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Old 02-09-2012, 10:34 PM   #59866
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Nice

Glad you got her fixed and ready to roll. Rid on Saturday for sure looks like. I wonder if we'll have Larry or not but I'm going regardless. Glad you are done with all that shop stuff and back on the road.

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Old 02-10-2012, 12:37 AM   #59867
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The shop asked, "What kind of oil are you using"? Don't start... he changed to GOOD oil so that's what it will get in the future.[quote]

I think we need to know what oil we shouldn't be using and of course what oil the bike shop recomended.
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:22 AM   #59868
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Improve suspension on the cheap

Hey folks, my initial thoughts on the DR is that the suspension is kind of soft. Found an online digital owners manual, so I know I can stiffen and change damping on the rear.

I'm inclined to live with the bike for a season of riding before I jump in with costly changes... and I believe I can possibly improve the front with either an addition of oil, or a change of oil viscosity, or both. Like I said, initial reaction is the front is too soft, and that it will dive under braking. What would be an appropriate oil change or addition to the forks??
Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:07 AM   #59869
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Suspension spring swap questions

I have ordered new springs from Procycle to upgrade the suspension on the DR i got a few weeks back. Decided on just a spring swap for now, as I have been spending way too much money already on this thing. Damn farkles! When I talked to Procycle, they said I could do the work myself. However, I have never messed around with shocks or forks. From talking with them, it sounds fairly straight forward. But I'm just wondering if anyone has any lessons learned, or tip and tricks they could share for both removing the shock and forks, and swapping out the spings. Also, since my ride is a 2000 model, what deterioration (like seals and such) should I be looking for while I am at it, and how would I recognize it.

Any insight that will make my job easier is very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:35 AM   #59870
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1990 DR with only 675 miles?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1990-...#ht_500wt_1182
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Old 02-10-2012, 06:53 AM   #59871
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I have ordered new springs from Procycle to upgrade the suspension on the DR i got a few weeks back. Decided on just a spring swap for now, as I have been spending way too much money already on this thing. Damn farkles! When I talked to Procycle, they said I could do the work myself. However, I have never messed around with shocks or forks. From talking with them, it sounds fairly straight forward. But I'm just wondering if anyone has any lessons learned, or tip and tricks they could share for both removing the shock and forks, and swapping out the spings. Also, since my ride is a 2000 model, what deterioration (like seals and such) should I be looking for while I am at it, and how would I recognize it.

Any insight that will make my job easier is very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
I was just researching this yesterday. I think you will find these two links to be very helpful. It looks pretty straightforward. You don't even have to remove your forks unless you want to change the oil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzLpG...eature=related

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/678...tion-question/
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:11 AM   #59872
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What Oil?

[QUOTE=Magnum Noel;17952716]The shop asked, "What kind of oil are you using"? Don't start... he changed to GOOD oil so that's what it will get in the future.
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I think we need to know what oil we shouldn't be using and of course what oil the bike shop recomended.
Bike was using the over the counter cheap stuff (10w-40-same as truck uses). Now it has the $8/liter stuff... don't remember the brands, just learned the lesson... No cheap stuff.

My diesel mechanic friend says use synthetic diesel rated as it has HIGH detergent content to keep things clean. He's kept the government motor pool going for 30 plus years.

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Old 02-10-2012, 07:14 AM   #59873
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Yes Rotella diesel oil seems to work well and is often recommended around here.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:10 AM   #59874
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http://www.vstroma.com/oilfillercap.htm

dr & strom use ths same oil filer cap.
this provides security
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:13 AM   #59875
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Are folks getting many miles out of the stock spark plugs on DR's. I have tried a few, but really can't tell if there is much of a difference, or if the DR really cares?
i've found my bike runs better/starts easier with ngk iridium plugs.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:17 AM   #59876
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Yes Rotella diesel oil seems to work well and is often recommended around here.
synthetic version
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:37 AM   #59877
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synthetic version
Oil thread I have used the Rotello Dino juice for years with good results but in the air cooled DR I now use the synthetic although I doubt it makes any difference.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:46 AM   #59878
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i've found my bike runs better/starts easier with ngk iridium plugs.
Bill,

Would you have that particular NGK part # handy? Thanks

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Old 02-10-2012, 10:54 AM   #59879
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Synthetic oil

My humble opinion:

The advantage synthetic has is the increased temperature it can tolerate. It can take about 75 to 100 degree higher temp before things start to go bad in the oil. Admittedly the DR is pretty good at dissipating heat for an air cooled engine and likely never a problem for most using conventional oil. BUT it only takes overheating the oil once for it to become junk. I prefer to have the extra temp buffer provided by synthetics. It also can make starting (and cold flow) easier for those of you that like to ride in the cold weather --- not a problem for me (I am a wimp in cold weather).

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Old 02-10-2012, 11:06 AM   #59880
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i've found my bike runs better/starts easier with ngk iridium plugs.
I've found my bike runs better/starts easier with oil in it.
Seriously, I can hear the difference, engine spins much easier, in severe cold with synthetic in it. Has to be much better for the engine, starter and battery. Synthetic can provide dependable lubrication at temperature extremes that petroleum base just can't.
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