MichaelX's maintainance

Maintenance, repair, troubleshooting, etc.
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MichaelX
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Thu Mar 10, 2016 1:39 am

Inside the forks are 2 spacers (1in each fork) that compress the spring a little (preload) that reduces the sag on the forks. The front spacers are too small for me and don't have too much preload. Last year i put 15W fork oil, it improved the handling and decreased dive under braking, but going over bumps and rough terrain it doesn't feel good as they become too stiff . So by compressing the springs a bit more (progressive springs) hopefully they will be harder to begin compression and replacing the oil with 10w or 7.5w for quicker dumping. With 10w oil it was smooth, good feel but too much dive under braking.
Well this is the theory, if I'm wrong, then someone correct me.
1997 XJ600N Diversion
-(rusted inside)Marving Master 4 in 2 exhaust system
-DID X-Ring Chain 520 VX-Gold 110 Link
-Oxford Adventure Style Heated Grips

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Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:33 am

Just got back from a quick test ride, i had to inflate the tires first then went to stretch the "legs" a bit. Feels good, even in corners, even if it was a bit cold. Also the rear sprocket carrier dampers are awesome and change the way the bike shifts and accel/decel, its like another bike, totaly worth it!
2016 season started at 40160km.
1997 XJ600N Diversion
-(rusted inside)Marving Master 4 in 2 exhaust system
-DID X-Ring Chain 520 VX-Gold 110 Link
-Oxford Adventure Style Heated Grips

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Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:48 am

After Saturday's trip the tiny hole in the exhaust got bigger and today i bodged something up to fix it, hoping it will hold. I used alyuminium tape on it, its resistant at temperature and i hope it handles the pulses too. Used about 20 layers of it to cover the hole.

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all dirty and rusted
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After
all shiny and less rusted
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1997 XJ600N Diversion
-(rusted inside)Marving Master 4 in 2 exhaust system
-DID X-Ring Chain 520 VX-Gold 110 Link
-Oxford Adventure Style Heated Grips

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Sat Apr 23, 2016 6:52 pm

Do you think the adhesive on that tape will stand up to the heat and pressure of the exhaust? Is it aluminum tape?

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Sun Apr 24, 2016 12:19 am

I think you should weld that hole somehow. Aluminum tape wont last because: when the pipe gets heated, adhesive will melt or, if that don't happen, presure from exhaust gases will brake that thin aluminum. Looking at the yshape of your exhaust, you could cut down that cap with hole, make another cap from stainless steel and weld it back with tig. And that's it. It would be a nice and solid repair.

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Sun Apr 24, 2016 2:33 am

That is aluminum tape used for insulation of fireplaces, the adhesive holds better after heating. I needed a quick fix for for it but ill weld or get new exhaust soon as i noticed the pressure its pushing on the tape, eventually making a hole in the aluminum tape even if i put like 20 layers of it. So far its holding up. Anyway the mufflers are all rotten inside, when i took them off pieces of rust fell off and there are allot more inside. Im thinking of making custom aluminum mufflers but atm i have too many problems and don't have time for it.
1997 XJ600N Diversion
-(rusted inside)Marving Master 4 in 2 exhaust system
-DID X-Ring Chain 520 VX-Gold 110 Link
-Oxford Adventure Style Heated Grips

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Sun Apr 24, 2016 3:22 am

If you want a custom solution, I know several guys on the other side of the border. But you'll have to leave them your bike few days. Anyway, I would just buy a second hand OEM muflers and put them on.

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Tue May 03, 2016 10:12 am

The tape held for 300km and then i took it to the highway and high revs melted the adhesive off and its back where i started.
I took the muffler off and tomorrow im going to see if i can find a welder in town that can fix them for me.
Also i found those nice Danmoto silencers for 155$ but its 130$more for shipping pff so that is a no go. Ill fix this and ride it as it is because its starting to piss me off. I cant trust it to go 1000+km trips now:(.
1997 XJ600N Diversion
-(rusted inside)Marving Master 4 in 2 exhaust system
-DID X-Ring Chain 520 VX-Gold 110 Link
-Oxford Adventure Style Heated Grips

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Tue May 03, 2016 2:27 pm

I don't know any Danmoto. Search youtube for Ada Race or Dragon Ada. But they require to take your bike to them in order to install muflers on the bike.

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Wed May 04, 2016 7:34 am

Managed to find a welder today and as i was afraid he did this huge weld but i cleaned it up a bit and you can see the weld only if u look under the bike.
1997 XJ600N Diversion
-(rusted inside)Marving Master 4 in 2 exhaust system
-DID X-Ring Chain 520 VX-Gold 110 Link
-Oxford Adventure Style Heated Grips

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