(no longer) Utter Tiger 955i n00b

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  1. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    Rear tire, chain, and sprockets came in the mail yesterday, so there's my weekend plan. It looks like I need to get a 36mm socket for the front sprocket.

    Anything else particular to Girlies that I should know about chain, sprocket, or rear wheel removal? It looks pretty simple to me but the manual isn't especially clear so who knows?

    Battery appears to be trash, so that's on the shopping list as well now.
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  2. Pastaman

    Pastaman Been here awhile

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    I've never done it but to remove the rear wheel you'll need thin wall 19 and 22 sockets (I just checked this afternoon I had the right ones). Let's us know how it is going. I've read chain tension is tough to adjust.

    :-) Just got my Girlie back from the dealer today for the 20000K check-up. Valves, throttle bodies, Mosfet R/R, fluids flushed (fork, engine and brakes), two new tires (Metzeler Tourance) and brake pads. Wow what a difference it makes w/ fresh tires & oil fork! Runs like a champ. Arrived home I replaced a broken mirror and installed the SW-motech centerstand, easy until I had to install the big spring! What a b#tch but finally managed to do it (bleeding knuckles :clap). She's standing straight up now.

    Heed crash bars received & ready to install but waiting to receive the tank stripes first.

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  3. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    I've read the opposite - that chain adjustments on a early Girly is easy. We shall see...

    Breaking the bead on that rear Full Bore? Not easy. I got one side broken, but not the other. I gave up for the night.
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  4. Dyn Blin

    Dyn Blin Irn Bru Lover

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    Lots of PB Blaster for that front sprocket if it's never been removed,&/or a really long breaker bar. I was beginning to think mine was counter-threaded before it broke loose, front tire up against the wall with a helper hand on the brake helps too. Consider a 19 tooth front, a bit lower RPM's at highway cruise.

    Low-tech trick for center stand spring set: roll of quarters and some patience.

    955i Tigers like the chain loose. Manual says 40 mm, mine shifts best loaded between that & 50.
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  5. Duckworth

    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    I had my big breaker bar and was ready to go to war on the front sprocket.

    Imagine my surprise when I found it to be barely more than finger tight. :yikes Good thing that locking washer was there...


    The old Full Bore tire was a bitch to break the bead, but a little perseverance and some soapy water eventually did the trick. Also, a bunch of dyna beads poured everywhere. The new one went on without much trouble.

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    Might be nice to mount a voltmeter (if you don't have one already) on the dash. This gives you a little bit of warning when the electrical system is acting up.

    And I have a leftover valve spring tool (cheap) if you're gonna adjust your valves. Shim over bucket is pretty easy (comparatively speaking).

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    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    PO was nice enough to install a volt meter.
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    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    I have been trying to ignore the loud wind turbulence and buffeting. My Tiger has an MRA windshield with the adjustable spoiler on top, but no setting seemed to help.

    I ditched the OEM mirrors and put on some small, low aftermarket mirrors I had. Big improvement. There is still a lot of air, but it's clean.
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    Pastaman Been here awhile

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    Hey Alan, I was thinking of upgrading to the MRA vario and your feed back is useful. How tall are you and is your seat on the highest position?
    I know the buffeting and improvement with aftermarket screens is pretty specific to riders height. I'm 5.8, with the OEM screen, buffeting is present on the lowest seat position and worse on the high position. I read about the mirrors upgrade improving the buffeting, same with hand guards and type of helmet (shape). I may save some cash and keep my earplugs :-)
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    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    I saw your post on Tigertriple, which is what made me remember the other mirrors I had (thanks).

    I am 6'2". I am using a Shoei Qwest full face helmet and I always wear foam earplugs.

    My Tiger came with both the Corbin seat (which is I prefer but it is taller than the highest setting of the OEM seat), and the OEM seat. There is loud and annoying wind buffeting and turbulence with both seats, having tried the MRA vario screen in all positions. The air is a bit cleaner with the spoiler in its lowest position, but with less protection.

