Ok, he called it "950 Tech Day," but for me it meant mostly installing new bling parts and not much tech. There were a number of us at his house, all of us leaching off his knowledge and hospitality :dg Saturday morning we had five 950s in his garage or driveway at one point in time, but it all started Friday night with a strip down of the bikes that were already there. Oil was drained, etc. Bill dug into his bike to prep it for the valve check he had planned, while Craig only changed his oil and then mostly worked on the bikes and tires of the others. Friday night it began - Bills orange beauty would get stripped right down to the cylinder heads: My first project took about 3 minutes and I can't imagine taking more pictures of installing the pre-filter - it's that easy: ok, but you should use your head when you put the bike back together. Can you see what's wrong in this picture? Prefilters don't eliminate the main filter, I guess... I supposed I was distracted by Bill's open heart surgery: He has dozens of photos of the process, and I'm sure he will post something about this project here. I just took the money shots to spice up my dull thread And while we're showing the valve check bike, here's some more shots of that effort there's a go and no go feeler - Bill will tell you what that means Here's some 10,000+ mile cam lobes looking good: Back to my bike - I actually had a big project ahead of me, too. Steering stabilizer and new bars, grip heaters and grips were on the menu. First the bike had to secured, with front wheel strapped to the bike so that the forks would not "drop out" as the warning in the installation instructions proclaimed. I figured I should follow that advice and put some straps around the front wheel axle and the frame of the bike. The same straps also were really useful to hold the old bar out of the way while I was getting into the old triple clamp: Next I had to loosen up the center bolt and working under Craig's instructions, everything had to be done with the on-board toolkit, at least as far as possible. You'll soon find out that there's no wrench that fits on that bold, but then again Craig has the solution; the stock toolkit DOES deliver: After this lesson in how to make he most of your tools, I moved on to the part of the installation instructions that took half the first page - removal of the keylock! The instructions point out that you will need to drill out the heads of the bols holding it to the triple clamp and use an extraction tool, or cut a slot into them and use an impact flathead driver (lotsa loc-tite in there from the factory). However, if you're lucky like me, you have a used bike that already had a steering stabilizer installed earlier in its life and had the original owner curse and kick the bike for you. So all it took me was a screw driver and a few turns and the keylock fell off the stock clamp oh yes - half way there, at least so I thought... Next came the assembly of the new triple clamp - a sharp looking unit from BRP that has all the holes for cable clamps, keylock and some accessories I don't even have The keylock installs in seconds Next the risers get mounted to make room for the stabilizer right below the bars. These are some beefy bolts in rubber bushings Then the whole unit had to go back on the forks. With a little push against the front wheel (read the instructions ) it took less than a minute and we had it mounted, allowing Craig to go back and help Bill with his valves. As it turned out later, you should follow the instructions to the letter. Even though they include really nice hex pinch bolts, the instructions say "use the stock pinch bolts." I didn't listen. Well... an hour later, I had to go back to this point and replace them, because these nice hex bolts rub against the plastic of the side covers when you turn the forks. Stock bolts don't stick out that far and work just fine... Next the installation of the little tower the stabilizer arm will hook on. Very easy on this bike. Some loctite and we're all set All these other holes in my frame show that there had been a different steering stabilizer in the past. The BRP unit mounts to stock threaded holes provided by KTM that have a small plastic plug in them. Punch them out and screw in the tower. Done. Up next the part that took much longer than I anticipated: changing the handle bars to a Renthal 608 bend bar to add a little height to the setup and less rear sweep. This meant new grip heater install and new grips. First some heat shrink under the left heater. It's too tight. What to do? Have Elmer use brute force to force that thing on there: The part that followed was the least memorable of he weekend: grip glue! he fumes that come off that stuff are just plain nasty. I felt like that for about 3 hours following the initial grip glue sniff. You can't get away from it because you have to fight with the grips to get them on the bars before the glue dries, all while the chemicals are evaporating in your face. So no pix of that part of the project. Once he grips were all done and we had some great chili for dinner, things looked better again - the blue ones are faster, but you knew that already: While I was admiring all my new blue bling, Craig, Elmer, and Bill disappeared for a while to mount some new rubber for Elmer. They can fill you in on those details. There's even a video of the bead breaking right here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5501044&postcount=140 After my stabilizer and bars were all installed, I only had one more project left: the removal of those pesky Akrapovic inserts. I had not been able to get them out with vise grips and other 'normal' tools. Craig got serious right away: But even though he put a really nice patina on the titanium with that torch, we had a bitch of a time to get that right insert out. Heat followed by hard hits on a bolt that hooked to the inside of the insert didn't work. We gave up for a while but then I hit it a few more times after everything had cooled down a little more and it finally released the insert. They haven't been back in there since then... And here a final view of the new bar with BRP/Scotts stabilizer setup. Combined with the lowered Fastway pegs, I can finally ride the bike standing up without being uncomfortable. Wobbles at high speed also are reduced to near nothing (at least those wobbles I tried to induce on purpose on the way home didn't go very far). What's next? That Rekluse clutch sounds tempting, and perhaps a Renazco seat if I can find a spare seat pan at a decent price. Bill got his bike back together on Saturday, Elmer rode off with crash bars, new high fender anda new rear tire. Craig worked all weekend and his bike only saw an oil change. Thanks to Craig, Katie and everyone else who made this weekend possible. I am sure I would not have done these jobs myself alone at home. It really motivates to dig into the bike when you're not the only one wrenching.