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Forum: Layin' down tracks Today, 09:10 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Somebody on the internet claimed that one of...

Somebody on the internet claimed that one of their rubber stems broke off after installing TPMS. No clue if this is true, but the TMPS isn't real light. I presume that locking your brakes at 80mph...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 03:30 AM
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Posted By porterrad
I've broken 2 chains in 45 yrs of riding. 1st...

I've broken 2 chains in 45 yrs of riding. 1st was 44 yrs ago due to ignorance & zero maintenance.

Latest was 2 yrs ago on a DR w/ a chain w/ under 3k miles. Chain was maintained & slack was set...
Forum: Thumpers 07-22-2014, 01:22 PM
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Posted By porterrad
I'll 2nd that. The primary nut on my '99 came...

I'll 2nd that. The primary nut on my '99 came loose @ approx 25K miles. The engine still ran fine w/ the loose nut, but it made scraping & rattling noises. The key & key slots were buggered up a...
Forum: Vendors 07-22-2014, 08:21 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 26,553
Posted By porterrad
You might find something at a military surplus...

You might find something at a military surplus store that you could bolt to the side of the DR Farkle rack. I've been using a container that was originally designed to transport mortar shells. It's...
Forum: Thumpers 07-18-2014, 01:24 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Yep- upshifting, the lever hits the top of the...

Yep- upshifting, the lever hits the top of the base of my toe about 1/2" behind the internal plastic guard in my boots. No problem for a few days ride, but starts to hurt in about a week of 300...
Forum: Thumpers 07-18-2014, 07:53 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Is there an extended length, bolt-on shift lever...

Is there an extended length, bolt-on shift lever available anywhere? The stock lever hits the top of my big toe, just behind the plastic armor in my boot. It gets aggravating after a week of riding...
Forum: Thumpers 07-18-2014, 07:40 AM
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Posted By porterrad
My wife calls it junk, but I tell her there's a...

My wife calls it junk, but I tell her there's a good reason why I keep all these boxes of "vintage" DR parts. I have a good shaft from a dirt (adj rebound & comp) shock in a worn out shock body. I...
Forum: Equipment 07-15-2014, 03:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 417
Posted By porterrad
You mention moving bags low & forward. I'm a fan...

You mention moving bags low & forward. I'm a fan of this approach as long as you can still move around on the bike. Mounting the heaviest weights closer to the center of mass will make the bike much...
Forum: Thumpers 07-14-2014, 09:57 AM
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Posted By porterrad
As old as I am, I never heard of this, but I'm...

As old as I am, I never heard of this, but I'm gonna give it a try. Thanx for sharing the idea & calling out part #s!

I change preload a lot on one of my DRs. This bike gets ridden w/ a ton of...
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2014, 03:18 AM
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Posted By porterrad
If Suzuki doesn't sell them anymore & you can't...

If Suzuki doesn't sell them anymore & you can't find the bracket by itself on eBay, you may be able to buy an entire swingarm that has the bracket still bolted on. I've seen swingarms as low as $15...
Forum: Thumpers 07-11-2014, 07:52 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Jesse or his wife at Kientech may be able to help...

Jesse or his wife at Kientech may be able to help if you call.
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2014, 02:44 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Jesse is very knowledgeable on these bikes. I...

Jesse is very knowledgeable on these bikes. I hope you like the 8.1. The linkage on the DR is so progressive that you can set the 8.1 with very little preload, yet the initial part of the travel will...
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2014, 07:16 AM
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Posted By porterrad
The MT21 front is also one of my favorites. No...

The MT21 front is also one of my favorites. No experience with the Michelin T63, but lots of flats and a couple bent rims w/ a few other low profile tires.
Forum: Thumpers 07-10-2014, 05:03 AM
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Posted By porterrad
I stopped using rim locks 40 yrs ago 'cuz I hated...

I stopped using rim locks 40 yrs ago 'cuz I hated dealing w/ them when changing tires & because of the extra weight req'd for wheel balancing. When I used to race, I screwed 1 or 2 sheet metal...
Forum: Thumpers 07-07-2014, 04:34 PM
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Posted By porterrad
I had a Russell SS front line for ~ 6-7 yrs. it...

I had a Russell SS front line for ~ 6-7 yrs. it worked fine 'til the top ferrule separated from the line. Fortunately, I noticed it was loose before it started spewing. Could have been crash damage,...
Forum: Thumpers 07-07-2014, 04:27 PM
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Posted By porterrad
I'm w/ doggitter: 7.6 or even 8.1.

I'm w/ doggitter: 7.6 or even 8.1.
Forum: Thumpers 07-03-2014, 04:36 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Two places to check that are fairly common...

Two places to check that are fairly common failure points for the ignition circuit if it's an SE: the kickstand switch & the clutch switch. These may have failed, or PO may have tried to bypass...
Forum: Thumpers 07-01-2014, 08:50 PM
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Posted By porterrad
I did something similar to 2Bold's 2nd link,...

I did something similar to 2Bold's 2nd link, except the fuel inlet was only turned 90 degrees - with the opening facing toward the front of the bike. The T was placed immediately in front of the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-24-2014, 04:47 AM
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Posted By porterrad
DR350 Thread

Replacing the airbox boot has always been an aggravating job for me. My DR boots have all hardened & shrunk. About 100 pages ago, someone suggested slotting the airbox mounting holes. I think he...
Forum: Thumpers 06-21-2014, 03:45 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Kientech sells a nice machined aluminum spacer...

