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Forum: Thumpers Today, 01:25 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Successfully rotated 2 inlet barbs 90 degrees w/...

Successfully rotated 2 inlet barbs 90 degrees w/ a very large adjustable wrench. The wrench was big enough to fit the entire barb between the jaws. The barb didn't deform at all but lots of worry...
Forum: Thumpers Today, 10:43 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Check your PMs.

Check your PMs.
Forum: Thumpers Today, 04:41 AM
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Posted By porterrad
A'99SE in Pennsylvania just sold for $3,500 w/...

A'99SE in Pennsylvania just sold for $3,500 w/ local pickup after 11 bids on eBay. This is the highest I've ever seen, but it also looked like the nicest DR I've seen in many years: 3,200 miles,...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 04:49 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Do you recall where you found the locknut for the...

Do you recall where you found the locknut for the rear axle?
Forum: Thumpers 04-09-2015, 12:57 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Years ago, I ran a 75 watt jacket, 55 watt...

Years ago, I ran a 75 watt jacket, 55 watt headlight, 35 watt hot grips & stock tail light on my '96 SE model. It would power this load without the lights flickering at high engine RPMs. If I...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-08-2015, 05:33 PM
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Posted By porterrad
I don't think tires will be an issue if it's dry....

I don't think tires will be an issue if it's dry. Rocks will be the challenge on a Vstrom. Because a Vstrom is so low, you'll need a full coverage skid plate or you'll probably crack, bend or break...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 04-07-2015, 12:45 PM
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Posted By porterrad
This seems like a great tip that could solve...

This seems like a great tip that could solve several issues for me. Thx.
Forum: Thumpers 04-07-2015, 03:40 AM
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Posted By porterrad
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&...

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&alt=web&id=301586336254

Very nice '99SE w/ 3200 miles on eBay in Pa. Local pickup req'd. Starting bid $2200. Auction ends Sat.
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 04-01-2015, 12:14 PM
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Posted By porterrad
This may not be close enough for you, but there...

This may not be close enough for you, but there are a few 2 track forest service roads north of the James River & south of 664. National Geographic sells nice maps for about $15 that show them. You...
Forum: Thumpers 03-28-2015, 12:21 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Never had a DR650, but had a SP600 for about 5...

Never had a DR650, but had a SP600 for about 5 years. The SP was the predecessor of the DR650. It had the same basic engine design w/ a 5 speed & oil cooler.

I like to gear street bikes tall,...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2015, 09:47 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Not the same but similar. My dirt DR has 12.2"...

Not the same but similar. My dirt DR has 12.2" forks from an 87 CR. They're a little over 1" longer than the DR fork. Rather than reduce the fork height, I jacked up the rear w/ shorter dog...
Forum: Thumpers 03-24-2015, 01:26 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Another candidate for the header guard -...

Another candidate for the header guard - especially if it goes a little further forward. It wasn't easy, but I melted the inner leg on a nice pair of pants on the forward part of the header. If...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 08:47 PM
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Posted By porterrad
I got one of the last 2 Scotts swingarms from the...

I got one of the last 2 Scotts swingarms from the factory many years ago. A buddy got the other. Scotts sold them for $200 off "because they were the last ones". It was still expensive. It may...
Forum: Thumpers 03-23-2015, 08:13 PM
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Posted By porterrad
My Dad was a research engineer for Mobil & taught...

My Dad was a research engineer for Mobil & taught me a little about oil. Mobil sells synthetic & dino oil. Most synthetic oils make for easier winter starts because it's thinner (lower viscosity)...
Forum: Thumpers 03-21-2015, 06:40 AM
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Posted By porterrad
This is a stretch, but easy to fix if it's the...

This is a stretch, but easy to fix if it's the problem: too much oil in the filter can choke off airflow.
Forum: Layin' down tracks 03-21-2015, 06:27 AM
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Posted By porterrad
GPSCity was very responsive to me over email &...

GPSCity was very responsive to me over email & phone. I bought my Zumo through them in a pkg w/ 2 TPMS for a good price about 6 mos. ago. Also subsequently bought accessories thru them w/o problems.
Forum: Thumpers 03-17-2015, 09:12 AM
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Posted By porterrad
2x on that question. I've considered a 385 or...

2x on that question. I've considered a 385 or bigger. 2 of my friends built 435s years ago. One went all in w/ vortex airbox, big pipe, aftermarket silencer, big carb,... It seemed like it had...
Forum: Thumpers 03-16-2015, 05:37 AM
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Posted By porterrad
I've been using something similar. It works...

I've been using something similar. It works great. You see them on sale periodically. A friend had a hydraulic cylinder blow out on his, but I've been lucky.

A few yrs back, I bolted a pair of...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 03-16-2015, 05:12 AM
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Posted By porterrad
I can't swear what was set @ the time, but it may...

I can't swear what was set @ the time, but it may have been car pools, unpaved & highways. That's what I have set now, but I turn ferries & unpaved on/off regularly.
Forum: Thumpers 03-16-2015, 04:56 AM
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Posted By porterrad
How do you like that height? I never tried a...

How do you like that height? I never tried a screen that high.

Mine didn't have a screen when I bought it so I cut one about 3" higher than the top of the cowl & tried it. It was too noisy for...
Forum: Thumpers 03-15-2015, 08:22 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Yep- that's the one I have, but I cut the screen...

