The Other Wheel https://www.theotherwheel.com Sun, 14 May 2017 15:50:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 https://www.theotherwheel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/cropped-theotherwheel-32x32.jpg The Other Wheel https://www.theotherwheel.com 32 32 Lamonster Garage Wheel Balancers Review https://www.theotherwheel.com/spyder/lamonster-garage-wheel-balancers-review/ https://www.theotherwheel.com/spyder/lamonster-garage-wheel-balancers-review/#respond Sun, 14 May 2017 15:50:48 +0000 https://www.theotherwheel.com/?p=297 The newly available Lamonster Garage Approved Wheel Balacers are one of the few must have accessories for your Can-Am Spyder. Two critical factors on ride performance and comfort are centered on the wheels of the Spyder- alignment and balance. Alignment of the drive belt, belt vibration and properly aligned wheels go a long way in [...]]]>

The newly available Lamonster Garage Approved Wheel Balacers are one of the few must have accessories for your Can-Am Spyder.  Two critical factors on ride performance and comfort are centered on the wheels of the Spyder- alignment and balance.  Alignment of the drive belt, belt vibration and properly aligned wheels go a long way in transforming a rumble-ride to an “on rails” feel.

However, none of these overcome issues with wheel/tire balance.  Spyder are delivered from the factory with the 3 wheels spin balanced.  You can tell from the addition of stick on weights to the rims. This certainly helps with bounce but I can assure you probably see vibration in your mirrors or simply by looking at the front wheel fenders when riding.  There are different options you can try such as- new wheels, new tires, Ride-On, balance beads, etc.  I know because over the years I have tried every singl one.

So when I saw posts for the Lamonster Garage Approved Wheel Balacers I was a bit skeptical.  Of course I ordered them anyway.  I just ordered the set for the front and they arrived in a few days.  The two bags each held a metal circle with a sealed channel running along the outside edge.  Inside the ring are 3 holes that align with your wheel bolts.  Install is as easy as raising the front end of the Spyder, pulling the wheels, placing the balancers over the 3 wheel mounting bolts and putting the wheels back on.

I assumed you would need to get up to some degree of speed to have any effect but I noticed a dramatic difference on my suburban street where the speed limit 25 and the speed bumps make sure you abide. To describe it as “riding on glass” is not a stretch in any way.  This really was a game changing add-on.  The year of development that went into these was time well spent.

From now on my recommendation for new Spyder owners is a laser alignment AND Lamonster Garage Approved Wheel Balacers.

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State of Maryland Legalizes Autocycles https://www.theotherwheel.com/slingshot/stateofmarylandlegalizesautocycles289/ https://www.theotherwheel.com/slingshot/stateofmarylandlegalizesautocycles289/#respond Sat, 06 Aug 2016 13:56:49 +0000 https://www.theotherwheel.com/?p=289 After a year has long passed the Maryland lawmakers in Annapolis have finally accepted the Polaris Slingshot as a registrable, legal vehicle. Not that anyone was slowed down in getting one while the debate on the vehicle was underway- just drive north or south for about an hour to either PA or VA and the [...]]]>

After a year has long passed the Maryland lawmakers in Annapolis have finally accepted the Polaris Slingshot as a registrable, legal vehicle.  Not that anyone was slowed down in getting one while the debate on the vehicle was underway- just drive north or south for about an hour to either PA or VA and the Polaris dealer located there would gladly sell you a Slingshot.  Since the release last year you didn’t need to search too hard to find an “illegal” slingshot.  Just roll by a biker bar, visit a biker meetup or look around at a popular attraction like the Inner Harbor and you were bound to find a few Slingshots.

Much of the debate surrounded on how to classify the vehicle- a motorcycle or a car?  It took all of the time to determine it was neither!  It’s designated as a autocycle- 3 wheel, side by side seating, open cockpit, no state emissions testing required and a modified set of inspection criteria.  The required license for a Slingshot is a car license or higher- if you only have a motorcycle license you can’t legally drive a Slingshot.

