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How The Rear Wheel Hub Works On Your Dirt Bike

How The Rear Hub Works On Your Dirt Bike

Understanding how your rear hub works will save you time and effort when you perform your routine maintenance. Unlike the front hub, the rear has 3 bearings instead of just 2, and a bearing retainer that screws into the brake side of the hub. There are 2 bearings on the sprocket side, and 1 bearing on the brake side. The double bearing on the sprocket side is needed to handle the torque from the engine.
How The Front Wheel Hub Works On Your Dirt Bike

How The Front Hub Works On Your Dirt Bike

How Your Front Wheel Hub Works - Your front hub components are: Axle, Spacers, Bearings, Beating Seals, Axle Nut, & Pinch Bolts. The wheel bearings are the most important part of the wheel hub. These are the only parts of the wheel hub that move. The inner bearing race rides on the axle, and the outer bearing race is a press fit to the bore of the hub. Axle In Front Bearings The inner and outer bearing race are connected...
Why I Run A Natural Rubber Tube

Why I Run Natural Rubber Tubes On My Dirt Bike

Benefits Of Running A Natural Rubber Inner Tube Both natural and synthetic rubbers have their pros and cons, but that is a very in depth...
How Your Rim Lock Works

How The Rim Lock Works On Your Dirt Bike

What Is A Rim Lock & What Does It Do? That bolt that is sticking out of your rim is the rim lock. In case you had that "why do I have two valve stems, wait, why is there a bolt coming out of my rim?" moment. Your rim lock is simply a clamp that holds your tire in place on the rim, and can be found on every dirt bike. It is designed to fit between the tire and the tube, with metal cleats on the bottom to grip the inside of the tire bead.
Why I Use Rubber Grease

Why I Use Rubber Grease For Tubes & Tires

You Do NOT Need Rubber Grease To Install Tubes & Tires! Soapy water works just fine, and I use it all the time for project bikes. Now that that's out of the way... I started using rubber grease because when I was a kid I saw it used on rubber hoses and seals in classic cars, so I thought, why not use it on my dirt bike? As it turned out, I was a few decades to late with this idea. Rubber grease has been used in motorcycles for a very long time.
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Why Do Tires Dry Rot?

To put it simply, dry rot is when the rubber in your tires starts to decay. You probably don't need to worry about dry rot if you change your tires frequently, but for hobby riders, weekend warriors, vintage guys, or any rider on a budget, a rotted tire can ruin your weekend. How Can You Tell If The Tires On Your Dirt Bike Are Affected By Dry Rot? If your tire has tiny cracks between the knobs and on the sidewall, it’s already breaking down, and the worse it gets the easier it is to spot.
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An Introduction To The Two Stroke Power Valve – What It Is & How...

Back in the day, two stroke engines were very limited on what their power bands could do. One power band might be able to produce a rush of power in the low-to-mid rev ranges. Another power band may have produced a power rush in the mid-to-upper-high rev ranges. Still another might produce a lot of power only at the top-most range. There were no in-between, and there were no...
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Pros & Cons Of Using Blended Synthetic Oil In Your Dirt Bike

Ever since synthetic oil made its way into the automotive market, it has reigned supreme in two related, yet very distinct categories: performance and price. The former is why most professional dirt bike riders use synthetic. And the latter is why many aspiring dirt bike riders are still sticking with their petroleum-based oil. It's true that full synthetic oil is expensive, even more so when you compare...
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Serious Problems With Running Ethanol Blended Gas In Your 2-Stroke Dirt Bike

I’m sure you’ve already seen it at your local gas station: fuel blended with ethanol. It’s becoming more and more common, and it’s getting harder and harder to find gas stations that do not use the blend as their available fuel. According to the EPA, as long as you’re using it in a car or truck that was manufactured in 2001 or later, you should be fine. Unfortunately, some small, 2 stroke...
Octane Ratings & How They Will Affect Your Dirt Bike Engine’s Performance

Octane Ratings & How They Will Affect Your Dirt Bike Engine’s Performance

Not all fuel is created equal, and not all vehicles (dirt bikes included) can run on the same type of fuel. As a result, octane ratings were established to classify the different qualities of fuel into distinct performance categories. And it’s this octane rating that ultimately determines what we put into our fuel tanks on a daily basis. Therefore, it’s important you know the ins and outs of what...