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About jjjrickey

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  1. Pickup truck. The ultimate toy hauler up is of course the suv and large enclosed trailer, hard to beat 8 or 9 riders and their toys all in one dry rig. Yet many people need pickups for work, or just general hauling (still there is the bunch that drive them around empty as a commuter vehicle). So if you do have a pick up might as well use it, no need for a trailer unless the load truly is too big for one bed like when you have atv's or sleds. We put 3 bikes in the ranger, three riders in the cab. When the truck isn't around I hook up a 4x7 trailer to my Honda crv. The ideal pickup setup is 3 bikes in the bed, 1 on the front bumper (plow/hitch hauler mashup), and one on the back hitch hauler. Five riders in the cab with a seat to spare. Yet I never see this nice efficient setup... always a short bed and a trailer; I cant wrap my head around why anybody would not get the 8ft bed, it's a simple fact of optimizing the resource. Heck now that I think about it the trailer costs way more initially and in mpg than the 8ft bed.
  2. Mix the coolant at 50/50, a kdx shouldn't boil over, they are a relatively low hp block with an adequate cooling system. But that doesn't answer your question, I can't tell you what an ideal temp is. I can say that you should be more concerned about the pre mix oil, don't engine brake with it basically. Anyways, I personally don't see the need for a coolant temp on a liquid 2t because if it does boil over at 50/50 that is your overheating alarm. If that unlikely scenario does happen, you could coast down a hill while holding the kill switch and hold therottle open. This will air cool it from the inside out. Oil temps on an air cooled 4t are a worthwhile thing to monitor however. Congrats on the kdx! Watch out for the kips system, keep it maintained. I ride a 220 myself.
  3. Okay, but I use the rear brake mostly. And again it's an XR, you don't ride it that fast that the front brake is needed to stop in time. So I should be good on the ride tonight.
  4. Will it cause damage to ride with leaking forks? If the oil is only for suspension performance and not lubrication I figure it won't hurt any thing but the fork's response and shock absorbing ability to ride a day with no oil. Please say if this would cause damage, i don't want to unintentionally hurt my bike but it's just an xr250 and I don't care if the forks are a little sloppy. Thanks.
  5. I can't afford a pickup. (my current cars aren't exactly mind to sell, and so then what would I do with three cars?!) Besides my brother does have a ranger, and it struggles with just our two bikes in the bed so I'd get an f150, which is even more expensive.Planning to get a landscaping type trailer, the smallest one they make before you get to the harbor freight small wheeled ones is 5x7ft 400lb. I believe they have grease-able axles so I have little concern about towing it cross country. Dang I'm really torn here. I could do some work on the Volvo and use it, since it's the stronger vehicle. Then save the cr-v for the snow where it's much needed. But I really hate to turn the Volvo into a work truck because its interior is immaculate, full leather and everything, even the third row!
  6. A stock 220 (with a different piston of course) should run for 10 years on a single top end. Watch out for the kips, they can be very problematic. I love me '97 220. It has one top end an unknown time ago, starts first kick and runs great. Except for when the kips destroyed the entire clutch last season, and then puked out the side of the case.
  7. I have a kdx220. There is zero comparison between it an a kx, because the 220 has so much low end lug power. In the trails I can run it just off idle, but if you rev it up it'll still rip! A kx only wants to scream wide open, they can't slow down to hop a log or make a tight turn between two trees without stalling. At first you'll be very annoyed with the kx stalling so much, but you'll also be annoyed by the kdx when you have to pick it up. The kdx and kx make the same horsepower, but the kdx will have a lot more torque and it runs more mellow and controlled. Again, the kx only wants to scream wide open on one wheel at 11,000rpm but the kdx will be an easier ride (besides the weight for you).
  8. The 220 is one the verge of parts being hard to get. I've managed with my '97 220 but things can be hard to come by, such as the inner clutch hub (which I'm still looking for) and the pressure plate which took me 3months to find on eBay. In general it's not too bad, yet it's nothing compared to the vast parts networks for my XR250. I love my 220, it's nearly everything I want in a dirt bike and it runs with amazing tractor lugging capability. But being a 19 year old machine that I didn't pay much for; I'm constantly working on it and ordering new bolts and gaskets on eBay.
  9. Don't get an xr100 if you already have a xr80. The 100 is the same bike but with 20 more cc and a 5spd trans. Crf150 (air cooled) would be okay but I bet you'll grow out of it quick. An crf230 would be a great bike, or an xr200 if you can find a nice one. Then after those bikes you may want an entirely new dirt bike which I'd recommend a kdx or just stay the same route and get an xr250/400. I can't recommend a street bike. I'll never own one because it'd be certain death for me, I know I'd push it too hard and crash. Heck I crash my dirt bike every time I ride it.
