OES Accessories now will be carrying Seca II frame sliders!

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OES Accessories now will be carrying Seca II frame sliders!

Post by Siper2 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:34 pm

So, I'm new here. :greeny: Only posted a bit so far, and picked up my '94 Seca II a few weeks ago. Great condition, runs great, bone stock as far as I can tell. It's my first bike - so, naturally, after I got my permit, the next day I went out to ride... and dropped it in the bottom of my driveway. Awesome. Thankfully there's no frame nor motor damage (just a gouged fairing on the outer edge on the right, and a few scratches elsewhere), but obviously frame sliders are a very popular modification.

Except... they're not plentiful for the XJ600 / Seca II, which is pretty much true for a lot of OEM and aftermarket parts, it seems! I researched some, found a few on eBay, checked out a few on the forums here. Some looked good, others not so much. Then I stumbled upon OES Accessories' website.... and they seem to be very well made, and made in the US which is nice for we domestics. :kudos:

http://oesaccessories.com/OESdifference.html

Unfortunately, nothing for my bike. But I emailed the owner and lo and behold, he responds (very quickly) that he has access to a Seca II, and can manufacture some. EXCELLENT!

Inside a scant couple of weeks, he'd produced them and shipped them out to me. They arrived yesterday, neatly packaged via USPS and tightly bubble-wrapped:

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And here they are! OES allows you to choose the color of the sticker, I went with yellow to match my bike.

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The outside of the slider, with the long bolt poking through. OES provides all the hardware, including the bolt and washers, plus a locking nut.

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The inside of the slider - here you can see the locking nut and washer:

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Not being very patient, I set out to install them today. A quick email to OES told me that the top engine mount bolts come out. One for each side, this pic is looking at the LEFT side of the bike.

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Bolt removed:

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Slider installed (I hadn't fully tightened the nut down yet, but you can see the slider installed here):

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Higher viewpoint:

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And now the RIGHT side of the bike, installed:

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RIGHT side, looking straight down the bike to give an idea of how much it clears the side of the engine for protection:

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And a right side shot of the whole bike. Yes that's my dinged-up fairing, and yes that's a Superman floor mat. :D

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Tools:


- 8mm hex-head wrench (ideally a tip for a long socket extension, for the head of the bolt... I didn't have one, so I used a regular 8mm hex key wrench, and braced it with a box wrench when tightening up)

- 17mm socket or wrench (for the lock nut - a ratcheting wrench is VERY useful, since clearance with the headers installed is minimal... a socket head didn't fit, for me)

- 14mm socket or wrench (to remove the OEM engine mount bolt and nut - so ideally you should have one of each, socket and wrench)


OES specified roughly 45 foot-pounds of torque for tightening up, but unfortunately I couldn't get my torque wrench in there. So I made them "good and tight" and if I can get myself an 8mm hex-head socket head/tool, then I should be able to torque down properly on the bolt head (for my torque wrench I need a 1/2" drive)


So, I'm pretty excited and definitely wanted to share. :) Taking my time, this took me about half an hour, and I'm a low-to-intermediate level home mechanic/wrencher.


PRICING: OES is going to likely run an introductory price on them. He (his name is Noah) wanted to see how my install went, and then he'll list a price. I don't want to say how much I paid, since I'm not sure if it will be exactly the same or not. However you can see all the other bikes' offerings here, to get an idea:

http://oesaccessories.com/FrameSlidersindex.html

Note that he has a dedicated photo and instructions for each type of bike, so I assume it'll be the same for the Seca II.

Can anyone here tell me if all Seca II and XJ600 engine mounts/frame designs are equal? That will determine what he can list on the website. This must be specific!


Thanks - I will keep everyone posted. :)

=S2=

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Re: OES Accessories now will be carrying Seca II frame slide

Post by Siper2 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:38 pm

Oh... you can see that I have a jack under the engine. This was just a precaution, I wasn't sure if one side of the engine would drop a little, when I removed the bolts. It did not, but better safe than sorry. :)

I'd also like to add that I did read on the forums not long ago, that frame strength to SUPPORT sliders on the XJ600 is questionable... so I did take that into consideration. However I figured I'd prefer to have a measure of protection, for what hopefully would happen (again) at slow speeds, that would affect my engine and hardware, but not damage the frame.

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Re: OES Accessories now will be carrying Seca II frame slide

Post by Siper2 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:38 pm

Update 8/25/13: THEY HAVE BEEN LISTED!

http://oesaccessories.com/92-98Seca2.html

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Re: OES Accessories now will be carrying Seca II frame slide

Post by Jynx » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:19 pm

I'm a little disappointed right now. I got all excited about getting some kind of protection for my bike, but I followed your link to the website and the XJ600 isn't listed as one they are making frame sliders for. :cry:

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Re: OES Accessories now will be carrying Seca II frame slide

Post by Siper2 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:25 pm

That's because he hasn't listed them yet.

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Re: OES Accessories now will be carrying Seca II frame slide

Post by Bigfeet51 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:22 am

I contacted this company and was told that the Sliders for the Scea's will be available the beginning of this week

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Re: OES Accessories now will be carrying Seca II frame slide

Post by Siper2 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:51 am

The contact probably wasn't necessary but thanks for the info. :)

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Re: OES Accessories now will be carrying Seca II frame slide

Post by Bigfeet51 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:57 am

Siper2 wrote:The contact probably wasn't necessary but thanks for the info. :)
My apologies

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Re: OES Accessories now will be carrying Seca II frame slide

Post by Siper2 » Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:10 am

No no, not upset, just saying that they're already being released....although, I guess he didn't give me an exact date even though I assumed it would be very soon.

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Re: OES Accessories now will be carrying Seca II frame slide

Post by julscruiser » Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:02 pm

I think its awesome that he got right on that and made them up.

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