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Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) Yesterday, 04:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 325
Posted By uk_mouse
What's wrong with your old one? Some people say...

What's wrong with your old one? Some people say the bike runs OK without a TPS fitted.

My experience was different, my TPS was damaged - the voltage readings were erratic, as if the potentiometer...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-21-2014, 08:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,174
Posted By uk_mouse
I think the earlier figure was 43Nm. Probably no...

I think the earlier figure was 43Nm. Probably no difference in the engine, just a revision of the required torque specified in the manual. Or maybe it's 43 with the old head nuts and 38 with the new...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-21-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 988
Posted By uk_mouse
Funnily enough, I also own a VStrom and a 2004...

Funnily enough, I also own a VStrom and a 2004 Adventure. The strom is indeed a low maintenance machine, although that has worked against me, it's so low maintenance that I neglected it and I had to...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-19-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,174
Posted By uk_mouse
Head NUTS! :) I tried to find a photo but...

Head NUTS! :)

I tried to find a photo but failed. The older nuts have a smaller 'flange' around the base, they also were not fitted with washers underneath.

You can tell if you've got a washer...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-17-2014, 07:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 672
Posted By uk_mouse
Wet mud, we get a lot of that over here :) ...

Wet mud, we get a lot of that over here :)

Generally, the bike is pretty mud proof, I've found. Although biazrrely there are a couple of electrical connectors that are not waterproof. These are...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 11-17-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 934
Posted By uk_mouse
I don't think the 950 fuel pump will be harmed by...

I don't think the 950 fuel pump will be harmed by running out of fuel.

On the other hand, standard wisdom is that you shouldn't run the high pressure FI pumps dry.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-29-2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,709
Posted By uk_mouse
Oh, and my experience is similar, I set up my...

Oh, and my experience is similar, I set up my carbs to "ideal" air-fuel ratios using a wideband oxygen sensor, and then used that as a baseline and adjusted further until the bike was nice to ride.
...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-29-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,709
Posted By uk_mouse
That black plastic elbow for the float bowl vent...

That black plastic elbow for the float bowl vent - I'm sure you could attach a vent hose directly to the brass fitting in some way. Not the thick walled type of hose but something more flexible. Or...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-29-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 717
Posted By uk_mouse
Wow, not bad, at that price you could afford to...

Wow, not bad, at that price you could afford to just use the hubs and discs and build up new wheels with Exel rims. :) Can't honestly remember what I paid for my wheels, it was years ago and they...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-29-2014, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 717
Posted By uk_mouse
I think £400 would be a very good (cheap) price,...

I think £400 would be a very good (cheap) price, especially if the discs are in good condition. A new set of discs would cost you £500 alone.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-29-2014, 09:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 703
Posted By uk_mouse
Grossglockner Alpen Strasse in August - mein...

Grossglockner Alpen Strasse in August - mein Freund hat diese photos von sein GS gemacht, aber vorn ist mein KTM 950 (natürlich!)

Gefühle main Deutsche ist nicht vorn :)

...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-28-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 770
Posted By uk_mouse
Rich mixture = incomplete combustion = less...

Rich mixture = incomplete combustion = less energy released.

I ran my 950 for ages with cats in the pipes and no SAS etc. Didn't seem to do it any harm. I eventually fitted an aftermarket silencer...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-24-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,872
Posted By uk_mouse
I've got an SP53, but it's a year younger than...

I've got an SP53, but it's a year younger than yours I think, registered early 2004.



I wouldn't trust that, check for yourself :)
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 10-24-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,702
Posted By uk_mouse
If you connect resistors in parallel you don't...

If you connect resistors in parallel you don't add the resistances together. To add the resistances, connect in series.

If you connect two (or more) resistors in parallel the total resistance is...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-29-2014, 08:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,152
Posted By uk_mouse
I just bought a complete set of wheel bearings...

I just bought a complete set of wheel bearings and seals from 'Bearing King', a UK company, total cost about £40.

The various items are:

Front bearings: 6906 (AKA 61906) - £4.55 ea
Front...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-16-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 730
Posted By uk_mouse
If the oil llight goes out, and the oil pressure...

If the oil llight goes out, and the oil pressure sensor is working correctly, it can't be a blocked oil filter. So what else would cause the cam chains to rattle?

I think it's possible to get an...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-16-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 800
Posted By uk_mouse
OEM cans without the cats are still very hot....

OEM cans without the cats are still very hot. Perhaps not as hot as with the cat in, but that huge mass of steel holds the heat, that's what makes them so hot.

If the OP's cans have got baffles...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 09-15-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,305
Posted By uk_mouse
There is a wear indicator, if you look at the pic...

There is a wear indicator, if you look at the pic on page 1 of this thread you can see them, on the left side just below the lettering.

I got about 10,000 miles out of my last pair of Trail...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-26-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,016
Posted By uk_mouse
I've got a single 'Fuel' brand silencer with...

I've got a single 'Fuel' brand silencer with removable baffle. With the baffle in it's not what I would call ultra quiet, but it's certainly not offensive either. Fuel were quite happy to sell me a...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-04-2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,063
Posted By uk_mouse
To find TDC, I stick a screwdriver into the...

