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Old 08-15-2010, 07:32 AM   #16411
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Is the US the only locale that is heavy into ethanol? Any history of international failures that may correlate ethanol causes?

Any reports yet of a new pump failure?

Sounds like any major adventures would warrant pump replacement AND a spare.


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Old 08-15-2010, 12:45 PM   #16412
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Gun shy fuel pump

Ok so I posted on here about my WR with a build date of 2/08. The bike died a couple of times after I loaded it up for a weekend ride, while running around the block. It was 100+deg.

I left for the trip anyway, and I figured that if it is heat related that it will break while on this trip and get it over with. It was 100+ for most of the trip this weekend. I did a little over 600 miles on the WR with no fuel issue what so ever. The major issue my poor backside.

From what I have read the bike will not die all at once, but will rather only start after cooling (sometimes).

I read about 200 pages of this thread before I noticed the bike die. Then I *thought* I heard the priming sound change. I think that reading all of the posts made me overly suspicious of the fueling issue.

Few people post about how reliable the pumps are, and I wonder how many pumps have failed compared to the number sold that were built in early 08?

I guess less than 10%.

I do ride alone mostly, and ride in relatively remote areas, but I do take enough food/water in case I have to hoof it out. I plan on running mine till she blows and hope for the best. Time will tell.
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Old 08-15-2010, 03:43 PM   #16413
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My current WRR is right in the meat of the bad pump range (02/08, 1500's VIN) and closing fast on 8000 miles with no issues, even with all the heat this summer. This is why I bought the extended warranty on mine, if it ends up being a problem I'll be happier with replacing the pump instead of having to worry about a doohickey breaking loose or a cam chain tensioner detonating or etc etc etc...

Of course I probably just jinxed myself with the 4 days off I have coming up.
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:58 PM   #16414
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I have a feeling that the above account, and the one in this thread, are due to operator error.

In my experience, you would have to really, really abuse the clutch to wipe it out so quickly. During my testing with the Revloc dyna ring, I slipped my clutch pack numerous times, and its still going strong. If you continually slip the clutch in mud, rocks whatever, with the engine WOT, yeah, you will destroy it in short order. Slipping it occasionally, for short periods, and it will likely be fine
Yes-----It was all operator error!! I got a rock lodged in the counter sprocket and it was so slimy that I did not realize that I was not spinning the tire!!........Chalk it up to experience!!

BIG THANKS to EB for saving the day....and the trip!!

Thanks much for everyone that offered help!!

It was a FANTASTICK ride!!

Thanks again everyone

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Old 08-15-2010, 05:00 PM   #16415
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Mine is 1/08 0041. Only 2,000miles so far and slightly worried. It doesn't get very hot here but I'm taking it to Russia next year so it looks like I'll have to find space to add a fuel pump to my luggage!

Will do the same for peace of mind when off the beaten path. What is a rough estimate for time to swap out a pump in the field?
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:06 PM   #16416
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20 minutes alone, 1 hours with advice from bystanders.

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Will do the same for peace of mind when off the beaten path. What is a rough estimate for time to swap out a pump in the field?
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:11 PM   #16417
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Will do the same for peace of mind when off the beaten path. What is a rough estimate for time to swap out a pump in the field?
Very easy swap, hardest part is to keep the gas on the tank.. just fuel clip, electrical clip and i believe six allens, put the pump in the same orientation as you took it out..

Man, wish we had a master list of everyone who's had problems then appoint a spokes person for us WR owners and speak to Yamaha with our list !!!!

Given that the owner of the Yamaha dealer in Idaho swapped pumps with us from a new bike he had on the floor leads me to believe Yamaha gave him good news about sending him out another one for the new bike ?!
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Old 08-15-2010, 06:08 PM   #16418
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Done.

Well, I think my WRR is officially "done" and I couldn't be happier with it. I'm still in the middle of the engine break in following the Thumper Racing big bore, but I can say this so far--the increase in bottom end torque is substantial. I really like the Jet Hot coated exhaust bits as well. I've run with this headlight for over a week and have passed a couple popo and none have pulled me over yet. I think I'd have issues at night, but I don't typically ride at night unless I'm chasing Scottmac's campsite. I'm still trying to get Paul at HDB to build me a custom instrument cluster protector, but for now my home fabbed mount is working fine.

I think all I'll do to the bike at this point is ride it and maintain it. Maybe throw some yellow plastics on it if Wheeling Cycle supply ever gets any.





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Old 08-15-2010, 07:14 PM   #16419
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It was a FANTASTICK ride!!

Scott
Welcome back!

Can't wait to read the reports from you and BD
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Old 08-15-2010, 07:25 PM   #16420
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Yes-----It was all operator error!! I got a rock lodged in the counter sprocket and it was so slimy that I did not realize that I was not spinning the tire!!........Chalk it up to experience!!
Doh! That blows. Are you still running the stock case saver/cover or the VWsandman one? How big was the rock? 12T, 13T, 14T?
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:02 PM   #16421
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Your bike is lookin' good Brian!
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:05 PM   #16422
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What is the blue plastic thing?

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Old 08-15-2010, 08:06 PM   #16423
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What is the blue plastic thing?
Looks like a church key to me.
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:10 PM   #16424
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What is the blue plastic thing?

Its a beer bottle opener.
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:15 PM   #16425
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What is the blue plastic thing?

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Yamaha key ring/bottle opener. Don't be jealous.
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