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  1. If that is the only worry then I don't see a problem. The gasket looks to be about .005" thick.
  2. I tried to reply to this thread a few days ago but the website keeps logging me out after about 2 minutes of inactivity and I don't type that fast. The new clutch is in and it works just like the old one. Haven't noticed any slipping but I can't say that I notice any huge improvement over what I had either. Oh well, at least now I now I have a fresh clutch and won't have to worry about that anymore. Wybs: Neutral sensor mount? Don't remember seeing anything like that when I was in there but now it seems I have to pull the clutch lever back a bit farther to be able to start the bike. I'll do a search here and see what I can find out. Spannermad: I tried to find the Locktite Mastergasket but after 6 auto parts stores I gave up. It seems Permatex has the market completely wrapped up in this town so I got the Ultra Copper high temp RTV silicone gasket maker and I have no leaks. Mx_rob: I fail to see what harm omitting the paper gasket would do but mine was stuck pretty good on the cover so I left it on and applied the gasket maker to it. I never used gaskets on my Triumphs and their fit and finish on the case castings was pretty rough. Since the RTV is a gasket maker, using the paper gasket seems pretty pointless to me. Feel free to debate this further but the bottom line is I don't have any leaks. Your argument about the springs seems logical, I was just expecting Heavy Duty to look more Heavy Duty-er than the stock springs by a larger margin. Thanks for all your comments, I'm ready to ride again.
  3. Hefty previous owner and his hefty wife used to ride the DR650 two up around town quite frequently. Wasn't until I was off-roading an Arkansas forest trail that I sensed a slight amount of slippage, so I ordered an EBC Heavy Duty clutch. Finally got around to tearing into it and so far everything is going well. After dumping the oil and removing the footpeg and brake pedal, I took off the oil pipe from the cooler and lifted off the slave clutch lever. Then I removed all the 8mm bolts holding on the clutch cover. A little prying with a large screwdriver and the cover came right off and without tearing the paper gasket. As one who cut his teeth tearing apart Triumph 650's, I know that paper gaskets are totally worthless anyway and will put the cover back on with silicone as science intended. Interesting to note that the new EBC friction plates are pretty much identical to the stockers except that the size of each little friction pad is larger. More friction area = more traction on the pressure plates; good. BTW, the stockers don't appear to be burnt or smelly and are not bald so this whole exercise may have been unnecessary. Oh well. Also interesting is the comparison between the EBC Heavy Duty clutch springs and the stockers. The stockers have almost 7 turns while the EBC's have only 6, and they both seem to be identical in height. I can see no obvious difference in the diameter of the spring materials. Certainly not what I was expecting. Perhaps more coils and a thicker material on the Heavy Duty springs would make more sense to me. It is now 90F (probably 100F in my garage) and I am soaking the new plates in oil, so it is a good time to sit in the AC and pat myself on the back for not totally f'ing something up. Tomorrow morning will be cooler and then I can put it all back together. Then I'll review the finished product. If anyone has some torque specs for all the involved fasteners handy, I'd appreciate you passing that info along, otherwise I'll just use a generic chart and wing it. I think some Locktite could be used in a couple of spots, too.
  4. Looks like the school in Arlington has fallen through and I won't be coming down after all. Still planning on making it to Mena though. I'll post again when I make a date for that trip and maybe you'd like to meet up there. Thanks for your hospitality, Don, maybe the Texas trip will materialize later.
  5. I've ridden my DL1000 on the forest roads and such around Mena, AR and can't wait to get back there with my DR650! The DL was too heavy and the 650 will be much more fun.
  6. Sounds like just the ticket! I'd love to ride along with someone familiar with the area, I'll be sure to contact you closer to April. Looks like I'd only be about 25-30 miles from you. Thanks, Don!
