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Re: What did You do to Your Dual Sport today? [Re: Paul49] #127664 08/06/15 11:53 PM
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Fitted a new rear tire (4.60 Shinko 244), cleaned and greased the rear brake pivot cam as it was getting tight again, and greased all the fittings after removing and cleaning them. Should be good as new in the rear again. No noticeable wear on the rear shoes. They were replaced about 15,000 miles ago. But I am not riding in mud and water. Chain appears fine, as I haven't had to adjust it in a year or more. I go by the Reggie method of WD-40 only.


'07 XT225/Z1 mod/short snorkle/130-42.5-3 turns/Load Lord Rack/Vibrinator bar end weights/Padded Seat/kickstarter
Re: What did You do to Your Dual Sport today? [Re: deodom] #127670 08/07/15 01:29 PM
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Hi Guys n Gals,

I'm awaiting a replacement shock from Australia for Team Bjerg so, in the mean time I've;

stripped the rear calliper down, new pads, seals etc.

I've replaced the rear brake disc, which was pretty worn out, with an EBC item.

I've replaced the rear sprocket with the latest option from www.wemoto.com .

I've removed the mounting brackets from the Happy Trail Panniers, as they'd rusted, so stripped 'em down, sprayed with Smoothrite and put 'em back.

Given a liberal dousing of WD-40 everywhere (ready for a good clean up).

Once the shocks arrived, she'll be back on the road, ready for David Lambeths XT Festival in September. After all I can't arrive there on Betty Beemer now can I?

Photo's will follow once the shocks fitted etc.

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Re: What did You do to Your Dual Sport today? [Re: Drifter] #127694 08/09/15 08:35 AM
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By 'eck Reggie, tha' can wear um out yee can.

Is that the 250, how many miles that one done?

I take it nobody does shocks in UK for them or nothing else fits? Sure'n you'll have done a good search. I saw Hagon doing them for the 225.

I'm fed up of busted a/m speedo cables, now got an oem Yam one but looks long, already got a good bend in it before forks are compressed.


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Re: What did You do to Your Dual Sport today? [Re: Paul49] #127695 08/09/15 09:25 AM
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Originally Posted By: Paul49
By 'eck Reggie, tha' can wear um out yee can.
Hi Paul,

Is that the 250, how many miles that one done?- 65,314kms.

I take it nobody does shocks in UK for them or nothing else fits? Sure'n you'll have done a good search. I saw Hagon doing them for the 225.Yeah no one does 'em period!

I'm fed up of busted a/m speedo cables, now got an oem Yam one but looks long, already got a good bend in it before forks are compressed.

The things to be careful with speedo cables are too sharp a bend, that turns into a kink and not lubricating those that shouldn't be.

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Re: What did You do to Your Dual Sport today? [Re: Drifter] #127818 08/16/15 04:19 AM
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After revving the heck out of my bike today while doing very rocky hill climbs, I noticed my bike had an awful rattling noise at mid-high RPM ranges.

I panicked, rode home, got the bike on a stand and started investigating. 30 minutes later I found the source...

2 rocks had found their way underneath the muffler guard... whistle I must have really kicked up some dirt!

Re: What did You do to Your Dual Sport today? [Re: Drifter] #127819 08/16/15 07:10 AM
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Hi Guys n Gals,

the replacement rear shock arrived from Australia, which I fitted yesterday. I them removed it and wound the preload up to the maximum of 187mm and re-fitted it, and it felt much better at that.

I'm working today until 11pm (on a Sunday eh) and doing late shifts all next week, so won't have a day off until next Saturday, which is when she'll have her annual MOT test done and subject to her passing it, she'll be bacon the road as my daily ride and Betty Beemer will take a break until next year.

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Re: What did You do to Your Dual Sport today? [Re: Reggie] #129658 12/09/15 10:12 PM
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I finally took the carb off and apart to put in a new needle and seat assembly. The old one looked OK, but the screw that holds it in was white from all the alcohol crud in our gas. Installed the new assembly, checked the float height and adjusted it to the higher setting (higher fuel level in the bowl), and changed the main jet back to a 130 from a 132.5. Just took it for a test ride between the rain showers (6" in 2 days), and it runs better than ever. I am guessing the rubber on the end of the needle had gotten hard and wasn't shutting the gas off properly. I'll hopefully get to do more riding tomorrow to confirm the improvements.


