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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by onaXR, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. Barron

    Barron M0DAH0LIC

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    You could also tell her that if you can't feel your hands or keep them warm you can't operate the bike safely and are much more prone to get in an accident....:deal

    -Barron
  2. Ben99r1

    Ben99r1 Long timer

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    Dish soap works. Just poor a good amount in warm water and let soak a bit. then rinse it in warm water if you can?
  3. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Okay, so, I won't be using carb cleaner......that's why I come to this thread before I try anything....
  4. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    Okay, so dish soap will work? I'll pick some up tomorrow on my way AROUND mexico city and do it in the hotel room tommorrow.
  5. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    Dawn dish soap works on ducks and other critters... :1drink Who knows??? :lol3

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  6. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    Dish soap won't put a dent in the BelRey air filter oil I use. I would give the filter a first wash in gasoline if you don't have anything else and then the dish soap. Apply a liberal amount of oil and grease the seal surface.

    This is something you should have practiced and prepared for before you left for this trip. How are you at spooning tires off and on? I'll bet you get real good the further you head south.
  7. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    Wow, that XR250 build of yours looks like quite a project! I like it! I like my 650, but it would be nice to have something lighter for trail riding.
  8. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    There's lots of thing I SHOULD have done before I left, but I didn't. Haha! LIke welding gussets to reinforce the rear subframe. Or finding something other than 44lbs of ammo can for panniers. Or having the bike totally tore down and rebuilt. Or learning more spanish. Or figuring out how I'm going to get a job after all of this. But sometimes you just have to stop talking about it, and preparing for it, and disecting each and every detail, and go and do it. Plus, there's this awesome forum where you can go ask people for advice on stuff you are unsure of! And generally you get some pretty good info and a few laughs. Haha!

    Take for instance my luggage rack. It broke in San Diego after 1,000 miles. I had it rewelded in about 20 minutes, then re-thought my load out, moved some stuff around, sent some stuff home, and threw some stuff away. Problem solved....for now. It may break again. But who cares! If it does, I'll find a "soldaduro" or whatever it's called and keep pushing. Half the fun of this kind of a trip is figuring stuff out along the way. That's why it's called an adventure.

    Plus, I'm far from being the least mechanically savy person to ever take this trip. I can change a tire in about 2 or 3 hours. That's pretty damn good, right? Just kidding. I can do it in about 20-30 minutes. Maybe faster. Who knows. I wasn't sitting in my garage, timing myself on tire changes for the last few weeks before this trip. I was drinking beer, saying goodbye to my girlfriend, and trying to convince my parents that I wasn't going to die.

    I'm not trying to be snarky about this, and thank you for your advice, but I'm just tired of people telling me how everything is going to fail or my bike is going to blow up, or how I won't make it, or how I'm underprepared. Who cares! At least I'm doing it. And I'm having fun doing it. Sure, I don't know what the hell I'm doing half the time, and I generally make an ass of myself asking stupid questions about a bike that I've barely ridden, but yesterday I had a priest bless my bike with holy water (seriously), rode like a bat out of hell through the most dangerous state in Mexico, added 100ml of oil to my bike, and made friends with a Mexican Cop on a Sportster, and I'm still alive and riding, so I think everything is going to work out. Haha!

    And seriously, no hard feelings. I just wanted to know what the best way to clean my air filter was.

    So, I'll get off my soapbox now. Is the general opinion that dish detergent is the best way to go?
  9. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    Hey Ulyses....

    What did you do with those deathwings, I mean, Trail Wings when you swapped the Avons on there?
  10. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    I think I just left them in the garage. I really have no idea. Actually, I think I gave them to the motorcycle shop in my hometown. Talk to my bro, maybe he can find them for you...if he isn't too busy destroying my Harley and my truck....
  11. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    I'll give him a ringy-ding and see if he knows...
  12. KyoXR

    KyoXR Clouds, Snow, Rain

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    Saweet!! I'm good at electronics and can make these and use them for different applications, thanks for sharing this!
  13. Spike Paddy

    Spike Paddy Space Cowboy

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    Just took my stock bike and threw the 4.7 clarke tank and a seat concepts seat on there. Lovin' the look and feel of her right now!

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  14. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    Anybody who takes on an adventure like you is a hero in my book :super :beer
    Don't sweat the armchair quarterbackers and jealous naysayers, you're on the adventure of a life time most folks will never take......and you'll come back a changed person...for the better I bet :thumb

    And dish soap or laundry soap will clean most oils out of your filter.....thats all I've ever used, won't destroy the filter but will get it clean and looking like new with a couple washings/rinsings.
  15. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    Enjoy that white tank while its still white, pretty soon its going to start turning birdshit yellow from the inside out as the gas stains it......next time get any color but white. I hate the white tank that came on mine, just too cheap at the moment to pay a couple hundred+ bucks to replace a fully functional part, just because its yellowing.
    That may change soon tho.......
  16. Spike Paddy

    Spike Paddy Space Cowboy

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    Damn, wish I knew that before...can't you just repaint it?
  17. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    Man, I wish I could get some of my truck parts sold so that I could buy a new clutch kit for the Pig...

    It's still getting me back and forth to school, but it's definitely slipping when I try to accelerate hard.
  18. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    :rofl

    Nope, paint will just bubble up from the gas. You can get some tank sealer and that will help.

    Pretty sure when I can afford it I'm getting a black Clark 4.7 for mine, or a white Acerbis 5.8 (I don't really care what mine looks like anyways).
  19. Spike Paddy

    Spike Paddy Space Cowboy

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    Ahh well. I was going to eventually try and turn the rest of the bike white. I guess I'll enjoy it while it lasts. Either way I'll be happy to get more mileage out of the tank.
  20. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately no....but softscrub and a scotchbrite pad can keep the yellowing down if you stay on it before it gets too bad. I have a few tricks I'm going to try on mine, if they work I'll let the forum know......I know its an issue that everybody with a white tank faces eventually :baldy

    Remember, the more slipping, the more clutch material is going to be spreading into your oil. I'd def check the oil screens in the line and case when you change the oil and replace the clutch. You don't want excess clutch material blocking an oil line or passage.

    Personally I park a machine when the clutch starts to go till I can replace it.