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Old 04-25-2009, 12:18 AM   #46
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Dirty950 project

According to his latest ride report, it looks like the project was shelved, at least it not showing on his orange 950.
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Old 10-26-2009, 07:53 PM   #47
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Update

Been a while since on this thread and saw a few guys take some shots at my project, but no worries.
I've put many thousand miles on this bike since the rear tanks were added and have had zero issues with anything. I did reconfigure the muffler internals, as the bike was too quiet as pictured before. Quiet is good, but it needed a more robust sound, and it gets ridden in Baja so noise isn't much of an issue. It now sounds like Akras with the baffles removed.
My temporary skid plate is still in place which is embarrassing, but it's done a good job. For the amount of work this kit was, and as poorly as it fit, I expected some long term issues but I've had none.
Just thought I'd pass it along...
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:59 PM   #48
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Fucken awesome bike Larry!

I might do the same to my 990S one day.
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:22 AM   #49
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Greetings Larry,
Did you convey your fitment issues to African Queens?
If so, do you know if they made any changes to their kit?

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Old 11-18-2009, 02:20 AM   #50
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Greetings Larry,
Did you convey your fitment issues to African Queens?
If so, do you know if they made any changes to their kit?

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I did attempt to convey my fitment issues to African Queens. The challenge is that they speak German and I speak English. I went as far as to document each detail of what didn't fit and then I sent it to my German AND English speaking friend in Germany. He contacted African Queens and tried to tell them about the issues and they blew him off.
Pretty disappointing.
I'll never understand the exhaust system. The front and rear stock headpipes have the same size flange where they mate to the cylinders. My African Queens exhaust had two different flanges, both different in thickness and diameter. ??? African Queens told my German friend they were "supposed to be that way" but they didn't even fit inside the cylinder properly and one flange was so thick, the studs were too short to get nuts on them. It was so far off it was silly.
Once I cut the bad flanges off and machined flanges the same size as the stock KTM (which need to be that size to work with the exhaust gasket) and welded them to the African Queens headpipes, it worked fine.
I hope new kits are better, but I don't know. It was sad that African Queens would go to the trouble of designing a kit like this and then not care about a customer having major issues with fitment. Good designers, bad engineers, bad management.
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Old 11-18-2009, 05:53 AM   #51
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Is it a thing of beauty but I don't like the exhaust outside the swing-arm. Very prone to damage when you drop it.
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:45 AM   #52
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Nice freakin bike !
A question for you Larry, could you still put a back luggage plate on? It looks like the original 4 bolts are still used with the new tail section. Thoughts ?
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:44 AM   #53
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Nice freakin bike !
A question for you Larry, could you still put a back luggage plate on? It looks like the original 4 bolts are still used with the new tail section. Thoughts ?
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Thanks Deadly 99. It's been a few years now and the kit has held up beautifully, even with a few crashes.

Regarding the rear rack, I made a spacer to mount a plate used to hold a rear luggage piece I have. It uses the stock 4 bolts and you can't see it, but the stock KTM plate is beneath my luggage plate. The bike looks kind of silly with rear luggage, but my wife went with me on this ride and we needed it. The moment I got home, I took it off.

So yes, you can still put a back luggage plate on, but it takes some slight engineering to make it work. Unlike the stock rear fender set up, you need the weight of the luggage to be on the bolts themselves (and the sub-frame) and not on the fender. The fender is lightweight fiberglass and it would crack if you sandwiched it with a rack.

We only did mild off roading that trip, but the luggage worked great. Some day, I'll modify my racks for the side luggage. I have two Touratech aluminum bags and I'd like to be able to put them on again. This will be a bigger project, so for a quick fix, the single rear mounted luggage was a good solution.

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Old 06-14-2010, 01:53 PM   #54
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Perfect, thanks Larry. I'd be in the same boat, don't plan on it normally being on there but when going on trips it would be required. I use a Giant Loop Great Basin bag and looks like I should be able to get it on there as well, albeit it may take a bit of loving to make it fit. I'm still a couple of months away from purchasing the tanks and rear end unfortunately. I've got the exhaust figured out already though, so aside from a new hanger to work with the tanks/fender I should be good to go...

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Old 06-15-2010, 05:08 PM   #55
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Nice Bike!!!

I love the white, love the skid plate and love the exhaust. Nice work. How does that 2 into 1 sound? Did you make it yourself? Looks great.

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Old 06-15-2010, 07:03 PM   #56
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Thanks. Bought the exhaust from another inmate on the forums here (Flanny). It's an akro from an R1 Yammy. Db killer, etc removed. Sounds loud and proud :). Skid plate is a modified Black Dog.

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Old 06-15-2010, 07:25 PM   #57
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:13 PM   #58
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God that looks good in white.
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Old 06-16-2010, 10:09 AM   #59
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See FlannyMobile Extreme Makeover episodes 4 though about 12 for the pipe and skid plate fab.

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Old 05-18-2012, 09:17 PM   #60
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Long term report for anyone interested...

Well after many years and many off road miles, I finally cracked a tank. I had a good crash and now the right tank leaks. Ironically, I was in 1st gear. I did a water crossing and there was moss on the other side. I went down in 1/1000th of a second and cracked the right tank.

The next day, my mate shot this coming out of Mike's Sky Ranch in Baja.

If interested, here's the link:

http://youtu.be/W8xqVBRM4cE
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