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Dirt Bike Tech Tips

How To Remove Baked on Gaskets

Dirt bikes and ATVs use a variety of gaskets that act as a barrier to outside contaminants and as a lock to keep operating fluids inside a sealed compartment. Gasket use ranges from the crankcase to the exhaust system and many parts in between. ...

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Easy Steps to Increase Horsepower in Your Dirt Bike

If I could just eke out a little bit more... Tinkering with a dirt bike often means trying to find an edge in power and performance without having to install an expensive aftermarket part or buying the latest year model. A go-it-alone or do it yo...

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X-Ring vs. O-Ring Chain

O-ring chain. Non O-ring chain. Now, X-ring chain? An x-ring dirt bike chain is newer, far newer actually, than the standard non O-ring chain that probably propelled the first bicycle. The O-ring chain debuted in 1971 while the X-ring has been a...

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Mechanic installing a spark plug in a dirt bike

Dirt Bike Spark Plugs

All you need is the spark. The spark plug on your dirt bike ignites the fire that starts the engine and provides a continuous spark thereafter firing one per full revolution on a 2-stroke and every other full revolution on a 4-stroke . Fun Fac...

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How to Make Exhaust Quieter on a Dirt Bike

Loud exhausts might save lives on the street but on the track or trail most riders prefer the "silence is golden" treatment. A loud exhaust can damage hearing, elicit a call from an annoyed neighbor and prevent you from competing in a sanctioned...

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How To Find a Good Dirt Bike Mechanic

Always assume some risk when leaving your dirt bike in the hands of a qualified mechanic. People make mistakes and sometimes people don't always have the best intentions. The best mechanic rests with you. Learn as much about maintenance so the o...

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Ask a Mechanic: Dirt Bike Suspension Setup

Q: Ken Roczen used a stiffer suspension at A1 when the race called for a softer suspension. Now I'm confused. Can you tell me the ideal dirt bike suspension setup? A: The short answer boils down to you. What do you like best and what helps your r...

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Some MOTOvation to Get Through Coronavirus

If you have given up hope for the afternoon soaps and a bottle of cold brew, and got nothing to do and all day to do it, don't let it tick away with your sanity. Use the forced downtime to work on your dirt bike. It's hard to believe such a ca...

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Guy tightening bolts on a dirt bike

How To Keep Dirt Bike Bolts Tight

Oh man, again!? Another bolt, forever lost in a sea of Motocross dirt. You factory torqued the thing. Over and over. Only this time it managed to free itself. Probably somewhere over a triple. You ever go around your house with a screwdriver a...

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Tips for Buying a Used 2-Stroke Dirt Bike

If you want to ride the 2-stroke dirt bike popularity wave be ready to shell out big bucks for a new 2-stroke from Yamaha, KTM or Husqvarna take your chance on an older model from any of the big manufacturers sold by someone with or without good i...

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