Tiger XC accessories / farkles thread

Discussion in 'British Beasts: Triumph Tigers' started by Xcountry-Rider, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. ilbiker

    ilbiker Been here awhile

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    Trying to find out the best way to mount these grips as I can't get them to fit on the throttle side. Any tricks or ideas on getting these to fit? Also, using the Eastern Beaver kit so where is the best place to hide all this wiring? Any info would be great. 2012 800CX
  2. mint julep

    mint julep Been here awhile

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    Hi ilbiker, I did this mod last fall.
    I started off just peeling off the rubber hand grips, then cutting the ridges off the plastic throttle grip.
    I thought this would be enough to slip on, but it was real tight still.

    I decided to use a round file to the insides of the Oxford heaterz grips themselves. Going around the inside to shave off some of the plastics equally to just enough where it slides onto the bar and plastic throttle grip just snug with some force and don't over do it or it will be too loose.

    Once done, line it all up to your liking, mark the positions, remove them apply glue to the bar and throttle grip to reinsert thus mounting the Oxford grips permanently. Also, apply one grip at a time.
    Keep in mind to make sure the wires from the Oxford grips are safe and not obstructing the hand levers or any switches that your thumb might need to extend to.

    Its fairly easy to do, just take your time except when applying glue.

    The Eastern Beaver kit is great. Makes things real easy as well. Well worth piece of kit.
    I tie wrapped all the wires really carefully where it stuffs into the side panel. Its tricky but it does fit.

    The plugs attached from each grip connecting to the Eastern Beaver kit I ran through the left side tucked by the left side of the front part tank while facing tank as seated. Run wiring down left side and into the left side panel that you remove a few screws to sfuff and tie wrap.
    I mounted the Heater control on the left side mirror mounting screws. I hammered the L plate flat so the control lies flat up facing you.

    Hope that helps.
    Cheers,
    Dave.
  3. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    If you grind off the ridges so that the throttle tube is smooth, you can then carry on rubbing the tube down using emery cloth. If you keep testing the fit so that it's still quite tight, you can get it so that you can knock the grips onto the throttle tube with a mallet and not need any glue. That's worked for me and they haven't come loose despite running them at full heat.
  4. Dubl-A

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    Great job Brownie!! That looks amazing for a at home project :clap
  5. ttime4four

    ttime4four Been here awhile

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    Kinda new here and have been lurking and learning for a while -- anyway -- time to give back.

    I recently took delivery of a 2013 Tiger XC and already got started with the farkles to make it more off-road capable. This tread has been extremely helpful in seeing installed photos and what people thought about them.

    When looking at the available parts from Touratech, AltRider, Happy Trails and TwistedThrottle – there was a good assortment of bars / bash plates, etc that seemed to be close to “complete” but yet not quite. The front runner for me was the parts from AltRider but the price was an issue.

    Then I came across Adventure-Spec out of the UK. They have a very minimal presence on this and other forums and I don’t think I’ve run across any posts in this thread showing their stuff.

    After a few exchanges via email regarding questions about fitment, etc – I decided to take the plunge and order their Hard Parts Bundle. This included the crash bars, bash plate, side stand foot and rear luggage rack.

    Let’s look at cost --
    All in – it was $693 shipped to my door (ordered Sunday night – delivered Thurs). A similar kit from AltRider would have been ~$862 shipped and Twisted Throttle (SW-Motech) parts were $620 sans the sidestand foot extender as they don’t offer one for the Tiger 800. ​

    Here’s my take on form/function –

    • Crash Bars: I think the AS set offers the best protection while having the closest stand-off. The others sacrifice a bit or are cluncky (e.g. OEM lower bars + Touratech upper bars). The only piece that gives me pause is that out of 4 mounting points on each side, only one is to the frame. I didn't look closely at the other options to see if there was a superior design with only frame connections. It does seem that the engine case mounting points are what the OEM crash bar uses. The Happy Trails bars look to have two frame points and two engine points on each side, but man -- they are W I D E.
    • Skid Plate: The AS version covers the oil filter and looks good. AltRider one looks the great but lacks the oil filter protection. I don’t like the SW motech two tone riveted construction but has oil filter protection. Touratech – come’on they aren’t even trying.

    So that’s it on my reasoning – here are a few photos and thoughts during installation:

    The supplied instructions from AS was a bit lacking (I think they are new to the market with this stuff and they have been open to feedback). In the instructions they assume some things and had an error or something else (specified 17mm socket and 5mm allen when it was actually a 14mm socket and 8mm allen). Overall the fitment was not hard, but I needed to take a few extra steps for it to work for me. Example – taking off the lower radiator fixing screw/bolt allowed the radiator to pivot forward enough for me to get my hand on the socket on the back of the frame bolt.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8560390926/" title="IMG_0496 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8097/8560390926_a7d92efe87_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="IMG_0496"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8560391544/" title="IMG_0497 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8381/8560391544_a5af87dac1_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="IMG_0497"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8559283163/" title="IMG_0498 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8251/8559283163_18b958189a_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="IMG_0498"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8559283905/" title="IMG_0500 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8528/8559283905_6dc551d1fe_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="IMG_0500"></a>

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    The other parts did not come with instructions, but weren’t necessary either. Do note that the skid plate installation required the removal of the charcoal canister. They didn’t mention it and since the European spec bikes don’t have one – it’s understandable. That caused a little "crunch time" research on how to remove the charcoal canister. From what I gathered, there are at least 4 opinions on the subject:

    (1) Don't take it off because it risks the warranty.
    (2) Affects nothing except it gives fuel vapors a place to stay before being harmlessly released into the environment - remove it plain and simple
    (3) Remove it but plug the vacuum side otherwise it will throw a code
    (4) Remove it and all the plumbing -- change the 4 way vacuum junction to a 3 way and call it good

    I went with number 3. The trick then was to determine which line (out of two) was the vacuum vs the vent line from the tank. Easy - opened the fuel fill door and blew into each. The one without any resistance was the fuel tank vent.

