What Did You Do To Your KTM Today?

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

  1. ÖÖ.

    ÖÖ. Ajaa kuin mummo

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    New cams.
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    New handlebar and grips.
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    Planning new headlight
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  2. LocuL

    LocuL Gnarly Infantry

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    uh uh uh...tell more about the headlights...
  3. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    Tore down to install a CPR filter assembly. Stock airbox removed and carbs out of the way.

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    Filter installed

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    Another angle

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    Next to come is a Galfer wave rotor and some Galfer green pads up front, Facet fuel pump kit from H2W, and just waiting to get my tank from PowerCell.
  4. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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  5. FakeName

    FakeName Wile E Coyote SuperGenius

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    ABS Switch

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  6. HeatXfer

    HeatXfer Bad knees

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    Actually yesterday: I Put it away until I receive CJ's WP upgrade!

    I went for a little rain-ride to get some saddle time in and do some Xmas shopping yesterday, the first real ride after flushing the cooling system and changing the oil. At that time I knew the WP seal was probably leaking, there was a little coolant in the oil and the filter was deformed. I didn't think it was bad because the oil was pretty clean when I test rode it and when I changed the oil after putting about 100miles on it. I knew I'd eventually have to change the seal and shaft so I ordered CJ's kit a couple days later.

    Anyway, I figured I'd be out more than half a day, maybe 150 - 200miles. I stopped at about 50miles (the coolant level was low) and checked the oil: :huh It looked like cappuccino with extra foam on top! Called it a day.

    Anyway, dummy me, I didn't ask the PO about the WP seal when I test rode it. :baldy I know, I know: caveat emptor. I was so excited to find a reasonably priced 990 I was blinded by desire! (for the bike :ddog)

    What torques me off is that he didn't even hint that it might need attention. Oh well, lesson learned, moving on.
  7. Cuse

    Cuse Been here awhile

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    Not today but Saturday I was able to get out and deliver toys[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  8. superhak31

    superhak31 Adventurer

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    Led swap out. Yep. I broke a front turn signal, figured I'd swap everything out to led. Brake light, running lights, turn indicators. Easy! Right?
    So I go on ebay and order some cheap arrow looking ones.
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    They suck! Not visible in the daytime.
    And bad a night.
    So I experimented with some rumble concept signals.
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    Some of the led's didn't work. And they just aren't bright!
    So I searched, and searched. Finally!
    I ended up spending $140 for 4 rizoma zero 11's. well made. Very bright at night and visible during daytime.[​IMG]
    Cool frosted design. Visible from all angles.[​IMG]
    Brake lights ordered from superbrightleds.com
    1156 red and 195 red
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    Oh! And a led relay from mondo motors.
    Very satisfied!
    UPDATE;
    So I used a relay for LEDs, it eliminates the use of resistors. The rizoma s came with all the necessary resistors though.
    Yes, they are visible from the back and sides. But I can't see them while in the normal seated position. The 950 fairing hides them from my line of sight. And they are half the length of OE indicators. They are more flexible than OE also.
    I had to splice and dice them in. I used waterproof 16-18 gauge bullet connectors (female) as the indicators come with male bullet connectors. The rear ones are bit of a pain due to the taillight wiring cluster.
    Tight fit. Got the bullet connectors @ pep boys. I wrapped every connection with "rescue tape" self fusing silicone tape.
    Got it at OSH hardware store and amazon carries it. Good stuff.
    And I used red LEDs for the taillight bulbs. Recommended for red lenses.
    Taillight is super bright!
  9. SCflyer

    SCflyer Long timer

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    Good info. Why the need for a relay? Always read a resistor may be needed due to the difference in power requirement but that was on other bikes.

    Do the Rizmo signals light up on the back side? Look like they're clear and seem like it would be annoying at nite, esp. with LED brightness. (Checked the site - so how bad is the rear flashing from the front signals?

    Are they plug and play or do you have to change the end connections? (Did they have a connector for their wiring kit that worked for the OEM connector?)

    What color inserts did you get for the rear? All white since the cover is red or red LED as well?

    How flexible are they in case of a fall----I mean when I fall
    Thanks
  10. SikDMAX

    SikDMAX Been here awhile

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    Snapped a clutch cable on my 640 Duke a couple of weeks ago 10 miles from home in traffic... that was fun getting home! :rofl

    Ordered the new Motion Pro cable today, well see how replacement goes. Id really like to reaplce it with a sportbike style perch and clutch lever (CRG or similar) anyone have any ideas on that?
  11. sakurama

    sakurama on an endless build

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    Well, I've been doing quite a bit to my bike. I thought it might be interesting to try to compress the last year in one post. The full story is in my build thread (sig line) but it's a bit epic. Here's the Clif Notes...

    Took it apart a few times - more than a few really. Mostly I just wanted to powdercoat the swingarm black. Did that.

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    Put on a 320 rotor and made a bracket for a 4 piston brake.

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    Brembo master.

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    Blew up my engine.

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    Bought a 990SMR engine from Pyndon. Beginning of Mission Creep.

