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  1. BillyinColorado

    So what's this gasket for...?

    Just installed the K&P/Scotts stainless oil filter. The dealer said it was a little taller than stock and it didn't need a gasket on the inboard side, even though the stock filters have one. Both stock and this filter have a pressure relief valve built into them on that end, so that if your oil pressure gets to high (cold oil or clogged filter), oil will force it's way through the hole in the back end of the filter and keep flowing. Presumably the theory behind this being that unfiltered oil is better than no oil. That being the case, you don't need a gasket on that side of the filter, even though the stock filter has one, which I guess is to just to push the filter against the gasket on the outboard end, which does need to be sealed. Funny, it seems like a spring would have been a better choice for that.
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    The Saga Continues...

    Sometimes bad things happen to good people and otherwise good bikes. Looks like you won the "bad lottery". Your choice now is whether you let it spoil your subsequent time or just move on. I know this is a very bad thing to you now, but believe me, there are way worse things that can happen in your life. Take care of it and move on. Good luck.
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    Regular @ $2 per gallon

    When it hits $100 a gallon, i guess I may have to cut back my riding. Then again there's a lotta dough in the kids college funds...
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    The Story of How I Got Ripped Off!

    Good story, revenge is sweet, especially when justified. So how much do the dealers make on parts, is it 40% markup from cost or what? I paid $35 recently for an old Suzuki carb needle valve and seat, that couldn't have cost more that $5 to produce. Im not against a reasonable profit, but some prices seem like downright thievery. I always wondered.
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    You gotta love Colorado

    It's the heavy wet stuff, so I'm praying it will melt. Saturday showers and 58 degrees may wash it all away. A good day to do some much needed maintenance.
  6. Looks like the new hot setup in MX at least, but I'd expect an enduro version can't be too far behind. No magic button, but 225 lbs??? That'd be sweet if its true. Interesting single cam setup too. And a little dig at the WR for hard starting, as this has auto decompression built in. Check it out at http://www.hondamotorcycle.com/insidehonda/2001-04-18/CRF450R.html In the longer run this'll make everyone keep their hardware up to be competitive, nothing but good news. I hear the price tag is $6200. Maybe I'll get on the local waiting list now... ------------------ Bill in Colo: '01 WR426F, '98 KLX300R, '01 TTR125L, '78 DR370, '74 DT360A. (My wife is a saint!) [This message has been edited by BillyinColorado (edited 05-04-2001).]
  7. Anyone out there have any personal experience with these? I'm tired of my hands going numb from vibration, and maybe this will help. Then again maybe I just have poor circulation. Any advice would be appreciated. See http://www.factoryconnection.com/triple_clamp.htm ------------------ Bill in Colo: '01 WR426F, '98 KLX300R, '01 TTR125L, '78 DR370, '74 DT360A. (My wife is a saint!)
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    Radio communications while riding

    My son and I ride up in the Rockies and sometimes it would be nice to be able to tell him to stop, turn left, etc., without having to overtake him to do hand signals. I have seen that there are some pretty pricy setups for road bikes ($250 a pop), but I 'd really like to see if there is something around $100 a piece or so. I was considering buying a couple of Motorola handheld walkie talkies and doing a science experiment to rig up a hands free setup, but before I start chopping these up I was wondering if anyone else has tried such a thing, and how well they work (or don't). Thanks! ------------------ Bill in Colo: '01 WR426F, '98 KLX300R, '01 TTR125L, '78 DR370, '74 DT360A. (My wife is a saint!)
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    TTR125L to YZ timing?

