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About DJW997

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    '98 Suzuki GSF 600 Bandit '05 Yamaha XT125 R

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  1. I had this problem with my XT when I bought it and at times it has been sitting unused for a while. If you feel confident enough I would get a Haynes manual (extremely helpful if you want to get your hands dirty and maintain the bike yourself) and look at cleaning the carburetor. My bet is that you have a clogged jet. YouTube is also very helpful! https://youtu.be/Vhej6IZWsXE I would recommend using a spanner or socket on the main jet though, not pliers as this guy does.
  2. I was just passing by the forum for the first time in a long time and thought I'd chime in on this as I have had exactly the same problem you're experiencing on my XT125R and it drove me absolutely bat-s&*t crazy for two weeks trying to fix it. I even went as far as replacing the caliper and master cyl (caliper needed replacing anyway). I tried everything mentioned above, but this is what solved it for me: I removed the caliper from the fork leg, keeping all the brake lines connected but un-did all the brake line clips etc so I could move the caliper freely. I routed it up past the speedo and stood up on a step ladder holding the caliper way above the master cylinder so the brake line had no 'low points' in it, if that makes sense, so air wouldn't get trapped and could travel up freely. I put a spanner between the pads to stop the pistons from popping out and had an assistant pump the lever and keep the fluid topped up whilst I worked the bleed nipple and just bled the system conventionally - didn't take too long at all before I had a somewhat reasonable lever! After this I tied the brake lever to the handlebar overnight as has been mentioned above and had a perfect front brake! As for the binding rear brake, providing everything's 'normal' and the fluid isn't over-filled or brake lever adjusted incorrectly, I would imagine the caliper wants cleaning and rebuilding with new seals and possibly pistons depending on their condition. The seals should be cheap enough, it's just that you will obviously have to bleed that brake after you're done.. I remember speaking to a mechanic at my local Yam dealer when I was struggling with bleeding my front brake, he said the back is even worse, so have a think about that one It's funny really, I rebuilt the rear caliper on a Bandit recently and had no problems what-so-ever bleeding it afterwards. Anyway, I hope this helps you as I remember the frustration well! Keep us updated!
  3. Interesting thought about welding and truing, I can get access to a lathe and a good engineer for nothing! I'll be going to see him when I get the head bearing race pressed off the steering stem, so maybe worth picking his brains on it.
  4. I had a chat with the guy today, he has owned the bike from new and said his uncle was the last to do the seals, so he's going to try asking him to cover some of the cost of the new parts. (Rightly so imo!) I only have experience with simple forks like these, no upside down, no adjustment screws or anything, just fill with oil and slap it back on the bike, but indeed, if it makes your bike feel better having the pros do it, fair enough. They must know something. Does this method make a big mess everywhere when the seal pops out? If I didn't know the guy at all then I wouldn't even consider trying to patch it up - I'd be hesitant even to consider used replacement parts (depending on the part), but I do know the guy and I know he wouldn't screw me over like that. Regardless, new (used) forks will be ordered when I get some money from him.
  5. Yes, very good point. I would have talked it over with the guy first and made sure he understood the risk, but yes, I'd hate to have that on my hands regardless. I took the other fork apart today to find similar damage, but not quite so deep gouging. It looks the idiot tried to get the seals out by stuffing a screwdriver between the sleeve and the seal trying to scoop it out that way. Did I mention both seals were fitted upside-down? I've managed to find a pair of used forks along with a steering stem for £50. Seals need doing, so I'll re-build those and throw these ones away I suppose. Let's hope the 'new' ones haven't been similarly abused! I'll let you know how I get on.
  6. I used a big blunt flat blade and pryed up and 'walked' it out without appyling any pressure to the inside of the tube! It must have been one sharp screwdriver or they whacked it with a hammer.
  7. Fill the low spots with what - chemical metal?
  8. Yes, those are my thoughts. New sleeve is around £140.
  9. The only thing with that though would be getting the bottom step right. Perfect angle etc.
  10. Hi guys, I'm doing the fork seals on a friend's scoot and found a nasty surprise after I got one of them out: The fork did leak like hell, (hence doing the seals) and the seal itself doesn't look too bad apart from where it has sat against the horrible mess you see above. Would it be a bad idea to try and get some of the nasty burs off and use some kind of sealent to help it seal better, or am I just wasting my time? I expect it would only continue to leak. If it was my bike I would just replace the sleeve and poke the idiot that made the mess in the first place right in the eye.. christ knows how he's managed that.. but it's for a friend of a friend, and of course he's not going to want to shell out the money for a new sleeve. Let me know what you think. Has anyone else seen anything like this? Looks like whoever did it used a hammer and chilsel!
  11. Thanks. At a glance, seems like the maroon 'general purpose' one is good for cleaning chrome and such, so I might give that a try. I wonder if they do them as a small drill-bit to get in between all the spokes and awkward places. I would love to just tear the wheel apart and do it all 'properly', but the tyre would have to come off and the wheel would need to be trued afterwards etc.
  12. What's the difference? I'll keep an eye out.
  13. Ha! Fair point. Ah, so that's why you use copper grease on brake caliper bolts. I really should know more about this stuff, I did a machining course at college the other year! Anyway, I had a go at the wheel with a used scouring pad & water. I hope it's not too abrasive? The spoke that I used it on cleaned up really well! I think they're just caked in chain lube. As for the rim though, it's cleaned the corrosion off, and it's actually got a bit of a shine to it, but there are little dull dark spots. Is this where the plating has worn off?
  14. Woah, that's pretty damn good! Why don't they make this stuff from stainless in the first place?
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