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PostSubject: Suggestions for first upgrades?   Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:15 pm

Hey all,
I'm new to riding and new to the TW. I have an '03 that is completey stock except for a cycleracks rear rack. What should be my first upgrades?

I'm also a pretty big guy and would like to be able to get a little more power out of this what should be the first upgrade I try for that?

If you guys have some ideas I would love to hear them.

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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions for first upgrades?   Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:00 pm

There are so many options when it comes to upgrading or improving the TW. I'm not an engine guy, so I'll leave the suggestions to those that have done that type of thing.

Some of the minor upgrades I have seen that are reasonable in cost: different handlebars or adding handlebar risers, larger foot pegs, D2 motors is one suggestion and you can get them from this site http://www.d2moto.com/p-6736-yamaha-pw-50-80-tw-200-foot-pegs.aspx, plus I have seen them on ebay for the same price. I have yet to get a pair, but am going too. I hear they are a real plus. Many upgrade the front tire, lot of different options. Most do not like the stock front and look for a change.

Some other riders do some more radical changes to the front suspension and raising the front fender. Another upgrade is adding a trail tech speedometer/tachometer/temp gauge combination. I'll be doing the Vapor model, other models are available.

From what I hear from the folks who have gotten the front fork rack, maybe not worth it. Apparently if you put much on, it blocks the front headlight.

Of course there are many, many options available, but this should get your mind a-thinkin.
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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions for first upgrades?   Mon Aug 23, 2010 9:30 pm

Sounds good, the link to the foot pegs did not work but I will look them up. I have heard the ones on ebay require some modification. I'm not sure how much a simple bolt on is worth over the headache of modifying.

I was also looking at grip heaters and barkbuster. you have any ideas on ones that work well?

Thanks for the info

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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions for first upgrades?   Tue Aug 24, 2010 7:41 am

Lots of folks have used those footpegs and it seems the mod is pretty easy to deal with. A few folks have expressed interest in grip heaters, but it seems the cautionary note here is amperage draw. The TW has a modest elect. system and may not handle the heaters with all the lights on. I pretty much only ride during the day, I installed an additional switch so I can turn the headlite off when on the trail. I think that would help in making power available for the heaters, but then, if you are on the road with cars, keeping those lights on is important. Gerry

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PostSubject: Oversized foot pegs from China / eBay   Wed Aug 25, 2010 2:52 pm

I just put the information on a vendor for the d2moto style oversized pegs, as well as install pics, in the modification section of this forum. I am very happy with these, as are the others who have purchased them recently. http://tw200.forumotion.com/oh-those-sweet-mods-f9/oversized-foot-pegs-from-china-ebay-t177.htm

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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions for first upgrades?   Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:28 pm

All the info is great. I will do some more checking before I go with grip heaters. Is there any one brand of barkbusters that seem to work good, or is it just personal preference?

Keep the ideas coming, please.

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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions for first upgrades?   Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:39 pm

Mudpuppy, that link was awesome and the pictures were excellent. I am going to order those pegs tonight.

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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions for first upgrades?   Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:03 am

im sure you have already considered it by now but if you are looking for more power you may want to change sprocket size in the rear sprocket. it wont change the power of the engine but it will change how you use what you have. for topend speed or bottom end pull there are threads on this site and the other one www.tw200forum.com that will help you decide which way to go. it is fairly inexpensive to change sprockets and a good job to get started with on your new to you tw. there have been claims that installing a web camshaft is a good performance mod. i have been considering looking deeper into this one myself.
i hope this helps.
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p.s. i hope it was ok to plug the other forum here.
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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions for first upgrades?   Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:30 pm

Thanks Shawn,
I was looking into swapping gears. I don't want to loose any low end trail ability. I hope to get some trail miles this month and get a better idea of what I can do with the bike.

I will look into the cam as well.

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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions for first upgrades?   Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:03 pm

I would definately advise some kind of hand guards. bark busters are good, the downside to them is that if you crash and your arm goes over the bars the guards can break your arm. a Jimbo shield is nice if you do any street riding and will not interfere with offroading. grip heaters will work, but you will need to reduce the current draw of your lighting system. I replaced my front turn/running lightbulbs and dash bulbs with led's and converted the headlight to HID which probably dropped the running load by 3-4 amps. With the HID being a single beam bulb i can run with the headlight off while offroad which is another 3 amp reduction. Also the HID gives off about 3 times the light as the stock bulb. As for more power I'd say forget about it. A pipe and jetting will perk it up a little, but after all it's only a 200 cc bike and i haven't found anywhere mine won't go so far. woof
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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions for first upgrades?   Mon Jul 04, 2011 12:44 pm

Woofhound,

can i get some info about you light conversion (LED/HID)? I have been wanting to do this but unsure about doing it. do you consider it "worth it" or not and who did you go through to get the lights? thank you,

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PostSubject: Re: Suggestions for first upgrades?   Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:47 pm

Rejet(main) and adjust the pilot screw about 2-2.5 turns out....just this alone will make a big difference...all machines come from the factory lean as can be....per the EPA regulations....machines run hotter,more energy is actually used....hmmmm,they are trying to accomplish what exactly?.We know.
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