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Old 03-23-2012, 12:22 PM   #7726
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Shims

For those of you don't know, 10mm Harley shims will also work,
much cheaper than BMW. This is for the dual spark motors with
under bucket shims.

When my valves are tight I usually sand them down to get an exact fit.
Good thing these engines rarely need valve adjustments.
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:59 PM   #7727
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By the time I go out and buy a wet stone I can just get a couple of shims.

Looks like I need to take one down .050 and isn't that a lot to sand?

Plus, those are so small, don't you grind the ends of your fingers down too
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:35 PM   #7728
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The rear will carry more than 25lbs, but it will put a strain it.
I'd add lock washers to all the rear frame bolts. Mine vibrated loose and snapped several times before doing this.

Thanks,
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Old 03-24-2012, 01:36 PM   #7729
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New bike and a question

Hey all,

After months of research (It took a long time to read this whole thread!) and shopping I finally settled on a 2003 Dakar. It has 12,600 miles on the clock and just recently had the 12,000 mile service.



It hasn't been tagged since 2005 so it hasn't seen much use. I think it has been down once, but doesn't appear bad, only some very minor rash on the left side crash bar. It is not perfect, but has some good upgrades: Staintune exahust, TT rearsets, Excel front wheel, both TT lights, Happy Trails rack and luggage, etc. Its an awesome bike so far, only ridden around town, and looking forward to a weekend of off road riding (fire roads, trails, etc.) next weekend.

However, I noticed that I have a couple of loose wires next the ABS shut off switch. I think I figured out that they actually go to said switch. It appears that they were broken off at some point. I don't have an ABS light on or anything, it appears to be acting normal. I read the FAQ and didn't see anything about this switch, so apologies if I missed it.

My main question is: Is ABS working or not like this? Your help is appreciated!





I am looking forward to riding the bike and being part of the forum.

Best,
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:15 PM   #7730
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nice bike Andy
You need to resolder the wires to the switch so that you can disable the ABS when your gong off road.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:32 AM   #7731
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REALLY nice bike - and yes, your ABS is working. You need the wires connected to disable it, but otherwise it'll work just fine.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:42 AM   #7732
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Nice bike Andy and it's not done many miles.
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Old 03-25-2012, 01:54 PM   #7733
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Thanks guys. I soldered the wires back on to the switch. I "think" it works now.

While engine is running, if I hold the button down for a few seconds, the abs warning light flashes 3 times then goes back out.

The other thing I tried was to hold the button down while starting the engine. If I do this and wait until it flashes 3 time and release, then the abs warning light flashes constantly every 1/2 second or so.

Anyone which is correct? Or maybe it is a different procedure altogether? Otherwise, I'll experiment next week!
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:18 PM   #7734
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Thanks guys. I soldered the wires back on to the switch. I "think" it works now.

While engine is running, if I hold the button down for a few seconds, the abs warning light flashes 3 times then goes back out.

The other thing I tried was to hold the button down while starting the engine. If I do this and wait until it flashes 3 time and release, then the abs warning light flashes constantly every 1/2 second or so.

Anyone which is correct? Or maybe it is a different procedure altogether? Otherwise, I'll experiment next week!
With the ignition on, hold the switch down until the ABS light blinks,
then release it.

Your ABS is then deactivated and will stay that way until you
turn the ignition off. That resets the ABS to it's default setting
of activation.

It's a bit of a pain dirt riding since it will reactivate every time you turn off key.
If your just stopping for a minute, leave the ignition on and
turn off the engine switch. This stops the engine but does not reset the ABS.

Hope that helps.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:58 PM   #7735
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nice bike andy. just serviced and ready to go!
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:23 PM   #7736
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Abs

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With the ignition on, hold the switch down until the ABS light blinks,
then release it.

Your ABS is then deactivated and will stay that way until you
turn the ignition off. That resets the ABS to it's default setting
of activation.

It's a bit of a pain dirt riding since it will reactivate every time you turn off key.
If your just stopping for a minute, leave the ignition on and
turn off the engine switch. This stops the engine but does not reset the ABS.

Hope that helps.
I would add that your ABS light should continue to flash while it's deactivated. This lets you know that ABS is deactivated. If the light doesn't flash, then your ABS will be active.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:47 PM   #7737
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Desert racing anyone?

Next weeking is the big Stumpjumpers Desert 100 race in Odessa Washington. I waffled on whether to race my Yamaha 250 or my Dakar. After talking to someone racing a BMW GS800 next weekend I thought about it a little more. I've prepped both bikes and will be bring them both. Saturday I'll do some testing in the deep sand, and it it seems to tough I'll enter the Yammy. But at this point I plan on entering the BMW into the "adventure bike" class. It's limuted to 652cc and Honde XR650Rs anf KTM enduros will have to enter in the "open" class. It should be a field of KTM 950s, BMW 1200's and some other over sized, over weight adventure bikes. Touratech is offering a price to the last place finnnisher in the race. I think my bike is technically not with the spirit of the class, but at close to 400lbs it ain't no dirt bike. Wish me luck.

Race preped with a racing number (I'm pretty sure that's what makes 'em go fast)



D606 should be fine




This tire isn't DOT legal, perfect!

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Old 03-25-2012, 09:12 PM   #7738
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Good luck rb. Let us know how it goes. Pics too Bike looks good.
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:37 PM   #7739
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No need to drop the oil. Just lean it over onto a wall and it'll be fine. The replacement should only take 20minutes. Putting the cover back on can easily take the same.
I just got through with the replacement and still having a hard time picturing what your describing. If you lean the bike right, nothing will come out when the banjo bolt is undone? What kind of angle does this have to be?
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:40 PM   #7740
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10-15 degrees maybe. You can't do it with the banjo undone though. But with a flexible hose you don't have to. Although, if you lean it completely on its side you should be fine.
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