What Did You Do To Your KTM Today?

Discussion in 'Crazy-Awesome almost Dakar racers (950/990cc)' started by DeeGee, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. mantisrider

    mantisrider Adventurer

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    Installed a G2 Throttle Tamer with the 400 cam profile today. I highly recommend this mod, it made a huge difference.
  2. vonotto

    vonotto Been here awhile

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    Effects the throttle down low ?
  3. MotoTex

    MotoTex Miles of Smiles

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    The engine was filled to the brim with gasoline. Cranking the bike pumped the gas that was in the lower part of the breather tube out the top. What a freakin' mess.

    Anybody got a light? :rofl

    Some piece of crud got lodged in the rear carb's float valve, holding it open, and the engine was subsequently filled with gravity fed fuel from a full tank, entering the cylinder, working it's way around the rings.

    I had been having some starting problems where the rear cylinder wouldn't catch until the front had been running for a minute or two. So, I had parked it for a couple of weeks waiting for time to dig in and find the problem. I guess that was long enough for the tiny grain of sand holding the float valve from sealing to allow a LOT of gas into the engine.

    Fortunately the tank stops draining into the engine once the level in the tank is even with the carbs.

    Then there's the coolant, even though the level is low, the extra gallon or more of fuel drained with the oil prevented me from seeing whether I had any water mixed in there too. Maybe some of the slow riding in Big Bend overheated things and I've just lost some coolant. Something else to isolate.

    As for the throttle cable, I am curious whether or not the return cable is absolutely necessary. There is an abundant number of return springs on each carb.

    Safety Third and all . . . :eek1
  4. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    OH boy....bent a rod on a race GSXR that way, gas doesn't compress.

    Finally got some pix of the drain hose...

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    And fresh meat!

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    I just realized that the angle on that first shot makes the front look seriously bent; it's not. I work in my utility trailer in the winter 'cause my garage isn't weatherproof, so the quarters are close...

    And, now that I swapped tires in the middle of winter because it's been riding weather, it's snowing. Two feet and winds over 60 mph predicted for tomorrow night.

    S
  5. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    Hmmm....good call on the safety wire...thanks for the idea :thumb
  6. dmn0507

    dmn0507 Been here awhile

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    Abundant until the main cable is worn out and hooks the throttle open. BTDT.
  7. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

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    I use a safety pin that goes through the bolt. Instead of safety wire. I used this on race bikes for years and saved me plenty of time (but more importantly, you don't have to have safety wire with you during your travel ... For that purpose at least)

    fwiw....
  8. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Nice! Do you have a photo of the other end? :lurk


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    Would be interested to hear what you think of it.. I've been considering trying one instead of a TKC :lurk
  9. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    Sorry Geek, I don't. Maybe next time I take some pix I will remember...

    It's a quickie safety-wire job; take a coupla wraps around the hose good and tight just above the fitting, then twist the wire and route to tighten across the flats of the hose fitting and take another coulpla wraps good n tight where the blue part swivels; the idea is that to loosen it's gotta get longer and you're preventing that; then twist the wire and route again (tightening, always tightening) to the hole(s) drilled in the end plug. It's better to just drill all the fittings, but we used this method for all the oil lines back in the day on early GSXRs at the racetrack and until an idiot did it badly, it passed tech just fine. These days you've gotta drill it all for tech, but done well this is in my experience a reliable method. The other end works the same way, but is tied (tightening, alway tightening) to a hole drilled in the aluminum bridge to keep the whole hose from rotating somehow and undoing the connector to the tank.

    I ziptied the end to the wiring loop rather than the oil lines because I'm anal and did once crack a hard line by fastening something to it that wasn't stock. Theres a coupla o-rings and a length of clear hose protecting the R/R (o-rings hold the hose in place).

    I'm anxious to try out the T-63; as I noted in the other thread the knobs are awful short compared to the TKC...but it gets good reveiws here, so we will see...it does seem to sit "rounder" on the rim than the TKC.

    Steve
  10. ktm.marmalade

    ktm.marmalade Adventurer

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    They are fun aren't they?
  11. KaytM

    KaytM Just a fella.

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  12. Narsisco Lopez

    Narsisco Lopez Addlepated

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  13. StmbtDave

    StmbtDave AKA Invisible Dave

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    Forget it Ed. It's blue, not black :deal.

    Dave
  14. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Got my drain hose from CJ and plan to install it next 990 oil change, soon. I got the basic black & blue since I figure it's mostly hidden anyway. I like the idea of safety wiring. I'll drill mine and do that too.

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  15. Vaquero

    Vaquero wanderer

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    Had my first (believe me, I was overdue!) big-bike flat on Saturday. A small, ancient, beautifully patinaed nail. Just for the record, I was curious about the whole side-stand-bead-breaking thing. Worked like a champ. TKC's and a vise usually does the trick at home, but this was actually easier. Aside from some noob style errors (leaving the bearing side in the dirt) it all went smoothly with no blood and very little sweat. I bent one of my titanium tire irons putting it back on, but that was mostly from being too greedy. First time with CO2 as well, and I have to say I'm DEFINITELY making sure I have plenty of those bad boys in my kit for the next time. 1+ big cartridges did the trick. A little soapy water and voila!! So thanks to all of you anonymous posters and your stories I was prepared, and the entire experience turned into a nice lunch break instead of an "oh shite, there I was...".
  16. Sumi

    Sumi Long timer

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    This is what the mailman brought me today:) Sadly it's one of the last ones, as Michelin stoped the production of this model:cry IMO it's the best ever front tire for riding in sand / loose gravel with a relatively long wearing time.

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  17. Salzig

    Salzig Been here awhile

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    Having changed the battery for the 2nd time over 4 years, and knowing the voltage regulator has been updated (since 2007), I decided to test if the new one will make my battery last longer.
    New code is 60011034100, 96€ in Italy.

    I made some measurements (in red old VR values).

    Ignition OFF : 12.74V
    Ignition ON : 12.45V
    Cranking: 9.86V [​IMG]

    Lights OFF, @idle : 14.37V - 13.98V
    Lights OFF, @5000rpm : 14.38V - 13.70V

    Lights ON, @idle : 14.18V - 13.88V
    Lights ON, @5000rpm : 14.17V - 13.10V

    Lights + heated grips, @idle : 13.99V
    Lights + heated grips, @5000rpm : 13.98V

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  18. Michhub

    Michhub Major Medical

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    Interesting you posted this....I have the same year with original battery and usually put my bike on a Battery Tender after every ride.
    For the last couple of weeks I have not because its connected to my other bike. My battery doesn't seem as strong...the addition
    of a voltmeter confirms I see the same voltages you list in red.
    I wonder if I have been masking a problem by using a battery tender....I'm going to keep it off the charger for while and see what happens.
  19. rinho

    rinho Rinho FĂ©roce

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    May be things have changed these last years and I'm not aware, but I always heard about 13,8 Volt being the correct value.
    I guess AGM battery being more and more common could be the reason for an increase of this value
  20. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Did a few things:

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    Intalled the Adventure Machines second fan. Great piece of gear and well engineered. The bracket keeps the fan away from the rad and fits perfectly in the space provided. By loosening all 4 rad bolts I was able to reach in(still not easy) to disconnect the harness, and install the new one.

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    Insulated the engine side of the tanks to help keep the the fuel cooler and maybe save the pump.

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    Installed the WELD 86 skid plate and side stand bracket.

    Put the bike back together and installed a Ram Mount for a Go-Pro camera on the front Crash bar.

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