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Old 04-20-2012, 08:17 AM   #4471
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Got it!!

I guess you need a pic hosting site now to load pics? Can't seem to load them the old way anymore. I will post some once I do that.

The bike was great, thanks to all who told me some things to look for. and do. I will be going through it this weekend. I had to have my cousin school me in kickstarting, but can do it ok, need a little more practice.

I'll be back soon with some pics. And I picked up a gopro so I'm sure some videos of dirt naps are soon to come!!!
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Old 04-21-2012, 01:31 AM   #4472
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I took the (new to me) XR4 out this weekend on a 2 day dualsport ride here in NM. The 650R was down with a blown fork seal, I was hesitant about taking the 400 on this ride as it's pretty hard on the bikes, it did great, zero issues. I dropped in a 16t cs sprocket before the ride for the road, even with the tall gearing it handled the technical sections fine. For the most part, the little 400 hung with a KTM525 and a CR450 pretty well, it even pulled a brokedown KLR400 about 5 miles not to shabby for a 13yo bike.

Here's some video's of the ride taken from the XR.

Chloride Creek
Monticello Box
Palomas Gap
Well, now that your old post is resurrected I feel compelled to ask an embarrassing newbie question....
In the videos your front wheel keeps lifting at will, with no effort or drama.
And I just cant get the front wheel to rise. What's the trick? I've tried the roll off/roll on while moving.....Could it be my 220 pounds will never let it happen?
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:37 AM   #4473
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I'm up to page 121 of this thread and haven't really got my head around getting 12VDC out of the bike. any info or links would be greatly appreciated.

It's for an outlet socket.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:10 AM   #4474
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http://www.rickystator.com/04technic...ll_inst01.html
That has a drawing of one of the setups to give you 100w DC out of a Ricky Stator. You'll need to float the ground on the stator if you want 200w of DC (doesn't sound like you need it). You'll need an aftermarket stator (could probably figure a way with stock but why?), a battery/capacitor, and a DC reg/rectalfire.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:35 AM   #4475
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^ thanks for that. Was looking to mod the stock wiring though.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:03 PM   #4476
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Well, now that your old post is resurrected I feel compelled to ask an embarrassing newbie question....
In the videos your front wheel keeps lifting at will, with no effort or drama.
And I just cant get the front wheel to rise. What's the trick? I've tried the roll off/roll on while moving.....Could it be my 220 pounds will never let it happen?
Well, I'm over 250 now, front wheel still lifts if I want it. Gearing? Technique?
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:26 PM   #4477
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went for a ride yesterday..and normally, after the XR is started for the day, it wil light one kick the rest of the day. So yesterday, I was having some starting issues. One time it took abt 15-20 kicks. I lucked out each time tho because it would start after being so stubborn.

So today was general maintenance day..according to my schedule, I had abt another 300 miles to go before the "scheduled" wrenching..so today, a valve adjustment was the primary goal..swing arm pivot bolt was pulled and lubed, cables inspected and lube, airfilter needed a cleaning too..everything was looked at and we are good to go.

Exhaust valves had 0 clearance and that are spec now..cold motor start, ONE KICK!

When the XR is hard to start, check the valves..makes a difference!

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Old 04-23-2012, 03:38 PM   #4478
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Joining the party. Just got done reading the entire thread.



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Old 04-23-2012, 03:57 PM   #4479
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^ thanks for that. Was looking to mod the stock wiring though.

Stock wiring or stock stator? Because the drawing there uses the stock wiring. The RS stator has 2 circuits for 100w each, you just hook up 1 circuit to the normal bike wiring, and run the other circuit to a regulated DC circuit w/ a battery to run the lights or w/e off of.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:55 PM   #4480
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Sorry, stock everything. Power outlet to begin, then LEDs hid headlight layer, just don't want expense of new stator just yet.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:35 PM   #4481
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Well, I'm over 250 now, front wheel still lifts if I want it. Gearing? Technique?
Say more on technique?

What I'm trying to do is mid-stream wheel lift with just throttle application to get over obstacles while running. So not trying a clutch wheelie.
I saw videos showing throttle up a bit.....get off the throttle, front dips, use that moment to whack open the throttle and pull on bars.....that coupled with compression re-bound should lift the front.

All I manage is make the front light enough to float over 6-10 inches stuff, but no really lift really! Tried in first and second gears. Tried standing, sitting, sitting back.....

I'm running standard sprockets....by all accounts I think mine is the Euro spec 2004 XR which makes it 15/45 tooth. No mods except the missing air snorkel. Bike runs well, never felt like it's under-powered or anything too (though I have no other XR to benchmark this on).
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:46 PM   #4482
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Gratuitous photo post

Bro spruced up a mobile clicked photo of the XR....felt like it's worth sharing

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Old 04-24-2012, 06:54 AM   #4483
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I saw videos showing throttle up a bit.....get off the throttle, front dips, use that moment to whack open the throttle and pull on bars.....that coupled with compression re-bound should lift the front.
For compressing the forks, standing:
1) throttle off
2) JUMP on the pegs and PUSH down bars
3) while forks are starting to rebound, PUSH yourself away from the bars (this moves your body position back)
4) together with (3) whack the throttle.

Easy to verify this rebound technique is working, try to pull up the handlebars on a rolling MTB, with and without doing step (2). Good luck!
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:51 AM   #4484
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I have quickly realized that the 2 gallon tank that the bike came with is not going to cut it for me, I live out in nowhere. From doing ride on my GS I know that most of my playing around rides hit over 120 miles. But this bike opens up so many other roads/trails that I just did not want to beat up the GS on.

So here is the actual questions.
What are the pros and cons of each of the three tanks available?

What kind of range are you averaging?

Just as a reference riding will average about 4-5000 feet elevation on street, two track, single track. Ridden on mostly hard pack, rocks and sand(not dunes).
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:52 PM   #4485
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on my lil XR, I get abt 40mpg..35 if I play..I have the IMS 4gal..good for 160 and not much more than that..it does what I want it but a 5.5 would be nice..the only think would be the extra weight og the fuel up front..and I agree, you need to get rid of the stock 2.6 tank

Edit: with 440 kit

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