KTM 990 Adv must do mods

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  1. hubrus

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    Newbie here!

    Just bought my first KTM, 2010 990 Adventure.

    Before buying it I read several threads, suggesting some must do mods such as sprocket, kick stand relocation, EFI mapping etc etc.

    I'm wondering if there's a thread or link which consolidate all these changes.

    Thanks!
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  2. advrockrider

    advrockrider Been here awhile

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    Put a skid plate and side stand relocater on and ride the wheels off of it! IMO!!!!
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  3. hubrus

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    I would like to fabricate as much parts as I can, is there a skid plate diagram anywhere in this site? crach bars also are desirable.
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  4. KTMbageera

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    Headlight mods, or aux lights a must. OEM lighting is completely underwhelming.

    Change out the OEM HEATOLATOR muffler cans for aftermarket units of your choice and budget.

    Large platform foot pegs are good. Pivotpegz are wonderful.

    Suspension Tuning, stiffer springs depending how "aggressive" you squeeze the beast.

    High front fender treatment. Will need the clearance if you go into the mud zone.
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  5. Ainsley

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    Dont think there is a list, some things are dependent on what you want to do with the bike and some are a matter of taste.

    For safety I would do the sidestand relocator and crash bars first.

    For cosmetics I would do the exhaust and high front fender.

    For riding feel you can do pegs, some do the seat but only if you ride for long distances.

    Other things are dependent on you, so different screens are used as some taller riders get a of wind :)

    Others ride a lot more on the road/dirt so pick stuff to suit that environment.

    But I think if I was to do just one and keep it on the road most of the time Id do the exhaust - just to make it sound great.

    If it was offroad more Id do the sidestand relocator.

    If you use it in the dark, look at lights.

    But the more you look on here the more you can do. What you decide is necessary or just fun is up to you.
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  6. hubrus

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    Thank you all for the great suggestions!

    The previous owner installed a 2-in-one exhaust, the bike sounds good for my taste.

    I really like the dual exhaust rear end, so I'm planning to build a "fake" exhaust storage cillinder for gas canister, tools etc.

    It seems that the kick stand relocation, skid plate and crash bars are a must and easy to do.

    Before installing the auxiliary lights I'm planing to upgrade the ODM with HID, perhaps will be enough.

    Keep sending more tips :D
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  7. ericGSsti

    ericGSsti Been here awhile

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    Since I got mine I had to do the water pump rebuild, side stand relocation and my clutch slave cylinder has gone now so bought replacement parts today. I will be getting a better bash plate soon to.
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  8. Chuckracer

    Chuckracer Jerkus Maximus

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    I think if you do a search you will find just as many folks who don't use crash bars as do use them, so I wouldn't call that a "must do". I don't run them.

    If you're planning on decking it out and dragging it over boulders then the skid plate is a good idea, otherwise that's kind of a waste of money. I use the stock plate and have no issues with it.

    I would say "must do's" would be as Eric said: Know your water pump and slave cylinder, valves, basic maintenance, side stand plate or re-locator then ride it and go from there.
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  9. insidelinemoto

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    A while back I put together a few tips. Some are VERY important and inexpensive like the side stand re-locator. Another that is very important and cheaper than two cases of beer is the right mirror re-location to protect your important and expensive front brake master cylinder! That mod didn't make this album but its just a simple replacement clamp for the master cylinder that has a boss for the mirror to get it off the side of your brake master reservoir. Also I cut 2 3/4" off my wind screen which makes a great difference off road and to me the cosmetic appearance didn't suffer like I feel it does when cut even shorter.
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.390207844339160.113587.300519426641336&type=1
    Have fun with your new machine!!
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  10. Jdeks

    Jdeks Accepting and supportive of everyones feelings.

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    Hope I don't start a flamewar here but..

    I would strongly advise NOT using crashbars.

    Form an engineering perspective, the 950 really just doesn't have good mounting locations for them. The front two bolt points are both on the same alum sub-sub-frame, there's no top bolt point so they can fold in and cause damage, and the rear mount on most designs is a clamp that can slip, break free and potentially punch a hole in the real cylinder head.

    I've personally seen a few crashes where the crash bars were by far and away the source of most of the damage.

    Similarly, my bike had a 50mph oblique collision with a firetruck and the standard tanks held out fine. They're a nylon composite, and incrediblt impact-resistant.

    Some carbon fiber and kevlar guards for abrasion and puncture protection are by far a lighter and more effective solution, IMHO.
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  11. dirtbikebagger

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    I like the crash bars that KTM sells, I had to drag my 990 down a loose shale rock covered hill and the bike doesnt have a scratch because of those bars.
    Luggage
    Windshield
    Seat
    Exhaust
    Oh yeah... More rear tires.
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  12. EZ300

    EZ300 Just wanna ride my motorsickle

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    I'd also like to know.. :thumb
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  13. gefr

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    1) Replacing the bolts holding the chain slider in place, with a bolt through, M6X100 with a nyloc:

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    so this never happens:
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    resulting to this:
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    you can find lots of tips here by Geek and O.C. :
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=769525


    mud guard cutting in the swingarm can be avoided installing some washers at the retaining bolts
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    and
    drilling wishbone to avoid chain adjusters seizing being emergency mods in my mind. The 3mm hole should be as close to the welds as possible.
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    Rerouting of your wiring harness around the steering could also be critical, as some wires were cut as a result of wrong installation from the factory.
    Exhaust mufflers replacing is important because of heat and not appearance or sound.
    Lights upgrade could also be a safety mod.

