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

  1. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    I get the fucking frozen. I'm still trying to thaw out my pond from the last deep freeze we had, so I can reroute the circulation hose in hopes that it doesn't freeze up during the next one.
  2. alvincullumyork

    alvincullumyork Ol Two Flags

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    I had CR high bends with the Rox pivot risers. If I were to do it again I would go with a lower bar and different fat bar adapters. That combination had me standing to tall and I swear the Rox risers would pivot at the slightest get off. I'm 6'2" if that matters.
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  3. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    That's awesome. Hope you score that tech line.

    We live in a beautiful area for cycling. I wish we had more off the road bike paths around nearby but we do live in Mennonite country so bikes are commonly used as Transportation around here. Beautiful scenery and some challenging roads.

    There are dedicated paths within hauling distance though. We did a two-day ride-n-camp down the Greenbrier River trail in WV - converted railbed. There's also quite a network around the Dulles Airport area, including the Great Allegheny Passage.

    Biking is a great way to spend time with family and friends. A lot of the time spent with my grandkids involves messing with bikes. They love it.
  4. SharkyNX

    SharkyNX Adventurer

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    Anyone have an XRL kickstand they want to get rid of?
  5. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    Hey gang. So I am in the middle of finally putting my FCR41 onto my XRL. I came across a few issues I wasn't expecting, but the biggest challenge I have had today has been the choke and hot start. I read the posts from back in February about swapping some cables around.

    I took the hot start cable apart, put the plunger and spring in the hole, and put the cover from the end of the cable on (minus the cable). I JB Welded the hole and I'm sure it will be fine.

    Went to the choke, was going to just leave it as is, but thought it'd sure be nice to have use of the lever on the bars, so went to taking choke assemblies apart. The plunger on my stock XRL cable has a needle at the end of it. The FCR one is identical except there is no needle coming out of it. I looked inside the FCR and there is a hole inside the choke area which will accommodate the needle of the stock plunger. Is this acceptable or am I making a mistake by doing this?

    Hopefully my rambling makes sense. Cheers!
  6. Skowinski

    Skowinski Deuterostome

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    Looks like the FCR choke/hot start question came up back in mid-November. Here's what I posted:

    Took the choke plunger on the FCR out and stuck it in the hot start hole (never touched it since). Took the CV carburetor choke plunger assembly with the FCR hot start cable, and stuck it in the FCR choke hole. Works fine.
  7. JCool

    JCool Long timer

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    The needle on the stock plunger gives the two stage ''choke'' at the lever. The first click opens passage , but the needle still obstructs it , the second click fully opens the passage. You CAN use the stock plunger. It works on Mikuni's too.
  8. JMartin

    JMartin Tres Libras

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    Just gave Seat Concepts my seat pan to redo. PM me if for some reason you need a 2008 seat cover. Jay
  9. XR650L_Dave

    XR650L_Dave Long timer

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    No conduit kicking around? :lol3
  10. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    :y0!
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  11. flux_capacitor

    flux_capacitor I know a shortcut!

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    @JCool and @Skowinski , thanks for the explanation. That is what i needed and clears it up for me. Beers on me. Cheers.
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  12. Barmaley

    Barmaley Been here awhile

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    I think you should do new hone and replace the rings. Do you sure, that you put the rings right way? And all 4500 miles the engine had enough an oil? Your piston has a lot of burned oil, i think its problem or bad oil, or may be bad oil clean rings.
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  13. Old Smokey

    Old Smokey Been here awhile

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    Question for those who have powder coated their frames. Even with the oil line fittings masked off in nervous about blast particulate getting into the frame tank. Any suggestions for good ways to keep the stuff out, and also best practices for cleaning the tank out before putting it back into use?


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  14. hollerhead

    hollerhead Been here awhile

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    I picked up fitting caps for the oil line fittings, kept the dipstick in that hole, and used a rubber vacuum cap and clamp for the vent. I flushed with the finest gasoline leftovers I could find. Nothing made it in (or at least nothing came out).
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  15. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    Flush the frame with solvent and soap BEFORE blasting so that what ever gets inside will come out easier.

    It will get blast media inside.

    After it is painted flush with solvent followed by simple green or similar soap and HOT water.

    The easiest way to plug the holes is to double O'ring the dip stick and frame strainer. This will keep them from seating all the way and allow paint to get right up to the threads. Same for the frame oil drain bolt. Duct tape them along with the frame vent port on the right side of the upper frame.
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  16. Old Smokey

    Old Smokey Been here awhile

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    Cool, thanks! So after it’s blasted and powdered I guess they remove the plugs for the oven so they don’t melt, right? Then repeat the flush and clean after?


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  17. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    If you install the dip stick and down tube oil strainer and drain bolt, tape them off then they can blast the frame. Then they coat the frame leaving them in place. It will be up to the coater as to if they go in the oven or not.

    Flush the frame prior to blasting and afterwards.
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  18. hollerhead

    hollerhead Been here awhile

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    The powder coat shop that did mine removed all plugs, caps, and covers and baked it before applying any powder to remove any residue in the oil tank. From experience with oil in the frames and tanks he knew there was no way to get ride of all of the residue no matter how much washing or cleaning was done. Apparently the gases that are produced by the oil and cleaners used in the tank will cause pin holes to form in the powder. I didn't know any of that but I'm glad he did. He didn't send any rubber or plastic into the oven.
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  19. hollerhead

    hollerhead Been here awhile

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    Oh, and the triangular engine mounts did not powder coat well for me. They aren't really noticeable but, because of the material, they off gas on their own and the powder ended up with pin holes in it.
  20. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    My motor mounts came out just fine.

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