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Forum: Thumpers 08-26-2014, 07:38 PM
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Posted By davek181
Sounds too rich to me if you have to kick it...

Sounds too rich to me if you have to kick it several times with the throttle open and your lack of choke needs.

My starting became very reliable after finally shrinking the pilot jet down. I use...
Forum: Thumpers 08-24-2014, 07:38 AM
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Posted By davek181
The bore size of the stock gasket is 101mm. I...

The bore size of the stock gasket is 101mm. I measured it last time I was putting in my 102 bore. I had the machine shop chuck up the gasket on the cylinder when they bored it and it ended up 102...
Forum: Thumpers 08-22-2014, 08:02 AM
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Posted By davek181
mine was semi-predictable starting especially...

mine was semi-predictable starting especially when hot and at altitude until I got the slow jet shrunk enough. Now it is very predictable.

Lots of guys like to prescribe rich slow jets in hope if...
Forum: Thumpers 08-22-2014, 05:53 AM
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Posted By davek181
Kicker cable or no kicker cable, personal...

Kicker cable or no kicker cable, personal preference really. I jettisoned mine for ease of tdc finding. Make sure which one(s) you have are adjusted properly. When I first purchased my XL the po...
Forum: Thumpers 08-20-2014, 01:51 PM
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Posted By davek181
Sandpaper will work, but not really aggressive...

Sandpaper will work, but not really aggressive enough for my tastes. Small grinder wheel in a drill? file? I have even seen a whetstone used as a fine file. just need to round the edge of the hole...
Forum: Thumpers 08-20-2014, 12:06 PM
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Posted By davek181
If you need to drop the oil level a little the...

If you need to drop the oil level a little the easiest way in my opinion is through the left side crankcase drain. Easy to get at and control how much oil you remove. When the engine runs it will...
Forum: Thumpers 08-20-2014, 07:29 AM
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Posted By davek181
Dremel time.

Dremel time.
Forum: Thumpers 08-20-2014, 06:32 AM
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Posted By davek181
If the sleeve isn't cracked any further, you...

If the sleeve isn't cracked any further, you could run it like that. There is little force applied at the side skirt of the piston down that low. All is not lost yet, just take a breather and...
Forum: Thumpers 08-19-2014, 07:48 PM
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Posted By davek181
I try to ride every chance I can but I puss out...

I try to ride every chance I can but I puss out when the roads freeze. I don't like black ice and extreme cold. Luckily I live in a fairly temperate zone, for North Idaho anyway.

Seems like the...
Forum: Thumpers 08-19-2014, 12:56 PM
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Posted By davek181
I turn the fuel petcock off for winter.

I turn the fuel petcock off for winter.
Forum: Thumpers 08-17-2014, 05:25 PM
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Posted By davek181
Rear wheel

I had been noticing lately a little loosness in my handling, kinda hard to pin down, but it just didn't feel right. I checked the forks, they are still tight although I have been feeling guilty...
Forum: Thumpers 08-13-2014, 08:32 AM
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Posted By davek181
You know that Honda makes an e-start version for...

You know that Honda makes an e-start version for America, I think it is called something like XR650L.
Forum: Equipment 08-12-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 952
Posted By davek181
I use a 15 gallon drum that used to hold 90...

I use a 15 gallon drum that used to hold 90 weight gear oil. Available for free probably at any auto repair facility. A lot of times they use them for shop garbage cans.

It is the right diameter...
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2014, 06:56 PM
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Posted By davek181
I had .45's in my XR400 forks and they seemed a...

I had .45's in my XR400 forks and they seemed a little soft so I shot for .50 and ended up at .51. I like the feel better than the .45's. I weigh right at 200 most days and the pig weighs 315. My...
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2014, 03:43 PM
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Posted By davek181
I just left mine valved like they were to see how...

I just left mine valved like they were to see how they worked first before changing anything. I did re-spring them though. I did the ghetto spring cut method of stiffening and guessed about right...
Forum: Thumpers 08-12-2014, 08:07 AM
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Posted By davek181
Ordered new chain and rear tire today. Hopefully...

Ordered new chain and rear tire today. Hopefully by this weekend I will have them in hand for installation.
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2014, 07:15 PM
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Posted By davek181
I didn't read, or understand what I read. Yes...

I didn't read, or understand what I read. Yes best option is to swap the XL stator to match the bike.

My brain is muddled today, been fighting a wiring issue on a Beemer, it's enough to drive...
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2014, 05:41 PM
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Posted By davek181
The stator difference is that the XL has a...

The stator difference is that the XL has a charging system, d/c system, and a little more output.

If you are happy with the lights now and it is licensed in your state, you can leave it alone. ...
Forum: Thumpers 08-06-2014, 08:20 PM
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Posted By davek181
Mine broke the ground wire connection in the...

Mine broke the ground wire connection in the harness behind the headlight and developed a miss at first intermittently, then later it would die when the bars were turned just right. I noticed the...
Forum: Thumpers 08-06-2014, 06:13 AM
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Posted By davek181
^^^ What he said ^^^ What were you doing...

^^^ What he said ^^^

What were you doing prior to and as it happened? Wide open on highway? Sucking dirt on the trail through a K&N? Idling at Starbuck's?

Did you assemble the engine, or...
Forum: Thumpers 08-05-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,949
Posted By davek181
Shinko 700 front. Rear 700, T64.244, in my order...

