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Old 04-30-2013, 05:47 PM   #5836
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Sorry, yes, Ride reports.
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are you sure?? Dunno why, so here ya go
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:41 AM   #5837
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Regarding new bearings...

Instead of using OEM replacement bearings, get double-sealed bearings from a bearing supply house. Some OEM bearings are sealed on just one (the outboard) side. The outboard seal keeps out water and sludge that splashes onto the outside of the hub, but if the bike is in water over the hubs, water will get into the hubs and then into the bearings from the inboard side. Double-sealed bearings have seals on both sides of the bearing.

Also, I've found that new-in-box sealed bearings have only a smidge of grease in them from the factory. That's enough to last for a time, but why not spend a couple minutes to make them last even longer?

Use a tiny screwdriver to carefully pry up and remove the seals, and then fully pack the bearings with quality waterproof grease (Bel-Ray, Mystik, etc.). Then re-install the seals.

So... replacing your old OEM bearings with new double-sealed items, and packing them with lots of waterproof grease will ensure ages of trouble-free reliability.
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:45 AM   #5838
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For XR400-specific Ride Reports, check out Posts 74, 184-5, 641, 744, 1009, 1124, 1182, 1245, 1431, 2302, 2474, 2500, 2639, 3334, 3415, 4040, 4171, 4581, 4621, 5371, and 5448 of this thread.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:48 AM   #5839
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are you sure?? Dunno why, so here ya go
Thanks. You seem like a pretty big dude, why the need to stand on something to kick the XR400? A balance thing?


Thanks Stretch, I'll get searching.


Reason I'm looking for Ride reports is because I've been toying with the idea of getting an XR400. Had an XR650R, loved the power, but my height challenged self had trouble kicking it over off road, and trouble stoping at rough points in general.
Now I have a XR250R, Love it. Same durability and reliability as the 650R, but smaller. Can kick it over standing on it, which was impossible on the 650R. But the 250r lacks power, and fear it'd struggle on road sections of trips, b/c it's whining at 50ish.
So, been toying around with the idea of the XR400. I need to sit on one to see how much of a difference in height there is though, but I feel a 400 would fair much better on a trip then a 250. Thought about going KTM, but after letting the 250 sit for 5 months, then it starting on first kick is something of XR beauty.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:19 AM   #5840
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Bound to be someone near u or a member that would let u ride one. I told a buddy yesterday my xr4 is the only bike I wouldnt sell.

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Old 05-01-2013, 01:26 PM   #5841
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I've lost count of the number of guys who saw my XR4 and then told me they wished they hadn't sold theirs. It's not The Perfect Bike (what is?), but the whole package is pretty damned good... good enough that folks lament having sold them.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:42 PM   #5842
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doing a bearing r and r on the xr4. the back hub is especially roomy inside. Does this thing get packed w grease or just a coating on axle. Thanks people.
Just coat the axle so it won't rust and seize.

A previous owner installed a Rad Hubs XR-11 rear hub, which has a grease fitting. Aside from keeping the axle from seizing, I don't see the point in using it to fill the inner cavity. The bearings are sealed on both sides, so pressurizing the inside of the hub with grease would accomplish nothing.
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Old 05-01-2013, 03:42 PM   #5843
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.... the 250r lacks power, and fear it'd struggle on road sections of trips, b/c it's whining at 50ish....
The XR4 has decent power and will comfortably cruise on the blacktop at 100KMH (stock gearing 15/45). The engine is spinning some, but not bad, maybe close to 6000 rpms from what I have read. The honda falcon 400 (engine based on the XR4) redlines at 8000rpm's
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Old 05-01-2013, 06:24 PM   #5844
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Kind of bummed. Spotted an imported 2006 XR400 on CL few days ago, and can't find it again. Think it sold

E-start and supermoto wheel set. Someone please tell me that they aren't as good as the ole' American XR400s that are kick only, and simple as can be.
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:14 PM   #5845
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Thanks. You seem like a pretty big dude, why the need to stand on something to kick the XR400? A balance thing?

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as you get older, you find that some joints dont work as well as they did when you were in your prime. Hips ache, knees hurt, ballance isn't as it use to be etc, so you look for ways to make it easier on yourself..or at least I do anyway
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:00 PM   #5846
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Kind of bummed. Spotted an imported 2006 XR400 on CL few days ago, and can't find it again. Think it sold

E-start and supermoto wheel set. Someone please tell me that they aren't as good as the ole' American XR400s that are kick only, and simple as can be.
The best thing about the XR4oo are that they share lots of neat stuff with the TRX4oo. You can add e-start plus even have reverse if you want it. I just picked up a nice older 400 off RideFreak and now just looking for the perfect donor trx, think I'm going with reverse, I can think of many places that it would come in handy.

After adding the e button it is the perfect smaller adv bike imho well maybe after a stand alone FI or 6th gear if I'm going all the way
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:10 PM   #5847
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Are there any major differences in the late 90s models and the early 2000s? Appears like they changed the plastic colors, anything else?
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:14 PM   #5848
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The carb is slightly different on the 1st or 2nd years and they used a smaller diameter kickstarter (easier to break) shaft for a few years IIRC. Also think I heard the factory exhaust is free-er flowing on the first couple of years.
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:55 AM   #5849
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The subframe isnt detachable in the early years.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:24 AM   #5850
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The subframe isnt detachable in the early years.
This is incorrect. All XR400's share the same frame and subframe, which is detachable.
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