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Old 09-02-2011, 01:28 AM   #32221
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:58 AM   #32222
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^ PIC ABOVE ^ is great HA!. I finally got some decent rubber mounted on the bike the other night. It had strictly street tires on it. Ended up putting Michelin T63's front and back and so far I have around hundred miles on them and I really like them. Much smoother on the road than I thought they would be and did well on a rocky trail into work this morning.



I played around with the adjustments as you guys suggested on the suspension front and rear. My front still feels pretty stiff even with the adjusters backed out. No air pressure in the forks either. Seems to make for a rough ride on trails with roots, but maybe thats just how these things are.
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:32 AM   #32223
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Short of taking the shock off of the bike and working at a vise adjusting the spring on the XR/XRL is a royal PITA...

I have about every ring spanner there is and NOTHING fits in there. Even taking the carb off. Unload the rear suspension by raising the rear off the ground and use either the biggest screw driver you have or a long, sharp drift and go for it. A liberal amount of lube above and below the lock rings helps. Mark a starting point so you know where your at as it takes a while to get some turns of the adjuster ring.

Thanks, I'm going to try the lube and tapping the lockring with a long screwdriver/deadblow hammer and then try to rotate the spring and adjuster ring together. If I get frustrated I'll just take the shock off and adjust it on the bench. I just don't want to buger up the lock rings, the ones on my CR250 are trashed from the previous owners and I would rather keep the ones on my XR in good shape.
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Old 09-02-2011, 07:45 AM   #32224
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Thanks, I'm going to try the lube and tapping the lockring with a long screwdriver/deadblow hammer and then try to rotate the spring and adjuster ring together. If I get frustrated I'll just take the shock off and adjust it on the bench. I just don't want to buger up the lock rings, the ones on my CR250 are trashed from the previous owners and I would rather keep the ones on my XR in good shape.
SCREWDRIVER!!! youre a shock butcher!!!!
Well try a long brass or aluminum rod and a metal hammer. Tap one one direction and then tap the other the other direction till they seperate. If that dosent work gat an assisant to tap one ring while you tap the other.
Here's two assistants I would recomend:

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Old 09-02-2011, 08:23 AM   #32225
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SCREWDRIVER!!! youre a shock butcher!!!!
Well try a long brass or aluminum rod and a metal hammer. Tap one one direction and then tap the other the other direction till they seperate. If that dosent work gat an assisant to tap one ring while you tap the other.
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They look like they can straighten out any spring!!!!!
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:44 AM   #32226
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SCREWDRIVER!!! youre a shock butcher!!!!
Well try a long brass or aluminum rod and a metal hammer. Tap one one direction and then tap the other the other direction till they seperate. If that dosent work gat an assisant to tap one ring while you tap the other.
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Just working with what I've got (no brass or aluminum rods hanging around) Probably easier and quicker to just take the shock off then to make a trip to Home Depot for some softer aluminum or brass rods. By the way, your assistants look like they could stiffen up almost any rods.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:37 AM   #32227
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Just working with what I've got (no brass or aluminum rods hanging around) Probably easier and quicker to just take the shock off then to make a trip to Home Depot for some softer aluminum or brass rods. By the way, your assistants look like they could stiffen up almost any rods.
Can ya believe I got them to pose like that with my bike???
WHY couldnt I do that when I was YOUNG?????????????????????
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:10 AM   #32228
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can ya believe i got them to pose like that with my bike???
Why couldnt i do that when i was young?????????????????????

because they know you are now harmless.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:12 AM   #32229
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because they know you are now harmless.
Thanks pal. Just what I n eeded to hear. Thanks again.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:22 AM   #32230
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because they know you are now harmless.
If they only knew.....
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:25 AM   #32231
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I spray her down or wipe her down with WD-40 on the regular and have very few problems.-Barron
That's not a bad idea. I might have to start doing that. Whenever I get back from riding in the rain, I put the bike in front of the heater to dry it out as quickly as possible to prevent rust.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:27 AM   #32232
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:04 PM   #32233
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^ PIC ABOVE ^ is great HA!. I finally got some decent rubber mounted on the bike the other night. It had strictly street tires on it. Ended up putting Michelin T63's front and back and so far I have around hundred miles on them and I really like them. Much smoother on the road than I thought they would be and did well on a rocky trail into work this morning.



I played around with the adjustments as you guys suggested on the suspension front and rear. My front still feels pretty stiff even with the adjusters backed out. No air pressure in the forks either. Seems to make for a rough ride on trails with roots, but maybe thats just how these things are.

Might change your fork oil, maybe previous owner put some heavy weight oil in. Most folks complain that the forks are way too soft on the L's
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:11 PM   #32234
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I use a drift and hammer to seat or unseat the rear shock locking ring, then use a brake spoon from back when we used to manually adjust automotive drum brakes on the adjustment nut. Watch out you don't pinch any important stuff at the hinge point. A small pry or crowbar will work as well.
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Old 09-02-2011, 01:18 PM   #32235
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I can certainly believe it!



That's not a bad idea. I might have to start doing that. Whenever I get back from riding in the rain, I put the bike in front of the heater to dry it out as quickly as possible to prevent rust.
THATS EXACTLY WHAT YOU DONT WANT TO DO!

the reason is the same as why you dont pressure wash with HOT WATER or hot water at all..

heat aids in corrosion and what you think you are doing is actually worse..

Im a sailor and have had my fair share of wood boats, fiberglass, steel and have worked on numerous marine environments...

logic is sometimes a double edged sword.,

Next time...dry it off manually with a towel, then spray with wd40 or some other "protectant"

heat and water kill, add salt and you have death...

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