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Ctopher86

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    Oklahoma
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    Dual Sport, DRZ400S, Adventure Riding, Sport Touring, Mountain Bike Single Track, Wrenching

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  1. Ctopher86

    Forks/front wheel bounce at high speed

    68lemans462- I am surprised no one has mentioned this yet but you may want to check how the wheel was installed on the bike. I had the same issue with a bounce at around 35-40 mph. The bike rode fine previous to me taking my wheels off earlier for a deep cleaning session so I knew that "I" had done something wrong to screw it up. So I took the wheel/tire back off the bike and put it on my balancing stand to find that there was no issue with the balance. I did some searching and ran across a video on youtube about the proper way to reattach your front wheel. Crazy as it was- I was the culprit of my bouncing problem because I failed to let the forks find their natural resting position on the axle before tightening the pinch bolts and the axle nut. The forks were pinched inward causing a slight binding issue which lead to the bounce. Basically- if your wheel checks out on the balance stand- then the problem is the installation process- Install wheel with speedometer and spacer and a marine greased axle to the forks. Push the axle through until you can see the threads on one side and the other end is nearly flush with the fork hole. Tighten the Speedometer side Fork pinch bolts and then torque down the Axle nut to the proper torque value and then tighten the Brake side Fork Pinch Bolts to the proper torque spec. Next, loosen the Speedometer side Fork Pinch Bolts and compress the front end of the bike a few times so that the forks naturally go to their normal resting space. (You may notice the speedo side fork slide left or right just a bit along the axle once the shocks are compressed or during the initial loosening of the pinch bolts). This gives the fork the chance to naturally line up to a straight and even position. After that, then tighten the speedo side Fork Pinch bolts to the proper spec. Now you have perfectly aligned Forks to go along with your balanced wheel and you should be bounce free. Once I did this- I took the bike out and my bouncing problems were gone. Hope this helps!
  2. Ctopher86

    Acerbis 3.7 on a DRZ400s

    I went with a 15 Front and 47 Rear which gives me plenty of torque for the low speed stuff and has some legs on the highway. I have found it to be the best compromise for a 50/50 ride. If I was more dirt, I would consider dropping the front to a 14T (Stock E combo 14/47). The original S 15/44 just didn't cut it on the dirt trails. I live near Fort Sill down in the South west corner of the state. We do have the Wichita Mountains in my back yard but it is all protected as a wildlife refuge. No much for riding around here.
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    Acerbis 3.7 on a DRZ400s

    No issues with horn, rad guards or fan.
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    DRZ pics, lets see your Z

    Figured I better post this under "Let's see your Z" I goofed and posted it up under "What did I do" - wrapped up a quick video of a ride up Mt Almagre. The bike performed flawlessly all the way up to near 13,000 Ft. and that was coming from 1,200. Never changed the jetting and still power wheelie at the flick of a wrist during the climb. (That could just be the Big Bore and Hotcams coupled with the CVK40 that kept the front wheel light)
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    What did you do to your DRZ400 today?

    Finally got around to doing some video work from my Colorado trip- Here is a quick 4 minute video of the ride up Mt Almagre near Colorado Springs. Crank up the Volume- The music is great. It was a great ride but the weather got real nasty the higher I went.
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    DRZ pics with the best background landscape

    Took a trip up Old Stage Coach road in Colorado Springs to find the top of Mt Almagre. Found a bunch of rain, lightning, and hail at about 12,000 ft. One good thing... never changed my jetting from my 1,200ft (flat Oklahoma) set up and I was still pulling power wheelies at 13,000 ft with the CVK-40 carb, big bore, & old school cam.. this bike is just insane.
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    DRZ pics, lets see your Z

    Loaded her up and drove her to Colorado for some Rocky Mountain Adventure. Ride reports and pictures to follow..
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    What did you do to your DRZ400 today?

    Final prep for trip to Colorado. Got the rear balanced and mounted. Never ever ever buy the Motion Pro black wheel weights... they just don't stick... after 30 minutes they started falling off the rim.... they look great but that is about it.... worthless.... As for the paintjob on the wheels... it looks better than anticipated... just had to do a few touch ups after spooning on the Tubliss and new rubber. Expect pictures of Rampart Range, Gold Camp Road and Red Cone Mt. Next week.
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    What did you do to your DRZ400 today?

    Got the front balanced and mounted. The rear now has a new wave rotor, new brakes and needs a few weights for balancing.. used Tire sealant and no leaks with the tubliss. Man that 606 looks Beefy!
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    What did you do to your DRZ400 today?

    Got the tires installed with the Tubliss system
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    What did you do to your DRZ400 today?

    McDonald's straws were just a bit too small to cover the OEM nipples... plus they looked at me funny when I grabbed a handful of them when ordering a Happy meal for my son. To get one thing straight. I don't have a Harley but I do have a super sweet 2002 BMW R1150R.
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    What did you do to your DRZ400 today?

    Fruit Salad? Those were smoothie straws to protect my spokes while painting the rims black. Black rims with blue nipples is the goal. I saw that Bulldog spokes have anodized nips in blue, and it turned out awesome on Signman606s bike.. this is my cheap man's version. A couple cans of flat black auto primer, a few cans of satin black rustoleum and the blue is a metallic blue found at Hobby Lobby for $2 bucks... few hours later and about $15 in paint. Walla! I do agree though, the colored straws would have been a little much.
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    What did you do to your DRZ400 today?

    Finished painting the stock rims. Now I am on Nipple Duty. Only 60 more nips to paint.
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    What did you do to your DRZ400 today?

    1 more coat of clear and it will be time to install the Tubliss and new shoes
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    What did you do to your DRZ400 today?

    What is better about the Scorpion Line compared to the D606? Can you be more specific?
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