Dirt Week Repairs

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Lets see a recap from everyone of all the emergency repairs that had to be done to keep the bikes going while at Dirt week.

I blew a fork seal Friday afternoon and decided to go ahead and keep riding instead of just having Jeremy repair it. After realizing my front brake was not going to work very well with fork oil all over it I whent ahead a bought a new seal from Jeremy. Thanks to Brett and Gomer for holding the flash lights while I tried to replace the seal in complete darkness. Now I can honestly say I can change a fork seal in the dark. Thanks for the help guys!
 

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Let's see I brought my KTM up knowing I had to replace the clutch actuator arm seal. Farmer John brought it from Cali and I had it swapped out pretty quickly. Had to spend a bit of time getting the flywheel/stator indexed then fired it up. Ran pretty badly so I checked the carb brass and it was as lean as I had. In there some how I picked up a boulder and the floats stuck open dumping gass out the vents. After a few cleanings all was well..... until I started it again.:( Then with Rich's expertise it was determined that the ignition side crank seal was gone. Seeing as I didn't want "to see God as I passed him at warp speed" we pulled then engine, wrapped in in plastic and deposited it in Eric Gorr's truck. It seems my KTM is co-dependent because it ended up not being alone for very long in Eric's truck but, that's a story better told by BusterWho or Thump. Oh and since the shock had to be removed to pull the mighty 360 Jeremy took that with him. On a positive note I guess I go better fuel economy coming back sice I had less weight.:confused:

Then again just imagine how AWESOME my pumpkin will be after Eric and Jeremy wave their magic wands upon those pieces!:p
 

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Ya' know I told him it was OK with ME if he took your 'F out when we were sitting around....:p

I'm just generous that way;)
 

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i was one of the lucky ones that got a flat. first lap of the poker run. after that, no problems.
 

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I dont know where to start? First i lost some of my screws that hold on the plastic. It seemed like 1 for each piece was missing. I replaced them and locited the rest of them. Next was a seat bolt, Oh well the other one still held the seat down.

Then there was Thursday morning, I headed out the the GP track. As i rounded the 3rd turn i lost the chain roller. Flying into turn 4 i got alittle sideways and high on the bumpy section causing the chain to come off. It let some nice grind marks in the case and slammed the shifter lever down breaking out the bottom of the case, gouging the lever and bending the shifter shaft. Oil ran out the motor faster than hotdamn at the bonfire. :eek: Next comes the breaking of the exhaust bolt in the frame leaving it only connected at the motor and 1 bolt at the silencer.

Lots of JB weld and duct tape couldnt keep the YZ from spewing its fluids all over the MX track for the group photo. We almost got to findout if a screw driver handle makes a good chain roller. Well that's about it for me until i get the case split and see what esle i did to the bike.

Also lost my shower bag while it was sunbathing on the fence post!
:think
 

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I did get some nice black marks on the bottom of the Gas Gas fender. I kept hearing a strange sound when I landed. Having never ridden an MX track before I ddin't know what bottoming a bike out sounded like.:eek:
 

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Well - Red was also a victim of the slashed tire from the Thursday poker run. So we had a mini tire/tube changing shop in our trailer... changed Red's and helped a few other riders out too. Red blew out both fork seals Thursday too (but of course that didn't stop him from riding) - I'm bringing Jeremy the forks tonight.

I also helped out the guy from PA who crashed so hard Thursday on the MX track that he blew out his pants (!) with a shifter lever.

I myself was sidelined after 2.5 laps on the Thursday poker run from smacking into a boulder, going over the bars, and landing my kidney/back on something hard :( What a bummer not to be able to join in on the riding. Especially after looking forward to DW for months and months. All in all - it was still a good time. :)
 

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Originally posted by Tree jumper

Lots of JB weld and duct tape couldnt keep the YZ from spewing its fluids all over the MX track for the group photo.
were you the one with the funnel and the bottle of oil? :scream:
 

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Originally posted by Tree jumper
I dont know where to start? First i lost some of my screws that hold on the plastic. It seemed like 1 for each piece was missing. I replaced them and locited the rest of them. Next was a seat bolt, Oh well the other one still held the seat down.

Then there was Thursday morning, I headed out the the GP track. As i rounded the 3rd turn i lost the chain roller. Flying into turn 4 i got alittle sideways and high on the bumpy section causing the chain to come off. It let some nice grind marks in the case and slammed the shifter lever down breaking out the bottom of the case, gouging the lever and bending the shifter shaft. Oil ran out the motor faster than hotdamn at the bonfire. :eek: Next comes the breaking of the exhaust bolt in the frame leaving it only connected at the motor and 1 bolt at the silencer.

Lots of JB weld and duct tape couldnt keep the YZ from spewing its fluids all over the MX track for the group photo. We almost got to findout if a screw driver handle makes a good chain roller. Well that's about it for me until i get the case split and see what esle i did to the bike.

Also lost my shower bag while it was sunbathing on the fence post!
:think
And now everyone knows why you won the Flapping fender award
 

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Originally posted by mx547


were you the one with the funnel and the bottle of oil? :scream:
Yep that would be me! :cool: If i hadnt lost my shower bag i was going to fill it full of oil and run the shower hose into the case. Sort of like an IV for the bike! :p That way i could of made atleast one lap around the track on MY bike. :(

The motor had less than 10 hours on the freshly rebuilt top and bottom end. What a bummer, but i still had a blast meeting everyone and hanging out.
 

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Only trouble I had was 1.5 blown fork seals.

The one on the brake side was the worst, so I decided to change it Saturday morning before the MX (thanks, Jeremy, for bringing seals!). I was saying that "thing is the only thing I don't like about this Honda" since this would be the second set of seals on my '01, but here's the deal:
1. Per Jeremy, letting mud dry on the tubes, then riding will kill the seals. I do this some times...the woods get very muddy here!

2. Upon inspection, I found that the wiper was cocked sideways, I had removed it to clean underneath earlier in the week, then didn't get it back in all the way (the constant "dirt bike motor noise" was enough to make a guy want to ride, eh?). So, it was totally my fault, at this allowed dirt and sand to enter.

As far as the other seal that was leaking a bit, I called Cleo's Rastafarian Psychic Hotline on my cell phone, and we made a deal...my credit card bill will be horrendous this month, but it was all worth it!

She saw a change in my future (seal stopped leaking, that must be what she meant!)
 

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god blessed me with a broken front brake lever at the 1.9 mile mark on the team hare parade lap...THANK YOU BLESSED LORD! after about 4 wrecks up to that point and showing AJ the proper way to get a 426,high and centerd on a BIG root, up a rutted mud hill,while dismounted, using the rock and push,cuss'n swear,pin the throttle and run,method, i wasn't gonna argue with fate. my pride was broken a bit tho,when i did my final wreck at the power lines, i was laying on my back,looking up,taking a break,languishing in my totally exhausted state, enjoying it somewhat,realizing nobody was around for miles,when i noticed somebody pull into my perriphrial, on a kdx,looking down at me and ask"ya ok buddy". i always knew i had a guardian angle,but i never expected him to be a team green guy. i never got to thank that fella..thanks whoever you were. .oh well,broken pride heals up pretty well right after the first coors lite!:cool:
 

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Blown fork seals, flat front tire, and a bent shift lever. Two vertibrae in my back not quite where they should be either. TreeJumper, I haven't seen a bike upside down like that since I was a kid working on my bicycle.:p Nikki I hope you get to feeling better soon, "I feel your pain!"