    BBR seems like a really knowledgeble outfit for the TTR, but their prices are 150% to 200% of what I'd expect to pay for the same part for other bikes. Scott's makes what looks like a decent chain guard for less money, see http://www.scottsperformance.com/indexframe.html#scotts.htm I am also looking for a decent skid plate to replace the plastic one that came with the bike, as I'm not ready to ante up $139 for the BBR model. These normally cost about $75 for other bikes I have owned. Let me know if you find other sources, as my son has a TTR125 too.
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    Bike trailers

    Not sure who makes one now, but the last trailer I had had a rail that extended up most of the tongue in the center. I was a able to get one full size and one smaller bike on it with that. Point being that if you buy a trailer with a long enough tonge you may be able to add this rail extension and fit four on. Probably won't break the bank doing it either. ------------------ Bill in Colo: '01 WR426F, '98 KLX300R, '01 TTR125L, '78 DR370, '74 DT360A. (My wife is a saint!)
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    colorado riding areas

    Went to Fay Myers today with a buddy, and picked up a brochure with some places a little east/north of here. I'd expect that they should/could be snow free. One was Watkins - 303-341-6109. Looks to be about 15 miles east. There's also some north, Erie - 303-286-1813; Thunder vally at I70 and C470 - 303-697-1003; Leahy Family Farm - 970-587-5770; Dirt Valley Riders at berthoud - 303-477-6979. I have no personal experience with any of these. However, if you find a good one, let me know. ------------------ Bill in Colo: '01 WR426F, '98 KLX300R, '01 TTR125L, '78 DR370, '74 DT360A. (My wife is a saint!)
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    Dealer satisfaction

    After getting the usual price vs. demand BS from dealers in Denver, I got a pleasant surprise from an email I sent to Davis Service Center in Montrose, Colorado. I ended up paying a few bucks less than list price (including tax and everything) on an '01 WR426 and an '01 TTR125L for my son. They delivered the bikes to my door and the dealers son gave me a detailed lesson on how to start the 426, which I never would have believed unless until he showed me. They have sent thank you's and answer any inquiries I make in a reasonable amount of time. I ended up saving at least a grand over buying in town. And I've never even been to their showroom. Sure, I have to deal with the locals for parts and service, but I'd buy from Davis and day of the week again. God I love the Internet! ------------------ Bill in Colo: '01 WR426F, '98 KLX300R, '01 TTR125L, '78 DR370, '74 DT360A. (My wife is a saint!)
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    WR426 Engine Rattle?

    Not sure if your problem is the same as mine, but I took delivery of an '01 WR426 in December. On it's maiden ride I nopticed what sounded like detonation knocking when I got on it a little hard at speed. I backed off, afraid of breaking my new machine, or at least doing something that would come back to haunt me in later (bike) life. The manual says it eats 95 or better octane, and 92 is the best they sell around here as premium at the pump. This seems to be a state by state setting, what octane is legally called premium. Then I found a place that sells 100 octane Sunoco racing gas at $2.30 a gallon. Hey, it's only money, right? Anyway, that did the trick on the detonation, knocking sound is gone. Still only have 28 miles on it, waiting for the snow to melt... ------------------ Bill in Colo: '01 WR426F, '98 KLX300R, '01 TTR125L, '78 DR370, '74 DT360A. (My wife is a saint!)
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    Microfische for older bikes

    This guy has microfiche for every bike ever made at a reasonable cost, $10 each or so. http://www.angelfire.com/fl/cyclemicrofiche/index.html I bought fiche for a '74 Yam DT360A, and a 78 DR370. Your local library (unless you live in Podunk, but even there...) has a fiche reader you can use, and some even let you print out what you see on the reader for a dime a page or so. Helps when you get tired of writing. ------------------ Bill in Colo: '01 WR426F, '98 KLX300R, '01 TTR125L, '78 DR370, '74 DT360A. (My wife is a saint!)
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    Cable Modem....WOW!

    I am ...er...uh...OK, I'm a computer nerd too! Whew! Guess I am out of the closet now. I just got the ATT @Home cable Internet access last week, very fast. I also added a Linksys 4 port firewall switch/router. Through this I can share my single cable connection with up to 4 computers, and the ISP is none the wiser. I also have improved security, as this thing makes me essentially *invisible* to the rest of the web. My kid is playing some Internet game on the same connection as I write this, with no discernable speed effect. Highly recommended. Model is at http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?prid=20&grid=5 , best price was $129 at Amazon with free shipping. Setup was fairly pain free, especially if you dig into their site to find out how to set up your particular ISP. ------------------ Bill in Colo: '01 WR426F, '98 KLX300R, '01 TTR125L, '78 DR370, '74 DT360A. (My wife is a saint!)