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Old 03-04-2008, 09:17 PM   #16
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Talking Upgrades

Hi folks,This should be a good thread.My wife and I ride(among other things) '94 &'95 Elefants.My '95 has 48k and has stopped on the road once.Easy fix,raw wire at the sterring head,a little tape and a new fuse and we were off.Good idea to carry a few extra !
Upgrades:Most from Michael @ Dumbo lab.Honest guy! And knows his electrics.
Starter wiring upgrade-A MUST. It really spins now!
Headlite wiring upgrade-Talking to Michael one time and I metioned how I wanted to put on some PIAA lites like the "GS"guys.He said try this .I did the kit.WOW -TURNED NITE INTO DAY!! I was truly blown away with the improvement.
MBP collets on hers.Low HP motor should go a long time.so far so good.
LED tail lite
Remote res larger front masrer cyl on mine.
Tubless tires-sealed the spoke nipples,thousands of miles and no problem.
Remus cans one Ti one Alu
Tecno Flex shock for mine and the fork springs,This is my spring project.
Hepco crash bars and racks with Gobi bags.CAREFUL SPLITTING LANES IN CA.REAL CAREFUL! DOUH!
39mm flat slides on mine without notching the frame.A little work to get them dialed in but when done they really work well,sharp response.
Nic plated emulsion tubes in her carbs-has slowed the ovalizing problem,Any body got a set of used 39's

OH! One other on road problem.3 years ago we did a 3500 mile loop down from Wa.to Ca.In the little town of Drain Oregon Tere's battery went flat.I swear I never put it together until I just saw it in print! A Douglas County sheriff came to our aid.We decided to jumb from his patrol car.Now I remember that conversation with a friend.He was going to buy Chevy Impala cop car at auction.they were really cool because EVERYTHING on them was beefed up in the cop cars.We might have been ok it he haden't started the car?I had just put on new regulators.Thank GOD I took Michael's advise and hard wired them out side of the harness.I hit the switch and that red wire flat ass vaporised!!God knows how many amps that thing was putting out.Got a new reg over nite and were on our way.

All in all l in all great bikes with some(in my opinion)minor issues,but once you get em dialed in it sure is fun to pass sport bikes!Not the really fast ones,just the squids.

"If it ain't broke-LETS UPGRADE!"
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:39 PM   #17
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Dented pipes

I have done several dent removals on 2 stroke pipes by using rubber plumbing plugs secured very well in the ends,one plug is fitted with a air valve.I pumped the pipe up to around 15 to 20 # and ues a welding tourch to work out the dents.It's a trip to get it red hot and watch the metal start moving. A note of caution-When pressurizing the pipe STAY OUT OF THE WAY OF THE PLUGS!! There is a learning curve to the process.I put a couple of them out into the woods.
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:53 PM   #18
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If they won't help u out let me know and I can get some and send them to you. I love my pegs now, they feel about dirtbike size now.
I'll keep you informed ..
cause in the dirt the original pegs are too shorts

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Old 03-05-2008, 09:58 AM   #19
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I have done several dent removals on 2 stroke pipes by using rubber plumbing plugs secured very well in the ends,one plug is fitted with a air valve.I pumped the pipe up to around 15 to 20 # and ues a welding tourch to work out the dents.It's a trip to get it red hot and watch the metal start moving. A note of caution-When pressurizing the pipe STAY OUT OF THE WAY OF THE PLUGS!! There is a learning curve to the process.I put a couple of them out into the woods.

I tried the frozen water method this past winter and it worked on my KX250 pipe, however, the third freeze cycle the plugs didn't come out and it split one of the welds. I had my friend zerodog weld it back together and it looks great now, no more dents. I may try this technique with our stainless header pipes and see if it works. I'll let you all know. Good thing I have a spare beer fridge in the garage with an empty freezer!!!!
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Old 03-05-2008, 11:51 AM   #20
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Hi guys - just checking in.

Rear shock - got a Wilburs and it doesn't fit very well.

I got the remote reservoir and remote preload adjuster. The hoses come out at angles that don't let you conveniently place the parts anywhere on the frame. Plus, the clamps are for round tubes not square.

So, I'm not exactly sure what they meant by "sure, we have a shock to fit your Elefant".

I'll try to get a pic to include.
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Old 03-05-2008, 12:19 PM   #21
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Hi guys ..

about the footpegs extensions, I get in touch with work connections .. they send me to BTO sports http://www.btosports.com/
cause they can send to France ..
I send an email .. and the same day I get an answer, quick and reliable.
We consider together to make a deal for some sets (wich are 1"1/4 for the fant) and get a discount ;-)

so everything is nice. I should receive everything mid-april cause they are now just pre-ordered (actually backordered). I get the invoice very quickly too

I'll keep you informed but I would say it's a good adress

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Old 03-05-2008, 01:50 PM   #22
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Hi guys ..

about the footpegs extensions, I get in touch with work connections .. they send me to BTO sports http://www.btosports.com/
cause they can send to France ..
I send an email .. and the same day I get an answer, quick and reliable.
We consider together to make a deal for some sets (wich are 1"1/4 for the fant) and get a discount ;-)

so everything is nice. I should receive everything mid-april cause they are now just pre-ordered (actually backordered). I get the invoice very quickly too

I'll keep you informed but I would say it's a good adress

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So, what you're saying is that they don't got it at the time.
But may get it in April??? (Is this going to be like waiting for parts from Italy?)
Frak, allways when i need something
So, i ask again.
Does annyone know of a set of pegs that fit the Elefant?
Or do we need to weld on a set of universal mx pegs?
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Old 03-05-2008, 10:50 PM   #23
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difference is : not may in april but they'll receive them at the end of march.
everything was sold .. they build some new in 1,1/4 size. if you want other sizes are available

it's not a "not anymore supported" product
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Old 03-08-2008, 04:22 PM   #24
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motomikedh:

Great thread - why'd it take so long?

