The official XT225 thread!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by wickerman777, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. MrsTiggywinkle

    MrsTiggywinkle Cute....but prickly

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    I have a 07 XT with about 6200 miles on it. I've started noticing whenever the front end hits a bump there is a really loud "whooshing" noise. I'm assuming it's coming from the fork tubes but alas, I am not at all mechanical although I am trying to learn. Any ideas on what this is and if it is something that needs attention?
  2. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Mine forks make a little whoosing noise when I hit large bumps, and I think it's something I should check out "sometime".

    But if yours is loud I would get it checked "soon", or stop hitting bumps...:wink:

    I'm don't know a lot about forks, but they have springs in them, along with oil & valves, and seals which keep the oil inside and the dirt out.

    It might only need more oil, or the seals need to be replaced (which is a common repair). I guess the valve might go bad sometimes, but I don't think I've heard of it.

    Some people need to change the oil viscosity or the springs to compensate for heavier riders.

    btw, In my sig line I have a link to a site which explains all kinds of motorcycle repairs. You might find it helpful & interesting, and the price is right. (free)
  3. WayneJ

    WayneJ What?

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    Mine did this too. I think it's just the air escaping from the fork gaiters. Ride it! :nod
  4. moterbiker

    moterbiker Gypsy diver

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    My guess is it is just air being forced in and out of the boots on the fork tubes, if you want you can probably grab the front brake while parkes and just compress the suspension a few times and hear it. My aftermarket ones are louder than the stock ones were.
  5. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I forgot to mention that "loud" is a relative term. The XT forks are a bit wimpy by design and all make some noise over large bumps. (yea, I know..."large" is a relative term too!)
  6. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    bump! -- found it.. click on the bump!
  7. KingJeff

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    I have a 95, and replaced the original rubber with Kenda's,but I can't get the tire to seat correctly all around the rim. I think it's because of the "teeth" on the inside of the rim won't let the rubber slide into place. I've tried over-inflating, sun, riding it, clamps, tons of windex and soapy water. It's really bad at 45mph, but ok faster, and I don't even notice it off road.

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    I'm on page 164, sorry if it's been covered already, but has anyone else had this problem?

    Do all XT's have these types of rims? I'm more used to bicycle work. Is it the rubber?

    Thanks,
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  8. woofer2609

    woofer2609 Less flow, more Gnar

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    I have a 2000 w/ the same non-slip notches on the D.I.D. stock rims, and they have not posed a problem with the 3 different sets of tires I've had on them. I think they are on most MC rims. You've tried windex, which should do the trick. Baby powder on the tube helps too, but you probably tried that as well. You could try inflating it to, or slightly slightly above the max psi of the tire while assuring the bead is seating properly.
    What type of of tire is it? Maybe you got a dud tire, or one with a heavy spot, which would explain the wobble at speed. This might be remedied with balancing. With the front wheel off the ground, see if the same spot on the tire rotates noticeably to 6 o'clock when you release the tire.
    I just mounted some Shinkos, and to a certain extent, they wobble a bit as well. I notice it more on the front.
  9. airborndad

    airborndad Long timer

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    if you would have said oil cooler I could have answered that
  10. KingJeff

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    Thanks Woofer. I over-inflated it up to 75psi, and then left it in the sun to try and help it seat, but it didn't work then either. I also had Neduro's thread about changing tires open the whole time. It just seems like the teeth keep one side from seating properly, and I'm pretty sure it's me. I'll check the balance next
  11. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I had a tire that wouldn't seat, because I'd stored it with the shipping label taped on which deformed the bead in that one spot.

    It was a PITA to seat, but I did the windex HEAVY and repeatedly filled & emptied the air. I may have gone past 75psi, probably so because I ruined a pressure gauge...

    It eventually seated.
  12. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    Wow! I would have suggested 65 psi because I have had to use that much to seat the bead on tubeless tires. Those are much harder to seat than the tubed ones. I have never had one as bad as the one you describe. It could be a manufacturing defect. I have never has to go aver 30 psi to seat a tubed tire bead.
  13. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

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    The "teeth" are not the problem. I realize that this may be against the ADV code, but you might try some tire lube instead of cleaning products.
    Use whatever pressure it takes. The tire must be fully seated.
  14. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Check the rim lock. It could be interfering with the tire.
  15. WayneJ

    WayneJ What?

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    This. :nod

    If you mount your own tires, do yourself a favor and go to your local NAPA store and get a gallon of RuGLYDE. :deal

    You can thank me later. :D
  16. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Sounds like KY-jelly for tires. :lol3
  17. TTRPaul

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    I have had similar problems with Kenda tires. What I have done is use soapy water, where it is not seating pry alittle with a tire spoon (not a screw driver) and re inflate, DONOT use as much pressure as needed as you could pop the tube. Also laying the tire/rim flat helps.Keep working it eventually it will go on the rim all the way around, both sides. It may not make the pop sound. You know it is seated if you deflate and the tire stays seated.
  18. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Kenda was the problem tire for me too. Hmmmm?

    Think I'll try the Shinko next.
  19. woofer2609

    woofer2609 Less flow, more Gnar

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    Yeah, that would probably work pretty well too!
    Tire lube?!?!
    Sacrilege! Any self respecting ADV'er would use butter, snot, slug slime and many other things to try and MacGyver it on before resorting to the proper method of doing it!:D
    I was going to suggest over inflation, but figured the safety police would call me on it. I do the same thing.
    I found my Kenda 760 TMII very tough to get on (rear). In regards to the Shinkos Golden Boys, they mounted easily, and after the obligatory 100km run in, seem to work great. With the rear brake applied, I am JUST able to lock up the rear wheel, but otherwise modulation is excellent.
  20. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    One other thing that may help--while the tire is still deflated, wrap a nylon tie-down around the tread's circumference and pull it tight (not TOO tight). Then as you begin to inflate it the air will be forced more towards the sidewalls. If the bead doesn't set within the tires rated pressure I'd stop and do some more :scratch