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Old 05-08-2013, 08:30 AM   #58426
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I always attach the carb to the air box first. No air box bolts in place. Then I push the carb into the intake boot. If it goes in enough to clamp it you should be good to go. Then install the air box bolts. I can't see my kids XRL from here to confirm.
So I need to unbolt the snorkel from the airbox itself, then clamp it to the carb, then push into the intake? OK, I'll give it a shot in a few hours when I get home....... Speed-O hub thingy (to take up the slack in the front wheel spacing), front brake line, and electronics mounting platform for my trailtech light are all on their way via the Brown Truck.... I'm gonna have this thing on the road by Memorial Day or die trying!


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Old 05-08-2013, 09:01 AM   #58427
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The snorkle stays attached to the air box. You just remove the three air box mounting bolts so it can give you some slack as you press the carb into the intake.

The speedo drive unit can get a plug in to to seal it up. Or a load of sealant.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:04 AM   #58428
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Hey guys, needing some advice that might seem all over the place...

First, I nearly had a distaster wipeout on an African highway last week. I was going 100+km (60mph) and hit a massive pot hole that I did not see, as I was riding to close to a lorry (18 wheeler). at the last second I stood up in a crouch and lost it, but by the grace of God kept it up.
So my question is, is it better to stand or sit. I could hav seriously destroyed the wheel and tire on this hole and wonder if taking my body weight off the seat saved it, however, I wonder if by lightening the weight of the bike, it swerved worse than if I had stayed seated. Thoughts? Advise?

5th Gear NX Swap
I know this has been written about extensively. I just wanted to post my specific use and see if there is clear feedback about whether it's worth it for me. I have a 15/48 setup right now. I am getting ready to do 2000 miles of on/off road around Lake Victoria. On my recent highway riding, I realized how high my RPMs were and thought doing the NX gear swap would be perfect for my highway riding. Normally I don't need it as I just ride around town and prefer the extra RMPs whatever gear I'm in. But I'd like the fuel savings and cooler bike on the long ride. (I also plan to do the 2nd gear as well and maybe even a kick start if I can get a parts list, and if they are available)
Thoughts?

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Old 05-08-2013, 10:16 AM   #58429
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Whether sitting on the seat or standing on the pegs, the weight on the bike would be the same. What you change is the ability of the bike to move under you and allow you to use your legs to absorb more of the impact.
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figures...my stud was rusty I played with my nuts a little and it cranked right over
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:30 AM   #58430
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The real lesson learned is to not follow so closely to the vehicle in front of you.

The NX fifth gear would be an option to dropping the revs and having the engine run cooler. If you were to revert to the OE 15/45 gearing the OE motor doesn't have enough ommph to pull fifth. To install the fifth gear requires a complete engine tear down.
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:32 AM   #58431
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Whether sitting on the seat or standing on the pegs, the weight on the bike would be the same. What you change is the ability of the bike to move under you and allow you to use your legs to absorb more of the impact.
Right, the literal weight is all the same. But if I stand, the bike doesn't absorb all the weight, my legs absorb a lot of my body weight.

So the questions stands, which is better for a sharp, deep hole? Stand to absorb the impact, or stay seated for low center of gravity, etc.?
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:48 AM   #58432
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Rumor has it standing will actually lower the center of gravity. I would stand if any large obstruction was in my way
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:49 AM   #58433
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Right, the literal weight is all the same. But if I stand, the bike doesn't absorb all the weight, my legs absorb a lot of my body weight.

So the questions stands, which is better for a sharp, deep hole? Stand to absorb the impact, or stay seated for low center of gravity, etc.?
I would say standing is better. Absorb more impact, not get bounced off the seat.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:17 AM   #58434
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...I nearly had a distaster wipeout on an African highway last week. I was going 100+km (60mph) and hit a massive pot hole that I did not see, as I was riding to close to a lorry (18 wheeler). at the last second I stood up in a crouch and lost it, but by the grace of God kept it up.
So my question is, is it better to stand or sit. I could hav seriously destroyed the wheel and tire on this hole and wonder if taking my body weight off the seat saved it, however, I wonder if by lightening the weight of the bike, it swerved worse than if I had stayed seated...
I agree with Steve. The real lesson is not to follow any vehicle so closely. Always maintain a space cushion in every direction. If you were not following so closely, you would have seen the pothole earlier, and probably would have missed it entirely.

However, if the drop into a hole is unavoidable, I would stand. Standing does lower the center of gravity as your body weight is transferred from the saddle to the foot pegs. Also, you can use your legs and knees to absorb the shock of impact while you are standing.

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:48 AM   #58435
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BEULLER???? 2ND POST FROM PAGES BACK, REALLY NEED SOME HELP GUYS!!

Soooo, i do have the SW-Motech subrame kit. I dont wanna beat a dead horse, but what are my options? Can i still not put an aftermarket silencer on it? I was looking on fleabay, the price for a used stock silencer is almost the same as a FMF.

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Old 05-08-2013, 11:53 AM   #58436
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BEULLER???? 2ND POST FROM PAGES BACK, REALLY NEED SOME HELP GUYS!!

Soooo, i do have the SW-Motech subrame kit. I dont wanna beat a dead horse, but what are my options? Can i still not put an aftermarket silencer on it? I was looking on fleabay, the price for a used stock silencer is almost the same as a FMF.

HELP!

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Here ya go. OE pipe. $125.00 shipped

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=882859
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:26 PM   #58437
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So I finally got around to stripping the head off my (new to me) bike to find out what is making the 'clacking' sound.

Here is the camchain tensioner, does the spring look right to you as it looks like the end may have snapped off?



There are also some marks inside the head where it mounts.....



Could this be the source of the 'clacking' sound?

The other thing is the head gasket seems to be a 'triple' or is this three head gaskets together?



Sorry the photo is not too clear but it was hard to show it clearly.

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Old 05-08-2013, 12:47 PM   #58438
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I would say standing is better. Absorb more impact, not get bounced off the seat.
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So I finally got around to stripping the head off my (new to me) bike to find out what is making the 'clacking' sound.

Here is the camchain tensioner, does the spring look right to you as it looks like the end may have snapped off?



There are also some marks inside the head where it mounts.....



Could this be the source of the 'clacking' sound?

The other thing is the head gasket seems to be a 'triple' or is this three head gaskets together?



Sorry the photo is not too clear but it was hard to show it clearly.

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Old 05-08-2013, 12:56 PM   #58439
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Rumor has it standing will actually lower the center of gravity. I would stand if any large obstruction was in my way
+1 Stand up..better control too..
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:16 PM   #58440
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Here is the camchain tensioner, does the spring look right to you as it looks like the end may have snapped off? There are also some marks inside the head where it mounts.....
Could this be the source of the 'clacking' sound?

The other thing is the head gasket seems to be a 'triple' or is this three head gaskets together?

Bob.
I remember some mention of earlier models having a weak spring somewhere, though I seem to recall it being in the gearbox, and I forget the exact year but recall it was upgraded by Honda mid to late 2000's.

This, is a triple (or tripel, if you will):


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