Yamaha TDM Riders

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by BuellDualSport, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    My truck mechanic says using Chevron with techron or what ever the heck it is actually helps with keeping carbs clean, I thought it was a scam on Chevrons part,he says its good stuff. Ive been scoping out a 93 TDM near here for sale,it has 34,000 miles on it and looks good. I wonder how many miles one of these pups goes before its teats up?
  2. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    I can only report on mine. 1992 with 67,000 miles, used no oil. Valve adjustments every 26,000 miles or twice in my case. The carbs can get finikeye. Go Factory pro emulsion tubes and you only have to deal with them every 25,000 miles. An Ebay early 90 R6 electric fuel pump will save you a lot of grief. Rock solid bike, wish I had mine back.
  3. alexk243

    alexk243 Been here awhile

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    It means take them apart and clean them, dont need to replace parts, just clean everything. At a minimum make sure the jets and float bowl are clean.
  4. alexk243

    alexk243 Been here awhile

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    I have had mine (92, 36000) for about two years now and I have not done any valve adjustments. I know it varies from bike to bike how important they are and how quickly they get out of whack, so what is this bike notorious for with valves?
  5. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    26,000 miles between checks is quite a while for a motorcycle. Yours are overdue for a check if not ever done or you don't know. They will tighten up and if they do, burn an exhaust valve. I went way past the due date and I had 1 that had no clearance, or at least so small that a .002 gauge would not fit, but no damage done. Nothing notorious about the valves at all, except labor intensive if you need to change some shims. 10 valves and shim under bucket. About 5 hours to do it. To check, not so bad, but the side covers, fuel tank comes off and need to drop the radiator.

    edit: the emulsion tubes are from factory pro. Same as stock but with nickle plating and last longer for about the same price. You are getting around 50 mpg right? if not the stockers are probably ovaling out.
  6. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    I looking for a set of stock muffers and/or some aftermarket but not to laud...

    I just rode my TDM all the way to san francisco so I can sell it but the pipes are totally blown up (Yes It happen in the trip)


    Thanks for the help, I need it pretty bad, pretty fast


    I also broke the speedo niddle and I'm wondering how to fix it, any suggestions will be more than welcome
  7. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Taking the instrument cluster apart end up proving really easy, after the fairing are off is only matter of a few minutes, two nuts and five screws to get the faces off the speedo, then crazy gluing the needle was just matter of seconds.
  8. pdxthmper

    pdxthmper Been here awhile

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    Ricardo

    I put on a set of dual viper cans, standard length round, without any extra baffles. In the saddle I can hear them now, but no one else that I have asked thought they were loud. I bought them from flyNcycle, for ~200 total. I mated them to an old Kerker mid pipe. Sandy Spares in the UK has a similar set for about 300, if you don't have an extra mid pipe.
  9. Baron650

    Baron650 650x2

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    Glad to hear you're having fun with the TDM, Thumper. Had a feeling you were the right guy for the bike.
  10. BluRoad

    BluRoad as in blue highways

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    The infamous emulsion tubes; are these the tubes that the needle rises out of? Is this a dumb question?

    Joe in WI
  11. itsatdm

    itsatdm Long timer

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    Yes that is them. The older we get get the dumber we are. You youngins forget. http://www.factorypro.com/prod_pages/prody85.html The needle runs in these tubse on there way to the main jet. Because of the angle of the dangle the tube wear out or at least become oval instead of round and the bike runs rich. Factory pro tubes will prolong the need to change them out. I had their kit and found that they were hard to tune and the hard needles ovaled out the jets quickly. Their tubes are great with the stock needles and lasted a long time, easy to tune and gave greate midrange.
  12. Bendernz

    Bendernz Torrential

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    Fellow TDMers I hope you can help me. I'm looking at adding an accessory plug to my 1996 TDM 859 MkII (4TX model).

    Originally I planned to hard wire it to the battery terminals (with a fuse on the positive side).

    But I read on another forum that there are remote leads beneath the seat that I can access (saves pulling the battery). Can I add an accessory plug to these? If I do, can I plug a battery conditioner into this plug to keep the battery topped up when I am unable to ride the bike.

    Be interested to know how this might all work out.

    Are these the remote elads?

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  13. motorcyclefanatic

    motorcyclefanatic The name says it all

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    That is your starter solenoid. The cable with the red cover comes directly from the battery, the other one goes to the starter. You can pull power from the cable that goes to the battery, can also hook a charger up there. Any bolt in that area that goes to the frame will work for a ground. That's how I wired my charger.
  14. stevepsd

    stevepsd Been here awhile

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    Joe,

    BTW your TDM has the Factory Pro emulsion tubes in it! :rofl

    -steve
  15. SlipChip

    SlipChip Adventure Commuter

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    Has anybody ever found a way around buying a whole new gas cap assembly in order to replace the lousy rubber gasket seal?:ear
  16. BluRoad

    BluRoad as in blue highways

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    HEY STEVE! Couldn't stay away from the TDM forum, huh?
    I was wondering about the tubes... 35,000 miles and no carb issues? I just did the steering head bearings, carb sync, front SS brake lines, radar detector, and a few other things. I've since added a few more bikes to the fleet -- CBX, Duc 900SS. Your TDM is still the best, even after test riding a "new" F800GS.

    [​IMG]

    Take care, buddy.
  17. rackam_le_rouge

    rackam_le_rouge Adventurer

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    Replacing the original exhaust by akrapovic carbon.
    Addition of many carbon parts. :clap

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  18. TDMTAM

    TDMTAM Been here awhile

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    Very nice:clap the carbon/ black/ Lava red colours scheme goes together well.
    I have not long fitted a carbon fibre fender extender to my black TDM 900 & have been thinking of covering the dash panel & the side pods in the 3M carbon vinyl.
    How do you like the Topsellerie seat compared to the stock seat.

    TAM

    Can I ask where you got the faring extensions also a part number if you have it. Thanks.
  19. rackam_le_rouge

    rackam_le_rouge Adventurer

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    The seat is brand Bagster
    http://www.bagster.com/en/

    All carbon parts are from this website:

    http://hfcarbon.de/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=12_106

    B.R.
    Rackam
  20. kmax

    kmax Kruzer

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    you got a very nice machine rackam :clap :freaky