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Winter maintenance & mods

Finished up with some work on the V today:
1- Emissions canister removal
2- Thermo-Bob installation: Pretty straight forward after I miss cut the radiator hoses and had to order new ones
3- TB Vacuum hose mod: Just ran a crossover hose between the two TB's, hopefully it will be worth it.
4- Air box cleaning & inlet tube shortening: Rather than removing the tubes altogether like some have done (and most put back in after it being too loud) I just cut 2" off each tube. We will see...
5- Air filter cleaning: it was TERRIBLE DIRTY, luckily I can clean and re use it, rather than replace. Well done Kawasaki
6- Pre-screen install on air inlet holes: I wanted to do something to help block some of the dirt/mud/dust, etc that I ride thru here in AK. So I found some relatively inexpensive filter pre screens and cut them down and zip tied them to the rim of the openings. NOT the prettiest looking but who will see them, right!
7- Checked spark plugs: They looked fine for only having 6K miles on them
8- Wire harness & hose re routing: This was more of an OCD thing but I have noticed MANY places that the factory wire/cable/hose routing was less than optimal or made sense. I cut quite a few factory clips and cleaned things up. It was surprising how many wires were pinched or routed just wrong.
Here are some pictures of it all.
BTW Don't bother telling me my bike is dirty, I KNOW, and it will only get dirtier in the spring, so I'm not too worried. It's not a street queen or show bike. I'm perfectly comfortable riding it in this condition.

Thermo-Bob right side:


Emissions clean-up area:


Thermo-Bob left side:


Air box pre screens: Before

After:

That little fitting in between the air inlet holes is for what?

Oh, yeah my new rear tire came in!


The 5 pound weight loss....


Thermo-Bob bypass hose routing (away from the exhaust)


The mess, mid work:


The belly of the beast:


The DIRTY (on the inside) air box and filter:



Yeah that about covers it. Not a bad couple days work


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Great job Jeff. You are an inspiration. I need to do same as well as some other maint. The thermobob I want to do. You said you cut the hoses wrong the first time. It there a tricky part or was it just a uh-oh?

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Great job Jeff. You are an inspiration. I need to do same as well as some other maint. The thermobob I want to do. You said you cut the hoses wrong the first time. It there a tricky part or was it just a uh-oh?
Thanks for the kind words
The hose cutting was not tricky, just my stupidity and NOT reading the instructions correctly the FIRST time


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That's a great way to really get to know your bike!

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This is my post of issues/solutions I had installing a ThermoBob.
I sent him email so he knew what I experienced and to be aware of fitment issues.

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Jeff - FWIW - I just cleaned my air-filter after 16,xxx miles. It was MORE dirty than yours.


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Jeff - FWIW - I just cleaned my air-filter after 16,xxx miles. It was MORE dirty than yours.

YIKES!! Mine was dirtier that in the picture too. I shook out of all the loose stuff and banged it on the cement floor a couple times before thinking about taking the shot. I'm sure glad Kawasaki made the filter cleanable and reusable. Now the debate IF it can hold up to the conditions some of us off the beaten path riders put it through. The aftermarket filters might offer better minute particulate filtration? I'm hoping the pre screens help some.


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