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About arc2arc

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    Deep dirt and high water with a few trees thrown in for fun!
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    Filter cleaner that removes grease? (Not gas)

    You have to match the cleaner to the oil/paste/grease. Read the label on the container if you still have it hanging around. If you are using a petroleum-based product then you need to use a petroleum-based solvent. This is just like when you want to cut or thin a paint. Use water in your oil-based enamel and you have a mess. Use paint thinner in your latex and you have a mess. Read the instructions! Use similar products for both the filter oil and the rim grease or it will be very difficult to clean. Back when I used petroleum products to make the filter tacky and grease the rim I used kerosene to clean them. Carb cleaner works well too but it is on the pricey side for this type of job. Gasoline is a powerful solvent but it makes a cloud around your operation, makes an otherwise mundane job hazardous, and will contaminate where you do your cleaning ie the sewer or your septic system. Now I use No Toil on the filter so I use their detergent to clean it up. My suggestion is to replace your filter then buy a new oil and the detergent as a pair. The filtering product will have a recommendation on how best to clean. Make sure to throw away all your old product so you don't make the same mistake again. If you stick to your new regime you won't have any future problems. I use No Toil so I can clean my filter when I am at a base camp if I get in a pinch. Since it is such a messy job that is easier if you have access to hot water and a sink I always carry one or two pre-oiled filters in my toolbox.
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    What Do You Love and Hate about Today's Machines?

    In 40 years of riding I have had 1 or 2 electrical problem but lots of mixture related issues. The nice thing about computers is if they get it right once they get it right a million times. Re-jetting is so much fun when the rest of the group is sitting around waiting for you to get your sh*t together. If you live in a location where a thousand feet of elevation change is a big thing a carburetor might suffice. If your rides have you making several thousand feet of elevation difference in a day you will really enjoy what EFI can do for you. Broken wires are easy to fix as they are digital, either on or off, and a simple splice will fix the issue. Carburators are complicated and definitely not on or off with a slew of contributing factors including jet size, load, temperature, oxygen content, fuel quality etc. Mostly a bunch of stuff you can't objective;y measure when you are on the trail. Can you really decipher the color and condition of a spark plug? Do you have the time to do it repeatedly until its correct? Work hard to know your bike and understand where the wiring harnesses go and what they do. I learned that lesson after watching a KTM rep debug why my headlight that would turn off during a left-hand turn. He had it diagnosed and repaired in less than 10 minutes, beer in hand, because he knew the wiring harness which enabled him to look for the point where the wires were stretched. Just like in a good marriage its all about knowing your partner.
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    Backyard Trials Obstacles

    I would use those rocks and logs to build something that even in my wildest dreams I couldn't ride. Then I would try it every day and lick my wounds when it kicked my ass! At some point you will stumble upon a revelation as to what needs to change ( it may be you, the bike, or the terrain and all are fair game in your own private 34 acre world) for you to clean the obstacle. And from that point on the learning will continue in leaps and bounds.
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    What Do You Love and Hate about Today's Machines?

    Gotta love electronic fuel injection. I live at 7500 ft and frequently ride above 12000. On my previous WR250 with a carburetor, every ride was a compromise and the high altitude performance was often barely acceptable. Now I just climb on my EXC 500 and ride anywhere and the electronics takes care of the mixture. Same goes for the street-legal status of the EXC right out of the box. With the EXC about 1/2 the time I just ride the 20 miles of street from my house to the trailhead with no need to hook up the trailer. Saves time and gets me out more often. Modern bikes are very durable, cost-effective to maintain and while still being extremely capable. I spend more time riding and less time fussing with the bike. I perform a major maintenance in the spring and then just keep an eye on conditions for the rest of the year and address them if something gets out of whack like when I pack it in and break something. It's rare to even lose a fastener on a new bike. Oil coated air filters are still a time suck.
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    Old gear

    This is your chance to make a difference. Offer to give the equipment to someone who is just starting out! The price of gear keeps so many sitting on the sidelines and this is a segment the sport really needs to attract to stay viable. I have 3 kids and all 3 wore hand me downs for the first season or two. It was gear that was usually offered up to seal the deal on the purchase of a used trailer or bike or something else that caught my eye. If you don't know any people who are starting out, look up your local Off-Highway Vehicle Association and check to see if they have a starter program. As a last option post it on Craig's list where I have always found a slew of "buyers" for stuff when the price is free! As a last resort, I donate my items to Goodwill or Big Brothers and Sisters etc and collect the tax right-off. They are organizations that have second-hand clothing retail outlets and will usually accept clean gear. Do whatever it takes to keep the items from the landfill.
  6. If you are careful (>10 mph) you can ride many a mile on a flat. No pressure in the rear tire is a lot easier to deal with than a flat in the front as the steering gets squirrley. Next time you are getting set up to change your tires let the air out of one end or the other and go for a ride. Gain the experience in a low-risk environment. I run a tublisss system front and rear and a rear tire with a stiff desert race carcass. When I do trail work I run 2-3 PSI in the rear and 10 PSI up front to leave the least footprint and gain the most traction. Sometimes the rear will burp out the last of the air and I ride flat. If the going gets really tough on occasion I can feel the carcass collapse and let the rim bottom out. After 3 years no damage! If you keep it in first gear you can ride a long way without damage so don't get too worried about getting stranded. If you are really worried about getting stranded my first priority would be to swap out moto boots for something that is easier to walk in. All this is in a situation of 20 mile rides or so. If you are busting out 100+ mile rides carry everything you need to change a tube.
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    How did you learn to jump a dirt bike? (video)

    Hey, you gotta start somewhere! I appreciate your effort to reach out to those just starting. We all should be so thoughtful.
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    How to avoid boogered up Phillips head screws

    You might find it works top use an impact driver. Its my go to tool for fasteners while in the shop. In the field is a different story. The sharp impact breaks just about everything loose. If not pay attention to whats happening at the bit and adjust the angle by touching against a bench grinder. Support ISO standards so your kids don't suffer the same fate!. Most of the cheap Asian products are suspect as they don't adhere to common standards. I keep a partitioned drawer full of common fasteners so I can replace any suspect parts before I have a failure in the field.
  9. Look at the Posse Bike Shoe by Pit Posse Motorsports. The stand mounts to the bed of a truck or trailer, locks the front wheel into the stand with an over-center throw latch that contacts the wheel above the centerline. The over-center latch replaces the strap use on other brands of chocks. To stabilize the rear of the bike I run a single compression strap over my wheel rim and then out to the corners of the trailer. If you attach onto the frame of the bike the suspension can compress and loosen the straps when going over bumps and ruts. Be sure to run the strap through the rim at the same height as the axel as that is the shortest distance. If you place the strap higher or lower the wheel will eventual rotate and the strap will loosen. Unfortunately as of Nov 28th, 2013 the large size is out of stock.
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    Wide MX Boot

    I agree that there is a marketing opportunity hidden in the lack of riding boots in wide sizes. I have suffered for years in some Garnes to the point where I just couldn't take it any more. I moved to steel toed lineman boots and then took a heavy blow to my shin from a branch kicked up by the front tire. An 11 1/2 E in a motocross boot is what I am looking for. As anyone taken moto boots to a ski boot fitter to see if they can do any magic?