What to maintain?
Posted September 30, 2005 - 12:59 PM
I bought the bike new in Feb '04 and have changed the oil about every 2-3 rides. I only ride once or twice a month and the bike has a little over 500 miles on it now. I'm a pretty mellow rider so I don't think that anything on the bike is terribly worn. Besides changing the oil, I've tightened the spokes...and that's about it for regular maintenance.
I'm planning on doing the following:
New spark plug
Lube the rear suspension linkage
Lube the front and rear hubs
Lube the neck
Change the coolant
Rejet the carb (maybe...I'm not sure I want to delve into this as I don't want to spend lots of time fine tuning it or screw anything up...the stock jetting works ok except for a little hesitation off idle)
Any tips on tackling all these projects? I figure I can do it over a couple of weekends and I'm not in any hurry.
Is there anything else I should plan on doing? Should I do a valve adjustment? Is that even something a mildly technical person should do on a bike or should I take it to a mechanic for that sort of thing?
Posted September 30, 2005 - 02:30 PM
Or is that something better left to a professional?
Posted September 30, 2005 - 02:31 PM
Posted September 30, 2005 - 03:48 PM
If they're out of spec then save the pain of a rebuild and reshim. If they're in spec then you just learned something new. Its not hard to do, just take your time and read the manual and that link I posted.
Greasing the linkage is a good thing for sure. Rplace any bearings that look suspect and your bike will feel nice and tight again. Check the throttle cables and replace if necessary. Change the brake fluid also. Do it all over a couple of weekends and you'll have yourself a fresh machine again.
Posted September 30, 2005 - 05:10 PM
I also did the JD jet kit and Zip-ty fuel screw last night. Also fairly easy, but there are a few things to watch for if you decide to remove the sub-frame like I did. A friend really helps here. Once the sub-frame was off, the carb came out to the left side with all cables still attached..... just enough to do the needle and jet. I may be biased in saying it is easy, as I have rebuilt car engines, transmissions and carbs in the past.
Posted October 02, 2005 - 07:36 PM
I assume your cleaning your airfilter regulary. How about fork oil? Have you changed that at all. How's the wheel bearings, any play?
I sort of clean my air filter...I've never figured out how to get the foam off of the plastic frame without either tearing the foam or breaking the plastic frame it's wrapped around. So, I just wipe down the airbox and filter to get as much crud off as I can. Maybe I'll just buy a new filter that actually comes apart cause I don't think the stock one is meant to (or there's some trick that I haven't figured out yet).
I've never changed the fork oil. I didn't know that's something that should be done regularly. I'll put that on the list too.
The wheel bearings have never felt like there's any play. I check the front and rear every time I change the oil and there's never any slop.
Thanks for the valve and swingarm links guys!
Posted October 03, 2005 - 06:55 AM
Did you do the free mods on your WR yet?
Posted October 03, 2005 - 08:44 AM