Posts by Andy Hatch

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    Thanks Mitch for your kind thoughts, I will pass them along. One thing the forum family might consider to help Michelle out is that while she is planning on keeping the Sling for now, Greg had a "06 Goldwing Trike he babied and commuted to work with for years before SS came out but now needs a new home. Has around 106K miles but those in the know are aware that it has lots of life left. I will find out a value but if anyone is interested contact me directly at andyhatch@live.com

    I would be willing to help get it delivered between VA and PA. It runs great and would make a good driver or project (Goldwing quad?) for someone.

    A funeral service for Greg (DocG) Smith will be held at 1045 this Thursday October 24 at Quantico National Cemetery. I have notified the local DMV Wrecking Crew gang but wanted to post up in case I left someone out or you will be in the are by chance. When I told his wife Michelle a few weeks ago I would have to get a new suit she said "Don't you dare, Greg would be horrified, just come as you are." I will be there with the Sling to pay my respects to a damn good man and his widow.

    I agree with Wokka on this setting. When the road gets hot again and traction improves I may change but with DDM S/C the change was still wild. Four weeks will mark my fifth anniversary with the sling and this mod renews the love affair.

    I was off the grid paddling 150 miles on the James River beginning of the month to middle. Got back to email from Gregs' widow with the sad news. Glad I was the last of the crew to ride with him a couple of weeks before his first heart attack hit. Wraith, you were the last crew member I rode with when we went to the car show, so yes, we should all get together to salute a fellow veteran and crewmember. Gregs' door was always open, and came with the obligatory offer of a cold beer and a hot cheeseburger. A good man with a big heart that failed him.

    When Trent first posted pics of his sling a couple of years ago with the fin removed my first thought was gotta have it. After emailing back and forth he sent me his # to explain things then sent me a paint by number tutorial on how he did it. I discussed the project with my buddy Doug at Metricks who took a slightly different tack in accomplishing the removal. Someday soon I will post pics of my repainted, finless sling but now is the time to thank Trent for his inspiration and help, Metricks for the execution of the project, and The Rock, Jdin, Wraith, and Lrobbi for their help in earlier mods. Five years of good times come November. Was off the grid for last two weeks doing 150 mile canoe trip on the James river from Buchanon to Richmond, VA and came home to find my buddy DocG passed away. Like Trent, I enjoyed helping others with my fairly limited wrenching skills and will always remember installing my first replacement exhaust and Alpha CAI on DocGs' sling after Dave at DDM forced me to buy the SC and TheRock did the heavy work installing it.

    Keep paying it forward.

    I had three different gps HUD speed displays from Amazon that collectively lasted three months. Was running base model 18" rear, 17" fronts with all season tires for cold weather and 20/19 high performance summer tires and didn't want to pay $50 dollars or more to get the ECU reprogramed seasonally. I found a nice gps speedo with 52mm pod from Speedhut and mounted it just to the left of the driver side painted dash cover. Now running 19" all around and appreciate the accuracy. Had it a couple of years so don't remember how much it cost but as a SS mod it ranks fairly low $ wise. (To clarify, The Rock mounted it for me.)

    From our patient:

    Thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts. Greg had a follow up check up last week and immediately got sent by ambulance back to the hospital. They did a procedure which neither of us can describe intelligently in which they stop the heart for five seconds, then restart it and see what works and what doesn't. They actually disabled a small part in his heart and sent him home. He is now feeling 120% better (his words) and when I spoke to him around 0700 his wife was giving him a haircut. Guess he wants to look pretty when I see him tomorrow. Again, your kind thoughts have really lifted his spirits. Now I just have to get him back in slingin condition.

    My first, and best sounding aftermarket exhaust back around 2/15 was by Full Blown. It now resides in DocG's Sling since I went to the Alpha side exit which came from WraithSS. Musical mufflers, not chairs. Good thing I already had DDM S/C when those great looking headers came out or they might be on DocG's sling also.