While all of this was being put together:

  • MD lost considerable tax revenue since dealers were not selling these and collecting tax for the state
  • Polaris dealers in the state lost the sales to neighboring states
  • MD lost registration fees for the Slingshots bought and registered out of state
  • Rider safety was compromised- I did not see one Slingshot rider wearing a helmet

Its all just a bit sad.  Maryland was one of the last states (if not the last) to address the classification.  They had at least 48 other state laws to use as a model but the feet dragging was mind numbing.  It will be interesting to watch how they handle to next new vehicle types that are inevitable to hit the market in the next few years.

Slingshot

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What I’ve learned after performing a few dozen Spyder laser alignments https://www.theotherwheel.com/spyder/what-ive-learned-after-performing-a-few-dozen-spyder-laser-alignments/ https://www.theotherwheel.com/spyder/what-ive-learned-after-performing-a-few-dozen-spyder-laser-alignments/#comments Sun, 10 Jul 2016 13:51:42 +0000 https://www.theotherwheel.com/?p=286 With over 2 dozen Spyder laser alignments under my belt I have made a few interesting observations:

Only 50% of Spyders I’ve seen have matching tire pressures (<0.5 psi difference) on the front wheels. Non matching pressures can lead to pulling to one side, excessive tire wear, poor turning, etc. 15% of the Spyders have [...]]]>

With over 2 dozen Spyder laser alignments under my belt I have made a few interesting observations:

  • Only 50% of Spyders I’ve seen have matching tire pressures (<0.5 psi difference) on the front wheels.  Non matching pressures can lead to pulling to one side, excessive tire wear, poor turning, etc.
  • 15% of the Spyders have off center steering sensor reading before any alignment actions.
  • around 20% of the Spyders have had some error code(s) in BUDS history
  • no belt adjustments have been needed
  • 100% of the Spyders seen have needed alignment adjustments
  • perdicting how long it will take is a fools bet- you never know until you’re done.
  • 100% of the Spyder owners are pleasant!

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Solar LED Wheel Lights for any Can-Am Spyder for under $20 https://www.theotherwheel.com/spyder/solar-led-wheel-lights-for-any-can-am-spyder-for-under-20/ https://www.theotherwheel.com/spyder/solar-led-wheel-lights-for-any-can-am-spyder-for-under-20/#respond Sun, 22 May 2016 15:57:08 +0000 https://www.theotherwheel.com/?p=280 When you see something really cool for your Spyder the 1st question is “how much?”. This either turns into a BUY or thanks but no thanks. When I first saw LED wheel lights for the Spyder the 2nd was my reaction (at $200 for special finish and shipping). Then I found these:

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When you see something really cool for your Spyder the 1st question is “how much?”.  This either turns into a BUY or thanks but no thanks.  When I first saw LED wheel lights for the Spyder the 2nd was my reaction (at $200 for special finish and shipping).  Then I found these:LED Wheel Lights

Delivered from China in about 3 weeks the lights arrived in good condition.  Only a set of 4 (for a car) was offered and for much more than they sell for now.  They had a partial charge to the battery so testing can be done right away.  An adjustment to the prongs was needed to fit the Spyder wheel center.  Then 4 retainer clips and a ring are snapped into place and the light is ready to install.  The most tricky part of the install is removing the existing whee caps.  I have a small suction cup I use to get a grip on the gap and use a plastic wedge to pry the stock cap off.  Then its just a matter of pushing the Solar LED into the hub.

Each unit has one control button to test the unit and change the color mode.  Otherwise the light will auto-activate to its last mode when it detects low light conditions AND movement.  If either of these conditions stop for 30 seconds the LEDs turn off.

Battery charge time is stated as 3 hours of sun exposure.  I’ve not tested this or how long they last until they shutdown from battery depletion.  The lights are rated as waterproof and have been put through 1 bucket and hose washing with no issue.

The look of these is good.  They are all plastic bodies and the top surface is chrome finished.  Black would have been a better choice but this is not an available option.  I may cut a carbon fiber vinyl skin for mine to match my styling of my F3 at some point.

Video demo that really does not do these lights full justice but its the best video available.

Click below to buy via Amazon.  Remember you need 2- 1 for each wheel.

Solar LED Wheel Lights for any Can-Am Spyder for under $20

 

I also sell pre-tested, assembled and adjusted for the Spyder sets of 2 units in The Other Wheel Store.

