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  1. crashbain

    Any luck with Smart Performance?

    Hey TT Folks - Reviving an old thread instead of starting a new one, but need to give a shout out to Dave J for above-and-beyond customer service. He made a special drive out of his way to meet me and get springs delivered in time for a Christmas suspension upgrade for my brother (hope he doesn't find this post before Christmas!). After terrible issues with his own suppliers, he did everything in his power to make sure I got the parts I needed in time for Santa Claus to come. I saw other on TT who complain about communication issues, but he totally comes through when it counts. As for the suspension fluid, I'm sold on it and just make sure I have enough around to service my stuff when I need it. Order a gallon and keep it in a cabinet out of sunlight, and you'll be fine.
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    Tiny piece of steel stuck to my drain plug

    Pro-x is also very reputable. Same as OEM in most cases
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    Tiny piece of steel stuck to my drain plug

    I highly recommend the factory service manual if you don't have one already. That, and a torque wrench
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    Tiny piece of steel stuck to my drain plug

    I just pulled my 08 YZ250 apart - had a chunk just like the one in the pic that was stuck to my drain plug - it was a chunk off the 4th gear dogs in mine... You're probably fine running it, but if you find more pieces then probably should pull it apart and put a new gear in there...
  5. I have a small trailer (42" wide x 80" long) and have three bike shoes on it - I can haul 3 bikes safely (offset the center bike) and I just use a ratcheting tie down on the rear wheel to keep them from hopping around and to help reduce bike sway. They secure the bike very well, and I have had zero issues in the 3 or 4 years I've been using them. The one thing I don't like about the design is that it puts a pretty good torsional load on the front wheel if the trailer rocks side to side so I need to be aware of that when on dirt roads. However, there is nothing easier for one-person loading. Chris
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    WR/YZ plastics

    The radiator shrouds are different. Fenders should work, but the YZ rear fender won't have the mounting points for your tail light. I just learned about the shrouds by going to an IMS 3.1 gallon tank on my '07 WR - it needs the YZ shrouds because the WR shrouds won't fit.
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    Clutch Help

    My experience says that any (*ANY*) discoloration on ANY of the steel plates means replace the entire clutch pack (plates, steels, and springs). Any shortcuts here to save a little cash will ultimately cost you more in the long run before you get the clutch to work properly. Even if the plates appear to be flat when you check them, they will warp as they heat up and cause clutch drag. As for the lever having no pressure behind it after reassembly, I 100% agree that the pressure plate is hung up - it's a pretty precise machined fit and will stay happily on top of the hub unless you make sure you get it down where it's supposed to go before tightening the springs. After you check the lever action with the push rod (as discussed making sure the ball is in there), test again after the pressure plate is on and before you put the case cover back on. You should visibly see the pressure plate move out when you pull the lever. If your bike is still all together and there's no clutch lever pressure, try putting the bike in gear and pushing it... if the pressure plate is hung up, the bike should roll with the motor off and in gear. Hope this helps. Chris
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    Which Suspension shop?

    I posted this in the Suspension forum, but I'm so happy I'm willing to endure a bit of ridicule and post this here too, especially with the question about WR suspension specifically... Here's another thumbs up for Smart Performance - I bought the kit and did my suspension myself! :-D My '07 WR250F had a horrible fork, which made the shock seem great. Knowing that Smart Performance has a longer turnaround time, I decided to get the kits from them and do the work myself. This was a great option for me, since I have good garage skills. Here's the pros/cons breakdown: Pro: Bike is way more stable, way more comfortable, and can be pushed way faster than ever before - I'm not super-picky on suspension settings, but I felt no need to adjust anything beyond the settings on the build sheet - I'll race this bike at Virginia City just like it is Pro: Kit contained everything I needed for a very reasonable price (~$460 including tax and shipping, your price may vary based on what you need) Pro: Phone support for getting questions answered - DaveJ has a genuine interest in making sure you get your job done right Con: DaveJ is super busy so it took a little while to get my parts shipped out - this just requires you to plan ahead and don't take your bike apart until you have the parts in your possession Pro: Once I had my parts, DaveJ responded to phone calls or text questions within 4 working hours - very reasonable timing IMHO End result: Would I ever do business with Smart Performance again? Heck Yeah! It was totally worth it in my book.
  9. Here's another thumbs up for Smart Performance - but I sent my suspension to myself! :-D My '07 WR250F had a horrible fork, which made the shock seem great. Knowing that Smart Performance has a longer turnaround time, I decided to get the kits from them and do the work myself. This was a great option for me, since I have good garage skills. Here's the pros/cons breakdown: Pro: Bike is way more stable, way more comfortable, and can be pushed way faster than ever before - I'm not super-picky on suspension settings, but I felt no need to adjust anything beyond the settings on the build sheet - I'll race this bike at Virginia City just like it is Pro: Kit contained everything I needed for a very reasonable price (~$460 including tax and shipping, your price may vary based on what you need) Pro: Phone support for getting questions answered - DaveJ has a genuine interest in making sure you get your job done right Con: DaveJ is super busy so it took a little while to get my parts shipped out - this just requires you to plan ahead and don't take your bike apart until you have the parts in your possession Pro: Once I had my parts, DaveJ responded to phone calls or text questions within 4 working hours - very reasonable timing IMHO End result: Would I ever do business with Smart Performance again? Heck Yeah! It was totally worth it in my book.
  10. I wear mine over my 661 pressure suit - I think it will work with one of the new TLD 5955 protectors too. Over a conventional protector? I suppose it will work if you're not a huge guy... :-)
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    Put on new plastics?

    Thanks for the offer - I'll PM you if I decide to do that... CB
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    Put on new plastics?

    as if the ding in the front rim wouldn't make you suspicious! ahaha
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    Who Changes their own Tires??

    I change my own - the WD40 trick is the best thing since beer in a can! I use a small milk crate as a changing stand because I'm cheap, but I have a buddy who uses a 20gal steel oil drum as a changing stand - the stand is the ticket in the garage! I always use the tire tools out of my trail pack to change tires - gotta make sure you know how to use them and that they'll get the job done before it's too late!!! Also, the baby powder inside the new tire helps the tube get in place easier, IMHO - just don't use too much!
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    Put on new plastics?

    Thanks, Pauly I see you're in CA - do you think a solid (albeit scuffed) plated 2001 E model would pull $2500 in CA?
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    Put on new plastics?

    I'm getting ready to sell my trusty 2001 DRZ400E (plated!) and wanted opinions here - would you put new plastics/graphics on the bike to sell it? I'm thinking I'd spend on the order of $200 by the time I got a matching DOT legal headlight - would it pull $500 more for the bike? The bike is solid, but it's seen its fair share of dirt on the shiny parts... Or, should I just clean it up and sell it "as is"?
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