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Hello everyone out there! I have wanted a tw200 for years and finally purchased one earlier this summer. A 2005 with a little over 1000 miles on it. It is my first motorcycle and it has been really fun to ride and learn on. I was drawn to its rugged styling and seat height. I really like the japanese customizations and hollow body style. But I wanted my bike to still look like a dirt bike/dual sport. I decided to keep the stock tank, seat, and headlight for now. I like the round baja style lights tho. Here is stock.
 

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2005 build update

First thing I did was switched out the tires for some shinkos. Changed the rear sprocket to a 45 tooth. And splurged on some pivot pegs. Also got some pillow top grips.
 

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2005 tw200 build update

I finally got in all the parts from japan that I wanted. New led tail light. New sissy bar. I like the way it ties up the rear, rather than just the seat and a brake light. Daytona short front fender. Sits nice and low. I really like its round shape. It hugs the wheel and looks much nicer. I also got a pod style air filter, crankcase filter, and a battery box to eliminate all of the middle plastics as well. I got an American jet kit, and a japanese jet kit to compare. I am definitely going to use the japanese kit. More parts and a larger selection of pieces as well. Came with 4 needles with varying tapers and slots you can put the clip on the needle in different spots instead of using shims/washers.
 

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I seems to be having a problem with these picture keep loading upside down. It's a little frustrating. Sorry. Will try to fix it.
 

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2005 tw200 update

I am saving all of the carbeuratur work, jetting and needles, pod style filter, crankcase filter, and stainless header until I get my fmf slip on. That way I will have less work trying to jet and rejet the carb. Love this forum for ideas and what's available for the tw. I bought a stainless header for an xt225. It is supposed to just bolt on the tw and fmf. It looks to be the same size and shape when I compared them. I polished it up, but not too much. I like the 2 tone look, and it seems like it will match the slip on this way.
 

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2005 tw200 update

I'm glad to have this forum. I almost ordered parts just based on the pis I liked. Not knowing the hollow body style was just for kick starters with small batteries and stuff. Would eventually like to add a kick starter, but it looks a bit more involved than I thought it might be looking at the parts kit. I found this cool little oem battery box. It will go in with the air filters, exhaust, and carb mods.
 

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All mods so far...
Shinko tires
Pro taper pillow top grips
Removed rear pegs
Small blinkers
Kijima small led tail light
Kijima tandem grip, short style
14/45 tooth, will be going up one on countershaft sprocket soon as well
Pivot pegs
Daytona short front fender
New o ring chain
1/4 turn out on fuel air screw for now, sitting at about 2 turns out
 

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...and don't forget that great looking subframe extension/grab bar that wraps up behind your seat, very nice. Custom made?
 

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just wanted to let you know, you will probably have to cut off about 3/4" off the muffler end of your SS header pipe. But other than that, it is a direct replacement. Mods look good. Keep up the good work
 

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Looks good!
Would you say the xt225 header would be a direct replacement? How hard was it?
I would want to make my own exhaust
 

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Mods are all about personal taste, so just my opinions here.
The header and pipe look nice. The way the header echos the oil cooler ties together nicely. Also like the tight front fender. The way it nearly disappears into the tire is just right.
This is starting to take on a supermoto look. The through the armpit mirrors also tighten up the front end.
The elimination of the rear fender has left the bike looking a little stubby to me. The bars/tank/seat create a line that I feel like needs finishing out back. It has sort of a unraveling rope feel there.
Possibly a function of my age. I like smooth curves.
 

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just wanted to let you know, you will probably have to cut off about 3/4" off the muffler end of your SS header pipe. But other than that, it is a direct replacement. Mods look good. Keep up the good work
i have a '94 and mine bolted right on with no cutting or mods required. i wonder if it is a pre/post '00 thing?
 

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I can't remember the years, but I think earlier tw's may have to trim the pipe a little. I googled it and found a link with the information on which years this is.
 
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