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Forum: Thumpers 06-28-2011, 02:15 AM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Your fingers??? ..... riiiiiiight ... well, I...

Your fingers??? ..... riiiiiiight ... well, I hate to be your bike then, 'cause any master link plate that can be "pressed on" with your fingers ain't worth the powder to blow it to hell. And, as...
Forum: Thumpers 06-28-2011, 01:13 AM
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Posted By Northern Dog
You must have a helluva grip, 'cause the ones...

You must have a helluva grip, 'cause the ones I've tried to "press on" with pinch grip pliers were no where near going on. Either that, or it was a used plate that was looser than a new one. You...
Forum: Thumpers 06-28-2011, 12:41 AM
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Posted By Northern Dog
INCORRECT. All new style master links need...

INCORRECT.

All new style master links need to be pressed on. If they're not pressed on the clip won't be able to slip into the grooves on the link.

Motion Pro has a nice chain breaker and chain...
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2011, 06:25 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
You just can't seem to let it go, can you? :huh ...

You just can't seem to let it go, can you? :huh

Scotts Steering damper, direct from their site...
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2011, 04:30 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Some people like things a little looser, and find...

Some people like things a little looser, and find that a steering damper feels too tight and might slow down their steering movements too much in the close/rocky stuff, but I found once you know...
Forum: Thumpers 06-27-2011, 12:00 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
+1 :thumb A steering damper will also help...

+1 :thumb

A steering damper will also help with arm/hand/wrist fatigue and keeping out/getting out of ruts and tracking.
Forum: Thumpers 06-26-2011, 02:44 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Is it the OEM chain that's on there now, or is an...

Is it the OEM chain that's on there now, or is an aftermarket one? If it's an aftermarket one with a Masterlink, try taking the chain off, clean it and then put it in a bucket of ATF overnight to...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2011, 08:45 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I've still got at least three or four of them...

I've still got at least three or four of them kicking around here somewhere (I think there's two in the man cave, and at least two in the house). You and Headtrauma need to send me your mailing...
Forum: Thumpers 06-22-2011, 12:10 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I got that guard from a guy over on TT (I think I...

I got that guard from a guy over on TT (I think I traded a NWT license plate for it). I'll be damned if I can remember his name though ... I'm pretty sure he still sells them, you might want to check...
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2011, 06:51 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I had a similar problem with my dual headlights....

I had a similar problem with my dual headlights. It was caused by the headlight high/low beam switch being in the middle position between high and low. When it's at the in-between position it caused...
Forum: Thumpers 06-17-2011, 06:19 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
The reason the OEM one is so expensive is because...

The reason the OEM one is so expensive is because of all the R & D money that went into developing the wetspaghettiuminum metal that it's made out of. :beer
Forum: Thumpers 06-16-2011, 09:06 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
8,000 miles, in what ... a month? :eek1 You...

8,000 miles, in what ... a month? :eek1

You put more miles on your bike than most RTW riders. You must ride from sun up to sun down. I'm surprised you have enough time/strength to post on this...
Forum: Thumpers 06-16-2011, 12:29 AM
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Posted By Northern Dog
What size is that Shinko 244 rear tire Spud? It...

What size is that Shinko 244 rear tire Spud? It looks bigger than the Michelin T63 you were running. :beer
Forum: Thumpers 06-14-2011, 08:54 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Good stuff! :thumb I've been swamped with...

Good stuff! :thumb

I've been swamped with work since installing my Vanpelt cooler, so I haven't had a chance to put it through it's paces yet. :cry

:beer
Forum: Thumpers 06-13-2011, 06:16 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
These last two seasons, most of my riding has...

These last two seasons, most of my riding has been off road on sand and gravel roads ... the thing is, I have to drive anywhere from a few miles to 50 miles+ to get to the sand/gravel, and I found...
Forum: Thumpers 06-13-2011, 04:44 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
My new tires arrived today. :D I had...

My new tires arrived today. :D

I had originally ordered a set of Michelin T63 tires, but after waiting a week after ordering them and not even receiving a "shipped" notice, I decided to call the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2011, 10:32 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I'll have to do it with the "leg temperature...

I'll have to do it with the "leg temperature gauge", 'cause I can't fit one in the dipstick hole (steering damper in the way). Had a Vapor unit, but sold it to a bud of mine. Gonna get an Acewell...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2011, 10:28 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Well, if it's to the point where the valve is...

Well, if it's to the point where the valve is sticking and it's running poorly, I would. You could keep on running it the way it is for a while, but it's gonna get worse, not better. Once you have it...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2011, 07:10 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
It's probably the seat and/or the valve itself...

It's probably the seat and/or the valve itself that's causing the problems. :beer
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2011, 07:09 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Danny Vanpelt cooler install ...