Shinko 700 front. Rear 700, T64.244, in my order of preference
Forum: Thumpers 08-04-2014, 07:04 AM
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Posted By davek181
I tried to clean my headlight out, and while it...

I tried to clean my headlight out, and while it is much better, my after looks like your before. The reflective silver coating has largely disappeared or faded.

I will add the headlight to the...
Forum: Thumpers 08-02-2014, 04:21 PM
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Posted By davek181
Maintenance costs aren't too bad really. Tires...

Maintenance costs aren't too bad really. Tires seem to be my biggest cost. I burn off the rear about every 3000 miles or so, oil change every 1000, and chain every 10,000. If you figure cost per...
Forum: The Garage 08-01-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 32
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Posted By davek181
Old bike mechanic here, I have mounted hundreds...

Old bike mechanic here, I have mounted hundreds of tires in my day, all by hand. Learn the techniques and be careful. If it is fighting too hard you are doing something wrong, usually not having...
Forum: Thumpers 08-01-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 12,989
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Posted By davek181
I get 40-45 MPG consistently, but that is not...

I get 40-45 MPG consistently, but that is not what it is all about. If it were just fuel mileage I would skip over the hybrids and find myself a VW TDI 5 speed for commuting and park my S6 except...
Forum: The Garage 08-01-2014, 06:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 946
Posted By davek181
RPM sensor = Crank angle sensor, crank position...

RPM sensor = Crank angle sensor, crank position sensor, and many other names. Not an uncommon failure on many different cars. Can be heat related too.

Engine ECU, or computer needs to see the...
Forum: Thumpers 07-31-2014, 04:56 PM
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Posted By davek181
I like the big tank because out here in the...

I like the big tank because out here in the wilderness it can be a long ways between gas stops, one of my favorite loops to take through the Blue mountains is 130 miles between gas. I didn't ride it...
Forum: Thumpers 07-30-2014, 04:59 PM
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Posted By davek181
I have found the bike is tougher than my butt,...

I have found the bike is tougher than my butt, and hands too for that matter. Not a cruiser for sure, but still funner overall for my kind of riding.
Forum: Old's Cool 07-29-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 519
Posted By davek181
There is an 8mm ball bearing in the adjuster drum...

There is an 8mm ball bearing in the adjuster drum thingy that pushes the rod if I remember correctly.
The bang you hear is the drum turning too far and going over center and sticking there.
There...
Forum: The Garage 07-27-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 946
Posted By davek181
Is the check engine light on? If not there may...

Is the check engine light on? If not there may be no relevant codes.

Fuel pump control module issues are not unknown and might not code.

intermittent crank angle sensor could cause the same,...
Forum: Thumpers 07-27-2014, 07:27 AM
Replies: 12,989
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Posted By davek181
My universal engine stand is and always has been...

My universal engine stand is and always has been a 2x4 box nailed together to cradle the engine in and support it. Make it rectangular and roughly 12x14 inches and it will work for many...
Forum: Thumpers 07-26-2014, 07:26 PM
Replies: 12,989
Views: 1,231,680
Posted By davek181
It's a wonder I was able to manage to do my...

It's a wonder I was able to manage to do my engine alone. Not to mention the others...
Forum: Thumpers 07-21-2014, 07:51 AM
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Posted By davek181
Here is some real world numbers and facts. I...

Here is some real world numbers and facts. I just consulted the Honda manual and found that maximum horsepower is achieved (stock) at 6000 RPM, Maximun torque at 5000 RPM. So it is safe to assume...
Forum: Thumpers 07-20-2014, 06:59 AM
Replies: 12,989
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Posted By davek181
Kz 750

No, I wish it were a twin, that would be cooler. I ended up with the bike by horse trading. The previous owner thought it needed a clutch and tried to tear it apart himself to put one in. He took...
Forum: Thumpers 07-19-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 12,989
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Posted By davek181
I too ride my bike nearly daily. Short highway...

I too ride my bike nearly daily. Short highway commute, 15 miles each way. I have the NX fifth which allows me to gear the final down one tooth and makes my occasional foray into the trails much...
Forum: Thumpers 07-19-2014, 04:44 PM
Replies: 12,989
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Posted By davek181
The NX fifth gear is also the only one you can't...

The NX fifth gear is also the only one you can't buy in the US. I used a source in Japan to get mine.

www.motobike.jp (http://www.motobike.jp)

Just checked them, only 8023 yen. about $80.00...
Forum: Thumpers 07-19-2014, 03:40 PM
Replies: 12,989
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Posted By davek181
I imagine it will be fine if you didn't run it. ...

I imagine it will be fine if you didn't run it. No oil would have gotten on the plates.
Forum: Thumpers 07-19-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 12,989
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Posted By davek181
NX fifth is a good choice. It basically gears...

NX fifth is a good choice. It basically gears fifth what it would be with one tooth larger c/s sprocket. XRL first does the same thing on the other end, about what one tooth smaller sprocket would...
Forum: Thumpers 07-19-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 12,989
Views: 1,231,680
Posted By davek181
If you are going to regear the trans the there...

If you are going to regear the trans the there are a couple of options as I see it. If you just want more top speed go with the NX 5th. If you want a lower first gear you use the XRL first gear and...
Forum: Thumpers 07-19-2014, 08:52 AM
Replies: 12,989
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Posted By davek181
RFVC: More power to you if you can swing it...

RFVC:

More power to you if you can swing it and learn the skills. If you do it be sure and learn how to do it properly. Do your very best to be the best and you will enjoy every minute of it. ...
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