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Old 11-17-2012, 06:28 PM   #4186
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jester you are right in what you are saying but that Yamaha went to over 30 countrys with not 1 single problem with the engine or electrics. I then sold it to a guy who did the TAT on it this summer . he told me 2 spokes snaped and the chain had some wear. Not bad in my book . my BMWs fan spat its dummy in the first country and in the 5th the water pump went . it allso nocks on 84 octain. the yam was happy on the best 76.
MPG 76 was the best 45 the worst on the XC
allways 55mpg +- 2 on the XT
After this trip the BMW will be going but I am not going back to a XT . I am thinking somthing smaller for the green lanes
My many Subaru's and Toyota trucks were dead reliable. None of them were anywhere near as exciting or involving as my Porsche. Just because they all have 4 wheels doesn't make them comparable. My KLR650 was as reliable as an old farm tractor. It just ran and ran and ran. The XC is in a whole nother world compared to the KLR. Sure they both can go similar places, but the comparisons end after 4 stroke 650 class dual sport motorcycle.
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Old 11-17-2012, 10:44 PM   #4187
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Any idea on the stock spring rate on the forks... Trying to figure out what springs to throw in the Ktm forks... I weigh 185lbs before gear so any help would be great. Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-18-2012, 10:56 AM   #4188
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Found this unused connector under the seat. Anyone know what it is, and is there a fuse that protects it? Looking to install heated grips and would rather use an unused switched source than install a relay.

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Old 11-18-2012, 11:16 AM   #4189
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Found this unused connector under the seat. Anyone know what it is, and is there a fuse that protects it? Looking to install heated grips and would rather use an unused switched source than install a relay.

It's for the evaporation cannister solenoid valve.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:56 AM   #4190
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Found this unused connector under the seat. Anyone know what it is, and is there a fuse that protects it? Looking to install heated grips and would rather use an unused switched source than install a relay.
Not sure about the current draw of the grips compared to the capacity of that wire. My advice would be to use the wire you have identified to trigger a relay.

I have heated grips, heated vest and an extra accessory socket on my dash all running through a relay triggered by that wire. The useful thing is that the wire is only live while the engine is running so you know you won't be running your battery down if you stop the engine with the kill switch rather than the ignition. I also have the permanently live accessory socket by the shock which is useful for charging electronic devices back at the campsite.
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #4191
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Thanks for the info and advice. Great forum.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:58 PM   #4192
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Xchallenge swing arm

G'day Inmates, anyone out there know were I can get a replacement swing arm. BMW has none in stock anywhere. Happy to pay a reasonable price.
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Old 11-19-2012, 01:20 PM   #4193
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G'day Inmates, anyone out there know were I can get a replacement swing arm. BMW has none in stock anywhere. Happy to pay a reasonable price.
My eye is on a roadworthy 20,000 mile G650 Xch which could become a parts bike provided there's a market and I'm able to pre-sell enough parts to justify. Let me know!
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Old 11-19-2012, 03:47 PM   #4194
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My eye is on a roadworthy 20,000 mile G650 Xch which could become a parts bike provided there's a market and I'm able to pre-sell enough parts to justify. Let me know!
I would be interested in the swing arm. Any idea when you intend to strip the bike down?
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:19 PM   #4195
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G'day Inmates, anyone out there know were I can get a replacement swing arm. BMW has none in stock anywhere. Happy to pay a reasonable price.
You can't post up asking for a swing arm without telling us what happened to yours.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:13 PM   #4196
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My eye is on a roadworthy 20,000 mile G650 Xch which could become a parts bike provided there's a market and I'm able to pre-sell enough parts to justify. Let me know!
I'd have interest in the right fork leg, depending on how far down you are stripping and parting.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:48 PM   #4197
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I would be interested in the swing arm. Any idea when you intend to strip the bike down?
Ck your PM
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Old 11-19-2012, 09:15 PM   #4198
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Selling parts not needed for Snowbike build.

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I'd have interest in the right fork leg, depending on how far down you are stripping and parting.
Building a G650 Xch Snowbike with larger front shocks. So I'm selling all the wheel related parts.

Will start the build once I have P.O.'s for these parts:
1. ABS complete system.

2. Front end complete: Wheel, Forks, Upper and Lower fork cross braces.

3. Rear end complete: Wheel, Swing Arm, Shock.

Will need your Serial Number (last 7 digits of your VIN)

Please send a PM of what you want.

Thanks,
David
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:14 AM   #4199
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Building a G650 Xch Snowbike

Those things are really cool, but do you have a cheap bike in mind or why would you do it with an X? Power to weight rules in the snow, and the X is not exactly a high performer....

Would be a lot more fun with a 450-570 offroad bike, even a 690 is already borderline.
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:00 AM   #4200
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You can't post up asking for a swing arm without telling us what happened to yours.
Da swing arm definitely not happy.
I guess the pictures will come up soon.
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