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Ta-Daaa!! Ordered the package yesterday! Bearclaw HTR 26x11x12 mounted on 12 x 7 Black ITP SS212's, ITP lug nuts, Maier fender flares. Also ordered all the stainless steel hardware for re-mounting the front and rear luggage. My plan for New Years weekend is to remove luggage, remove racks. Coat racks with Herculiner. Touch up paint on frame and chassis. Re-install luggage with stainless hardware, alum. backers, etc. Buff out scratches in plastic, put a good coat of SC-1 on, install fender flares, then finally install the new tire/wheel combo. I'll take some pics and put them on as I go. :grin2:
 

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Congrats on the new quad shoes!
 
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All that work may take more than one day. You must not like beer.
 
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Congrats , can't wait to see the pics.
 

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All that work may take more than one day. You must not like beer.
Oh no, I like beer just fine! A nice smooth Bar Harbor Real Ale, or a Gritty's IPA, or a Shipyard, or a Long Trail Double Bag, etc, etc! Just after the work is done!!
 

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Also, it's a 4 day weekend for me. We do four, ten hour days at our shop. All the stuff is supposed to be here Thurs. the 28th, so I have all day Fri., Sat., Sun., and Monday New Years Day to get 'er done!
 

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I took today off too, so I was able to get a jump start on some Grizz work. I was hoping to touch up paint on the frame and chassis components but that will have to wait until warmer weather. The underside of the Grizz is pretty dirty and needs a good pressure wash to be able to paint. It's just too cold for that now. I did get the luggage off, coated the racks with Herculiner, and did some touch up and detailing on the brake reservoirs and some other stuff on the handlebar/dash area. Here are a few pics of work so far.
 

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Well, some of the pics didn't come out very well. A photographer I am NOT!, LOL!
 

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Yay! Everything came, on time, and all correct. Thank you Dennis Kirk for a great deal and great service, and thanks to UPS for getting everything here. Today put the luggage back on with stainless hardware, put the new Maier over fenders on and got the new ITP SS212's with the 26x11x12 Kenda Bearclaw HTR's. I really like the look, the extra 1" ground clearance. Not much of a test yet, everything is frozen, temps running below zero to the single digits here. I took it out my woods trails, the tires really grab in the snow, and the steering in the snow is WAY better than the stockers. The ride feels good as best I could tell zipping up and down my bumpy driveway at about 20 MPH. Can't wait for a real ride this spring to really see the difference!
 

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Who said we don't have Grizzly's in Maine? There is one in the woods with brand new claws, LOL!
 
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Looking good! You gotta try those on some rock for me. This stupid tire choice is driving me up a wall. Every time I think I decide. Someone says something to shy me away from that tire. I am about to lose my mind! Those wheels look good on the Grizz. Have fun!
 
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Looks good! Glad you see you have it set up the way you want now.
 
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Nice set up Main , my buddy loves his HTR's let us know how you like em after you get some miles on em. If these iron BHOG's ever wear out I'm looking at those hard.
 
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I like the setup! Those bearclaws look good. How does it steer with the wider tires on front as compared with you stock tires?
 
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I like the setup! Those bearclaws look good. How does it steer with the wider tires on front as compared with you stock tires?
Of course so far I can't really check it on real dirt because all the dirt here is covered in ice and snow, LOL! But, in snow it goes awesome, and steers great, when you turn the handlebars, the machine turns, no skidding, and much, much more stable. In my rather long driveway there is some sand and gravel, and on that the steering is fabulous. So far, I am liking them a LOT!
 

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When we had the big warm up and rain storm a few days ago it melted pretty much all our snow, and then froze solid again. This gave me a chance to ride out to the little field out back and wring out the machine to get a better idea of dry ground performance with the new tires and wheels. As a bunch of you guys said, it feels like a whole different machine, in a good way. I can't seem to notice much difference in take off or crawling ability. The steering is just fantastic. The ride and bump absorption is so much better that it feels like the bike is faster. It's not, but I feel so much more confident in the handling that I let 'er rip much more! The field is pretty rough, and with the old stockers on, I would only get to about 20mph before I backed off. Last night I hit 35 before I had to put the binders on or else run into the trees! Traction is excellent in the snow, frozen grass, over logs, rocks, gravel, everything. With the power steering it's like a Jeep with the big tires all around. If I said it before, I'll say it again. Thanks to all of you guys that helped steer me in the right direction on this. The 26" tires on the 12" wheels was the right way to go for my type of riding, and I'm glad I choose a lightweight ITP wheel. Thanks!!!
 

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When we had the big warm up and rain storm a few days ago it melted pretty much all our snow, and then froze solid again. This gave me a chance to ride out to the little field out back and wring out the machine to get a better idea of dry ground performance with the new tires and wheels. As a bunch of you guys said, it feels like a whole different machine, in a good way. I can't seem to notice much difference in take off or crawling ability. The steering is just fantastic. The ride and bump absorption is so much better that it feels like the bike is faster. It's not, but I feel so much more confident in the handling that I let 'er rip much more! The field is pretty rough, and with the old stockers on, I would only get to about 20mph before I backed off. Last night I hit 35 before I had to put the binders on or else run into the trees! Traction is excellent in the snow, frozen grass, over logs, rocks, gravel, everything. With the power steering it's like a Jeep with the big tires all around. If I said it before, I'll say it again. Thanks to all of you guys that helped steer me in the right direction on this. The 26" tires on the 12" wheels was the right way to go for my type of riding, and I'm glad I choose a lightweight STI wheel. Thanks!!!
Awsome! Happy your satisfied with your tires.
 
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