the DR650 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by sleepywombat, May 1, 2006.

  1. jskateborder

    jskateborder Been here awhile

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    I recently pulled my skidplate for some work, and ended up taking the bike to work without it. I noticed that the bike ran significantly cooler during both trips (>20°), and now I'm wondering if drilling a couple of holes in the front of the plate is such a bad idea. This bike sees pretty high temperatures, so additional cooling advantage is nice, especially when it moving closer to factory airflow levels. It's a JNS plate BTW. Thoughts? Bad idea?
  2. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    More holes are helping my cooling.

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  3. SlowerThanYou

    SlowerThanYou I'm 3 seconds in the future.

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    Ha! Not me or my beard! But maybe I should grow one just in case... :gerg
  4. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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    @BergDonk Geezus dude.. you slam boulders with that skid plate?
  5. Texas Mud Taco

    Texas Mud Taco Ants in my pants

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  6. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    Its what they're for.

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  7. ER70S-2

    ER70S-2 Long timer

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  8. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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    i have a plastic skid in case a palm tree or sand flea decides to jump in front of it.. my klx has an aluminum skid.. i feel as though i should polish it rather than run it!
    if i lived in land of oz... i d have a boulder basher too!
  9. joefromsf

    joefromsf Dark Happens

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    Working on my spare DR, prepping it for sale. It has a clip style master link for the chain, which I'm not too familiar with. Are they reusable? I mean the whole link, not just the clip. Can I remove the whole master link and then put it back together on the same chain?
  10. procycle

    procycle Long timer

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    Yes, that's the whole point of a clip type link.
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  11. BergDonk

    BergDonk Old Enough to Know Better

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    Yes, as long as the clip isn't damaged. A square edged pair of pliers works good for removing the clip, squeezing the open end against the nearest pin. With o ring chains, a press may be useful to refit the sideplate. Note also that the clip is directional, with the closed end leading and the open end trailing. Some links can allow the sideplate to press on too far and result in overly crushed O rings and a loose clip. They need to be fitted with care for no issues.
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  12. Pedersoli

    Pedersoli Been here awhile

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    I went and bought a FMF muffler for my DR. Far too cold to test it out right now (-37 but now -7) does the muffler make any more power or is it just the noise that makes it seem like you have more power. I put an FMF on my XT250 and it did actually make more power. Not a tremendous amount but it was noticeable. I re-jetted the XT and the DR I ground out the weld and raised the needle.
  13. DRBITCH420

    DRBITCH420 Adventurer

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  14. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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  15. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Don't need to be there. Vancouver Island can do similar. Both guards get hammered back out every winter ...

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  16. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    Fishnbiker beat me to it, but the Vegemite eaters certainly don't have a monopoly on rocks and such. Come ride with me, and leave the plastic at home.

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  17. Chip Seal

    Chip Seal Long timer

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    It's loud so must have a lot more power. Have one, earplugs are very helpful. I also have a pumper carb, so not sure if FMF Q4 increases power that much. Mostly weight savings.
  18. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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    one day i hope to leave this god forsaken state of sand and fleas and return to land of rocks!
  19. motolab

    motolab Long timer

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    It does make more power, especially with the quiet insert removed.

    Regards,

    Derek
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  20. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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    making bikes louder is the best way to make them useless.

    i.e. losing places to ride them.