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Hi All,
General Chat may not be the best thread to ask these questions, but here they are.
Farklemasters.com web page seems to no longer be up and running. Can anyone tell me if they are out of business? I am looking for the S.S. Brake bar so I can darkside my 2013. Is there anywhere else I can purchase a S.S. Bar or do any of you have one you want to sell?
Since the last FJR I had darksided was about 10 years ago, can anyone tell what tire they like and pressure they have been running in it?
As always, any help or advice is greatly appreciated!
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Who boy, darkside! I didn't bother with the SS one, I just made my own. I just went to Tractor Supply and got a piece of cold rolled flat bar, cut & drilled it, wire brushed it really well, heated it to 180-200*F and painted it rattle can flat black engine enamel. 2 coats. It's been 5 or 6 yrs, hasn't chipped yet!

I liked the Michelin Exalto best for pavement, not so much on dirt roads. It's been discontinued. I liked the original General G-Max AS-03 for dirt roads better, it did pavement fine, a little harder turn-in than the Exalto. It's also been discontinued. Those are the only two I've run so far so I'm interested too in what others may be running. I think I destroyed my fairly new Exalto last weekend that I got new from a fellow member here. I ran around 32-34 psi on both.

There's a few DarkSide tire threads here, search around.

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Those that don't DarkSide: your bike, your choice. Same for everyone else. We all understand how strongly people are divided on this topic, no need to spout your personal safety concerns or whatever- if you can't contribute peacefully to what the man is seeking then please don't.
+1. I alway am interested in what riders do and why they do it. Many times I say to myself, "My ride, my choice". I am fascinated by this topic and the length of time riders have been doing it. I also asked similar questions recently in a thread. Although, this is not for me right now, I want to be informed. With all these tires being discontinued, I wonder if it is because there aren't that many small cars on the road with 17" rims?

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Please tell me more...what is a "S.S. Brake bar" and what is meant by "darkside?"


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Hi All,
General Chat may not be the best thread to ask these questions, but here they are.
Farklemasters.com web page seems to no longer be up and running. Can anyone tell me if they are out of business? I am looking for the S.S. Brake bar so I can darkside my 2013. Is there anywhere else I can purchase a S.S. Bar or do any of you have one you want to sell?
Since the last FJR I had darksided was about 10 years ago, can anyone tell what tire they like and pressure they have been running in it?
As always, any help or advice is greatly appreciated!
Ride safe..................Jeff

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Please tell me more...what is a "S.S. Brake bar" and what is meant by "darkside?"

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"Going To The Dark Side", "Dark Siding", etc. means someone chooses to run a car tire on the rear of his/her/its motorcycle. The "S.S. Brake Bar" is an aftermarket stainless steel rear brake caliper anti-rotation arm, commonly called the rear brake caliper stay or the rear caliper tension bar. Many of us just made our own as I described above. To look up the part, see the rear wheel fiche. From the factory it's a 19mm square tube but for the Dark Side it has to be replaced with a piece of flat bar.

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I've used Farklemasters a few times, all with great results. Good guy, fast shipping. He goes by Catfish... I actually bought that same bar from him, so I can attest to it's working.
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I've used Farklemasters a few times, all with great results. Good guy, fast shipping. He goes by Catfish... I actually bought that same bar from him, so I can attest to it's working.
Do you know how I can contact Catfish? I have become lazy in my old age and would rather buy one made of stainless than make my own. If I remember correctly, Farklemasters.com has many great farkles for the FJR! I hope we do not loss such a valuable resource!
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I hope hes not out of biz-he had some good deals. The address I have is [email protected]

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I hope hes not out of biz-he had some good deals. The address I have is [email protected]
I sent Catfish an email and it came back undeliverable. I think they may have closed up shop! Do you know of anyone else selling brake bars?
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I do not, sorry. Easy enough to make, or maybe ya can send Russ (rbentnail) some $$ and he can make ya one. It is really just a flat bar with the bolt holes cut. Wish ya luck!

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