Welcome new 9x0 owners! Things you need to know about your new bike...

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by Geek, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. CamelBill

    CamelBill Ride It!

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    For quick oil changes, mount the Fumoto F109N Engine Oil Drain Valve on the oil tank. Available on e-bay or at www.fumotousa.com. :evil
    Great Thread Geek!
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  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I can't take the credit for this thread.. it evolved. Glad it is being found useful! :freaky


    Tip: Take a piece of tool-box drawer liner and cut it with scissors to match the shape of your glovebox's floor.
    Now things don't slide around so much :deal
  3. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    Hey !!
    I was priviledged enough to join the "why we buy high fenders" club last weekend !!!

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    Snow-ish crap from the Central Oregon sky turned this NICE dirt road into a nasty GLUE within 15 minutes,
    ......and we were still stuck out on it.

    I never thought I'd purposely RIDE in crap like that....
    ....but crap like that just happened to us, while we were riding a nice dirt road.

    Ripped that low fender right off, RIGHT-NOW fast !!
    Fortunately I was still struggling with simply steering at a slow speed, and I just felt a big BUMP.


    950SE High Fender is only $39.99
    I haven't figured out which fork guards to use yet....
    ...the SX85 ones are kinda cheezy looking
    ...the 690SMC ones need a bracket made for the bottom,

    We'll start with the fender, and see how it evolves :deal
  4. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Trail Jester

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    I have three rides for a total of 800 miles on my new 990. All back roads and dirt roads. No woods roads or trail yet.

    I believe the stock drive ratio is 16 front and 42 rear for a 990. Seems a bit tall to me.

    I would appreciate advice on what ratio most people end up running?
  5. Katoom119

    Katoom119 Mmmm....Orange Kool-aid

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    To the best of my knowledge the 07 - 10 (?) 990's had a stock ratio of 17/42. Whenever they came out with the new bikes (the ones with the different gauge cluster) they changed the stock gearing to 16/42.

    For my 19/17 wheels I'm running 17/40 and love it. My 21/18 dirt wheel set is now 17/45. I normally run dirt logging roads, and some jeep trails with the occasional double track thrown in for good measure. I know that a lot of guys that are treating their 9X0's like overgrown endure bikes are running 16/45 for the super tight or super rough stuff. I've got a 250 XC-F for that crap.
  6. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    Stock 2010 is 16/42.

    16/45 is the sweet spot for me...

    Steve
  7. rnoliver

    rnoliver Adventurer

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    I think it is 17/42 rather than 16/42, but I can't find it in the manual to back that up. I think a popular change is to go 16/45.
  8. offworlder

    offworlder Been here awhile

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    Front brake lines rubbing on inside of forks

    Wrap your front brake lines with electrical tape where they contact the inside of the fork, as the cables will constantly free themselves from the lower fender guides, and as a result rub on the forks. This can lead to the outer (black plastic) jacket wearing away, exposing the braided lines beneath, as well as eroding the finish on the forks !
  9. Gargoyle

    Gargoyle Trail Jester

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    Thanks. I checked the manual and the 2012 990 comes stock as 16/42. When I take off the wheels to go to 50/50 tires, I think I will go up to a 45 on the rear.

    I can see myself riding woods roads (jeep roads), logging roads and maybe some double track trail. But, I do not intend to ride this bike like an "overgrown enduro" ... I have my berg and a new KTM 350 exc-f for those days.
  10. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    Really, Noobie?

    P. 198, 2010 Adventure Manual:

    Secondary drive ratio 16:42


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    Fetch me a sammitch....

    S

    Edit: OK, that was harsh. Here's a smilie....:D
    ....and I need a beer.....:rofl


  11. viola-tor

    viola-tor Needs to ride!

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    :lol3 Sammitch!

    16/45 is what I run all the time now (on the suggestion of many OCers here), even with the 19/17 street wheels. Yeah, it is a bit low for the hwy, but wheelies are fun!
  12. rnoliver

    rnoliver Adventurer

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    Yeah, I found it after I posted, but didn't bother to go back and correct my post since someone else had posted correctly. Thanks for clearing it up! What kind of beer?
  13. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    You'll do...welcome to the asylum. :1drink

    S
  14. pfb

    pfb Riding, not skiing.

