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

  1. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    So... trying to prepare for trail riding over the next few months and wanting to figure out what parts and accessories I should be getting.
    I already have bark busters, XRR sprocket, Dave's mods and 55/158 jetting, K&N air filter (not thrilled with this), smog removed, snorkel removed, and Hoglegs from Manracks.

    So far this is my list:
    - tires (somthing better than the Avon's I have now)
    - fork boots
    - skid plate
    - fork brace
    - case guard (on shifter side)
  2. techforlife

    techforlife CDI REPAIR

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    Problem with carb cleaner is some types eat plastic badly,,some don`t..i`d use straight gas in a pinch and wash out with soap after..

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  3. techforlife

    techforlife CDI REPAIR

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    :lol3

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  4. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    Yes gasoline will work but you then need to wash the filter to get rid of the residue before you oil it up.
  5. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    +1... gas followed by mild soap (blue Dawn), air dry, apply oil, insert, ride on! I'm new to owning an XRL but unless it's airfilter differs from a traditional foam filter that's common on atvs, lawnmowers, etc. I'd stick to this method... Has always worked for me on foam filters.

    Huh... Speaking of air filters maybe I'll check/clean mine tomorrow... Just acquired this bike a week ago... So far I've only de-stickered it from the previous owner, changed the oil, and got a tag! Went for my first real ride today... really liking the XRL!

    Can't speak in favor or against the carb cleaner... never used it.
  6. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    Clean the air filter with gasoline. After all the dirt and filter oil are removed, wash the filter thoroughly in soapy water. Then rinse all the soap out of the filter, and let the filter dry. After the filter is completely dry, apply your No-Toil filter oil. Let the carrier evaporate completely until the filter oil becomes tacky. Once the oil is tacky, you can install the air filter in your XR650L. :deal

    Did you bring along the original, red, No-Toil filter oil, or the new, Evolution filter oil?

    Spud :beer
  7. ReferJohn

    ReferJohn 4th Gear pinned> you'll make it

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    Does any one make a Temperature sensor for the head where the upper banjo bolt mounts instream with the oil?
    where can i get one.
    Thanks in advance
    John
  8. ThumpnRed

    ThumpnRed Pig Wrangler

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    That is where the TrailTech sensor connects.
  9. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    Also, need to get me some of those combination tire-iron/axle nut wrench tools, and a couple extra tubes.
  10. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    Here's my bike as it is now with the MSR handguards and my B&W Outdoor Case on the back. So far the case is working great! I don't even notice it when riding, fits a helmet with room to spare, and totally waterproof. Great for my commute to school 5 days a week in this rainy Oregon weather.

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  11. ReferJohn

    ReferJohn 4th Gear pinned> you'll make it

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    I don't have a Vapor,, nor do i plan to get a Vapor.
    does the TrailTech you mentioned have it's own display reading
    or is there another company that makes a temperature sensor
    I already have a XR's only dipstick
  12. ThumpnRed

    ThumpnRed Pig Wrangler

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    Check out their website if you want to know more about their stuff. Their sensor connects to the banjo.
  13. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    You can buy a Trail Tech, TTO Temperature Gauge. :nod

    http://trailtech.net/tto_temperature.html

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    I installed a TTO Temperature Gauge with the BSPP 1/8-28 temperature probe when I installed my oil cooler.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=781962

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    I believe you want the 10mm cylinder head temperature sensor if you wish to mount the sensor on the banjo bolt for the external oil line to the cylinder head. :deal

    http://www.trailtech.net/7500-3010.html

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    I see Trail Tech is also offering an M12 bolt which will probably fit the oil drain plug on the crankcase. :deal

    http://www.trailtech.net/VA-12150.html

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    However, you would need to run a long wire from a BSPP 1/8-28 temperature probe to use this 12mm bolt. :huh

    Spud :wave
  14. selkirkswamper

    selkirkswamper hellbilly

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    While I don't post much I'm lurking here daily, I posted a few questions earlier this spring after I picked up my 2012 XR650L. I still really like the cycle (I currently only have the one cycle). I haven't delved in to many mods, having been laid off for a couple months cahs was tight, back to work now and I'm making my list:
    what I've done so far;
    4 gallon clarke tank
    crf front fender
    skid plate
    rear rack (hopefully will be replaced with a manracks one)

    so with the limited riding season coming up here in upstate NY here's my list:

    XRR moose/PBI front sprocket
    smog removal/block off
    rejet- I know everyone say do Dave's Mod, I'm thinking of just a couple of jets and go....use stock air filter, maybe the factory pro jet kit
    replace the handlebars (bent couple drops on the trials) with protaper ATV hi bars

    I've already done a few oil/filter changes been using the spec'd Honda 10w-30 oil, I've been getting it online for about the price of Rotella at Walmart (from Ron Ayers)
    one question I have is the Rotella synthetic?

