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  1. ktisdall

    xr400r throttle hang

    Thanks all. I have gone over the fit of the twist grip / throttle tube vs the barkbuster and they don't touch anywhere. I think I'll clean it all out with solvent and maybe try a new throttle tube. The throttle tube shown in the link wouldn't work due to the barkbusters. But it's on the right track with what I was thinking. I could add a spring to the carb but I'm hoping to avoid that cludge. --Kevin
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    xr400r throttle hang

    I have an xr400r. The thottle 'hangs' if I crank it up and let it go, it doesn't return to idle. I have to turn the throttle down to idle. This is not a mixture issue - it's mechanical. It does have an edelbrock carb with an extra turn on the return spring. The carb works fine alone, or with the cables connected to the carb and tube and play at about 5/16". When I take up the play to about 1/8" the throttle fails to return to idle. The throttle cables are motion pro and brand new, carefully routed to the carb. Obviously too much friction is the issue, no? I've tried oil / silicone / graphite / teflon / wd40 / dry and nothing seems to relieve the friction of the tube against the housing. Also tried same on the bar, under the tube. Inside the housing, one of the cables slides over plastic to change direction from the tube to the housing exit. I expect much of the friction is there. The other slides over a plastic wheel in the housing. No matter what I do that wheel doesn't turn. The cable slides on it. More friction. Are there better quality aftermarket throttle tube/housing combinations out there? If not. What is a really slippery replacement for the xr400 throttle tube that can use stock cables? --Kevin
  3. I can't find hp or torque specs on any te250 or 450 or the new te310. Just beginning to shop for a lighter, equal-or-greater hp/torque bike to replace my xr400. How do I compare? --Kevin
  4. I imagine you have solved this by now - if not: Make sure the set screw (tiny) that secures the pump 'wheel' to the throttle shaft is tight. Mine was loose and acted the same way. --Kevin
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    Registering an Off-Road Use Only bike in CT

    This conversation is from PM but is relevant to the discussion. Bryan, Thanks for that. It is not something DMV is helpful with at all. You sort of get it done in spite of them. Dot tires are needed - I should have mentioned. I used Dunlop 606's which work well so far off road. I did the Hammer Run in NJ and the Somers Turkey run on them as well as some light street riding. The rear is good, the front is a bit slippery in the dirt/mud/rocks and bad in sand. I think Pirelli makes some dot knobbies so check opinion on those. As I recall, the Baja kit comes with either one mechanical or one hydraulic brake light switch. You need another so that is extra, but only a few bucks. I wanted extra wattage so I added a bigger stator which added $150 to the kit. I also used the stock XR400 tail light and did the 1157 conversion (tail AND brake filaments and wiring) but you can use the BD taillight setup just as well. I got a Trailtech Vapor to provide speedo-odo but I would not recommend it for off road functions. The endurance would do just as well and there is a similarly priced unit from ICO that would be better off road but doesn't have the bells and whistles (that you mostly don't use) of the TT units. You do need a chain guard (not guide) which I coblled together with hose clamps, angle aluminum and a guard from an XR100. I removed it after inspection. That's about it. You need patience for sure. You are registering a composite motorcycle, not a dirt bike. They hear dirt bike and get suspicious. I failed inspection because I didn't have the Certificate of Origin. Once I got it (lucky), it had a Lien from 2001 so I needed a Lien Release from a bank no longer in business. Big PIA but just step through the process and you'll get it done. Feel free to contact me again if you have more questions. I'll probably paste this into the thread so the info is out there. --Kevin
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    Honda XR250R & XR400R Pictures

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiz_1/3500735019/in/set-72157611183423463/ --Kevin
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    Edlebrock Specific Throttle?

