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  1. MLRanes

    First oil change on DRZ400 and screwed up???

    Thanks for the advice. Got the oil in and it runs fine.
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    First oil change on DRZ400 and screwed up???

    Yes, I got the new filter in and everything cleaned up. Just wanted to wait to put oil in until I knew for sure I didn't get anything out of whack.
  3. Got in a big hurry tonight and decided to change the oil on my bike. First mistake. Then I drained both the frame and the case, no problem. Then I removed what I thought was the oil filter cover on the left side of the bike which is the starter gear cover or something like that. I put it back right away and it seemed to go back the same way as it came out. I know stupid rookie. Any harm done here?????? Thanks Mike
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    DRZ400 or XL650

    I bought the CRF450X to put a plate on it but you can't do that any longer in CA. If it's not sold as "dual purpose" bike with a plate you can't do it. Plus I don't think it's a good bike to dual sport on. I think a 50 mile ride at frwy speeds would do it harm. It's not made for it. It's a great bike for what it was designed for.
  5. I'm in the market for a new bike and I need some advice. I currently have a CRF450x and love the bike but I want a dual sport bike. I would primarilly use it in the dirt with an occasional 30-50 mile ride on freeway/city streets. The KLR650 is out because I believe its a little heavy and I would be affraid of damaging the pretty plastic they have on it now. Great bike but I feel it's primarily a street bike. The new street legal 250's (Yamaha/Kawasaki) look great but I'm affraid they would be a little under powered on the highway. KTM and BMW's are too expensive. So that leaves the XL650 and DRZ 400. I used to have a 650L and loved it but it was big and heavy in rough terrain. Have not ridden the DRZ yet but it looks promising. I would primarily use the bike to chase the kids around the desert and explore around on fire roads etc. I'm primarily a street rider and am not terribly experienced in the dirt. The 450x I have is way beyond my capability. I think I would be happy with either but I'm just looking for a little advice. Thanks Mike
  6. I tore into my bike and all the valves are ok except one of the exhaust valves which measures .010 in. It's within the .001 tolerance, but is a .001 loose better than .001 tight. Just wondering if I should bother tearing into it for such a small change. Also, do the valves tend to tighten or loosen over time? Is there anything else to check while I'm in there? Any help would be appreciated.
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    checking ttr-90 oil

    That's what I thought. I got the oil filled by trial and error. Anyone know the oil capacity? Thanks a lot.
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    checking ttr-90 oil

    Just changed oil in son's tt-r90 and had a question about checking it. I don't have the manual as I bought it used. Do you check the oil with the dip stick screwed in or with it unscrewed? The zone between full and low is very short so I dont want to screw it up. Thanks Mike
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    CRF 450x jetting

    I will give it a try. Thanks for the help. Mike
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    CRF 450x jetting

    Thanks for you reply. If I could ask another stupid question. How do you block off the air injection? Mike
  11. Want to readjust carb and/or re-jet to get rid of the popping. Sounds like these bikes (2005) run a little lean out of the box. I'm not interested in more power so I plan on using the stock exhaust. I just want it to run as cool as possible and run well. Are these bike set up from the factory so lean it's harmful? Can I get away with tuning the existing jets to get a more rich run or should I get the JD kit and go that route? I live in So Cal so I ride from about 1200-5000 foot range. I don't plan on doing anything major as far as engine mods. Any input would be helpful. Thanks Mike