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wrrOH




PostSubject: went swimming    Tue Nov 11, 2014 1:57 pm

was crossing a river repeatedly to clean the bike and make it somewhat presentable and i got too comfortable, rested my feet on the footpegs and bam! slipped and fell in almost two feet of water. GAHHHH I shut the bike off right as I went under so the water didn't stall the engine so that's a win and i got it on my gopro so that's a win! Very happy I got up and then just looked at the bike laying in the water for like 10 seconds like wth? I dont kmow why i didnt pick it up right away. I pushed it to shore and pushed it up a steep hill to drain the exhaust to en extent. I then tried to start it, thought it would be ok since I shut it off so quick but it didn't even turn over. Long story short I pushed it to my friends house where I puled the spark plug and took off the exhaust and then it cranked really well, we got as much water out as we could by cranking it and then we put the plug back in and started it without the exhaust and let it warm up, as you can see in the pic my oil turned very milky after that so i had to get a ride 50 miles home. So my qestion is though what should i do from here? i know i have to at least change the oil two times and get a new air filter but what else? do you think ill be ok since i shut it off on my own or have i drastically shortened the life of my bike? Pray
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PostSubject: Re: went swimming    Tue Nov 11, 2014 2:07 pm

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PostSubject: Re: went swimming    Tue Nov 11, 2014 7:56 pm

Well change the oil and ride the bike around the block... check the oil. Chances are it will still look milky but more like coffee with a lot of cream in it.

Change the oil again and ride it around the block.. let it heat up a little and check it again. It will still look milky.

Change the oil again... you get the drift.

Generally it will take about 4 oil changes to get it to where the oil looks good. Don't ask me how I know this.
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martin_nj




PostSubject: Re: went swimming    Wed Nov 12, 2014 12:44 pm

did the air filter get soaked?? dry that shit first always
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wrrOH




PostSubject: Re: went swimming    Wed Nov 12, 2014 1:06 pm

How many miles have you put in since then rsteiger? Yes the air filter was soaked I have a video of me opening the airbox and water gushing out of it, good to know its watertight though hahah, I won't be able to work on it till the weekend.
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blusmoke




PostSubject: Re: went swimming    Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:11 pm

I would get that oil thats in there out ASAP, just let it drain until you CAN work on it, go a step further and spray some wd40 or similar in the cylinder either thru plug hole or exhaust valve
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PostSubject: Re: went swimming    Wed Nov 12, 2014 7:27 pm

wrrOH wrote:
How many miles have you put in since then rsteiger? Yes the air filter was soaked I have a video of me opening the airbox and water gushing out of it, good to know its watertight though hahah, I won't be able to work on it till the weekend.

Not that I am admitting to this happening or anything like that.. but considering a merely hypothetical situation of trying to 'show off' at about 9000 feet of elevation in CO going through a big ass mud puddle that every one was trying to ride around on at 2012 WR250R with about 2000 miles on the odo and 60 lbs of crap loaded on the back is probably not the best decision one could make at the time.

Another not so good decision is taking apart the whole bike on the mountain trying to figure out why it won't start, then having another guy on a WRR tow you out of a muddy section of trail to go back to town (actually that was pretty fun - great conversations over the Sena headset. Probably should have recorded that and linked it to the video), once getting on the road and finding you could bump start the bike and then riding the bike the 2 miles back to town, then finding out your oil looks like chocolate milk.

Really thought the bike was fooked up after that but it has about 9000 miles on the odo now and still runs strong. If something does go out on it I will then have an excuse to put the Thumper Racing 280 kit on it.
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wrrOH




PostSubject: Re: went swimming    Wed Nov 12, 2014 9:04 pm

Ouch rsteiger that would sound like a pretty crappy situation and something that id prob do but that's great you've gone so far afterwards and no issues. Bike is sitting 50 mi away from home at a friends house but he said he could drain the oil Tom, hopefully I'll be just as lucky it's 28 deg now here
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wrrOH




PostSubject: Re: went swimming    Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:22 am

Well, bike is now running like nothing ever happened. I put in a hotter burning spark plug and a no toil air filter, all together it took 5 oil changes within a 24 hour period. my old spark plug looked pretty dark with 4k miles on it, could this mean my bike is running too lean or too rich?
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PostSubject: Re: went swimming    Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:56 am

wrrOH wrote:
Well, bike is now running like nothing ever happened. I put in a hotter burning spark plug and a no toil air filter, all together it took 5 oil changes within a 24 hour period. my old spark plug looked pretty dark with 4k miles on it, could this mean my bike is running too lean or too rich?

Usually too dark is too rich but spark plug color is not always a 100% indicator of fueling conditions.

Are they mods to the bike which include a fuel programmer? If so you may want to make some adjustments but I would recommend that you find a dyno shop that can run the bike and give you actual A/F readings through the Dyno run.

Not sure if I would change the heat range on the plug but that is just me. I figure most of the testing Yamaha has done points to the plug that is in there for several reasons.
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PostSubject: Re: went swimming    Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:29 pm

Bike is stock aside from visual mods, a friend of mine old me the plug could have also gotten that dark from too much ethonal/alcohol in the gasoline I get, I only use premium. At the dealership they gave the the choice of going with the stock cr9 ngk plug or the hotter cr8, since I intend to do quite a bit of winter riding here in Ohio I think it was the right move but will change back to the cr9 in the spring. So far though in temps below freezing it starts right off the bat using 10w 40 yamalube and it doesn't ever hesitate anymore if it stalls while being run hard like it used to occasionally
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