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Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 01:56 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 15,856
Posted By ChasM
That sounds like an oxymoron, i.e. 101mph and...

That sounds like an oxymoron, i.e. 101mph and smooth with unbalanced wheels! Did the wheels have single rim locks? Perhaps the wheels had been balanced previously.
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 01:40 PM
Replies: 2,845
Views: 429,833
Posted By ChasM
Yes, that is quite an endorsement. Out of...

Yes, that is quite an endorsement.

Out of curiosity, what were the piston ring end gaps on the used rings? Ordinarily rings would automatically be replaced in an engine that is torn down.
Forum: Thumpers 11-22-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By ChasM
It is my understanding via KTMTalk that there is...

It is my understanding via KTMTalk that there is a switched DC wire (black) behind the headlight which can be used. The DC would be shut off when the engine is turned off. The black unused wire is...
Forum: Thumpers 11-22-2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 503
Posted By ChasM
Nice looking bike. I highly recommend the...

Nice looking bike.

I highly recommend the 350 conversion. My '08 250 XCF-W was converted back in July 2008 by HTRacing and I have been riding it ever since then. It has always been a wonderful...
Forum: Thumpers 11-19-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 644
Posted By ChasM
Exactly. Forget the MXC as the close ratios...

Exactly.

Forget the MXC as the close ratios are poorly suited for generalised or dual sport use. If the MXC was properly geared for the trails, it would be way too low geared for cruising due to...
Forum: GS Boxers 11-17-2014, 05:04 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,049
Posted By ChasM
Turning the knob raises or lowers both high and...

Turning the knob raises or lowers both high and low beams at the same time.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-17-2014, 04:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,109
Posted By ChasM
I have test ridden both models and the standard...

I have test ridden both models and the standard GSW worked much better for me. It seemed to handle better, was more nimble, was less cumbersome, and was easier to reach the ground with my feet.
Forum: GS Boxers 11-17-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,979
Posted By ChasM
GSW vs GSAW

For the life of me I can't figure out why so many of you prefer the GSWA over the standard GSW. The GSW is much lighter, handles better, performs better, and goes a long way on 5.3 gallons of gas. ...
Forum: Thumpers 11-13-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 2,845
Views: 429,833
Posted By ChasM
350 EXC Transmission Ratios

Although the EXC/XC-W's are called 'Wide Ratio' they are really anything but wide ratio. I figured that using the 2 stroke ratios would be a good deal, however as it turned out they probably are a...
Forum: Thumpers 11-11-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 7,679
Views: 1,590,427
Posted By ChasM
Wheel Balancing

$150 to balance wheels is outrageous. Do it yourself as it is easy to do. I use an inexpensive $50 Harbor Freight motorcycle wheel balancer which is easy to use and is very accurate, or you can...
Forum: Equipment 11-11-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 29,248
Posted By ChasM
If the inside was red then it was the second...

If the inside was red then it was the second generation.
Forum: Thumpers 11-10-2014, 02:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 587
Posted By ChasM
Rekluse Auto Clutch

If you decide on the Rekluse, make sure you go for the full Core EXP model to get the maximum number of clutch plates.
Forum: Thumpers 11-10-2014, 02:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 842
Posted By ChasM
The cooling fan ordinarily should take care of...

The cooling fan ordinarily should take care of the overheating issues. To see if the fan is working, pull off the thermo-sensor leads and touch them together. If the fan turns on then it's OK. ...
Forum: The Garage 11-05-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,148
Posted By ChasM
Older Battery Tenders vs Newer Batteries

Why not? What is wrong with using the older Battery Tenders with the newer bikes?
Forum: Equipment 11-05-2014, 10:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 873
Posted By ChasM
On my dirt bikes, I run the hot grips off the...

On my dirt bikes, I run the hot grips off the headlight AC hot lead. The hot grips work just fine on AC and they automatically turn off when the engine is shut down.
Forum: Thumpers 11-03-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By ChasM
Some of the 2008 models had oil transfer problems...

Some of the 2008 models had oil transfer problems from engine to transmission, problems with the auto decompression starting mechanism, and oil consumption issues. These issues were pretty much...
Forum: Thumpers 11-02-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By ChasM
The kick start and E-start are separate...

The kick start and E-start are separate mechanisms and work independently. Some folks do use the kick starter and E-start at the same time when the battery is a little too low to E-start.
Forum: Thumpers 11-02-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5,900
Views: 861,648
Posted By ChasM
Awesome Photos

Truly awesome photos!!

What is the source of the mirror? I'm looking for a replacement for my beloved Dual Star mirror.
Forum: Equipment 11-02-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 34,493
Posted By ChasM
Mountain House Freeze-Dried Dinners

I, like many of you, really like Mountain House dinners. Note that these dinners already contain plenty of salt. I do however like to add a little original Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce for a...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-29-2014, 05:47 PM
Replies: 293
Views: 21,082
Posted By ChasM
Slipper Clutch Problems

Keep in mind that there have been a number of complaints about the GSW slipper clutch. Motorcycle Consumer News has had for the most part very laudatory reports on the GSW other than for the slipper...
Forum: Thumpers 10-29-2014, 04:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By ChasM
Is a Fan Necessary?

