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

  1. coffman300

    coffman300 Been here awhile

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    If you dont plan on ever doing the usd fork conversation then i would definitely get the brace . It take out a lot of the front wheel flop. When you are riding shake your handlebar back and forth fast and watch the front tire. These bikes have a lot of flex in the front ends and the brace take a lot of that out but not all.
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  2. arbr0972

    arbr0972 Currently overthinking something...

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    I am baffled by my oil consumption... Just changed the oil after about 1300 miles and pulled just less than a quart out of her... wth. How scared/nervous/worried should I be that Im only pulling out that much after so few miles? Could it be just the fact that its a cheaper conventional oil that degrades faster? Ive got a small leak from one of my covers but that should be negligible...
  3. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    If I ride local roads with a lot of cold starts I'll burn oil quite regularly. Never measured, but every few rides I have to top the bike off. If I go on a trip it barely uses any. Only 7,000 miles on my bike, so I assume this is normal. I think they just burn oil when cold until the clearances close up a bit.
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  4. hollerhead

    hollerhead Been here awhile

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    There are plenty of ways to skin it. I used this one on my first RFVC rebuild.

    That silver bar is for a different type of motor (and use) but has a nub on the end that fit the hole in the tensioner perfectly. A drill bit, drift punch, nail, bolt, etc., would work just as well.

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  5. arbr0972

    arbr0972 Currently overthinking something...

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    Its crazy how much was burned though and it makes me wonder if the engine is burning too hot, but both of my gauges are reading around 220-240 max from the head and the frame. I suppose its just a good point to monitor my levels more closely.
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  6. Slytheslayer

    Slytheslayer Ride or Die!!

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    That still does sound like an excessive amount of oil. Not sure though since you are using the big boy piston...lol hopefully it is a normal thing.

    I know it's not the same bike but my DR650 never burns any oil even after 2000 miles it's still at the same level.
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  7. lookfar

    lookfar from the land of OZ

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    I use the original tool, got it from Honda. Not cheap, but have used it on a few now, a LOT easier than zip ties or screwdriver.

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  8. hollerhead

    hollerhead Been here awhile

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    How do you get that in there?
  9. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Wow, something is awry with your front end. I don't get any flop on my wheel; it's solidly locked to the bars!
  10. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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  11. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    Let's try this again...

    The black leather and black suede Renazco Racing seat arrived.

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  12. arbr0972

    arbr0972 Currently overthinking something...

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    god that tensioner is a nightmare when you don't have the right tools... not proud of myself for how I got mine in
  13. Slytheslayer

    Slytheslayer Ride or Die!!

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    I've taken mine put so many times because I'm retarded and forgot stuff, or now it doesn't run right so gotta pull it to check.

    One zip tie, popped in, break tie rip it out..1 min now..lol
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  14. mcma111

    mcma111 Long timer

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    Why are you removing the tensioner???



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  15. Old Smokey

    Old Smokey Been here awhile

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    I bought my XR with 3,000 miles on it. Put an oil cooler on it shortly after that, and fcr carb that is jetted a touch rich if anything. It’s not running super hot.

    Extended high rpm riding drops the oil level an inch or more on the stick sometimes. I did 100km hwy riding when geared down for trail riding. Oil level dropped a lot.

    Other times it doesn’t drop at all for thousands of miles, even after long high speed runs.

    And then sometimes it drops again after a short trail ride.

    In other words there doesn’t seem to be much of a pattern, so I just check it before any big ride, or when filling up with fuel. Just part of my routine now.

    Oh, and if I park it outside when it’s near freezing, sometimes the check valve sticks and it wet dumps. My dipstick was dry but I knew it was full as I had done a change the day before. So I fired it up and a moment later I had oil on the stick, back to the full mark after a couple minutes. Pay attention and you’ll get to know the quirks of your bike and minimize the risk of running low on oil.


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  16. coffman300

    coffman300 Been here awhile

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    Maybe i made it sound worse than it is but if you are going fast enough so the wheel has rotational force on it then wiggle the bars you can see the flex in it. Or at least i can on mine . Its always been like this and F250pal his bike did the same thing until he put the fork brace on then he went with usd forks . I have the usd fork legs and wheel i just need the triple clamps to complete the conversion.
  17. hollerhead

    hollerhead Been here awhile

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    I knew how it fit I was just poking fun at him talking about how it's a LOT easier than screwdriver knowing that the "original tool" just holds the tensioner out of the way and is useless without something else prying it over. Even the "original" Honda manual says to use a screwdriver. :lol2
  18. coffman300

    coffman300 Been here awhile

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    Sounds like my bike . Inconsistent oil usage. F250pal and i for whatever reason as soon as we leave the house on the bikes the race is on. When we say we are going for a ride that means we're going racing out in the desert usually between 120-150 loop and i always check the oil level after the ride i mean race and its usually 6-10 OZs down then once in a while it wont use but 1 or 2 OZs. It uses more now having 50k race miles on it than it did when it only had a couple of thousand miles on it for sure.
  19. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Well that's cool. I'm thinking perhaps yours are a bit worn out? Makes sense to do the conversion; mine are nice and tight still, and they work quite well at soaking up bumps so i have no motivation to throw resources at it. I have another Honda, a bike that needs a fork brace. That one came with one but they're subject to cracking. People wind up buying an aftermarket one called superbrace, thicker than the factory one. But when the brace cracks, it's evident what it feels like when a fork brace is needed!



    We might as well have fun when we "ride"! ;)
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  20. Freshdonuts

    Freshdonuts All tortise no hare.

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    Hey Steve. There's a set of L wheels on the local CLIST, San Jose. 350.00 for the set if you need another.