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Old 04-24-2012, 04:22 PM   #4486
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I get about 50mpg with my stock bore/compression on street or open trails. Get a bit better than that on slow trails, and a bit worse on lots of WOT riding. Can always count on at least 40mpg unless I'm in dunes. Think my gearing is stock.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:05 PM   #4487
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.and I agree, you need to get rid of the stock 2.6 tank
I wish I had the stock 2.6 I have the A-Loop 2.0. See pics.^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:35 PM   #4488
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I have the big acerbic tank. Didn't care too much about weight because I was 280lb anyway when I got it. You don't have to fill it up all the way when you don't need the distance. It fit a little crooked at first, but it's looking better now. It comes with 2 petcocks, which was a deal maker for me. I would have had to rebuild my leaky old petcock otherwise.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:32 PM   #4489
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New Fork Springs

I've always had issues riding Michigan sand. Many members here suggested replacing the stock fork springs, and using synthetic auto trans oil. I bought the FRSP 3647 48 springs from race tech. Finally got it all done today. Thought I'd pass on some trivia from this task. It's important to have the Honda manual because there are several little tricks you need to get the forks apart and back together properly. Unfortunately, the parts from race tech did not include PCV pipe material to make necessary spacers. Wasted time on the phone with "Louie" who confirmed my suspicion I had to make spacers. The stock spring free length is 510mm...the racetech springs are 472. So it was necessary to take 2 of the 4 washers provided for each leg, and make a spacer to lengthen the new springs to the 510. 1" schedule 40 pcv can be hard to find....but I got lucky at Lowes....3/4" PCV pipe SPLICE was long enough (shortened them to 35mm) and cost $0.24 each. Frikkin ATF (needed 570 ml per leg) was $8 per quart....so I had to buy 2. Sloppy job draining oil, flushing them out with mineral spirits, and reassembling, but hopefully it'll be worth the work.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:10 PM   #4490
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Odometer/Speedometer Cable

Hey guys, I am installing a BD analog speedometer on my 400 and I need a longer cable. My Scott's steering dampener with forward tower mount forces me to mount the speedo higher than typical. 38 3/8" is the standard length and I'm thinking ~40" would work...and suggestions? The XR650R is the same length. Thanks, R.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:47 AM   #4491
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White Bros Exhaust

Guys...just took this off my 02...for sale in Fleamarket.....just sayin'
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:16 AM   #4492
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:19 AM   #4493
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Wicked Head-pipe ?

Does anyone know if a XR's only head-pipe will work with stock muffler? I was running FMF power bomb header,but is cracked. Just don't run very well with stock header. Thanks Chris
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Old 04-27-2012, 09:59 AM   #4494
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Sweet ,Like the Black.
I do to I wish I could keep that way, but I am hoping for a natural Acerbis tank and the number plates have fake carbon sticker and a bad paint job that has to go.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:08 PM   #4495
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Pardon the newbie question, but this is my first moto so I'm learning a lot of this as I go. I just put a new chain on. Is the grease that comes with it sufficient for lubrication, or is that just for packing/storage? Should I clean it off and re-oil it with my regular chain lube?
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:21 PM   #4496
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Pardon the newbie question, but this is my first moto so I'm learning a lot of this as I go. I just put a new chain on. Is the grease that comes with it sufficient for lubrication, or is that just for packing/storage? Should I clean it off and re-oil it with my regular chain lube?
Packing/storage. Clean and relube.
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:07 AM   #4497
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I've always had issues riding Michigan sand. Many members here suggested replacing the stock fork springs, and using synthetic auto trans oil. I bought the FRSP 3647 48 springs from race tech. Finally got it all done today. Thought I'd pass on some trivia from this task. It's important to have the Honda manual because there are several little tricks you need to get the forks apart and back together properly. Unfortunately, the parts from race tech did not include PCV pipe material to make necessary spacers. Wasted time on the phone with "Louie" who confirmed my suspicion I had to make spacers. The stock spring free length is 510mm...the racetech springs are 472. So it was necessary to take 2 of the 4 washers provided for each leg, and make a spacer to lengthen the new springs to the 510. 1" schedule 40 pcv can be hard to find....but I got lucky at Lowes....3/4" PCV pipe SPLICE was long enough (shortened them to 35mm) and cost $0.24 each. Frikkin ATF (needed 570 ml per leg) was $8 per quart....so I had to buy 2. Sloppy job draining oil, flushing them out with mineral spirits, and reassembling, but hopefully it'll be worth the work.

How did the forks work out??
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:54 PM   #4498
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Question to XR400 folks --> I'm looking for a bike for my nephew. He needs something stone cold reliable. My first choice of bikes of course was the XR400. I found a local 97 XR400. Price is right, ~$950. Bike looks good for a 97, obviously ridden. I haven't personally seen it, but the owner claims there is a "little" smoking. Is this something to be worried about? Can this be easily fixed? Is this a good deal given the "little" smoking?

I can do carb stuff and regular maintenance, however I've never replaced rings or pistons or the like. Just looking for input, Seemed like a decent deal to me. Thanks!
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:13 PM   #4499
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Question to XR400 folks --> I'm looking for a bike for my nephew. He needs something stone cold reliable. My first choice of bikes of course was the XR400. I found a local 97 XR400. Price is right, ~$950. Bike looks good for a 97, obviously ridden. I haven't personally seen it, but the owner claims there is a "little" smoking. Is this something to be worried about? Can this be easily fixed? Is this a good deal given the "little" smoking?

I can do carb stuff and regular maintenance, however I've never replaced rings or pistons or the like. Just looking for input, Seemed like a decent deal to me. Thanks!
The XR engine is extremely easy to wrench on. Get a Honda service manual and install a new piston, rings, and a freash set of valves and valve seals. It will run like a champ again for about $250 bux.... and an evenings worth of work.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:26 PM   #4500
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I just changed my original piston out of my 96. So chances are if you do the work now, he'll be teaching his kid how to do the next rebuild lol...
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