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  1. plinker

    Header or not to Header

    Great info, Billhajack. I've got a bone stock '00 that I'm planning on modding real soon here, and I've been debating on which way to go for best low end torque. I've heard that aftermarket headers flow more volume and therefore you get more power at mid range and top end, but at the expense of low end. I'm planning on running the stock header, an FMF Q2 muffler, a hot cams stage 1 and I'm also going to uncork my bike. Now I'll just have to figure out the jetting for those mods.
  2. plinker

    $2000 for 88 xr600???

    I'm surprised to see that nobody has mentioned Ebay yet. You can usually find some really good buys there. Granted, you've got to be willing to take the time for a bike that is reasonably close to you to show up, unless you're willing to figure in the shipping fees. Check Craigslist too. At least with Craigslist you can choose a region to search in. In answer to your question, 2k for an '88 is pretty steep in my opinion.
  3. And therein lies the "rub". (No pun intended, speaking in terms of friction, that is. Let's face it, anybody who thinks that air filters block out all contaminants is kidding himself. It all boils down to maintenance, keep the filter properly maintained, and keep the oil changed regularly, and there should be minimal damage to the engine. I'm willing to bet that the trace amounts of dust found in the intake boot of any "filtered" system (even foam filters) are so small, that they blow through the combustion chamber without being abrasive enough to do any detrimental damage to the rings, cylinder walls, or valve seating surfaces. Quality oil and regular oil changes will keep the bearings, seals, and engine internals clean and happy. Well, maybe a little dirty just before the oil change, but I have yet to experience an engine failure. There's gonna be some shinola that gets through any filtering system, that's all there is to it. Stopping all particles is just not possible. Maybe I bought into the "marketing hype" when I was in my early twenties, but now that I've hit 40 and I'm still running these horrible filters, I'd say I probably still use them 'cause they work. Afterall, nobody but me pays for my maintenance, and I'm a cheap bastage.
  4. In case you guys don't think I'm kooky enough, I even run K&N oil filters. Ditto on the no problems, and I've been running the oil filters since about '02. I change the dirt bike oil filters about every 5th ride, the street bike filters about every 5k miles (synthetic oil), and the car/truck filters about every 7.5k miles (synth oil also). Flame suit on, fire away.
  5. I know that I've had good luck with vehicles I've run K&N filters on. I've been using them exclusively since the mid 80's on every vehicle I've owned. Never had an engine failure of any kind related to airborne contaminants conveyed through the air filter. I don't find them difficult to clean, though it does take several hours for the filter to dry if I do it in the fall or winter. Spring and summer dry time is a few hours at most. I just know to schedule my cleaning when there is sufficient time for the job. I can't complain at all with the experience I've had with K&N.
  6. A K&N air filter will work effectively and be reliable as long as the following is adhered to: Filter must be in good condition. Not worn out or damaged. Filter must be installed correctly. Proper maintenance must be followed. I've run K&N in my trucks, street bikes, and dirt bikes, and as long as the above is followed, there should be no problems. Another thing to consider is that some people clean their K&N filter too frequently and incorrectly, which leads to premature wear and potential damage. As far as letting damaging dust through, after almost twenty years of using K&N products, I've only experienced product failure when something was either wrong with the filter or its installation. I know someone who runs a clamp on K&N on his 650R, except he has it adapted via a section of tubing to his Edelbrock carb. He seems to have no probs with it. The biggest concern with running an open filter instead of an airbox should be the environment you ride in. I wouldn't recommend it if you do a lot of deep water crossings.
  7. plinker

    xr exhaust

    No, it won't fit. I just went through this trial and error last weekend. I've got a '00 XR 600R and I just tried to fit a Stroker SX1 tail pipe from an '02XR 650R on it. No luck. The pipe bend is completely different and shorter, the welded on bolt bracket on the pipe section is in a different location, the bolt bracket on the muffler is in a different location, and the muffler is too long. I even went so far as to cut off the bolt bracket on the pipe section to see if it would fit..... nope. At least it was no big loss, a coworker of mine owed me a little bit of cash, and he offered me the pipe instead 'cause he had just bought a new system for his 650. I could probably tack weld the pipe bracket back on and sell it on ebay for more than what he owed me.
  8. Looks like you guys had a great time! Great photos. I was in Washington for the first time last year and was really surprised to see how much of the state (eastern) is actually desert.
  9. plinker

