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  1. A lot of people like to use Bel Ray waterproof grease for the swing arm bearings, it's also a very good idea to clean up that bolt with WD40 or something like that to get it nice and new looking. Finally it's a good idea to use an anti seize compound on it as well to stop it from corroding in the future and bonding to the aluminum.
  2. Pretty much what Plushpuppy said and to add just let the bike work underneith you, don't try to fight what the bike wants to while you're looking ahead, and pick target points in the rut for the line and keep your eyes there until you approach it closely and then pick another point ahead of that one. Just go with the flow of the bike and look ahead making target points
  3. Hour meters are a good thing to have if you want to base maintenance schedules off of hours instead of miles.
  4. Best. Seat cover. Ever. Great bike man!
  5. Start at the pilot circuit which includes the pilot jet and air screw. When you first have to start the bike, does it need the choke? If it doesn't then you're running rich. If it pops a lot on deceleration that's a lean condition. But I would definitely start with the air screw/pilot jet to get it just right and go from there. Pilot = 0 - 1/4 throttle Needle = 1/4 - 3/4 throttle (This includes the clip position and taper, but only worry about the clip, the lower the clip on the needle the richer it will be) Main = 3/4 - WFO
  6. Sounds like it's lean on the pilot circuit, might want to start there. What are the mods on the bike and the jets, as well as your elevation?
  7. When you take the bearing out of your wheel, just take the bearing to a machine shop and they should be able to tell you right away from the manufacturing numbers on the bearing itself.
  8. Hmm... go to see it in person and look for ways in which you can talk the buyer down in price, such as the swing arm bolt, listening to the engine for piston slap or knocking, checking the frame over for cracks or bends, and so on. Also, a lot of the unseen issues can come out when test riding a bike, especially things like the clutch, transmission, brakes, etc.
  9. Hmmmm. . . full choke on in order to run means it's a lean condition of some kind, check for air leaks. Make sure the carb is seated in all the way, make sure it's an air tight seal with the intake manifold and the airboot, and make sure you reassembled the carb correctly. 42 pilot sounds just about right, in California (1000ft above sea level with the stock carb + gordon mods) I would run a 45 pilot, which was perfect. Oh, make sure your fuel screw isn't in all the way (try to start around 2 full turns out), and make sure you have the choke correct, with the lever all the way up it's on full choke, with the level all the way down it's no choke.
  10. It's not possible because on the "older" generation frame the swingarm bolt doesn't go through the engine. Older meaning pre-'96. One the 96 and new frame/engine the swingarm passes through both the frame and engine.
  11. I think it's time to replace it. I haven't ever heard of that happening either, but I like stating the obvious.
  12. The subframe definitely seems off, if you look at the last picture from the gas cap and draw a straight line down through the middle of the rear tire you see the frame is a bit off to the left and the rear fender/back of the seat don't point the direction they should. I don't know, could just be me.
  13. A clutch holder to remove the clutch to get to the chain at the base, and a side cover gasket, some oil, and a manual if you don't already have one.
  14. To give you an idea why I think you should change it asap, think about your carburator jets as "vacuums" as in the physics of the air going over the holes in the venturi cause suction of gas which then vaporizes. Now think about a wet shop vacuum that sucks up water. There is a difference between the suction power of that vacuum the closer it is to the water you're trying to suck up. So at 2" above the water, 1" abover the water and in the water affect dramatically how much water the wet vac will pick up. That's why adjusting your float is so important, but also why the length of the jet is also important. It's not JUST the hole that the amount of gas is going through, it's also the level of gas in the float bowl. So I would say replace it asap before riding it again.
  15. What also works is just loosen your tripple clamps top and bottom just a little, then push down on your bars and it should make your wheele nice and straight again. Then just tighten your tripple clamps back to spec.