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WHAT HANDELBARS DID YOU USE ON THE DIRT WHEELS PROJECT GRIZZLY?

Dear Dirt Wheels,I just bought a grizzly 700 and i was looking though your April issue  On your Grizzly 700 what bend handle bars did you have on it and what size Rox riser. Also I am 6'4 and wondering if that set up work be a good height and sweep for normal trail riding.Marathon, WIThanks for the question. That project Grizzly used Renthal 609 Fat Bars with a RC High Bend. The Rox Pivoting risers were 3 1/2-inches and allowed for the 7/8-inch to 1 1/8 bar size change. Those bars were outfitted with dual compound, full…

Elka System 3 Damper or Precision Steering Stabilizer for my Honda 400EX?

Dear Dirt Wheels, I have been a reader for over three years now and enjoy the aftermarket parts and upgrade sections. I have been upgrading my 2005 400ex every summer and time is approaching for some more upgrades. Would it be possible to have an article / response about which Steering Stabilizer / Damper to purchase. I have read many forums and can't decide if I should go with a Elka System 3 Damper or Precision Steering Stabilizer. Any help would be much appreciated! Keep up the great work.Wes Jayne, NJThe Elka and…

WHEN I STAB MY 450R, IT STARTS

Dear Boss,I have a 2007 Honda 450R and installed an HRC kit within the first week I owned it. I purchased the service manual and followed the kit instructions to a tee. The quad runs great and there’s no hesitation anywhere when working the throttle. The problem I’m having is on startup. It’s a pain the way it cranks over forever, especially after sitting for a week. If I stab the throttle a few times before hitting the starter, it seems to start up easier, but something still seems wrong. I checked the valve clearances and…

DEALING WITH “DDR’s” (DUMB DRUM BRAKES)

Dear Boss,The brakes on my 1999 Kodiak keep dying. They just don’t work very well after riding through mud. I take the drums apart, clean everything and put in new brake shoes, but they still stop working. I’m getting fed up. The disc brakes on my LT-R450 work perfect. Is it possible to replace my dumb drum brakes with the disc brake system from the newer Kodiaks? Will it fit? I absolutely love your Dialed In section and thanks for your advice.Francois CyrAlberta, CanadaWhen you state they “stop working” what do you mean? Is…

HOW TO STOP SMOKING

Dear Boss,I was riding my 2001 Honda Rancher 350 through a deep mudhole and water got in the airbox. My buddies and I flipped it up to get the water out, and after that it started to smoke when I cranked it up. I was wondering if you knew how to make it stop smoking.Rick GarveyVermilion, OhioHave you tried one of the Nicotine Patches? Seriously, what most likely happened was that when you tipped it up to drain water out of the air box, you also drained crankcase oil into the air box through the crankcase breather tube. I bet…

RAPTOR REFUSES TO RETREAT

Dear Boss,I have a 2004 Raptor 660 and it seems to think I don’t need reverse. It backfires and quits running whenever I shift to reverse. It runs fine in all of the forward gears. Also, I have a problem with the cooling fan shutting off when it tries to run. Do you know what could be causing these problems? Thank you for your time.Tim PerryOwego, New YorkSounds to me, Tim, like your reverse sensor isn’t working correctly. While in reverse, the CDI is supposed to be hobbled, reducing power so you don’t back up too fast but…

JUST QUIT YOUR STALLING

Dear Boss,I own a ’06 Honda 450R electric start. My problem is it stalls out a lot. After riding it hard and coming to a stop, it will idle fine. But when I go to take off again, it will stall most of the time. Sometimes it also does this at low speeds too. Do my valves need adjusting? Does my carb need adjusting? Or, is this just because of the high compression of the engine? Thank you for your time and expert advice.Casey MooneyhanDungannon, VA.Valves? No! High compression? No! Carb need adjusting? Yes! Check your slow…

TWIN-PIPER RAPTOR BLUES

Dear Bossman,I have an ’07 Raptor 700 and just installed a DMC afterburner comp twin exhaust, a DMC control module, and a velocity air filter kit with the airbox lid removed. The problem is it keeps fouling sparkplugs now. I was wondering what’s causing this and how to fix it. Your help would be greatly appreciated and not forgotten.David EyerDallas, TX.The cause, my boy, is a too rich mixture, caused by one or all of the components. You need to lean up the mixture at some point in the rev range. Do you have a stumble that…

A GRIZZLY’S FAST RETREAT

Dear Boss Sir,A while back you responded to someone about bypassing the reverse rev-limiter on his Honda. Would this also work on my Yamaha Grizzly? I have the same problem and need more power when I’m backing up. How can I increase my Griz’s revs in reverse or disconnect the limiter? Thanks for your advice. I’ve just recently started reading your magazine and I’m really impressed with all the info contained in it.Greg JacksonBaton Rouge, LA.Sorry, Greg, but that fix is strictly for that Honda model. However, there is a fix…

GOT THE BOGGY BLUES

Dear Boss, I have a 2006 Special Edition YFZ450. It has a low-end bog when I come down hard from a jump or punch the throttle hard off the line. I’ve tried rejetting it and also tried the Boyesen Quick Shot Fuel Accelerator, but nothing seems to help. My dealer says the bog will always be there because it has a flat slide carb. What do you think is the problem? I don’t know what else to try. Thanks for your time.Reggie HackettWooster, OHMy guess, son, is you are getting fuel slosh away from the jets during landing producing…

WHEELIE KILL SWITCH

Dear Boss,   I have a 1993 Honda 300EX that I bought about a year ago. Whenever I do a wheelie, the motor tries to quit running as soon as the front tires drop back down to the ground. It came with a DG pipe, but the carb still had the stock jets. So, I bought a stock exhaust, but that didn’t cure the problem. I took it to the local Honda mechanic and he said all the jets were fine and the floats were not sticking. I don’t know what else to look for. I have seen oversized float bowls for dirt bikes, but don’t know if they…