  7. Lots of good info here, THANKS!! I'm also looking for some unpaved roads to ride and just look at the countryside.
  8. It looks like I will be attending a training school for my job in Arlington for the whole month of April and if it happens I will haul my 2001 DR650 down with me. So where will I be able to ride? I am used to riding gravel roads in Iowa so I am hoping to find unpaved roads around Dallas/Fort Worth. My GPS doesn't differentiate between paved and unpaved, but it sure makes them easy to find if you have coordinates for an area I shouldn't overlook. I'll have my truck with me too, so if I have to drive a ways from the city to find some quality riding I can do that.
  9. From one dawg to another, just use any common cleaner as long as it isn't abrasive. 409, Fantastik, Windex and such will work, but I usually keep Plexus or the Honda cleaner aerosol cans around as they are good for the faceshield as well and leave a thin protective film. No SOS pads!!!
  10. You got our attention, now how about a link?
  11. Thanks for the reinforcement, guys! I was pretty sure I wasn't all alone in this.
  12. I bought a new DL1000 because I wanted to try the dual sport thing but quickly found out it is way too heavy for anything unpaved, let alone off-road. So I sold it and picked up a used 2001 DR650 and started exploring the gravel roads all around central Iowa. I am loving it!! Two of my friends have KTM950's and we go riding gravel every Sunday we can. While both of them are experienced dirt riders, I find my DR has a big weight advantage and I can keep up with them everywhere but on the long straights. The V-Strom was SO wrong for me and the DR is SO right! I didn't have any experience with unpaved stuff, but now I can cruise along at 60mph on all the gravel and have even learned how to control things through curves. The best thing about my DR is coming out of a curve and nailing the throttle! The big single has a great sound and it is really cool feeling the tire slip a bit under acceleration! My history with bikes has always been large displacement touring bikes but Iowa is full of straight, boring paved roads and I was looking for something to make motorcycling exciting for me again. Now I am riding quiet country roads with lots of hills and plenty of curves, especially when following a river. I can ride as fast as I want without worrying about speedtraps and the thrills are coming at 60mph instead of triple digits. I feel that I'm at a lot less risk than I was while pushing my FJR1300 in the curves, and I'll still be able to attend a couple of my favorite camping rallies in the summer by throwing my gear on my add-on rack. Today we rode in 36F temps and had a blast! We found some new roads to ride and, although I was a bit reluctant to ride on such a cold day, there was a smile on my face and I was able to turn on my electric jacket just enough to take the chill off. (How about another 50-60 watts, Suzuki?) I also have plans to truck down to Arkansas in February and ride some gravel down there. That's going to be awesome! I feel sorry for guys who store their bikes all winter and overlook the occasional mild day that is great for riding, I just can't bring myself to put my bike away that long! Getting another road bike is still on my list but while I always had a nice road bike and kind of wanted a dual sport, now I have a nice dual sport and kind of want another road bike. When I get one, I have a feeling it will be the one parked in the back of the garage so my DR is handy for those quick gravel rides or even a short trip to the grocery store.
  13. If all you want is a taller seat, why not have a local upholsterer add some foam to the stock seat? It will be a lot cheaper than buying most aftermarket seats. Also, the wider a seat is the shorter your legs get. I got a Corbin and don't notice difference in height but it is 2-inches wider than stock so my feet are still in the same place.
  14. Lots of good advice here, thanks! I like the idea of carrying a bit of soap, should be room in the kit for that.
  15. Out riding with my buddy on his KTM950 when he had a rear flat and it took us about 2 hours to get it back on the road. KTM has an extra lip on the rim that really latches on to the bead and won't let go. We put his centerstand on the bead and bounced his 950 up and down on the bead for about 10 minutes before it broke loose. Since I haven't had to change a tire on my DR650 yet, it caused me to wonder just how hard it is to break the bead on it? Will the kickstand method work ok, or should I consider carrying a bead breaker of some kind? I assume my 650 tire is nowhere as stiff as the KTM's but I thought I'd ask before I find myself at the side of the road when it is too late. So is changing the tire a piece of cake, or not?