    I noticed by holding my hand out at different heights while riding that there was a lot of dirty air coming off the mirrors. I had these much smaller 3-way adjustable mirrors in the garage that I used to have on my Kaw W650, so I gave them a try on the Tiger with the stems set quite low. It seems to have made a big difference. The airflow hitting me was smoother and quieter on my short test ride running some errands (I picked up a mesh screen for a charcoal grill and made a cheap radiator stone guard). Tomorrow will be a longer expressway test .

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    Pastaman Been here awhile

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    OK thanks good to know. Easy to find cheap mirrors vs. expensive aftermarket screens !
    Do I see a Ural in the background :-) Patrol or Tourist? I had one (a Retro) during 3 years then upgraded to hacked Scrambler.
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    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    I have the stock Tiger screen as well, but I haven't tried it yet. I wasn't sure if I should bother, since nobody seems to like it.

    The Ural is an '05 Tourist. Most fun vehicle I've ever had, provided there isn't a lot of highway driving involved...
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    I've got the MRA adjustable and the factory gel seat. Lowest setting on the seat and considerable adjusting on the MRA to find the sweet spot. I live in Kansas where a day without wind is just weird but a blast to ride in (no cross wind!). I am pretty tall in the saddle (6' 2") and found when I switched to a better helmet a lot of the buffeting subsided. I'm running the full face Icon Airmada now. The modular HJC was a noisy beast. Ear plugs are a must, period.

    The real challenge for me was adjusting the MRA for the right airflow to keep the bugs off my helmet visor. I still get them but at least it's not like getting sprayed from an aerosol can. Hadn't noticed a problem with the mirrors.
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    I picked up a tall Cee Baileys that changed the flow for me. Had not thought of the mirrors as a possible issue.
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    Today I rode about 50 expressway miles while commuting. The small, low mirrors and MRA on a lower setting continue to result in cleaner air and less buffeting. It's a good improvement. but it still isn't the level of quiet I'm ultimately hoping for.
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    I really appreciate the ideas Alan & Grooster! Mine came w/ an aftermarket touring screen of some kind, but I'm very tall (6'6") and I've taken a lot of buffeting. We've also had 15-30mph winds almost every day so far this year... I figured a lot of it had to do w/ my modular helmet (Scorpion Exo900) so I plan to upgrade that soon, but it's comfortable so I might start w/ diff mirrors before I spend big $$ on a windscreen or helmet. I was starting to think my ear plugs were just required equipment :)
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    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    I consider earplugs required equipment regardless. Even lessened wind noise will cause trouble and discomfort.
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    If it hasn't already been done, pull the tank and replace those corrugated lines to the fuel rail and air box with 1/4" silicone vacuum line, lube the IACV bore with some light grease, replace the air filter and check the condition of the gasket that sits atop the IACV.
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    Duckworth Taking the high road

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    I will take a look, ZappaFan.

    I am still not completely satisfied with my voltage. According to the little digital dashboard voltmeter that the PO installed, I am getting a consistent 12 at warm idle, and a consistent 13.4 while on the go. It seems like a lot of folks do a volt or so better. Maybe the dash voltmeter is a cheapo and not quite accurate?

    -Sasquatch bypass mod had been done.
    -MOSFET reg/rec had been installed
    -I installed a new battery
    -I checked out the stator with a multimeter and it passes resistance and ground tests, it also passed output consistency tests when running.

    * I discovered last night that the #2 30amp fuse in the fuse panel was melted but not blown. Who knows when that happened. It looks like it's been that way awhile. I replaced it but haven't ridden it since.
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    BarkSlayer Been here awhile

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    I had a '99 885 and loved it. Beware of warped front brake rotors though. That was the only mechanical issue I had in 15K miles. Wind noise and extreme seat discomfort ultimately forced me onto a BMW. Otherwise, the Girlie was an excellent ride. Probably the best EFI (Sagem) of any bike I've ever owned - it was flawless.
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