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  1. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    I’m correcting the instructions and am reposting here now that I have completed the headlight installation. Here are the parts I used to install the headlight on my TT-R230E. I will also try to explain how I wired it. I used this headlight: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F192131323272 This switch: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F112786576886 I used this LED bulb to replace the 35-watt standard halogen bulb that came with it. It is rated at 18 watts and cheap enough that I can easily replace it if I need something a bit brighter. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F192747965477 Here is the harness kit I used to make sure the wiring was clean: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FCLGF3T/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_b81kDbEG9G2SS I tapped into the power at the ignition switch, which ensures you are not draining the battery unless the ignition switch is on. The positive power lead is drawn from the light brown wire coming out of the bottom of the ignition harness (the wire is black/red on top of the harness). Here is a photo of the wire tap on that wire: The negative lead is simply grounded to the chassis - I used the screw under the ignition switch: Here is the wiring diagram for the switch: Here is my attempt at explaining how to connect it up: 1) the wires from the LED strips on the headlights get connected directly to the positive and negative power leads from the harness splice. This ensures they turn on when the ignition is on. 2) The red and green leads from the the switch are connected to the positive power lead from the harness splice. 3) The black wire from the switch and the black wire from the headlight are connected to the negative lead. 4) The low beam wire from the headlight (white wire) is connected to the white wire (low beam) from the switch. I also connected the high beam lead (light blue) from the headlight so the high beam is on all the time - since this is just for trail riding, I’m maximizing the brightness. 5) The blue wire from the switch is not used in this application, along with the “city light” wire from the headlight (tiny incandescent bulb that you can wire up or not - wire it like the LED strips if you want it on as a running light.) Here are a few photos of the harnesses I used to clean up the wiring. Basically, Bike connections are on one side, and the headlight is on the other. This one is for the USB port and voltmeter in case I change it out at some point - I didn’t want to have to re-solder - I can just connect a harness to the new one and plug it in. Here is the finished product in action:
  2. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    OK... so I tested it today and had one of those “DOH!” Moments. So you know how you cannot start the bike if it is in gear and the clutch is not in? Well, it accomplishes this by cutting power to the starter.... and all of my electronics! HaHa! Other than that, everything worked and is not outdrawing the stator output, which is good. I just have to find another power source. My plan is to tap in at the ignition harness when I get a chance, which should be a constant power source. I wanted to make sure to post that quick update before anyone started pulling their bike apart!
  3. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    Here are the parts I used to install the headlight on my TT-R230E. I will also try to explain how I wired it. I used this headlight: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F192131323272 This switch: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F112786576886 I used this LED bulb to replace the 35-watt standard halogen bulb that came with it. It is rated at 18 watts and cheap enough that I can easily replace it if I need something a bit brighter. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F192747965477 I have also ordered wiring harnesses from Amazon to clean all the wiring up and make it more solid, but everything is wired up temporarily for now. Here is the harness kit on its way: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FCLGF3T/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_b81kDbEG9G2SS I tapped into the power that runs to the starter button, which ensures you are not draining the battery unless the ignition switch is on. (EDIT/UPDATE: don’t tap in here - power is cut if the clutch is not in when it’s in gear, so you need to tap in at the ignition switch itself or at another constant power source.) You just remove the plug, strip/bend wires so they tap into the connection, and reinsert the plug. I used two short wires that I could connect my electrical to (the USB port/voltmeter is wired here as well) rather than try to shove all the wires in one spot. Note that the wire with the stripe is positive and the solid wire is negative. Here is the harness and you can see my spliced red wire sticking out the side: Here is what I used for right now to connect the wires... As mentioned above, I have ordered actual automotive wiring harnesses to clean up all this, but for now this works. Here is the wiring diagram for the switch: Here is my attempt at explaining how to connect it up: 1) the wires from the LED strips on the headlights get connected directly to the positive and negative power leads from the harness splice. This ensures they turn on when the ignition is on. 2) The red and green leads from the the switch are connected to the positive power lead from the harness splice. 3) The black wire from the switch and the black wire from the headlight are connected to the negative lead from the harness splice. 4) The low beam wire from the headlight (white wire) is connected to the white wire (low beam) from the switch. You could also connect the high beam lead (light blue) from the headlight here if you want the high beam on all the time. I did not, but whether or not you want to do this may depend on the bulb you use. I may try it that way later to see. 5) The blue wire from the switch is not used along with the “city light” wire from the headlight (tiny incandescent bulb that you can wire up or not - wire it like the LED strips if you want it on as a running light.) I think that’s it. Happy to answer any questions, and I might post a follow up once I get the wiring done more securely.
  4. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    I installed a headlight tonight, which finally arrived from China. I also got a small lighted switch for turning them on and off, and I replaced the standard halogen bulb with an 18-watt LED one. Certainly not DOT-approved... just wanting some extra light for when the sun gets low. Very happy with the results, especially since the whole thing was less than $50 shipped (thanks eBay... and China). A few pics: The headlight not switched on: With the ignition on and the running lights on: With the switch on: Up close: The switch: Bike off:
  5. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    Come on out! Beautiful bikes you have there!
  6. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    Love it! Note that Rocky Mountain has the gear shifts to fit all models - you can enter in your bike and it will show you what fits. I got one for the 50, 110, and 125, and they were all different part numbers. The link I posted was for the 110, but they have them all, and they are all the same price. Well made and seem like they will hold up - very pleased so far.
