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TR280i / Re: 280I low RPM torque
« on: August 07, 2015, 07:02:52 PM »
My 2014 280 is  excellent there- perhaps just a newer map could do it?

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Explorer / Re: Diagnostic cables/software
« on: July 21, 2015, 03:40:20 PM »
Ay know have a copy of the original 2014 Explorer map?

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Explorer / Re: Consumables prices & Greetings!
« on: May 01, 2015, 05:52:08 PM »
The recommended service on KTM is really if racing I think.
Seems the OSSA is the same way- if running it really hard perhaps it would require pistons etc that often.

Of course, I have not opened my engine up to see the condition either.
Last time I had the exhaust head pipe off I looked up the exhaust port and what I could see of the piston was good (can't see much)
Maybe I'll borrow a boroscope and look down the sparking plug hole sometime.

I am running it pretty easy 99% of the time. Might not be a bad idea just to buy a piston and gaskets to have around, since I plan on keeping the bike a long time.

Mark

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Explorer / Re: Consumables prices & Greetings!
« on: May 01, 2015, 12:32:29 AM »
I have over 185 hours on my Explorer, everything is fine- no engine work yet.

I assume speeds with traffics will be slow?
 I don't like riding on the street that much, but I run very low tyre pressures. It also like being ridden standing a LOT better. I can be shifted sitting, but with the trials shifter it is not like a regular bike.
 Not the  best machine for commuting, but for those distances and speeds I'm sure it would be ok.

I hope you will be use it for trails and trials also?


Mark

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Explorer / Diagnostic cables/software
« on: April 17, 2015, 02:51:18 PM »
I have this setup, works great!
 
I have not tried writing a new map yet- I'm waiting to get the map that is currently in the bike before trying out a new one. It runs darn well now. (But I like playing with stuff)


http://trialstribulations.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=31&products_id=2716

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Explorer / Re: Fork Servicing
« on: March 28, 2015, 02:46:03 AM »
The TR and Explorer have different forks.
   I forget what  the manual said to use in mine- but that's what I used.

Worked ok.


Mark

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Explorer / BTWICE skid plate
« on: March 28, 2015, 02:44:42 AM »
I got one of the BTWICE skid plates.
  It fit perfectly and has much better coverage than stock.
Looks to be just as thick, but protects the rear of the frame and better side protection.

Works well.

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Explorer / Re: mpg
« on: February 20, 2015, 04:46:57 AM »
Sometimes the low fuel lamp comes on for a bit- then goes back out and I can go another hour before it comes back on.

I've done well over 50 miles (all tight) and I think further.
I always bring a bit of fuel, since I don't trust the low fuel lamp and there is no way to know when getting low.

1. Always fill slowly, and bounce bike to get the lower tank completly fill and upper tank full also.

I think the  manual days how much fuel is supposed to be left with low fuel lamp- 1.5 litre? I can't remember.

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Explorer / Re: Fork Servicing
« on: January 17, 2015, 06:02:05 PM »
As usual, I figured it out myself.

I made sure my air was up, the impact wrench set to full, compressed the forks more and the bottom screw came right out,

The forks are pretty crude inside, the fluid awful looking (well, 160 hours it would anyway).

I'm looking into option to improve them.I'll post some pics.

Mark

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Explorer / Fork Servicing
« on: January 15, 2015, 12:53:40 AM »
I'm working on servicing gone forks my Explorer.

  Even with the usual tricks the bottom om bolt just spins- before I try anything lose I'd lie, to get an. Exploded diagram or something of how the forks work.

I have not found Anything at addresses the Oll

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Explorer / Re: old boy new toy
« on: January 11, 2015, 03:56:21 PM »
I don't think anyone has tried.
  Couple of issues. There is no battery.
Where to mount and apply torque?

Years ago Yamaha had an e-,start system that worked using the alternator as a motor.
I think that was the idea on the OSSA Enduro prototype also.
BUT it only worked on the small engines that didn't take a lot to kick.

On my Explorer the AAA battery in the Easystart needed replacement. They are cheap and avalaible anywhere, very easy to change.
For my use, one step hotter sparking plug keeps it starting easily.

Biggest thing to watch?
Screws on the kick start and suspension bushings. I bought a box of them so the bushings were cheap.


Mark

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Explorer / Re: old boy new toy
« on: January 11, 2015, 04:11:55 AM »
You will have lots of fun!
   Where are you located?


Read some things I posted, there are some things you want to check regularly- if you do it will be very reliable.

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Explorer / Re: Where do I buy one from ABQ?
« on: January 04, 2015, 12:36:51 AM »

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Explorer / Re: Update on an Explorer after 14 months and 145 hours
« on: December 30, 2014, 03:49:37 AM »
I forgot to take a picture today of the spark arrestor mudflap. Just a piece of old inner tube.

One more thing I should note.
If you ride in lots of mud and water- service the suspension bushings often.
That is the only servicing I would like to have better for the the type of use I do.
It it had zerk fittings for all of those bushings, it would be super easy. Just push through enough lube to clean out the gunk every ride or two. I'll bet that would increase the life of the bushings and shafts 10-fold.

Someone mentioned cross-drilling them, but it would  be better if they came that way from the factory.
I've replaced the bushings a couple of times, and doing the  swingarm ones this time. That one has a seal (well, sort of) but none of the others do.

For trials or dry weather it is not really a concern, but I ride LOTS of mud and water this time of year.
It is pretty easy to pull the swingarm off and clean/lube the bushings, but it would be a lot easier to pump pit through with a grease gun! Taking it apart every so often, but personally I'd recommend doing it fairly often if you ride like I do.

Still the best bike out there for the really nasty trails!
Heading up in the mountains January 1st- one of my favorite trails. Hope there isn't too much snow!
Another trail ride on the 2nd, then a trial on the 4th. Lots of riding this holiday!


Mark

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Explorer / Re: Update on an Explorer after 8 months and 88 hours
« on: December 25, 2014, 01:18:22 AM »
Update 145+ hours.

Working great!

A few things I've learned.
1. I run a hotter plug, works much better.
2. Run A mud flap over the spark arrester (aftermarket). Mud will clog it otherwise.
3. Keep an eye on the fitting in the top of the main fuel tank cap. It can leak.
4. Fuel cap is still crap.
5. Clake 2 is fantastic!
6. Fit the trials brake pedal stock is horrible.
7. 100:1 Motorex has worked great.
8. Zip tie the one corner of the side covers, they won't fall off and it works fine.
9. Clean/lube rear suspension fairly often in the mud.
10. Keep an eye on the kick start screws.
11. Michelin x-11 Tubless with the Tubliss system works fantastic.
12. Check and replace AAA rechargeable battery in EasyStart

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