I'll be getting my '94 e900 back from Munroe Motors next week. Had to have new pistons, reline the cylinders - nicasil and new valve stems. The bike has only 30K on it. When I get it back, I'll put on the HB crash bars I bought from EAB Lab.

Soon I will need to upgrade the ignition electrics.

I'm sure I'll have tech questions - and I'm glad this thread is here for a resource.
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Old 03-09-2008, 04:45 PM   #25
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I may be having my first major problem with my Fant. I had the flu which knocked me out and I haven't ridden. Lat week I went to start it and it wouldn't start. Today I decided to look into it and it has spark and fuel but won't start. I took the tank off and airbox cover and tried to start it and I noticed the rear cylinder was not really creating much vacuum. I used some starter fluid and it fired and then blew raw gas and flames out of the carb. I was able to blow the fire out but something is probably amiss with the timing. I am guessing maybe my belt jumped. It was getting dark and I have no energy so I will look at it again one day this week.
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:00 PM   #26
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I may be having my first major problem with my Fant. I had the flu which knocked me out and I haven't ridden. Lat week I went to start it and it wouldn't start. Today I decided to look into it and it has spark and fuel but won't start. I took the tank off and airbox cover and tried to start it and I noticed the rear cylinder was not really creating much vacuum. I used some starter fluid and it fired and then blew raw gas and flames out of the carb. I was able to blow the fire out but something is probably amiss with the timing. I am guessing maybe my belt jumped. It was getting dark and I have no energy so I will look at it again one day this week.
Pull the belt covers off, and rotate the engine so that the dot on the drive pulley lines up with the hashmark on the sidecover.
Then check each cam pulley to see that the dots line up with the marks on the belt housings.

When were the belts last replaced?
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Old 03-10-2008, 07:17 PM   #27
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Hyper pro rear shock

Hey everyone,

I put in my new Hyper Pro shock this last weekend and thought I would share with you guys my experience. I Ordered a shock from EPM. I thought I was ordering a wilbers but got the HP instead. I had it made an inch longer to match the height of my front forks. I did not specify which end to make longer. I assumed they would lengthen the bottom end like I did to the stock unit. Turns out they made it longer at the top. When I first recieved the shock I thought, oh shit, this is gonna be expensive to change. Once I calmed down I went out to the shop and did some measuring and figured out it would probably fit. So months later I started the project and here goes:

I pulled the battery first and then the subframe. I then stuffed the shock in. If the bike was stock I wouldn't have had to do much more after this. Anyway nothing I do is easy, here is a pic.



Because the shock is longer I had to clearance a few things. (Also as you can see in the picture I had to back off the preload nut and compress the shock to get it in the bike). Once in, the shock had a few things that needed to be filed a bit. Nothing like grinding on your new $900.00 shock. If grinding on my new shock wasn't enough, the cagiva wishbone link was still hitting the shock. So I had to grind the wishbone a little all the while wondering where I would find another one if I screwed this one up.


(I also need to point out that there are needle bearings in the wishbone. One needs to be very careful to avoid knocking them out on to the floor).
After all the grinding and filing I ended up with about a 1/16" clearance. This was important because a friend of mine bent his shock because these parts were hitting. I greased all the needle bearings and tightened all the bolts. The remote resevoir I ended up attaching to the right of the shock on the frame.

I will probably drill some holes in the side plastic so I can adjust the compression without taking the side panel off.

I take the bike out and ride a little and I think I need a stiffer spring. The preload nut is about a 1\2" from the last of the threads and I still get about 3" of sag. I was hoping to be able to crank it down for when I had luggage and stuff on. I put a call into the shock guy today but I called too late and left him a message to call me back. I will let you know how it turns out. My overall impression of the shock is, it's ok. I think these guys are more street oriented and I ride mostly offroad. I think with some tweeking I can get it where I like it.


Here are some pics of my front fork setup if anyone is interested.







My bash plate and shifter



After reading through this it really didn't seem too hard. If anyone else is going the same route as I did I would have them offset drill the bottom hole on the shock mount so one wouldn't have to do much grinding.

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Old 03-10-2008, 10:49 PM   #28
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What jetting ?

Hi ,
I just opened my carb and I found

Idle - 42.5 -no holes on the side, an other one I got with the bike in a box has holes in the side, does it changes anything ?

Main - 132.5 I have a staintune and KN filter, should I change anything ? I have 130, 125 and 127.5 in the box.

The one blocking the main - 70 .

Needle - 4th clip from the bottom - or 2nd from the top.

I ride mostly sea level --> 5000ft should I change anything ?

Also how many turns out on the air mixture screw ?

Thanks.

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Old 03-11-2008, 03:37 AM   #29
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Here are some pics of my front fork setup if anyone is interested.


what fork is it ??

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Old 03-11-2008, 07:54 AM   #30
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My forks are 50mm showas. I used two left legs so I could keep my twin rotor setup.

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