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Old 12-13-2011, 05:35 PM   #35476
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Now that you reminded me, I remember I actually have a rear, trials tire in storage. I picked it up as an extra part when I got another bike. I'm sure a trials tire, set to low pressure, is great in the rocks. However, I ride a lot of pavement, and the gravel roads around here are pure slop in the spring. I suspect the soft rubber of the trials tire wouldn't last long on pavement. I also suspect the trials tire wouldn't clean itself of the goopy mud we get around here in springtime. However, I think a trials tire would be the bee's knees in Moab.

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The other two things about trials tires is that they don't like to be leaned on, no hard cornering or peg dragging, and they are horrible if you get a flat. That's why trials guys are always close to their riggs. You don't want to have to ride 15 miles back to your truck/house on a flat trials tire which I've done with other tires.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:35 PM   #35477
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I was looking at in general how to tell. I have hit the bikebandit website hard and got a bunch of the sizes, I just didn't know where to mic the bolts or how to determine the thread pitch.
the manual you have should have the deets on each. But if you have just a few to figure out, there's a few of us that have them mesmerized.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:09 PM   #35478
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I was looking at in general how to tell. I have hit the bikebandit website hard and got a bunch of the sizes, I just didn't know where to mic the bolts or how to determine the thread pitch.
You can also take the bolts in question to a hardware store. The hardware store should have a board containing different sized metric nuts, with different thread pitches. You merely try screwing the bolt into the different nuts until you determine the correct size and thread pitch.

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Old 12-13-2011, 08:01 PM   #35479
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Wow, Spud.. sounds like you found a great tire combo. I have a MT43 on my XR250R, which I really love.. I am hesitant to run one on the XRL for the things mentioned above. The 250 is a lightweight bike that is mostly for trail riding. I can ride the MT43 flat for quite a ways.. the XRL weighs a lot more, would make the flat trial tire almost unrideable. I am probably going to stick with knobs on the XRL, probably get Spuds combo next time.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:18 PM   #35480
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Wow, Spud.. sounds like you found a great tire combo. I have a MT43 on my XR250R, which I really love.. I am hesitant to run one on the XRL for the things mentioned above. The 250 is a lightweight bike that is mostly for trail riding. I can ride the MT43 flat for quite a ways.. the XRL weighs a lot more, would make the flat trial tire almost unrideable. I am probably going to stick with knobs on the XRL, probably get Spuds combo next time.
Thank you, Night5. How are the Artrax tires working out for you? It's hard to go too far wrong at $90 for a pair of tires.

http://www.motosport.com/dirtbike/AR...50F-TIRE-COMBO

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Old 12-13-2011, 08:38 PM   #35481
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New XR650l owner

Hi XR owners. Just checking in. I recognize some usernames from Thumpertalk in this thread. When I figure out how to post a picture I will. Hopefully a picture of me doing something cool. But if you have ever seen a picture of an XR650l with a red clarke tank, rox risers, bark busters, rear rack, and FMF Q4 exhaust then you have seen my bike.

Thanks for all the great info shared here.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:52 PM   #35482
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Since we're talking bout Steve, he was the first to see my new XRL back in May and also saved my swingarm by giving me the chain slider off one of his XRL's. I've lost count of the things he's helped me with I try not to get in the habit of calling him when I get into a jam He's just toooo helpful

And.. he's secretly santa claus. Just an fyi..

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Old 12-13-2011, 08:57 PM   #35483
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Anyone have tips to straightening out a warped fender?
I was just going to take a hair dryer to it.

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Old 12-13-2011, 10:42 PM   #35484
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Since we are stroking Steves ego, he really helped me getting my bike dialed in. OK now Steve, how do I tell size and threads on a bolt/nut. I have several on the bike that I don't like the looks of, and while I have it apart I want to replace. Do I have ot go to the micro fiche and dig through to find the data or can I Mic them and find out?

If I am unsure of a bolt size/thread I break out the tap set and match the bolt to the correct tap. Whalla, the info is printed on the side of the tap.

Generally most bolts on the XRL are 6x1.0, 8x1.5 and 10x1.5 mm
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:46 PM   #35485
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the manual you have should have the deets on each. But if you have just a few to figure out, there's a few of us that have them mesmerized.

How about MEMORIZED.

Oh, and thanks for the seat. I plan on sending it to Seatconcepts just to check them out. Probably put it on my daughters bike.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:48 PM   #35486
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And.. he's secretly santa claus. Just an fyi..

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My beard is quite full and pretty white these days. The wife tells me to trim it daily. I just ignore her...
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Old 12-13-2011, 11:48 PM   #35487
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Hi XR owners. Just checking in. I recognize some usernames from Thumpertalk in this thread. When I figure out how to post a picture I will. Hopefully a picture of me doing something cool. But if you have ever seen a picture of an XR650l with a red clarke tank, rox risers, bark busters, rear rack, and FMF Q4 exhaust then you have seen my bike.

Thanks for all the great info shared here.
Welcome to The Asylum, fellow inmate. We eagerly await your photos.

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Old 12-14-2011, 05:11 AM   #35488
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Anyone have tips to straightening out a warped fender?
I was just going to take a hair dryer to it.

Mike B
You will need more horse power than a hair dryer can muster. Get a heat gun. Heat the palstic along the full length of the bend and on either side until it is plyable. Keep the heat gun moving, do not dwell in one spot too long!!! The palstic needs to be held in desired position till cool and allow to cool in still air, no force cooling. You may need to over bend to get it to the shape you want. Here's a bad day on my Husky, a colision with a renagade chicken wire blob. note rear fender.
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:39 AM   #35489
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P.S. I didn't care for either the Michelin T63, or the Shinko, SR244 rear tire. Those tires did not perform well in mud. In the future I won't mount any tire with a tread less aggressive than either the D606, or the MT21.

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Spud, I have the 952 front on my KTM and I agree. The wear and traction is amazing.....especially since the 739 fronts i used to run wore so fast that I wrote off Dunlop completely years ago! The 952 front will be my go-to tire from here forward on my KTM, and now I can't wait to try the rear. (also, the price is better than my old favorite: the Maxxis)

The T63 front and rear is now on the XRL and I am disappointed like you. Great on the pavement, but they are no better than a trailwing in the dirt.

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Old 12-14-2011, 08:50 AM   #35490
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My artrax's are doing pretty well. The rear tire knobs are a bit too far spaced apart to get really high mileage out of them though. I am guessing 3000mi and they will be toast. Otherwise, they work fine.
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