  10. Which is the better vehicle to tow one or two dirt bike? Looking at a 4x7 400lb landscaping trailer to move my kdx220 and xr250. Basically I won't pull two bikes (and two passengers) more than 40 miles. But will take the kdx across the country at least once this summer, alone but with a lot of gear. The 1990 Volvo 240 is the stronger vehicle, rated to pull 3,300lb (but it needs engine oil coolers trailer brakes and alike to do that). I do have the manual 5spd, which is also required for the max tow rating. The downside is it's 26 years old, and has well over 200k miles (clock stopped at 180k ten years ago) on the original untouched drivetrain. It's a good car provided I get around to replacing all the odds and ends under the hood and stuff (there are quite a few little and bigger things than need attention). The 07 CRV is only rated to pull 1500lb, it's lighter and has a lot more horsepower than the Volvo but it's an automatic with close to 170k, also on a completely untouched drivetrain. Has zero problems but it's a lighter, smaller car. Or there's the third option, don't tow with either vehicle. Dad urges this option. But I have to pull something like a bike or boat at least every other week, so it gets really annoying to be borrowing other people's pickups. What do youguys think?
  11. Honda CRV? I'm not too sure about the newer ones but my 2007 has 40/20/40 folding and then they roll up to create a flat cargo space. You should consider a used 2010-12 crv. That's the last years or port fuel injection, but they still made 180hp, get great mpg and have a real transmission (no cvt junk) with lockup torque converter. My '07 has 170k miles and only new tires brakes and fluids. Plus it's amazing in snow. My friend's 07 grand Cherokee folds flat, and his trunk is quite a bit larger than the crv. New cars in general don't have good cargo. I miss the old days of removable bench seats in minivans, 3rd row wagons, and 3-wide front bench seats in sedans.
  12. Don't get a 125 two stroke. They're nearly un-rideable in the woods because you have to rev them so high to start and they int want to scream wide open, can't even cruise at a steady speed on twisty trails. The kx100 is a lot like a 125 but just smaller, still the powerband is not suited for trail riding. You'll get frustrated easily by them and it will take away from the fun of riding. You should look as a ttr125 (4t). They're quite a bit more agile than an xr80/100 and have more grunt than an xr100. I used to own a 100 and have rode a ttr. If you want more power, get a crf150f (the air cooled one) that would be a good progression from your 80. I think any of the 230s will be too big and heavy for you. Same goes with the kdx200/220. I have a 220, and it's a dream in the woods! Has so much low end grunt and still can zip if you let it rev.
  13. At a glance that lookes like a nice boat (the first pic, boat without all the wood work), they're pretty fast too! Wide open is in the area of 34kts iirc. A friend of mine has one. Do keep in mind an older boat is always going to have problems. Be prepared to bust a lot of knuckles on fiberglass and in the engine compartment. Especially the gas motors will be more temperamental than a diesel, and if you're on plane you can forget about fuel mileage.
  14. My brother has a ranger, 4cyl auto 2wd reg cab. The only thing that it beats is a minivan, beyond that the little truck just doesn't have any guts. Don't get me wrong, the ranger does the job and is perfect for up to three bikes (three fit no problem, tail gate down of course, then the three riders can squeeze in the cab. Heck, we even tow a 3500lb boat on the bumper hitch... requires full throttle to maintain 65mph with that load. But with just two bikes and two men, the ranger struggles at times to stay in OD and mpg noticeably drops compared to empty bed. Doesn't get much better than low twenties regardless. If you do get a ranger I suggest the manual trans, we also have a 5spd 3.0l ranger and that is light years ahead of the 4cyl auto. The v6 easily tows that boat, and you can't even feel a bike or two in the bed. Doesn't even make much more power, i think the other ranger's weakness is just its slush box. Definitely do not put a hitch hauler on a suv only unless it's a pickup based suv like a Tahoe or expedition. But those are big trucks, completely unnecessary if you only need to move a 300lb motorcycle. Any jeep, or decent crossover can pull a little trailer with one bike (just don't over do it and pull 3+ bikes and their riders in the car). Honda Pilot (first gen) is very reliable, makes good power, and gets decent mpg. The crv gets great mpg but can't pull much at all. I drive an 07 crv, never once been stuck the past 10yrs in buffalo winters. On that note, the ranger despite being 2wd does ok in the snow as long as you know how to drive well. The escapes are a capable suv but not much more than a crv yet they do have more power with the v6 but suspension still is inadequate for real off roading. I think the Honda will last much longer also; mine has 170k with absolutely nothing but fluids brakes and tires. Although we don't tow with it, so I wouldn't expect close to that if the car had regularly hauled my dirt bike.
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