The Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200Z Big Thread

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by mr moto, Feb 9, 2008.

  1. Mikef5000

    Mikef5000 Long timer

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    It's a universal kit.

    http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DDM-HID-Kit-Slim-Ballast-35W-or-55W

    Select 55 Watt
    Select H7 Bulb
    Select 4500 K color temperature (this is straight clear/white. Any higher temperature has blue painted on the bulb, therefor reducing the effective output, and any lower temperature has yellow painted on them, with the same results)

    Each side has 2 parts, a bulb and a ballast (with attached igniter).
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    The bulb goes in normal, but you drill a hole in the back of the cover for the grommet/wires to come straight out.

    The ballast can mount anywhere within about 10" of the bulb. I put mine on the inside and under the winglets mounting holes. One on each side (symmetrical like). The ignitor and connectors tucked behind the side panels so they're hidden. The ballasts are fastened with three heavy duty zip ties each, and are solid as a rock. I don't mind the look (you have to look in there to actually see them), but you could probably hide them behind the side panels completely if you wanted.

    You can see one bulb and ballast here, with wires going behind the cowling. You can also see the sheethed red/black wires above the light which come from the other side ballast where they join behind that ballast, and run down to the relay by the battery.
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  2. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    Could you provide details on how you did it?

    :hide:wink:


    Thank you for the great information!
  3. Mikef5000

    Mikef5000 Long timer

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    My heated grips should come in next week, so when I take it back apart I'll get some internal wiring pictures.
  4. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I was teasing. Good information.
  5. sallydog

    sallydog AVERAGE 80.69 MPD for 41 months

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    you got my attention

    this is all plug and play?? mount the ballast, take out factory bulb and new bulb goes right in? factory harness plugs into ballast harness and ballast harness plugs into new bulb? no problems with the shutters or heat? im guessing you have to add the dual in, dual out harness to that kit?
  6. Mikef5000

    Mikef5000 Long timer

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    I much prefer to make my own harness with a simpe relay and fuse or circuit breaker. It's not a true plug and play. It could be, it comes that way from the factory, but you don't want to run 55w HIDs through the factory wiring, especially with the known weak connectors.
    35w HIDs should be fine with factory wiring. 55w you'll want to run a harness or relay.

    Besides that, yeah, mount the ballasts and the bulbs fit right in.
  7. sallydog

    sallydog AVERAGE 80.69 MPD for 41 months

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    so new 10 wire to the fuse block with the factory headlight wire to a relay to the new ballast harness
  8. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    Sallydog - post on here or PM me if you pull the trigger on this. I'd like to go HID on the S 10. But I am no electrical wiz. If you figure this out I'd like to takae advantage of you:evil and just copy your install.

    John
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  9. sallydog

    sallydog AVERAGE 80.69 MPD for 41 months

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    dont need to be a whiz, this is an easy one
  10. Mikef5000

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    It is straight forward. Here's how I wired it (in more detail), this is going to sound more difficult than it really is.

    Positive battery terminal goes to the input on a circuit breaker (but a fuse would work just fine here too).
    Output of the circuit breaker goes to terminal 30 on a relay.
    Terminal 87 on the relay goes to the 2 red wires coming off the HID Ballasts.
    The 2 black wires coming off the HID ballasts, as well as terminal 86 on the relay connect to ground.
    Terminal 85 on the relay needs to connect to a switched positive; I ran a wire up and into one of the headlight housings, and it connects with a spade connecter into the OEM headlight plug (the positive one, which in my case was blue). With a good wiring diagram, I'm sure you could find the correct wire behind the side cover, and running a wire into the headlight housing wouldn't be necessary.)

    That's it!

    Also worth mentioning, you're not cutting or defeating the factory headlight wiring/connectors at all, so, if something fails while you're out on the road, whether it be an HID bulb or ballast, or even just the relay, you can simply pop a standard H7 bulb back in there and plug the factory connector back into it, and all will be good.
  11. sallydog

    sallydog AVERAGE 80.69 MPD for 41 months

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    nice. im ordering today
  12. crazyjeeper

    crazyjeeper Been here awhile

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    Got some new rubber spooned on mine. I decided to try the Pirelli Scorpion Rally.

