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Old 04-04-2013, 12:39 PM   #3826
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I read disconcerting thread on another forum about the Explorer's fuel filter. The fuel filter is non-replaceable and built into the fuel pump. So when the filter gets clogged the whole pump has to be replaced. That sounds like a major flaw for an adventure bike. Aren't the fuel filters on most bikes easily replaceable?
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:18 PM   #3827
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Stroms have built-into-the-pump filters...


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Old 04-04-2013, 04:08 PM   #3828
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So do BMW F800s which is a lot more adventure than the Explorer. The BMW guys are trying to hack an older air head filter onto their pumps as well as looking at automotive replacements. I'd agree, not a great system.

I was pissed when the fuel pump went on my Honda CBF. $730 to replace it because it had all the fuel gauge electronics and float attached. Another crappy system.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:29 AM   #3829
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CJDesigns offers for the KTM Adventure bikes a back flush for the filter, when shutting down the pump runs in reverse to clear the filter and let the debris settle to the bottom of the tank.

And for price shock the KTM fuel pump filter costs $150. For riders in less than first world conditions the suggested interval to replace is every 10K miles. It's no mystery now why they ride standing up!
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:50 AM   #3830
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CJDesigns offers for the KTM Adventure bikes a back flush for the filter, when shutting down the pump runs in reverse to clear the filter and let the debris settle to the bottom of the tank.

And for price shock the KTM fuel pump filter costs $150. For riders in less than first world conditions the suggested interval to replace is every 10K miles. It's no mystery now why they ride standing up!
That seems like a really bad idea, lets take all the crap that the filter just trapped and blow it all back into a clean gas tank. Screwy idea.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:21 AM   #3831
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But it is not a clean gas tank, it has debris which is clogging the filter. Why not clear the filter and let the crude settle to the bottom of the tank? This happens in all gas tanks regardless of what kind of filter is in use, sand, rust, paint, etc., all sink and settle. And this modification is intended for riders in third world conditions where gas is often purchased from soda bottles that were filled from old oil drums. It is a solution that works. The tank can be flushed out at the end of the year or end of the ride. In my early years with dirt bikes I would clean the petcock screens when they clogged and reinstalled. I didn't bother to flush the tank because it did not make any practical difference, the screen worked and I might clear it again the next season.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:49 AM   #3832
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That seems like a really bad idea, lets take all the crap that the filter just trapped and blow it all back into a clean gas tank. Screwy idea.
In the middle of nowhere it might be all you can do to get going. Every gas tank has crap in it.
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Old 04-07-2013, 04:15 PM   #3833
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Changing gears for a bit here, but is anyone aware of a prefilter for the TEX air filter yet? I'm getting ready to check mine out & it would be nice to install a prefilter if one's available.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:07 PM   #3834
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Changing gears for a bit here, but is anyone aware of a prefilter for the TEX air filter yet? I'm getting ready to check mine out & it would be nice to install a prefilter if one's available.
Have a look at the parts diagrams for the Tiger 800 and TEX and see what the air box and snorkel look like. Maybe the UNI prefilter from Aus for the Tiger 800 will fit.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:31 AM   #3835
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Thanks bross. I'll check it out.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:14 AM   #3836
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You can see the intake here. I used to clean my sfv650's air filter once in a while. It was so simple to get to. With the TEX the whole gas tank has to be removed to get to the filter. This beast is fun to ride but a PITA to work on.


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Old 04-08-2013, 02:28 PM   #3837
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Old 04-09-2013, 03:40 PM   #3838
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Some Pics of My TEx

Colour as purchased. Painted by Dream Machine.







More pics/details in my blog (clicky here) if anyone's interested

Love the bike so far... Considering a Madstad screen at the moment... Undecided.
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Old 04-10-2013, 06:33 AM   #3839
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The orange paint is stunning! It really works well on the Explorer. Hopefully by the time I'm ready to buy mine, Triumph will have some different options for paint color. Like red, orange, or yellow.
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Old 04-10-2013, 08:14 AM   #3840
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Planing my first big road trip for this year - my longest so far was up to Laguna Seca last year for MotoGp (approx. 800 miles round trip). This time I'm estimating 3k round trip; destination Circuit of The Americas to see the V8 Supercars race in the Austin 400, May 17-18

I'm only allocating eight days to get there and back, so I'm thinking the route will need to be fairly direct. Still, it should be fun and this will be my first time to Texas.

Anybody else in the area planing on being there?

Any tips, suggestion on places to stay and things that are a 'must see/do'?

Hmmm, guess I'm going to have to sample some Texas style BBQ while I'm there.
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