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Old 03-15-2012, 07:54 AM   #7636
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Pissed Handlebar control switches

Good day inmates,
my switches are cracking and hate the oem integrated type switches...
in need of some advice pls
- there are info on thumpertalk that you can use a kill switch as a starter switch, is this possible?
- can I solder the oem kill switch togather to eliminate once and for all since I always use my ignition switch
- can the oem throttle cable be use with domino or other throttle that does not integrate with others
- is there a generic headlight/turn/horn switch I can use other than oem
Thank you for your inputs.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:25 AM   #7637
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Go to hyway dirt bikes. You can get a starter/ on/off billet switch and then change the throttle to an mx style one.
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Old 03-15-2012, 08:26 AM   #7638
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TT Skid plate

What type of aluminium is the TT skid plate made of? I need to get some aluminium to make brackets out of but I don't know what type to ask for.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:38 AM   #7639
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What type of aluminium is the TT skid plate made of? I need to get some aluminium to make brackets out of but I don't know what type to ask for.
Not sure, but it's soft enough that mine has a huge dent in the rear and I haven't even noticed hitting anything
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:11 PM   #7640
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Can someone tell me the proper way to check the oil on an 04
What flavor oil is preferred? Dino or Synth?
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:21 PM   #7641
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Can someone tell me the proper way to check the oil on an 04
What flavor oil is preferred? Dino or Synth?
on my 02 dakar i make sure the bike is all the way warmed up like after a ride then dont turn the motor off but hold the bike upright and let idle for a few minutes then look at the sight glass. i leave mine right in the middle of the sight glass. if you dont have the bike all the way warmed up it will read low then if you fill to the right level then it will be over filled when warmed all the way up.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:23 PM   #7642
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Can someone tell me the proper way to check the oil on an 04
What flavor oil is preferred? Dino or Synth?
i forgot to mention i use dino 10-40 all year round too. my bike had synthetic when i bought it and the clutch would slip in high gear on the throttle hard. now with dino the clutch works great with no slipping at all.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:07 PM   #7643
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I read that I need to remove the oil tank to drain it? Is this true? Any links to an oil change? It simply cannot be as tough as I have read?
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:14 PM   #7644
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I read that I need to remove the oil tank to drain it? Is this true? Any links to an oil change? It simply cannot be as tough as I have read?
Not true, just put the bike on the sidestand and take the drain screw out of the oil tank. It'll all drain out.

See http://f651.com/faq/GSFAQs/GS_Oil_Change_FAQ.htm (why did it move from f650.com ??) for the full procedure.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:25 PM   #7645
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Where to get parts? I saw a "kit" was available? Filter, o-ring etc, whats a good source from USA?
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:31 PM   #7646
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Where to get parts? I saw a "kit" was available? Filter, o-ring etc, whats a good source from USA?
maxbmwmotorcycles.com part #11117658311 currently $16.75
It comes with an extra crush washer that fits the OEM forks, so save it and you can do the forks after every 2 oil changes. Annealing the crush washers seems to work fine, tho.
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:42 PM   #7647
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Not true, just put the bike on the sidestand and take the drain screw out of the oil tank. It'll all drain out.

See http://f651.com/faq/GSFAQs/GS_Oil_Change_FAQ.htm (why did it move from f650.com ??) for the full procedure.
The Chain Gang is going through some server and ownership changes right now.

Just drained the oil a couple of hours ago. I undid the oil tank (one bolt and 2 clips) and it seemed there was quite a bit that still came out as i twisted the tank in various directions. I think my waterpump seals have been letting coolant into the engine, so i wanted to be sure to get as much out as i could...
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:23 PM   #7648
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Can someone tell me the proper way to check the oil on an 04
What flavor oil is preferred? Dino or Synth?
Does anyone know if the BMW warning against using API SJ compliant oils has been completely dismissed as marketing BS? The best i could find shopping today was a brand that listed SG/SH/SJ which BMW apparently said was Ok even though it is still SJ compliant, then i got home and noticed i had filled up last fall with regular SJ oil...
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:39 PM   #7649
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Not true, just put the bike on the sidestand and take the drain screw out of the oil tank. It'll all drain out.

See http://f651.com/faq/GSFAQs/GS_Oil_Change_FAQ.htm (why did it move from f650.com ??) for the full procedure.
I use a vacuum pump to suck the oil out of the top tank. Use a flexible hose, make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies. Viola, not mess! I actually think you get more gunk out of the top tank that way. Just make sure the oil is up to temp before vacuuming out. That way, it flows better and will have all the nasty bits suspended in the oil when you pump it out. Then, just drain the bottom as per regular, replace the filter, and add new oil.

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Old 03-17-2012, 04:30 PM   #7650
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Anyone have a non Dakar kick stand laying around I could buy?
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