Kientech sells a nice machined aluminum spacer for shorter springs that adds a little over 1/2".
Forum: Thumpers 06-18-2014, 07:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 788
Posted By porterrad
Any evidence the top has ever been off the...

Any evidence the top has ever been off the engine? If so, maybe the cam chain was reinstalled on the wrong teeth?

The o-ring sealing the float valve to the carb body is notorious for leaking....
Forum: Vendors 06-13-2014, 04:54 AM
Replies: 499
Views: 26,553
Posted By porterrad
Bent my swingarm. Count me in for a set if you're...

Bent my swingarm. Count me in for a set if you're cutting some reinforcement plates. 2boldtogetold sent me this link that may give you some ideas: This might give you some ideas.......
Forum: Thumpers 06-13-2014, 04:43 AM
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Posted By porterrad
I'd think a shop could do it in 45 minutes. 90...

I'd think a shop could do it in 45 minutes. 90 minutes max. Unless your bike is pretty new & if you plan to keep it awhile, you may want to have the shock rebuilt like Anona said. If you go to the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-13-2014, 04:15 AM
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Posted By porterrad
The Scotts swingarm I put on one of my DRs about...

The Scotts swingarm I put on one of my DRs about 10 yrs ago made a big improvement in handling. It's especially noticeable in rock gardens & when trying to exit ruts. The Scotts swingarm has spoiled...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 01:45 PM
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Posted By porterrad
The caliper carrier on the newer models still has...

The caliper carrier on the newer models still has cast bosses where they used to out the old caliper guard. It looks like it would be pretty easy to drill & tap these 2 bosses, then fab a guard - or...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 01:35 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Great link - thanks. I've heard about people...

Great link - thanks. I've heard about people reinforcing stock swingarms, but prior to your link, I hadn't seen details about how anyone had done it. I can cut aluminum & I have a friend who's a...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 01:08 PM
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Posted By porterrad
It's the later model swingarm w/ tapped caliper...

It's the later model swingarm w/ tapped caliper guard mounting tabs.
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 08:45 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Bent swingarm- Compared to the swingarm...

Bent swingarm- Compared to the swingarm pivot, one side of the axle is almost 3/16" higher than the other side on one of my swingarms. I discovered this when I noticed that opposite sides of the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 07:34 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Sounds like a better way to go. I'll try next...

Sounds like a better way to go. I'll try next time I have my wheel off.
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 05:39 AM
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Posted By porterrad
The rubber parts & aluminum fingers are very...

The rubber parts & aluminum fingers are very similar to a Lovejoy coupling, but the sprocket carrier (w/ the male fingers) rides on the axle on it's own ball bearing, The sprocket carrier is...
Forum: Thumpers 06-12-2014, 02:55 AM
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Posted By porterrad
This happened to me several times @ approx 10k...

This happened to me several times @ approx 10k mile intervals when I was riding my '90 . If I remember correctly, the stock cush drive bearing has a separate seal on the outside, but no seal on the...
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2014, 04:14 PM
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Posted By porterrad
[QUOTE=doggitter;24345883]Just checked the links...

[QUOTE=doggitter;24345883]Just checked the links and searched for the printing on them, they are the Kouba #3, 2" lowering links.
Which bring up another question; if it's 2" lower in the rear but...
Forum: Thumpers 06-08-2014, 04:53 AM
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Posted By porterrad
What's the weight of the 2 riders? How often...

What's the weight of the 2 riders? How often will you be riding 2up? Do your fork caps have the big ~3/4" diameter screw top preload adjuster or the little ~1/4" screw top damping adjuster? Is...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2014, 08:19 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Per your suggestion, I called Eibach. They...

Per your suggestion, I called Eibach. They discontinued the 8.4, but suggested that I try Cogent Dynamics. Cogent had 8.1s in stock, but were sold out of the 8.4. Joyce at Cogent referred me to...
Forum: Thumpers 06-05-2014, 03:42 AM
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Posted By porterrad
You can replace fork springs using the method you...

You can replace fork springs using the method you described. It's a little more difficult w/ cartridge forks like on the later models 'cuz of the damper rod down that connects to the fork cap & runs...
Forum: Thumpers 06-04-2014, 07:58 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Needles are available in different diameters &...

Needles are available in different diameters & different tapers. Some are tapered at different rates along the length of the needle.
Forum: Thumpers 06-02-2014, 10:45 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Thanks mrchristian. I called Eibach & spoke w/...

Thanks mrchristian. I called Eibach & spoke w/ Ryan. He said that they discontinued the 8.4 rear DR spring & no longer had them in stock. He suggested that one of their dealers might still have one....
Forum: Thumpers 06-02-2014, 09:02 AM
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Posted By porterrad
I weigh 200 lbs & ride fairly aggressively off...

I weigh 200 lbs & ride fairly aggressively off road w/o luggage or more calmly on street & trails w/ luggage. Stock '98 & '99 SE fork springs & damping have been ok for me. Revalving the '98 & '99...
Forum: Thumpers 05-23-2014, 07:05 AM
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Posted By porterrad
It probably depends on the fork brace. The SRC...

It probably depends on the fork brace. The SRC fork brace fits on any year of dirt or street DR. I've used the SRC on '90, '96, '98 & '99 S models. No clue about other types of fork braces.
Forum: Thumpers 05-20-2014, 11:29 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Good info - thanks. That's why I read this...

Good info - thanks. That's why I read this thread.

I never considered the brittleness of soldered joints. Most of my soldering experience has been with electronics that don't see much...
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