2012 990R speedo adjust for 19/17 wheels help

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  1. alongat

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    Maybe it's my imagination or perhaps disconnecting those wires are a form of a placebo but I swear that I could feel a difference last night - albeit only at times when I gave the bike a healthy dose of full throttle. This thing just makes me giggle all the time. I think my verdict is that disconnecting the two wires did make a difference on my bike. I know that others have reported mixed reviews but for me at least, my sh*t-eating grin was that much bigger :)

    I also had a chance to test my newly installed 6000k HID kit in the main beam of my Euro headlight - yes, that too made a huge difference. I don't think I'll install an HID in the high beam, perhaps just one of those Piaa superwhite bulbs...

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    Yes, pictures are forthcoming - I promise...just need to wash up the bike, snap some pictures and then post them here. We've got a long weekend in Canada so I should have some time. I can tell you though that if you are considering the 19/17 tubeless setup for your bike, DO NOT hesitate! It's an incredible transformation - the bike literally just carves like a sport bike with tall flat handlebars now - it's simply unbelievable and hard to describe just how much better it is. I absolutely love the 19/17 wheels with the tall suspension of the R. I went a bit non-conservative on my wheels, getting the two-colour orange and black with black spokes and orange/black nipples in the contrasting pattern. I thought at first that it would look very "radical and motard-like" but for some reason, it's a bit more subtle looking than I had expected. The only thing that I'm not too sue about now is that the front fender is quite apart from the front wheel given the smaller overall diameter and on my R, the fender is white while the rest of the bike is black so it really stands out. Not sure there is a way to lower the fender on the forks or perhaps try a black fender...we'll see - for now, I'm just having a blast on the roads with it.


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  3. Dualsport Crazy

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    Hey Alon :clap

    I can see you can't stop smiling after dis-connecting the two wires. I will try to find the time to do it on my baby over the long weekend since I've been busy & got family coming from overseas.

    Will look forward to the pictures. Enjoy your ride & have a great Canada day long weekend.

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    By the way, I should add that on my bike, it's not actually the white three wire plug but rather the black one and the wires on the accessible side of the plug on my bike are actually yellow/green and blue/pink but they change colors on the other side of the plug to align with what those instructions on superduke.net offer. It's a bitch to reach the side of the plug with the described colored wires so I just carefully removed the wires (yellow/green and blue/pink) on the side of the plug that was more accessible to me.
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  5. Eataz

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    Did you have to make any modifications to your sidestand on the R? And can you use the centerstand?
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    I bought a 2012 990 standard kickstand (302mm) and bolted it right on - no issue and the perfect length for my bike. Yes, the centre stand remains fully functional - I did not change it out. The rear wheel obviously sits up higher now when using the centre stand but I have no issues raising or lowering the bike on it. There is no need to change or modify the centre stand.


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  7. Dualsport Crazy

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    Hey Alon....

    How you duin ? Thanks for the info brother. I still have not had a chance to do the mod since I been crazy busy.

    Have a a great weekend & hope the weather changes so I could squeeze in a ride :D

    Cheers :freaky
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    Hey Al - weather sucks hairy balls...feels like summer three years ago; nothing but rain and I'm dying to ride. Spent some time this week getting my new Jesse Cases on the bike, had some fitment issues against my Leo Vince mufflers but a few longer bolts, some home-made shims and patience and all is good now. I might go for a ride on Sunday sometime if the weather agrees - maybe even a blitz to the forks of the credit for an ice coffee. I'll ping you via PM if I do.


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    Here are some pictures:

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  10. alongat

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    Why the hell can't I get this whole picture posting thing right already?

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    Here we go:

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  13. Dualsport Crazy

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    Hi Alon.....

    She does look beautiful with those new wheels. Did you go for a long ride after you disconected the wires & what were the results like !!!

    Enjoy ....
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    Now you have to spend money on an SE high fender so you can show that front rim off more!!!
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    I've been thinking about a high fender but have heard that they cause some high speed highway instability and I don't really ride in deep mud. Any thoughts on this high speed instability?



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    I've not heard anyone complain about any instability with the high fender. There are strategies to each, along with strong willed backers. I asked a proven rally veteran over beers last year and he simply said...depends on the conditions, wet or dry, cold or hot... and depends on the bike. Some only give you one choice.

    For me, I'd only be concerned about a high fender if I was traveling very slowly in the dry desert... like Death Valley. I'd stick with low fender. To pair with supermoto wheels... I'd go with the high SE fender, which on your bike would look bad ass!

    Personally I love hearing all the fender arguments. My first Enduro was a Yamaha DT 175 with a low fender. I put a high fender on it and went back and forth as a kid.

    My 950 always freaked me out how hot it ran in the desert heat so I was paranoid about blocking the radiator with a high fender. I think the 990's run cooler so that would most likely be a non factor.

    I know a KTM Rally mechanic who says water causes ithe worst potential damage to the 950/990. He urges people to not remove the low fender. He's a senior Orange Certified Tech and said at a tech session it was pointed out the 950/990's have vulnerabilities from the combination of water getting into the lower electrical on the motor, causing problems. And the low fender can reduce spray off the tire that can funnel down between the skid plate. For some reason this kind of stuck with me, but I'd be way more concerned about using a pressure washer then tire spray.

    But you'll see cases on this thread where battery cables corrode, fuel pump points corrode, starter relay corrodes... I'm sure KTM knows all about the bikes weaknesses, thus the Tech training I guess.

    I'd just change the fender up with the conditions, much like your tires!
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    I've always liked the high fender look, had one on my 640 adventure but never bothered on my 950 adventure. I might look for a white SM style one since its so easy to swap back and forth on the 990s.

    As for running hot, I'm convinced that the 990 runs hotter than my 950 ever did.
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