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Old 12-13-2009, 10:03 PM   #31
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I keep forgetting about the license plate.. I'm sure I'll remember when I finally get a ticket for it

My rule with oil changes is I take the ignition key out and put it in a toolbox drawer if there is no oil in the engine. That way when I go to start the engine but can't find the @#$%ing key I remember
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:07 PM   #32
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Speaking of my license plate... does anyone know why my 908 turned blue?

Was it really that cold?

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Old 12-13-2009, 10:28 PM   #33
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Speaking of my license plate... does anyone know why my 908 turned blue?

Was it really that cold?

Both of mine have turned blue as well! I thought it might have been the cleaner I used last time I washed it...
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:28 PM   #34
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Both of mine have turned blue as well! I thought it might have been the cleaner I used last time I washed it...
Ozone? Just looks like old rubber, maybe something about how soft they are means how porous they are to o2 and o3, i know side walls get like that if you leave it in the sun/open. Huh.

Anyway, wrenching stuff, brother complained that he "tried to start it, but it wouldnt start, then it did and a bunch of smoke came out of everywhere". I figured a dropped valve or something catastrophic. Good news bad news, good news is its probably not catastrophic as i got out of him it didnt actually make any bad noises, just lots of smoke. Bad news is i drained not-kidding-seriously two and a half gallons of fuel out of the crank case. Tearing it down to do an inspection and resealing, its due anyway. Bearings maybe, rings probably etc, im pretty jazzed he wants to help.

As far as my rides are concerned, they dont really need anything. The RD leaks a bit of trans oil out the left side of the case, the vision needs new nuts (nylock this time around) on the ignition as its slowly falling out of the tree clamp, maybe a head bearing tightening, and the TT needs... something in the top end, it burns oil like theres no tomorrow, but its kinda a beater anyway so i dont really want to drop a whole bunch of money into it.

Big winter project i guess would be the car, putting an ej22 subaru motor in it come spring time, so lots of money (more time lately, actually) into building/prepping car and engine for mating season.
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Old 12-14-2009, 12:52 AM   #35
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I have the manual cam chain tensioner on my DRZ-400. Somebody was asking. I think it a waste. The therory is that the OEM one as they adjust, they put too much tension on the chain, thus wearing it out prematurely.,Well maybe. Also the mentality on Thumpertalk is, well, somewhat less mature. I find many of the issues are mechanic issues, not bike issues. Most things I have done that were recomended, were not issues on my bike. I also have seen issues that were suppose to be a problem, weren't, until somebody messed with it. Then they blamed the bike. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" would be a better idea, especially if you don't know what you are doing. At a minimum get some expert help. Eddy is always available to help, and very willing to help.
I also have a garage, and tools like Meterpig. My garage is a mess most of the time, but I have tools, and heat. So if I'm home, and you need a place for a day or a couple hours bring it over. Might even help out a little, or provide a trailer. Just stay outa my liquor cabinet, I know how you guys are.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:47 AM   #36
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Speaking of my license plate... does anyone know why my 908 turned blue?

Was it really that cold?

If I remember right, my tires turned blue last time I was out at Pawnee...something in the soil?
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:18 AM   #37
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Wow .. that could be it. We didn't ride pawnee but we were in sandwashes up near there. Paul; is it your SE's rear tire that's turning blue?

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Old 12-14-2009, 07:54 AM   #38
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If I remember right, my tires turned blue last time I was out at Pawnee...something in the soil?

Mine turned blue as well. I had been out in light colored shale soil on my last ride and attributed it to the dirt? If someone wants to pay me and explain to my boss I will go ride for a few days down South in a different soil type and report back. Its the least I can do for science.


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I have the manual cam chain tensioner on my DRZ-400. Somebody was asking. I think it a waste. The therory is that the OEM one as they adjust, they put too much tension on the chain, thus wearing it out prematurely.,Well maybe. Also the mentality on Thumpertalk is, well, somewhat less mature.

Interesting. The chain isn't meant to last forever, I wouldn't think.. A very common question over there is about how to make the bike louder....I think that speaks to the mentality.


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"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" would be a better idea, especially if you don't know what you are doing.

No kidding. I don't know what I am doing, but I know who to talk to. I am just doing the regular stuff, valves, greasing stuff, change fluids, cables, bars, grips... that would need to be done to any bike. I am going to locktite the countersprocket too.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:38 AM   #39
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Todd: Deal!

We should discuss it over beers at Oscar Blues don't you think?
I'll call Paul this week.
OK, OB wed-fri would work for me.
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Old 12-14-2009, 05:27 PM   #40
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so im just procrastinating.. my fixing and prep for baja has been; leave advrider for a coupple mins each night and buy something for the bikes now i got a pile of shit and have to put it all together sooooooon
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:39 PM   #41
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those tires/wheels look fun!

Ha! i saw that on craigslist and thought it was too good to be true, I have the same bike in 06, but like you mentioned, I run 18/21 exclusively now. sumos are fun, but this is the wrong area for it.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:45 PM   #42
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... 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's a fairly common failure for the DRZ, mine went out mid-ride at the Swell. It sucked, ended a great day of riding early because it sounded like my engine was falling apart. I ordered the MCCT thru Thumper Talk, replaced it about a week later and was back riding.

My bike was an '01 and ridden hard. I don't know if that had anything to do with it's failure, but IMO replacing the MCCT is a good preventative move. It's cheap and easy, no reason not to do it.
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:56 PM   #43
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It's a fairly common failure for the DRZ, mine went out mid-ride at the Swell. It sucked, ended a great day of riding early because it sounded like my engine was falling apart. I ordered the MCCT thru Thumper Talk, replaced it about a week later and was back riding.

My bike was an '01 and ridden hard. I don't know if that had anything to do with it's failure, but IMO replacing the MCCT is a good preventative move. It's cheap and easy, no reason not to do it.
Suzuki supposedly upgraded the ACCT in the '04 models. I will probably get one after we recover from the holidaze and G's surgery bills. It would be a bummer to get screwed on a weekend at the swell or wherever and I would be kicking myself for not doing it.


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Ha! i saw that on craigslist and thought it was too good to be true, I have the same bike in 06, but like you mentioned, I run 18/21 exclusively now. sumos are fun, but this is the wrong area for it.
I didn't know what to expect, but I brought my trailer and cash just in case... "400 enduro" was the ad. I talked him down significantly from the asking price. Its needs a lot of TLC, but it should be fun. I'll pass on the good karma to an inmate if it doesn't make me feel like a just bit into a peppermint patty.

I was hoping to have it solid before my trip to WNC over x-mas. That is the right place for a sumo.

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Old 12-14-2009, 08:15 PM   #44
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So on the Suzuki the issue is you are breaking the actual tensioner?

Differeint discussion than the Husky then.. in our case the debate is whether the auto tensioner is causing premature chain wear
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So on the Suzuki the issue is you are breaking the actual tensioner?

Differeint discussion than the Husky then.. in our case the debate is whether the auto tensioner is causing premature chain wear
From what I have read, on the '04 and newer Z's, the ACCT puts perhaps too much tension on the chain and wears it out. Then something falls apart. Sounds similar.
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