    Are ALL of the hoses for drains? Aside from the fuel intake, I count three. Two from the upper body and one from the bowl. Just want to be sure I'm not routing a vent down toward where it will pick up water/mud. --Kevin
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    Edelbrock linkage issue - returning from idle

    Just to follow up - the actual problem was a loose set screw which clamps the throttle-actuator (where the cables connect to) to the shaft that operates the slide and the pump. With the screw tight, the whole thing snaps back just fine. Thanks again. Bike now starts in 3 kicks and runs like a scared cat. --Kevin
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    Edelbrock linkage issue - returning from idle

    Just.Simply.Outstanding. With the linkage for the pump removed, when I press the pump down it doesn't return. I suspect that the po of the carb might have missed reinstalling the pump return spring during some previous rebuild/disassembly. I'll get it apart to confirm. The link was a BIG help. --Kevin
  10. First let me say I have searched an read lots on the issue of adding spring tension to get the throttle to snap back to the idle stop. This is not that. After twisting the throttle up to 1/3 or 1/2, the throttle (where the cables connect at the carb) DOES come back to the idle stop. But the rpm's hang unless I reach in with needlenose pliers and turn the linkage arm that connects to the pump rod counterclockwise. It seems like there is an inner shaft which is pushed by the throttle, which pushes the shaft that actuates the pump. When the throttle returns, the pump shaft doesn't rotate back with it all the way. Might this be a cleaning issue? Or some connection / adjustment between the throttle and pump? Just looking for thoughts before I tear it apart. Again, This is not a cable issue, air leak, jetting issue, etc. It appears to be a linkage issue between the throttle and pump. Any input related to the linkage would be appreciated. If anyone has a link to an exploded diagram of this carb would get extra points. --Kevin 2001 XR400R
  11. I'm trying to get a #60 pilot jet for my 2001 XR and can't find one. I've looked at bikebandit and dennis kirk and neither show a p/n but I've heard that size discussed. Also, why does it take these places a week to process your order? Is there anywhere I can place the order and get it shipped within a day or two? --Kevin
  12. Anyone? Bueller? No one has this jacket? Maybe a sign of something? --Kevin
  13. I wear a xl in a kilimanjaro 4 (firstgear). Looking at the A.R.C. 09 Back Country Foul Weather Jacket for off-road. I wear a 661 pressure suit so the jacket needs to fit over that. Do the ARC jackets run true-to-size? If not, do they run large enough to accommodate a chest protector/pressure suit in my usual size (xl)? Do I need to go to xxl? Any help very appreciated. --Kevin
  14. I thought I would post my recent (august) experience getting my '01 XR400R registered in CT. Seems like the experience would be the same for all bikes doing the off-road to enduro conversion in Connecticut. This is not an ATV registration which is easier to get but you have extremely limited ability to ride on any streets. Of primary importance is the fact that you are doing a 'composite motorcycle' inspection and registration. First off, CT requires: 2 mirrors speedometer / odometer - not resettable front/rear lights (hi-lo indicator if hi-lo beam used) brake light and front AND rear brake switches to operate brake light license plate white light chain guard signal lights horn (not sure about the squeeze horn) Certificate of Origin (dealer's original certificate) Bill of sale Liability Insurance (State minimums at least) I have heard of guys needing rear fenders that extend past a vertical line drawn at the rear of the rear tire. I had a license plate bracket that came close to that so they may have let that slide. I got a baja designs kit which was expensive but worked perfectly. The experience: Be patient. I say again, be patient. This took me three full afternoons of time spent at DMV, AND some other gathering of paperwork. Day 1: The ONLY composite motorcycle inspection lane is in Wethersfield, CT. I loaded the bike on a hitch rail and brought it there from Milford, CT. Once there, you must fill out the form and pay for the inspection ($88) BEFORE getting in the inspection line. Keep the bike on the trailer or carrier until they call you to the garage. They will let you know when/where to unload. The bike passed the inspection no problem based on equipment, but failed because I didn't have the ORIGINAL Certificate of Origin. The CO is the document the original dealer gives the original purchaser. It is not a title on an off-road bike but should be passed along from owner to owner. I didn't have that. Neither did the guy I bought it from. On a street bike, or once the bike is street registered, the CO is turned into a title by DMV and is traceable as a title after that. If you don't have the CO don't bother to go to DMV. At this point the DMV inspectors would not pass the bike without the CO but the registration folks inside said they should have, based on the bill of sale. But they needed th epass on the