What have you done to your Himalayan today (or yesterday, or this week ...)

Overdrive

Well travelled
Location
Southern UK
Chances
Today I went around the bike checking a fww things. Three spokes needed a half turn to tighten them (two front and one rear). I have a creak on the rear suspension so I loosened and correctly torqued the swing arm bolt. That didn't help so I've soaked the rear shock bottom bolts and link rod bolts with penetrating oil to see if that helps. If not, I will have to dig into the bike and remove the shock and apply lubrication where required.

RobC
If the rear is creaking the chances are it’s not the linkage or lower shock mount, but the swing arm pivot itself. If it’s the same as mine, when the pivot nut is even remotely tight (40nm) the swing arm binds on the outer seals/shims which is what is creaking. Mine needed a 3mm spacer, so when everything is tight the shims control sideways movement of the swing arm, but don’t distort and bind with the swing arm. There’s a YouTube vid which is helpful.
 

Robc76

Well travelled
Location
Uk
I'd appreciate a link to the video if you have it. I'm going to leave it creaky until it is at the dealers for a service next week (to maintain the warranty). If they spot the issue and fix it then I will use them again. Otherwise they won't see my money again. I prefer to do all the servicing myself and will do once the warranty has expired.

RobC
 

RotorWrench

Well travelled
Location
USA
The Pyramid extender and beak installations use double-sided sticky pads and plastic rivets to attach to the fender. I augmented my installs with superglue gel. As long as the install areas are clean, the extended fender pieces should hold up. I have also just installed my own "fender extensions":

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I used a non-glueing metal-reinforced door-edge molding sourced from Amazon. It took about 6ft to do the entire front fender except the bottom of the extender. My fender is much stiffer now and less prone to vibrate. Looks much better in person than the pictures.



I have the smaller Pyramid rear deflector, the install as per instructions didn't work for me at all. It uses zipties and all they do is break on my bike. I'm still kinda annoyed at that overpriced thing, but I'll likely make my own mounts for it and use it, unless I sell it locally. I really like the rear hugger that Powerbronze sells:


Like @Bluestrom13 said too, you can just engineer your own rear monoshock protection with a bit of creativity! There's lots of room in the rear wheelwell to work with. Some of those neat-looking rear tirehuggers may hold you back if you want to upgrade to a beefier tire. There's a lot of room for that!

I have made shock guards in the past, one of my favorite being made using the plastic from an oil bottle :)

I like the looks of some of the bought ones though and depending on price might try one. Laserman brings up a good point though. I will be putting 130s on the rear so clearance might be an issue.
 

RotorWrench

Well travelled
Location
USA
I'd appreciate a link to the video if you have it. I'm going to leave it creaky until it is at the dealers for a service next week (to maintain the warranty). If they spot the issue and fix it then I will use them again. Otherwise they won't see my money again. I prefer to do all the servicing myself and will do once the warranty has expired.

RobC

There have been a few reports of over-torqued swingarm bolts, one thread on this forum.
 

Overdrive

Well travelled
Location
Southern UK
I'd appreciate a link to the video if you have it. I'm going to leave it creaky until it is at the dealers for a service next week (to maintain the warranty). If they spot the issue and fix it then I will use them again. Otherwise they won't see my money again. I prefer to do all the servicing myself and will do once the warranty has expired.

RobC
I’ll try and find it tonight, but others on here have mentioned/seen it.
I think you’ll find the standard dealer response (unless it’s one of the good ones we all know exist) is to simply loosen off the pivot nut and spray grease everywhere, a temporary bodge which doesn’t address the issue.
I think the problem stems from poor QC when the tubular ends are welded onto the swing arm. It they’re even slightly too far apart the side float bearings/seal on the outsides ( between the frame and swing arm) distort and bind against the swing arm rather than just touch it enough to control side to side movement. In my case a 3mm shim solved the problem permanently.
 

cisco

Getting there...
Location
Dorset
I’ll try and find it tonight, but others on here have mentioned/seen it.
I think you’ll find the standard dealer response (unless it’s one of the good ones we all know exist) is to simply loosen off the pivot nut and spray grease everywhere, a temporary bodge which doesn’t address the issue.
I think the problem stems from poor QC when the tubular ends are welded onto the swing arm. It they’re even slightly too far apart the side float bearings/seal on the outsides ( between the frame and swing arm) distort and bind against the swing arm rather than just touch it enough to control side to side movement. In my case a 3mm shim solved the problem permanently.
This little puppy. You can see the wear mark as it rotates in the frame causing the binding and squeak. I also shimmed it and solved the issue.

