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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by wickerman777, Nov 4, 2006.
:eek1 I feel very unprepared now... I carry 1/8 of that tool list...
Thanks so much for that. Looks like I need to buy lots of tools and a rack for the back to hold them.
I'm also a Canadian in Socal, from the Toronto area. Could not handle the winter cold any longer.
I picked up the oil, new oil filter and the necessary o-rings.
I noticed that the oil filter is a new type to me, it's made of a metal mesh rather than paper.
I read that some people re-use their old oil filters.
What is the best way to clean the used oil filters. I've read that some use varsol, or gasoline, some use wd-40. What about using brake cleaner to clean the old oil filters?
The bike is used and the seller did not have a copy of the owners manual.
Is there any where online that I can download the owners manual?
You following me?
I am from Toronto as well... I must warn you I have a no stalking policy... Unless you are a hot chick! So are you from actual Toronto or just say Toronto because no one has heard of anything else around there? Met a girl last week from North Bay who says Toronto because no one knows where North Bay is...
Anyhow we do not live too far apart and should get together for some brews and riding... Maybe riding then brews to be safe!
Technically "Mississauga" but who knows Mississauga, unless you're a native Indian.
Regarding riding, my philosophy is the more the merrier.
My little brother and his wife live out that direction... I couldn't take the cold or I would move back. I miss Toronto because so other city can really compete with the overall package there if you exclude weather...
Here is the link for the free Yamaha owner's manual download, not printable if that matters to you. You can buy printable electronic versions on Ebay and probably from other sellers.
On a seperate note - I got my Shinko 244s, 4.6x18 for rear and 2.75x21 for front. The 4.6 looks significantly wider than the stock 120/80 (at least unmounted). It looks more like the width of the 110/90 on my DR350, this tire size thing is a bit confusing. Anyone think the Shinko 4.10 would be better on the XT, I need a new rear for my DR so I might use the 4.6 on that bike but I see some think 5.1 is better for the DR. I probably will be OK with the 4.6 on the XT but don't wan't too detract from performance on the little 225, jam mud between the tire and swingarm or bog down the handling with a too big tire.
I recently mounted a Shinko 244 on the rear and am pretty sure that it's a 4.60. It fits fine and is a great tire. (I'll double check when I head up to my shop & make certain it's a 4.60) The little XT225 makes most tires look big, but it fits fine.
I have a 4.6 on my 2003. The 244 fits fine and hooks up better than most 50/50 tires I have tried. It seems to clean itself pretty well and I have had no restrictive build up. I guess really sticky mud would be an issue as it would for any other tire but I have had no problem like that with the 4.6 244, so far. My 2001 has.....something else on it and doesnt do nearly as well. I take the 2003 with the 244's if I am going into the woods.
Mounted with 244's, with 4.6 on the rear and 2.75 on the front.
My XT225 has a Shinko 244/4.10 on it and it is much to small. I'm changing to a 4.60. My DR650 has a Shinko 244/5.10 on it and it looks and works great.
Many thanks for the great info.
Me for one. I worked 13 years for Caterpillar who had a factory in Mississauga. (Brampton too if I'm not mistaken.) The town name stuck is my brain. I'm a Heinz 57 mutt with possibly a small fraction of Indian blood; the family genealogist has no proof.
Back on topic. Ya both have good taste in bikes. A wee bit longer riding season in SoCal eh?
Yeah, you could say that. Maybe just ever so slightly, I say as I look out at perfect weather over the LA valley.
I am going to remove the carb to give it a good cleaning and figured I might as well change the jets, it is pretty hard starting and slow to warm up. I live at about the same elevation but within a few miles from home the elevation changes are from just above sea level to over 4000ft. I plan to ride (actually my son, not me) the WADBR with it so I would guess elevations are common to about 4000+ft. Do you think it would run too rich at higher elevations, have you ridden yours at this elevation much. I don't want to do anything that makes it louder so I'm going to stay with the stock exhaust and not do any air box modifications.
>"elevation changes are from just above sea level to over 4000ft"
Have ridden the XT225 with jet changes from sea level up to 5,000 ft.
No real issues at that point. If you're riding in Colorado, way up at 10,000 feet, there may be some issues with it running rich.
Got some new toys to install:
Wolfman Enduro tank bag, Clarke 4 gallon tank, 16 tooth countershaft sprocket, Moose handguards, and a Cigar Mike centerstand!
Have you had a chance to ride with the sprocket change? Is the difference noticeable?
Also, my friend mentioned he changed his back sprocket on his supermoto...would changing the back sprocket be the same as changing the countershaft sprocket? Say i changed it from 15-45 to 15-43..will it accomplish the same change? Any body know. Hearing this just blew my mid, not really sure why, though.
I thought that Cigar Mike got out of making centerstands.He put my centerstand step arm on the right side of mine??? OH well I really like it besides that.
I wrote up my wheel rebuild here: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20257683&postcount=19
Some teaser pics:
I bought a 2004 XT225 with only 238 miles on it at the beginning of October. I took pictures when I got it home, before making any modifications. I've since added larger footpegs and a few other bits; I also have a new rack, Clarke tank, handle bar and Uni filter that I haven't yet had time to install. (I'll post before and after pictures when I get everything on.)
I thought I should read through this entire thread before I posted, and just got caught up. It only took 2 months and 2 weeks!
Thanks to all for the good information in this thread. As I've gone through the thread, I've copied certain posts on recommended upgrades, changes, maintenance, tires, tools, riding locations, etc. to a OneNote notebook for future reference.