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  1. 3 points
    In an effort to beat the coming Florida summer heat, I installed CV4 silicone radiator hoses and a CV4 2.0 bar radiator cap on my 2019 Yamaha YZ450F. Most of my time is spent riding slow to moderate speed wooded trails with lots of whoops and deep sand. These conditions can really heat up the big 4-stroke that was designed for MX and doesn’t use a radiator fan. Love shop time with a buddy installing cool parts! Installation is the same as OE with basic hand tools. Instructions aren’t included, but it really is self-explanatory. All the radiator hoses lined up accurately and were the correct length. Be sure to orient the included hose clamps in a way that minimizes snagging on trail brush. Installation of CV4 Radiator Hose Kits is a breeze & a good time to check coolant condition. Compared to the OE radiator hoses, CV4 hoses are significantly thicker and use noticeably more reinforcement fibers. Stock Yamaha radiator hose vs. CV4 silicone. Even the CV4 hose clamps are better than stock. Made in Germany, unlike the OE clamps, the edges are slightly curved away from the hose to prevent digging in. Also, the clamp threads protrude outward for the same purpose. Small, but well thought out details! CV4 Silicone Hose Kits fit perfectly and use HQ clamps. What advantages does silicone have over rubber radiator hoses? Silicone is more heat resistant, maintaining material integrity & thickness when hot. Silicone is more durable to abrason. Silicone stays pliable over time and doesn’t melt/stick to OE metal fittings, making removal & reassemble over time easier. For applications with an OE Y junction that use a plastic coupler, one-piece silicone Y-hose specific kits eliminate failure prone couplers, decrease install/assembly time and have more efficient coolant flow through the Y junction. I chose red colored radiator hoses because I thought that they would look cool, but they actually do run cooler. We all know that black reflects the least amount of sunlight, absorbing more heat. Compare how hot a black vinyl seat gets sitting in the sun vs. a colored seat and you know what I am talking about! I won’t tell you that I can measure its effect on coolant temps, but if it makes just a one degree difference, bonus! CV4 high pressure radiator cap increases coolant boiling point for extra margin in extreme conditions. Bottom-line, CV4 silicone radiator hoses & high pressure radiator cap fit like OE, the hoses are more durable & have a longer service life, the higher pressure radiator cap gives me a bit more margin before boiling and the red color pop makes me smile. None of these parts will solve an overheating issue because of an improperly jetted bike or mud clogged radiators in slow, clutch abusing race conditions. They’re more about giving you a bit of extra margin in more extreme conditions while giving your bike a “Factory” look. Buttoned up and ready to ride!
  2. 1 point
    Super comfy and well built. Extra layer of Clarino at thumb and side of index finger to reduce blistering. Wider neoprene wrist cuff nicely tucks inside jersey sleeve and makes for a nice place to grab when sliding them on. Well ventilated (sides of the fingers and palm). Silicone "100%" printing on palm adds some additional grip. D3O armor in the knuckle area offers some protection w/o adding any real weight or reducing dexterity. Magnetic thread in the index finger & thumb so you can still operate touch screen devices. I've never used 100% gloves previously, but I really like their Cognito gloves. Unless they wear out or fall apart prematurely, this might be my go to glove.
  3. 1 point
    KTM 690 Enduro R Feels good, power improved across the entire powerband. Snappier throttle response.
  4. 1 point
    The Fisch Moto modular spark arrestor kit is an elegant solution for adding a spark arrestor to an OEM exhaust or just about any round core silencer (2 or 4 stroke). The Fisch Moto Spark Arrestor is a complete kit and comes ready-to-install. I installed the "KIT 30" version which fits inside the 30mm outlet on my 2019 Yamaha YZ450F exhaust . Check the Fisch Moto website for measurements of the five different kits. The kit comes complete, ready for installation with set screws, hex key and Loctite threadlock. The spark arrestor body is precision machined from stainless steel and is a very attractive part that fit perfectly inside the OEM exhaust. In fact, it is such a precise fit that I had to clean the carbon out of the opening and polish it a bit before it would slide in without a bit of force. It fits snugly with pretty much no play and is secured in place with 3 hex head set screws. With a clean exhaust core, installation is just a couple of minutes. . The Fisch Moto Spark Arrestor actually dressed up the stock silencer on my YZ450F. I ran my bike with the "Hard Hitting" and "Travis Preston" engine maps and could not detect any performance degradation according to my seat-of-the-pants dyno. Granted, my bike has nearly 60 HP, so noticing a decrease in power would be more difficult than on a 250F. I also didn't notice any real changes in sound level, whether it was idling in my shop or wide-open on the track and trails. For all intents and purposes, the the Fisch Moto spark arrestor is transparent and doesn't affect exhaust flow at any significant level. On the 2019 YZ450F, Yamaha did an excellent job with the exhaust design. From what I have read, not many aftermarket exhaust systems provide any meaningful performance benefit without negatively affecting some part of the power curve. The Fisch Moto spark arrestor preserves the power delivery characteristics of the bike that I like with the added bonus of being spark arrested when I hit the trails. PROS 👍 Ready-to-install kit, complete with wrench & threadlock. Quick & easy installation/removal w/o removal of silencer end-cap. HQ fit & finish w/ little to no performance hit. More affordable than complete spark arrestor end-caps or a new slip-on. Cons 👎 As of my review, Fisch Moto only has verbal approval from the USFS. They plan to make a downloadable copy of the written approval available on their website for current owners and future spark arrestors will be laser etched with this approval. From packaging to product, a HQ product. The easy to access angle of the set screws and included tool make installation and removal a no drama affair. Dresses up the plain Jane OE silencer a bit.
