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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:03 pm 
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Thus the Journey began... in style, I might add!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:26 pm 
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Before I made the decision pro DR650, I have read, researched, talked about and looked at many a bikes. The DR riders seemed very happy with their steeds and I even ran into one who lived about a mile away from me, on the way top Prudhoe Bay, AK.

Nearly every bike has it's pusses and shortcomings but the overall equation tilted in favor of the DR as my new do-most-of-it bike.

So, after picking up the bike I rode it for about 10 miles, just to see whether there were some glaring issues I needed to consider while taking her apart and then dove right into the list of "must do" stuff written on here.

It is maddening to me, to see the basis for such a list on a bike that has been in production for so long.

Taking the bike apart, I ran into several dry bearings... pictured below are some of them after I was done greasing and checking and I picture them in the hopes that a future "new" owner of a DR will see the necessity to take care of the "must do" things...


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:36 pm 
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In the process, I also replaced the OEM bearings in the wheels and sprocket carrier as well as the cushion blocks in the carrier.

While the bearings were still good and clean, I do not want any unwanted surprises down the road and as such, while in there, I may as well take care of it.

For a change of pace, I installed some shiny stuff that just came in. It looks great, fit and finish are spectacular and the sound is very nice (baffle in). More on the rest, once I get a chance to fine-tune the machinery...

Unfortunately one of the OEM screws broke off while trying to take the header off... sadly, that resulted in some drilling and tapping I had not planed on, or asked for... anti-seize is the fiddler's friend here...


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:41 pm 
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Much to my surprise, under all the muck and grease, I discovered that there was no plate/screws to hold the front sprocket in place.

So, I ordered the plate, rubber ring (useless) and a new counter shaft oil seal, while I was at it... after cleaning, it looked very nice again.

I did not feel inclined to finagle with a seal retainer, seeing how a 520 conversion is probably on the horizon before my next long trip... if not I'll do it, but i also carry a new seal in my toolkit now. Cheap insurance.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:44 pm 
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That is a good start sir!

(and I love that shock, Cogent?)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:49 pm 
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After putting the rear back together, I shifted attention to the front end.

Taking the triple tree out, I got really mad at the stupidity of manufacturers like Suzuki... as clearly visible in the picture, the bearings were pretty much dry.

I seem to have gotten lucky, seeing how there were slight wear marks but no scoring in the races and upon re-greasing and putting everything back together, movement is smooth throughout and unrestricted.

For anyone who attempts this for the first time: BE VERY CAREFUL when you re-assemble. Do not over tighten the nut holding the bearings/stem in place. That's a common mistake and easily overlooked. the results can be downright dangerous.

That's where I am right now. Next step, replacing the bearings in the front wheel, NSU screws and surrounding stuff and then valve adjustment.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:50 pm 
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Max Kool wrote:
That is a good start sir!

(and I love that shock, Cogent?)


Öhlins spring and the body looks to be Öhlins as well... Haven't taken it apart, so I am not sure. The shock is fairly new and seems to work well for me. So, I won't fiddle with it.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 12:55 pm 
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:2_thumbsup:

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:18 pm 
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great post, and can i have your truck in the first pic? :biggrin:


in all seriousness that thing is really cool

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 1:22 pm 
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crash wrote:
in all seriousness that thing is really cool


Lol, so I was not the only one? CJ unlimited?

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