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Old 01-01-2012, 04:39 PM   #2521
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what are your impressions of the x-2 light
I know the stock light is bad but is this x-2 a big improvement
35w low and then a 35w high beam with low beam still on - right?
the 8" race light is a lot of light for just an occasional night ride
I have the X2 light and like it a lot. The only down side has been reliability of the bulbs although Trail tech has really been meeting me more than half way on replacing them. In fact my headlight is in for repair right now only after 6 days of hard riding since the last repair. I love working with Trailtech they are good people.

Another option I have/like is these:

http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/hst...LED/Detail.bok

I have both sets of lights and have seen them side by side on 2 of my bikes. I judge them as equally bright (the X2 compared to 2 of the LED's). The LED lights have been REALLY robust. The only downside is that the standard mounting bracket is pretty wimpy. I noticed that since I bought my lights the company offers a sturdier bracket as an option.

I like the looks of the X2 and hope that I can get them to work day in and day out.


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Old 01-01-2012, 05:54 PM   #2522
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I lowered my ktm 450 2". It was the best thing I ever did.
Make sure to use a good skid plate, I hit rocks often now.
Then again, im 5'7
I lowered my 2009 KTM 400 XC-W 3" and it's still awesome and I am only 5'0" (and a 40yo girl).
I tried riding it full height and it just wasn't gonna happen. I'm still a relative n00b at 3.5 years of riding under my belt.

+1 on the skid plate.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:25 PM   #2523
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Good stuff. thanks. I've done quite a bit of riding with this bike, here is another bit: I rarely dab down, I mean less than anyone I know of...tough trail sections I've developed my balance really well (mountain biking) but I am always reminded that I need the ability to touch down in a decent fashion. It's nerve wracking at times to not touch or 'walk' the bike at times, it can't be done as it is now -
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:41 PM   #2524
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Allen Stillwell at Stillwell suspension told me that many people are lowering their bikes these days.
Unless you are riding very hard terrain at high speed or on an MX track(unless your RM), our bikes just don't need all the suspension they come with.
Also, lowering your center of gravity will make your bike feel much more stable at speed.

Good luck
Allen @ Stillwell's is correct with the amount of bikes getting lowered, in fact with most guys not truly aware of the options, and just adapt to their stock suspension. The synergy link is one way of going about as you can fine tune it to the rider, as well as changes the damping curve a bit as well. Some bikes you can get lowering links (Im not a fan of these as they can buzz saw through the rear fender on some bikes), and of course lowering them internally.
As for the height most guys are looking to lower is usually too much in my opinion. Some guys dont realize how much 3/4, or 1 inch will achieve, and of courrse this should depend on the terrain you cover. Here in the west side of WA, we have nasty stumps, deep ruts, and rock fields everywhere that will clip of toe if lowered more than 1.5". So please keep in mind the amount you would like to lower, as it is more involved than just being able to flat foot when needed.

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Old 01-01-2012, 09:01 PM   #2525
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As for the height most guys are looking to lower is usually too much in my opinion. Some guys dont realize how much 3/4, or 1 inch will achieve, and of courrse this should depend on the terrain you cover. Here in the west side of WA, we have nasty stumps, deep ruts, and rock fields everywhere that will clip of toe if lowered more than 1.5".



Clipped toe, suspension too low?




Konflict has a good point!
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:08 PM   #2526
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Ok it is nearing time to change the oil again. Last time I just went with the Motorex stuff, but I would really like to use the same oil for both of my bikes. They both run 20w 50 oil and I would like to get it in the gallon jugs so I do not have so many different oils and fluids hanging around. I have Wal-mart, Autozone, and Oreilly right down the street and I only use synthetics on the bikes. What should I be looking for to make my life easier and to keep the clutch happy?
Looks like nobody wants to come near the oil question.
How about Mobile 1 15 w 50 from walmart in 5 qt jugs in the engine and trans ??
I looked into it before and it seems lots of riders are running it.
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:14 PM   #2527
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Looks like nobody wants to come near the oil question.
How about Mobile 1 15 w 50 from walmart in 5 qt jugs in the engine and trans ??
I looked into it before and it seems lots of riders are running it.