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    The stock exhausts are freakin' heavy! I prefer to dump them in the trash and replace them with your choice of can's. The FMF Q4's are a good reasonably priced option.


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    Some people have had good results with 'de-catting' the stock pipes (cutting/smashing out the heavy catalyst inside the pipe), but not my preference.

    Another option is to use Ned's Two-into-one pipe and just run a single aftermarket can.

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  15. pfb

    pfb Riding, not skiing.

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    Mirrors:

    If you stick to the street and easy dirt roads, OR if you never dump your bike (:rofl), the stock mirrors are fine.

    Otherwise they snap off easily when you crash, sometimes taking the master cylinder mounting boss with it.

    If you want to ride the 950 where it was intended, replace the mirrors. My choice is Ned's doubletake mirror. . Tuck them down when off road, up for on road.

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    Highway Dirt Bikes also makes a cool mirror, integrated into the HDB hand guards.
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  16. Narsisco Lopez

    Narsisco Lopez Addlepated

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    Let's not forget <a href="http://www.dualsportwarehouse.com/CJ-DESIGNS-FOLD-AWAY-MIRROR-KIT-LFM-KIT.htm" target="_new">CJ Designs Long Folding Mirror Kit</a>

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  17. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    I have a couple things to add / question here. First, I don't understand this 2 into 1 adapter. The diameter at point C is the same as A & B. I'm not a pipe expert, but it would only seem logical that the pipe's diameter be larger at point C, otherwise it becomes restrictive. I know a lot of people have this setup and say it works for them. The exit diameter just seems small.

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    Second, I purchases a new FMF pipe for another bike I had and wasn't happy with several things. 1st was the fit. One of the mounting holes was about 1/2" off and I couldn't use it. The pipe was secure enough with the clamp connection and the rear mounting hole, so that wasn't a huge deal. Another issue was that the pipes exit tip was too close to the stock blinker location and burned off the bottom portion of it.

    Other issues were - the pipe (on a 250cc bike) was MUCH louder than the FMF that came on my '08 450xcr-w and the finish on the pipe changed over time by fading and forming spider cracks. I had to install a smaller tip to reduce the noise to a reasonable level.

    Here's a picture of the fit issue and damaged blinker. I put some aluminum tape over the burnt portion, but it didn't last long.

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    I documented everything and tried getting some resolution from FMF but they wouldn't do anything. By the time I realized there was an issue with the blinker, it was too late to return.

    My point is, the FMF pipes are a lot of money and I think there are better pipes out there. I personally won't be purchasing any more pipes from FMF.
  18. Shuffler

    Shuffler Hommes Grande

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    +1 on the HDB guards ... not only are they stout, they keep the mirrors down low and out of the way. I was always bumping the OEM mirror stalks with my arms/shoulders in technical stuff. I also notice a bit less wind buffeting not having the tall mirrors disrupting the air, FWIW.
  19. MrLebowski

    MrLebowski Been here awhile

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    For those not familiar with dirt-bikes, the big KTM needs to have it's forks bled. There is a small phillips head screw in front of the rebound adjustment, after a day off road, put the bike on the center stand then loosen the screw until the air pressure bleeds off then put it back in. Don't over-tighten, it's soft!

    If when checking your oil you are consistently getting over-full readings even though when the oil is removed it measures correct, a possible cause is a stuck crankcase breather check valve causing over pressurization of the oil tank. Remove, disassemble and clean. Or just remove. Find something coarse to replace the ball and spring that will allow air to flow but will cause oil to hang up and not make it's way to the air filter (roof/ridge vent worked for me). Edit - roof/ridge vent might not be such a good idea, after some time it seems to have "loosened" and I found a few "hairs" of plastic in my oil screen. I have since removed it and have nothing in line for the crankcase breather.

    Bikes from 09' and up came geared 16/42. 08' and down 17/42. Now who owes me a sammich?

    The OC is great, it was the driving force in my signing up for advrider. I never posted in forums before here. Thanks to all!
  20. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    I hook it up to TuneECU for adjusting the throttle cables. Its something I do because of my past experience of blindly dicking with them. Its an injected V-twin with ECU/stepper motor controlled secondary butterflies in the throttle bodies, and a mis-adjusted cable will affect those. Its not an FCR fed thumper.

    Naturally you can adjust them as you see fit, without a computer, its your bike. But afterwards you could be searching the "my bike is stalling" threads. :lol3