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  1. genR8r

    Your job

    Software dev, at least that's what my boss thinks I thought this topic seemed familiar: http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/210894-what-are-the-jobs-of-us-fellow-drz-owners/
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    Checking Valve Clearances

    I usually just hang around looking for good information, not getting involved in the chit-chat, but damn ballisticexchris, you need to learn when to just keep quiet. It's as much a virtue as knowing when to share good information. On the beta and heat note, I instantly, from the first ride on my Beta 400 RR noticed how hot it gets. The fan was kicking in a lot and I could feel the heat. I flushed the radiators and refilled with a known good quality coolant and it did help, but there's no denying it's the hottest running Thumper I've had, or currently own, and I currently own 3 other bikes to compare with.
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    Beta cross reference?

    Does anyone know of a compatible throttle cable for a 2012 400 RR? Two weeks ago on a trip it frayed badly and I used a cable repair kit which is holding up just fine but I'd like to replace it ASAP. I've been having a hard time getting Beta spares in good time from the importer, that's why I'm looking for non-beta compatibles.
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    Beta cross reference?

    I replaced my 2012 400RR clutch yesterday, took the plates to a local big bike shop and we matched the steel plates to the YZ250 '88-'04 and the friction plates to the KTM 250/300/380 2t '94-'12. The only thing we couldn't match was the inner most friction plate with the bigger ID. Installed it, and it's all good!
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    Checking Valve Clearances

    That's good to hear. I basically have access to whatever size shim hotcams make, the local KTM dealer even let's me take a bunch and return the ones I didn't use before paying. Thanks again.
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    Checking Valve Clearances

    Firstly, sorry for spamming the thread, but google is very sparse on model specific hits and Thumpertalk is the best place to ask. Right, so it looked off only after I removed the cct, didn't realise the chain had moved... Very rookie. Inlet shims, went down from 255 to 245... still zero clearance. Shop had just closed so I'll go get smaller ones on Monday. How many more sizes can I go down to get spec, before I have to do vales? I'm gonna try 235,if that doesn't do it, I'll take off the head.
  7. Oi, so a while ago I started playing with fairings on my E. I started with a formed perspex wind shield, which was okay, but didn't do what I wanted it to and I wasn't crazy about the look. I started making prototype out of craft cardboard and it looked pretty good so I bought a dustbin, cut off the bottom and top, slit it all the way down and flattened it best I could. Then I traced the paper prototype onto the plastic, cut it out, bent it with a heat gun and mounted it with 2 screws on each side. This was pretty cool and was meant as a first working prototype which I would improve on. After a few week, I thought I knew what changes to make so kept it on the bike but stuck cardboard to the areas I wanted to change and cut them as i saw fit. This then served as a new template, which I traced to cardboard (so I can reuse it), and made a new fairing. I added sealing foam strips between the fairing and my light plastics to do away with some wind noise, and left a few millimetre gap at the bottom for water to drain out. Instead if screws, I used gutter bolts to hold the fairing. I also made two tiny brackets that extend to my top triple tree's top bolts for more stability at speeds. I took it for a ride and was very pleased with it so I thought I'd share, see the attached pics. Next, I'd like to make a dash behind it.
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    Dakar-ish fairing - Results

    Wow, nice job there! I obviously had the thoughts of going all out on it, but I drew the line on money and time it's worth to me. You have a very nice setup though!
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    Checking Valve Clearances

    Before removing the bolt, I had the motor at what I believed to be TDC by means of observing the cam lobes and using a nylon ziptie through the plug hole to ensure I'm on the compression stroke. I then removed the bolt and the divot was almost lined up, half of it was showing so I had to turn the motor the slightest to line it up. Only after that did I remove the CCT. I'll go double check everything, thanks for your opinions.
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    Checking Valve Clearances

    This is the first time I ever look at those cams, bike is new to me, so I can't say.
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    Checking Valve Clearances

    In the crank case, there's a bolt you remove, then remove a fat washer, turn your motor to TDC, and a notch in the flywheel appears through the hole you took the bolt out of. So I did that, screwed the bolt in, and that's how I observe the cams being off-timed. I hope I'm making sense?
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    What did you BUY for your DRZ today

    Aah, just one of those that you have to pounce on! As much as I admit that there are better/faster/lighter bikes out there, nothing gives me the peace of mind and comfort that a DRZ does. Yeah it's mild and mellow, but it's a great everyday bike and it's dragged my ass through everything I've ever thrown at it.
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    Dakar-ish fairing - Results

    Thanks! I always try go for simple and effective. Currently, at 115km/h - 70mph, which is my open road cruising speed, it just hits the bottom of my helmet, just under the chin which is perfect for me. At every speed it offers some protection, and does a great deal to keep roost off your chest. In windy conditions, the wind buffeting is more noticeable on the handles bars though, but still acceptable.
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    Checking Valve Clearances

