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Explorer / Re: Where do I buy one from ABQ?
« on: December 18, 2014, 11:07:42 PM »
Send an email to me.
   I have one that may help, and I did I some looking into this trying to get the temp sensor working.

Mark

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Explorer / Re: Where do I buy one from ABQ?
« on: November 20, 2014, 02:30:00 AM »
I don't know the dealer in Colorado.
   I had good luck with Lewisport- but calling is best.

Here is what I would probably buy.

1. Chain. The original is junk. I installed a DID narrow 'O' ring. I just had to trim the inside of the chain guid a bit.
2. Trials rear brake pedal. The factory Explorer one is too long and not good (unless they started fitting the trials one). Bolts right on, but I had to make a special tool to remove and install the nut.
3. Spare subframe mount screws (locktite the originals)
4. Torx wrench sets- everything is Torx on the bike.


  I'm having a hard time thinking of much else!
I'd buy a spare sparking plug or two- for my conditions a hotter one works better.
Do you need a spark arrestor where you ride? Lewisport carries one that bolts right on. I fit a little rubber flap (old inner tube) to keep the mud off. Otherwise it would bake on and choke the bike.

Install a small tie-wrap on the two plastic side covers- that way you can't loose them if something hits them.
I like The Tubliss system, I can run super low pressures without worring about punctures.

Break it in easily and long. Run the oil they recommend for the trans- make sure to change it correctly (on mine it looks over full when it is not)

I have about 130 hours on mine- very happy with it.
 It does like a healthy kick- good plug helps. The make sure you know how to use the easy start before you fire it off.

Mark

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Explorer / Side body panel
« on: November 02, 2014, 01:49:32 AM »
A tip.
   I lost a side panel (the ones that press and clip in).
I had one fall off once before, but didn't get around to doing a permanent fix.

So- notwthat I have a new panel, a small tie-wrap around the press-in part anchors it so the panel can't be lost.
A quick clip and the tie-wrap is cut, but the panel won't be lost by accident.

I have some. 120 hours before I lost one, but I would recomend doing the fix.


Mark

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Explorer / Re: 1974 Explorer and 2014 Explorer
« on: September 29, 2014, 03:34:59 AM »
Rear suspension service on the new bike- carb work on the old one.


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Explorer / 1974 Explorer and 2014 Explorer
« on: September 24, 2014, 12:40:31 AM »
Here is my latest project.
  From the original owner, nothing rusted solid (just some surface rust)- runs pretty well, 190psi cranking compression.

What do you guys think?










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Explorer / Re: Clake II
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:58:22 AM »
The Clake II is still working great.
   I tend to use both fingers in really tight stuff- one on brake one on clutch.

I've gotten air in the foot brake still- not exactly sure why. I'll check with Clake - could be the master perhaps?
   So far not a huge deal, easy to bleed.

Definately worth it for me.


Mark

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Explorer / Re: Explorer 'main' tank vent leaking
« on: September 22, 2014, 02:54:41 AM »
The darn fuel cap fell off today- and I couldn't find it in the brush.

Anyone know the thread size?

I think I'll see if I can find a different type of cap- then use the vent to the lower tank with a 'T' and extended hose vent.

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Explorer / Re: Update on an Explorer after 8 months and 88 hours
« on: September 01, 2014, 03:02:26 PM »
100 hours.

1. I had to adjust idle and reset the TPS. It was running rich. That seems to have solved it.
     Interestingly, after adjusting idle the TPS voltage was spot on. So perhaps the stop wore a bit?

2. Lower 'main' tank cap started leaking badly. I glued it I for now, but exploring permanent fix.
    The short hose and one way valve with O ring on tank seems to have solved the leaky upper tank cap leak.

Still like it more every time I ride it!

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Explorer / Re: Explorer 'main' tank vent leaking
« on: September 01, 2014, 02:59:05 PM »
I have an idea of how to solve it well.
  I think machine an 'O' ring 'groove' in the cap- that should solve it and still allow it to move around.