    Another new job has a commute of about 40 miles each way mostly slab at 65mph+
    is anyone riding the 650l daily under these conditions?
    I'm looking for ideas for tires (I still want some dirt light off road capability), wind screen,
    eventually an oil cooler either one from Sutton Cycle works or the Van Pelt one if it is still being made.

    Anyway I'm just looking for ideas, my other option is to look for a more street oriented ride like an old Suzuki bandit, Kawi Concours, etc, pm me if you like

    thanks all.......
  15. ReferJohn

    ReferJohn 4th Gear pinned> you'll make it

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    SPUD YOU ROCK, thats what i am trying to do...less the oil cooler
    thanks again
    SPUD JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO THE INMATES.
    John
  16. WSobchak

    WSobchak MoTard

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    The oil temp guage... is it needed, or is it more of a curiosity thing?

    I mean, if oil temperature was something we had to worry about wouldn't honda have put on one there?

    Not trying to start trouble, just an honest question.
  17. ReferJohn

    ReferJohn 4th Gear pinned> you'll make it

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    After a 180 mile dual sport ride yesterday, doing 70-75 mph on highway, + 1st and 2nd gear black diamond single track, then a spirted backroads canyon carving run home. leads me to think. # 1 i could have slowed down, took a break and had a beer. # 2 i most likely heated up my oil.

    I did buy a 22oz beer,strap it to my manracks rubicon, and enjoy the beer before i dropped into the trail system at cow mtn...
  18. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    If you ride your XR650L at high rpms for extended periods of time, especially during hot weather, you should be concerned about oil temperature. Your concern should increase if you have installed an aftermarket fuel tank, or ditched the stock air scoops. :deal

    A fellow inmate loaned me an XRs Only, dipstick thermometer; I don't think they are very acccurate, or very easy to read. :rolleyes Also, the lens fogs up, and these thermometers occasionally leak oil. For less than $20, I suggest you make a digital thermometer so you can monitor the bike's oil temperature. :nod

    I purchased an aluminum, oil cap bolt on eBay from the following vendor; it was $12.95, delivered. :D

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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/OIL-FILL-CA...5771&pt=Motorcycles_Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr

    After drilling a hole through the aluminum bolt, I inserted a Harbor Freight, digital thermometer. :deal

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    This dipstick thermometer is very accurate, and it does not leak oil. It costs less than $20, and is very easy to fabricate. In addition, it is very easy to read. If this digital thermometer ever fails, you can easily find an inexpensive replacement at any Harbor Freight store. :D I fabricated this thermometer to compare oil temperatures between the oil reservoir and the temperature probe location for my TTO Temperature Gauge.

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    The Harbor Freight digital thermometer is frequently on sale, and accurately measures temperatures to one-tenth of a degree Fahrenheit.

    Spud :beer
  19. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    You're welcome, John. :D Thank you for you kind words. :devildog

    If you search around you can find the Trail Tech TTO gauge for less than $40, delivered. Just make sure you get the gauge with the 10mm cylinder head bolt included. :deal

    http://www.powersportsuperstore.com/Trail-Tech-Temperature-Meter-10mm-72-ET1-p/4492430.htm

    Spud :wave
  20. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    Rotella T6 is excellent motor oil. :nod If you interested in learning more about engine oil for motorcycles, you might enjoy reading the following articles. :deal

    http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Consumables.html
    http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Oils1.html

    I like Mobil DelVac 15W/40 motor oil. I stocked up this summer for $8/gallon when Exxon/Mobil offered a $5 rebate per gallon. :D Exxon/Mobil frequently offers this rebate in the spring and/or fall of the year; keep your eyes open for this bargain. :deal

    Spud :beer