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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #120 on: August 13, 2010, 02:54:43 pm »
Brief update on the whining:

I have sourced an end-cap from a very generous WD :) So I will take the pipe myself to Scorch and have it done, it's a simple fix and I wanted to insert a pipe down the middle anyways.

The guys who I was working with were willing to help, but un-necessarily rude/aggressive. He seemed to have forgotten that he fucked up and actually if anyone should be swearing on the phone it should be me. He got irate when I called with suggestions. He was willing to help, but he was just kak rude about it.

So i'll make another plan. Admittedly I should've taken the pipe to him sooner, but didn't feel like the 1 hour long trip AGAIN.
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #121 on: August 26, 2010, 11:57:50 am »
time to love my bike:

I am taking a black RMZ front fender and mounting it onto my zook, because it's going to look awesome.

I am taking off both wheels to change both tires. At the same time I'll be cleaning the back shock and front sprocket area. It is a serious mess under there.

I will be inspecting my rims for damage or wear or whatever and will check spokes for tightness and bends.

I will also check my wheel bearings front and back.

And will check brake pads and discs.

Is there anything else I should do while I have the wheels/tires off the bike?

I need the bike for next weekend for Nelson's Creek training day, so I have a few days to play mechanic-mechanic.
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #122 on: August 26, 2010, 12:14:16 pm »
Chain and sprockets OK?
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #123 on: August 26, 2010, 12:22:59 pm »
Chain and sprockets OK?

Oh yeah, those kind of go without saying :) They've done less than 1000kms, so they're great.
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #124 on: August 26, 2010, 12:32:39 pm »
Check valve clearance aswell! And clean and oil airfilter
 

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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #125 on: August 26, 2010, 06:53:14 pm »
How do i tighten a loose spoke?

My back wheel bearings are a disaster... Who's got the product codes so I can order from bearing man? :)
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #126 on: August 26, 2010, 09:58:32 pm »
How do i tighten a loose spoke?

My back wheel bearings are a disaster... Who's got the product codes so I can order from bearing man? :)
will be looking at mine too after this weekend, ordered neck bearings from Mario @ DirtRider 360 for a set
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #127 on: August 27, 2010, 12:40:26 am »
My zook has an 18" at the back. Is that stock? The spec sheet I looked at with julian said 17"??
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #128 on: August 27, 2010, 05:24:22 am »
18 is stock for the offroads. 17 for the retard
 

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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #129 on: August 27, 2010, 10:26:24 am »
Thanks N[]va. That was highly informative. You okes are awesome.

I'm going to repost my questions because I fear your cool pictures may hijack the thread!

1) Can anyone give me the parts number for the throttle stop screw on the E-model carb?

2) what should i check while i have both wheels off? spokes, rims, rim locks, bearings, chain, sprockets.

3) anyone have the serial numbers for the back wheel bearings? both of mine are shot. thanks :)
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #130 on: September 04, 2010, 06:18:10 pm »
So for the first time EVER I am riding with a good front tire, a TKC80.

On my DR650 I had a King KT966 for 3000kms.

On my DRZ I had a Hourang Fortune *cheap chinese kak, until 3am this morning when mounted my TKC80.

It has made SUCH A HUGE difference to how the bike feels on and offroad, it tracks better in corners, the front feels more solid, I corner faster, I can brake harder, and its much better offroad, tight technical stuff made me feels like a trials rider today :) it's just all round epic :)
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #131 on: September 08, 2010, 09:24:59 pm »
So yeah, after powerkote broke my exhaust and were then rude about it Geoff Talbott and a WD sorted me out :) Powerkote were willing to fix my exhaust, but they were rude and cheap about it, and after I found a free end-cap of a WD (thanks Peter Stuyvestant) I figured I'd do it myself.

Geoff did an awesome job and welded in a 38mm pipe as well as chucked the end can on for me. All for R250. He works from home and so can offer very reasonable prices.

Powerkote, the coating is great, the service I got from them was rather poor.

As an aside, Time Freight couriers, I phoned them last Thursday and asked them to collect some MX gear for me from pretoria. Delivery was meant to happen monday morning. It's wednesday, it hasn't been collected, nor can they find the order form they filled out for me. Shocking.
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #132 on: September 19, 2010, 05:43:40 pm »
On the left side of the cylinder is a little hole, about 5mm in diameter. I think it is the spark plug drainage hole. my bike is leaking oil from there. I overheated it a few weeks ago, i let it idle standing still. what does this mean? am i to join the list of the fallen big end bearings?
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #133 on: September 19, 2010, 08:15:50 pm »
On the left side of the cylinder is a little hole, about 5mm in diameter. I think it is the spark plug drainage hole. my bike is leaking oil from there. I overheated it a few weeks ago, i let it idle standing still. what does this mean? am i to join the list of the fallen big end bearings?
Check if the spark plug is tightend properly, but there should be no oil at the plug at all unless the rings / valves are shot. Check to see if the cam cover is not leaking into the plug hole.
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #134 on: September 19, 2010, 10:42:40 pm »
Check if the spark plug is tightend properly, but there should be no oil at the plug at all unless the rings / valves are shot. Check to see if the cam cover is not leaking into the plug hole.

Thanks, will do. I forgot to mention the bike seems to be running fine.
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #135 on: September 20, 2010, 07:21:48 am »
On the left side of the cylinder is a little hole, about 5mm in diameter. I think it is the spark plug drainage hole. my bike is leaking oil from there. I overheated it a few weeks ago, i let it idle standing still. what does this mean? am i to join the list of the fallen big end bearings?

Valve cover gasket not fitted proplerly or pinched & damaged.

Not sure how a DRZ would blow oil from the plug hole ??? but hey it's a DRZ everything's possible :evil6:
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #136 on: September 20, 2010, 08:39:37 am »
The valve cover gasket is a rubber unit and sits in a groove if I remember correctly. It has three allen head bolts that needs to be installed in the correct order as one is longer than the other two.
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #137 on: September 21, 2010, 08:04:47 am »
The third bolt and its rubber is totally different than the other two. If you get that wrong you should try something else maybe Ikebana.

The valve cover needs to be seated and the three bolts fitted loosely. Then you tighten them hand tight & torque them.

Damage to the valve cover gasket often occurs if the round bit that fits around the plug tunnel is not placed correctly. Once tightened the cover will pinch and destroy the gasket (and it won't seal either).

If it's been pinched replace.

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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #138 on: September 25, 2010, 05:25:59 pm »
N[]va came round yesterday and re-fitted the cam cover gasket. Seems to have stopped the oil leak :) thanks guys.

Acidfreak- you still need the specs? I can pull my rack off and give you the measurements between the attachment points if that will help you?
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Re: Milddog's DRZ pimp thread
« Reply #139 on: October 28, 2010, 09:35:34 pm »
So today I was taking a short cut through Wynberg Park, in Cape Town. Its just next to the highway. I sneak between two bollards, along a short gravel road, then a little climb and a few slow-ish bermed corners through the forest, back onto the tar and to the office. Today, however, I grabbed too much front brake, got a fright, blipped the throttle and rode straight into one of those highway barriers. Flew over the bars and scraped my leg. Total fail. Total muppet.

It's the first time I've ever damaged my bike in a fall: one indicator broken.



Notice the large patch of ergonomically approved grass that saved my torso from damage:





You'll see also the highway was close enough for people to laugh as they drove past.



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