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Old 03-08-2013, 10:54 AM   #74491
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T63?
They look similar to the TR8 (have seen my friends T63), but have not used.
Are the T63 really produced in China now? This explains the lower price for a Michelin. The TR8 says right on the side made in Japan and the quality shows.
Correction! Not T66 ... but T63 as you say! (Sorry!)
My T63's are made in Czech Republic ... I bought them two years ago.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:36 AM   #74492
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Your advice goes in line with my thinking. I'm planning to do a month of Baja in June. I have planned on using the Big Block front tire with a Shinko 244 rear. That way I will have a knobby front for stablity in sand or dirt and a rear for mileage on pavement. Have made the Shinko 244's my standard tire for the DR650. Inexpensive, good mileage wear. I get about 10K miles out of a set on the road.

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other reports have said the same thing. Big Block rear mileage is very poor.

Next time consider a mullet - knobby front & less aggressive rear.
you'll get long life f&r and still great dirt performance.

options are many but include:
IRC tr-8 front & Shinko 244 rear - expect 4-5k on rear
TCK80 / MT-21 front & K60 /Mefo Explorer rear. - expect 7-9k on rear

a high mileage, lower cost (vrs k60 /mefo) & often passed over rear is this:
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Rear-Tire.aspx
you could match this will a Shinko 244 front if you do alot of paved and easy dirt.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:50 AM   #74493
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I lay down a cinder block on either side, just behind the front wheel, with a piece of 2x8 across them.

I can place my feet on the cinder blocks to pull up the sag of the suspension enough to move the bike forward so the frame rests on the 2x8.

If you lowered your DR650, find some variation of it.

I can't remember if I then placed some weight on the rear of the seat to counter-weight it.


This one is going on the fridge!!
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:53 AM   #74494
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Anyone here spoke their own front 17 or 19" front wheel?



Now I have a cracked stock 21" front on my DR. Thinkin about how to best end up with a 19 and a 21. Buy a stock front wheel and run it as is and lace up a 19 rim seems about easiest.

Where do you guys source spokes??
still wondering. any here spoke their own?
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:57 AM   #74495
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This one is going on the fridge!!
Can I get one made of my white one?? Purple frame please.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:08 PM   #74496
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:13 PM   #74497
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This one is going on the fridge!!
Bastages!



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still wondering. any here spoke their own?
I've spoked / built two mountain bike wheels in my time. There's theory behind building any wheel with spokes, so looking up some how-to on building a good bicycle wheel will go a long way toward understanding the building of a motorcycle wheel I'd think.

The one wheel I built is stronger than jsut about any wheel I could ever have bought, but the second wheel I messed up the spoke length by just a few millimeters, and while it's still serving me, I know it isn't comparable to the first wheel I built. Nonetheless, when you change rims to anything other than the same part number that came stock, the spoke length is critical, and usually will change.

http://sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:30 PM   #74498
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Kind of a noob when it comes to the DR, and I'm trying to get the bike on some kind of stand to take off the front wheel....any recommendations?


I also use a car jack and tie straps to my garage ceiling to stabilize the bike, what are folks using without a center stand to put the bike up on to change wheels?

Thanks!
Not that complicated. This will even work on the side of the road.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:47 PM   #74499
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Lowering links for a big guy.

With my luggage I am around 300#

I'm 5'10 which I know is tall enough to handle the stock height of the bike which in the tall setting is supposed to be 34.8 inches.

After a cogent shock rebuild, a custom seat and a DR350 rear 18" wheel my seat height is a hair over 37" I'd like to get it closer to stock height without losing my farkles.

I see some lowering links from Procycle, Moose etc. Most seem to be aluminum.

Do you think aluminum links would hold my fat ass? Hitting the entire TAT in a few months and I would be more confident on a lower bike, but don't want to get into a jam because a part didn't hold up.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:57 PM   #74500
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Back to El Monstro, but with Problems

Hi folks, been about a year since I was here, since I've been and still am recovering from the broken ankle.

Well, decided to take El Monstro out for basically the first ride in a year, although a fellow inmate rode her back to my house in November and said she ran fine.

So I start her up, it's 90+ degrees so no choke. started up super rough and belching all sorts of shit out of his ass. won't stay running without the throttle cracked even though I got the engine up to operating temp by holding the throttle open. tried raising the idle speed to max and that will barely keep 'em running.

it's also blowing all sorts of smoke which it never did before, even on the ride m buddy did in november.

so, thoughts and advice from the collective genius?
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:06 PM   #74501
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Correction! Not T66 ... but T63 as you say! (Sorry!)
My T63's are made in Czech Republic ... I bought them two years ago.
Michelin is a global company. I have used rear T63s made in Czecho and Thailand. They may also be made in Spain and elsewhere.

The Czecho ones last about 50% longer than the Thai ones, but the Czecho ones also come with the variable Mitas quality control, so some are terrific, and some have knobs peel off and stuff. I quite like them up back, but not enough knob on the front for me.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:26 PM   #74502
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I've got a Vapor with the LED dash and the light are nearly impossible to see. Is there any solution for this, do I need to add a diode?

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Old 03-08-2013, 02:27 PM   #74503
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We use this transmission jack from Harbor Freight:

http://www.harborfreight.com/450-lb-...ack-39178.html

Raise it just a tad to let the bike sit level or go on up to get one or both wheels off the ground. Use a 1/2" drive ratchet to crank it.

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Kind of a noob when it comes to the DR, and I'm trying to get the bike on some kind of stand to take off the front wheel....any recommendations?


I also use a car jack and tie straps to my garage ceiling to stabilize the bike, what are folks using without a center stand to put the bike up on to change wheels?

Thanks!
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:30 PM   #74504
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Hi folks, been about a year since I was here, since I've been and still am recovering from the broken ankle.

Well, decided to take El Monstro out for basically the first ride in a year, although a fellow inmate rode her back to my house in November and said she ran fine.

So I start her up, it's 90+ degrees so no choke. started up super rough and belching all sorts of shit out of his ass. won't stay running without the throttle cracked even though I got the engine up to operating temp by holding the throttle open. tried raising the idle speed to max and that will barely keep 'em running.

it's also blowing all sorts of smoke which it never did before, even on the ride m buddy did in november.

so, thoughts and advice from the collective genius?
Welcome back T

First, get rid of any fuel that was in the bike when you put it away. Put SeaFoam or StarTron in the new fuel.
Next get a new pilot jet. Don't waste your time trying to save the $4 by attempting to clean the old one.

Lastly service the air cleaner.

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Old 03-08-2013, 02:55 PM   #74505
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Do you think aluminum links would hold my fat ass?
The stock links are aluminum.
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