First Oil Change Complete

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by vice, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. vice

    vice Adventurer

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    Just completed my first oil change on my new to me 08 Adventure.

    I took my time, so it took a couple of hours. It was a good way to get to know the bike.

    One question:

    1. Why the heck is the crash bar so hard to put back on?

    Thanks in advance!
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  2. Orangecicle

    Orangecicle On a "Quest"

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=626041

    I about went crazy trying to get the bars on correctly the first time. Convert the front mount point to studs, and putting on the crash bars is simple.

    Another trick is to just start the top tank bolt but don't tighten at all until you have all the other bolts started.
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  3. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    If you plan on keeping the crashbars then do the stud mod. Frig-a-mighty the amount I cussed trying to put those back on. I finally just said "screw it" and bought Safari tanks.
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  4. vice

    vice Adventurer

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    Thanks for the info!
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  5. nordicbiker

    nordicbiker Been here awhile

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    Definetly right!

    I damaged the thread of the front screws (which go into soft aluminium motor holder) when I did my first oil change. So glued in some stainless screws, which I had "head amutaded" and that works very nice!

    I found it worst to take off and get back the left side tank. You would best need four hands to get all the connections un/redone, while holding the tank. You can have it a bit easier if you drain the fuel first through the shutoff valve on the bottom, 'cause the connection tubing needs to come off there anyway.

    The 950/990 is probably one of the worst bikes, when it comes to service friendyness. First oil change took me over two hours. It's so much easier on the 690 I got later!

    Everyone with a 990: be VERY careful when reattaching the crash bars to the frame: behind the tube where the crash bar is clamped on, there is a hidden cable going to the lambda sond! If you don't take it out of the way you will very likely cut the cable by accident and that would become very expensive. No problem for 950 owners, since there is no catalytic converter, I guess!
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  6. gefr

    gefr Life is a trip

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    The KTM is designed to get serviced on the side of the road. The top tank bolt can be removed but the tank can still hang there, to give access to hoses and cables. There is no need to lift the tank's weight. Just push it around gently, avoiding to unhook it.
    Cheers.
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