    Cheers.
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  14. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    Having been here a while, and reading all the posts I can find the list seems to be:-
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    Side stand locater – or your case will implode in an accident
    Drill hole in swingarm – or it will rot from the inside
    Handguards – KTM ones are no good
    Crashbars or not – depends on what your worried about.
    Waterpump shaft – or your waterpump will disintegrate
    New seat – or your arse will fall off
    New mirrors – or the standard ones will destroy themselves if you crash
    Footpegs – because the KTM ones are too small/big
    Exhausts – Ktm ones too heavy, don’t make enough noise, run too hot
    Exhausts – if you have twin you will need to convert it to single, if single you will obviously want to change back to twin.
    <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Battery</st1:place> – standard one is rubbish apparently
    Lights – standard headlight is rubbish apparently
    Screen – standard one is too tall/too short, depends on you
    New forks/shock – standard ones are too short/tall, too much/not enough spring
    Wheels – you have to change the rims as the KTM ones are made of butter and will bend in a heartbeat
    Tanks – You need new tanks as standard ones are way to small
    Extra fan - standard headlight is rubbish apparently and not man enough for the job
    Clutch master cylinder – standard one is way too small
    Tyres – defiantly tyres, if you’re a road rider standard ones don’t have enough grip, if off road not knobblie enough
    Clutch slave – you will need one of these the standard one on your bike is about to fall apart
    Spot lights – you will need those everyone has them,
    Air filter – you will probably want one of those,
    Computer lead/software – you will want that after you have changed the exhaust and air filter
    SAS removal – that’s essential too
    Panniers – you will need some of those, spend at least $1500 or they aint worth Cxxp
    Carbs – you could consider changing back to carbs, the FI is useless apparently
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    LAST AND MOST IMPORTANT !!! – get some breakdown insurance because unless you do ALL of the mods above it wont last 5 minutes/5 mile.
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    Sorry if I have missed anything, but that would seem to be about the size of the list, or you could just ride the bike and find that KTM actually produced a pretty good bike out of the box and MOST (if any) of it isn’t needed
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    Badabing70 ride baby ride!
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  16. Chuckracer

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  17. hubrus

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    Thank you for your posts! Keep up!

    @ Bowser

    I was going through your post and asking myself, I should have started this thread BEFORE I bought my bike. :cry

    "or you could just ride the bike and find that KTM actually produced a pretty good bike out of the box and MOST (if any) of it isn’t needed"

    My kind of humor, feeling at home now :evil

    @ Jdeks

    You have a very good point! In my understanding the root cause for relocating the kick stand, rises the same concern regarding the installation of crash bars. I'm sure the crash bars will be very usefull for some extent, but it might defeat the purpose in case you crash in the "sweet spot".

    I like the idea of carbon fiber panels, however $$$$ I suppose.
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  18. armourbl

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    Seems to me the crash bar debate is a lot like the knee brace debate. Some think the braces will do more damage than good, but others (like me) swear that using them has saved them from countless injuries that would have resulted without them. And, it should be said that certain types of crashes will no doubt result in a potential in increased injury as a result of using them, but that statement easily goes the other way as well.

    What I haven't seen is anyone really posting pics, stories, proof that using them causes more damage to the bike. The weight savings for removing them isn't that significant in my book to warrant removing them.

    I'm sure there are plenty of riders/owners that aren't aware of the side stand relocation as a must do mod and until now they have been just fine without doing it. But, the day it finally happens they will discover/wish they had known about it and performed the mod. To me that is the same with the skid plate. It is simply insurance against the unexpected event that may otherwise leave you stranded. The undercarriage of the bike has to be one of the most vulnerable places on the bike if you are doing any kind of off road. For me it was a buy once, cry once scenario and I got the best plate available so I wouldn't have to worry about spending good money twice.

    There are plenty of mods that can wait to be done, but my advice is do the following a minimum...

    -- side relocator
    -- skid plate
    -- fork springs for your weight
    -- and if you bought a used bike I'd do all general preventative maintenance for peace of mind. Heck, I practically fully dismantle new bikes just so I can be sure they are put together correctly, add anti-seize to the right places, proper torque, etc. Every time I find something that wasn't done right.

    ben
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  19. bikepharmer

    bikepharmer Baja is on the way

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    And easy to install. Plug and play. I am mixed on skid. Stock is ok for tarmac. If you hammer it like the Osos the BDCW is necessary.
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  20. Bowser

    Bowser Been here awhile

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    let me put this in perspective:-

    I have or was fitted when I bought the bike, modified my screen, pivot pegs, underseat tank, taken the ABS off, fitted side stand relocater, spotlights, Renzaco seat, heated grips, crash bars, TT panniers, Oberon slave cylinder, HDB handguards and mirrors, high front fender, GIT bash plate, side stand bigfoot, akro exhausts and Sat Nav, plus a whole bunch of orange covers and stuff, fork bleeders.

    But with the exception of the sidestand relocater/panniers/sat nav and heated grips, I don't NEED any of it, but its nice to have :clap
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