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Old 09-05-2008, 09:43 AM   #7531
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Ok, let me ask you guys another question. Yesterday I was in a shop locally and the counter guy kept telling me that I should flush my cooling system and add (engine ice?) or something along those lines. My question to him
was, are there any compatibility issues? I never got a straight answer, he just kept saying it would lower my eng temp by 4 to 5 degrees. Anyone on here have any experience with alternative cooling products? What does the manual call for
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:47 AM   #7532
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Pretty much.... use normal (aluminum compatible coolant) if you're doing normal things. Maybe switch to Redline water-wetter if you're racing, but don't keep it in there (no corrosion protection). Switch to the Evans coolant system if you've built something ridiculously crazy.

Lowering your temp does you zero good if you're not overheating. The Carnot efficiency of the engine goes down... a colder engine makes less power.

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Old 09-05-2008, 09:52 AM   #7533
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When I lived in Tucson I had the first Triumph T595 in '97 and it ran brutally hot and would peg the temp guage. The solution was to drain all the "coolant" and add distilled water and Redline WaterWetter. In the winter I'd add anti-freeze. "Coolant" is a misnomer in that it actually keeps things a little warmer and doesn't disapate heat as well as just plain water.
So with a properly working thermostat, the engine should still reach the same, working operating temperature, but when things start getting hot, the WaterWetter will contribute noticably to keeping temps under the limit.
Having said all of that, I wasn't aware of any heat issues with the TE610. It's been really rare I even get the fan to kick on.
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Old 09-05-2008, 10:37 AM   #7534
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08 te610 stock battery quality question

situation:

riding tight technical singletrack and stalling the bike many times as the gearing is too high for tight tree banging. Basically walking speed for many miles.

question:

how good is the stock battery on these things for lots of restarts. Anyone have their battery just get tired on them and not get you restarted?

Being FI I doubt a kickstart would do any good.

Thanks.

BTW, the fan will come on and stay on in this type of riding. So I'll keep it on the bike and not remove it as some have done.
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Old 09-05-2008, 11:01 AM   #7535
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Most will tell ya that the stock battery sucks, and it has for most people I suppose. My '06 is still running on the stock (varta??) and have had no issues... I was riding pennsylvania gulch in Boulder last weekend, bike took a couple naps in the rocks and the battery had no issues restarting after cranking for a minute due to flooding...

I will replace it this winter though, for peace of mind.
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Old 09-05-2008, 11:20 AM   #7536
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situation:

riding tight technical singletrack and stalling the bike many times as the gearing is too high for tight tree banging. Basically walking speed for many miles.

question:

how good is the stock battery on these things for lots of restarts. Anyone have their battery just get tired on them and not get you restarted?

Being FI I doubt a kickstart would do any good.

Thanks.

BTW, the fan will come on and stay on in this type of riding. So I'll keep it on the bike and not remove it as some have done.
The battery has a tendency of going bad in a wink, little or no warning and usually when you are in the middle of nowhere. So either take your chances, push your luck and hope for the best or replace it.
Also, most have lowered the gearing some. Either a 14t counter sprocket or a 48 rear, same thing. Makes single track easier. Also, learn to use the clutch when needed to keep the revs up or the engine running in the tight stuff.
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:37 PM   #7537
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I spent the entire day enjoying some of Colorado's finest single track.

Yeah.. some of it was a bit gnarly on a big bike like the 610... but that just made it that much more of an adventure

Must be a nice place to ride where one can find free gear (like the helmet in this case). What else did you find there?
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:50 PM   #7538
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Aftermaket TE610 Seat Poll: Narrow or Comfy?

I delivered my TE610 to Corbin Seats yesterday for product development. Was chatting with them about the type of seat thye had in mind. They could have a narrow seat (very similar dimensions to the Renazco), like the one they have recently released for the TE450, or a wider one along the lines of the Bill Mayer seat shown here ealier.

The TE610 really attracts performance dirt riders coming from DRZ's, as well as fire road tourers coming from KLR's/DR's. So seat design could go either way. While theycould offer both styles of seats, they say it would require two molds.

So here is a poll, which MAY actually influence the product design:

Would you prefer a narrower Renazco shape seat, slightly wider than stock (about 8" at the widest part) like their newly released TE450 seat seen here?
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:55 PM   #7539
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Would you prefer a narrower Renazco shape seat, slightly wider than stock (about 8" at the widest part) like their newly released TE450 seat seen here?
My vote is for the narrow (a la Renazco) version. But ask them to make it light... not like the boat anchor Corbin seat currently on my wife's DR.
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:59 PM   #7540
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Corbins are comfortable, but I don't know why they're as heavy as a sack of bricks. My take is, if you don't do hours of road miles to get to the fun stuff, stay on the narrower side, but if, like me, you ride 3, 5, 8 hours to get the fun stuff, go as wide as you can get away with. Nothing worse than a 5 hour, ass-burning ride home on the road.
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:00 PM   #7541
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Or...

would you prefer something along the lines of the wider Mayer seat seen here?
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:03 PM   #7542
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If possible, so I can quickly and easily sift thru this and get the results to Corbin in the next couple of days, please limit your response to "narrower" or "wider".

I realise this will be like herding cats

But I need a quick poll result.
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:16 PM   #7543
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How about wider in the back and narrow in the front??
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:25 PM   #7544
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Uhmmmmm, look at the pix...they are both wider in the back an narrow at the front.

Tell ya'll what: I do not see a Poll function here, if you want input to the Corbin seat offering, send me a PM, I do not want this post to invade the thread.

And yes the Corbins are heavy, because they use a fiberglass pan. But you can order off the rack and still have your original seat. So myself, am keeping the light stock seat for local dirt days, and ordering one Mayer style for my dual-sport trips that i purchased the bike for.

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How about wider in the back and narrow in the front??
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:42 PM   #7545
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I figured you guys might get a kick out of some more of the single track pics from yesterday...

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