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Old 08-21-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Top Ifve mods/add-ons for 990 ADV?

After I picked up the 990 a few weeks ago I was in touch with buddy of mine in Vancouver who has a '06 ('07?? can't remeber) and asked him what he thought the top five must do's would be for the 990 Adventure.
His response was:

Add-ons? Well.. Paniers and rack for starters... I've got the stock Hepco and Becker plastics... they're actually quite phenomenal in terms of the beating they will take. They may not look as cool as the Aluminum, but they don't shred when you put the bike down and can be fixed with Duct Tape.
HID For sure... I'm super glad I upgraded the headlight on mine... the North American lights are Neutered compared to the European... the HID is a good way to grab some safety.
Crash bars for the front of the bike... I don't ride my bike as aggressively as I'd like to off-road because I worry about putting it down and not being able to afford to fix them.
Depending on how feel about the mapping on the bike, you can buy a Throttle Cam to smooth out the first little bit. Handy for around town.
HEATED VEST AND GRIPS!!! Now that you've got a bike that makes you want to drive nearly year round... get a heated vest and Grips so you can!
Depending on how much you want to push the bike off road, you can buy a kickstand re-locater, it moves the kickstand off of the outside of the engine... some guys who push their bike off road have torn the kickstand out of the Engine Case and well... that's expensive.
Also, there is an aftermarket kit that helps take about an hour of dicking around off of what will soon be the longest Oil Changes of your life. That's a nice to have.....

Wondering what others might have to add to that list.

Since winter will be here relatively soon (in my case anyway) I will have some down time to beef up the bike for next season, which I am planning to be as epic as I can afford to make it
That is unless this winter is unseasonably warm....in which case I won't have any down time
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:38 AM   #2
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Wings mufflers. Less weight, less heat, great sound. And a lot cheaper than Akro's.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:08 AM   #3
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...but the Akro's are soooo nice!

That said, I have been looking into a 2-1 system. Thinking that having that extra storage on long trips could come in handy....also thinking a single can on the back might make the arse a little less toasty on long hot days.

EDIT: Scratch that... just had a look at the Wings.....very nice....very interesting. Tx for the heads up
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:15 AM   #4
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...but the Akro's are soooo nice!
EDIT: Scratch that... just had a look at the Wings.....very nice....very interesting. Tx for the heads up
The Wings are made in the same factory...
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:35 AM   #5
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Congrats on the new money pit ....aside from the usual bling farkles here are a few things to seriously consider in order to make these pigs ridable...

1/Suspension, revalved & sprung....can't stress this enough.
2/Steering stabilizer w clamps for the sandy stuff.
3/ Strong tubeless rims (Woody's)...easier to repair on the fly.
4/ Recluse Clutch...never put your foot down when sitting on 500lbs
5/ 2into1 exhaust...room for extra storage or fuel.
6/ Soft luggage...love the Gobi's but they're too wide for highway stability.

....after you've drained your bank account with these upgrades tire choice won't be an issue at high speeds loaded up. Enjoy your endless late night Flea Market browsing.

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Old 08-21-2013, 10:58 AM   #6
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Must do mods

1. Supension spring replace and revalve
2. Side stand relocator bracket
3. Clutch slave replace with aftermarket
4. 2 into 1 with aftermarket exhaust and adventure spare gas tank - I have akropovic which works well for 2 into 1 but there are others.
5. Add studs on front mounting points of front engine guards.
Others - Uni Pre-filter - works well and is easy to remove clean replace - do it when I do oil changes., Oil change kit from CJ, water pump rebuild kit from CJ, remap throtle jerkiness if earlier 990s, Roxx risers, 908RR for rear tires, sprockets, Renazco seat, etc.

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Old 08-21-2013, 12:10 PM   #7
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Others - Uni Pre-filter - works well and is easy to remove clean replace - do it when I do oil changes., Oil change kit from CJ, water pump rebuild kit from CJ, remap throtle jerkiness if earlier 990s, Roxx risers, 908RR for rear tires, sprockets, Renazco seat, etc.

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Definitely considering the water pump kit.... the water pump my buddys 990 packed it in when he got to my Place in Rome.... but Im still doning my research on whats been imporved upon with the 2011 model. Kick stand relocate is also one of the first things I'll do.

As for the throttle jerk...must be older models as mines fine. Either that or I don't notice it as Im coming from the Ducati 748 and the 996 SPS...you definitely learn real quick to be smooth on the throttle with those things... almost fell off my 748 the first time I rode it!
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:13 PM   #8
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As for the Suspension revalve and spring replacement....any particular reason why? Are they prone to Shitting the bed when you need em most?
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:31 PM   #9
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[QUOTE]As for the Suspension revalve and spring replacement....any particular reason why? Are they prone to Shitting the bed when you need em most?/QUOTE]

Front fork springs are too soft. Bike behaves sooo much better in the dirt with stiffer springs. Haven't touched the rear shock as it is good for me.

Don't forget a good tank bag.
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Old 08-21-2013, 12:48 PM   #10
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1/Suspension, revalved & sprung....can't stress this enough.
2/Steering stabilizer w clamps for the sandy stuff.
3/ Strong tubeless rims (Woody's)...easier to repair on the fly.
4/ Recluse Clutch...never put your foot down when sitting on 500lbs
5/ 2into1 exhaust...room for extra storage or fuel.

Nailed it!
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:55 PM   #11
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Sidestand relocator to save the engine!!!!!

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Old 08-21-2013, 03:06 PM   #12
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Suspension re-spring/re-valve: Never met a bike that didnt need the suspension tuned for the individual rider.

Proper skid plate: No explanation necessary

Side stand relocator: see above

Rekluse: Some folks like the Rekluse, others don't. Its a personal preference, but it makes the 500 lb beast way easier to handle in the rock gardens or in any slow technical terrain.

Scotts stabilizer: The bike tends to get ridden fast in off road conditions. Will guard against tank slappers that would otherwise result in intense pain.

Essential mods are an individual thing, and there are a lot of other mods I like as well, but these are my top 5 for how I use the bike.

Others to consider:

Excel A60 front wheel with oversized spokes

CJ's water pump kit

Cut down stock wind screen to get your helmet in clean air
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:46 PM   #13
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anyone know the price of the woody rims?
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:39 PM   #14
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Speaking of Woody rims... I was under the impression going tubeless on the front was a bit of an Iffy mod for any sort of serious off road use. Something about the bead not sitting secure enough? I'd definitely want to do the rear.... more expensive tires though
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As for the Suspension revalve and spring replacement....any particular reason why? Are they prone to Shitting the bed when you need em most?/QUOTE]

Front fork springs are too soft. Bike behaves sooo much better in the dirt with stiffer springs. Haven't touched the rear shock as it is good for me.

Don't forget a good tank bag.
Hmmm... Yeah....I've been finding the front forks a bit soft under hard breaking...thought it was just me coming off sport bikes.

Also agree totally on the damper....heard it'll basically save you from dropping the bike in the soft stuff.
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