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Old 02-23-2012, 08:52 PM   #2881
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If you want one send me a pm and I will make a deal
Thanks Podge, will have a think about it & let you know in need.

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Old 02-23-2012, 11:11 PM   #2882
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I find mine are pretty good, as long as I spray the pivot bolt with INOX regularly (depending on how much rain/creeks/mud it's exposed to). Chain lube works too, but it's more messy.

I've been meaning to pull it apart to try a more permanent solution, but I can't be bothered.
thanks guys will pull it apart and have a look
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:15 AM   #2883
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Anyone running one of those lower temp thermo fan switches?

Is there any point in getting one or would it be just as beneficial to put a better/more efficient coolant in the bike instead?

any recommendations fella's?
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:55 AM   #2884
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If you're really worried, just put a manual switch in parallel with the thermo switch and turn it on if you really need it. When the motors not working hard just turn the bypass switch off. Do you really care if the fan is running more than required. The thermostat will still keep the motor at the correct temp unless temps are extreme

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Old 02-24-2012, 07:32 AM   #2885
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Anyone running one of those lower temp thermo fan switches?

Is there any point in getting one or would it be just as beneficial to put a better/more efficient coolant in the bike instead?

any recommendations fella's?
I am running the cooler temp thermofan switch. In the USA the switch costs about $40USD and it goes right in no hassle. I believe it is the switch from a Suzuki LTZ400 4 wheeler. The switch is a worthwhile investment.
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Old 02-24-2012, 11:52 AM   #2886
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The three of us that have just built the Rally Raid bikes have all put on the lower setting thermo switches because it seemed to be the consensus and Rally Raid UK sell them as part of all their 690 gear which means they have some evidence to say that others think they are worthwhile.
Kato runs a seperate manual switch on his instead so that he can turn the fan on when he wants to so either way seems good to me. I never ran the bike with the original switch to be able to compare.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:44 PM   #2887
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2nd 3rd gear mod

I have read about the 2nd 3rd gear mod. Whats that.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:46 PM   #2888
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I have read about the 2nd 3rd gear mod. Whats that.
Put an aftermarket pipe on get re mapped, end of 2nd and 3rd restrictor
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:56 PM   #2889
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Looks like there's some 690 stuff going on Ebay atm.

Mods please delete if I'm not allowed to say that
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:53 PM   #2890
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Anyone running one of those lower temp thermo fan switches?

Is there any point in getting one or would it be just as beneficial to put a better/more efficient coolant in the bike instead?

any recommendations fella's?
Nope, I'm just using the standard setup on my 690E. I've never had any heat issues, even when I would have had them on just about any other bike. For me, the fan rarely activates and when it does it always keeps the temp well under control.

Even with a radiator leak causing the thing to be only half full, it was still more than capable of keeping the temperature down.

Has anyone ever actually had their 690 overheat? Once I went trials riding, and we were a bike short, so I tried it on the 690 (at one point I was laying on my ass in 7 foot ditch with the bike on top of me...). The temp never went over the point where the fan activates, every now and then the fan would turn off for a minute or two.

When I had a battery issue once (left the light on...), I sat the bike parked for *ages* with the engine running (someone crashed and broke their arm). Didn't overheat then either.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:26 PM   #2891
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Looks like there's some 690 stuff going on Ebay atm.

Mods please delete if I'm not allowed to say that

There's a few parts from one that's been ON FIRE?? Is that the one?
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Old 02-26-2012, 11:17 PM   #2892
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There's a few parts from one that's been ON FIRE?? Is that the one?
Yep, that's the one
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:38 AM   #2893
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Hey fellas I just picked up a 690, just wondering what rear nobbys everyone runs. I'm thinking about a Michellin desert or something similar. Dunlop 908s are a bit to $$$
Any ideas?
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:22 AM   #2894
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Simpson Crossing and fuel

With this London to Sydney ride we are going to finish with an unassisted crossing of the Simpson via the French Line, west to east, Mount Dare to Birdsville.

On my 640, a couple of years ago I seem to recall using around 40 litres for the trip.

Does anyone have experience crossing the Simpson on 690s and if so, I would greatly appreciate advice on fuel usage. PM or public forum is ok by me.

Our bikes will be fitted with additional Rally Raid tanks that will take capacity to 27 litres, I think.....17 litres original, plus 2.5L x 2 on the front and a 5 L on the rear.


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Old 02-27-2012, 02:37 AM   #2895
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gday dawg
i met a cuppla 690s at almost the exact halfway point last year and they were using around the same as my dr
around 38 litres for 600 ks with flood bypasses
the sand was firm and easy going
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