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Old 03-08-2013, 05:25 PM   #74491
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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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Superbrightleds.com is where I got my replacement bulbs for my dash. They sell some regular ones for fairly cheap, or for a little bit more, you can get the high output ones. I've used those on cars and bikes a decent amount.
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:45 PM   #74492
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Superbrightleds.com is where I got my replacement bulbs for my dash. They sell some regular ones for fairly cheap, or for a little bit more, you can get the high output ones. I've used those on cars and bikes a decent amount.

Cool, these look ideal.

http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...-12vdc-led/55/
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:19 PM   #74493
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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?
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:28 PM   #74494
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Thanks for the responses.

I emailed Rick at Cogent earlier today. Haven't heard back yet, but that is my first option if it is economical.

2nd option will be procycles 1" lowering links.

My seat is staying. Russell Day Long rocks.
I know most will think it an abomonation but I like it, narrow enough up front for standing but plenty wide for long days.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:29 PM   #74495
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Hey guys, just put in new sparks plugs. They are the ngk cr10eix, which I thought were a direct replacement but the head on this spark plug won't mate with the spark plug wires. Are these the wrong plugs?
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.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:40 PM   #74496
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every Big Block owner I talked to said no way would they would ever use that tire again.
the said the grip was on par with others, but the mileage is a joke, even on lighter bikes.
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.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:43 PM   #74497
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have you seen this? maybe it will give you some idea's.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=667646
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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Old 03-08-2013, 08:34 PM   #74498
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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?
Not generally true. Hundreds of DR owners have over loaded their DR's and done rough ON and OFF road riding. Most make it through no problem.

A few have cracked ... but mostly in extreme cases like Jammin Jay (see Ride Reports)

The Suzuki is strongest among most of it's 650 Dual Sport competition .. including: KLR, XR650L, XT600/660, BMW F650 and KTM 640.
Welding up some Gussets and supports is not a bad idea .. but you will have to be riding on very knarly tracks with a very heavy load to break the stock sub frame on the DR.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:37 PM   #74499
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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, 09:04 PM   #74500
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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, 11:01 PM   #74501
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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, 11:16 PM   #74502
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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 03-09-2013, 12:29 AM   #74503
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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.

-dman
Keep an eye on the bearings though. Mine died within 3 months.
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Old 03-09-2013, 12:37 AM   #74504
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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, 02:25 AM   #74505
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