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About Dragon67

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    Husband, Dad, mostly chief mechanic with my son learning to wrench as he rides. My primary interest is safety; mostly helmet safety. You have to cut through the marketing BS to make an informed decision, but invest in making an informed decision. As for politics on TS? That is less important than helmet safety, much less being a good Dad. :)

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  1. If you have been wrenching for years, as I have, I would imagine your approach makes sense to you. That said, there is no substitute for a torque wrench for saving time and getting the job done right. Harbor freight wrenches have served me well over the years. No failures and no stripped threads on any car, truck or bike. Key places for torque wrenches are triple clamps, cam caps, engine covers, axle clamps, frame bolts, and the list goes on. They are really pretty necessary in the MX world. I couldn't imagine not using one. Especially since good ones like Pittsburgh are available for low prices. Recalibration? Nope. Just recycle. The feel part does come into play when common sense overcomes what the tool is doing. Most examples I know of where people got in trouble with torque wrenches were misinterpreting inch pounds as foot pounds, or trying to work with too big a wrench at below it's lowest setting, or the opposite. Know what it would cost you to check your common sense? Very little. Once you get in the habit of using a torque wrench, it's hard to go back.
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    HELP! Bikes Stolen at Ironman GNCC

    I hate thieves. Good luck.
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    There is a nut that goes on the stem between the rim and the tube. It needs to stay there. Did you leave it on? As others have pointed out, the nut on the outside of the rim needs to be loose. Also make sure you are using the correct size rim lock. They are not expensive.
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    I need help with motocross boots

    Welcome to TT. Your question will probably be moved to General Dirt Bike Discussion in General Dirt Bike Forums. What brand of boots do you have?
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    1997 yz 80

    If you could describe the leak it might be helpful. Did you torque the cylinder and head nuts to spec with a torque wrench and in the correct sequence? That's important. The studs are available on Rocky Mountain for $6 each, if you want to order an exact one, which I would. The leak could be coming from the cylinder or it could be coming from the hose. If from the cylinder and it was torqued to spec, the cylinder head might be slightly warped, which isn't hard to fix, or a new gasket might do the trick. Congratulations on getting the bike running.
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    Picking the right helmet

    True, depending on what you perceive its job to be. Some helmets make great decorations or halloween accessories. Uhhhhh . . . no. The best one is a good one that fits right. There is a difference. That's true, of course. I will add that you can't judge a helmet's safety by the sticker on the back, but you know that. Helmet manufacturers are good marketers. The fact is, any single density EPS lid is equally bad, regardless of the price. There is no safety feature of a helmet that can compensate for a single density EPS liner. It is out of date and terrible. We agree on your last sentence. That new tech does make all the meaningful difference. I completely agree. Excellent high end choices. The 6D is on sale in lots of online places for $500 on close out. Having wrecked several of them with zero concussions for my boy, his bud, or me . . . I am pretty passionate about all the new concussion reducing technology. The layers of foam and elastomer and slip seams and channels between the shell and the comfy liner that cradles your head is the most important safety consideration of a helmet. If it is one layer of EPS foam, you are wearing 50 year old technology wrapped in a pretty shell with lots of vents and stuff. And, paying way to much for it. Even if it fits perfectly, it sucks.
  7. It makes sense to wear the most comfortable brace for you. If you have a thoracic strut, it is meant to keep the brace in place. It will snap in a crash well before it hurts your spine. You have lots of choices, all of them better than no brace.
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    1997 yz 80

    BushPig is completely wrong, as usual. (he knows I am kidding) We haven't seen a picture of the cylinder. They usually clean up nice with green Scotch Brite and WD-40. Some lateral movement on the crank is fine (back and forth only) there is a spec for that. The color doesn't bother me. Can you try to clean up the cylinder and send us a pic? You may get away with just a new piston and rings. If not, I agree with BushPig, send it out for plating. I used US Chrome a few times. No complaints. With this bike (or any dirt bike) buy a manual and do the work yourself. Avoid shops unless you know the people. Even then, avoid shops. Make sure your suspension is up to spec and take great care to dial it in for your kids. A bad suspension setup is really dangerous. Also, use torque wrenches on your fasteners. Buy your kid good gear and don't skimp on the helmet. Plenty of good helmets out there that won't break the bank, but no helmet with single density EPS is anywhere near "good" regardless of what certification sticker it has on it. I think I was where you are about 5 years ago. Very exciting! Involve your kids in the wrenching. They will remember it forever. Best of luck and keep asking questions.
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    Leatt Customer Service

    Great post. Glad to see they are still keeping the faith.
  10. Spencer was just kidding. This is Town Square. Stick around for a while and you'll understand. You picked a great bike to start with. Just make sure to equip yourself properly with good gear. You will find Thumpertalk to be very informative, but there is a general dirt bike topic that is less political. There are also excellent machine specific forums where you can find lots of help about your specific bike. Welcome to TT
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    HJC RPHA-X Tempest Helmet

    The Shiva is smaller and lighter. It weighs 1050 grams. The Prana is 200 grams heavier. I believe it was initially intended to be a high speed bicycle helmet, but the fact that it is DOT certified with a cool EPS system (which is worth reading about) means it's fine for MX. The Shiva is about $500. I would consider an ATR-1 on sale (for the same price) or look into a Bell Moto 9 FLEX (the FLEX part is important) for $650 as options. The Flex has some pretty cool EPS technology, too. Oh, and the Kali Prana, which some members here have claimed to be very comfortable, and which has the same very cool EPS system as the Shiva, goes for around $300. It's a little heavier than the Shiva, but lighter on the wallet.
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    HJC RPHA-X Tempest Helmet

    Now let's hope you never need to use it for its intended purpose, but if you do, you have a righteous lid there. We all want that brilliant brain of yours to stay safe.
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    HJC RPHA-X Tempest Helmet

    Glad to hear Mr. Bling! That Kali Shiva is a work of art with a one-of-a-kind EPS system. I never tried one on, but they have a good rep for comfy lids. Let us know how it feels.
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    HJC RPHA-X Tempest Helmet

    I think so, too. Hope you keep on posting, and if you ever disagree with me, say so. That's how I learn.