    Enough chatting –here are some photos:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8559683371/" title="IMG_0502 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8513/8559683371_cf1dc07422_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="IMG_0502"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8560792054/" title="IMG_0503 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8242/8560792054_58f32a817e_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="IMG_0503"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8560793316/" title="IMG_0504 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8112/8560793316_550e44905d_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="IMG_0504"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8559687291/" title="IMG_0506 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8369/8559687291_3bff1f9e8c_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="IMG_0506"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8559687881/" title="IMG_0507 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8093/8559687881_573c4505d2_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="IMG_0507"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8560796550/" title="IMG_0508 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8368/8560796550_5ac5942715_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="IMG_0508"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8559688473/" title="IMG_0509 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8237/8559688473_cc45ea3c46_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="IMG_0509"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8559688981/" title="IMG_0510 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8507/8559688981_326bc1df1e_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="IMG_0510"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8560797632/" title="IMG_0511 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8087/8560797632_47ccb103e1_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="IMG_0511"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8559689543/" title="IMG_0512 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8518/8559689543_400cb71e3e_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="IMG_0512"></a> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/threecrayons/8560791102/" title="IMG_0501 by ttime4four, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8517/8560791102_2e14a68504_z.jpg" width="480" height="640" alt="IMG_0501"></a>

    I hope this was helpful.

    :1drink :freaky
  6. T

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    No it wasn't. Now I feel like buying a bunch of new shit for my Tiger.....:D

    BTW: Very nice lookn' bike.
  7. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Nice looking stuff!!
  8. RED05

    RED05 Are we there yet?

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    Just Bought some Rotopax from mountainmotorrad.ca and they do fit 6 beer+Ice(but not at work). or a 9:1 recovery kit+first aid kit.

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  9. BryanCO

    BryanCO CO Rider

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    Good looking bike and bits.

    Re cost of the AltRider. Buy the listed parts from Revzilla and they'll be about $805 shipped (free shipping). You would need to piece together a couple of orders to maximize the $5/$100 spent store credit.​
  10. Poweranger

    Poweranger Been here awhile

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    Installed the Holan engine guards the other day. Here is my take on them.

    Pros

    Powder coat is very nice. It's the thick stuff like on the frame.

    They really shaped these to fit the lines of the bike. They look much better in person than the pictures on the Holan site.

    They seem they will do a very good job protecting the radiator in a tip over.

    Seem light weight for the size.

    Cons

    The light weight makes me wonder how sturdy they will be in a hard fall.

    I had to grind and bend them a little to make them fit. For 300 bucks (shipped) they should have bolted right up.

    Why have the extra mounting pieces for the bottom on the motor? It is to many small nuts and bolts. They could have just made these two piece instead of four. Maybe this serves as a breaking point so the motor wouldn't be damaged in a hard crash?

    Instructions are almost worthless. It was quicker just matching up parts to see where they go than trying to decipher the instructions.

    Here are pics from a few different angles than what they have on the web site.

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    The upper mounting tab on the right side was where I had to grind. It would not set in to the frame. I had to grind about 1-2mm of material of the outside radius of the tab the bolt goes through to get it set in the round hole in the frame.

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    Here is the bottom tab that would not line up. I had everything loose on both sides and no matter how much I rearranged and moved stuff around it was not going to line up. I put that flat tab in the vise and tweaked it until the holes would line up with the bracket on the motor.

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    Overall I am happy with them. I think they look good on the bike and will do the job.
  11. Poweranger

    Poweranger Been here awhile

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    I like those crash bars. Had I know about these I may have considered them over the Holans. They appear nice and sturdy and look good on the bike also.
  12. cug

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    I had Adventure Spec bars on my F800GS - they were incredibly well made, super sturdy and very considerate regarding protection in case of a fall. They were very, very protective.

    They came out for the Tiger way after I had bought my Triumph guards.
  13. mint julep

    mint julep Been here awhile

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    I feel the same.

    Damn I like what AdSpec has come up with. Looks like quality stuff.
    Where were they last year when I bought all my parts.
    I like them engine crash bars. Looks tight and solid.
  14. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    +1 on that. I may buy some to replace the Triumph guards when I'm feeling flush one month.
  15. AlphaDogDaddy

    AlphaDogDaddy AlphaDogDaddy

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    What were the Rotopax sizes and mounting hardware you specified? Looks great!
  16. Kali Trailrider

    Kali Trailrider PLATED X2

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    It looks like the standard base with an rotopax mount extension to tie the two together. I hope this is right because I just ordered mine.

    Good setup!! :clap

    I just can't come to terms with adding big heavy side pinners on my Tiger.
    This will help. If I had to I would most likely go with soft wolfman bags on the side. This will give me easy access to things I would need quickly.
  17. RED05

    RED05 Are we there yet?

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    Yes I have black 2 gallon storage, 1 gallon gas ontop with the pax mount extension and a 1 gallon water on the side which straps to the frame perfectly - strapped with Kreiga straps. I will use a 10US or 20US Kreiga on the passenger seat in front of the rotopax for remote day trips. Lots of room for everything.
  18. McKay

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    I've got a brand new set of wolfy mounts for sale. I went with the kreiga system instead. The wolfs are nice but the kreigas got a lot more options.
  19. BryanCO

    BryanCO CO Rider

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    Link to add?
  20. McKay

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    Not listed yet, please send message if your interested.