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

  1. XR BADGER

    XR BADGER Adventurer

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    SO CAL
    Ok, I think I got it now, thanks everyone for the help with this, whew:clap 07 with 475 miles now.
  2. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    Oddometer:
    206
    Location:
    North Carolina foothills
    I told Barron I would get back to him about some electrical issues I was having last week with the rear lights. Barron... Thanks for responding with some tips. I was never able to get the lights working properly. I did get the turn signals working somewhat but not the tail light. I don't think my tail light is fried because I was able to get both lights (brake and tail) to light by connecting one of the wires... I think the problem is in my green/yellow wire... never could get anything to light when connecting with it. I'm going to get back to this wiring issue later in the Winter and use the last few (somewhat) warm weeks here riding instead. I plan to completely rework the wiring, add heated grips, and maybe an additional power source/plug-in over the Winter... So I'll just deal with it all at the same time.

    Saturday was an exceptionally nice day where I live so I decided it would be better to forgo maintenance in the garage and spend the day riding instead! I quickly patched up the wires and hit the road. I just got my XRL a few ago and until Saturday had yet to put her in the dirt. Figured I head to an old 4wheeler trail that I hadn't been on in years.......

    I was just cruising along and all of sudden............. whoops!

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    I never saw this mud hole! Perfectly disguised by the leaves! I knew that after looking at the front wheel I was doomed!

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    This was damn sticky mud. I ended up having to call for help... Still after all of these years my dad is happy to come to the rescue for dumb shit I do! I don't have a pic of the truck and tow strap pulling it out but here's the front wheel after exiting the hole.

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    That's a Kenda Challenger up front and Bridgestone Spitfire on the rear... Not recommended for mud holes! After picking as much mud out as we could with a stick I mounted her again for a very slick ride home.

    Here I am just before heading home. Notice that little tiny wet spot just beyond my left handlebar grip... That was the only indication of the mud hole... otherwise it was covered with leaves and looked identical to the rest of the trail.

    The rest of the day was spent with a hose pipe in one hand and a beer in the other. Little adventure and quality time with my dad... Not too bad of a day after all! :1drink

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    Soooo... lessons learned:

    1. Leaves hide mud really well.
    2. Get new tires.
    3. Probably better idea to ride with someone (this wasn't possible though).
    4. Think of some way to self-rescue... Maybe bring a come-along with me on solo rides.

    Anybody have experience with a come-along, dual sports, and mud? Anyone know of a good compact come-along?
  3. fritzcoinc

    fritzcoinc Enjoying my last V8

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    sold!!!
  4. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    Same here, I put on a Big Gun slip-on, its a straight-through design, not internally baffled like Mendoteachs FMF quiet pipe, and it gave me big gains from the bottom all the way up...it revs quicker and pulls longer on top, plus gave me even more of the massive torque I love most about this bike....and made the throttle response snappier ta' boot :evil

    My Big Gun is also much lighter than the stocker, and with the quiet insert in I can trail ride without earplugs no prob, it only barks when you're getting on it hard, and then it just sounds good to me, still not too loud imo. Plus it looks really good on the bike :D
    For me it was money well spent :thumb
  5. JWhitmore44

    JWhitmore44 pistolero

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    That mud just looked nasty. Never thought about a come-along, but I had considered one of those small block and tackle rigs they use for lifting game up in the tree to field dress them.
  6. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    I'm not sure whats worse, that suprise mudhole....or seeing all the smog stuff still stuck on the side of you're bike :lol3
  7. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    Ha! Funny you mention that... I'm looking up de-smogging right now... One of the many things I plan to do this Winter... My Winter to-do list is getting really long.
  8. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    I'm sorry to hear of the exorbitant shipping charges, CC. :eek1 Shipping inside the United States is only $7. :deal

    Spud :beer
  9. Sierra Thumper

    Sierra Thumper Been here awhile

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    Yeah but when you get those winter mods done you're not going to believe its the same bike that you bought stock :D
  10. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    :rofl

    You're welcome. :D

    Spud :beer
  11. Spud Rider

    Spud Rider Long timer

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    Not that's a mud hole! :eek1

    Spud :lol3
  12. Mossy-Back

    Mossy-Back Brown Falcon

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    Yes, I remember that NC mud... sticky sticky stuff! Not much worse than the Oregon clay out here though.

    I hope Santa comes early this year. I need my new clutch soon!
  13. XR650L

    XR650L Been here awhile

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    Location:
    South Africa, West Coast
    Custom made to take Rotapac Fuel tanks and sleeping bag, tent etc on back. Bolt straight onto subframe supports. Let me know if you want more pictures of it.



  14. KyoXR

    KyoXR Clouds, Snow, Rain

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    :ear :lurk :deal :ricky
  15. taco250

    taco250 wannabe adventurer

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    LaGrange, GA

    I remember Willamette Valley clay. However, now that I'm in Western GA I can tell you the clay soil here is redder and sticky-er than anything in OR. It stains anything if left on too long.:eek1
  16. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    Sure... If you get around to it... That'd be great. I've been talking to Mike at Manracks... He's holding a SD rack for me now... One similar to Spud's. Mike has been very responsive and great to deal with so far.

    Sierra (or anyone else who can comment)... I've got my de-smogging kit ordered. I quickly skimmed the removal pics/instructions on 4strokes.com... Looks like a pretty straight forward process. Is there anything I should be on the look out for or pay particular attention to when doing the removal? Any other adjustments or mods that are necessary after removing the smog kit?

    Thanks... Clint
  17. JWhitmore44

    JWhitmore44 pistolero

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    Don't remove the oil separator, that black cup thing behind the petcock. It's not part of the smog control and it's actually useful :D
  18. bearcat1

    bearcat1 Been here awhile

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    I am exhausted just looking at that picture!
  19. Sourjon

    Sourjon TAT'erd

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    +1

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  20. absoluteclint

    absoluteclint Been here awhile

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    John and Whitmore... Thanks for the advice and diagram. That will be printed and have a permanent home in the garage-library. Got a link for anymore simple, internal diagrams like that?

    Bearcat... You're right! I knew pretty quick I wasn't going anywhere. I spun the wheel one good time and wiggled/pulled/rocked the bike once... No movement... I went straight to the phone for a bailout call!

    I'm thinking of getting something like this to carry along on unsure trails...
    http://www.amazon.com/Maasdam-PowR-...2602&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=cpmpact+come+along (removable handle... only 12 inches long... pretty compact)

    or

    http://www.amazon.com/Wel-Bilt-Manual-Lever-Chain-Hoist/dp/B004HL06GG/ref=pd_cp_hi_3