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    Alpinestars Tech 6.... worth $100?

    Thank you for that info. Needed to replace my Thor Quadrants because I cant find replacement buckles... Ran into an ad for a pair of brand new Tech 6's and decided to give them a go. At SEK 1200 (approx USD 130) I think it was a good deal. These are way more comfortable than the Quadrants. Also the Tech 6-buckles seem to be more thought-through. Bonus is that my Asterisk braces fit better in the Tech 6 as compared with the Quadrants.
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    DRZ400E Gear Shift Height ..

    I did too at first, but didn't like how exposed the sprocket and case-bit was from a safety standpoint, as well as getting small rocks and stuff in there.
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    DRZ400E Gear Shift Height ..

    Being the cheap-skate, I just cut off a bit of the sprocket cover. Works great now!
  4. I find it quite interesting how common it seems to be that so many have toolboxes (or boxes in general) with old tools and "stuff" inherited from fathers and grandfathers. 🙂 I've a big toolbox too I got from my father after he passed with good-to-have stuff. Those dodads have saved my hiney more than once when maintaing my bikes!
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    Holy $%^&*! The crankcase breather box sucks!

    Small update that can be summarised with "Doh!". Longer update: I never saw or paid attention to how the original breather box was positioned last winter when I had two pals help me install my new used FCR39. So, when I tried putting it back after, I found I couldn't and also complained on this forum it was too tight to put back, thus the T-joint mod. Now, by coincidence I saw on this forum in another thread that the breather box was turned 90 deg's from what I thought it should be, thus "Doh!". After rotating it it plopped straight in... I did however remove the frame ear and used a biggish hose clamp to secure it to the frame for future convenience. Thanks people, for all hints and comments! All sorted now!
  6. It certainly did. Had to google it... 🙂
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    Tire Change DIY or Not?

    Thanks! So it's not actual grease-grease, but rather some other kind of waterish grease.
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    Air Filter Spacer, Grommet - Does it Matter?

    I gather he spacer evens out the pressure from the spring you fasten the filter with to the housing. It also helps stopping the hole to rip, enlarge and letting unfiltered air into the engine. Basically the washer is a seal of sorts. I wouldn't pay for a new spacer if I had something similar-sized in my toolbox. Maybe a big enough washer will do? Get creative! 🙂
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    DRZ400E Rear Shock Pressure

    I have three manuals from them. Two for bikes and one for a car. All of them have bad prints. The one for Suzuki DR350 was so bad I tried to RMA it. No go. As an example the spark plug pics were all some kind of uniform gray... The close ups on the bike parts were severely out of focus. I looked up an online copy of the same manual and it was the same. Really, really bad. Haynes manuals seems to have generally better pics. Haynes is rumoured to have aquired Clymer a few years ago. I can't but think that the Clymer brand is the budget brand... Sorry about the rant. I'll stop now. 🙂
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    DRZ400E Rear Shock Pressure

    FWIW, I've yet to see a Clymer manual with pics that are more than smudges. 😕
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    Tire Change DIY or Not?

    Any particular kind of grease? I'm thinking grease might dissolve the rubber (maybe) eventually. Or in any case make a smaller mayhem when you try to replace the tube out in the bush and it picks up gravel and whatnot while you handle it.
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    Tire Change DIY or Not?

    Aha! Good tip, thanks!
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    Tire Change DIY or Not?

    What's the baby powder for??
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    Tire Change DIY or Not?

    Before I started dual-sporting I was a shop-only tire-changer. After I started dual-sporting I quickly realised changing tiews at a shop wasn't doable in the long run. The cost having somenody change your tires is one thing, waiting for a tire shop to open is another, especially as dual-sport tires need replacing or flats fixing on short notice. Being born and raised in a county known for its "economical" (heh, who am I kidding - I'm really cheap...) citizens, I bit the bullet and invested in a tire machine, irons, tire paste and some other good-to-have necessities. Initial changes took like two hours a tire. Nowadays a few years later I'm down to about one hour from bike stop to start including finding all the tools etc. I've taken to changing my road bike's (990 SMR) tires as well. Only mishap was the rear tire change this spring when the tire was totally vulcanized and horribly stuck to the rim. Took me two+ hours to release one side. After that I gave up and took the rim to a shop. They fixed that in two minutes flat... What I'm getting at is that knowing how to change a tire by yourself, is a godsend when you're out in the bush. This knowledge comes after doing it yourself at home first. It's worth it in the long run, definitely.
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    Second chances. (Graphic warning)

    Whoaaaa, you are a very lucky man! Never stop riding!