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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #280 on: January 12, 2012, 02:54:13 pm »
Excellent, thanks alot Veemax  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #281 on: January 12, 2012, 03:06:40 pm »
Great to join the thread! but I've still got the question: upgearing clutchless - good idea or bad idea. I've been trying to get used to doing it on my GS, it's way easier on the DR. More Smooth, but is it a good idea?
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #282 on: January 12, 2012, 03:35:32 pm »
Clutchless shifting at speed really has no consequence , but if you crash it you'll round off the dogs on the gears. Given the rarity of these old DR's and the value of gears in the drive chain, I'll just use my clutch for all changes, save myself the mental strian of thinking about when its cool and when its risky !

Also the only person really qualified to shift without a clutch is someone who has held a syncromesh gearbox in his hand and really, really got to understand it's workings and limitations ....once you've rebuilt a gearbox or three IMHO then you get the honour of hero-shifting !

There's more to loose and little to gain ... clutch cables are cheaper than gearboxes !!!

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #283 on: January 12, 2012, 08:52:26 pm »
Thx 4 clearing that up Veemax! Will do so
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #284 on: January 13, 2012, 08:04:39 pm »
Reading the Bible..(BST-40), ..any dog in jhb area who knows the Bible of by heart?
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #285 on: January 13, 2012, 09:46:27 pm »
We are waiting for the Volroom Executive Summary !

Or Bullet Points ...

perhaps an Audio Book ???

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #286 on: January 14, 2012, 08:28:06 am »
I watched Mondo Enduro for the first time last night  :thumleft: geez those bikes took abuse!!!!

Has anyone ever ordered anything from pro-cycle here??? Bit worried about my shipment. Only have tracking since it left the USA
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #287 on: January 14, 2012, 07:37:12 pm »
We are waiting for the Volroom Executive Summary !

Or Bullet Points ...

perhaps an Audio Book ???

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #288 on: January 15, 2012, 09:24:09 am »
Had a busy few days, first order of business was to tackle the garage, the missus agreed to a mass donation to charity so I could build a workshop of sorts.......
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #289 on: January 15, 2012, 09:26:36 am »
I found a solution for the front fender using plate and spacers, now the brake line is protected .....
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #290 on: January 15, 2012, 09:28:33 am »
Fitted the fender and took off old mudguard ,  kinda transforms the front end.....
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #291 on: January 15, 2012, 09:30:50 am »
Sorted out "zorst" header and heatshield, drill with wire brush , acid wash and baked on high temp paint.....
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #292 on: January 15, 2012, 09:32:59 am »
Now I await my tank, vapour dash and carb goodies so I can fit,set, jippo the respective areas, then it will be the wheel areas next
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #293 on: January 15, 2012, 10:49:12 am »
Nice progress there WC !!! Looking good man. I'm glad your workshop is progressing. I won't post a pic of my Man Cave lest it cause a divorce your side ...

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I've also been beavering away. I'm due for a new tyre so this spoke discussion had me wonder what lurked under the rim tape. The answer was a bit of a shocker.

Below is my attempt to bring back my rear wheel from near-death. Phosphoric acid is your friend. Naturally I now have masked all problems with Velvaglo.

Nice thing about a bike which is liberally surfaced with polyurethane,  is it will never rust again.  :thumleft:

For you tech-heads Phosporic Acid + Iron Oxide = Iron Phosphate which cannot subsequently rust. Cover THAT up and you have a reasonable fix.

Short of replacing the spokes this will do for me, the rims were straight and true and the spoke tensions all good so no adjustment  was needed. Was that NOT the case, I'd have soaked all the heads in penetrating oil for a few days rather , and tried to mobilise the threads.

Ja I know I am sweeping the problem under the Velvaglo Carpet , but I'll simply await the next time I place a big order, then get in some new spokes as a backup. Take my time. One winters day I'd get around to it.

Odds are good the front wheel looks less bad. I wish there was a better trick for tyre fitment than using bloody dishwashing liquid, which corrodes your spoke heads like this. Maybe someone knows of a PROPER lube for tyre fitment that doesn't cause rust ? Educate me. ( Que Le Cap : The Wikipedia of Tech Matters! )

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #294 on: January 15, 2012, 06:43:10 pm »
My spokes also need attention, that's the next bridge I have to DIY, wanna either cold galv or spray them after sanding and home acid washing, may even go silver hammerite, want something I can touch up myself. What about WD40 as a lube/rust prventer?

Got my seat back, looks alot more comfy now, thanks Charlie  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #295 on: January 15, 2012, 09:28:39 pm »
Seat looks good Wildcoast, nice job on the spokes Veemax. I want a spoke torque wrench, anyone got one or knows where to get one? You can hear the spokes aren't equally tensioned. I sprayed some q20 on the metal bits to prevent rust and accidently sprayed some on the disc's...when riding today I wondered to myself if the brakes were always so weak until I realized..will clean with hot soapy water tomorrow.
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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #296 on: January 15, 2012, 09:31:34 pm »
Deepbase and Superdave, what carb set-ups are you guys running at this altitude with aftermarket pipes? Any airbox mods? My carb is next on the agenda when my jet kit arrives , wanna try eliminate as much guesswork as possible....
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #297 on: January 15, 2012, 09:34:49 pm »
LOL Volroom , just don't write your new baby off with Q-20 brakes, I also wanna remove spokes for a re-vamp, dunno what I'm going to treat them with yet? I must check my OEM tool-kit maybe I have a spoke wrench, what area of Gauteng are you in?
 

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Re: Older DR 600/650 thread (Pre mid 90's)
« Reply #298 on: January 15, 2012, 10:16:54 pm »
Yeah, luckilly I didn't push my baby too hard today. Wildcoast, I'm in Bedfordview, Eastrand. I'm super keen to hook up with a dog with expertise knowledge. I need to look at the carb, but past experience tells me I should think twice before doing it myself. I actually say a post of DR KLR, he's have a technical day or something where you bring your bike (he's also in Gauteng I think) and he think tells you about it, shows you what to do etc. I saw a drz going, so I asked as well, you coming?  Might be fun.

But yah, tell me if you get a spoke wrench. I haven't seen lots but I know you get spoke torque wrenches...want one. DR750 also said he'd help out looking at my DR. Maybe we can all get together..
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