Absolutely.

A fan, either OEM or TrailTech, will make all the difference in the world. It is an absolute necessity on these engines.
Forum: Thumpers 10-29-2014, 04:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 888
Posted By ChasM
'05 KTM 450 EXC Problems

I feel sorry that you have had so many issues with your 450 EXC.

I have owned three bikes with KTM RFS engines. All three were/are very dependable and easy enough to service with none of the...
Forum: Thumpers 10-27-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 961
Posted By ChasM
Another vote for the 3.4 gal Hard Parts gas tank.

Another vote for the 3.4 gal Hard Parts gas tank.
Forum: Thumpers 10-27-2014, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6,795
Views: 1,086,598
Posted By ChasM
Fiberglass Packing

FMF sells inexpensive fiberglass packing for 4 stroke mufflers which works very well.
Forum: Thumpers 10-24-2014, 05:11 PM
Replies: 7,679
Views: 1,590,427
Posted By ChasM
500 EXC Excessive Vibration

I am also curious about the vibration levels of the 500 EXC/XC-W. I believe that most say that they are (relatively) smooth but some say that they vibrate noticibly.
Forum: Thumpers 10-22-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 24,108
Posted By ChasM
Thermo-Sensor vs Aftermarket Radiator

That doesn't look like the stock rad since it seems to lack a thermo-sensor bung. A good aftermarket fan kit which doesn't need the sensor bung is the TrailTech Fan Kit which actually has an...
Forum: Thumpers 10-21-2014, 07:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,656
Posted By ChasM
Dirt Bike Tachometer

Exactly.

I install these small inexpensive tachs on all of my dirt bikes. They are most useful for idle speed adjustments and are also helpful to give RPM readings at steady cruising speeds.
Forum: Thumpers 10-21-2014, 06:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 737
Posted By ChasM
You might want to post this in the 'Thumpers'...

You might want to post this in the 'Thumpers' section if you haven't already done so.

This is/was a common problem, especially with the 2008 bikes involving a seal separating the engine oil from...
Forum: Equipment 10-21-2014, 06:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 868
Posted By ChasM
Helmet Safety vs Concussion

I suffered a concussion this past weekend while trail-riding wearing a year old Shoei FX-W helmet. The accident occurred at a slow speed on a steep downhill. I was unconscious for over five minutes...
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 1,169
Views: 183,854
Posted By ChasM
Street Plating a Dirt Bike

What state are you in? Some states like CA and a few others make it very difficult to street plate dirt bikes without proof of an on-road emissions sticker.
Forum: Thumpers 10-14-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 1,169
Views: 183,854
Posted By ChasM
Electrical Outage

I had been stymied by an electrical outage on my '08 HTR 350 XCF-W for some time. The bike still ran fine however all the lights, turn signals, and hot grips did not work. After a lot of searching,...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-11-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 31,229
Posted By ChasM
Proper Tire Pressure

I would think that 28/35 psi would be too low for street use, at least lower than recommended.
Forum: GS Boxers 10-11-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 12,837
Posted By ChasM
I find the stock seat on my '14 GS plenty...

I find the stock seat on my '14 GS plenty comfortable enough for long rides, especially when wearing padded Moto-Skiveez Adventure shorts. No issues at all.
Forum: Thumpers 10-11-2014, 08:15 AM
Replies: 6,533
Views: 1,312,506
Posted By ChasM
Benefit of all DC vs Stock AC/DC Split

I also prefer the stock setup with the AC/DC split. I have never had an issue with excessive battery discharge in my last four bikes with the stock setup. I run lights, turn signals and hot grips on...
Forum: GS Boxers 10-10-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,735
Posted By ChasM
I and others have tried to unscrew the cap...

I and others have tried to unscrew the cap mechanism and reverse it to no avail.
Forum: Thumpers 10-10-2014, 03:49 PM
Replies: 6,533
Views: 1,312,506
Posted By ChasM
Water Pump Seals

I can't imagine how or why the two small water pump seals cost so much!!
Forum: Equipment 10-10-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,868
Posted By ChasM
Shorai vs RT

Which model Shorai did you use?
Forum: Thumpers 10-05-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 2,845
Views: 429,833
Posted By ChasM
Totally correct.

Totally correct.
Forum: Thumpers 10-03-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2,845
Views: 429,833
Posted By ChasM
Engine Ice vs Engine Temperature.

Sure, Engine Ice has a higher boiling temp and it allows the coolant and engine to run much hotter before boiling over, sometimes dangerously hot. The engine temp will actually be higher with Engine...
Forum: Thumpers 10-03-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 7,679
Views: 1,590,427
Posted By ChasM
Yes, BRP rad guards are a joy to install BUT only...

Yes, BRP rad guards are a joy to install BUT only if the rads are new or at least not twisted up.
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