2018 Africa Twin ATAS adventure build

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by michaelkozera, Sep 3, 2018.

  1. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    Yeah found those suckers like to fly far and fast. So if you KNOW they are there behind the plate which houses the spring as you take it apart you do it very slowly and wont lose anything. Unlike me whom yanked that sucker out and heard the ping followed by a stream of obscenities on my part.
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  2. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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  3. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    yup, pretty much exactly what i did.

    i think i went abit further, but you get the idea.

    let us know how it feels. mine felt about 80% less pull on the throttle.



    id also suggest bending the spring back abit more just so it dont pop out for some reason. i see its already abit bent but yeah.
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  4. playinatwork

    playinatwork Been here awhile

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    Where are the springs that fly out that I'm going to lose?
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  5. michaelkozera

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    The two white teflon sliders. They are both spring loaded.
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    deadzed Meat Popscicle

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    Mike, how difficult was it to modify the '16-'17 TUSK rack to fit the 2018 ATAS?
    My metal fab & welding skills are... beginner.
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  7. michaelkozera

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    about medium i would say. the hardest part is getting everything aligned correctly, straight /parallel/perpendicular to the bike.
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  8. DSM8

    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    So after installing the lower pegs two lessons learned
    Had to lengthen the shifter peg you engage with your toe
    Also enlarged the rear brake lever pad bought cheap thing off amazon for a bmw modified to fit

    To lengthen the shifter peg just got an allen head bolt with threads od = peg ID and screwed it in only needd to add bout 1/4”
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    playinatwork Been here awhile

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    @michaelkozera How is the 40 tooth rear sprocket working out for you? I am considering this gear change. Do you recommend it?
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  10. michaelkozera

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    I love it. Lowered my cruising rpm by about 300rpm. Im.getting right around 4-4.5l/100kms. I installed it along with a drd speedo healer as the stock gear was also way off. I would install a 38t if i could but there is not enough space to as the chain woild hit the swing arm. 40t is the smallest.
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    Do you have any comparison shots of the new headlights with aux lights vs just the new headlights?
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  12. michaelkozera

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    ive only got the lowbeam old vs new, and highbeam old vs new.

    ive done a few more mods since and i was gonna do another thread update soon, perhaps ill take some foglights only / aux lights only shots too.


    old stock led lowbeam:
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    new BI-LED projector lowbeam, you can basically see twice as far, and about twice as wide!!!!
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    old stock led highbeam:
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    new bi-led projector highbeam:
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    Just a heads-up for those interested in the Tusk rack system.

    I reached out to Rocky Mountain ATV MC about the availability of racks specifically for the 2018 ATAS. They stated that the engineering team is already working on it and they hope to have them available soon. I forget their exact words, but the impression I got was a couple of months...

    Since there is no link to talk to Tusk, but all links on the Tusk site got to Rocky Mtn, I just opened a support chat window on the Rocky Mountain site and they had the answer within a couple of minutes.
    BTW, beautiful build...

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    DSM8 Where fun goes to die....

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    In all this work have you removed the fuel tank yet? I want to remove mine but cant find any vids etc specific to removal from the atas on the at
    If you have can you outline what all you did to accomplish this even the local dealer was clueless and the shop manual they had was useless
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    got the front fender installed.
    noticed almost immediate less mud/dirt on the front of the bike.
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    rear fender installed too. agian, huge difference in the mount of dirt/mud on the bike.

    also took the time to install AUX brake lights. they dim with just like the night time lights, and go bright when the brake light turns on, just as the stock brake light.

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    also installed a wind screen brace, since the windscreen plastic was flexing too much under high winds, didnt want a wind screen crack.

    this also had the effect of raising the wind screen by about 2".

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  16. michaelkozera

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    got some more output shots.

    I used HDR, locking the exposure/ISO to give the most consistent and most accurate nighttime shots. the real life output looks pretty much exactly what the photos show.


    just for those that where wondering, the "white (stock) semi-halos" turn on with the key/ignition and are always on. while the DRL is the two yellow turn signals, when the yellow turn signals (DRL) is on the tail light is totally off, only turning on when the brake light turns on. controlled with a switch on my dash. i really did not like riding at night with those fu$%#$ bright ass yellow turn signal DRL's.



    key/ignition:

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    DRL:

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    now for the outputs:

    just the foglights:
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    just the dual projector lowbeam:
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    foglights+lowbeam:
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    just the LED highbeam spotlights:
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    just the custom made LED light bar:

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    full highbeam, everything on, foglights+lowbeam+ highbeam +spot light+lightbar:

    lightbar and spotlights are wired into the highbeam switch, running on dedicated relays:

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    different angle

    foglights:
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    lowbeam:
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    full highbeam:

    [​IMG]
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  17. michaelkozera

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    michaelkozera Long timer

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    705's,

    i got 40,000km's out of the front and 25,000km out of a rear on my crf500l. so i guess we will see how long they last on this bike.

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    Jibby Been here awhile Supporter

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    Hey michaelkozera,

    Where did you get the Winglets? I can't seem to find them online at all.
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  20. michaelkozera

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    it was a company out of the UK. i think it was called rugged roads.