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Re: What did You do to Your Dual Sport today? [Re: Drifter] #131520 04/18/16 06:13 PM
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Over the past couple weeks I installed a steel braided front brake line, new bars, and new grips. I had delusions that installing those would take an afternoon, but life happens sometimes.

Apparently I (we) measured the OE line incorrectly because once I got it installed, it was obvious that it was too short. The OE line is 42" long and I'd gotten a 38" line. It barely fit with the stock bars and wasn't even close with the new (higher) Pro-Taper bars. My awesome local shop very graciously swapped the 38" line for a 44" line even though I'd already installed it.

Once I had the 44" line, I commenced installing the bars. I got Pro-Taper "ATV High" 7/8" aluminum bars, they're about an inch higher and 1/2" wider than the OE bars. Re-installing all the controls wasn't terribly difficult. I filed down the locating nubs on the throttle and kill switch housings and put a layer of gaffer tape on the bar to help them stay in place. Seems fine so far.

Speaking of the kill switch, I did end up having to take the fuel tank off to re-route the wires so they'd be long enough. The kill switch connects to the main harness on the left side of the frame under the tank and the wire runs around the front of the steering head to the right grip. I moved that wiring to the right side of the frame to gain the extra inch I needed.

I had a moment of panic when the throttle side grip stuck about half-way on, but I was able to work it into place. Then I had another moment of panic when I realized I'd pushed it too far and it was making throttle bind a little. Thankfully I was also able to move it yet again and fix the binding. I'm glad I checked the throttle action immediately. The clutch side doesn't seem to be stuck real well, but it's out baking in the sun this afternoon so hopefully it'll stick. If not, I'll take it back off and try again.

I also changed the oil and checked the air filter, which wasn't significantly dirty, so I was lazy and didn't clean it.

The taller bars are much better while standing and I really like the new grips (ProGrip 714). Mostly I'm glad to be riding again after having the bike parked and in pieces for a couple weeks.


Oh yeah... and being a pack rat paid off for once. I'm glad I saved all the mounting hardware for the bark busters. I still had the correct pieces to mount them on the new aluminum bars compared to the steel OE bars, so it was simple instead of having to rig something to make them fit.

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Re: What did You do to Your Dual Sport today? [Re: Drifter] #131656 04/24/16 08:06 PM
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I'm finishing up my first maintenance on my new-to-me 2006 XT225, which has about 6400 miles on it:

Oil & filter changed
Air filter cleaned and re-oiled (needs to be replaced, as the yellow foam is starting to break down)
Chain cleaned, lubed, and tension adjusted
General clean up
Z1 exhaust mod, including repainting with Rustoleum 2000 paint.
127.5 main jet, pilot screw backed out 2.5 turns

Although I still have the valve adjustments to go, I decided to start it to make sure that it would start, to get a more accurate oil level, and to see what the modified exhaust sounds like. It started right up, and after 15 seconds on choke, it responded immediately to throttle without hesitation. It's definitely a little louder, but not obnoxiously so, but if the noise starts to bother me (or others), I can always wrap the spark arrester with some fiberglass.

Although I am pretty scrupulous about taking before pictures for reference, there is always something after the fact that I miss. I have one piece of rubber shield, about the thickness of a truck tire inner tube, whose exact location and orientation I can't quite remember. I cannot find a picture or reference to it in the service manual:



I know that it came from the area generally at the back of the fuel tank, but I didn't take a photo before removing it. What is this piece for, and more importantly, does anybody have a photo that shows it in place? It looks like the two holes on the left side hook on to a couple of lugs on a tank mount bracket, but I don't remember about how it was actually positioned.

Remaining on my task list:

Adjust valves
Grease swingarm
Put everything back together
Change fork oil (next fall, after hot weather is over)

Last edited by Selden; 04/24/16 09:14 PM.

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Re: What did You do to Your Dual Sport today? [Re: Drifter] #131658 04/24/16 08:31 PM
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Muniac's oil Changing Oil & Grease video, part III @ the 3:15 mark answered my question:



Sheer coincidence that my photograph showed it in the exact orientation it should be on the bike. Has anyone made a replacement? Mine has several cracks and tears. I'm thinking of using the old one as a template, and using some fiber-reinforced tool drawer liner to make a replacement.

Last edited by Selden; 04/25/16 12:45 AM.

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