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The Pooratech Thread
« on: November 17, 2007, 09:02:23 am »
It's time to start this one:

Please contribute all your modifications to your bikes which should qualify by a few criteria:

A cheap fix for a well known problem.
A cheap DIY fix instead of an expensive aftermarket solution.
The fix has to be ingenious in some way. DIY, abuse, modification.

Be innovative! Show us your tomato box paddock stand and your Coke bottle long range tank! Welcome to post links to existing threads.
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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2007, 09:40:11 am »
OK, I'll start:

The KLR T-mod:

The problem:

Wading through water more than 25cm deep blocks off an essential carburettor breather pipe and causes the bike to stall where you like it the least: In the middle of a river crossing.

The fix: The T-mod

You need:

About a metre of soft 5mm inner diameter PVC piping from the aquarium shop. R2.80
A 5mm irrigation T - piece (comes in packages of 2 for R 4.00)
3 small cable ties (optional, from the next electrician)

Tools: A side cutter and a pair of nose pliers.

How to do it:
Gain decent access to your carb by stripping side covers, radiator covers, seat, solenoid cover and tank.
Find a clear plastic pipe coming out of the left side of your carb above the petrol feed.
Pull it off and discard it.
Stretch one endof the aquarium pipe by inserting and spreading the nose pliers and fit onto the carb.
Run the pipe slightly downwards behind the solenoid and the frame tube and fit the T - piece.
Run a piece of PVC pipe from one branch of the T past the battery and ending next to the regulator / alternator. The second pipe runs down through the rubber ring on the breather tube and the wire pipe retainer bracket on the swingarm and ends together with the other breather and drain tubes.
Secure the pipes on the T with cable ties.

I will edit and add a picture later.

Total cost of modification: R6.80, material easily obtainable.
Easy to DIY, no special skills or tools required.

Effect: You can ride through water without problems up to the depth that will flood your airbox.
Be careful as soon as your front wheel is fully submerged :)

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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2007, 10:10:41 am »
12 volt powerpoint-great value,i simply bought a Hella female socket from Autozone,drilled a 12 mm hole in the black plastic cover that houses the sidestand mechanics ,just below the tank.Then an online 10amp fuse (also Autozone)from batt terminal ,an earth wire directly to the closest bolt.Works an absolute bomb for charging cellphones,cameras etc--all in all about R65.     
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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2007, 01:29:12 am »
Two pooratech items in one picture:

The Pooratech 10l long range tank. R 114 from 4x4 places plus a few bucks for tie downs and a filling nozzle.
This is already the larney steel version. If you want it really cheap you can also go for the plastic version.
It is a few Rand cheaper and has even less problems with leaking lids but more problems with fuel torching you bike after static electricity discharge.
You can also go for the hardcore adventurer traveller version (20l) but it might dent your passenger seat over time.

The pic. below also shows the Pooratech maintenance paddock stand. Thanks to its ingenious design it doubles up as a 14" tire lever and you can even get a polyamide sleeve to prevent scratches to your aluminium rims.
The set of two levers (from Gedore) was something around R 100 as far as I remember. The sleeves are R60 each. Both from your local automotive tool shop.
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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2007, 07:04:06 am »
Just helping Lecap out here - a picture of the plastic pooratech long(er) range tank, the 5L model, fitted on a KLR using a bungie cord found in garage.
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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2007, 09:37:48 am »
Speaking of bags..  :D

Pooratech Topbox  ;)
 

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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2007, 09:58:56 am »
Lecap, that's a real togbag, but thanks to you and Captain for the tip, I'll definitely be packing some black bags on my next trip.
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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2007, 10:39:32 am »
A black bag even makes a nifty rainsuit ;D
 

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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2007, 11:50:58 am »
Eeich CaptainSlow, I have seen taxi's on their way to Zimbabwe at Christmas time with less luggage on them!!! ;D ;D

Or to Moria

Bahahaha that was my first trip.. each time i take less stuff.

Don't worry Captain Slow, here a pic of how I packed on my first trip, phook I must have been insane.  ;D
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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #9 on: November 18, 2007, 03:28:11 pm »
Container  / Holder to store three tyre levers and axle removal tool
Need to be accessible and yet secure
They are all wrapped in a rag - so that nothing rattles
A bath chain prevents the lid from getting lost
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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2007, 03:43:29 pm »
Plothond that is a good mod...

That plate one the back?? Is it custom or standard.

It's a custom
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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2007, 10:45:08 am »
here's an idea - someone made that pooratech logo (i forget who) - perhaps we should make a sticker/decal using that logo, which we can all stick on our pooratech parts hahaha
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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2007, 10:51:16 am »
just a tip: if you use a plastic tank with overflow pipe like this
route the pipe to the side and not through the frame as you will need to replace the steering bearings sooner than necesary

otherwise just get the pitbike type short ones.

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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2007, 12:20:16 pm »
If your bike rack is shorter than the topbox baseplate. It must be extended to support the entire plate or the baseplate will crack. eg: is 1100 and 1150GS





Here is a picture of the Kappa product if you want to make your own



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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2007, 05:04:29 pm »
Made a rack for my bike.

Pipe R 50
Cutting R 50
Powder coating R 100

Cheaper than the kickass one from xrsonly. But its working

Also made a pooratech screen bracket. But thinking of getting a Kappa one as it will be a quick mounting option.
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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2007, 09:03:41 pm »
Pooratechs own wide footpegs  ;D



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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #16 on: November 21, 2007, 12:06:19 am »
I made some radiator protectors. I used alu plate (3mm), 20 mm holesaw and lots of Q20. Cost me around R100 but took hours to complete  :P The bike has gone down several times with no rad damage.

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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #17 on: November 21, 2007, 07:14:42 am »
Yislaaik boet you halved the size of the radiator exposure area... No heat problems?
 

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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #18 on: November 21, 2007, 08:11:25 am »
No been using this setup for three years, no problems even at very low speed stuff.
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Re: The Pooratech Thread
« Reply #19 on: November 21, 2007, 12:03:09 pm »
Radiator looks bigger than the KLR's. That's maybe why it works?
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