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Old 09-07-2012, 01:15 AM   #2476
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:16 PM   #2477
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By the way, from my contact with Yamaha, I was told that there were only three failed oil pans nationally that they knew of and that it was a simple order that would come from Japan. However, there is a nationwide backorder on the oil pans, so the soonest they will be released from Japan is 25 SEP.

Watch the oil pans, fellas!

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Old 09-07-2012, 12:28 PM   #2478
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Yamaha said they only know of 3 cases of failed oil pans nationally but there is a nationwide backorder on the pans?

Something doesn't quite add up. It's either a part they never considered to fail so it is not stocked nor imported, or they can't count.

I have a feeling they better step up production and imports of oil pans, much like BMW is finally doing with their final drives.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:59 PM   #2479
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It would benefit some who plan to go off road in a serious manner to just dremel off those tab brackets which were for the original plastic nose cone. Any skid plate short of a Rumbux or ADVRideon unit is subject to bend in and push those tabs in just like the Yamaha plate did.

I had the Yamaha plate (still got it in the attic) and for my intended use of this bike it served it's purpose. I put an AltRider on for my CO, UT trip recently and came out with a dent directly under that tab on the opposite side. Never felt that impact and the AltRider did it's job and didn't give too much. Those things hanging down are a recipe for disaster though. I may dremel cut mine off in the near future.
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:28 PM   #2480
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It would benefit some who plan to go off road in a serious manner to just dremel off those tab brackets which were for the original plastic nose cone. Any skid plate short of a Rumbux or ADVRideon unit is subject to bend in and push those tabs in just like the Yamaha plate did.

I had the Yamaha plate (still got it in the attic) and for my intended use of this bike it served it's purpose. I put an AltRider on for my CO, UT trip recently and came out with a dent directly under that tab on the opposite side. Never felt that impact and the AltRider did it's job and didn't give too much. Those things hanging down are a recipe for disaster though. I may dremel cut mine off in the near future.
Agree, I'm planning to cut mine as well ....
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:36 PM   #2481
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Yamaha said they only know of 3 cases of failed oil pans nationally but there is a nationwide backorder on the pans?

Something doesn't quite add up. It's either a part they never considered to fail so it is not stocked nor imported, or they can't count.

I have a feeling they better step up production and imports of oil pans, much like BMW is finally doing with their final drives.
Along the same lines, my Aussie friends are here to do a month long tour on FJRs.
The front brake line had a slight weep at the banjo hose connection. Not a brake hose
in the US. Hose shop couldn't make one very unique fitting on the other end. DOT does
not allow putting a new banjo fitting on a used hose. Ebay to the rescue. If it worsens
I'll ship it to them.

Dealer had it two weeks and never told me of the problem until 48 hours from departure.
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:56 PM   #2482
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rode in the wrong way on Old Cades cove rd. which is gravel pissed a few tourist off but who cares.
Is Old Cades Cove rd supposed to be one way? It's part of my route for next week, and it doesn't make mention of direction on my maps. I plan to do just what you did, come down Old Cades Cove, around the back of Cades Cove, and out Parsons Branch.



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Old 09-07-2012, 06:36 PM   #2483
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And I broke another part

OK, I'm in. How did you manage that one?
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:40 PM   #2484
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Is Old Cades Cove rd supposed to be one way? It's part of my route for next week, and it doesn't make mention of direction on my maps. I plan to do just what you did, come down Old Cades Cove, around the back of Cades Cove, and out Parsons Branch.
Yes Old Cades Cove rd is one way from the townsend side. I was hesitant about doing it backwards for obvious reasons, big federal fine but my easy going break the law side forced me into it. Met one guy in a jeep who reminded me it was one way. I lied told him it was three of use and we went back looking for number three. He was cool with that. Met one asshole in a SUV loaded with idiots hanging out every window who was not so friendly, I flipped him off and then tried to sling some gravel on his shit but TCS1 was on It's about 9 miles long and narrow. If its not a holiday just go in the normal direction from townsend. You will still most likely have to go around some jacksass's that can't read a thing that says don't block the road because you see a squirrel in the woods. Trust me the place is drive through wild life viewing at it's worst. Parson branch road is fun but their are assholes in low riding cars and vans on that road too, must deal with it.

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Old 09-07-2012, 06:54 PM   #2485
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...And I broke another part ...

That'll buff right out...


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Old 09-07-2012, 09:33 PM   #2487
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OK, I'm in. How did you manage that one?
A nasty quad trail. Had a hell of a detour around a downed tree and I didn't pull it off. Bike tipped over, and due to VERY uneven ground, odd parts hit first; most notably the luggage rack, which cannot support the 600 pound bike, just FYI.

Somehow I managed to pick the thing up from it's precarious position alone again, which was no easy task. And I didn't get a picture because I was pissed, dehydrated, and not sure how in the hell I was going to get out of there.

I managed my way out without needing to call in backup, and I told myself these things (again)

1) always wear the camel back.
2) don't do this shit alone!
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3) I really really really need a skid plate and crash bars.
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A nasty quad trail. Had a hell of a detour around a downed tree and I didn't pull it off. Bike tipped over, and due to VERY uneven ground, odd parts hit first; most notably the luggage rack, which cannot support the 600 pound bike, just FYI.

Somehow I managed to pick the thing up from it's precarious position alone again, which was no easy task. And I didn't get a picture because I was pissed, dehydrated, and not sure how in the hell I was going to get out of there.

I managed my way out without needing to call in backup, and I told myself these things (again)

1) always wear the camel back.
2) don't do this shit alone!
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3) I really really really need a skid plate and crash bars.
4) And an Altrider rack.
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Old 09-08-2012, 12:52 AM   #2489
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Yeah, but is that the top case rack or just the luggage rack the bike comes with? Actually, I can't remember if the top case rack was sold separately "a la bmw". What does the blue sticker notice read? (Notice: Right side may snap off? )

I figured you were at a standstill when that broke. I did the most (and only) damage to my S10 at 0mph where it hit an odd tree and the mirror broke off.
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4) And an Altrider rack.
I've seen the Micatech prototype and really like it. Price is pretty good too. Perhaps this winter.

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Yeah, but is that the top case rack or just the luggage rack the bike comes with? Actually, I can't remember if the top case rack was sold separately "a la bmw". What does the blue sticker notice read? (Notice: Right side may snap off? )

I figured you were at a standstill when that broke. I did the most (and only) damage to my S10 at 0mph where it hit an odd tree and the mirror broke off.
It's the thin plastic luggage rack, without the support (top case mount) beneath it. I removed the support because I'm running without a back seat for the extended luggage rack setup. The bike comes from the factory with both parts. I was stopped when it hit the ground, but that was after an impressive (failed) attack at a curved steep hill, when my momentum decided to disappear extremely quickly.
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