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Old 02-03-2011, 01:23 PM   #7291
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I actually bought mine at Batteries Plus. The bike came with one, but it was toast (different brand, same size) and I bought a replacement. I forget the price though.........
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:53 PM   #7292
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Just noticed this is a bad time to sell/good time to buy an XRR...4 or 5 in the fleamarket right now.
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Old 02-04-2011, 10:22 PM   #7293
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do'n crank

Anyone ever hav to replace the crank in ther XR650R, I've bought one that the rod is locked on the crank journal and I'm just curious what its gonna take to tear into it then replace the rod and crank ?


Thanx in advance.
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:24 AM   #7294
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Old 02-06-2011, 12:51 PM   #7295
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Since I'm whoring it up a bit. Figured I'd post it here too!

It's finally done!








Baja bound next Monday!
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:17 PM   #7296
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That's done? What all do you have going on up there in that dash area?
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:21 PM   #7297
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BURNING OIL on fwy

So I've heard that it's normal/common for these bikes to burn some oil when running them at freeway speeds for extended periods of time - wondering why, and if there's anything I can do about that. Got a pretty fresh engine, stock except for carb and exhaust, and I'm riding 75-150 miles at 60-80mph at a time. Street wheelset is geared for it (16/46), so I'm not revving the piss out of it. But it's consuming enough oil that I'm a little bit concerned about it.
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Old 02-06-2011, 04:51 PM   #7298
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That's done? What all do you have going on up there in that dash area?

It's not permanent but will be kept that way for the trip. It was a test config that's going to remain.

12v marine plug, HID ballasts for headlight, heated grips, relay for headlight, and everything else. I did the dual sport kit myself. Stuff is both zip tied and held in place by sticky sided velcro.

Elastic bands will be used for tools later, and serve as a reminder that my air filter is in a zip lock bag inside the airbox and not to start it. Petcock also has duct tape on it to serve the same purpose.

Only one way for engines to burn oil. It's getting past your piston rings. Either you rings/piston are wearing, or it's normal consumption with minor film along the cylinder walls getting past the rings.

Although these engines are designed for desert racing, they are race engines. They aren't made for continuous highway commutes. They can handle it because of a well designed engine, but it's not designed to last 80,000 K without problems. We're just lucky they stand up to this abuse.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:02 PM   #7299
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It's not permanent but will be kept that way for the trip. It was a test config that's going to remain.

12v marine plug, HID ballasts for headlight, heated grips, and everything else. I did the dual sport kit myself. Stuff is both zip tied and held in place by sticky sided velcro.

Elastic bands will be used for tools later, and serve as a reminder that my air filter is in a zip lock bag inside the airbox and not to start it. Petcock also has duct tape on it to serve the same purpose.

Only one way for engines to burn oil. It's getting past your piston rings. Either you rings/piston are wearing, or it's normal consumption with minor film along the cylinder walls getting past the rings.

Although these engines are designed for desert racing, they are race engines. They aren't made for continuous highway commutes. They can handle it because of a well designed engine, but it's not designed to last 80,000 K without problems. We're just lucky they stand up to this abuse.

Is that a great basin or coyote bag? Seems big on the XRR.
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Old 02-06-2011, 05:19 PM   #7300
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Only one way for engines to burn oil. It's getting past your piston rings. Either you rings/piston are wearing, or it's normal consumption with minor film along the cylinder walls getting past the rings.

Although these engines are designed for desert racing, they are race engines. They aren't made for continuous highway commutes. They can handle it because of a well designed engine, but it's not designed to last 80,000 K without problems. We're just lucky they stand up to this abuse.
Really? Nothing else could account for that? Hmmm, guess a leakdown test would tell me what kind of condition my rings are in, right? What kind of results should I expect/hope for?
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:19 PM   #7301
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Wanting to tap anyone who has added any aux power to their XR. I have a small AA battery pack under the seat that recharges via the system, but it's not 12V. Runs my GPS off a 12V cig lighter adapter.

Wondering if there is a kit, or a better more professional way to have some battery juice.

Any photos or details would be much appreciated

....



Since you seem to be looking for options, here is my approach. Some may consider it extreme but so far it has worked quite well...

I installed a YTZ14SBS-AGM battery in a custom box mounted to the front of the skid plate....



I used this battery to replace the whimpy battery that was speced with the Baja Designs electric start kit....



This is charged with a Ricky Stator 200+ watt full DC system.

I use this to power ..
- heated grips - switch on panel
- GPS - connect with double bullet connector
- electric tire pump as required - normal auto socket
- Aux LED lights - switch on panel

Here is the panel...



And the LED aux lights...



So, it just depends on how far you want to go...
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:25 PM   #7302
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I installed a YTZ14SBS-AGM battery in a custom box mounted to the front of the skid plate....



I used this battery to replace the whimpy battery that was speced with the Baja Designs electric start kit....
Damn, that battery mount looks like it's begging to be destroyed.
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:34 PM   #7303
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Really? Nothing else could account for that? Hmmm, guess a leakdown test would tell me what kind of condition my rings are in, right? What kind of results should I expect/hope for?
Actually there are 2 paths to oil consumption:
- Piston rings as noted
- valve seals

Yes, a leak down test can differentiate between the the 2 possible causes.

Measure your compression using a compression tester (Harbor Freight?). You should see at least 70 - 80 psi kicking it. Pull the tester from the spark plug hole, squirt in some motor oil, spin the crank a fer times to distribute it, reinstall the tester. If the pressure goes up, the rings are leaking. The oil temporarily seals the rings.

Part of the reason with race type engines using more oil is the piston configuration. To keep performance up, they need minimum friction. To get this they use short skirted pistons with thin rings. A certion amount of oil blow by is desireable to lube the cylinder wall & decrease fiction further.

Unfortunately, this is not so desirable for sustained hyway operation or long term engine life. Contradictory demands.

All that said, the XR does an amazing job of bridging the two worlds. And oil is cheap! Put a sight tube on the bike, watch it, keep it full & RIDE!
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Old 02-06-2011, 06:41 PM   #7304
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Thanks, that's helpful.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:17 PM   #7305
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Is that a great basin or coyote bag? Seems big on the XRR.
Coyote bag.

It is quite large. I had to put my MSR tent and shoes in the dry bag though.

I wish I could pack lighter, but I can't leave the camping gear at home. I'm not one for sleeping in my riding gear under the stars.
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