LTJ

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  1. By chance did you align the forks properly when installing the front wheel? If the forks are out of parallelism, they will bind. Found that one out the hard way years ago on my RM250. It had the worst feeling front suspension until I realized the forks were binding up because they weren't aligned. The manual explains the proper sequence on how to align the forks. Basically you need to tighten the axle clamps on one side of the wheel, bounce the forks up and down so it finds its alignment, then tighten the other axle clamp. Also, what front tire pressure are you running?
  2. I believe so
  3. Hmm, I thought the bike was super plush stock, too plush. To the point I bottomed it over g-outs pretty easily. I weigh approximately 200 lbs without gear, or 220 lbs with gear. I contacted Slavens and he recommended to go +2 on spring rates front and rear. I did that and am happy now. Still super plush on the slow speed single track whoops we have here in northern CA, but doesn't blow through the stroke when I hit a jump or g-out. Maybe with your weight you are riding deeper into the dampening curve? Bones Bacon at pro circuit says stiffer springs will ride plusher if you are heavier then than the stock spring rates because you are deeper into the dampening because the dampening is function of stroke (unless it's the speed sensitive suspension like SSS KYB's).
  4. Finally got a chance to properly ride my 17 500 EXC with the vortex installed on map 1 (reeds removed), runs fantastic! The dreaded cough and die is gone (I had Euro map with exhaust screen removed, reeds in). Still smooth in the lower rpms for single track, then really honks and goes at upper rpms. Also sprung the bike for my weight (220 lbs with gear, 200 without), so +2 on spring rates front and back and it's so much better. Still super plush in the single track, but doesn't blow through the travel when I hit a g-out. Still not motocross stiff, but I don't want that.
  5. I pulled my reeds, I didn’t install the tube, I don’t think it’s needed. Intake velocity does create low pressure relative to the outside air, but I doubt it’s enough to collapse the boot. It’s a solution to a non existant problem. My transmission does the same thing. Gets better with time.
  6. Tires!!! I've heard good things about Shinkos, and they are cheap! Sninko 505 cheater in the rear, mx216 in the front. Uses the same molds as Golden Tire at half the price. I'm buying a set when I install my tubliss system. Stock tires suck, but worth ~$100 on craigslist and that will almost buy a set of Shinkos.
  7. Seat Concepts usually has great reviews. Friends run them and love them, but I have yet to try one. I did do a Guts Racking comfort seat foam and cover on my old 99 yz400 and loved it, much cheaper than buying a hole seat. Just invested in a harbor freight air stapler and it came out real nice. Super comfy.
  8. I have 14/50 gearing. I like it for dirt.
  9. Just installed a Vortex on my 17 500 exc. Haven't had a chance to ride it yet, but just sitting in the garage reving it, it already feels like a totally different beast. The throttle response is amazing. Can't wait to ride it.. Also pulled the reeds out. Definitely more intake honk. I was on the fence about pulling them or not. Jeff Slavens left his in because he likes a quieter bike. I decided to pull them because I don't like the idea of chunks of reed valve going through my motor. I want this bike to last, may be my last one.
  10. I sold mine with 120 hrs on it for $4300. It was in great shape and had lots of aftermarket stuff on it (rekluse, jet kit, all the armor, etc..). I really loved the bike, but wanted a plated bike so got the 2017 500 EXC. The 2008 450 XCRW has a great motor. Only issue I had to replace the cam chain tensioner because it started to get noisy. Never had the oil transfer problem like lots of people have had. I was religious about not over filling the crankcase. I recall the manual said the motor side oil capacity was 700 cc's, but that was a misprint in the manual. I suspect lots of people (not all of course, there was an issue with oil seal not being pressed in correctly) followed the manual and overfilled their crankcase side and popped out the oil seal and caused the oil transfer problem. When I took the bike home from the dealer I purchased it from, sure as shit it was over full. When changing the motor oil, I never could get more than 450 cc's drained out of the crankside. Great bike otherwise, never needed a valve adjustment. I never had the cam decomp issue, or oil pump issue, etc. Of course I didn't have a ton of hours on my bike either when I sold it.
  11. Get a 13 counter shaft sprocket also (cheap) so you can gear it down if you need to. That way you have both options assuming the chain will work with both the 13 and 14 counter shaft sprocket (it should).
  12. 14 x 50 works for me on single track. When doing DS rides, it would be nice to have a little bit more taller gearing, maybe a 14 x 48.
  13. Rokform has a nice mounting system although it's a bit pricey. I use it on my mountain bike and street bike. It uses a magnet to lock the phone firmly on to the mount and it's really secure, except when the magnet decides to pop out of the phone case and attach itself to something metallic on my workbench. I had that happen to me while riding a downhill park and didn't realize the magnet was missing and the phone flew off when I crashed and got dented. Sucked. So be sure the magnet is in place! It fits into a rubber injected molded piece in the phone case. Otherwise, it's pretty nice. However, I went with the Montana for my dirt bike because it is very rugged and cheaper than an iphone!!! And when the cradle is powered, the display is on all the time. Something that was really annoying when I was using my phone as a GPS. https://www.amazon.com/Rokform-Motorcycle-Machined-Aluminum-Magnetic/dp/B00IAKFSK4/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1516809825&sr=8-11&keywords=rokform
  14. Comparing the new 500 to my 450