  7. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    Thanks! I did get the Tusk lever for the 110 also to preempt the inevitable bending that would no doubt occur one day. Got them from Rocky Mountain ATV: https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/parts/tusk-folding-shift-lever-p?v=13651 I'm definitely going to have to look into this for the 125. Thanks!
  8. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    Installed Hour meters on all the bikes - thanks again for the recommendations. I ended up getting ones with tachometers for the two bigger bikes - nice to have. I also added a phone mount (Amazon) and USB outlet with voltmeter (eBay from China) so I can keep my phone charged and also monitor if the draw is too much for the bike’s battery. I am also planning to add a headlight with low-wattage LED bulb to try to keep the draw under 35 watts as I’ve read you don’t want to exceed that on these bikes or you drain the battery. Went out riding over the weekend here in Colorado at a ranch owned by some relatives. Quick shot of the TTR230. You can see Pike’s Peak just over the front fender...
  9. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    Quick update - I did add inexpensive handguards to all of the bikes and replaced a few bits that were previously damaged/bent (shift levers on the three smallest bikes, clutch/brake levers on the 125, and a few other blingy parts). FYI, the hanguards are great - less than $20/pr on Amazon and installation was easy. They have been solid and have already saved some broken levers!
  10. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    Thanks for all the tips... lots of great practical wisdom here for keeping the kids happy! That is my goal too, and so far, so good. Lots of fun being had when we go out. I already got some good helmets, goggles, and gloves. The boots they are using are not great, and we still need good armor (chest protectors, knee & elbow protection, etc.) as well as mx pants and tops. The 230 is great for me and I likely don’t need to upgrade, but my 13 year old is almost 5’10”, so he will have outgrown the 125 just due to size likely by next year. I will definitely look into the YZ250X when I look for my replacement - sweet bike! I started looking into hour meters after your recommendation - any ones you recommend? How do the rekluse clutches work in practical use? Sounds like that is definitely what my wife would need (if I can get her out!) That is the trailer I have - it really is awesome, and the 50 fits easily behind the other bikes as you can see in my photo - with room to spare. I actually think the 110 won’t have a problem fitting across the back either, even with another big bike in the main rails. The 50 is actually small enough to fit between two bikes (the previous owner loaded them this way, though they touch in this configuration), so it is conceivable that you could fit 5. I haven’t “test-fit” them yet, but I think it’s doable. I will have to test it out at some point with another “big bike” and will report how it goes. Thanks again everyone for all the tips and advice - super helpful for a newb like me!
  11. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    That’s so much fun... I wish I could get me wife out riding. I’m hoping that perhaps next year when my son is ready for the TTR230, I can get my wife on his TTR125, and I will get a 250 or 450 for myself. My younger ones should be good for another season or two on theirs... hopefully. This week (maybe tomorrow) I’m going to take them out to Rampart Range here in Colorado, for which the trailhead is about 25 min from our house and has 150+ miles of mountain trails. I’ve done my research and am going stay on easy trails while they continue to develop their skills. We were going to go today, but I read that the weekend traffic can be obnoxious (and dangerous) since the trails are two-way and not everyone is very aware of others. We will see how it goes... should be fun! Anyone have any experience there?
  12. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    Thanks! These are such great bikes - we have been having a blast riding them all. I did change the oil on all the bikes, and the 50 & 110 looked like brand new oil. The bigger bikes were a little more used, but still pretty new looking. We’ve almost certainly put more hours on them in the last few weeks than their entire life spans to this point. So. Much. Fun. They are all running great, and I love how easy they are to work on. Mostly, they are just such a blast to ride!
  13. Selahvie

    New TTR Owner - 230/125/110/50 for the whole family!

    Thank you all for the helpful replies! I did not get manuals, but I did find the PDFs online, so I’m good there. I also picked up the supplies to change the oil on all 4 as well as clean the air filters, I will also check the chain tension and other cables as well while I’m at it - that’s a great tip. Thanks again!
  14. I’m a new owner of 4 TTR models that I picked up off Craigslist for a price I just couldn’t pass up. I got: - 2016 TT-R230E - 2016 TT-R125LE - 2017 TT-R110E - 2017 TT-R50E - Kendon Three-rail folding trailer ($3000 new) All for $6500. The bikes look new and were all bought new, and I suspect they are not even broken in yet. They all start up well and run great, even at altitude here in Colorado (just under 7000 ft). They will be ridden by myself, my 13 yo son, 11 yo daughter, and 7 yo son going down the line in sizes. I am a relatively experienced rider (though it’s been awhile), but my kids are all learning (and doing well). I’m trying to do all the research I can on all of the bikes so I can maintain them well and keep them running as well as possible, but they are obviously all a little bit different so I’m trying to keep it all straight. My questions are: 1) what are the important things I should be aware of for all these models, and also anything specific to each model (in terms of maintenance, quirks, etc.)? I know this a pretty broad question, but just anything that stands out. 2) I feel like I need to change the oil on all of them, since I doubt it has ever been changed. Do you have to change filters as well? What oil do you recommend and are they all the same viscosity? 3) any critical “upgrades” that are inexpensive? “Upgrades” is in quotes since I know these are not performance bikes and I’m not really looking for more performance - mainly just usability and reliability. 4) any general tips for maintained carbed engines? Thanks for any help and advice you can give. Here are a few pics of the bikes... When we first surprised the kids with the bikes...all lined up. On the trailer...
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