The 650 Dakar Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by underwaterguru, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    Going to bookmark them. While he did an excellent job, with all of the legal problems Sasquatch has I dont think Ill be getting mine done by him next time it blows out.
  2. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    We could quit our jobs and start riding around the world, knowing full well money would never be an issue again and our wallets would actually just get phatter each month :lol3
  3. nomad5326

    nomad5326 Xventurous

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    Thats great Christi! Glad it worked out for you. Did you go w/std spring height or bump it up?
  4. Baldyman1

    Baldyman1 Adventurer

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    Hello. I need to ask a quick question, that will save me heaps of time and possible wasted travel. Please help.

    Will the clutch adjuster screw and nut set (BMW part number: #32721234854 adjuster #32721232516 nut ) off a BMW R1100R fit a 2003 Dakar? I know the part numbers are different, but are they the same length and thread type?

    Thanks in advance for the help.
  5. Spyker

    Spyker Been here awhile

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    I had an issue with my Dakar that the coolant would squirt out of the overflow bottle. Decided that the PO overheated the engine. Pulled the head and put a straight edge on it. I could see the light close to the exhaust port.

    So the head is definitely warped.

    Decided to try the sandpaper and glass method. It's really hard work but you can see the progress as you go along. Quite satisfying at the end of the day.

    Here is the results after 20 minutes of hard work. The dark areas are the "dented" parts.

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    Here's how I taped the sandpaper down on the sheet of glass. I used water for lubrication during the sanding process.

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    Almost there!

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    You can see the dark area decreasing in size

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    Here is the last photo. My battery died so I could not take a photo of the completed head.

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    After putting the head back she started right up! No more leaking coolant! :clap
  6. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Nice :clap

    Been there, but didn't do that. Handed it over to a local cylinder/ engine shop to have it skimmed level and he charged me about $45-50 as I recall
  7. bkwags

    bkwags Adventurer

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    Looks good. I did that to a 5 horse Briggs mini-bike way back when. Trying to increase HP. It worked well. I actually put mine in a drill press and put a weight on the handle to take away some of the elbow grease. It was nice the spark plug was near the center and perpendicular to the head sealing surface. Not so in your case.

    What grit sand paper did you use???
  8. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    Having some clutch issues, starting to slip. Has 50k miles on it. Thinking its time for replacement.

    Ive never done a clutch in a bike before. How hard is it to replace?? Anyone know of a good place to get all the parts I need??

    Thanks.
  9. Gravel Seeker

    Gravel Seeker Thomas

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    Just in case you are running synthetic oil, that will give you clutch slip.
    Mine's done about 75k kms now, so just a little less than yours and I had slippage, but as soon as I stopped using synthetic oil the slippage went away.
  10. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    I dont remember what I used last oil change, but thinking about it, you might be right. When i get over this damn flu, going to do another oil change and check the adjustment on the clutch while Im at it.
  11. mischief

    mischief misadventurer

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    Honestly I don't know. I was talking to him and asking questions and realized that he knew way more than I did so I just told him what I wanted it to do and let him figure it out. I've never had much luck second-guessing someone more knowledgeable than myself. :deal
    It's getting a new front brake line tomorrow. We just moved to Albuquerque and while I was backing it out of the truck the line blew out. Good times :freaky
  12. Seventh

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    Hi folks,

    It took a long, long week to clean the injector. I called my mechanic over today, and we got to work debugging the bike. I'd type out everything we did, but it was easier to make a video.

    http://youtu.be/kaGG5gFAWyM
    (switched the old video out)

    Short is, last mechanical thing is the ignition coil / starter. Then, it's on to electricals.
  13. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    Sorry for the noob question, I just bought my bike yesterday!

    I've been hearing of the "hockey puck" mod for the side stand. Are people shaving the puck down at all, or is it literally drill a few holes in the plate and run some sheet metal screws through the plate and into a hockey puck?

    Are there any taller/bigger side plate side stands I can buy, in case I decide to not use a hockey puck?

    TIA!
  14. divimon2000

    divimon2000 Been here awhile

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    Check out the thread on f650.com guy with a dreadful issue finally finds it. I think yours is electrical for sure, bad wire somewhere or component. Good luck
  15. tomatoe333

    tomatoe333 Long timer

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    I doubt it's either the ignition coils or starter. I'd be pulling apart the wiring harness near the preload adjuster for the rear shock, looking for frayed wiring there. Also, have the dealer check the version of ECU software. There ARE updates available, one of which solved a similar hiccup/stalling problem that my twin-spark bike had.
  16. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    I just took a hockey puck, literally a NHL spec puck, and bolted it on. Put it under the side stand foot, drilled thru both at the same time, stuck small machine screws thru it from the bottom, used nuts and lock washers on top. Get the added benefit of a larger footprint when you park on the soft stuff. Works like a charm.
  17. Don Coyote

    Don Coyote Long timer

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    How does this work for a non-warrantied bike? Do you take it in like a regular maintenance job or are they supposed to update it for free? My dealer(s) are out of town and i've been doing all the work myself the last few years. Might a non-BMW shop have the ability to upgrade the software?
  18. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    When I took my Dakar in to get the ECU checked/upgraded if necessary, they checked it for free. If it had needed upgrading it would have cost their normal shop rate for 1 hour I believe it was....dont quite remember now how long they said it would take.
  19. tomatoe333

    tomatoe333 Long timer

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    I don't have the receipt in front of me, but I'm pretty sure it was an hour of shop labor to do the update. I had them adjust the valves while it was there, saved me the headache of pulling everything apart to do it.
  20. Kainic

    Kainic Almost there

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    I am in the middle of relocating my VR on my Dakar using a G650 Xchallenge bracket and the wires to the VR are very long.

    Anyone with pictures of their install?

    I would like to make it nice and clean with some protection for the connections from the elemenets?

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