This new Nine Ninety thread-venture...

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by RhodeHazard, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. RhodeHazard

    RhodeHazard ex halligan hooligan

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    Still with that new bike smell. :D

    I ordered a set of JT sprockets. I am not racing so I don't see the need to spend a ton on a wear item, or worry about the added weight of the steel sprocket, so for $60 I have a 17t front and a 45t rear sprocket. The stock setup for the 2012 990R is 16t front and 42t rear.

    I installed the 45t rear and am keeping the 17t front in my pocket to impress the ladies.

    I did not order a new chain since this one is not worn, but the fitment is very close. The chain adjuster blocks had to be rotated 180 degrees in order to bring the wheel forward enough to provide adequate slack. I do not think the stock length will allow for the addition of the 17t front, so my plan of slapping in the larger front sprocket for long hauls will have to be tabled until I swap out for a chain with more links.
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    For me the lower gearing provides more control at low speeds. Your results may vary. I come from a rockcrawling heritage and would rather pick away at technical stuff than point and shoot, but that is just my style.

    I will provide more feedback on this ratio as I put more miles on. I have only done some two-up riding with my daughter as a passenger with the new ratio so far.

    Here are a few shots of the bag mounting bolts
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  2. RhodeHazard

    RhodeHazard ex halligan hooligan

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    Twice up and down the PDR and ran the NETRA Somer Fun. Fun adventure bike ride.

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    Starting to do some more scrabbly rock tracks.

    Installed the BDCW bash plate and side stand relocation kit.

    Both were very straightforward installations with very clear instructions.

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    I started to install a high fender kit but was not happy with the fitment, so back to the stock and just fine low fender.
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  3. RhodeHazard

    RhodeHazard ex halligan hooligan

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    The original high fender solution I wanted to use did not work as I had hoped. The brake lines seemed to be more stressed than I liked and the clearance was too close for my comfort. I picked up some longer fender mounting bolts and an assortment of nylon bushings and set to work.

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    I used 1/2" tall nylon bushes with an 1/4" ID for both the forward and back pairs of fender mounting bolts. I added the bushing kit that I purchased with the parts list to the back mounts to give the proper angle for the fender to clear the radiators.

    I also cut the two vertical posts off the fender to help clear the T line mount for the front bakelines.

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    For the shock protectors I used a piece of aluminum stock bent at a right angle to create a jig to line up the holes I needed to add to the protectors. After lining it up with the original fender I marked and drilled one new 1/4 hole on each protector and snipped material from the rearward bolt mount on the protectors to make room for the bolt I will need.
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    2-1/4" lengths of 3/4", 1/8" aluminum stock were cut and a hole drilled in one end of both. Once lined up two 1/8" rivet holes were drilled in the stock and the protectors.

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    The brake line holders were adjusted and fastened.
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    Finished job
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  4. elron

    elron Still Standing

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    Nice work RHazard. Impressive.:clap
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  5. RhodeHazard

    RhodeHazard ex halligan hooligan

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    Knobblies went on last week.

    My buddy xJake helped me mount them. Having good experience with the M21 and Dunlop 606 combination with my KLR, I went with the Pirelli M21 front and the Dunlop 908 rear for the KTM. The front was a can of corn (easy) but the rear was a chore both in removal of the old tire and installing the new. The removal was a stubborn bead and the install was due to the wide rim and a narrow tire. We used a block to temporarily shim the tire open wide enough to feed the valve through the rim enabling us to complete the install.

    I had no photos as we were too busy yelling and swearing during the operation.

    I am happy with the road manners of the new tires. They are far from smooth on pavement but the gravel and mud control tradeoff is worth it in my opinion.

    One problem that surfaced on the highway was the feedback I was receiving from the front end at high speeds. I swapped back to the low fender and the feedback went away so I am sticking with the low fender.

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  6. RhodeHazard

    RhodeHazard ex halligan hooligan

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    Incase anyone is interested in putting together a high fender for their 990 here are the parts I used.

    This was referenced from http://www.ktm950.info/how/Farkels/adventure/high fender/990/990_high_fender_kit.html

    1@ 7650801000030 KTM 690 Enduro Front Fender Black
    1@ 4700109400030 FORK PROTECTOR L/S R/S 85SX 03
    4@ 59001092050 SPECIAL SCREW M6X12.5 WS=8 .
    4@ 0014060203 HH COLLAR SCREW M6X20 WS=8
    4@ 54808020000 SPACER BUSHING
    2@ 60013025100 - BRAKE HOSE GUIDE FRONT 03
    2@ 60013025050 - RUBBER FOR BRAKE HOSE GUIDE03

    I also fabricated a short strap of aluminum to help secure the bottom of the fork guards.
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  7. RhodeHazard

    RhodeHazard ex halligan hooligan

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    So a few months have gone by and a few more mods...

    A couple good long distance rides as well.

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    tim pond road, maine

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    Broken mirror and hand guard performing a laugh in tricycle style drop back a few months later coming out of a mud hole...
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    and this wintery weather led me to a few more changes...

    doubletake mirrors, (thanks ned!) KTM heated grips and barkbuster handguards
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