the DR650 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.

  1. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Alright, so how about a block of wood through the rear wheel to keep it from turning, then just unbolting the center clutch basket bolt?

    I guess that's not too difficult... I just don't want to have to buy a clutch tool I may only use once or twice. I have an old-school torque wrench that will get it back to about 36 ft/lbs, give or take... ten, lol.
  2. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer

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    My experience, too. I've done 5 DR's and have another scheduled in a week. After the first one, I found it faster and MUCH less frustrating to just pop the clutch off. I bought the tool - any excuse I can get to buy another too is fine with me. Plus, the fellow riders I've done/led through the process learned a little about their bike.
  3. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    It just strikes me that a plethora of those tools should be out there, and I'd rather 'rent' one or help someone else pay for theirs than to buy one right now. I'm hoping a board through the rear wheel works since I live in south Florida and we probably have the least number of those clutch tools per capita than most places in the country. :wink:
  4. BergDonk

    BergDonk Long timer

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    I use a car tyre lever on edge. Make sure its up snug against a spoke nipple at the rim and its fine. You won't shear anything, or bend a spoke if its there. Some electrical tape and/or zip ties can hold it all in place if you don't have enough hands.
  5. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    Thanks Berg, and thanks guys.

    I hope to start tearing into it tomorrow if I can find 5x20 bolts locally fast enough.
  6. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter Long timer

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    I've re-used the stock screws at the owners request. I use a Q-tip and cleaner to swab out the threads, clean the screw, install a star washer (thin - doesn't take much thread grab away) and blue loctite. No issues to date. I don't know what year they started with the allen head screws and those even have a bigger shoulder to grab the star washer with.

    Sunthechip - headlight surround looks great! Part of the fun of a DR....making it yours.
  7. TRAVELGUY

    TRAVELGUY Old Traveler

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    +1 After laying on my back for 2 hours and a dozen trips into my tool box I pulled the clutch in 5 minutes. Used a 2x2 stick of wood in the rear wheel but a rag in the primary gears will hold things also.

    TravelGuy

  8. procycle

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    +1
    A little bit of blue locktite is all that is needed to solve the problem.
    Drilled screws and safety wire is overkill.
  9. Magnum Noel

    Magnum Noel Been here awhile

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    Just to change the subject for a minute. Has anyone invented or found a way to waterproof their garage door remote whilst leaving it fixed on the bike? I have mine in my jacket pocket and sort of wobble down the the road stearing with my right hand whilst trying to activate the remote button through the jacket outer with my left hand. There must be a better way?
  10. Tyrepower

    Tyrepower Been here awhile

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    I just put mine in a zip lock bag.
  11. devans101

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  12. rogor

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    +1 on the ziplock bag
  13. bull600

    bull600 Been here awhile

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    Never had a problem using this type - it's independent of weather

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/CQpBUQ-ZSKw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Cheers:thumb
  14. planemanx15

    planemanx15 Long timer

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    haha..i was going to post the same video
  15. Fire Escape

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    No question that you are correct, and if the project were to come up again I would pull off the clutch. I just looked at it once I got that far and said 'I can do this' and so I did. Sometimes it is good practice/therapy to figure out how to get it done 'the hard way' (at least for me, being retired and sometimes having 'too much time' on my hands). Not enough miles on my DR that I was concerned about inspecting the clutch.

    Off topic: Just got through putting my set of your SM wheels back on the bike for 'winter' (down in a warm state) use, couldn't help thinking (again) how nice those wheels are. Done again I would probably go with 19/17 rather than the 17/17 but I doubt that I will wear these out. Thanks!


    Bruce
  16. neo1piv014

    neo1piv014 ADV in training

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    What kind of rubber did you decide to put on them?
  17. Mongle

    Mongle Knuckle dragger

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    We used to run drag boats with zoomies on them which is an exhaust pipe about 8" long coming off the head. Never had a valve problem. The big thing is to let the valves cool before shutting the motor off. When you work a bike (or anything) really hard those valves get super hot. If you just shut the bike off they then get cooled quickly. Doing this multiple times can cause the valves to lose their temper. It is always a good practice to let an engine idle/low rpm to let things cool down at a slower rate before shut down.
  18. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    I just showed my wife this video....she thought there might be better options for garage door openers :rofl
  19. shu

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    For those running the stock BST carburetor (no jetting or needle changes, no holes drilled) here is a pic of needle wear after 52,000 miles (83,000 Km).

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    Just a tiny bit of 'stepping'. (not a great pic but if you enlarge it on your screen you can see it a little better.)

    I replaced it and the diaphragm anyway with parts from an almost new carb that I bought here for a nice price.:clap

    ........shu
  20. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    I wonder if that part of the needle is exposed to fuel enough that a little grease wouldn't stay?