Manitoba to BC on a dr650- BCBATR and more

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by TheMechanic, Aug 30, 2013.

  1. NNS

    NNS Adventurer

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    Jessie,
    Sorry to hear about your grief..
    I am thinking the output shaft is no longer concentric with the hole in the case..
    If it was concentric then all you would have to do is replace the seal and it would stay in place without the seal retainer..
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  2. TheMechanic

    TheMechanic Been here awhile

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    I'm not sure about that, there's no bearing play, and the oil pressure alone would push it out by revving the engine in neutral. We modded an xr650 seal to fit and used hondabond along with the retainer. I think I'll be ok from here on.
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  3. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Cool, lets hope you can report more on riding than repairing from now on... How many days do you have left before you have to head east?
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  4. TheMechanic

    TheMechanic Been here awhile

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    Made it to tofino with no sign of leakage. In the rain albeit. Bloody hell...
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  5. TheMechanic

    TheMechanic Been here awhile

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    Alright, here's an update on the ride with some info about the situation.

    On thursday i left lillooet after installing the new seal from suzuki, which arrived the day before. Unknown to me at the time, i had pushed it in too deep, but smothered it in jb weld. The repair got me to vancouver where i picked up the retainer from suzuki and installed it in the parking lot.
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    something didn't seem right, the retainer laid flush with the hole, but the seal was recessed 1/8th inch. what good was that?

    Stopped at superstore for a coconut:
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    Anyway, i got to my cousin's house and hit the hay for that day. On friday i boarded the ferry to nanaimo with the intent of doing some riding. Got on board after shelling out 40 bucks to find:
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    Damn it. Paid the toll to get out and ride only to break down again.

    Went to lordco when we docked and started digging into the bike. The seal was in too far and oil was leaking from all around the outside. First i tried to remove it by revving the engine and using the oil pressure to pop it out, that almost worked, it would push half way out but not enough to grab it or pry it. I went and got a pick and hooked the first lip of the dual lip seal and pulled it out. Ok, things were looking good. I cleaned up the oil and smeared some gasket maker around and popped the seal back in, not too far this time. Unfortunately when i used the pick, i damaged the inside seal as well, so the oil was leaking from the shaft now. I had just destroyed the only dr650 seal in western canada...
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  6. TheMechanic

    TheMechanic Been here awhile

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    So after i realized what i did, i couldn't get the seal out without completely deforming it, since the gasket paste had worked so well. It was already worthless, so i just pried it out with a screwdriver. To hell with it.

    As it turns out, people in BC are really nice. I ended up being offered a place to stay by bruce after he saw me at lordco with the bike torn apart for an hour. We loaded up the pig onto his truck and headed for home. I can't thank him enough for the hospitality and the help with the bike. He drove me down to victoria after i called every single shop on the island and found an xr650 seal.

    At the dealer where we picked up the seal was this beauty:
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    Some day i suppose...

    The xr seal was 1mm too big round the outside but had the correct inside diameter. I sanded the bore in the case and shaved off some rubber from the seal with a utility knife. We used hondabond and shoved the damn thing in there and pounded it flush. Put the retainer back on and so far it's been ok with no leaks.

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    The next day, sunday, i departed nanaimo after some delicious sushi:
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    I headed up to tofino in the rain, was freezing by the time i got there. Originally i was planning on camping, but they wanted 48 bucks for a basic site in the rain no less, so that was out of the question. Best western's cheapest room was 195 bucks a night, but the lady at reception was extremely helpful, letting me use their wifi and printing off a list of all the cheapest motels in the area.

    There are 2 hostels in tofino, i stayed at the trek inn the first night, and the whalers on the point guesthouse the second. I recommend both. Met some interesting people and had a good time.
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  7. TheMechanic

    TheMechanic Been here awhile

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    On monday i ended up exploring some logging roads near tofino. racked up about 160km on the potholled trail. It was some extremely good fun, especially after being broken down for so long. Here are some pictures, which i know is what you come here for:

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    continuing
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    the road started to narrow:
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    And turned into this after the foot bridge:
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  8. TheMechanic

    TheMechanic Been here awhile

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    When the trail grew in i stopped and heard something up the stream a ways...
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    what a beautiful spot that was.

    I started to head back but ventured down a side trail first. Came across this little gem:
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    That really was a cool spot, next time i'm in the area i'm definitely spending the night. PM me for coordinates.
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  9. TheMechanic

    TheMechanic Been here awhile

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    I continued back, taking a different rout through some thick forest:
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    Before i headed to town i stopped at long beach to see the pacific ocean.
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    standing in the largest body of water on the planet:
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    Got back into town and had some more sushi. The view was great. I love BC
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  10. TheMechanic

    TheMechanic Been here awhile

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    Today i rode back to vancouver. The highway from tofino to nanaimo is really twisty, as you can see from my lack of chicken strips:
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    on the ferry:
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    As i type this, i'm at a cousin's house in port coquitlam. Going to leave early tomorrow morning. Don't know how far i'll get, but i want to head up through golden and banff and calgary before entering the prairies and returning home.

    I'll update again in a few days when i have some relaxing time with fast wifi.
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