I installed a short hose with one way valve in the 'upper' tank cap. It leaked out the vent when full as stock,  plus I used an O ring at the bottom of the cap. Seems to work well so far.

I'll report how it works.  (Not much Activity lately, anyone reading these?)

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Explorer / Explorer 'main' tank vent leaking
« on: August 09, 2014, 08:06:03 PM »
Quite recently the little vent out of the 'main' tank (in the frame) started leaking.
The hose was too loose and leaked originally, but a bit of safety wire fixed it.
But now the little 90degree metal fitting that goes I or the dummy cap is loose and leaking Badly.
Perhaps it won't leak much when the tank is bolted down and holding it- but I'm not counting on that.

Anyone come up with a good solution?

The only one I can think of is to tap the dummy cap and thread a fitting in- or come up with on that has an O ring on it.

 Any ideas?


Mark

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Explorer / Re: Update on an Explorer after 8 months and 88 hours
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:17:44 AM »
I'm going to drill a hole and install a tube so I can mount a short breather hose and one  way valve.

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Explorer / Update on an Explorer after 14 months and 145 hours
« on: July 20, 2014, 12:26:01 AM »
Thought I'd put up an update on the bike so far.

Overall, I love it! Fantastic bike for how I use it. Mostly trail riding, best on the hardest trails. Not so hot on really fast trails. It will do it- but really always looking for tight stuff!

Problems/issues

1. Broken chain tensioner spring.
2. Flakey fuel cap
3. Broken wire to speed sensor
4. Broken suspension Link (my fault)
5. Bent rear brake mount (my fault- but I don't like the setup)
6. Crappy stock brake pedal- ditched it for TR pedal- perfect!
7. Failed front wheel bearings at 88 hours (common on my KTM where I ride also)
8. Wore hole in seat before I started riding properly (was gripping with legs)
9. Plugged aftermarket Spark Arrestor (fixed with little mudflap)
10. Stock chain is crap- replaced with DID Narrow, great now.
11. Biggest issue- not enough time to ride!!!


As you can see, all are pretty minimal items or my fault. Things like wheel bearings are disposable around here with all the water and mud.

No failed plastics or broken tabs/mounts. Hard to start twice- both times due to my giving throttle without thinking and an older sparking plug.
Has not lost any coolant, ever. No leaks (except crappy fuel cap)- runs perfectly all the time (except when I plugged the non-stock spark arrestor).
The bike has been a delight- the light weight is fantastic, it is teaching better riding habits and I'm having a blast with it. Never once have I wished I didn't get it,more had gotten something else. My old KTM 300'XCW was fantastic, but I enjoy this much more (except for really fast-'rough stuff).

I'm learning loads on how to ride 'with' the bike, allowing it to do the work. I'm still learning to trust it.

I highly recommend the bike to someone that wants a super  light bike  that is very responsive. It Definately wants to be ridden standing- but I do all day rides with no problem at all, almost never sitting. Learn to rest standing, use your legs and not your arms, ride very loose and relaxed.

Mark

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Explorer / Re: jitsie exhaust pipe
« on: July 19, 2014, 11:46:44 PM »
How much?
   My original has a dent (from when the link broke). I doubt it affects power much.

Mark

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Explorer / Re: gas cap
« on: June 30, 2014, 12:20:12 AM »
The cap must be vented.
 BUT another method could be used.
I've been thinking of installing a breather hose with one way valve like my KTM had on it.
I don't think it would be hard.

Drill out the  little hole, bold or bond in a fitting, install something like this.

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/17218/i/factory-effex-gas-tube-vent-cap-with-tube?WT.ac=SLIsearch



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Explorer / Re: Transmission issue & Hello!
« on: June 24, 2014, 09:55:15 PM »
Good to hear it is resolved and even better under warranty!

I'm liking mine more every ride.

Mark

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