Dirt Bike Tech Tips

How To Change Fork Oil on a Dirt Bike

You waited too long, didn't you? Now you've got a mess and a job ahead. Hopefully you already bought the replacement parts otherwise ride day can wait. Needless to say, following the manufacturer's recommended intervals helps reduce a lot of hea...

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Help! My Dirt Bike Fuel Petcock Is Leaking

Petcock. It's an odd name isn't? Whoever came up with it must have lived prior to the invention of motion pictures. Or had a chicken farm. At any rate, the petcock, or "fuel petcock" is a valve on non-fuel-injected 2-stroke and 4-stroke dirt bik...

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How To Start a Dirt Bike That Has Been Sitting

So, you're finally getting back to it. Perhaps it was a nasty get-off leaving you TV bound fox six months or life turned busy and before you knew it, a year passed between rides. Either way, your dirt bike sits by its lonesome in the garage wait...

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Motorcycle Battery Maintenance

Maintaining the battery on your motorcycle is one of the easier checkmarks from your list of "to-dos" when it comes to keeping your ride ready to roll. Unfortunately that's also why it's so often overlooked. In good company with neglectful mot...

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Dirt Bike Fuel Line Repair

The sputtering dirt bike, a lean running engine or, even worse, the non-starter leads many DIY mechanics down numerous rabbit holes for the fix. But, before heading through those darkened trails check the fuel line. Fuel, or lack of it, often pr...

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How To Replace Steering Stem Bearings

A rough ride means any number of issues with your dirt bike but if a once smooth bike now feels old and worn out along with bad handling check the steering stem bearings. Bad steering stem bearings produce either a hard and notchy feel to the bi...

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Ask A Mechanic: Swingarm Play

Q: How much Swingarm up-and-down play is acceptable? A: The short answer is little to none! You don't want any up-and-down or side-to-side play on the swingarm. However, it's also understood that the swingarm is a bolted on part thus overtime los...

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How To Replace Swingarm Bearings

When the swingarm bearings need replacing in your dirt bike or ATV you'll know by the loose or unstable feeling of movement, or what is also known as chatter, in the rear of the bike. Of course, it never seems easy pinpointing problems on dirt b...

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Ask A Mechanic: Front Brake Power

You ask we answer. Here's the latest in our "Ask A Mechanic" series. Q: I can never get the front brake back to original power. I bleed them and it has power but not as much as it had off the show room floor. A: There are a number of things that...

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How To Replace Wheel Bearings On Your Dirt Bike

It is difficult talking about ball bearings since the subject often veers in so many inappropriate directions including side to side play in the wheel of your dirt bike. But these little buggers tend to wreak havoc on your...

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