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Old 05-15-2012, 10:18 AM   #64336
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Did you already have it out or did it fall out? Just wondering because had all I could do to even get mine out at all?

I replaced both of them but I don't remember what the thread pitch and length was. I was going to get stainless to help prevent rust but I changed my mind because I was afraid of the dissimilar metal issue.
Since I put the FMF complete system on they keep coming loose. Damn things have to be tightened every ride. Aggravating to say the least. I guess I'll just pull the other one out and take it up with me. My head temp is getting really high now and I think the expansion and contraction are making them loose. More tools to carry. :loll

Oh yes it fell out on the freeway last night. Sounded cool for the rest of the ride, but pretty loud.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:36 AM   #64337
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. Also does anyone know of thread locker that can withstand the heat of the exhaust?

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The typical Loctite blue that we all seem to use, either #242 or the 243, loses half it's holding strength when temps hit 212 Fahrenheit. They will still hold, but as temps get even hotter, like around 300 plus degrees the strength is down to about 45 percent of its original strength. Still not bad though.
The Loctite #272 is high temp threadlocker, about 450 degrees F, but requires heat and hand tools for removal, similar to red thread lock.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:38 AM   #64338
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Since I put the FMF complete system on they keep coming loose. Damn things have to be tightened every ride. Aggravating to say the least. I guess I'll just pull the other one out and take it up with me. My head temp is getting really high now and I think the expansion and contraction are making them loose. More tools to carry. :loll

Oh yes it fell out on the freeway last night. Sounded cool for the rest of the ride, but pretty loud.
When I put my FMF full on, I replace the hardware with stainless and got a longer hanger bolt so I could add a nylon locknut on the back side. Holds very tight now, not going anywhere.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:40 AM   #64339
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Wait are we talking about the bolts that hold the headpipe to the head? Or the headpipe to the midpipe. I was thinking he meant the header bolts.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:42 AM   #64340
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Wait are we talking about the bolts that hold the headpipe to the head? Or the headpipe to the midpipe. I was thinking he meant the header bolts.
Ohhhh, I was off then. I guess I wasn't sure. Lol. Never had a bolt back out of a header before. I guess some high temp Loctite like the 272 wouldn't be a bad idea in there.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:43 AM   #64341
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LOL yeah maybe I misread his post though. Not sure.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:49 AM   #64342
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LOL yeah maybe I misread his post though. Not sure.
The head bolts is what I meant. Should have been more clear. Sorry I'll try the blue lock tight to start.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:10 AM   #64343
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Swap tanks?

Does anyone want to trade their stock black tank for my stock ('07) blue tank in ex condition?

(Does this belong in the Flea Market?)
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:30 AM   #64344
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Here is a link to DR650 on an adventure tour.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=556240



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Blokes,

I would like to do some adventure touring. Would the DR650 do the job??

As nothing is perfect, where does the DR have problems?

Thanks in advance.......

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Old 05-15-2012, 11:37 AM   #64345
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Does anyone know the torque value for the magneto cover cap? I don't see it listed in the manual. They list it for the timing inspection (TDC) plug (16.5 ft/lb) but not the magneto cap. I wonder if over-tightening this cap is the reason a lot of people strip them trying to remove them.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:56 AM   #64346
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Does anyone know the torque value for the magneto cover cap? I don't see it listed in the manual. They list it for the timing inspection (TDC) plug (16.5 ft/lb) but not the magneto cap. I wonder if over-tightening this cap is the reason a lot of people strip them trying to remove them.
Crank cover cap (it's gotta be the magneto cover cap) is listed as 16.5 ft lbs. same as the Inspection plug. I had no problem getting mine off and also torquing it properly without buggering it. But I replaced it with the Yoshimura one anyway. I liked the 17mm hex head and the look better.
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Old 05-15-2012, 11:57 AM   #64347
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The head bolts is what I meant. Should have been more clear. Sorry I'll try the blue lock tight to start.
8 x 1.25..........
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:01 PM   #64348
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Wierd, where did you find that in the manual? I can't find it. I just replaced my crank cap and TDC plug with the Zeta set. Also replaced the oil filler cap with the Zeta unit. I got all three for around $35 shipped. They are flashy though , I went with red. Should gave gotten black or something.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:05 PM   #64349
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Blokes,
After a some of runs down some reasonable dirt roads I have reached a couple of conclusions.
1) I enjoyed the bush and the wilderness soo much I have deceided that I could get used to this off road lark.
2) After dropping it a couple of times, I have decieded that my ducati multistrada 1200S is waaay to purdy and expensive to fix to take off road.

I have come to the conclusion that i need another bike. I was thinking of getting a DR650 as I hear that they are cheap to buy, simple, cheap to service and run.

I would like to do some adventure touring. Would the DR650 do the job?? what should I be looking for in a second hand one?
As nothing is perfect, where does the DR have problems?
Thanks in advance.......
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For doing truly long haul touring there is not any better bike out there.
The KLR comes close, KTM's, Husky's, and BMW's are nice, but not as reliable or simple as the DR650.

Start reading the ride reports below to see the DR650 in action, on the road, around the world. All these reports feature the DR650 in a starring role. Some excellent reports ... some of the best on ADV Rider. There are more out there, these are my favorites:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=556240
Jammin Jay, now in Africa

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=729296
Troy's Ride Report from S. America

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=627428
Airborne Andy's Ride Report ... A good one! South America.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=673764
Big Al's epic report! Mex, Cent. Am, South America.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=582578
Jedimaster ... some of the best Photos on ADV Rider!
North and South America

See Adam's (Jedimaster) comments below. He just sold his DR650 with 75,000 miles on it. Airborne Andy's has about 80,000 miles. Miles, not Kms!! Pretty much sums up the DR650 as an Adventure Tourer. The below borrowed from last page of Adam's report:

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There's a good reason you haven't found much written about problems with Rosie (DR650's in general) and that's because she's been so bloody solid and reliable!
I had to replace the steering head bearings in Mexico buy as I said in my blog, that was my own fault for setting them a little too tight when I left Boston. In Santiago, Chile I had the opportunity to check and re-grease them and so I took it. When I opened u the headstock they were perfect, didn't even need greasing. The workshop I was using was closing for a four day holiday and I hastily re-assembled them, once again slightly over tightening them. They soon failed.

All bikes have their Achilles Heel's. The DR's seems to me to be rear wheel bearings (not bad as problems go) I've replaced three sets.


When I was riding my Beemer I met a lot of people riding DR's who ask me what problems I'd had. They got a 20 minute reply. When I asked them the same question some said rear wheel bearings, others said "Mmmm...nothing".


If DR650's were available in the UK I'm sure I'd have left home on one originally.


There's no such thing as the 'best' adventure travel bike which is why nobody makes one, but when it comes to price, versatility, reliability and simplicity nothing comes close to the DR650...in my opinion.


Colorado huh? You don't need me to tell you what a great part of the world you live in eh?


There was a time when I could only dream about travel. If you want it enough you'll find a way to make it happen. I talked about it for 15years then one day the planets aligned and it was time to go.


Cheers


Adam


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Old 05-15-2012, 12:13 PM   #64350
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Put them in, no problems. Pull them out, sore hands. Put them back in.

More of a difference on bars with solid mounts to the top clamp.
What bars are you using? Using some sort of Bark Buster? Have you eliminated the rubber dampers on the stock set up? Why?

"Sore hands"? Or numb hands? Relax your grip on the bars.
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