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Old 08-25-2009, 03:19 AM   #796
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Hex screw at bottom of 2004 Dakar fork leg

I 'accidently' undid this screw when I was changing my fork oil and reversing progressive springs (so tightly wound coils up, rather than down) , and then it wouldnt screw back up tight, it just kept turning!!!

When I sat on the bike and pushed down on the forks, I got my wife to tighten it up which it would then do.

Is this safe?

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Old 08-25-2009, 03:52 AM   #797
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I 'accidently' undid this screw when I was changing my fork oil and reversing progressive springs (so tightly wound coils up, rather than down) , and then it wouldnt screw back up tight, it just kept turning!!!

When I sat on the bike and pushed down on the forks, I got my wife to tighten it up which it would then do.

Is this safe?

Thanx in advance
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So long as it torqued up properly, it's safe.

That fastener should be torqued to 20 Nm, or just a hair under 15 ft lbs.
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Old 08-25-2009, 04:18 AM   #798
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So long as it torqued up properly, it's safe.

That fastener should be torqued to 20 Nm, or just a hair under 15 ft lbs.
Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2009, 06:09 AM   #799
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I 'accidently' undid this screw when I was changing my fork oil and reversing progressive springs (so tightly wound coils up, rather than down) , and then it wouldnt screw back up tight, it just kept turning!!!

When I sat on the bike and pushed down on the forks, I got my wife to tighten it up which it would then do.

Is this safe?

Thanx in advance
Fizz
Just did my fork seals yesterday. I've learned to hate those damn bolts.

You may want to keep an eye on those seals since they use a crush washer that is supposed to be changed each time. I doubt they would leak but it would suck to find it later.
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Old 08-25-2009, 09:11 AM   #800
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Thanks - I am glad someone saw my petition for information......... I put in 10 more lbs. (now at 35 lbs.) last week and I noticed a little less road noise and the bike seemed to handle a little better. Plus I felt more comfortable with some more air in them - get them closer to Conti specs.

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Guess your post got buried.... I run mine at 32- -35 lbs. At 25 lbs you will dent your front rim if you hit a rock. Heavier bikes need a bit more air pressure.

Great all around tires.

I've gone with Dunlop D 606s lately for more bite off-road.
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:30 AM   #801
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What year is your Dakar

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I installed this IMS folding shift lever and it fit (picked a 2004 XR250R):

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ift-Lever.aspx

And I've heard of people using this Moose one instead:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ift-Lever.aspx
I like the looks of the IMS folding lever and i was wondering what year dakar you put it on? I have a 2001, not sure if that spec was ever changed.
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:39 AM   #802
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Thanks - I am glad someone saw my petition for information......... I put in 10 more lbs. (now at 35 lbs.) last week and I noticed a little less road noise and the bike seemed to handle a little better. Plus I felt more comfortable with some more air in them - get them closer to Conti specs.
Whats 35lbs in PSI?

Are you putting the same pressure in front and back tires?

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Old 08-26-2009, 04:01 AM   #803
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Whats 35lbs in PSI?

Are you putting the same pressure in front and back tires?

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I will ask her good self, she knows all about PRESSURE

it is .24 PSI
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:51 AM   #804
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I will ask her good self, she knows all about PRESSURE

it is .24 PSI

35 lbs in USA usually means 35 lbs/square inch in our lame non-metric way
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Old 08-26-2009, 07:24 AM   #805
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what the helmet said.......

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35 lbs in USA usually means 35 lbs/square inch in our lame non-metric way
exactly -


and yes I am running the front same as the rear (35psi)............
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Old 08-26-2009, 09:03 AM   #806
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question for the Dakar group -

Anyone retrofitted the black plastic upper mudguard extension from say a '03 to a '06 Dakar beak? The beaks are different but wondering how difficult it is to make it work and does it look good?
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Old 08-26-2009, 05:59 PM   #807
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Mine is a 2006.. I don't think it matters but not totally sure.

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I like the looks of the IMS folding lever and i was wondering what year dakar you put it on? I have a 2001, not sure if that spec was ever changed.
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:20 AM   #808
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Vibration question...

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Did you ever find out what was the reason or cause for the vibration? My Dakar vibrates more at the 3500-4500 range. And it vibrates more on the seat area and not as much on the pegs and handlebars.
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Sorry for the slow reply. The rear shock has "had it" and I'm waiting on new Olhin to arrive, due sometime this month. Have changed the rear tire - new Scorpion to match the front the bike came with. Once shock fitted I'll post the result. Seems a bit smoother or I'm getting more used to it - haven't ridden my wifes GS for a while so nothing to compare with. Have found any cure? Cheers
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:19 AM   #809
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Sorry for the slow reply. The rear shock has "had it" and I'm waiting on new Olhin to arrive, due sometime this month. Have changed the rear tire - new Scorpion to match the front the bike came with. Once shock fitted I'll post the result. Seems a bit smoother or I'm getting more used to it - haven't ridden my wifes GS for a while so nothing to compare with. Have found any cure? Cheers
One thing to check is the bolts that attach the front "engine shell" (the piece that goes in front of the engine between the frame below the steering head and the lower subframe). On my bike, those bolts were loose. I was getting quite a bit of vibration, and some noises while going over bumps. Torqued the bolts to spec, no more noises.
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:21 AM   #810
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Dakar vs regular 650.

Curious how the Dakar compares to the regular F650GS in off-road conditions. How much more ground clearance do you get on the Dakar? Are there any other differences other than suspension? (When did BMW stop making the Dakar model? '06?).
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