I only use Rotella T by shell. 2 stroke, 4 stroke, clutch or tranny.
It is made for diesel engines which allows lower EPA regs than any other oil.
This means it works better.
Race teams use Rotella T and it does come in gallons and maybe even 5g. buckets if your riding a lot
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:20 PM   #2528
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I only use Rotella T by shell. 2 stroke, 4 stroke, clutch or tranny.
It is made for diesel engines which allows lower EPA regs than any other oil.
This means it works better.
Race teams use Rotella T and it does come in gallons and maybe even 5g. buckets if your riding a lot
I know alot of people run it but Isn't that limited to 15w 40 weight ?? I feel better about 15w50 weight in the hot summer, but maybe it isn't necessary.
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:33 PM   #2529
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I know alot of people run it but Isn't that limited to 15w 40 weight ?? I feel better about 15w50 weight in the hot summer, but maybe it isn't necessary.
I have never had problems with it.
I have always wondered how much of a difference oil really makes unless your really pushing an engine?
But, Im just following what the guys I know that are better than me are doing...
So far so good.
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:09 PM   #2530
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I only use Rotella T by shell. 2 stroke, 4 stroke, clutch or tranny.
It is made for diesel engines which allows lower EPA regs than any other oil.
This means it works better.
Race teams use Rotella T and it does come in gallons and maybe even 5g. buckets if your riding a lot
This is very true, alot of people including myself have been running this oil for years, Ive been running it for around 6 years now, havent had any issues.
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Old 01-02-2012, 05:49 AM   #2531
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Looks like nobody wants to come near the oil question.
How about Mobile 1 15 w 50 from walmart in 5 qt jugs in the engine and trans
I looked into it before and it seems lots of riders are running it.
That's what myself and most of my riding friends are using, Mobile 15W-50 for high performance engines (the one with the little race flag on the container). Really you can't go wrong with any modern quality oil....you just don't read about oil related failures any more.

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Old 01-02-2012, 06:35 AM   #2532
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Thanks for the oil refresher. Since I drive a deisel the Rotella T would solve lots of problems. I will also look at the Mobil 1. That is what I run in my Jeep. In fact Hodakaguy the last pic you posted looks like my Jeep in front of you. It probably is not as old but they all look the same from the rear at a distance anyway.
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Old 01-02-2012, 06:42 AM   #2533
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Suspension height can be a problem and a Godsend as well. On one hand it can help you tackle obstacles easier on another can have you "turtled up" and feeling like a nB. A riding buddy of mine and I have similar bikes and are the same size. 5-9 to 5-10 with 32 inch inseam. He just took the cover off of his seat and trimmed it down a bit ( i think an inch or more). It made a big difference. We both have the Enduro Engineering tall soft seat. I may opt for the same exercise myself or maybe send it to Spencers in Florida to have it redone with Supracore cushioning and call it good.

By trimming the seat you can maybe gain those inches you are looking for without sacrificing the suspension.
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:15 AM   #2534
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I'm a thinkin' I ought to just take the bike to Konflick MS, probably 4 miles from my house....

Synergy heim joint, forks, spring rate check, etc - have it done correctly!
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Old 01-02-2012, 10:48 AM   #2535
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That's what myself and most of my riding friends are using, Mobile 15W-50 for high performance engines (the one with the little race flag on the container). Really you can't go wrong with any modern quality oil....you just don't read about oil related failures any more.

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I use Mobile 1 15-50 in all my motorcycles. 950SE, 690smc, Ducatis and 530s. In the summer I use a moto specific, trany oil and as a snowbike I use the 15-50 in the trany for cold weather shinfing/starting.

I rebuilt a firends 530 top end, last fall and he has always used the KTM Motella. It had the most wear of the last three I have done. The other two used Mobil 1.
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