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    Senior Member Old n dirty's Avatar
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    What single upgrade makes biggest improvement in performance?

    What is it?

    New exhaust system?

    New cam, bigger carb, 225cc upper end or a 230cc crank or both?

    Fact is, it's none of these.

    For me the single biggest and most cost effective improvement one can make to their motorcycle is a oil cooler! (Unless it already has one)
    Oil coolers make your bikes engine run cooler.
    Cooler = less wear on engine components = more miles and efficiency.

    That being said, don't think a new oil cooler will make your TW go 80 miles per hour.
    Gearing is the solution there, it will however help to keep your oil from breaking down when pushing higher speeds and on harder rides.
    100% of engine wear is oil related!
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    Single upgrade for performance? On these little bikes? Lose weight!
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    On pavement, off road or both? Off road I say front tire.

    But seeing as I drive technical terrain off road an oil cooler would be useful in the summer. I'm not sure how that works below freezing though...

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    My 88 TW has more throttle response then my 06. If I ever need a new carburetor on my 06 I’m installing an old style carb on it. It’s that big of a difference.
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    Either a pumper carb or a less plumper rider... as Scotti said "Lose weight"
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopPredator View Post
    My 88 TW has more throttle response then my 06. If I ever need a new carburetor on my 06 I’m installing an old style carb on it. It’s that big of a difference.
    Same with my '96 and '13, hard to believe it's the same motor. My '96 seems to vibrate less also, same mirrors, hand guards, and handlebars, but the rear view is much clearer. The '13 does go a couple of mph faster and does get better gas mileage. Important for me on long rides in the middle of nowhere.
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    I say just stop adding farkles. My 99 has XT tank full of gas, cycle rack, pelican box, tools etc and I just keep adding stuff. The other day I was moving stuff in my garage and after moving my 99 I moved my stock 15 which I have not put on the road yet and was shocked how light it was.

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    Atv tire endorsement

    Don't take my word for it but check out what this guy can do in chocolate pudding mud :
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    Biggest improvement I made on my 2017 is two turns out on the air mixture, .040 shim on the needle jet, and a 130 main jet - runs like a different bike.

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    +1 on the older bike throttle response. Plus you get a kicker without all the hassle.
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