    Hey guys, I'm calling on your opinion again. So last night, in prep for a reshim, I pulled off the valve cover, set the motor to TDC and screwed in the bolt in the case to keep it there. From what I can observe, the cams seem to be in the right position as can be seen in the first attachment, but the lines on the cams (which are very very faint) don't line up. I made red lines where the markings are and you can see it doesn't line up. What do you guys make of this, is the timing off? Thanks
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    What did you BUY for your DRZ today

    Thanks Wayne! I've been drooling over them since I got into dirt bikes, but never considered one because of the poor dealer network here (and price) but since we now have two local dealers, I got to test ride the 350... and here we are
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    What did you BUY for your DRZ today

    I bough for my two DRZ's a friend to keep 'em company. A 2012 Beta 400 RR, with many bells and whistles (the full FMF and radiator braces being my favourite) I really love the bike, it's got plenty of grunt and the 6th gear allows for very composed road going speeds, it almost makes the 6th gear ommission on the DRZ unforgivable. It's a lot lower than my E and more nimble, loves tights turns on the trail and jumps over the slightest obstacle with just a blip of the throttle. That said, I still love my E and SM!
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    What did you BUY for your DRZ today

    Motostrano have a great selection, but man they took a looong ass time to ship my stuff and messed it up slightly, despite my multiple mails to ensure they send the right stuff. Waited around 2 months if I remember correctly (shipped to South Africa). If I have a choice, I'd buy from Wheeling, then Rocky Mountain, then Thumpertalk. Unfortunately shipping is about 50% more shipping from Nevada as opposed to shipping from Wheeling.EDIT: Seems like I replied to the wrong post, sorry, it's a bit tricky navigating with the tapatalk app.
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    Checking Valve Clearances

    The 400's valve cover was a bitch to remove anyways, I can't imagine it being worse! How many hours have you done since you shimmed from zero and have you since checked if they moved?
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    Checking Valve Clearances

    Hey guys, I'm new to the Beta RR, but not new to wrenching on thumpers. Regarding changing shims, I know I need to remove the CCT to slack up the cam chain so I can lift the cam, and that's better done at TDC. Now I know there's a bolt that you can remove, then remove the washer and then screw it back in to keep it at TDC, now my question, do I need to dump the oil first? It just seems that if I remove that bolt, oil will piss out. The service manual instructs you right in the beginning to drain fluids before working on the motor, so it doesn't specify if it's needed for this procedure. Thanks in advance. EDIT: Never mind, I loosened it slowly and realized that hardly any oil will come out.
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    Checking Valve Clearances

    I don't see a reply to your question, mind informing me how your head and valves did after reshimming from zero clearance? Unfortunately I'm in the same boat with my newly acquired 400RR; exhaust in spec but intakes are tighter than my smallest gauge which is 0.05mm. It has a bit of trouble cold starting.
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    What did you do to your Beta today ?

    Aah! Looked him up, nope not his bike, he's from up country, I bought this one from the original owner in the Midlands. Any idea why Bob ditched the Italian redhead?
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    What did you do to your Beta today ?

    No idea who Bob is, is he your uncle maybe?
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    What did you do to your Beta today ?

    What I did to my Beta was buy her 2012 400 RR, 5000km. Came with some nice farkles; full FMF system, fan, carbon fiber fork guards and engine case guards, front and rear disc protection, radiator guards, Hyde bash plate and swing arm guards, Cycra hand guards and rim tape, 2014 front fender and a box full of new road gear. She's a bit scratched up but the new plastics and sticker kit is on the way, along with some other bits. Rode her home (200km) and then had a blast the next day. So far I'm impressed, except that I couldn't live with the stock bend beta bars and the suspension settings were waaay off stock. We'll get more acquainted this weekend with stock suspension settings and new bars.
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    NEW ACT TRANS QUESTION ABOUT DRZ

    And another thread turns into an Eddie thread... Search the DRZ forum for the ACT WR gears, there are some members that are using them and have posted their report on them. I'm tempted to have them installed on my E.
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    Riding Alone

    I often ride alone, as I don't always enjoy company. Besides, one of the reasons for getting away on the bike for a few days is to get away from people. I always have a backpack with tools and first aid, but beef up my tool supply for longer journeys. Always: Multi tool with allen keys, phillips and flat screw driver Pliers Shifting wrench Select sockets and ratchet Select open ended wrenches Duct tape Cable ties A length of safety wire Steel epoxy Tyre weld Air pump Tow rope Emergency cable repair kit First aid with foil blanket Cell phone Sigarette lighter TP (very important!) Longer trips: All the above Tyre irons Patch kit Chain breaker A length of chain and 2 master links GPS with spare batteries Solar charger for cell phone A few energy bars and peanuts 3lt of water Cash All of the daily tools easily fit into a backpack with space to spare, and for the extended trips I stuff the heavier tools in my Giant Loop bag. All the tools are also smaller lighter weight tools made for carrying around. Besides the above, my bikes are well maintained and I use heavy duty enduro tubes. I've used my tools more to help others and have yet to use most of my tools, but peace of mind allows me to enjoy my ride more. Oh... And I always have a leatherman rebar in my pocket.
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