To find TDC, I stick a screwdriver into the locking bolt hole, and CAREFULLY turn the engine until I feel the screwdriver drop into the indentation on the crank. Then remove screwdriver and insert...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-04-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,119
Posted By uk_mouse
Alternatively, you can swap the 42 rear for a 45,...

Alternatively, you can swap the 42 rear for a 45, which is approx the same difference as changing the front 17 to 16, and if you turn the adjuster blocks through 180 degrees it'll be pretty close.
...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-04-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,342
Posted By uk_mouse
I would just add that the correct time to check...

I would just add that the correct time to check the oil is when the engine is nice and hot. Go for a decent ride and then let it settle for no more than a minute, just to let the oil in the tank...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 08-04-2014, 07:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,081
Posted By uk_mouse
To adjust the TPS you measure the voltage between...

To adjust the TPS you measure the voltage between two of the wires coming from the TPS, with a closed throttle there should be 0.5-0.6 volts. More details here...
Forum: Ridiculous streetbikes with 6 CPUs and too much horsepower (1050/1190/1290cc) 07-31-2014, 01:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,552
Posted By uk_mouse
Interesting that the 1190 engine doesn't have the...

Interesting that the 1190 engine doesn't have the gear driven cams of the 950/990. Makes getting the cams out slightly more complicated I suppose, but I wonder what the technical reason behind this...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-22-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By uk_mouse
I've got calipers + brackets from a 990 on my...

I've got calipers + brackets from a 990 on my 950, so yes I would think you can just swap to the newer style caliper bracket.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-16-2014, 12:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,633
Posted By uk_mouse
Under my seat is: the KTM toolkit (with a few...

Under my seat is: the KTM toolkit (with a few extras), a 250 ml bottle of engine oil (which can be used in the clutch if required), some cable ties.

In my 'glovebox': Marker pen, tyre pressure...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-09-2014, 07:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,353
Posted By uk_mouse
In my experience, removing the SAS and / or cats...

In my experience, removing the SAS and / or cats will not alter the heat output of the exhaust. I tried to heat shield mine (with a home made shield) when I had stock cans on and ended up destroying...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-09-2014, 07:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 848
Posted By uk_mouse
I take the rear wheel off and rock the bike...

I take the rear wheel off and rock the bike backwards on the centre stand.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-08-2014, 03:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 643
Posted By uk_mouse
Any coolant safe to use in a aluminium engine...

Any coolant safe to use in a aluminium engine block should be fine, which surely these days is everything on the market? I Personally use Halfords own brand, because it's reasonably cheap and is a...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-08-2014, 02:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 766
Posted By uk_mouse
Just wondering, how high do you have to go to...

Just wondering, how high do you have to go to make a difference?

While I was on holiday recently, I rode the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse (http://www.grossglockner.at/en/grossglockner/) in...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-08-2014, 02:44 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 23,823
Posted By uk_mouse
This is what happens when it all goes wrong! ...

This is what happens when it all goes wrong!

http://dangermouse.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Random-bike-photos/i-M2zLCRb/0/M/IMAG0831-XL.jpg

Poor thing was in the water for about an hour, we had to...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 07-01-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,621
Posted By uk_mouse
I just use a wire brush on the pads.

I just use a wire brush on the pads.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-11-2014, 04:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 617
Posted By uk_mouse
Loosen the right hand pinch bolts, and without...

Loosen the right hand pinch bolts, and without touching the front brake, bounce the forks up and down a few times. I always back off the pads in the right hand caliper, just so the fork leg can move...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-10-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,494
Posted By uk_mouse
I use white spirit then soapy hot water, then...

I use white spirit then soapy hot water, then leave it to dry and re oil.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-10-2014, 06:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,268
Posted By uk_mouse
I always use JT sprockets, JT also make chains...

I always use JT sprockets, JT also make chains now that are significantly cheaper than DID - I'm going to try one of those next time.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-03-2014, 04:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By uk_mouse
I find a good way to bleed the system is to take...

I find a good way to bleed the system is to take the rear wheel off, and carefully rock the bike backwards on the centre stand.
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 06-02-2014, 05:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 391
Posted By uk_mouse
The number (eg 6205) is the really important bit,...

The number (eg 6205) is the really important bit, that's the bearing size.

The suffix letters denote various "optional extras", for example "2RS" means a bearing with a rubber seal on each side....
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-29-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,363
Posted By uk_mouse
My original 950 engine kept stretching cam...

My original 950 engine kept stretching cam chains. I've no idea why, but every 20,000 miles it'd get horribly noisy, the oil light started flickering at idle, classic symptoms that most people would...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-21-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,634
Posted By uk_mouse
Yeah if the radiator gets hot, the water pump...

Yeah if the radiator gets hot, the water pump must be working, I would think. So must the thermostat, otherwise hot coolant would not reach the radiator.

If hot coolant is getting to the rad, but...
Forum: Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc) 05-21-2014, 12:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,635
Posted By uk_mouse
Indeed - I might do some calculations to estimate...

Indeed - I might do some calculations to estimate the force through the shock sometime.

I've just had my bike in bits (again) and measured the top shock bearing, for completeness. The dimensions...
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