers?
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Make sure it's advancing the points. The slitest bind and it will miss.
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