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Old 07-17-2010, 05:59 PM   #6676
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Hey dudes

so I am compiling a list of things to do to the drz. I am planning on some longer trips, and would like to avoid the misery of being sorely unprepared. Here's a few I am looking into:

Tank bag, Gear rack/saddlebags/top box (like luuke's) Wolfman Tankbag, maybe Dirtbags racks/bags??? Giantloop stuff is sweet especially since you don't need racks.

true blue 50/50 tires (the rear is a 270 with much life left, im thinkin maybe either a 270 front or tryin out a trials front) Try a IRC GP1 front (same as Kenda 270 but mo' bettah IMO! Not sure the Trials front would be a good i d er.

taillight assembly (sleeker than stock, with integrated blinkers) Try a DRC edge t/l from www.wheelingcyclesupply.com.

DRZ SM front fender (it just looks cool) Eh, may throw some dirt on you due to the shorter length.

headlight cowling (the one with 4x round lights looks awesome) Trailtech, etc... Nice but $$$$.

16t front sprocket/smaller than 44t rear sprocket (for more topend.. or do I really need to be able to go triples?) Get the Driven 16t sprocket. Also available at wheeling cycle.

spare tubes/tire spoons carrier (fender bag?), air filter (twinair/uni?) oil filter (steel reusable?)
Can't get any cheaper than Rocky Mountain ATV. Their fender bag comes with a couple of spoons. Air filter... either one will work. I shy away from stainless oil filters. RMATV filters are pretty cheap and work OK IMO.

brushguards for barkbusters (already have moose barkbusters, thinkin the plastic guards might minimize the buguts in the fingers )
Again, I bought the Tusk barkbuster (alum bar) $29.99 + the spoilers for those for $9.99 for the KDX. Doesn't get any cheaper than that.

12v cigarette lighter adapter, connection for battery tender, headlight switch get one from Wallyworld

Ive heard lots of things about the trailtech vapor but this speedo seems to work just fine Vapor is cool but if your stock unit works OK, keep it. No sense in spending $100 to do virtually the same chit your stock unit does.



I am also looking for a few personal gear items ive been needing to pick up:

waterproof riding jacket, pants, gloves and waterproof riding boots (waterproof is an absolute must - I hate wet socks) Riding gear - RMATV. I take it their Backcountry line is decent. Boots - Sidi stuff is nice/waterproof but $$$. Some other boots are probably waterproof just don't know which would be best.

waterproof balaclava (for winter riding and protecting the neck in heavy rain)
RMATV is your friend.


None of this is time sensitive I just figured I'd make a quick list just in case you guys had some good intel on these things - especially you fellow drz'ers.
Hope this helps... Just my $.02!
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:02 PM   #6677
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is anyone planning to ride tomarrow? rain is called for .
wd

Best time to ride is when it rains. Don't forget the rain-X.
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:45 PM   #6678
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I pretty certain we looked in there too. There was an empty pack of Kools but nothing else.

What was it in?

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It was tucked away behind that little door on the left side of the tail section:







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Old 07-17-2010, 07:13 PM   #6679
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Good ride today fellas. A little more road than I wanted but that what splorin s all about.

So we ride 60 hard dirt miles and I come home and twist my knee swimming in the pool!.

Got this sharp pain thing going on that just aint right. I hoping it will get better if I leave it alone.

Sorry WD no riding in the morning for me.
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:36 PM   #6680
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Sorry I couldn't make it out... The XT had some... Mechanical issues...






I will take a picture of the bottom of the piston later, dented the sucker.
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:46 PM   #6681
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:49 PM   #6682
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Izzat one of them racing 2 piece valves?
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:03 PM   #6683
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Old 07-17-2010, 08:44 PM   #6684
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Just my $.02!
Damn Eloy I forgot you are the DR. of Z!

thanks for the info d00d, I am much better off for it

I was lookin at the giantloop stuff, pretty cool idear, definitely worth more research (waterproofness, durability, mounting since it doesnt use a rack)

The edge taillight looks awesome, but according to AMA blinkers actually are required in fl. maybe ill say screw it anyways

I have noticed the stock front fender throws dirt and especially water back up on me, so I dunno if it'd be too much worse. the fender "mod" is definitely on a back burner. as is the headlight cowling and vapor. stock is fine for now, just thoughts about future mods.

The other structural mod is the seat. I have the gel but it's a lil too narrow for my bony ass, and long days would be pretty painful. I like the look of the corbin madhouse has - much wider towards the middle/back. I don't care as much about the "softness"

The personal gear issue is a huge one, however. I am thinking ill just hit all the local shops to try on different gears. Now that I am riding a bike that really encourages hooliganism, attgatt makes much more sense.
For boots, Gaerne and sidi seem to be the only ones who give much of a shit about waterproofness. I can't believe how little companies care about this factor. Lookin at the sidi discoverers and the gaerne balances. effin pricey tho!!


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Mechanical issues...
Tough break man, just remember it could be worse - you could be cleaning out a bottom end too!

pm me for details on that parts bike xt I have for you.

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Old 07-18-2010, 04:13 AM   #6685
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JP's got the ultimate solution for waterproofing boots.

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Old 07-18-2010, 04:17 AM   #6686
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Waterproofness: get SealSkinz socks (have their own longevity drawbacks, as Buzz and i can tell you) or just deal with wet feet/pack extra wicking sox like i do.
+1 to that sheeet!! My SealSkinz rock! Hunnerd dollar boots with fourty dollar socks in em You gotta go the the high end alpine stars for the bootie option

On the skreet my Oxtar Matrix Gore-Tex boots are "waders dry" all day long, and I wear them to walk around work all the time. Did some trails on the KLX wearing them yesterday, and it feels like I'm in flip flops though. Rode home in the pouring rain. Everything but my feet were wet
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Old 07-18-2010, 06:48 AM   #6687
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Yea, my Discos aren't waterproof anymore since the shifter pad on the left boot wore through. Mug's right about the ankle protection. You don't have to worry about it because there isn't any. But damn, they sure are comfy to ride/walk in. I mainly bought them to ride trials but I've used them for DS rides more than trials.

I've got a pair of AXO MX boots and there's definitely more protection on those than my Discos but they are a PITA to walk in.
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:23 AM   #6688
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Pheadrus

IMHO = Do NOT skimp on two items. Boots and Helmet. Whats in between is up for debate.

Feet/Ankle/Knee are where off road injuries are most common. Hugh boots are chit to walk in but what you need to ride the woods - especially like you do.

The head part is obvious. Anywhere you ride.
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:43 AM   #6689
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The edge taillight looks awesome, but according to AMA blinkers actually are required in fl. maybe ill say screw it anyways
Jerry, I don't think you need turn signals in FL according to this...

http://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/Equ...09-MSFlogo.pdf
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:09 AM   #6690
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well damn, thanks for the info on the sealskins, thats much cheaper than another pair of boots! according to everything I found they get 100% positive reviews.

Ive always wondered about JPs plastic-wrapped boots - guess that'd explain it!

Vico yer absolutely right. the foot protection has saved my arse many times, as well as the head. Those are two areas I aint willing to skimp - I was just hoping there'd be something perfectly middle of the road. but yet again, compromise is the word of the day. I am thinkin ill stick with the boots I got, and get me some sealskins. Already got plenny o helmets, always wear em.

Think ill get some of them sealskins gloves to wear under my mx gloves.
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