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    I put about 35 miles on them and so far I am pleased. The front hooks up really well in gravel and the rear has awesome drive. It does have a bit of a tendency to step out under power but TC2 keeps that under control quite nicely.

    Only real downside is that they probably won't last that long, and they encourage me to ride everywhere pretending I'm running the Dakar. :D

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  13. sallydog

    sallydog AVERAGE 80.69 MPD for 41 months

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    they look god. what did the cost and i wonder what kind of mileage they will give you... i got 15600 from a k60 rear and 14000 from a k60 front. i paid $325 for the set delivered. my new front k60 was 107 from the dealer my brother works at but that rear perelli looks sweet
  14. sallydog

    sallydog AVERAGE 80.69 MPD for 41 months

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    order your set, you come up, we will do both together. if you buy the beer :evil
  15. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    It's a deal! I will order tomorrow.

    The only remaining reason I had for not going to HID's was the idea that if the lights blow while traveling then I am SOL. Seems the stock bulb housing remains. As he said "just plug in a bulb and you are good to go".

    What kinda beer you like? How about Yuengling?


  16. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    Spent the day with Nick at Stoltec. He installed the Penske shock, new fork springs and valves. Then Nick worked his suspension tuning magic dialing the bike in just for me.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>

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    The bike is transformed.
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    With the stock suspension I could feel every ripple in the road. Nothing harsh but I knew they were there. Now I dont feel those little ripples at all. Bigger bumps the bike just soaks them up. The roads from my house to Nicks have some nasty frost heaves. A couple of them would pitch the bike pretty good with the stock suspension. Lift my ass off the seat. No more!!<o:p></o:p>

    And now the best part.<o:p></o:p>
    Cornering is super. The bike is completely neutral. Just point it and go. Feels like its on rails.<o:p></o:p>

    Well worth the investment. I am completely satisfied.<o:p></o:p>
    Nick is a super nice guy and will work with you to optimize the suspension for you. Whether you install yourself or have Nick do it. If you are within range of Nick's place in Bangor you should strongly consider making the trip and having Nick do the install and optimization. I arrvied at Nick's @8am and was driving home @ 3pm.<o:p></o:p>

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  17. ANutt

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    What's that case you have behind your seat?
  18. twinrider

    twinrider pass the catnip

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    Sounds great, what valves and forks springs did you use? Any chance you can post the suspension settings for those folks too far away to visit him?
  19. Dallara

    Dallara Creaks When Walks...

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    I got a custom Penske shock from Nick at Stoltec as well as the forks revalved, new springs, etc. and I live in South Texas. It was no problem. Get Nick your size, riding style, riding preferences, etc. info, he orders up the shock from Penske with the appropriate valving and spring along with the fork valves and springs he needs. When he knows those are shipping from Penske he lets you know and you ship your forks to him. Everything hits his shop about the same time, he's done with the fork rebuild within a couple of days depending on his work load, and then everything is shipped back to you.

    Fast, easy, and perfect service. My forks and the new shock were in my hands within a week from when I shipped them out.

    Oh, and the new compression and rebound valve bodies he installs are Penske also, but with valve stacks he works up for your specs.

    I was more than satisfied with his work, and I was even more impressed with his customer service, communication, and support.

    http://www.stoltecmoto.com/

    Please note, I am not connected with, nor affiliated in any way with Stoltec, other than as a 100% satisfied customer.

    BTW, there are complete threads over on the Yamaha Super Ténéré forum about Stoltec and his shocks, fork revalving, etc.

    Dallara



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  20. johnpitts01

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    The case is from Axio.
    Not sure if they still make it.
    I bought mine online from Twigg Cycles. They have (had) some in stock.
    I was hoping the blue would match the S10 blue. It didn't. So I painted it to match.