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RotorWrench

Well travelled
Location
USA
Ordered the Royal Endfield silver panniers and mounting brackets. Should be here in a couple of weeks!
Good deal! Just remember to look over some posts here for rack install tips. Good advice from posters that could save you some grief and time based on their experience.

The best and most important one to me is, loosely install all fasteners BEFORE tightening and torquing them down, allowing you some rack movement to properly align bolts. Rack fitting has been an issue for many.
 

tire iron

Getting there...
Location
Colorado
Good deal! Just remember to look over some posts here for rack install tips. Good advice from posters that could save you some grief and time based on their experience.

The best and most important one to me is, loosely install all fasteners BEFORE tightening and torquing them down, allowing you some rack movement to properly align bolts. Rack fitting has been an issue for many.
Thanks for the heads up!
I’ve thumbed through a few OEM luggage threads. Looks like I need to read through some more.
 

RotorWrench

Well travelled
Location
USA
I decided to run my permanent wiring for my GPS mount, USB port and auxiliary lights today. I have a Fuze box mounted and running everything through that. What a rat's nest. I still have the light switch and USB port mounts to make. I hope I can get my tank back on 🙄
 

Laserman

Well travelled
Installed my Booster Plug this morning. I managed to do it without completely removing the fuel tank, just needed to unplug the fuel pump's electrical. The BP I ordered is Part # 92120/3 for 2017-2021 bikes. My 2022 is a US-spec with California emissions stickers, but I suspected it to have the same setup as earlier Himalayans.

I noticed the difference right away on first start. "Toto" fired up smooth, settling to a steady idle with no popping in the exhaust. Grinning at this, I geared up for a ride in the hills. Low-speed tractability is greatly improved - no more herky-jerky just off idle - and overall throttle response is just about as good as I can ask for. Back road into my town is a 35MPH limit, and "Toto" purred down it in 5th gear at about 2600RPM. Used to have to drop to 4th there because of occasional engine stumble.

In short, the Booster Plug does everything as advertised and I highly recommend it!
 

Robc76

Well travelled
Location
Uk
I decided to run my permanent wiring for my GPS mount, USB port and auxiliary lights today. I have a Fuze box mounted and running everything through that. What a rat's nest. I still have the light switch and USB port mounts to make. I hope I can get my tank back on 🙄
Where did you put the Fuzebox? I have one on my GS and it is quite bulky and I can't see where to put one one the Himalayan.

RobC
 

BruceH

Getting there...
Location
MA/NH
Added the Hitchcocks USB adapter. Planning a longer ride in the near future so figured I needed to keep the phone GPS running if i'm heading for unknown territories...
 

BruceH

Getting there...
Location
MA/NH
Also did the 3000 mile tappet adjustment recently and used this cheap amazon tool for the tappet:
Either I used it wrong or it was sloppy as all getout. Seemed like about 30 degrees worth of slop in the square hole size (yes, I checked all 3 holes).
The exhaust was about a mil loose, thankfully didn't have to touch the intake. Will try the deck screw-in-a-dowel trick next time.
Still nice and noisy afterwards...
 

RotorWrench

Well travelled
Location
USA
Where did you put the Fuzebox? I have one on my GS and it is quite bulky and I can't see where to put one one the Himalayan.

RobC

Yes, it is a little bulky but I had one on my Dakar and I like the features and durability. It was challenging finding room on the Himmi and I tried several locations but I settled for under the pillion seat. Fits fine there but only if you remove the OEM tool bag. That was fine with me as I have my tools in another location anyway.

I mounted it with the weatherproof velcro because it also tends to dampen vibration, much preferred by me over solid mounting.

Here is a photo of the work in progress, which when finished the harnesses will be run through wire conduits.

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Robc76

Well travelled
Location
Uk
Yes, it is a little bulky but I had one on my Dakar and I like the features and durability. It was challenging finding room on the Himmi and I tried several locations but I settled for under the pillion seat. Fits fine there but only if you remove the OEM tool bag. That was fine with me as I have my tools in another location anyway.

I mounted it with the weatherproof velcro because it also tends to dampen vibration, much preferred by me over solid mounting.

Here is a photo of the work in progress, which when finished the harnesses will be run through wire conduits.

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I didn't think there was that much room under the seat. I'll have to get one ordered.

RobC
 

Robc76

Well travelled
Location
Uk
I see you didn't fit the plastic blocks (that say GIVI). I did and they wore a hole in my trousers. Now removed. The blocks not the trousers!

RobC
 
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