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Old 11-03-2009, 05:55 AM   #1636
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you use full legnth or shorty neoprenes? do they sag over time. which brand?
do they collect/hold water around the fork seal area???


rman,
is there center tire clearance to drop down the brace some where it mounts?
seems to be you have about 1.5" which is more than enough. knob clearnace is the only issue & be aware the tire grows some at speed. mud will be sliced back by the brace & a rock coming around is gonna hit either way. i'd say you have 1/4 to 1/2 inch of room to drop the brace on the leg & thus provide better rain drainage. obviously the rsw brace can only go down so far then it hits that widder flanged part of fork leg.

seems like if the brace was mounted a little lower, then the factory boot lower drain holes would be low enough to drain water from the top of the fork leg/fork seal area. pooling water in this area is not good. think about trying to change out fork seals & rust down the road. i've read about this issue over at TT. it's an issue to be addressed. many smear the area around the seal/lower leg with grease, keeping the boot clamp area grease free and then clamp the boot down well. some water always pools in the frok seal cavity (& evaporates) but i think your drain hole location is causing even more to collect than normal.

if you look at the stock location for the fork boots, it down much lower on the fork leg and is clamped to the white molded plastic assy. some pooling water here will not be rusting the plastic piece.

i'd love to see some detail of a superbrace mounted. unless that design has some way for the water to drain out the bottom, it looks to be even worse as far as pooling water on the top of the lower leg.
Hey Bill, I use the full length neoprene's (Moose Racing). I have not found ANY dirt, mud or water under these things after I had them properly secured.

As far as mounting the brace lower...I think you could. Considering brand new knobbies, you may be able to lower this by a half inch or so. Again, after using SS hose clamps to secure the bottom of the boot I have not had an issue with them pulling up or letting debris in the fork slider area. If you come down from Steamboat I will show you...or I could come up in the spring and you can show me some of the area
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Old 11-04-2009, 09:00 AM   #1637
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Question Snorkel

Hi,

Any chance someone has an XR400 snorkel lying around they wouldn't mind parting with?

I got a little water in my box a couple weeks ago crossing a stream. I don't think it would have happened with the snorkel in.

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Old 11-04-2009, 02:07 PM   #1638
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I have seen plenty of XRs being used as dualsporters on here with baggage on the rear. But all the time I read about people saying "watch out on XRs the rear subframe is weak". Why is it that I have never seen pics of where they have broken???
Anyone here upgraded or strengthened their subframes????
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Old 11-04-2009, 02:44 PM   #1639
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Hi,

Any chance someone has an XR400 snorkel lying around they wouldn't mind parting with?

I got a little water in my box a couple weeks ago crossing a stream. I don't think it would have happened with the snorkel in.

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for future refference..IT'S A MOTORCYCLE, NOT A BOAT!
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Old 11-04-2009, 03:03 PM   #1640
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for future refference..IT'S A MOTORCYCLE, NOT A BOAT!

Tell that to Jjustj;

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Old 11-04-2009, 10:28 PM   #1641
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I have seen plenty of XRs being used as dualsporters on here with baggage on the rear. But all the time I read about people saying "watch out on XRs the rear subframe is weak". Why is it that I have never seen pics of where they have broken???
Anyone here upgraded or strengthened their subframes????

~So far, so good (fingers crossed).
No sign of stress fractures after about 6000 miles of constant soft "baggage" & aux rear gas tank. ~Never really exceeded more than 80lbs though.
Some of the other guys might speak up though.
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:11 PM   #1642
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I have seen plenty of XRs being used as dualsporters on here with baggage on the rear. But all the time I read about people saying "watch out on XRs the rear subframe is weak". Why is it that I have never seen pics of where they have broken???
Anyone here upgraded or strengthened their subframes????
I havent checked mine after my Mexico trip... but just be careful. A fella on the trip broke is sub frame on an XR650L.... the same model bike I replaced with the 400.

When I ever get my welder back from my brother, I am going to add gussets to my sub frame.
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Old 11-05-2009, 03:12 PM   #1643
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Old 11-06-2009, 10:38 AM   #1644
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Snorkel

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Hi,

Any chance someone has an XR400 snorkel lying around they wouldn't mind parting with?

I got a little water in my box a couple weeks ago crossing a stream. I don't think it would have happened with the snorkel in.

Thanks.
I have one laying around, I'm sure. P.M. me your info and I'll get it to you.

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Old 11-06-2009, 01:29 PM   #1645
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OK I purchased a 200 model, first bike in 18 years. Really pleased with it I need to stiff'n it up some. I weigh 255 and called Eibach, has anyone used these springs?
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:37 PM   #1646
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OK I purchased a 200 model, first bike in 18 years. Really pleased with it I need to stiff'n it up some. I weigh 255 and called Eibach, has anyone used these springs?
This might help

http://www.4strokes.com/tech/honda/sprngrts.asp
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Old 11-06-2009, 09:52 PM   #1647
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well said.

the xr is what it is, an outdated, acient design, that still keeps going. its like the energizer bunny of dirt bikes. i love mine but i dont expect much out of it. it always starts, can sit in the corner for months without issues, and in a pinch will always get me where i need to go. its my definition of a perfect back-up/community bike.

laramie

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Old 11-07-2009, 12:42 AM   #1648
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Old 11-07-2009, 06:26 AM   #1649
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you guys and your "pretty" XRs..y'all need to get em in the dirt once in a while and ride em insted of "polishin" them up!



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Old 11-07-2009, 07:16 AM   #1650
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Fork Guards

Hah, true-dat DrLewall!
I'm seeing folks have fork guards. I've been looking arounnd everywhere online but they all seem discontinued.
Anyone know of a pair of Acerbis laying around?
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