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    • Ratranger
      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Thanks, when I originally built the bike I ended up spending a while figuring out the bend angles, lengths and offsets to make the seat...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Getting real close. I need to set up a breather, make a holder for the rear brake line, and get new screws for the stator cover. Oh...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      DIY ignition is working. Started with the kick start, and is idling better. Carbs are untuned as yet, but vacuum leak was fixed.
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      So one issue I ran into is the microsquirt won't power the coils until it has synced with the trigger wheel, with the cam speed wheel...
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      It doesn't particularly need it, I've gotten a slight weave at about 50mph on a certain onramp but that could probably be fixed by...
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    • Ratranger
      My most recent big project was a steering damper mount for my DRZ.
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      Other than the change from manual control to CNC machines haven't changed much, especially lathes. The biggest changes in the last...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Forum decline.
      While from what I've seen gen Z is rather unmotivated, I also know it's a small example. Remember all the lower enlisted in the...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Forum decline.
      A lot of the stories do relate to why forums are declining. Gen Z just isn't as interested in doing things themself, they'd rather...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Forum decline.
      As a Millennial I'm tired of living in "Interesting times." How people my age got worked up over covid I'll never know, I mean I grew...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Forum decline.
      My wife's siblings are gen Z, 1 out of 3 has a drivers license. The other 2 passed the written test, but can't be bothered to go take...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Earthx etx18b
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Not much work lately, it's been too hot. Today I modified the battery tray area to hold a larger battery. The old one just didn't...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread dry engine.
      I always thought pulling the plugs and using the kicker was to reduce load on parts until they all had oil. That being said, I doubt...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread dry engine.
      Pull the plugs, and loosen one of the oil feeds on top of the head, use the kickstart to turn it over until oil seeps at the head feed...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Target Engine Temp?.
      Ok I did a little digging and 350 is what most street VWs look at. Apparently the desert race guys see up to 450 and start trying to...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Target Engine Temp?.
      If you want to be more accurate get something like this. It goes under the spark plug and gets a fairly accurate head temp. I know on...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      I'm to the point where I'm running into small issues. Went to sync the carbs and found a vacuum leak on the right cylinder. So carbs...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Xs 650 ..1983 $$$$ ?.
      Currently running and riding I could see 3k for that bike. Ran when parked, not so much. I only buy bikes cash in person. I don't use...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Xs 650 ..1983 $$$$ ?.
      Everyone thinks stuff is worth more now. I've seen honda xr200 listed for 2,500-3k, which is nuts for a 20+yr old dirtbike when the...
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      35mm was pretty much the standard back in the 70s-80s on import bikes. Maybe 1-2mm bigger or smaller, but all pretty close. As for...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread wideband sensors.
      It can pick up from coil negative on non-cdi applications. If it's cdi you'll need something with a tach out. You can adjust the pulse...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread wideband sensors.
      I've been using a zeitronix zt2 with their black box. It works well if you have a TPS since it'll easily record TPS, wideband, rpm...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Shorty levers are done. I might do a little more rounding, but that'll wait until I get a feel riding with them.
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Working on some shorty levers, I don't think Braking offers short levers. These are going to be 2 finger levers.
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Mono-shock (whitexk) complete.
      Thanks, it's been fun fixing all the things I wasn't happy with the first time around. I'm interested to see how your bike looks once...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Mono-shock (whitexk) complete.
      It was probably 2-3 months ago that I was talking to them. I pass within 2 or so miles of them every day going to work. So I couldn't...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Mono-shock (whitexk) complete.
      I was going to take my new pipes to jethot in OKC, but when I called to get a quote I was told I had to ship them all the way to NC...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread High Compression Help ?.
      Do you have any info on the 4 brush starter? It's no longer mentioned on the smedspeed site which means info is very slim.
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Finally have a proper return spring for the rear brake. It's one of the things I was never happy with originally and I wasn't sure how...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Can someone explain this cam.
      Edit* Maybe the shape changed due to the shorter rocker arms, need more cam lift with a lower rocker ratio.
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Can someone explain this cam.
      It's for the OW head. It was a factory race head with steeper valve angles. Due to the steeper angles the rocker pivot is moved closer...
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      You can always get some of the UV dye that you add to oil. This lets you use a UV light to track where the glow is to find the leak...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      It'll probably around a little better out of the garage. But I'm pretty happy with it, not obnoxiously loud but enough to know it's...
    • Ratranger
      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Well it wanted a fight today, but I came out on top. It didn't want to run right or start well with a dual trigger set up. Switched...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Got the bike ready to check timing and found I made a stupid mistake. I counted teeth the wrong direction on the trigger wheel so...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      It's the cerakote exhaust coating.
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      The way it's written implies you have to keep the OEM fenders. But I figure as long as it looks decent it'll be enough to keep the cops...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      It's a fiberglass fender for a ducati, I think a monster. I've had it for years, so I don't remember exactly.
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Working on a front fender, OK has a law about having one. I don't want to get stopped over something stupid so a fender is needed.
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Crank sensor is set up now. Shouldn't be much more and it'll be ready to start.
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Cured Meats.
      I've been making jerky for a while. I use a KWS 10" slicer to cut eye round just under 1/8". For marinade it's soy sauce...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Earlier in this thread I have a pic of the baffles. They are pretty basic, just a 2" perforated tube wrapped with fiberglass packing...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Motardinn???.
      They are legit, I haven't ordered tires from them but I did get polisport case guards for my DRZ. Shipping is pretty slow as it comes...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Getting some more done, number plate mounts just need a little trimming. And I made a replacement for the chinese ebay license plate...
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      Ratranger posted the thread Akward backpack in The Lounge.
      So I went to a swap meet today, and I should have taken the truck. 2 reasons, 1. It rained on me part of the way home. 2. A pre OIF...
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      Shift to neutral as you stop, hop off bike. Light turns green start running, hop on and drop into 1st. Kinda like bump starting, but...
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      Ratranger replied to the thread Sumotrack rebuild.
      Working on fitting a number plate to hide the wiring, horn and headlight mounts. So far I'm pretty happy with the fit. I'll add mounts...
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