The new loom from Track Electronics showed up. While I didn't take a before and after pic, these two might suffice...
With the temps still freakishly cold for this time of year, I have yet to start the bike and check the new koso gauge. However, by searching on forums, I did wire it up according to how others wired up their koso products (although not the identical gauge). By all accounts, it should work, but I need to wait and see for sure. You'll note I also have two additional idiot lights present. The red is wired into the oil pressure sender, and the green is for neutral. LED lightness, and I did test to see if the neutral goes on/off (it does), and the red oil temp comes on with the switch... I need to see it go off when I fire the bike up. I also purchased a "proper" mount for the lap timer. You can also see the RHS switch... jubilee clip is a safety to prevent the bike from actually being turned on and draining the battery.
The knock-on effect of upgrading and modifying is that often one thing leads to another. When I sold my Arrow Evo exhaust, I was going to run the Leo Vince system with the stock headers and wait until a set of Arrow headers came available. However, a new set for nearly 50% off showed up right away. I purchased them, incorrectly thinking that they would sit tight to the front of the engine, allowing the R6 rad to still be used. Unfortunately, no. In order to get the proper length, these tapered headers sit out from the front of the engine too far to allow for the R6 rad.... it would foul the front wheel on braking. So, in order to reap the HP benefits of the Arrow headers, I needed to revert back to a stock-sized rad. So in this case, I thought I'd really gamble and buy something from China.
... as you can see it is much thicker. This obviously accounts for the increased volume. I also picked up an aluminum threaded bung that will work with the koso sender, so I will drop the rad off at Cycleboyz this week so they can weld it in place. Based on the hole I drilled to make the bung fit, the aluminum is decently thick and not soft. I need to wait for some hoses to come in to mount it, as I ground off all the stock rad mounts (HAHA!) to make the R6 rad fit. I can likely come up with a lighter solution anyway.
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I've found with this bike, either due to my own desires for design, or the simple lack of readily available parts, nothing is ever a "bolt on" when it comes to performance parts. I really thought my quickshifter would be, however.