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  1. I don't think my problem is with the polymers. They seem to flex in just about the right way. My problem with the flexx bars is since they move in an unexpected, or more accurately, un-experienced (by me) way, I grab on tighter, and well we all know where that leads. Sixdaysoffun you mentioned that it takes away all the vibration... are you talking about the Mako 360?
  2. Any term I've come across is more or less slang, and could change depending on who you ask. I am unaware of any comprehensive source for the kind of vocabulary you're looking for. For instance, standing on the pegs could be "standing up" or "on the pegs". There is some commonly accepted lingo like a "stoppie" is a wheelie on the front wheel, a "pivot turn" is turning the bike while executing a wheelie, "backing it in" means entering a turn while sliding the rear wheel under power. What is balancing on the rear wheel? We call that a "wheelie" or a "12 o'clock" depending on how you're doing it, and again it depends on who you ask. You may be stuck with reading magazine articles, or watching youtube videos. HTH... Good luck.
  3. Thanks for the input. I was having some doubts about the flexx bars anyway. The flex part does work, and I think it helps with fatigue, which is real nice, but since they flex, and it feels for a second like I'm bending them, that kind of triggers a "death grip" response from me, and I think my arm pump is even worse. I like the idea of the flex part being in the clamps instead. I'll look into that.
  4. Has anyone ever tried them? I'm considering the threaded ones to help with the buzzyness of my TE300. Do they do anything, or are they just another way to part with my beer money? Thanks!
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    DC power for GPS

    I just bought a 'Berg TE300 and love love love it. I'm a 4T convert. I like to use an old cell phone running Avenza maps for my GPS. Not necessarily because I'm a cheapskate (which I am) but because I like a challenge. I made my own holder for it too. I used to have a WR450 that has a switched DC out under the seat. I would run that through a butchered cigarette lighter charger and I'd have my 5VDC to charge the phone. I found no such circuit on the berg, so I got creative. Next to the headlight, there is another smaller light bulb. I have no idea what this is for, so I decided to start there. If I have to cut up a circuit, it's going to be that one. Trouble was, that circuit had AC coming right from the alternator, and it varied anywhere from 5v to 30v AC open circuit, but it was hot when the engine was running, and dead when the engine was dead, so it's a start. I made a full wave rectifier out of 2n2222 diodes, and the output was DC, but when I connected that to a the input of the cigarette lighter charger, the diodes got too hot - too much current, and that little bulb was dim. I don't really care about the bulb, but I didn't want my diodes to melt. I didn't want to overload anything. So, instead of using that circuit to charge, I decided to use that circuit to switch. I ran the output of the rectifier to a board mount relay. Initially, that got too hot too, so I fumbled around and discovered using a 220 ohm resistor in that part of the circuit limited the current enough to keep the diodes cool and left enough current there to power the relay primary. So, now when the engine was running, I had a dry closure, and when the engine stopped, I had an open. SWEET. That's half the battle. I got another cigarette lighter charger because my old one had now been beaten to crap. I connected the output of my bridge into the input of the cigarette charger, and I had switched 5VDC output to charge my GPS. I mounted it all on a project board, sealed it up, wired it into the bike, and mounted it to the inside of the headlight shell and it works. I've now had it out on 3 or 4 rides, and it works like a charm.I just thought I'd share. The pic is of the gps installed, and here's a link to the circuit I made: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u7nbm4f2mukg7ek/charger.pdf?dl=0
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    Enduro Tips and Secrets?

    All the pros will tell you get good at going slow, and speed will come. Practice practice practice. Find a way to do that weak spot over and over again until you love it. Ride with a buddy who can watch and possibly record you. I struggle with confidence sometimes too; just do it. I find it hard, when I can only ride once or twice a month, to take some time and build a skill. Most of the time, I just want to screw around and do my best Cody Webb imitation. But the only way to really get to that "next level" is to stop messing around sometimes, and practice (I'm saying that for my benefit, too). Have fun out there!
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    Arm Pump and Circulation Sleeves

