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  1. MTDRZ

    Metal shavings in oil

    look like aluminum but some larger chunks stuck to magnetic plug...... combination of both?
  2. MTDRZ

    Metal shavings in oil

    I'm only posting because I am having trouble searching inside DRZ forum. I found some similar postings but cant find exactly what I'm looking for. I rode my 2005 E to work the other day. Was on Interstate when bike seemed to be losing power. Almost like it was running out of gas but when I let off throttle, the bike seemed to be carrying a ton of drag from in the motor. I pulled off, bike was idling but not well. I shut down. I restarted but motor was extremely labored (even turned over unusually very slow). No knocking or unusual noises...... I shut down again and figured I fried it. Today I got a chance to look at it. Figured I'd be at least doing a top end. I attempted to start to see if motor was totally locked up....... it started up like usual and idled as normal. Purred like a walrus. A bit confused, I shut down and pulled the plug to see if there were shavings in the motor oil. Yep. Plenty of them. (Oil level was fine) Am I missing something? Is my next step to pull the head and see what I've got going on? Unknown miles (no odometer) Well taken care of but Tons of Hours Yes, if I have to do top end I'll do BB No, this isn't an opportunity to do a BB stroker for me..... I'll part out before I go that route $$$
  3. MTDRZ

    race tech springs

    If that's the case, I guess I wasn't that far off. Thanks for the reply.
  4. MTDRZ

    race tech springs

    I took a few hours and measured EVERYTHING that is on the excel spreadsheet that is off of Racetech's site. I came up with 11mm. That seemed like alot to me. If you get ambitious and do the same, let me know what you get (provided you still start with stock springs in your fork..... 'cause it does matter in calculating new preload according to their site). Here is a link to their preload FAQ page. http://www.racetech.com/page/title/Fk%20Preload%20-%20Relaxed%20and%20Actual They have the work sheet download right on it. Your new springs will be a touch shorter than stock. I think I may just stuff 2 of their spacers in which will ensure I don't get slop in the spring on top out, make rebound and compression adjustments, and ride it.
  5. MTDRZ

    race tech springs

    So i've been fighting with race tech's site for the correct amount of preload on my 05e fork. I'm sure some one out there has installed these springs and knows the correct amt of preload for a spring rate of .52. They toss you a handfull of spacers, but the numbers I'm comming up with for preload are whack. Can someone save me some time?
  6. year two on Shorai..... I let mine live inside for the cold Montana winter. No tender. Worked strong after 5 to 6 months of sitting.
  7. MTDRZ

    How to remove fuel screw

    I just had the same issue on fcr 39. I did not take carb out as recommended. If I was to do it again (pull the float bowl to drill out for R&D) I would STRONGLY recommend just pulling the carb completely out. Loosing a little o-ring and a washer off of the fuel screw will ruin your day. Good thing R&D comes with a new ones. As the saying goes....."take ten minutes to save an hour". It will be worth your time.