I finally got around to installing Danny Vanpelt's indestructible oil cooler today. I installed it a little differently than the instructions suggest. Instead of removing the tank, rectifier and oil...
Forum: Thumpers 06-10-2011, 09:06 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I also vote for Dave. :beer

I also vote for Dave. :beer
Forum: Thumpers 06-09-2011, 03:28 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Sorry to disappoint, but I'm not gonna bite. I've...

Sorry to disappoint, but I'm not gonna bite. I've said all I'm gonna say on the subject. :deal
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2011, 02:07 AM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Well, next to the FCR pumper carb, installing a...

Well, next to the FCR pumper carb, installing a stabilizer and fork brace were the best mods I've done.

You should try riding a DR650 with USD forks sometime, I'd imagine it's just as fun as...
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2011, 10:24 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Did I mention I also run a lowering link? :evil ...

Did I mention I also run a lowering link? :evil

Maybe that's why my setup with the stock forks, damper and a brace works so good (I also have the fork tubes raised 1/2 in the triples). :D
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2011, 10:18 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
A fork brace definitely helps with ruts, but a...

A fork brace definitely helps with ruts, but a stabilizer essentially stiffens it up to the point where you can confidently steer out of all but the deepest ruts/trenches. :beer
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2011, 09:04 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I wouldn't go as far as to say they "suck so...

I wouldn't go as far as to say they "suck so profoundly in stock form", I'll admit, they aren't cutting edge, but they're a helluva lot better than what was on the bikes I grew up riding.

Maybe...
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2011, 07:44 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I also ride 12 - 15 hour days (in the sand, on...

I also ride 12 - 15 hour days (in the sand, on old rutted roads, through swamps) and the stock forks running ATF, a steering stabilizer and a fork brace have not disappointed me. On the other hand,...
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2011, 06:10 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
They do look cool, but it ain't all about looks...

They do look cool, but it ain't all about looks (at least that's what I told myself when I married the wife). :beer
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2011, 06:08 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Nope, have you rode an XRL with properly sprung...

Nope, have you rode an XRL with properly sprung stock forks, a Scotts Steering Damper and a Superbrace fork brace?
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2011, 04:17 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I see you said you had the stock forks reworked...

I see you said you had the stock forks reworked with new valves and springs and you had a fork brace on them, but I don't see where you mention having a stabilizer/damper ... did I miss that part, or...
Forum: Thumpers 06-07-2011, 12:10 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Other than changing the fork oil, replacing it...

Other than changing the fork oil, replacing it with ATF and adjusting the clickers I did "nada" to the OEM forks on my bike (I weigh 210lbs). I have had absolutely no problems with "underhang" of the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2011, 09:24 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
A stabilizer turns the XRL's "flexy forks" into...

A stabilizer turns the XRL's "flexy forks" into stable forks, and coupled with a brace, are, IMHO just as good as USD forks ... and you don't have to go to all the trouble of sourcing a set of USD...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2011, 07:45 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I run a stabilizer and a Superbrace fork brace...

I run a stabilizer and a Superbrace fork brace and my bike doesn't want to follow every rut or washout anymore, and I ride a lot of sandy roads/beach. It also helps keep it from blowing all over the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-06-2011, 04:36 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
When I first installed my Clarke 4.7 three years...

When I first installed my Clarke 4.7 three years ago, I noticed that the petcock was uncomfortably close to the engine. My remedy was to install a few more layers of foam on the backbone of the frame...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2011, 03:21 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I can tell you, that without a doubt, a 42T rear...

I can tell you, that without a doubt, a 42T rear sprocket and a 15T front sprocket will not work with a 110 link chain (I tried it before I removed a link). A 43T might work, but you wouldn't have...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2011, 03:11 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Gotcha. :thumb After I made that post last...

Gotcha. :thumb

After I made that post last night I examined your pic a little closer and figured out that the other line (the one on the other side) must connect to the pipe that comes out of the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2011, 01:51 AM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Thanks Spud. There's one good pic in there...

Thanks Spud.

There's one good pic in there that shows one of the oil lines it's connected to, but none of the other line.

So, if anyone has the Vanpelt cooler on their bike, could you please...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2011, 12:12 AM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I've got the pdf too Spud, unfortunately it's too...

I've got the pdf too Spud, unfortunately it's too blurry/dark to be able to make it out/read properly. What I'm looking for is someone who has the cooler installed and is able to take some pics of...
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2011, 11:11 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
I got one of Danny Vanpelts indestructible oil...

I got one of Danny Vanpelts indestructible oil coolers last Summer and now finally have the time to install it ... does anyone know/have a diagram of which/where on the oil lines it splices into?
...
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2011, 03:07 PM
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Posted By Northern Dog
Looking good Cumbacheech! I really like the...

Looking good Cumbacheech! I really like the white/black/red color combo. Did you get the whole sprocket/chain thing figured out yet? :beer
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