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Archive through July 28, 2017Smorris30 07-28-17  11:28 am
         

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Tootal
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Yes. It keeps a lot of the heat from getting under the seat. Nobody needs their chestnuts roasting on an open fire!
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Hughlysses
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 - 01:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

After a few days of riding, I've noticed another advantage of the race ECM: easier hot starting. With the old ECM, the engine would occasionally kick back when starting after a stop, like after refueling. It might take a couple of tries to get it cranked. It's cranked smoothly and flawlessly every time since I installed the race ECM.
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Rkc00
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 - 08:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Installed the K&an and the new ECM. Did the TPS reset and started right up. Took a ride around the house a few times. So far so good
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Rkc00
Posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 02:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

so far the bike is running good

(Message edited by rkc00 on August 09, 2017)
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Rkc00
Posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 02:16 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Checking gas mileage tommorow
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Hughlysses
Posted on Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 02:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I just got back from 2 weeks riding twisties in western NC mountains. I probably averaged about 125 miles/day, and mileage was 45-47 MPG. That's a minor improvement over the stock ECM.
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Rkc00
Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 02:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

39 mpg for the first tank. Not much different. Seems to run nice though
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Rkc00
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 12:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Ok. Got to ride it last week at the WVBR. Runs good except I had the check engine light come on after getting on it with a WOT. light went off after 10 mins of riding. Bike ran fine during the time the engine light was on. This has never happened before to ECM change. Happened three times during the weekend. Ideas? I do not have any way to check codes
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Hughlysses
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 02:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

The most common failure that causes an intermittent check engine light seems to be a failed actuator for the exhaust valve; it's easy to check. Remove the outer airbox to expose the actuator which is mounted on top of the inner airbox. Flip the kill switch off. Turn the ignition switch on. Rotate the throttle grip wide open and hold it there. Now, while watching the actuator, flip the kill switch on.

The quadrant on top of the actuator should rotate counterclockwise to pull the cable to open the valve, pause, then rotate clockwise to close it. If it doesn't rotate, or if it moves jerkily or not very much, the gears are stripped and it should be replaced.

The latest version of the actuator has metal gears. Earlier versions had plastic gears and were prone to failure.
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Rkc00
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 02:50 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

How hard is it to replace?
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Hughlysses
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 03:20 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Easy. Unplug one electrical connector. Disconnect the cable to the exhaust valve. 3 screws to remove. Reverse to install.

The bike has MUCH stronger midrange when it's working properly.

Here's what it looks like. The cable and wires are already disconnected on this one and the bolts have been removed.
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Froggy
Posted on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 03:54 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I'll have to doublecheck mine, but if I recall right, the CEL for the exhaust actuator is disabled on that ECM. You can run the actuator and it will use it, but it will not throw a CEL if it fails or is removed like a stock ECM.

Mike, it only takes a minute to check the codes using a paperclip. I'd be leaning towards a VR issue based on my passed experience.

Here are the directions for checking the codes: http://www.badweatherbikers.com/cgibin/discus/show .cgi?142838/722928
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Rkc00
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Maybe I can check it tonight. Thanks for the help guys. I will get back to you.
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Smorris
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 01:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

IIRC, manual states do not rotate the actuator manually, it will ruin the gear inside. loosen the cable adjuster to remove the cable
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Rkc00
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 09:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Checked the actuator is working fine. Rode with the airbag cover off. It worked fine. No CEL with some hard pulls to WOT. Did not check for codes yet
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Rkc00
Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 09:30 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Got 45 MPG on the last tank of gas
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