Yep- that's the one I have, but I cut the screen flush w/ the top of the fairing.
Forum: Layin' down tracks 03-14-2015, 07:37 AM
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Posted By porterrad
I tried to figure the logic that "Twisty Roads"...

I tried to figure the logic that "Twisty Roads" uses. I gave up after 20 attempts. It seems like it has a list of twisty road sections that it tries to take you to. For instance, I think the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-14-2015, 06:43 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Looks like a great find - thanks. Been looking...

Looks like a great find - thanks. Been looking for something like this for a while.
Forum: Thumpers 03-14-2015, 06:35 AM
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Posted By porterrad
The plastic headlight cover from an old model...

The plastic headlight cover from an old model (don't recall the year) DR650 bolts directly on the DRS & SE steel headlight bracket w/ no mods. The 650's cover has wings on each side parallel to the...
Forum: Thumpers 03-13-2015, 01:54 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Gas runs from the tank thru the fuel line to the...

Gas runs from the tank thru the fuel line to the carb bowl by gravity.

Can't guarantee this will work for you, but I'm 3 for 3 rotating DRS carb's fuel barbs. I used a very large adjustable...
Forum: Thumpers 03-03-2015, 04:31 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Same goes for me.

Same goes for me.
Forum: Thumpers 03-01-2015, 09:54 PM
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Posted By porterrad
On a DR that I ride mostly on the street, I've...

On a DR that I ride mostly on the street, I've been running 16/38 for years. This is on a late model DR w/ the higher numerical primary gearing. With a stock engine it will pull 70-75 mph if...
Forum: Thumpers 02-21-2015, 05:54 AM
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Posted By porterrad
The stock Dirt DRs that I've seen all had tall...

The stock Dirt DRs that I've seen all had tall seats - I think. The '98 & '99 stock DRS seats are about the same height as the Dirt seats. My stock '90 DRS seat is about 1" shorter. I'm not sure...
Forum: Thumpers 02-20-2015, 10:36 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Like you, I had a good spare CR front end sitting...

Like you, I had a good spare CR front end sitting around. However, mine was an '87. You may or may not have similar issues w/ a '78 CR., but I put '87 CR250 forks & wheel on my DR. The forks slid...
Forum: Thumpers 01-27-2015, 05:59 PM
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Posted By porterrad
I had a similar experience w/ my 1st crank repair...

I had a similar experience w/ my 1st crank repair when I turned my Hodaka's big end bearing to shrapnel in about '73. A friend had a press, mill, lathe, calipers, dial indicators,... so I took my...
Forum: Thumpers 01-25-2015, 07:58 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Look for an email from me regarding this post.

Look for an email from me regarding this post.
Forum: Thumpers 01-24-2015, 05:57 AM
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Posted By porterrad
Besides the good tips noted above, there's also...

Besides the good tips noted above, there's also the issue of axle diameter & bent swingarms.

Where the snails contact the axles, the threaded ends of my DR axles are smaller than the non-threaded...
Forum: Thumpers 01-22-2015, 09:20 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Never spoken w/ Jesse, but I've spoken to his...

Never spoken w/ Jesse, but I've spoken to his wife several times. She was also very knowledgeable & helpful.
Forum: Equipment 01-22-2015, 09:16 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Thanks for the tip. I just tried a half dozen...

Thanks for the tip. I just tried a half dozen USB cables 'til I stumbled on an old GoPro cable that allows me to record on the Virb while charging. I couldn't find a Nuvi cable to try, but my...
Forum: Equipment 01-19-2015, 06:05 PM
Replies: 3,052
Views: 280,278
Posted By porterrad
What's the right charing setup to allow charging...

What's the right charing setup to allow charging while recording video? To date, all my attempts to charge appears to disable recording. I have a USB hooked to the bike to charge occasionally while...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 10:44 PM
Replies: 31,687
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Posted By porterrad
Thanks for the ideas. I'll contact this guy & see...

Thanks for the ideas. I'll contact this guy & see if he'll count the teeth for me.
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 10:26 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Anything's possible when you're young & in love. ...

Anything's possible when you're young & in love. A girlfriend rode on the back of a Hodaka 125 w/ me for thousands of miles. We packed all our gear in trash bags & stuffed it in a milk crate tied...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 09:54 PM
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Posted By porterrad
Thanks for responding DeutschMark & MrP. You...

Thanks for responding DeutschMark & MrP. You saved me some $ & aggravation. It sounds like the potential donor DR250 may be a '93 SE manufactured in late late '92. Over the years, I've had a few...
Forum: GS Boxers 01-17-2015, 02:30 PM
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Posted By porterrad
The Zumo 590 has Virb integration, but it only...

The Zumo 590 has Virb integration, but it only turns the video on & off or takes a picture. It hasn't been very useful to me. I've found that it's easier to use the on/off switch on the Virb for...
Forum: Thumpers 01-17-2015, 10:26 AM
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Posted By porterrad
I may have found the donor engine for a wide...

I may have found the donor engine for a wide ratio trans that I'd like to put in a DR350. I may have found the right donor but I don't want to drive 200 miles & split cases only to find it's not the...
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