XR600R Magneto Winding to Drive a 55/60 Watt Lamp for Cheap
Aug17

XR600R Magneto Winding to Drive a 55/60 Watt Lamp for Cheap

This article discusses in detail how to rewind a 1996 XR600 to boost the magneto capacity to drive a 55W lamp without draining the battery. Since little to nothing has been done with the XR design from 1991 to 1998, identical methods are likely applicable to these model years. The author has not checked the similarity to XR400 designs, although the technique may work well with XR400s and XR600s of earlier model years. Honda made the...

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WR426F Petcock Rebuild
Aug16

WR426F Petcock Rebuild

This afternoon I decided to take care of the petcock rebuild I have been planning. It was leaking pretty good, last time out. So, I figured I’d setup some cameras and document the moment. I know, not real exciting. But hey, I did it unscripted and totally on the fly in a single take! I also discovered a ton of crap in it. This could explain, in part, the multiple cleanings that the carburetor has required. Anyway, a pretty...

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Overview: Jetting 101
Mar10

Overview: Jetting 101

Carburetor fuel circuits and functions: 1) Pilot jet/slow jet – Affects mixture from idle to 1/3 throttle opening. The pilot jet meters fuel to the “bottom end circuits” 2) Air screw – Meters air to pilot jet. It is usually located near the back or air box side of the carb. Turning in clockwise, will richen the pilot mixture. Turning out, counter clockwise, will lean out the pilot mixture. Average setting for...

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Air Filter Maintenance
Oct05

Air Filter Maintenance

We’ve had several people request information on air filter maintenance. Performing routine maintenance on the air filter is really pretty simple: Remove the filter. Separate the inner and outer elements, assuming you have two elements. Immerse each element in a pan of cleaning solvent and wash it. Squeeze the element to remove the excess solvent. Be careful not to wring or twist the element or it could rip or crack. Gently wash...

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Dealing with a Fouled Spark Plug
Apr05

Dealing with a Fouled Spark Plug

Over the years I’ve heard of several ways to deal with fouled spark plugs. The most sure-fire way to eliminate the problem is to buy a four-stroke. However, for many that’s not an option. So with that in mind here’s a couple of other tips: The most important thing is to ensure the jetting is correct. With the correct jetting there is less chance of fouling the plug. Almost as important is to carry at least one extra spark plug. No...

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Equipping for a long ride
Mar03

Equipping for a long ride

On the front fender, carry a Moose Front Fender Bag. Include: A front inner tube (a front tube can be used in the rear tire if necessary) A tire patch kit Extra CO2 cartridges. At least four total A pair of tire irons Carry a Moose Rear Fender Bag on the rear. Include: Scott’s Multi Tool 2 and 6-inch magnetic hex extensions (for above). Leatherman style multi-pliers 6 inch needle nose Vise Grips 6-8 inch crescent wrench A multi-wrench...

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