@spookdog gaskets are all fine and bikes holding compression and wants to run. Managed to take her out for a local ride yesterday with a fresh plug in to see what the plug looks like. If memory serves me right I haven’t got all the tools I need to get the flywheel and stator off so I was hoping
It’s weird though because I’d have thought that if I had an air leak the bike would run extremely lean and get hot? Because not once did the bike ever get warm
Whilst riding the symptoms where the same as before
-really high idle (it sometimes died down a bit during the ride) I haven’t got a Rev gauge so I’m just guessing but majority of the time idle sat around 5k.
-only start on choke, it’d enter powerband (hits hard enough to still lift the front end too) but will start to splutter and struggle to fully Rev out (typical signs of not enough fuel).
-put the bike in gear and it’ll move without touching the throttle
None the less she still ran good enough for her to drink a tank of fuel and get home safe without a breakdown.
I have to admit @SpookDog I have a very strong sense that it is that crank seal that’s gone, all the evidence is there + It’d be due something like crank seal since I’ve owned her a few years now since coming over from France and not once have I had to touch the engine.
Like I explained to my dad when he was making guesses at what’s wrong with it, “you can’t have a fire without air, so that bike won’t be to Rev any higher without air to allow it to do so since like a fire if you smother it with fuel to fast it won’t burn”. I could be wrong but that’s my logic.
Ps hope you’re doing well bud, how’s everything with life and the bikes and scoots?
The most I ever had was a pre fab council garage that had no electric or light. I used to use old Fray Bentos pie tins with old engine oil and makeshift wicks as lamps! Caveman stuff...
Some of the best stuff is made this way, needs force musts when you’re baked and cold 🙃...
Just put on your set of USDs, I don't know why you're overthinking it.
If you have the storage, I'd recommend keeping your old forks for the future.
I do, too much time, to many potential options and an urge to get things done quick 😂
I also felt a weird urge to just not mess with the bike for once and just leave it relatively standard after what we said.
As with my build/bike anything removed goes in the loft and left alone.
Even if that weren’t the case I plan on keeping it anyways.
I actually read on here that someone made a custom axle for the DTR hub so they could use their DTR front wheel in their USD’s and thanks to the disk size being the same and the WR200’s and then sharing bolt patterns you just do the ole switcharoo.
Perfect for me because I can have a trail/road Kenda K270 wheelset that’s 18/21 and my 21/19 set for knobblies
In other news Facebook didn’t bid a successful sale and only led to me explaining to people that you can’t swap stems and that they don’t bolt on some I’m just cracking on with it and keeping them anyway.
@calum never truer words spoken and yet I’d never really though about it. Instead I can only think of the times I hadn’t thought about it but should’ve. I’ll remember that one for sure.
Unfortunately my mate got pissed the night before and called me 30 minutes after we was meant to meet to say he’s hungover and can’t move, typical. With a week long forecast of snow and that being the one clear blue sky sunny day we was gonna get for a while you could imagine how I was feeling 😂
All’s not lost though I gave the local boys a shout and we sat outside in the sun having a smoke, a couple beers and doing bike stuff. My personal idea of perfection.
I made the most of the day giving the RM a proper good deep clean and tending to every little rust spot I could whilst my mate Tom did a couple bits on his ‘04 YZ85 Big wheel
5 minutes of working off the brown sticky muck caused by that rust gel and you can already see the difference made. Pretty simple, the rust gel has a tendency to make everything look a lot worse then it is when you’ve left it on too long / it looks like the rust has grown. This i thought to be really annoying until a realised it actually works as a good way to highlight where I’ve missed / haven’t cleaned yet.
If you do things the way I did buy a small/medium sized copper wire brush and scrub the spokes one by one.
You can already see a shine start to come back to places that I thought would have been trash.
