2014+ DL1000 Vstrom

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by The Game, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Maximus Power

    Maximus Power Bubby, you can call me Max

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    That worked. Taking all the wind and bugs, but for local rides this set up will work. Not real sure the washers are really doing anything though.
  2. Randyincolo

    Randyincolo Been here awhile

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    Last week mailed off a deposit to Terrys Custom seats. Spent the last 6 months waiting for the stock seat either to like me or me to like it. Failed on both accounts so it is time for a change. He is booked out till April of 2020 but good things are worth waiting for.
  3. jaydee1445

    jaydee1445 Footpeg Crash Tester

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    +2 on the fleabay shorties
  4. Jimo368

    Jimo368 Quantum Mechanic

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    Pulled the plugs again at 37k kms (23k miles) and I’m surprised how gummy they were. I’m going ahead and changing them seeing that I have it apart for an air filter and perhaps a valve inspection.
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  5. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    Can you post pics of your maintenance as you do it? I have about 15k miles on mine and I was going to give the valves the first checkup but now I guess I'll check the plugs too. I think it says to replace them every 7k but that seems kind of crazy and I guess their expensive.

    Any pics or advice would be helpful.
  6. Jimo368

    Jimo368 Quantum Mechanic

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    I ordered my plugs here in Canada. You can probably get a better place in the US.
    https://www.clubplug.ca/en/ The plug is LMAR8BI9 I paid $11.75 each.
    There is a good video for removing the tank here.
    Here is where I’m at so far now that I’m waiting for parts.
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  7. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

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  8. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    Looks like we will have a new vstrom for 2020~!

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  9. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    19" front wheel

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  10. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 Knowledge is horsepower

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    Sweet! :thumbup

    3 years ago...

  11. Griff2

    Griff2 Griff

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    The centre electrode looks clean enough. Looks more like oil on the threads though ? Does the bike use oil ?
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  12. Mr. Goodkat

    Mr. Goodkat The Dude abides......

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    Thanks. I've never had the tank off my bike yet and the only valves I've adjusted are the typical screw adjuster type. It will make for a good winter project once I work on a few other bikes.
  13. Jimo368

    Jimo368 Quantum Mechanic

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    I was surprised at the oil too, looked like a two-stroke. No, it hasn’t used any oil.
  14. TipsyMcStagger

    TipsyMcStagger Long timer

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    Time for a new battery. I've got an EarthX in my KTM 450 and figure I'll get one for the Strom.

    The EarthX site lists both ETX18F and ETZ14C, though the latter seems to be tailored for cold weather ops.

    Anyone running the EarthX ETX18F? Any fitment issues?