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  1. Aris

    Zip ties on forks

    I don't know what it's used for on dirt bikes, but on street bikes people use them to measure the amount that the forks compress when the rider sits on the bike. This information helps you properly set the preload on the forks. The idea is that you want to set the preload so that the forks are right in the middle of their travel range when you're sitting on the bike. The tie wraps make doing this much easier.
  2. I have to admit that I was actually thinking about selling the bike before this mod because I thought that it was just too much of a pain in the ass to start. I'm keeping her now.
  3. Josh, I just wanted to thank you again for all your help. I finished the cam swap, and everything went in much easier than I expected. The bike starts so much easier now. The only mistake I made happened when I put in the Thumper Talk decompression plug. I didn't bother reading the instructions, and I stripped the retaining bolt. Nothing more fun than stripping a bolt then reading the instructions that say to be careful torquing the bolt because it strips easy.
  4. Thank you very much, Josh!! That link is outstanding!
  5. Thank you very much for the quick answers, Josh. That really helps. I think that I understand now. It sounds like I have done everything correctly up to now. I think that I'm good to go now. By the way, I remember reading in one of the older threads about someone recommending that you stuff a shop rag somewhere as preventative for some reason. Maybe it was to keep stuff from falling in the case? Do you know anything about this?
  6. I apologize to everyone if these questions have been asked a gazillion times in the past. I swear that I did a search, but I'm still confused. I'm new to this whole thing, and I keep confusing myself. I also downloaded and read the pdf instructions that someone put together here. I just wanted to double check my understanding before moving on. My bike is a 2001 WR426. The previous owner told me that he set it up with the YZ timing. First, here are pics of my stock cams after I pulled the cover off. All my questions reference these pics: Here are my questions: 1. Can you tell if I'm at TDC based on this pic? The manual says to align the line with the notches in the hole, but the line in the manual looks different than the actual line. When I look in the hole, I see 'HI' inside. I lined the 'I' with the notch. I'm assuming that's TDC, but I'm not sure. 2. Does the YZ timing mean that the stock exhaust cam was rotated a couple links so that there are only 12 links between the marks on the cam gears? 3. I read that the WR timing should be 14 links between marks. Is this true? 4. I bought the 03 YZ450 autodecompression cam. Is that different than the 03 WR450 cam? 5. Should I install the new cam the same as the existing cam (12 links between dots), or should I put in 14 links in between? 6. What are the clearances supposed to be with the cam rotated like this? Is it the same as stock? (0.10 - 0.15 mm) I appreciate any answers that y'all can give me.
  7. Aris

    Skid Plate

    Newbie here... What's the difference between a skid plate and a glide plate other than the obvious size difference? Skid Plate: Glide Plate: http://www.utahsportcycle.com/images/gp233f.gif Obviously, the slide plate is more protective, but can you get away with just a slide plate and still protect all the engine vitals?
  8. OK, I just noticed something with my dirtbike. ('01 WR426) While I was parking it today, I noticed that while holding the front brake, I can still push the bike back and forth a bit. This is my first dirtbike, and I've never experienced this on any of my street bikes. At first, I thought that I wasn't holding the brake hard enough, but when I looked, the caliper was holding the rotors pretty solid. In other words, the rotor wasn't slipping when I pushed or pulled the bike. But, the front wheel still moved back and forth a bit. It wasn't due to the forks compressing. I know what that feels like. The front wheel definitely had some movement. I've never had this problem with any of my bikes before. Does this mean that I have to replace my front wheel bearings?
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    So can I make it Street Legal in Cali?

    2003 was the last year that you could grandfather in the older bikes. A law will have to be repealed for you to get your green sticker bike registered.
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    muscle cramps

    If you don't like bananas, there's plenty of potassium in orange juice too.