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New Spyder Services offered by The Other Wheel https://www.theotherwheel.com/spyder/new-spyder-services-offered-by-the-other-wheel/ https://www.theotherwheel.com/spyder/new-spyder-services-offered-by-the-other-wheel/#respond Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:14:48 +0000 https://www.theotherwheel.com/?p=275 In addition to the being the only provider of Laser Alignments I now offer other services including:

Install of ceramic balance beads. 2oz in each front wheel and 3oz in rear. Removal of existing wheel weight and inflation to tire PSI specs. $40 B.U.D.S. hookup, code review, and reset. Printout if available at location. $10 [...]]]>

In addition to the being the only provider of Laser Alignments I now offer other services including:

  • Install of ceramic balance beads.  2oz in each front wheel and 3oz in rear.  Removal of existing wheel weight and inflation to tire PSI specs.  $40
  • B.U.D.S. hookup, code review, and reset.  Printout if available at location. $10
  • LED lights install*.
  • Vinyl skin application*.
  • Accessory installs*.

* Prices vary depending on complexity and time spent on job.  Call or message for a quote.

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BRP Diagnostic Kit- BUDS Ownership https://www.theotherwheel.com/spyder/brp-diagnostic-kit-buds-ownership/ https://www.theotherwheel.com/spyder/brp-diagnostic-kit-buds-ownership/#respond Sat, 12 Mar 2016 19:42:16 +0000 https://www.theotherwheel.com/?p=237 Any Spyder owner knows, or will find out, their Spyder is a highly sophisticated machine with a computer controlled system that manages the systems of your machine. In order to “talk” to your Spyder BRP shops use the BRP Diagnostic Kit including a software package called BRP Utility and Diagnostic Software or (BUDS). The kit [...]]]>

Any Spyder owner knows, or will find out, their Spyder is a highly sophisticated machine with a computer controlled system that manages the systems of your machine.  In order to “talk” to your Spyder BRP shops use the BRP Diagnostic Kit including a software package called BRP Utility and Diagnostic Software or (BUDS).  The kit includes:

  1. MPI-3 Interface (main unit, is used for diagnosis of all BRP vehicles)
  2. Diagnostic Cable (for connection of MPI-3 Interface to 4-TEC/E-TEC vehicles)
  3. Most recent BRP B.U.D.S software
  4. License for BUDS Software

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There is a misconception that you cannot own the software and interface if you are not an authorized BRP dealer.  This is simply not true.  The “Right to Repair” movement that challenges manufactures from keeping owners from self-repair or using a non-manufacturer endorsed shops has consistently been successful in forcing manufacturers to access these systems on vehicles they own.  A number of states in the US have introduced or passed legislation to make this the law and a federal, bi-partisan effort for a US wide policy is in the works.  Outside of the US there are already strong protections in place giving individuals and independent techs the right and means to access the vehicles interface.  You can’t call up BRP or visit your local dealer and by a copy of BUDS and the interface cables.   I have only found one reliable source for the software and connection kit.  They are an international company and ship worldwide.  The kit comes in a few different configurations and prices depending on the license type and duration and interfaces.

You first need to consider your license type.  At minimum you will want the Spyder Roadster license and you can go as far as licensing for all BRP vehicles (which could also require additional interface cables).  You then determine the license period.  Your license will only work for the duration it is purchased for and you will have to buy an updated license key when it expires.  With the license there are two other options- standard BUDS or Megatech which has advanced features dealers do not get access to.  I didn’t find anything from the Megatech offering useful so I went with the standard and a Spyder only license for 1 year.  My intent is to take advantage of multi year renewal discounts next year when I need to renew.

BUDS requires a computer running a supported Windows operating system and has system requirements so low that it will run on any computer available to you.  I installed mine on an old 11″ Windows 7 laptop so I can easily transport it and the interface cables on my Spyder.  Since the laptop had no CD drive I needed to copy what was on the disk to a flash drive and install from there.  install of the drivers and BUDS software was quick and easy.  I then brought everything down to my garage and plugged it in.  Works perfect, is legally mine and a welcomed tool to my Spyder garage.

 

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