    Lack of 600 threads

    I've got a '00 XR 600R that I'm just barely beginning to mod for desert running. I rode a lot of desert from my early teens through my late 20's, all on 2 strokes, then pretty much quit for most of my 30's. At 37 (back in '03) I bought my bone stock XR 600 used and pretty clean. I think I've ridden it ten times or less since. Between family, work, and the house, there just hasn't been time to ride. Maybe I'm hitting my mid-life crisis now that I'm 41? I've had an unreasonably strong urge to mod my bike and spend some time up in the desert. In the last couple of months I've bought an IMS 4 gal. tank, and Race Tech heavy duty springs fore and aft. I haven't installed the springs yet because I'm considering getting Race Tech Gold Valves front and rear also. Might as well revalve and do service when I pop the new springs on. Next on my list is figuring out this "un-corking" ritual I seem to hear about but still have no idea what is meant by it. I'm assuming you guys mean ditching the stock header/muffler and rejetting. Damn, I just realized that I've never taken a picture of it by itself. Here's one of the only photos I have that actually shows the bike. It was taken on Cuddeback Dry Lake back in early '05 after a long rain season when the desert sprouted in wild flowers. Me and my son Campsite shot I'll have to take some shots before I start modding it, and through the process.
  10. plinker

    1982 xr250

    I have an '82 XR 250 that I found at a yard sale several years ago. It was really beat when I found it, completely faded plastic, rusted chain, torn seat, dry rotted tires, didn't run..... a total mess. The gentleman was asking 150 for it and admitted that it had been sitting exposed to the elements in his backyard for about eight years. After some haggling and pointing out how much it would cost to make it rideable, he agreed to sell it for 75 bucks. I had some spare fenders, a set of Renthal bars and new grips, and a new Dunlop rear tire already sitting in the garage at home. All I added was a new chain and sprockets, a new air filter, and some new clutch plates, and that's pretty much all it needed. I scored some blue vinyl upholstery for 5 bucks and made my own seat cover with my wifes sewing machine, so not counting the parts I already had laying around the house, I think I've only invested about 250 bucks in parts for this bike. I've ridden countless miles in the desert with it, and it has never let me down. A couple of weeks ago I grafted a complete front end from an '83 XR 500R onto it. (Incidentally, the 500 r was also a yard sale find). So now the 250 has much stronger forks with more travel and a disc front brake. As long as the bike has decent compression, I'd get it running first and then see if you're happy with how it performs. It may not need as much work as you think. Good luck with it.
  11. plinker

    Fork Conversion 83 XL600

    I just did a similar mod for my son yesterday. Now I wish I had taken pictures to show just how easy the process was. My 13 yo son is going from a quad to his first full size bike ('82 XR250R beater) The 250 had 36 mm forks and a drum front brake, and maybe 10.5" of travel. I traded a rifle a couple years ago for a heavilly modded but seriously abused '83 XR500R and it's just been sitting in my backyard, so I decided to switch front ends between the bikes. The whole switch took maybe an hour and a half, and best of all, everything bolted up nicely and now my son has a disc front brake and a much stouter set of 43mm forks with at least 12" of travel. The steering stem measured the same length on both bikes, so my next step was to call the local Honda shop and ask for part numbers for a set of steering stem bearings for both bikes, and low and behold they shared the same numbers, so I knew they'd be a direct switch. I just adjusted the fork height to match the same ride height as the old forks and bam, we're good to go! I'd say it's worth the effort to look into it.
  12. plinker

    Noob question.

    I'm definitely taking the weight issue into consideration. My XR's already a pig compared to the "new era" thumpers out there. I also just found out that the 650L is air cooled. I thought the 650 would be water cooled like the 650R is. Told you I know absolutely nothing about the L model. I wonder if I could put the heavy duty Race Tech springs for the XR on the XR-L? Also, there's gotta be a way to chop at least 15-20 pounds off that heiffer without breaking the bank too much. I'm trying to make up my mind quick before the deal on this bike disappears. BTW, it's an '04 and the guy wants 2 grand. Seems like an awesome price, especially since I could probably get at least that for my '00 XR. Keep the input coming guys!
  13. plinker

    Noob question.

    '04 XR650L. Someone convince me that I should sell my bone stock '00 XR600 that I absolutely love in order to get the 650L. Someone is making me a deal that I just can't refuse. Well almost, I'd have to sell my trusty XR600 in order to buy the 650. BTW, this is my first post here. Full on FNG. Many years of riding experience beneath my belt, been lurking around this forum for a few months. just absolutely no experience with the 650L. It'll see more than it's fair share of desert/trails if I get it. Will it withstand the abuse the way my XR has? Thanks in advance for any info.