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If the Mobil 1 you got was in the normal automotive oils section, you got the incorrect oil. It will have a friction modifier which does not play nice with the wet clutch and will cause it to slip.
As for your coolant selection, Dexcool has a pretty poor reputation. Lots of stories of cars which came with it stock (which would be GM products) clogging up extremely prematurely and getting corrosion issues.
The mobile one was the Racing 4t. As for the Dexcool, I suppose time will tell. Thanks for the information.
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The mobile one was the Racing 4t. As for the Dexcool, I suppose time will tell. Thanks for the information.
Just making sure. It's not uncommon for folks to just walk into O'Reilly and grab the nearest gallon of oil off the shelf. Let us know how the cooling system looks inside when you have to drop the coolant next for a valve adjustment.

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Adjusted valves (only inlets needed doing) and fitted new coolant tubes. The old ones had seen better days.
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Replaced the thermostat. Yay!
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Hi! New here! Just posting what I did in the last week to my gpz. &#x1f601; New windshield, phone mount, painted and bent on the inside horns
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Sadly, we're not even in Winter yet. Spring is an eon away still.

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relocated oil posts can be found here:

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Hi! New here! Just posting what I did in the last week to my gpz. &#x1f601; New windshield, phone mount, painted and bent on the inside horns
What's painted on the horn in the first picture? And what's with that kickstand pad?
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Finally got around to valve clearances! They were all tight, which struck me as weird - I though I read somewhere that one set tended to loosen and the other set tended to tighten, but they're all spec now so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Note to others - don't be an idiot like me and drop your 8mm down into the timing chain. I was lucky I had some magnets hanging around...and that the chain caught it!

While the tank was off I also cleaned and re-oiled the air cleaner. She will be one very happy Ninja come springtime!

I have put the valve cover back on with some RTV but that's it - any suggestions for other PM at ~14k miles while the tank and fairings are off?
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i bought it an evil twin.
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Today is my best friends birthday, but he could not celebrate as he past away 11 years ago in a motorcycle accident. He lived in another state so I we never got to ride together. Today for his birthday I went on a 4 hour ride then finished it off with his favorite adult beverage. It was a good day!
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Today is my best friends birthday, but he could not celebrate as he past away 11 years ago in a motorcycle accident. He lived in another state so I we never got to ride together. Today for his birthday I went on a 4 hour ride then finished it off with his favorite adult beverage. It was a good day!
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Rolled over 1000 miles on the digital odometer since I rebuilt the motorcycle. That’s just over 37000 miles on the engine now.
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Got her running after 15 months!
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Well last night I inspected a job my buddy and I did a week ago. Valve adjustment On the ex250 05 nocturne blue. I noticed that even though the coil was welded on it still had two bolts we forgot to put those two bowls on. One of the fairings was a missing bolt so at 5 a.m. I called my guy up and asked him about it we argued about it for an hour he had the one bolt in his pocket for the fairing I also remember that coolant O-ring going down past valve cover, was harder thanrock that I had to take out to pull out the valve cover so I think what we'll do is order the O-ring and then get back in there and put those bolts back and then double-check. We also changed out the clutch lever from when we accidentally dropped the bike. Both of us parking them on a facing downhill on the kickstand. he put his bike on the kickstand and I put my bike on the kickstand and then I was like hey come over because he couldn’t hear me “here look at this you shouldn't put your bike on the kickstand on the hill cuz Ii can fall!!!!” A second later we looked back at the 250 guess what was happening?

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Got her running after 15 months!
Could we get more details on how well the bike is running? With those pod filters you could become famous.

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Famous or infamous... @kiwigpz what are you using the metal welded container for?
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The kit I got was a stage 7 which has a wide range of tuning. The instructions are easy to follow. The settings are not going to be the same for everyone, altitude, makes a big difference, also air pressure and humidity so you may have to play around with the air screw to smooth out the idle ( mines at 3 1/4 turns out) And the needle may need lifted or dropped a 1/2 clip to richen or lean out the fuel mixture. make sure the inlet manifolds are properly sealed to the engine. Make sure the slide vacuum rubbers are correctly placed in their allocated grooves, slide up freely and return smoothly. Use a little silicon grease around the edge of the vacuum it may help. Make sure your carbs and jets are all clean and your float levels are set to standard. Make sure your carbs are balanced, you can do this by eye watching the butterfly’s open and close and adjust the balance screw, but a better job with vac gauges. Make sure your compression is good, valve clearances are correct, you have fresh fuel.
The dynojet needles have a more aggressive taper, and also are adjustable so I wouldn’t try any modifications with stock needles. The slide hole is drilled out to 3.1mm and the softer springs makes it easier for the vacuum to lift the slide. There are a number of main jet sizes to then fine tune the full open fueling which will depend on your air filter and exhaust. The trouble shooting document that comes with the kit is really helpful for getting your head around what you need to adjust to iron out any running issues. And once you have the air box off it’s way easier to work on the carbs.
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The aluminium welded tank is a radiator overflow, I removed the original to fit a steering damper, it fits in nicely
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Winter restoration of my new ex500. It's not as bad as it looks; the rest of the bike is in the kitchen. My wife is thrilled.

I did the valve adjustment last night...maybe for the first time? 5,900 miles. Intake were fine - exhaust were all very tight, but they are now set to 0.008". Hopefully I'm saving it before serious damage was done. I torqued the valve-adjusting nuts to 18 ft/lbs, which didn't seem very tight, but hopefully that's all they need to stay put. It took a lot more to break them loose.

Below are before and after pics (before = 2003, after = 2020)
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I prefer the dining room myself. But that's just me.


Living room is OK for some things. Like trying to hook up my CB radio.

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pic up that "communicator" and scream........
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