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Old 09-12-2012, 08:21 AM   #15721
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I have been searching the web with not much luck. Totally demolished my chain guard and can't seem to locate a replacement.
PM sent. I've got one laying around.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:22 AM   #15722
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first and cheapest test, oil change.

Year old oil is never any good, year old oil in a thoroughly thrashed thumper doubly so. 600 miles isn't much, but it might just be time.
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Old 09-12-2012, 08:26 AM   #15723
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There's no leaks per se, however my manual cam chain tensioner is always oily.
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It seems kind of common for the manual cam chain tensioner to leak a little bit of oil. Mine leaked so I tried to fill the threads with a permatex product and that didn't help.

I vote for an oil change and continue to monitor after that.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:09 AM   #15724
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There's no leaks per se, however my manual cam chain tensioner is always oily.

Synthetic 10-40, one calendar year old with maybe six hundred miles, it looked nice and clean when I left.

This was a trip that was 80% logging roads and 20% wide open highway. I thrashed it on this trip.
Try 20w50? Works fine for me, before I used 10w40 and it seemed to burn up a bit even with the small amount of highway I would cover.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:49 AM   #15725
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I have been searching the web with not much luck. Totally demolished my chain guard and can't seem to locate a replacement.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
assuming you are talking about the guard (on top of the swingarm) and not the guide (on the bottom of the swingarm)...

just forget about it. all it does is collect mud and wear the chain faster.
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Old 09-12-2012, 09:55 AM   #15726
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Yes it is the top plastic chain guard. No ill effects from not having one? An inmate offered me one and if we can coordinate, I will replace it.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:08 AM   #15727
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Yes it is the top plastic chain guard. No ill effects from not having one? An inmate offered me one and if we can coordinate, I will replace it.
No issue not having it. It's put there by the lawyers, for people that tend to put their limbs in places where they don't belong. Unless you plan on carrying passengers regularly, I would toss it.
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Old 09-12-2012, 10:50 AM   #15728
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Yes it is the top plastic chain guard. No ill effects from not having one?
not unless you like to ride while wearing loose, ankle-length lace dresses.

actually, there can be one downside to not having it...some states require it to pass inspection--depends on how much of a nanny state your state is and how much of a stickler the inspection tech who inspects your bike is.

other than that, if your riding is limited to roads, it doesn't really matter whether you have it or not.

if you ride in dirt (particularly mud) there is actually an ill effect from having it. it gets packed with dirt and wears the chain out faster.
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:26 PM   #15729
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My 04 with 10,000 miles seems to consume oil suddenly. I went on a three day ride and fortunately took a quart of synthetic oil to top it off if necessary- good thing I did, it used the whole quart.

200 miles each day of hard mountain riding, each end of day check the oil level was below the dipstick.

What do I do about that. I'm tempted to switch to natural oil and see what that does to the rate of consumption.

Any suggestions?
When I first got my DRZ I thought it was loosing oil, but it turns out that I didn't know to check it while warm. Because of the dry sump deal, the oil where the dip stick is will drain back into the sump and show nothing on the stick if it's not warmed up first.

As several others said, change the oil and monitor form there, but check it after a short ride.
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:29 PM   #15730
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not unless you like to ride while wearing loose, ankle-length lace dresses.
How did you know? Sometimes you just feel the need to be pretty.


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if you ride in dirt (particularly mud) there is actually an ill effect from having it. it gets packed with dirt and wears the chain out faster.
Good point. Some guards can keep some mud off the chain.
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:23 PM   #15731
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How did you know? Sometimes you just feel the need to be pretty.
Well you do ride one of those fancy "look at me" pumpkins now so I guess it makes sense. .

Do they come with one of those long, Sound of Music frocks? Is that kind of like Austrian ATTGAT?
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Old 09-12-2012, 04:51 PM   #15732
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Well you do ride one of those fancy "look at me" pumpkins now so I guess it makes sense. .

Do they come with one of those long, Sound of Music frocks? Is that kind of like Austrian ATTGAT?


We were in the hills singing for a 3 day trip this past weekend. I was last on this trail 2 years ago with the DRZ. The DRZ wasn't a lot of fun in steep terrain like this at 10k'.

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Old 09-12-2012, 05:58 PM   #15733
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Clark 3.9 tank

I'm still looking for a clear or yellow Clark 3.9 tank for my 2000 S used. Anyone?
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:51 PM   #15734
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We were in the hills singing for a 3 day trip this past weekend. I was last on this trail 2 years ago with the DRZ. The DRZ wasn't a lot of fun in steep terrain like this at 10k'.

That trail would make me cry like a little Austrian girl...if they cried

I didn't know your KTM was fuel injected. Looks like fun!
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Old 09-12-2012, 06:53 PM   #15735
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