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Storing her for the winter

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Time to store away the WR for the winter. Snowmobile season is here. What should I be doing? Drain all the gas out of the tank? What else? Sorry for the Newbie question.

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Im planning on changing my oil and adjusting my valves, then turn off fuel and run dry, remove plug, pour some 4 stroke oil down there, crank her over with plug out and kill switch on, and reinstall plug, anyone do anything more??

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How about just starting the bike and letting it idle for 10min a week. I never thought of winterizing it here in Colorado because we have crazy weather; just 3 days ago I had 2.5 feet of snow on the ground and then today it was 63 degrees. I guess I'm just saying that I wouldn't 'winterize' here where I am. I think you are just as well served by idling the bike once a week. Hell it gives you quality time with you're ride as well.

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Just got my winter tires fitted! Then the wole world is like a giant offroad track! Great for improving rider skills.

Ive never done anything spesifiv before the winter, my R6 gets fresh oil and a full gass tank.. thats all.. But I start it every 14 days to make sure everythng stays lubed up! Then I dont have to worry about draining the carbs or anything! But for my WR.. Its gonna used and abused everyday here in Norway! Saltwater on the roads, 0- (-30 degrees celsius) and hard riding on icy lakes and winter roads! If it can handle one winter here it can take everything!

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I would at the very least fill the tank and add fuel stabilizer then run the bike for a few minutes. As fuel breaks down it can really ruin o-rings and gaskets. Run fogging oil through the airbox into the carb while the bike is running a couple of minutes if it is going to sit for over a month. Pull the battery an put it in a warm place and on charge once a month. Other then changing oil and giving it a good cleaning and inspection I can't think of much else. I change the fork oil too. With river crossings and clay dust, you'd be surprized how much crap gets by the oil seals. Even using seal-savers. This whole deal shouldn't cost you more then 30 bucks worth of shop supplies including oil.

My 2 cents.

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I had to store my wr 450 for the past 4 month due to a divorce(But I keep all the toys)And I put 2 gallons of 100octane Av gas airplane fuel.No need for stablizers wont evaporate,wont mess with the jets.And last week it started on the first kick in 4 months.Drained it out of the tank put 91 back in rode 80 miles> Glad to be back.:mad:

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Here is a very pertinent point from a guy nicknamed "Frostbite" who lives and rides in the far north and who posted in 2004:

"I always set it to TDC after a ride too. A few mornings when I kicked it over it felt like the spark plug was out. I took it into a heated garage to check it out and the compression came back by itself. I think that condensation froze on open valve stems and wouldn't let them close. Since I started leaving it at TDC I haven't had the problem."

It seems to me that if a bike was stored with the valves open, air would be allowed into the cylinder so I am going to store mine on TDC also.

Here is the link to his whole story:

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/dual-sport-riding-t133116.html?t=133116

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Ive got a different problem here. its too hot for these premadonnas to ride in the summer, so now is the time they dust off their puzzies, and want a schedueled 9am to 2pm ride, but to them a fire road is "tough".

My suggestion is to throw chains on and hit the trails at least twice a week!

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