inspection. Catch-22. Go Home. One important thing to know about the CO is that it did say "FOR OFF ROAD USE ONLY" on it. THAT DID NOT MATTER SINCE I ADDED THE REQUIRED EQUIPMENT. I see the discussion of that on here a lot. Other states may be different but in CT it did not matter. If the bike you are registering has a TITLE then it was REGISTERED and should be easily registered after that. If it only has a CO with that message then you need the composite equipment added and need the inspection. If you have the CO and it does not say "Off Road Only" then you can probably skip inspection (KTM's?). I called the local Honda place to ask how to get a replacement CO and they directed me to American Honda's 800 number for customer service. I called there and got a very helpful woman in California that was not able to get me a CO but did give me the original selling dealer. I called the original dealer and asked them to look for the CO or a copy in their old files. Fortunately they had the original. I don't know why since it should have gone to the original owner. Day 2: I went to the dealer (Willows Motorsports, Cheshire, CT) and they gave me the CO. They were very helpful so go buy stuff from them (I got a toolkit and grips). Without the CO you will not get a street registration. End of game. I went to the Hamden CT inspection lane to have them approve the paperwork and pass the inspection. I did not need the XR with me and they had been informed by the Wethersfield inspector that I would be coming. Pretty good customer service from DMV so far. But waiting for it is painfully boring. The inspection was passed when I showed them the CO and other inspection paperwork and the bill of sale. So I went inside to get it registered. When I got to the window, the DMV person was very confused about what I was trying to do. They are very suspicious of people running scams and they say "no" to everything until they are clear on what is happening. Eventually it was all set (a manager got involved as well) UNTIL they looked at the back of the CO and noticed that the bike originally had a Lien on it. They needed a Lien Release from the bank (7 years ago in 2001) before they would register it. The bank was out of business. DMV gave me the CT banking commission phone # and I called them to see who owned the bank now. Then I went to that bank nearby (main office) and got little sympathy and almost no help other than them saying they would check with their loan dept and get back to me. Sometime. I left there hating the banking industry. At this point I looked up the original owner on the internet (name and address on CO) and found a phone number. I called several times over the next few days and finally talked to the guy's wife and gave her the whole story. She remembered the bike and said the guy would call me. He never did but it ended up not being a problem. For privacy reasons I may have needed him to handle the Lien Release but ultimately did not. Day 3: I got tired of waiting for an answer from the bank after a few days and called their load dept directly. I got a very nice woman who was very helpful. She was able to look up the loan and mail me the Lien Release. So I headed back to dmv. I got the same DMV rep, who didn't remember a thing and had to sort the whole thing out all over again (a week later). Finally she set up the registration and I walked out with the plate. Mentally exhausted but triumphant. --- So it is do-able to register an off-road use only bike in CT. 1) have all the equipment - the list on the CT DMV website is not correct. Get them to mail you the most current requirments for off-road composite motorcycles. 2) have all the paperwork proving ownership. Including the CO ans any lien release(s). If it says off-road use only you need inspection 3) be patient. They really do not react well to anyone stressing out at them. The lines will be long and you WILL NOT get this done quickly, especially for a used bike. 4) Check with your state DMV for other states. Talk to more than one person there - in CT no two people gave me the same requirements and the web site info was different than the handout information. 5) be persistent. This opens up a lot of legal riding area in CT and other nearby states. --Kevin
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    Street Leagal Xr400r?

    It will definitely be different from state to state. In CT (I just did this) you need: 2 mirrors speedometer / odometer - not resettable front/rear lights (hi-lo indicator if hi-lo beam used) front AND rear brake switches to operate brake light license plate white light chain guard signal lights horn (not sure about the squeeze horn) Certificate of Origin (dealer's original certificate) Bill of sale I have heard of guys needing rear fenders that extend past a vertical line drawn at the rear of the rear tire. I had a license plate bracket that came close to that so they may have let that slide. I got a baja designs kit which was expensive but worked perfectly. Check with your state DMV. Talk to more than one person there - in CT no two people gave me the same requirements and the web site info was different than the handout information. --Kevin
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