    After visiting with DocG-Greg, I wanted to let all his friends know what is going on with him. Early AM on Sunday the 4th he suffered a massive heart attack at home. His wife Michelle bought him back to life but his heart stopped again as he arrived at the hospital. He was revived there and was in the ICU at Mary Washington in Fredericksburg for two days before being transferred to another hospital in Arlington, VA. Glad to report he is now home and has 90 days of non work status. He had to be intubated in the ambulance when they came to his house so his throat is still sore and he is a little hoarse. The good news is that his throat discomfort is helping him to stay off cigs for good (I hope). I have enjoyed many a cheeseburger at his house but they too will be off the menu for a while as Michelle is doing a good job of being the diet Nazi. I have been drafted to keep his sling and Goldwing trike limber until he can be back in the saddle and help chauffeur him when needed to spell his angel wife. He has asked me to be a contact for him temporarily while his strength comes back. Sucks because he was scheduled for back surgery to fix old issues and that is now off indefinitely.

    Whether you are a fellow veteran, he was one of those crazy submariners, keep Greg in your thoughts as he gets back into riding form. A great guy whose default response when I or anybody else needed a favor was always 'Absolutely'.

    That video with them blowing up gives me a new respect for tires.....during inflation...pretty scary ...



    Also notice on the airplane wheels/tires....the grooves are just straight to remove water. Not fancy like on cars....makes me wonder if those curved grooves is just a sales gimmick....

    Bigdog,,

    Keep a sharp overhead lookout for aircraft when on Tail of the Dragon.

    No charge for this info-a public service.

    Funny you should mention a crew ride. I just got back from a two hour blast through the foothills around home while getting weather warnings on the Garmin. Next Saturday (I know, a holiday weekend) the weather looks pretty sweet. I hereby call a swarm with a meetup in Front Royal, either at Spelunkers or McAlisters. Open to any and all suggestions but not to excuses. Didn't get any riding from November through March like I normally would on decent days since the SS was apart for painting and special surprise mod(s).

    Edward,


    It well still be slower than the old plug, but let it run at idle for five minutes and it takes about ten minutes to drain. I do jack up the drivers side to facilitate draining fully, or close to it.

    Don't waste your time trying to reason with him, he will find a way to argue that his Chinese knock off is the same quality as metrics just because they have some visual similarity.

    Right on, my friend. At first I considered replying again but it's rather obvious that forum members have already drawn their own conclusions about both Bigdog and Metricks. I just got home from Dougs' shop and was admiring the handiwork of the gang. For those really interested, call Doug at 703-330-8883 and tell him your are a friend of mine. He has really helped me in the past and I'm waiting for a nice Saturday that fits his schedule for some more projects.

    You will not regret getting a fender from Doug at Metricks. After I bought my sling 11/14 his fender was my first major mod. Now happily on my second one since I went to a 345 rear. Some day I will learn how to load pics and show that and his other handiwork on my baby.


    Bigdog,, I seem to recall that you bought your fender off of Ebay and had a litany of problems with it. Don't compare yours and its' poor quality with a picture off of a website. I can assure you there is no comparison with each and every rock solid component of a Metricks fender and the POS you thought was such a great value. Anyone who has bought a product of any kind from them will attest to the quality of the workmanship.

    when google fails, try

    http://www.metricks.us

    You will not regret getting a fender from Doug at Metricks. After I bought my sling 11/14 his fender was my first major mod. Now happily on my second one since I went to a 345 rear. Some day I will learn how to load pics and show that and his other handiwork on my baby.


    Bigdog,, I seem to recall that you bought your fender off of Ebay and had a litany of problems with it. Don't compare yours and its' poor quality with a picture off of a website. I can assure you there is no comparison with each and every rock solid component of a Metricks fender and the POS you thought was such a great value. Anyone who has bought a product of any kind from them will attest to the quality of the workmanship.