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Old 03-08-2013, 07:37 PM   #74491
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Recent issue of Dirt Rider magazine with some dual sport articles (including DR650) makes vague comments about a new and/or improved Big Block. There were no details, but maybe Kenda is learning. Kenda mountain bike tires are great.
True ... and many other Kenda tires have proved to be long wearing ...
look at the K270. Its famous. Not sure what they did wrong on the BIG BLOCK ... but it's for sure a bust for them. No Worries ... they'll be back with something better.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:04 PM   #74492
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Make sure they are. If they are too long in the head, they might hit the piston and cause all sorts of damage. If they are right, just change the tops over from your old plugs.
Unscrew the top part on the spark plug ( where u can see the threads in your pic) then the boot will fit fine... And yes it really does just simply unscrew
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:01 PM   #74493
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Make sure they are. If they are too long in the head, they might hit the piston and cause all sorts of damage. If they are right, just change the tops over from your old plugs.
grab the nipple with a vice grip and unscrew...
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:16 PM   #74494
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True... and many other Kenda tires have proved to be long wearing ...
look at the K270. Its famous. Not sure what they did wrong on the BIG BLOCK ... but it's for sure a bust for them. No Worries ... they'll be back with something better.
Double-true.

I got twice the mileage out of Kenda's K761 compared to the stock TW42.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:29 PM   #74495
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Thanks saddlsor .... replacing the slider with rollers never occurred to me. Since doing so would reuse the parts I have and replace the parts I'm missing, it could be an economical as well as maybe functionally superior solution.

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Keep an eye on the bearings though. Mine died within 3 months.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:37 PM   #74496
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Okay, since tires have come up once again, I'll go ahead and ask... has anybody here run the Kenda Big Block on the DR650? I know people like it on bigger bikes like the KTM 990 Adventure, but I'm curious if it works well/wears well on the lighter DR?

Rob
I've got a big block front and a tkc rear right now in big bend. Can't say enough about the setup, handles the sand out here really well. Can't speak to wear but it's making me smile a lot :)
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Old 03-09-2013, 01:25 AM   #74497
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:38 AM   #74498
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Looks well set up, dopra. I'd fasten down that front brake line so you don't lose it on the first bush. Are those frame protectors a manufactured item or home built? They look great and would be a good addition to my bike if you have a source.

Thx for the pics. Always a benefit of the DR....the ability to make it your own.
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Old 03-09-2013, 03:42 AM   #74499
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Looks well set up, dopra. I'd fasten down that front brake line so you don't lose it on the first bush. Are those frame protectors a manufactured item or home built? They look great and would be a good addition to my bike if you have a source.

Thx for the pics. Always a benefit of the DR....the ability to make it your own.
Yes, I will install front brake line, frame protector it is home made production, not mine.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:29 AM   #74500
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thanks

That looks fairly simple, is the trick just getting good balance on a hard surface?
Where might one find one of these?
Thank you good sir.

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Not that complicated. This will even work on the side of the road.
Alu tri pod arm.
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Old 03-09-2013, 04:32 AM   #74501
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thanks

Thanks Sarah, that looks great for the garage, is it fairly sturdy?


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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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Old 03-09-2013, 04:52 AM   #74502
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That looks fairly simple, is the trick just getting good balance on a hard surface?
Where might one find one of these?
Thank you good sir.
I bought a few of these Trail Stands from an inmate in the Vendor forums. They are very compact and at less than $30, a bargain.

They work really well for removing wheels, or lubing the chain, which is what I'm doing in the picture.

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Old 03-09-2013, 05:29 AM   #74503
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Hi - my DR is missing the horizontal "block" part of the rear chain guide (vertical plates are OK). Only a complete assembly seems to be available, either OEM plastic parts or Moose or other aluminum aftermarket guides. Cost is about the same .... any recommendations? If you have gone aftermarket and have the stock part and screws that you want to get rid of PM me.

Thanks - dman
I had one where it was removed due to being noisy at speed. When I got my newer dr, it really was. I ran full speed up and down the mountains with no chain guide and it was unnerving to hear the chain hit the swing arm.

Pro cycle and keintech sell an upgraded version.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:21 AM   #74504
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I bought a few of these Trail Stands from an inmate in the Vendor forums. They are very compact and at less than $30, a bargain.

They work really well for removing wheels, or lubing the chain, which is what I'm doing in the picture.

I see Keintech also has a "simple stand", works on the front or back. I think it's ~$30 or so.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:08 AM   #74505
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Did any of you guys weld new supports / gussets for your Dr650? I hear if oyu load up a bit of gear and go on long trips the frame (near the luggage area) is prone to cracking?
A bit of gear should be no issue. Reports of DR frame cracking are very rare from what I've seen. The 1st gen KLR650's had the bad reputation for this problem, iirc. It you're really, really going to be heavily loaded for long distances on hammeringly rough roads, you might find some inspiration here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=712386
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