    It would probably be ok at the beginning of the day, but if I took it off once I got all sweaty, it wouldn't go back on I'm sure. Just one more thing to wash too... meh. I'll look for one with a zipper - thanks for the tip!
  8. Hi folks, I’m sure the topic of arm pump has been beaten to death. My question to the group is specifically related to compression sleeves like this one: https://www.amazon.com/B-Driven-Sports-Graduated-Compression-Circulation/dp/B076B38WNZ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1538705071&sr=8-1-spons&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=circulation+arm+sleeve&psc=1 Im wondering if anyone has tried something like this, and it’s helped with your arm pump? Thanks!
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    2004 WR450 Jetting

    For the record, I went up 5 on the main, 8 on the pilot and used the JD blue needle 3rd slot from top. Probably could have gone to a smaller pilot because I had to close the fuel screw to 1 turn open, but it runs almost perfectly. Good enough anyway.
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    2004 WR450 Jetting

    That's something right there. So, for anyone else reading - there is a jetting database here on TT forums, you can find all sort of jetting configurations there, at least for the WR. To answer my own question, while there is no "hard and fast" rule, for 5K feet (using jet numbers, not necessarily sizes) down 3 on the pilot, down 10 on the main, move clip up 2 on the needle, or get a leaner needle.
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    2004 WR450 Jetting

    I’m sure you mean too lean. What I’m looking for is for roughly 5000’ in elevation change, what jets to change. Such as, one step up on the main, one clip down on the needle, etc. Thanks.
  12. Hi Folks, I'm looking for advice. I live near Denver, CO, and ride my WR450 from 5K to 12K feet. My current jetting is perfect. The bike does get a little wheezy above tree line, but it runs fine, and I don't foul plugs. I have the JD jetting kit. I'm heading to Illinois, which is about 500' for a few days of riding. I've never ridden this one at that elevation. My question to the crowd is: what are your recommendations as far as jetting changes? Main? Pilot? Needle? Thanks!
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    04 WR 450 3rd gear stripped

    https://goo.gl/photos/1w2pXL85463NeriQ8 It looks like I'm done! Check out the details in the "info" section of each pic. I put the plate and lights on it today and took it out for a few test rides around town, each ride a little longer than the next. It shifts just fine through all the gears, doesn't make wierd noises, and no leaks either. I couldn't be happier. I had to rush it a bit because I'm planning on a trip with some friends to Moab, UT and Gunnison, CO in a week. My only problem so far is vibration. It seems like I have more vibration now than before. I remember that the manual didn't match the bike when it came to installing the balancer shaft, so maybe I have to look back into that. But, I'm going to call this a success.
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    Back at MX 40+

    I've had a race with RMXA (Rocky Mountain Motocross Association). They ran an AMA race in Milliken, CO a few weeks ago now. They would run all the classes for one moto, have a lunch break, and then run all the classes again for the second moto. I did ok in practise, good enough to get 9th (out of 12) for gate pick. But during the race I let the turns get under my skin and got lapped. No discredit to those who lapped me; they were good, but I was wiped. I didn't want to be "that guy" who everyone was waiting to get my old fat ass off the track so I bailed a lap early and took a DNF. I went home with my tail between my legs and feeling pretty bad. I got over my little pity party and the next weekend I was at a local practice track working on my turns, building my confidence. I used to race 20 years ago, and I'm surprised at how much I have to "re-learn". So, I'm learning how to do it again. I'll get there, I just need to work at it more!
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    04 WR 450 3rd gear stripped

    Made more progress this weekend: https://goo.gl/photos/LHxSRa3LvAxk7XwVA It took me a few days of heating and using penetrating oil on that swingarm bolt to get it out. I did booger up the end threads on it despite my best efforts to not do that. I think I can save the bolt though. Do yourselves a favor and take it out and lube it sometimes. So far, that is the worst part of this job. I'll just post the main points here, You can scroll through the album and see more info / detail pics if you like. https://goo.gl/photos/dzNCr2Ufn85EQ1aW6 There is the culprit. 3rd wheel gear and... https://goo.gl/photos/BtjCn3aX2rZhCmNWA 5th wheel gear are done. https://goo.gl/photos/ywqyaEMixmbkt6z79 Also a shift fork. If I recall correctly, I have read other posts here on TT that showed that exact failure in that exact manner. So I've ordered the repair parts from rocky mountain atv, and they'll be in tomorrow. I ordered a new swingarm bearing / bushing kit, since it looks like I've boogered that up too.