The chain use to be so badly rusted that even after cleaning it I’d assumed it was a gold chain. Nah, turns its definitely silver hahaha
Sprocket bolts and everything all look nice and new now
All I’ve used to bring this hub and wheel back was hammerite rust remover gel, a small and large copper wire brush and hot soapy washes uses either demon shine or rhino goo products as well as muc-offs premium brush kit. (The brush kit is a seriously good buy for anyone, there’s 6 different brushes all with rubberised and tips so you can never accidentally scratch or damage anything whilst cleaning)
Dare I say it though, considering what this originally looked like it has no place looking this good!
First and foremost, I hope everyone’s well and what’s everyone been up to with their projects?
So since tearing down my entire front end this is what’s happened
•Rebuilt the 02 YZ forks
•Noticed the gigantic difference in stems and tapering on the upper stanchion
•Not a lot else
Unfortunately being at home at university without an income and also coming to the realisation this is going to need quite a bit of work halted things.
During a storm she also took a bad hit, being knocked clean sideways off, knocking bearings out and taking everything else with it. 😞
I was very lucky as there was no panel damage and no glass or anything smashed
According to my phones camera roll, she’s not been started or rode in over 2 months. Devastated. On the bright side keeping them miles down and rebuilds away 😂
Anyway... I’ve spoke to a lot of different people about the way they did their USD fork conversion, I even found the guy who’s bike I posted and got chatting to him and the general consensus is some people having been using Dremels and buying replacement modern taper bearings. @Calum if you’re reading, don’t worry mate I’m taking your advice on this one. Bearing cup method all day. I think of about 8-10 people I’ve spoke to online only one person has used that method. Everyone else had made their own kind of diy jobby. Worst of all, 95% of the time they’re fucking weirdos and act all secretive about it. Not a fan tbh. Sounds very sketchy
I don’t think a single one of the people I spoke to who’s done a USD fork swap has actually done so with any intent of using those forks like they where designed for. £500 on a WR200 front end just to supermoto it and look cool? 🤡🤡🤡
Dt’s don’t die! They just slowly fade away (if they’re treated right) 😊 any 2 stroke does.
Which is the issue, did the power loss come on slowly over time or just happen? Slowly would suggest normal wear to rings like the man said...
I’m wary of anything that claims to fix without work. Apart from that teralyne/whatever they pump through 4 strokes. But 2T are different, like you say, anything that breaks down carbon is not likely to be lubrication friendly to your bearings...
My thoughts are the standard airbox is quite sufficient if you remove the snorkel. you would only benefit from making that hole another few centimetres bigger and thats if you were fitting a larger carb which wouldn't really have much benefit unless you had atleast mild porting or head work zeeltronic ect ..
Hey everyone hope you’re all in good health.
It’s been a while since I’ve been about so it’s nice to hear from you all.
Have you ever seen a DTR less out of place?
Life’s been keeping me busy and on top of that I’ve now got the luxury of using the ole DT as a weekend treat.
Luckily summer has granted me quite a few days to get the bike out.
And with miles of years old unexplored public footpaths and by ways accessible to a little two stroke trial bike it’d be a crime not to break a few laws and go on many a excursion with your bike in to the countryside for a little explore. Pro tip: farmers fields usually have ditches at the boundaries so prepare to get your enduro on.
Despite now using the DT as mainly a weekend toy I still don’t shy away from using it as my weapon of choice for a nice little long distance adventure. This is “A house for Essex by Grayson Perry” ft. My dad on his now long gone trusty varadero. The site is actually a beautiful quaint village with plenty of backroads and seafront nearby 10/10 recommend for all of you guys.
Also something a little different… Keeping things true and blue I couldn’t help myself, this is Maureen (in memoir of my nan) my ‘98 FZS600 streetfighter. My first “big bike” and let’s just say she’s an absolute dream to ride. Fairly nippy too.
However I must as fast as the Fazer is the DT still puts a smile on my face every time I ride it so despite what anyone has said, it ain’t going anywhere.
And for anyone that’s read this and is genuinely curious she’s running like a champ on the same piston/rings etc she had when she was imported from France 2 years ago.
When she blows up it’ll be Wr200 or Lanza 230 engine time. Got a nice little piggy bank ready and waiting for it.