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

  1. Idaho_XR

    Idaho_XR Been here awhile

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    If you experience any technical problems, just call the NMCI!
  2. super samurai

    super samurai Been here awhile

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    i say just by pass the cooler! hook those two lines together with a double barbed fitting and 2 hose clamps and deal with it when you get home. bike should be fine with out it for awhile right.
    just make sure the lines dont kink!
  3. super samurai

    super samurai Been here awhile

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    ill have some shortly!
    i ordered a set today with my hand heaters, for $7.99 if they dont work the wife will like them on her quad.
  4. super samurai

    super samurai Been here awhile

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    ya it has come and gone for the last month.
    it is only like 1600 ft here at that spot.
  5. bwalsh

    bwalsh UUU, UUU!!!

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    Damn Spud, I think you single handedly caused a run on Tusk grip heaters today! I got two pair also...:lol3 Thanks for the heads up!


    I was looking at those too but didn't get them. They look smaller than the real Hippo Hands. Some of the reviews said they work over hand guards but one said they didn't. I also have snowboarding gloves that are good down to the mid twenties(after that I'm done!).

    The ones at RM ATV/MC supposedly have some wire inside to keep them from collapsing back into the controls.
  6. Ulyses

    Ulyses Long timer

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    No, I haven't crashed....yet. The lugs just cracked. They are still attached to the cooler, but the top one spins and the bottom one is loose. Maybe I overtightened them when I put them on, but I think they are just weak and finally decided to start making a run for the border after about 5,000 miles of hard riding.

    I would love to weld it. But how do I get that damn JB weld off now?


    Thanks man! And it is totally mexicanized now. It's got JB weld, two zipties, and tomorrow I'm going to hunt down some bailing wire. I'm not going to stop riding, but I would like to try and keep the bike running as best as possible, and it runs hot with all the weight I'm carrying and the temps down here!

    My original concern was that the lugs and the cracks were going to cause a leak in the cooler. But after I looked closer, it didn't seem that the lugs were attached to anything that sealed oil in. I really wouldn't have any problem just wiring that thing to the bracket, but my only concern is that the cracks will eventually spread to a part of the cooler that seals the oil in....am I crazy?

    Regardless, I'm going ot keep riding until something breaks that absolutley stops me. If I can find a welder or get one of these shipped ahead to somewhere that I can pick it up when I get there, that would be optimal.
  7. b3h

    b3h ol dog on a stray

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    Get a small piece of metal tubing and some hose clamps to carry with u if the cooler fails. I spun both of my mounts and have been runnin the cooler with no issues. Am not puttin on the miles u r though.
  8. flyingwombat

    flyingwombat frozen dead guy

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    Yeah, these are pretty cheap and will heat your seat up pretty nicely:

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    You can get them here.
  9. Helipilot

    Helipilot Been here awhile

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    Rode my 2004 XR650L (537 Original Miles) last weekend on a mix of trails and pavement. It ran great with no issues and averaged 42 MPG on the 135 mile ride. Went to start it yesterday and it briefly fired up and then died. Would not restart after many attempts. New battery last month. Switched out the CDI fwith a factory new unit, have good spark but will not start. Checked fuel flow and carb is not plugged. Gasoline in tank is fresh from the Shell station. I did notice the valve rockers were all well oiled and not binding during cranking; however, the right front valve taps twice during it's cycle and the other valves only tap once. Is this an important clue?

    Have done Dave's mods, and the Uni filter is clean and oiled. Anybody have any ideas? This bike is like new and has been kept in a temperature controlled shop since I bought it new in '05. Haven't had a chance to ride much due to work. I just bid a job that starts in December and goes through March so no riding during that period. Would like to ride a little more before kicking off the project.

    Thanks for your ideas.
  10. Ben99r1

    Ben99r1 Long timer

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    If you have that low miles on a 04. It could be a dirty or gummed up carb. Take it out and clean it.
  11. kenny61

    kenny61 Crazy Idiot

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    try a burst of starting fluid. if its fires its a fuel problem
  12. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    It looks like you pushed the top of your tank in too.....plus the subframes bent up pretty healthy. You musta really flipped that poor bike good. hope you're ok :thumb
  13. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    Yep xrl's are wonderfully simple, hassle free low maintainence machines, perfect for trips like you're taking. But bolting on complexity adding additions that arent really needed just defeats the purpose. Take that pita tiny little oil cooler off of there and make your adventure that much simpler. Like Wattner said simplify your ride and maximize your pleasure :D
  14. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    Like somebody else said you need to clean the carb.....carbs don't like to sit, and yours has been sitting alot. As little as you ride, you need to shut off the fuel while the bike is running and run the carb dry when you park it. Or drain the carb float bowl. And definately run SeaFoam or another good fuel stabilizer/carb cleaner with your fuel.
  15. Wattner

    Wattner Long timer

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    Sounds like the kill switch on the handlebars... Turn it off and on a couple of times, and when you turn it on for the final time, make sure it's pushed way down. These damn switches have stranded a few (me included more than once) If that's it, you can disassemble, clean the contacts with emory cloth, add a little electric grease and be good to go.

    Best of luck!
  16. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Bad gas.
  17. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    Reading is an aquired skill
  18. beechum1

    beechum1 Grimace Soup

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    Nah, just riding along. The rear subframe is broken off. The only thing keeping it on the whole ride was the battery box bracket and a seat pan bolt. I'm going to dowel the frame a few inches in each direction, drilling holes in the existing frame every 1/2", spot weld the dowel in those holes and around the crack until I can get up to cutout the gussets and weld them on.
  19. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    So you adjusted the valves? If so from your description the right front exhaust valve was adjusted incorrectly. You must rotate nthe engine past TDC to get the decompression cam that holds that valve open during starting to fall out. Run the engine around to about 10 deg ATDC and re check the valve clearance.
  20. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    Tell me, have you ever seen a Taco Bell Taco that looked anything like these in the photo above? I didn't thionk so. You f__Ken yankees. Posting Taco Bell for something that will light your a__ on fire. You don't EVEN know what Mexician Food is all about. Here's a little lunch the gals in the office whiped up.

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