  5. 1 point
    I have been using the Smartcarb on my 14 KTM 300 XC-W for the last 2 months and this carb just rocks! It amazes me that the bike runs as well at 4,500 ft as it does at 9,500 ft in elevation. The increased gas mileage, and the more linear power band are other side benefits! I ended up ordering a 2nd Smartcarb for my son's 2001 300 EXC. My son say's it runs better than it ever has since we have owned it. Highly recommended!
  6. 1 point
    What is it? The Technology Elevated SmartCarb is a carburetor capable of self-compensating for changes in ambient air density. Put another way, the carburetor automatically alters the mixture when there are changes in temperature and altitude. This functionality eliminates the need to continuously adjust jetting throughout the riding season or when riding at locations with varying elevation. Technology Elevated also boasts that the carburetor improves fuel atomization which leads to increased power, better fuel economy, and reduced emissions. First Impressions The SmartCarb arrived in an elegantly constructed box which ensured it would not get banged around in transit. The SmartCarb itself consisted of cast and billet machined components and came with everything required for installation. Also included was a nice instruction booklet with nearly 60 pages of installation and tuning detail, an extra float bowl gasket, and Technology Elevated stickers. Lastly, on the back of the instruction booklet, all the factory settings were recorded so the customer can revert back to the baseline settings at any time. Applications Anyone with a two or four-stroke carbureted engine could have a reason for considering the Smartcarb. The carburetor could be especially useful for riders who routinely transition through varying elevations or ride in places with large temperature swings since the carburetor automatically adjusts for changes in ambient air density. The Setup I installed the 38mm SmartCarb on the bike I race hare scrambles with, which is a 2007 Yamaha YZ250. The engine is equipped with an FMF Fatty pipe, Rekluse clutch, and weighted flywheel. Apart from these items the engine is stock. The engine was recently rebuilt this past winter and at the time of installation it had 14 hours on it. Installation Installation was easy and the necessary instructions were clearly outlined in the instruction booklet. Anyone capable of performing basic maintenance on their vehicle will be able to tackle this project. During the installation process there were no noteworthy issues or challenges and in total, installation took around an hour. Initial Tuning The design of the SmartCarb and provided installation booklet attempt to make tuning the carburetor as easy as possible. The SmartCarb is designed so that the user only has to tune the idle and low speed fuel/air mixture. The rest of the tuning parameters are set up at the factory and are tailored to the user’s specific make and model of engine. Two easily adjustable features on the SmartCarb can be utilized to make alterations. The idle set screw is used to raise or lower the slide and allows more or less airflow through the carburetor. The clicker adjuster raises or lowers the fuel metering rod which increases or decreases the amount of fuel that flows into the venturi. The idle set screw is simply turned clockwise or counterclockwise to make adjustments. In order to adjust the fuel metering rod with the clicker adjuster, the engine must be off and the throttle must be held wide open. The clicker adjuster can then be depressed and turned until it engages with the metering rod, at which point, the metering rod height can be raised or lowered depending on the direction the clicker is turned. The tuning instructions and recommendations presented in the instruction booklet are thorough, detailed, and laid out in a way that makes them easy to follow. For the sake of the review, I attempted to set aside my personal tuning experience and perform the process as a relative newbie, relying primarily on the provided instructions to make tuning decisions. I spent an afternoon carefully studying the tuning instructions and test riding the bike before I was satisfied with the state of tune of my Yamaha. While my overall impression of the tuning instructions is favorable, I did feel in some instances the instructions were too literal. Once I got the low-speed mixture dialed in the engine ran excellent. Power delivery was smooth, the engine sounded good, and there were no signs of rich or lean conditions anywhere throughout the throttle range. After accumulating enough runtime to feel comfortable that a spark plug reading would result in an accurate assessment I pulled the plug and took a look.The spark plug confirmed what my senses and past experiences have told me was a properly jetted two-stroke engine. In Action I have spent around 15 hours of riding and racing my bike with the SmartCarb installed. Initially, I set the carburetor up on an 80°F day and have ridden in temperatures as high as 93°F and as low as 45°F. I participated in five races, each of which had different types of soil conditions, which subsequently loaded the engine differently. Most notably, in the last two races I participated in, the courses were littered with deep sand which caused the engine to run hotter than normal. After my first tuning session I anticipated some adjustment may be necessary once I really put the bike through its paces. The first race was a good test for it and led me to make further clicker and idle adjustments. I found that when tuning it is very important to tune in race like conditions and keep the engine up at operating temperature. The biggest challenge I faced with the SmartCarb was maintaining a consistent idle. This may sound alarming, however, there is a caveat to this. The Rekluse clutch I have installed puts more load on the engine and has an impact on how the engine runs