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Old 08-31-2012, 02:50 PM   #9046
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FWIW... I've always had the best luck with adjusting chains on bikes by setting so it's loose enough to have a little slack when someone sits on the bike and bottoms out the suspension (to its tightest point). Better a little loose than too tight IMO. Of course this requires two people to do, but that's usually not a problem. YRMV.
yea that works good. im 220lbs and lay my stomach on the seat sideways so i can grab the chain while i bounce a little and try the one man chain tension check, the neighbors probably think im nuts though lol!
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:06 PM   #9047
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I was riding in the rain today and my speedo started doing goofy things. It would jump up and down, then drop to zero, back up to whatever speed I was doing. drop down again, etc, etc.

I seem to remember reading something about this. Somehting along the lines of a connector getting wet and losing contact....but I cant remember now.

Does anyone have a link or a fix for this?? Thanks.
I'm recalling from about a year ago when I had the same issue. If this doesn't sound right, I'll trot out and have a look at my bike. But there is a fuse box on the right hand side of the bike, under the front of the seat. I took the cover off, blew the whole area out with moderate compressed air and it hasn't happened since.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:18 PM   #9048
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Head bearing special tool

The ADV-owned special tool for service of the Dakar steering head bearings lies in wait on the back of my bench for the next borrower. Tho' it's not essential for the job, it's mighty nifty to have.

The tool is dispatched to the next inmate/borrower via a PM to Zen Slug from whom one can learn the emminently reasonable terms thereof.

I never even knew about the tool, maybe you didn't either . . . .
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:32 PM   #9049
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I'm recalling from about a year ago when I had the same issue. If this doesn't sound right, I'll trot out and have a look at my bike. But there is a fuse box on the right hand side of the bike, under the front of the seat. I took the cover off, blew the whole area out with moderate compressed air and it hasn't happened since.
Thanks. It dried out overnight and had no problems today. Gonna take a look and check the connectors this weekend. Probably should do the same and blow any dust out of the fusebox and connecotrs and such.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:35 AM   #9050
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Hi,
Just joined the forum after getting a new-to-me 2007 Dakar 3 weeks ago. The bike has 2600 miles and is in very good condition.
Congrats and welcome !
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:11 AM   #9051
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I'm stranded up in cederville. No power to anything on the bike. Checked the three fuses under the seat and they are fine. Are there any other fuses on the bike ?
Could be your ignition. Thinking it was no. 5 in this picture. Mine had to be replaced last year. When it fails it's exactly like turning off the key... Was about US$110 or so over here.
http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...40&hg=51&fg=15



Water and dust collects inside the switch after years and years of neglect and you're left with a grimey goo. Having squirted the keyhole a few times with WD40 and similar products when the key was sticking a bit or it'd been parked/ ridden in the rain probably didn't help either (mine is always parked outside). The terminals inside was also worn down to the point where they only intermittently actually made contact. Luckily power didn't disappear mid corner or somewhere else where the only way out of deep shit is more throttle.

Tried fixing it myself, but in the end I had to buy a new ignition contact (?) the lower part and it's been fine since.



So eventhough this may look like the reason why there was bad contect



I had to dig a little deaper to find the real culprit, but like I said, it was beyond salvation so it didn't help to clean it up - had to be replaced.



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Old 09-01-2012, 01:14 AM   #9052
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Thanks to everyone for the help, problem solved. Had one of the factory hose clamps come loose where it attaches to the water pump. Leaking fluid and an non-pressurized system. Changed out for a hose clamp and topped up the fluid. Ride to work this morning much cooler.

Martín

Better keep an eye on it though. Stop as soon as you see the light comes on.
If the head warped it'll come back and haunt'ya. Speaking from experience and several ruined summers
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:13 AM   #9053
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I never even knew about the tool, maybe you didn't either . . . .
I bought that particular tool for the tool pool.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:27 AM   #9054
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Hi,
Just joined the forum after getting a new-to-me 2007 Dakar 3 weeks ago.....

Very NICE- Best of luck, and nice color scheme!

Packed for camping:
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:02 PM   #9055
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Rear wheel axle nutz

Ok guys this is my 3rd time that my nutz was loose. Yesterday the nutz decide to leave me.
Thank god not my rear wheel. And yes I do use loctite.
Read from several forums and found out the recommended torque is 100nm.
Bought a new non oem nut and tighten to spec. Now the wheel binds and hard to turn by hand.
Took off the wheel and inspect bearings and such. All good..
During my wrenching race days, I can tighten my dirtbike as tight as my legs permits, no prob.
Is the dakar swingarm really flexes that much to cause binding.
Anyway I will rebuilt the whole rear hub, bearings, seals and stuff. Just to be safe. Any input is appreciated.

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Old 09-01-2012, 09:32 PM   #9056
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Ok guys this is my 3rd time that my nutz was loose. Yesterday the nutz decide to leave me.
Thank god not my rear wheel. And yes I do use loctite.
Read from several forums and found out the recommended torque is 100nm.
Bought a new non oem nut and tighten to spec. Now the wheel binds and hard to turn by hand.
Took off the wheel and inspect bearings and such. All good..
During my wrenching race days, I can tighten my dirtbike as tight as my legs permits, no prob.
Is the dakar swingarm really flexes that much to cause binding.
Anyway I will rebuilt the whole rear hub, bearings, seals and stuff. Just to be safe. Any input is appreciated.
Is the spacer there?? the one time that happened to me was because I had forgotten to put the spacer back on the right side. Was pulling the swingarm in too much.

Never have lost the nut though. I dont particularly like the design. Id like to get a castle nut for it so I could use a cotter pin. Just seems to be a better setup than using the stock nylock nut.
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Old 09-02-2012, 06:55 AM   #9057
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Fuel indication light

I found out the hard way that the fuel indication light is driven by the tacho unit. I removed the tacho and I use LED's for indication instead of bulbs. To get the fuel indication working again I connected pin7 to pin8 on the connector normally connected to the tacho
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:43 AM   #9058
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Where did you get that diagram?
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:18 AM   #9059
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:29 AM   #9060
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It is in the haynes manual
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