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  1. Moto Mike

    Quick Question KDX 220 2003 Shock Fluid?

    The bike is new to me but with stock suspension. I am going to replace springs front and rear for my weight add the Gold Valves to the front and just service the rear fluid and nitrogen. Will post up the results when I get them done early December, Mike
  2. Moto Mike

    Quick Question KDX 220 2003 Shock Fluid?

    Fine, finer, finest, fine-e-er , it all good man! Cool, I went with the oily type of Maxima shock fluid, 3wt. I have the proper spring so I think this will be a major improvement, that and the gold valves and new springs in the front. Bike was totally built by a friend and he just decided time to quit riding. My first 2t. With the shaved head, bored carb, Rad Valve, Gnarly pipe and silencer and more it is super fun. He did all the bearings and such, now I will finish up the suspension and mount a Scotts and be ready to ride. oh, and some graphics, will post pics when completed. Mike
  3. Hi all, I searched everywhere, just hoping to confirm the shock fluid/oil I need to do a change. Service manual says Bel Ray SE2 #40 but I do not see that as still available. There is also a mention of SAE 5W, and Bel Ray does make a 5w Shock Fluid. Is that the one I need? I am 220lbs and bought the heavier rear spring and picked up new fork springs and the 7wt oil as recommended by Fredette, but cannot find a current reference for shock fluid, Any help appreciated, Mike
  4. Armor up is the best advice. Boots, hard knee and elbow pads, chest protector and good helmet. I am 56 and broke a leg making a stupid pass on a slower rider on the MX track. As far as the trails, never anything more than minor cuts and bruises. I rarely go a day of riding without a tip over or get off, but if I do that at 5 or 10 mph is way different than at 25 or 35 MPH. I think it all depends on the rider, except for those wacky things. I teach the MSF street classes so I teach safety on weekends. I really think it boils down to the rider, gear and making good choices. I like to ride fast on smooth stuff and also enjoy slow on technical stuff. Would rather have a slow day of riding than none at all, Mike
  5. So changed the oil today and realized I did not replace the o ring between the filter and engine. Am I doomed to have my bike size and toss me over the handlebars? If I pull filter to replace it will all oil drain from engine and frame?.... Messy TIA Mike
  6. Moto Mike

    Fan Turn On

    I bought both the headlight and fan switches from Eddie. They are nice quality but simply came in a plastic bag, no instructions. I searched and found many places that sell Eddie's kit but none post instructions. I sent Eddie and email, hopefully hear back from him soon. I looked behind headlight and did not see any plugs that matched those on the switch. My guess is I need to tap into thermostat wires and those look like they are under the tank. Worst case I will take the tank off and chase the wires from thermostat. Would prefer to know what I am looking for first, Mike Note--cool feature on his light switch, when you shut off the headlight with his switch the high beam indicator comes on. Nice to have that reminder. The 'free power mod' also works great. My friend a Ducati mechanic did not think it would work. He was surprised when it did.
  7. Moto Mike

    Fan Turn On

    Ok, So I bought Eddie's kit but the connectors do not match the wires going to my fan. Where am I supposed to install? Behind headlight?
  8. Moto Mike

    Newbie confusion

    I loved my XR400, comfy seat, could lug it around at a snails pace, simple bike, bulletproof. At my size I "can" kickstart it but at my "age" I choose not too. If someone made a e start kit for it I would have one ASAP. DRZ400 E is an excellent choice if you do not need a plate, (maybe in your state you could). Ride it and if you just hate it what do you have to loose, a few hundred dollars when you resell it? Mike
  9. Moto Mike

    Newbie confusion

    I am 56, 6'1" 220lbs 32" inseam and live in CA. I ride a plated DRZ400SM with dirt rims/tires. I enjoy trails and single track and am an intermediate level rider. Lots of DRZ haters, but it works for me. I have an '01 E model as a guest bike. Both run great, bullet proof, very low maintenance and plenty of accessories since it is the same bike since 2001. Is the DRZ heavy, I guess but I handle it just fine. I ride in the national forests and mountains. If I were to buy another bike I would look at the small Honda or Yamaha. Try expanding your search radius. My must have's would be electric start, plated, 100 mile fuel range or ability to carry extra gas. Enough grunt to pull me up the hills. As a reference my wife has a new Yamaha Xt250, EFI dual sport. With me on it it will go anywhere I point it but suspension bottoms out and bike is small and cramped. XR400 is great, like a comfy Lazy boy recliner but kick start. Deal breaker for me. Mike
  10. Moto Mike

    looking for people to ride with in NorCal

    Just looking for another option instead of Hollister. I would also like to explore Mendocino but rather not head out to a new area solo.
  11. Moto Mike

    looking for people to ride with in NorCal

    Anyone riding Wed or Thurs this week? Looking to explore Stony or Forest Hill for the first time.
  12. Moto Mike

    Please identify this part

    Bar insert for sure.
  13. Moto Mike

    Going back to stock Exhaust?

    Go with the stock one. I changed out an MRD for stock exhaust exhaust. Minimal loss of power and tons more quiet. And since you have it the swap is free! Mike
  14. Moto Mike

    So I did this

    I have a user MRD exhaust for sale if you go that route. 96db as measured by park ranger. Quit core and spark arrestor installed.