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  1. Thom_McNabb

    how many of you had to shim after break in?

    I checked my valves and the clearances are a little tight, intake should be .004" and one is at .003" Exhaust should be .008 and one is at .007" Here is my question, should I park it or can I put about 10 hours on it until I can do a proper maintenance?
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    Anyone changed sprocket gear ratios?

    I have a 13t and a 15t, the stock 14 is good for almost everything. I use the 13 with a trials tire for tight trails in the summertime. I use the 15 when going on long dualsports. I have raced enduros after being too lazy to change the 13 or the 15 on different occasions and the bike was so versatile it did not really matter.
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    Clarke tanks and Poor finish

    The Aqualine is a pricey but high quality tank, I got one for my WR450 and love it, I am careful not to actually fill it up unless I need it. I even keep the 6.8 tank on for racing. Their smaller tanks look like they would be the same good quality.
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    WR450 tank options?

    The big tank is 6.8 gallons, you can see my write up on it in the current issue (July 2007) of Dirt Rider on page 151. It is an Aqualine tank, distributed in the states by Sport Touring Accessories, a very helpful bunch of folks. Great tank, more versatile than you would think.
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    Need new headlight for 04 WR

    Here is what Dale did for me, I am very happy with the results. The headlight is great, solid and reliable. Let me know if you need any other info. My race bike has a plate and I never have to take off the kit! You see the turn signals here in this front view...very solid, I used my mounts, Dale customized the length and made all the connections waterproof. http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/thom_mcnabb/TDS/headlight_dv_small.jpg http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/thom_mcnabb/TDS/headlight_dv2.jpg The kit is nicely tucked and off center, allowing for visibility of enduro equipment when mounted and use of kit. http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/thom_mcnabb/TDS_stock_headlight_nicely_tucked_i.jpg
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    Trick Dual Sport Installed

    As far as money savings check with Dale at Trick Dual Sport or Baja Designs if you choose them. It is probably cheapr but my decision was not financial, I just really liked how bright my stock light was. My stock light is much better than the UFO headlight. I would recommend against building your own kit. I did this for my first dual sport project (a used 1985 XR 600). I did learn a lot and built my own rectifier with parts from radio shack. Over the years I got lost of spare parts and free technical service from Baja Designs. I even spoke with Al Roach directly and he helped me greatly on fixing up my homemade kit. For my next two bikes an 88 XR 600 and an XR400 I used a Baja designs kits. It just was not worth it to build my own. The trick dual sport kit uses a circuit board for most of the wiring and will be much more compact and reliable. The Baja designs kit will be more reliable than building your own. Good luck
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    Trick Dual Sport Installed

    These show the headlight and turn signals a little better. The TDS integrates the stock shroud and takes advantage of the Hi/Lo bulb that comes with the WR. It keeps the stock look and is very bright. These pics were from a Death Valley dual sport ride I did with my dad. http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/thom_mcnabb/TDS/Death_valley1.jpg http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/thom_mcnabb/TDS/headlight_dv_small.jpg http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/thom_mcnabb/TDS/headlight_dv2.jpg http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/thom_mcnabb/TDS/headlight_dv.jpg
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    Trick Dual Sport Installed

    Here is what Dale did for me, I am very happy with the results. The headlight is great, solid and reliable. My race bike has a plate and I never have to take off the kit! You can barely see the turn signals here...very solid, my mounts, Dale customized the length and made all the connections waterproof. http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/thom_mcnabb/TDS_stock_headlight_.jpg The kit is nicely tucked and off center, allowing for visibility of enduro equipment when mounted and use of kit. http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u282/thom_mcnabb/TDS_stock_headlight_nicely_tucked_i.jpg
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    pegs or seat?

    You can do both for the price of one! You can modify the footpegs by cutting off the lower flange and moving it above the peg. The springs have to swap sides but it works fine. You get the advantage of being able to reverse the operation if you choose. I did mine with White brothers pegs but it will work with stock pegs. The footpeg change made the most difference, the tall seat mostly compresses anyway so it only helps a little. Bar risers also help, or you can go with Flexx bars which have a reasonably tall bend.
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    Need new headlight for 04 WR

    The stock headlight is pretty good, I would stay with it. I have a Trick Dual Sport kit and went out of my way to keep the stock headlight.
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    TT AIS Removal Kit Tutorial with Pics

    SC You have lots of WR knowledge, so here is a question for you... I have heard of folks having lots of issues jetting and having to change jetting often relative to altitude and riding conditions etc. My experience has been that after some initial fiddling my 450 never stalls or stumbles down low and is pretty cleanly jetted for every where I go. I have ridden in thunderstorms in the Sequoias, hot days of trail work in the Piutes, desert raced, and done dual sporting below sea level in Death Valley. Only in Death Valley did the jetting seem too far on the lean side, other times it ranges from slightly lean to perfect. SO here is the question am I A) Lucky Not Picky enough to notice or C) Does the AIS has some beneficial effect on stabilizing jetting?
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    TT AIS Removal Kit Tutorial with Pics

    Question: I like my jetting just fine, if I remove the AIS do I need to re-jet if my 450 works fine now?
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    Can I run premix in my WR450?

    What would be the issues with running premix in my 05 WR450 for a short period of time? Has anyone experieinced any issues? Running lean is not a concern as I will be riding over 8000 feet. Thanks for the help
  14. My personal choice is Sidi SRS, very stiff and protective, the newer models, especially the crossfire are more comfy. these boots take longer to break in but are cheap insurance against bad breaks...IMHO
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