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Old 12-13-2009, 11:24 AM   #1
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The Rockies Winter Wrenching Thread.

A BIKE RELATED WINTER THREAD!

A thread to post details / ask questions about "wrenching on our rides" among our local inmates.

Sure we have a garage forum, but this thread can be useful locally...

For example if I see someone mention they are getting ready to change their cam chain, I might offer to come help.
Or perhaps if one needs to borrow a tool or the like?
I know I sure appreciated Shearboy and Invisible Dave coming over to lend me a hand the first time I did my valves on the Husky and the R90.

Also.. I find that reading about what others are up to inspires me to get off my arse and out to the garage to get working on my To Do list.

So... what are you up to wrenching wise?

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Old 12-13-2009, 11:29 AM   #2
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Installed my Oregon 300's GPS mount on the Lynx fairing today



While I was at it I installed the new "large size" Lynx windscreen. I'll post some pics of it up and down as I've been asked lots of questions about it.

Old shield is the tinted one in foreground laying on top of the new clear shield. Holes are lined up so you can compare size difference:


Shield down:


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I'm going to try and get out for a ride on Thursday to test it out
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:31 AM   #3
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No pics. But I've been prepping the 950 and Tami's XT for an upcoming 18 or so days in Baja. New brakes all around, brake disc on the 950 rear, shock rebuild on the 950, chain and sprockets on both, spokes on the XT, valve adjusts, re-jet, new Highway Dirt Bikes handgaurds, tires, not to mention lot's of little things, like locktite on everything. I've been busy.
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:46 AM   #4
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What did your "shock rebuild" encompass Duke? I think my 610's shock is needing some TLC...
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:47 AM   #5
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Doing all the thumper talk fixes. I swear those guys must have a market interest in locktite.


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Old 12-13-2009, 11:49 AM   #6
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What did your "shock rebuild" encompass Duke? I think my 610's shock is needing some TLC...

Well, I sent that to Morgan at Highland Cycles, so I don't know all the details. I don't know anything about shocks anyway. I do know that the damping "piston" was siezed, and that the top shock bushing was beat to death/wallowed out. They rebuilt it and revalved it... it still isn't on the bike yet, so I haven't tried it, but I'll bet it's an improvement to the hardtail/pogo stick hybrid I've been riding.
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:56 AM   #7
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I've been cleaning up the rust on my XR250's wheels. Went most of the way through without any troubles but a few of the nipples are completely frozen to the spoke. When I go to loosen the nipple the entire spoke turns with it. Any tips on how to free them up? I put some PB blaster on them a few days ago to see if it'd free them up but no luck so far. Hoping I don't have to cut them off....If I do have to though, is there any way to just buy a few spokes instead of a whole set?
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:01 PM   #8
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My wheels are really beat up. Lots of loose spokes, not straight, etc.

I'm trying to decide if I have "that much patience" or if I should just drop the coin and drop them off at Woody's.

Anybody know what Woody charges for a "wheel tuneup"?
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:03 PM   #9
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Doing all the thumper talk fixes. I swear those guys must have a market interest in locktite.


those tires/wheels look fun!
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:15 PM   #10
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those tires/wheels look fun!
I hope so. I have seen a lot of guys with dual sport tires front and back. I am not sure what I will do with it. I picked it up for about what a set of sumo wheels/tires goes for.

Speaking of cam chains. Does anyone know how important the Manual Cam Chain Tensioner is for an '05? The dudes at ThumperTalk remind me of parrots that drink DRZ kool-aid.

It would be fun to ride one that got the whole works from Sisneros Speed Works. He cranks them up to 50 something HP.
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:35 PM   #11
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My wheels are really beat up. Lots of loose spokes, not straight, etc.

I'm trying to decide if I have "that much patience" or if I should just drop the coin and drop them off at Woody's.

Anybody know what Woody charges for a "wheel tuneup"?
Not sure what a tuneup runs but Woody's shop does some amazing things.
I just got a spare set of GSA wheels from them for a really good price, including rotors. The front is within 0.010" of full true.

Nice to have TKCs on one set and Tourances on the other.
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:43 PM   #12
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Does anyone know how important the Manual Cam Chain Tensioner is for an '05?
We have the "manual vs. auto" chain tensioner discussion in the TE610 threads too...

I assume the engineers who designed the engine know far more about how to adjust my cam chain than I do... so I use the factory auto-tensioner
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:06 PM   #13
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Dry Erase Board

I've always kept notes in the shop manual for each motor in the household.

But when I fixed up this shop I got a dry erase board and mounted it right above my desk. I list each motor (chainsaws and lawnmowers as well) and what is on the to do list. Keeps me a little ahead of the game.
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:17 PM   #14
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but Woody's shop does some amazing things.

That's what I'd do, Ed. Have them lace up a nice stout wheel w/ some beefy spokes, and stop worrying about that part of the bike for a while. Whenever I've given the XR a once over, the rear wheel has been fine.
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Old 12-13-2009, 01:24 PM   #15
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That's what I'd do, Ed. Have them lace up a nice stout wheel w/ some beefy spokes, and stop worrying about that part of the bike for a while. Whenever I've given the XR a once over, the rear wheel has been fine.

That's on the list for me someday too. My front wheel on the 950 is more of an octagon.
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