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William1 last won the day on January 27 2017

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  1. Yes. I do it with every bike I buy. Let all the air out of the tire Loosen one spoke, push the nipple in just enough to let the spoke come out. Apply Anti-seize Reinstall the nipple, tighten the spoke. Do the next spoke. Refill the tire with air. Clean up
  2. The energy absorbent material in the helment degrades over time. It is a material very similar to Styrofoam. It shrinks, becomes harder/solid and no longer is capable of meeting the standard to what it was certified to. Most helmets have a shelf life of ten years if not worn and five if worn. Once if work and the shell is at all damaged or the rider hit hard.
  3. Yupper. I cut old inner tube, contact adhesive to the inside of my metal skid plate where it contacts the frame. Some complain of reflected noise. You can put sound deadener in it or just high temp foam.
  4. No, it only helps with sudden throttle opening. I would do nothing until you know what is in the carb now. Do not jump to conclusions without knowledge.
  5. Depends on the intended use. If you are going to glide over tree trunks, only ride in sand or run MX only want to protect the bottom from roost, then plastic is the way to go. But if you slam into rocks, you might want to go sturdier. I've already replaced the alloy skid plate on my woods bike once and the steel ones on my truck twice! My SM bike, the OEM plate has nary a scratch.
  6. I use Tech 3's. Had them for 8+ years. I am a casual rider, at worst is a few multi day DS rides and I do not drag my feet through boulder fields. My boots are cleaned after each event/ride. They are still in excellent shape. Now I have friends who leave their boots outside, they fill with rain and they wonder why they get funky. Like everything, longevity often correlates to care.
  7. +100. I'd never actually use it. There may be a collector though I'd not try to sell it to some knowledgeable person. That is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Me? I'd take a sawzall and cut it in half and throw it out.
  8. A teaspoon full at most per tank during aggressive riding. The EPA would be all over bike manufacturers if any amount of consequence leaked out. The drains on my Wr250F are always dry. The 'hose loop', while it makes sense on the surface,, s only delaying the inevitable. Once fuel is in the loop, it stays until more fuel enters and eventually, it will drip out. It will not get sucked back in. If you get fuel in that hose, you need to repair what is wrong.
  9. Not identical. YZ carbs do not have the ACV. So backfiring pops will increase. If you use a YZ carb, swap the needle jet as well.
  10. Realize as you ride, fuel sloshes around in the carb. Fuel may seep down the fuel screw opening due to the broken section being above the rubber seal. I am suie it would not leak when the bike was sitting still.
  11. Most of these race bikes do not run well below 4,000 rpm. Happy at 7,000 and gleeful at 10,000. Exactly what jetting is in the bike now? It is impossible to suggest a change without kn owing this first.
  12. While the carb will still work fine, it is going to leak fuel. Not much you can do about it. I'd worry about what other parts the PO broke due to being ham fisted.
  13. A tank of 87 while not a good thing shopuld nto trash your engine. Ideally, drain it and refill. No need to do anything with the spark plug. If the bike is not running right and you just got it, I'd be suspect of any 'unique' repairs done to make the bike sellable. I'd do a leak down test and check the valve clearences (might check the shims in it as well.)
  14. Years back when I lived in NJ, most of my friends worked in the defense industry. NJ is big on guidance systems. A few of my pals were electronics experts. They told me all wires that were terminated into a pin/connector was crimped only and soldering forbidden. That holds true for all the wiring harnesses on commercial aviation, to the best of my knowledge. I crimp AND solder. I back flow the solder up into the insulation 1/4" or so. It is a completely fail safe connection. The weak point of the wire is not at the connector. I will say, I do not own a high end crimper and do not make 1,000's of crimps a week. It is a skill to make them perfect. One girl I know was a real brainiac. PhD. Expert solderer. Her connections were a thing of beauty. Though her home soldering station cost many $1,000's of dollars and that was 20+ years ago. The point being that for the 'average William', soldering makes the best connection we are capable of.
  15. 99.999% of the viewers do not notice or look for it, they are too engrossed in the total experience. Think about, how much real life time does the average person go through with a background music soundtrack playing to their every waking moment? Only two movies really got it right. Bullit and LeMans.