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

  1. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Hey Rondo,
    14/48 gearing is not what you want for holding 70mph for a long time. If your doing that, you should stay stock or just drop the CS sprocket 1 tooth.

    I've always bought X ring chains, dunno if they are any better but they work. This last time I bought Primary Drive brand Chain and Sprockets ( Gold X-ring chain and 14/48's and it only cost around $85, that was from rockymountainatv.com

    I used Sunstar before that and they are also very good, Got 8000 miles of mud, sand, gravel and some highway out of them. The key is STEEL. Get steel sprockets.
  2. Dorian

    Dorian huge carbon footprint

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    Rondo,
    You're talking XR650L right? I have smog junk removed and did the carb mod thing and UNI air filter. Stock exhaust etc. I am running 15/48 final gearing and altho I have ridden it at 70mph a few times for appx. 15 mile stints, I thought the engine was working a little too hard (rpms too high). I wouldn't want to ride it for extended periods at 70mph with my 15/48 gearing. But that's just me. Maybe others will chime in?

    Get an O-ring chain. X or O. Sunstar steel sprockets are good. I like steel sprockets on my 650 because they wear better than aluminum. I know alloy is lighter, but who cares?! The bike already weighs well over 300 lbs! Now if you are anal about un-sprung weight, alloy sprockets might be important to you.

    Cheers, Dorian
  3. wheelnut46

    wheelnut46 Been here awhile

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    According to "Mr. know it all" in the June issue of Dirt Bike magazine, X ring chains have it all over o-ring chains.

    "The name X-ring is a DID trademark for that company's premium product. An X-ring is sealed better, is made of better material and is much much more expensive (about $150 versus $95). Dont get confused by tensile strength ratings. They mean nothing. DID offers a "wear index" rating that is much more useful. Their standard O-ring has an index of 2300, whereas the X-ring is rated at 4000. That means it will last almost twice as long. If you insist on lubing am o-ring chain, be sure to use very light lube that is designed specifically for the chain. The main function is to prevent corrosion."

    He must be right, after all his name implies that he "knows it all".
  4. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    So far my regina o-ring chain is doing a bit better than the X-ring I had did, the X-ring started getting stiff links early on.
    I know it wasn't the lube, I wonder of I did something else to it?

    Dave
  5. blackbirdzach

    blackbirdzach Daily Adventurer

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    My XR650L should be all put back together by the weekend. So far my bill includes

    Changed all fluids
    Adjusted valves
    lubed chain
    New neutral switch
    new clutch plates
    new clutch cable
    new grips
    New set of Avon Gripsters
    New fork seals
    heavier fork oil
    set of Cortech bags

    I'll try to get some shots this weekend. I'm hoping to take a trip to the North Georgia mountains on Sunday.

    bbz
  6. thumperron

    thumperron Been here awhile

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  7. Shair_Khan

    Shair_Khan Getting back in the game!

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    Hi All,

    I have few questions regarding smog block off kit for the folks who have installled it on their XRLs...

    1. Is it worth it? Does it make any significant difference?
    2. Do you have to rejet the carb, if you install the smog block off kit?
    3. Cost? and where to buy?
    4. What is the installation difficulty level?
    5. Any other words of wisdom for someone who has never messed with the smog system on cars or motorcycle?
    6. Does that create any problem when time for inspection sticker?

    Thank you, in advance, for your response.

    --
    Sincerely,
    Shair A. Khan
  8. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    I had a machinist make some block off plates for mine and did the do it yourself version posted on 4strokes.com. All you really need is the plates, then you reroute some of the hoses that are already there. IMS makes a kit and is available through Baja Designs and others. Installation of either the homemade or the IMS kit is easy and really cleans up the look of the bike, it also TOTALLY removed the popping on deceleration with my bike.

    The smog kit requires no mods to the carb, I dunno about the inspection thing.
  9. High Hope

    High Hope World's Best Dog

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    New-for-me 2002 XR650L with 3,500k miles, looks like new. Can't wait to join the party. Pick up the bike at PO's house sometime this week. Will need advice on tires as the rear is shot. Oddly, the handguards are gone, which is the only "mod" done to the bike. Other than that, it is showroom-new...kind of scary, I'm sure I'll manage to add some "character" to it in no time.
  10. thumperron

    thumperron Been here awhile

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    Does removing the smog crap improve permormance?
  11. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    Nope.
    Gets rid of that annoying popping (how un-stealthy that is!) and a few pounds- that's all.

    Looks better, too.
    Maybe the airflow around the cyl. improves a skosh also?

    Dave
  12. lrutt

    lrutt SILENCE.....i kill you

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  13. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    The motor looks alot better without all that crap ( it would look ALOT better if I cleaned the damned thing ) and doesn't pop anymore ( usually )
  14. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Oh wise suspension Guru's

    I never got the owners manual for my bike and even if I did, I doubt I'd understand it. I'd like to set up the suspension on my XRL to suit me. My bikes suspension is totally wrong right now, too stiff and tall in the back end.

    I realize that I could release some tension on the spring, but its already within 1/2" from the top or so. What I'd like to know is what do the adjustments do?
    The slot on the shock reservior, and the adjuster on the bottom. I realize they are probably compression and rebound, but I really don't understand how that will affect the bike.

    Also, what do the adjusters on the bottoms of the forks do?
  15. thumperron

    thumperron Been here awhile

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    Do you think bike will pass NJ inspection without it?

    Rokklym

    It does look better without.
  16. thumperron

    thumperron Been here awhile

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  17. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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  18. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    Hellsickle told me to set the compression to (almost) the softest setting. Unless you are bottoming out already, softening the compression will help going over bumps. I did that, and it helped. The adjusters on the bottom of the forks adjust the compression. Try adjusting them to a softer setting.
  19. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Thanks, I'll give it a shot
  20. mattmbishop

    mattmbishop Adventurer

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    Howdy,
    I posted in this thread a few months back as I was getting my bike ready to ride across Aussie.

    Well, we've got it all done now and our bikes are on their way to Perth. We've got a website up and I thought you other XRL riders might be interested in it, I've made up a pretty nifty page on what we did to our bikes: www.aussie2006.webset.co.nz/bikes.htm.

    Cheers, and thanks for the ideas that I've borrowed/stolen off other XRL riders courteous to post their mods on this forum.

    Matt