TWO questions-Easier clutch pull and adding a 2nd fan

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by mtbdemon, May 14, 2018 at 1:21 PM.

  1. mtbdemon

    mtbdemon Long timer

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    I did a quick search and couldn't find anything, so curious if any of you have done anything to improve the clutch pull? I don't have anything really to compare to other than my smaller KTM bikes or my 620 which is a cable actuated and is really hard to pull.
    Secondly, I am relatively new to my 990 and as other have commented, mine does run hotter then I would like. I see a few offers out there for a 2nd fan, so curious if any are better then others and if the install is fairly straight forward? Thanks!

    Ken
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  2. Unhingedlizard

    Unhingedlizard Been here awhile

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    I got the midwest mountain engineering clutch lever for the bike. Was actually an accidental purchase as I just wanted to see what the total cost including shipping was.

    Takes a bit to set up and fine tune but it is great. I love the shorter lever and its much fatter so more of your finger sits over it. I used to get blisters after about 1000km straight with the old lever but the new one has eliminated that. Off road i find its much finer than the stock lever in operation. in short (ha dad joke) its expensive bt toally worth it. I also got one of those grip strengthener work out things. It sits on my desk at work.

    No second fan sorry. Only gets to about 30 degrees here in the summer and even slogging offroad all day the stock set up seems to work fine. As a matter of interest I have my 100,000km motor apart at the moment and it looks like new internally!
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  3. JohnnyWaffles

    JohnnyWaffles Been here awhile

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    I got a second fan and yeah it's very straight forward. Bolt on the new fan and plug it into the wiring harness of the OEM fan. You'll need to remove both tanks. Otherwise if you don't remove the left tank (from riders perspective) then you'll be like me with a long screw driver trying to undo the OEM clip and it'll be a pain in the ass.

    I'm not aware of any quality differences in the fans.
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  4. zeropoint

    zeropoint Been here awhile

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    Another + 1 for the MWME shorty clutch lever. Nice, light 2 fingered pull.....
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  5. mtbdemon

    mtbdemon Long timer

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    Thanks for the info. Just looked into MWME. They are back ordered and unsure when he willl have more :dirtdog
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  6. cagiva549

    cagiva549 whats a cagiva

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    Aftermarket slave cylinder and type F atf in my adventure made a world of difference , I bought a SE a few years back that had that pos plastic short clutch leaver on it total crap , I sold it to another sucker and put the stock leaver back on , half the effort to use .
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  7. Whodatschrome

    Whodatschrome Long timer

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    Just to keep it fair, -1 for the MWME lever. Granted i only tried it on my 525 and 640, not on my 950. It took too much adjustment to get it correct...then i would end up getting clutch creep and or slippage when the clutch would heat up and cool down. I wasn't interested in making small adjustment to my clutch lever before rides. I went back to stock. I do like short clutch levers though. If you want to break the bank, you could always get a Clake... http://www.clake.com.au/prices/one-light-clutch/

    My 950 seemed to run a little bit on the hot side. I don't know if it actually was, or if it was me thinking it was running hot. I added a second fan to be safe though. I forgot who i bought the plug and play kit from. After a few years i changed my fan wiring around a little bit. I bought a panel mount backlight TTO volt/temp gauge from Trailtech that can adjust the temperature for when the 2nd fan will independently turn on. Of course Trailtech discontinued that gauge. Call up TT and complain.
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  8. el Pete

    el Pete toda su base

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    I have the MWME lever and a 2nd fan. Both are good upgrades IMHO.
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  9. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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    MME lever lengthens the clutch engagement zone and thus makes it more sensitive to adjustment (this is a byproduct of increased mechanical advantage - less force, more travel). Aftermarket clutch fibers tend to be quite heat sensitive, and usually result in the behavior Whodatschrome saw on his other bikes. I have an MME lever on the 200, 450, and 950, so you can probably guess that I really like their product, but had to go back to OEM clutch fibers in the 450 to get that one to work consistently. The MME clutch lever is not plastic, so not sure what Cagiva549 had.

    Run 2.5wt or 5wt fork oil in your clutch. It is mineral oil based, has a solid friction modifier package, and has good high temperature resistance and anti-foaming capabilities. It's also compatible with the stock seals. ATF isn't a bad choice either, just doesn't have quite as high of lubricity as fork oil because you don't want your automatic transmission clutches slipping.

    I have CJ's second fan kit. Works great, and has for the past 40k miles. I did also opt for the lower temp fan switch.
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  10. thekinghimself

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    If anyone has a unwanted MME that would fit the SE, I’d be interested in trying one. Shoot me a PM with your price. Thanks!
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  11. snarf

    snarf WFO and clueless

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    Buy a hand exerciser? I have an 07 with hd clutch springs and the pull is no big deal?
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  12. COXR650L

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    If your not the original owner and don't know what fluid is in the clutch, try refilling and bleeding with magura blood. I had mineral oil in mine and magura blood made a huge difference
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  13. mtbdemon

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    I really notice the pull in stop and go traffic, but thanks for the advice....
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