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Old 05-13-2011, 03:50 AM   #1531
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Here's mine...


and why is your head pipe so shiny, Hodakaguy?

Mine is all orangy rust coloured...
I was thinking my header pipe was starting to look grungy . I ride mostly desert so the bike doesn't see a ton of mud. I also wash it every time I get back from a ride that get's it muddy. Other than that

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Old 05-13-2011, 08:11 AM   #1532
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It sure looks nice. My bike looked like that for about half of the first ride. Mud is just brutal for cosmetics.

I can't believe you have 130 odd hours. It still looks new!

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Old 05-20-2011, 05:33 AM   #1533
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TM chain guide?

I have an '08 450 EXCR and bought a TM Designs rear chain guide supposedly speced for the bike. I do have a SuperSprox 52T sprocket. The guide won't fit. Too narrow and won't drop enough for the 52T and the front bolt area will not allow the upper chain guard piece to fit it. Do any of ya'll use a TM guide on your EXC's? I'll call TM when they open.
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Old 05-20-2011, 06:30 AM   #1534
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I have an '08 450 EXCR and bought a TM Designs rear chain guide supposedly speced for the bike. I do have a SuperSprox 52T sprocket. The guide won't fit. Too narrow and won't drop enough for the 52T and the front bolt area will not allow the upper chain guard piece to fit it. Do any of ya'll use a TM guide on your EXC's? I'll call TM when they open.
I'm running the TM design guide on my 530 along with 14-52 gearing. I used a roto file bit with an air grinder to extended the groove that's machined into the guide for the sprocket to clear (you could do the same thing by hand with a good round file). The 52 tooth would hit the guide without a little extra clearance added. Another possibility is to add an extra link or two on the chain, the added length would push the rear wheel back a bit and give you some more clearance on your guide.

I also added a washer as a shim to get the chain centered in the guide when installed. Other than that it's a solid unit that should hold up well to abuse on the trail.

Here's a shot of the TM guide next to the worn out stock unit. The red arrow is where I added the washer to center the chain in the guide.




And a side shot...I also have a Bullet Proof Designs brace to keep the tabs on the swing arm in one piece.




The BPD brace has taken quite a few hits on the trail




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Old 05-20-2011, 11:20 AM   #1535
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Tire balance---Whoa?

I put a Dunlop 606 on the front of my '08 530 EXC-R. Using a Parnell balancer device I see it is going to take an abnormal amount of weight to achieve balance. Is this usual? Do any of you run the front without the rim lock (which is where the heavy side is)and is this a good idea? I've wound near three feet of solder wire on 4 spokes on the opposite side of the rim lock but am still not close.
Tips or suggestions would be appreciated!
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:26 AM   #1536
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I'm running the TM design guide on my 530 along with 14-52 gearing. I used a roto file bit with an air grinder to extended the groove that's machined into the guide for the sprocket to clear (you could do the same thing by hand with a good round file). The 52 tooth would hit the guide without a little extra clearance added. Another possibility is to add an extra link or two on the chain, the added length would push the rear wheel back a bit and give you some more clearance on your guide.

I also added a washer as a shim to get the chain centered in the guide when installed. Other than that it's a solid unit that should hold up well to abuse on the trail.

Here's a shot of the TM guide next to the worn out stock unit. The red arrow is where I added the washer to center the chain in the guide.




And a side shot...I also have a Bullet Proof Designs brace to keep the tabs on the swing arm in one piece.




The BPD brace has taken quite a few hits on the trail




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Thanks Hodaka!! I'll get to work on it this evening and order the Bulletpro brace now
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:20 PM   #1537
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I put a Dunlop 606 on the front of my '08 530 EXC-R. Using a Parnell balancer device I see it is going to take an abnormal amount of weight to achieve balance. Is this usual? Do any of you run the front without the rim lock (which is where the heavy side is)and is this a good idea? I've wound near three feet of solder wire on 4 spokes on the opposite side of the rim lock but am still not close.
Tips or suggestions would be appreciated!
Yep pretty common for the D606. I love the tire though. I balance both front and rear tires and have installed the Motion Pro light weight rim locks. Even with the light rim locks I still have about 4 - 4.5oz of weight on each tire to get a good balance. On the rear tire I ended up finding the heavy spot on the tire then dissmounting and re-mounting it to get the heavy spot where the weight would be needed to reduce the amount of wheel weights I need. As far as weights go I ended up using re-usable weights with set screws on the spoke nipples...available in the vendors forum or on ebay here: CLICK HERE
I may try a Maxxis or ? but I really do like the D606's for ADV riding.

Hope that helps

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Old 05-20-2011, 12:20 PM   #1538
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I put a Dunlop 606 on the front of my '08 530 EXC-R. Using a Parnell balancer device I see it is going to take an abnormal amount of weight to achieve balance. Is this usual? Do any of you run the front without the rim lock (which is where the heavy side is)and is this a good idea? I've wound near three feet of solder wire on 4 spokes on the opposite side of the rim lock but am still not close.
Tips or suggestions would be appreciated!
jiminwc an Adv'r sells these weights which work for me...post in Vendors



He has an Ebay store as well.............
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:29 PM   #1539
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Here's mine...


and why is your head pipe so shiny, Hodakaguy?

Mine is all orangy rust coloured...

Nice setup! Is that handlebar custom made?

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Old 05-20-2011, 03:18 PM   #1540
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Been following this threat for a while...Its time to introduce my girl.
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:20 PM   #1541
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And this is me asking for directions...(we were a bit lost)
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:41 PM   #1542
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:45 PM   #1543
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Old 05-20-2011, 03:51 PM   #1544
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Great pics Looks like some great riding areas I can only imagine sand dunes...rocks are easy
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Old 05-21-2011, 05:20 AM   #1545
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A pic of the AWD build as it sits, about 60% complete...
Waiting to see the end results...

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