at idle and low speed. I have been working with Corey Dyess, the founder of Technology Elevated, throughout this review to work through this tuning anomaly. Taking his advice I have been able to significantly improve the situation by making small changes to the SmartCarb settings and am now operating in a much better place. We believe we may be able to improve the tune further by installing a fuel metering rod with a different profile, however, at the time of writing, this change has not been implemented. Throughout the race season, apart from the noted idle issue, performance has been spot on. The engine has run great and I never experienced any abnormal mixture conditions. Due to the heavy load deep sand puts on engines I did have to slightly richen my mixture in the last race of the season to compensate, which wasn’t necessarily unexpected. All-in-all I was extremely pleased with the low/mid/top end performance of this carburetor and loved having near perfect jetting in all atmospheric conditions. Pros 👍 Excellent state of tune through RPM range Compensates for changes in ambient air density Clicker adjuster makes it easy to qualify how much adjustment is occurring Factory settings are recorded on the back of the instruction booklet Customer support is great Can be tuned with no tools Can be tuned in place on the bike even with an oversized fuel tank installed Minimal adjustments required after installation Cons Tuning instructions cannot be taken too literally Conclusion The Technology Elevated SmartCarb is a good option for anyone looking for a carburetor that auto compensates for changing ambient air density. While I was unable to work all the small tuning details out pertaining to my specific setup prior to concluding this review I am still impressed by the SmartCarb. The fact that jets no longer need to be swapped out whenever conditions change and that the carburetor is extremely easy to adjust is great. Factory support is excellent, Corey is very knowledgeable about his carburetor, and he is willing to help optimize specific engine setups. I am a fan of this carburetor and believe that it could be beneficial to a lot of riders, assuming they are willing to take the time to dial it in.
  7. 1 point
    With manufacturers going further to make their bikes lighter, the question of durability is being asked more and more. One area for saving weight can be found in the foot pegs. From shaving material, or using exotic metals, a pound + can easily be removed. But, at what cost? Durability? I've broken steel foot pegs on a later model KTM and even stock Ti Yamaha units. After 60+hrs of abuse and 4 races, here's what I learned about the new IMS Core Enduro Foot Pegs... PRODUCT OVERVIEW Made from cast 17-4 stainless steel, using a patented mud relief design, IMS put function & durability before weight savings. The IMS Core pegs come in a medium-to-sharper tooth design. Sharp enough to keep your feet planted but not enough to have you replacing boot soles on a regular basis. There is no fancy anodizing or removable teeth, just straight up foot peg! Best of all is the LIFETIME WARRANTY! Break these foot pegs and IMS will replace them, no questions asked. INSTALLATION Installation is simple, taking 10-15 minutes with basic hand tools. You'll reuse the OE foot peg pins, springs and cotter pins. PERFORMANCE Design-wise, the IMS Core Enduro Foot Pegs look nearly identical to stock '16+ KTM foot pegs, but better. Overall the footprint is slightly wider, but I would mostly attribute that to more material being used. Overall, I'd say that the IMS is nearly 3x thicker with a weight penalty of just under .5lbs for the pair. In terms of their finish, dare I say raw? No purdy anodized colors or over polishing, just little shine on the outside edge with the IMS logo and foot peg model tastefully etched in. The Core Enduro Foot Peg is all business! No welds or fasteners, just a simple & strong one-piece design. The standard teeth are sharp, but not razor sharp with an outer edge that is slightly higher for more support and grip. When it comes to riding, the IMS Core Enduro Foot Pegs are on point. Riding for fun, practice, or racing, knowing that these IMS foot pegs can take the abuse you'll dish out inspires confidence. If you have ever raced use foam mousse, the feeling is the same; abuse it and never think twice. In one of my races, I rode in some of the worst conditions possible; lots of mud, snow, roots, and rock faces. It was by far one of the most brutal races I've done in years. The foot pegs held strong and offered excellent performance. In terms of overall grip, I didn't feel a noticeable improvement over the stock foot pegs. The stock pegs have been very good in this area. I did find on two occasions over the 40+hrs of testing that my foot hooked on the outer teeth when trying to get my foot off. Neither incident resulted in a crash, just something I noted. The foot pegs did not interfere with operation of the rear brake or shifter in any way and neither needed adjustment to play nice with the IMS foot pegs. MONK'S BOTTOM-LINE IMS Core Enduro Foot Pegs are a no frills, no gimmicks product built with performance and durability in mind and little more. Yes, you have the .5lb weight penalty but I chalk it up as a 1/2lb. of added durability. Toss in the lifetime, no questions asked warranty and you've got one of the best replacement foot pegs offered. I also found the IMS Core Enduro Foot Pegs to be favorably priced when looking at competitive offerings. I tip my hat to IMS for keeping these foot pegs simple, but better than stock. If you are someone who has a habit of riding tough terrain where a broken foot peg could send you back to the truck early, you really need to look at the IMS Enduro Core Foot Pegs.
  8. 0 points
    I buy aftermarket hoses for one reason...get that thermostat outta my xc-w!
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