2012 Gas Gas EC 300 E-Start

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by modette, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. modette

    modette RMAR

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    Well update, I went out today as its warm and hit the $10 Track in Fountain.

    Here are my tracks on Google:
    http://goo.gl/maps/61TOZ

    Video to come...but yeah it handles like a dream and the whoops not that bad a lot better then the XR650R...LOL

    I only did 13 miles, and wanted to do more but the crowds started to get big and I decided I don't want to get hurt with a bunch of yahoo's there hot dogging it. Not a bad little place to get to know ones new bike, I also had a pretty impress log jump...LOL I got a little more air then I was planning .

    Now I got to check the video and see what I got.
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  2. Greco

    Greco Braap!

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    I saw you out in the woods. I tried to catch up, but I took a left and you took a right. By the time I got back to the pits, you had left. Your bike looks awesome!
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  3. modette

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    That place is hard to know which way and where your going all the twist and turns. An older guy told me I was going the wrong way at one point...hey I'm just following the curves and no signs who would of guessed there was a direction to the madness....LOL

    Too bad I took off....would of been nice to meet you.

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/INW7qbFthgQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  4. Greco

    Greco Braap!

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    There are arrows out there from the last hare scramble put on by CORCS. Everyone tries to follow that route to keep it somewhat safe. Agreed that its tough to find the trail sometimes. The arrows are hard to find and most have either fallen down or were taken down. The trails criss cross and go in all different directions. Its easy to lose your way and end up head on with another rider, especially on a busy day.

    I know that log jump of which you speak. Did you over shoot the corner? Its pretty tight back there.

    We have met. My son and I were on the ride with you when we had the infamous helicopter incident on 717. I was on the 250 GasGas and my son on my YZ450F. My buddy Gary broke into the sherriff's vehicle with the deputy's baton and a rock.
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  5. modette

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    Now I remember, oh yeah...LOL

    So what is the deal behind this $10 Track? It looked to me like someone tried to get something going from the shack that looked to have had stuff in it at one time and what have you.

    As for the log, no I saw the log and went for it...I have a special place for logs in my heart. When I got there, there was two other vehicles in the lot so no one to ask directions or what to do. I did see the small signs but only after a bit once you entered the place at least where I was going in on the North side. Yep a confusing place.
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  6. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    Come down to NM, we'll show ya how to break it in right.
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  7. Greco

    Greco Braap!

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    That is owned by the guy whose house is on the left as you pull into the property. It is zoned by the city of Fountain as an OHV park. It is used at least once a year by the CORCS series to hold a hare scrambles.

    The log jump you hit is not the one I was referring to. There is a log jump back in the sticks that is about 2' high and people have placed smaller sticks and logs up to it on both sides to make it passable by the lesser qualified. You hit one out in the open.
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  8. modette

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    Oh okay I must not of seen that one. I rode over the log at the lot too that was sitting there...LOL Good times :clap
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    Greco Braap!

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    If you decide to head back down here this weekend, let me know. I'll show you as much of the old hare scrambles track as I can remember, or at least enough of it to make a loop of about 5-6 miles and keep the locals from telling you that you are doing it wrong. :D
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  10. Brainless_1

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    The gas cap leakage can be fixed by using the rubber piece from a Kawasaki KX, the local dealer here also sells Kawasaki and he found a KX part that works you just have to make sure you drill 1 extra breather hole in the bottom of the fuel cap otherwise your tank wont breath and your bike will not run. The starter Bendix has alot of grease in the gear reduction area from the factory which can slow the starter motor when cold also I recomend pulling the 2 bolts that bolt the starter to the cylinder and let the starter motor stand up in the ignition cover bore and center itself it may need shims between the cylinder and starter motor to keep it out of a bind. Every little thing helps and using the "E" start helps loosen it up also which makes it work better. Oh ya put a good battery in it also those starters need good voltage when cold, a well charged battery will really help the starter snap the bendix out .
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  12. modette

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    We are spending the night at a place for our Anniversary (belated) this weekend and having a nice romantic diner out. However I might if weather holds go out Feb 3rd down to the $10 track, might bring a noob along to play in the wide area on my XR650R.
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  13. VxZeroKnots

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    Modette, If you were planning on getting a Hyde Racing pipe guard don't waste your time/money. I picked one up yesterday and spent probably and hour and a half trying to get it to go on straight with the stock brackets. It fit on the bike fine but was crooked by about 1.5" at the rear.

    The mounting location for the rear clamp was about 1" too far forward and the front mount was pretty much impossible to make fit because of the tabs for the stock skid were in the way. The holes in the Hyde Guard were spaced too narrow to utilize these tabs as well but were located just about right height wise.

    After about two hours of fucking with it and getting pissed trying to massage the stock brackets or work I got out the power tools and relocated the rear mounting holes and removed some material in hopes it would seat on the bike better. I also enlarged the front mounting holes to use the stock skid mounting tabs on the frame. After another hour of trial and error I was no closer to getting it on the bike in an acceptable fashion.

    At this point I considered it a $200 experiment and just cut the skid plate portion off leaving the now mangled front mounting holes and the pipe guard. I then fitted the stock skid plate, which is made out of the same material, but with a much higher quality of construction and fit. I then trimmed what was left of the hyde guard to fit over the stock skid and mounted it using the front mount holes and some oversized washers as well as the straps which go on the pipe. It seems like a solid enough fit and it seems like the rubber damping between the guard and the pipe is what preserves the pipe more than anything else.

    I'll order a pallet of pipes and flanges bulk from gas gas before I spend another dime on a Hyde racing product. Maybe this fits the 2011's and KTM's a little better but had they put in 5 minutes of R&D it would have been apparent the mounting brakets needed a redesign to fit the 2012's forward. :puke2

    I plan on fully removing the front mounting holes from the guard and then just using their technique of pop rivits and washers to make a captured aluminum piece which fits to the stock skid a little better.
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  14. enduro-ince

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    You guys and your new bike problems...fits my older 09 just fine

    zip ties Drew.....zip ties. They can fix anything!!
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  15. VxZeroKnots

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    So can a Sawzall :deal :lol3
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    true, but you can't cut a finger off with a zip tie
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  17. thump_co

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    I don't know.. Sounds like user error to me.

    :D

    Seriously though.. you gonna call Hyde and let them know they screwed the pooch on this one? I'd guess he has no clue that shit changed on the '12s. Down side of having one of those obscure Spanish bikes. :wink: I'll shoot you the guy's contact info.
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  18. modette

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    Ummmm You do realize my first picture shows a Hyde Guard on a 2012?

    :rofl
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  19. Hair

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    This thread is turning into a daily journal. :lol3
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  20. VxZeroKnots

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    I'm sure it can be made to work, but it isn't exactly a bolt on part. Mine wasn't going to fit without some serious modification. If impatience and a maybe questionable inclination to use power tools to get what I want constitutes user error, then I am guilty. :deal :lol3

    For the money it could be a little better thought out. That being said I kept the part that I wanted and it seems to be working against rock and drains sand well. Even just the pipe guard with the one frame mount is better than any alternative floating pipe guard, so I'll keep it until it's dead. I suspect that will take a while.

    I was definitely more upset about the situation earlier than I am now after using it. If this ends up lasting I'd be inclined to buy another one and make the same modification. Then again it'd be neat to spend slightly more and buy a plastic welder and a sheet of hpde and go to town.
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