So we've all heard/seen the 650 xchallenge...let's see your XCOUNTRY!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Olas, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. 3dogrider

    3dogrider Been here awhile

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    I have a 07 and a 09 x country. I installed the shorter version of the parabrisas in clear on the 09. Then the taller darker one on the 07. I love the taller one and it looks good. I'll try to post a photo of them. Need to learn how anyway.
  2. 3dogrider

    3dogrider Been here awhile

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    here's the clear shorter parabrisas windshield. I tried to load three photos at one time but I'm a techno moron. But I'm getting better.

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  3. 3dogrider

    3dogrider Been here awhile

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    ok, here's the other. This was last weekend at Mancos State Park, Colorado. Spring is finally here. The windshield works great. Reasonably priced and shipped out promptly. I learn so much from all of you. Thanks, Terry

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  4. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

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    This looks great - something I've had in mind for years.

    I've just looked at the site and it says €80 including delivery. But the shop is in Argentina, did they really deliver to you in Europe at transport included?

    Regs

    Simon
  5. an13

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    Yes they deliver to EU, you might need to pay customs or VAT. But the service and product is excellent.
  6. plumber mike

    plumber mike Highdive Deepened

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    I thought I'd pop in to say hello to Snooker, Geoff, Drone, and muddyrabbit.......

    And.......

    To remind all of you to not sell your X. You will miss it:cry

    Hope everyone is well.

    I also still have some leftover tidbits if anyone has need. A charcoal canister, some hard parts, a few front sprockets etc. Just PM if it helps anyone.
  7. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    If anything we'd be buying more of them ! :lol3

    Lucky for us there's a reasonable number of X bikes about here in Europe.

    Decided to put on a new chain and sprocket set on the Missus' bike.
    I also thought this'd be a good chance to check and grease the bearings on the swing arm so I'll describe that a bit.

    Endless chain is recommended as this forces you to take the swing arm out every time you change it. So every time you'll get a chance to check on the state of things or you'll probably put it off until it's too late. Especially if you pressure wash it on a regular basis.

    Take off the cover to the front sprocket.
    Put your foot on the brake and undo the bolt on the sprocket.

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    Note there are two washers on that, one concave one and one with a small ledge on it that sits in the concave one.

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    Push in the rear brake caliper so it's easier to slot in the rear disk when remounting the rear wheel.

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    Take the wheel out.

    Take off the rear brake caliper (leave the lines attached !) and hang it up on the bike, out of the way.
    Undo the nut at the bottom of the shock first.

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    Then start turning and pulling the bolt out.

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    Undo the big bolt on the left side but leave it in far enough so you can undo it by hand later.

    Undo the three little bolts on the right hand side of the swing arm.
    They are made of expensive plastic or so it seems so you might bugger one or more of them. Not to worry, Take a T20 (Torx) bit and ram it in with a hammer. Now you should be able to get that nasty little thing undone and out.

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    Next is that big "bolt"... First of all: It's not a bolt, it only looks that way.
    Put an Allen key in there and start to pull while turning it. It might stick somewhat as the fitting is VERY tight.

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    Mind the O-ring, They have a tendency of breaking (with me anyway) so maybe buy one before you start.

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    Next is the (real) "bolt" on the left.
    Support the swing arm in the middle with one hand, keeping it level.
    Undo the bolt by hand. Now you can get a good feeling for if you are keeping it level. (To avoid any stress or damage to the surface of the bolt etc.)

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    There you have it.

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    While it's out it is a good idea to check on things like various wires, bolts etc.
    Check the chain roller. The bearings on that didn't get a lot of grease. I pryed out the seals and put some grease in them. I also swapped the top for the bottom one as that gets less used. (Ha ! You didn't know there was another one did you ? :D )

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    I also sprayed some grease behind the rubber boot on the master brake cilinder as they can trap water which will lead to rust in there.

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    Carefully clean and regrease the bearings on the swing arm and take care the needles don't drop out.

    Re-assemble everything in reverse order, Don't forget to put the chain in first (if you have an endless chain) before you fit the swing arm.

    Refitting the "bolt" on the right might be difficult as it fits very tight as mentioned earlier. Take great care with that and don't hammer away on it or you will damage some expensive stuff. Gently try and tap it in, if you don't get any further (being sure all is lined up as it should) stick an Allen key in it and try and get it to straighten up and try some more.

    Only do the big bolt up (have it left for another 5 to 10 mm) once the right one is done up.

    While the wheel was out I "shimmed" out the cush drive with some pieces of inner tube.

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    It's nice and tight again now and I doesn't cost a thing.

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    The big bolt on the swing arm on the left is done up with 80 Nm.
    The front sprocket is done up with 40 Nm. (I used a drop of Loctite on that bolt)
    The rear sprocket is done up with 25 Nm.

    Cheers, Ard
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  8. Niedz

    Niedz Been here awhile

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    when i serviced my swing arm i made sure to replace those 3 m5 button heads with some cap heads. uses a 4 mm hex key plus a lot more purchase on the tool than the puny button heads.
  9. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Yes you are right. I've read it before on here but I forgot to mention that as I didn't have any suitable bolts at the ready.
  10. O'B

    O'B Long timer

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    Question the handlebar clamp size is 1 1/8 inches on the Xcountry did they give you a different size clamp than what is stock on their website or how did you adapt?
  11. triggerfisher

    triggerfisher Adventurer

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    The clamps for the screen, clamp close to mirror clamps. Good fit with no problems
  12. Pescador

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    Hey Ard, The last pic in your write up looks like the hub bearing had a melt down? What happend there?
    Bret

    P.S. nice write up, Thanks
  13. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Hi Bret,
    I think it's just some dirt/grease as I cleaned it before re-installing the wheel and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.
    If it had melted in any way I'm pretty sure I would have noticed :lol3

    Cheers, Ard
  14. The Spanish Biker

    The Spanish Biker The Invaluable Guide

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    How well do the clamps fit with hand/lever guards?

    Simon
  15. triggerfisher

    triggerfisher Adventurer

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    In short - Yes
    There are no problems fitting with the Handguards the arms (if you can call them that) that attach to the screen and the handlebar are well away from the hand guard brackets
    Peter
  16. motorrat

    motorrat Been here awhile

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    Ha Ard!
    Excellent write up!
    But, behind the big Hex sits a bit of M8 thread, so screw in a thread-rod (draadeind)
    So slide a heavy socket on the rod, lock it up with a washer and an M8 nut and hammer it out .
    Gruezi.
  17. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Good tip that ! I didn't realize there was a tread in there !
  18. The Spanish Biker

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    Thanks Peter, Must get on with the order now :)

    Simon
  19. Viv

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    Yep, there are few ways to get them out depending on how tight/corroded they are. This is what I did on mine with some threaded rod and old top yoke I had as the slide hammer trick wasn't quite enough.

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    Viv
  20. Dutchgit

    Dutchgit Completely clogless

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    Very cunning Viv !

    Cheers, Ard