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    Thought, "I should make my own exhaust!" Ordered tube.

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    Spent the better part of a year learning how to weld stainless.

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    Left is first effort, right is end effort.

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    Made an exhaust.

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    Bought some of these.

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    One year of work, many dollars, lost 20+hp...

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    Considered quitting in disgust. Friends convinced me to keep going. Kept going. Found and fixed exhaust problems.

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    Found carb problems. Developed custom billet velocity stacks.

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    Clawed my way past old hp rating. Kept clawing, right past the 990R. (I'm red) So happy!

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    Painted the bike so it felt new.

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    Had Woody rebuild my wheels so they were new.

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    Helped my friend Chris develop the stacks, a TPS mount and lighter springs for the FCR's.

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    Decided we really needed a choke to make the carbs livable - developed a choke.

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    Finally put it all together. Wow, it works.

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    So glad I didn't quit. So happy I decide to start work on a 1080 big bore kit.

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    So that's what I did to my KTM. Now you're up to date. Have my sights set on 120rwhp. We'll see...

    Gregor
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  12. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    I don't know what's more amazing... your bike's transformation over the last few years... Your patience in the process... Or your ability to summorize it all in the "What Did".

    Yours is always a great inspirational "live vicariously thru" thread.

    Through it all... do you feel like your bike has transformed permanently into a slab grabber, with the hp curves, exhaust flow, torque curve, suspension and wheelset? If so, was there a point of no returning to a dual sport bike. Or does it easily retain it's off roading character with a few swapouts and adjustments?

    Thanks for the R&D.
  13. Patrol

    Patrol VALE 46!

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    ...I was all proud of myself for learning to change my own oil til I read this. Sheesh
  14. dad2bike

    dad2bike Retired! Cranky Old Fart

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    You should be proud.
    That is the first major accomplishment of maintenance on a KTM Adventure. :freaky
    The journey begins...
  15. sakurama

    sakurama on an endless build

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    Hi Surfer! Thanks.

    It's funny, Gino and I were just talking about that last night. We're both itching for another big trip and Alaska is the only state I've not ridden to and I live in Portland - the perfect starting point and the perfect bike for the trip.

    For sure my bike will still be ridden in the dirt. Honestly, one of the big reasons I wanted to move to Portland over back to Colorado was that I think the riding is more diverse and I'd not ridden that part of the country. Oregon was made for the 990 with the big wheels and I suspect that when the bike makes it back there it will wear the big wheels at least half or more of the time. The torque now means I'll never need to run the 16 counter shaft sprocket again - in fact keeping the taller gearing will probably be helpful. It's a fast swap as both wheels have rotors - 15min tops.

    Also, I don't have the same desire to do the really stupid epic single track stuff I used to do with it. I did it. It's hard to pick up. I don't need to do it anymore. I will for sure be using it to explore logging roads and double track all over next summer. I'll certainly ride it down to Steamboat with the big wheels. Does it have too much torque to ride off road? Meh. It had too much when it was stock. I think it will be fine depending on my ability to control myself but I do think my knobby life will get shorter! I used to love spinning knobbies up on pavement and that's only going to be easier.

    Patrol - 25 years ago I started with changing the oil on my old boxer. Little by little I kept learning. The wrenching and building is for me as much part of my passion for bikes as the riding. I think that's why I'd hate California - winter is the time to take them apart and make stuff.

    Gregor
  16. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Getting to know my new (to me) 990. 200 miles after purchase, time for tear down to perform the cannisterectomy (and whatever else comes to mind).

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    I spent so much time on the KTM sites reading about the cannisterectomy, that I was able to do it from memory :rofl
  17. superhak31

    superhak31 Adventurer

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    So I used a relay for LEDs, it eliminates the use of resistors. The rizoma s came with all the necessary resistors though.
    Yes, they are visible from the back and sides. But I can't see them while in the normal seated position. The 950 fairing hides them from my line of sight. And they are half the length of OE indicators. They are more flexible than OE also.
    I had to splice and dice them in. I used waterproof 16-18 gauge bullet connectors (female) as the indicators come with male bullet connectors. The rear ones are bit of a pain due to the taillight wiring cluster.
    Tight fit. Got the bullet connectors @ pep boys. I wrapped every connection with "rescue tape" self fusing silicone tape.
    Got it at OSH hardware store and amazon carries it. Good stuff.
    And I used red LEDs for the taillight bulbs. Recommended for red lenses.
    Taillight is super bright! :clap
  18. lukeinlondon

    lukeinlondon Been here awhile

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    ha
  19. propilot10

    propilot10 Been here awhile

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    Put a new battery in and started her up. Listening to it idle now. Love the freaking sound of this thing! 3 eels has been way too long.
  20. guns&coffee

    guns&coffee Gnarly!

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    Completed install of 50 tooth rear sprocket. Now running 16/50. 2000rpm = 10mph. Used a 120 link chain. Adjuster are almost bottomed out. The Beastie lofts the front wheel rather nicely now. :clap