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Just brought my new to me 03 with 550 miles, TW home today I have pretty steep property and was running it around ,I could use a little more power .Full Disclosure I didn't search very hard, But are there any mod's that can add a little more to it? re jet, exhaust, different air filter etc thanks..
 

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Spot, 'effing on jetting.
Appropriate gearing for where you ride.
Avoid adding weight.
Turbocharger.
If you want to go faster off road, better suspension.
 

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Things around Ol'Hangtown can get pretty steep for a stock bike. Gearing down seems to be one easy option. Minor gains ( and losses) can be had by some with carb work but no real gobs of extra power are hiding anywhere. Same for exhaust. Make sure bike's basic tune is OK.
 

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Welcome to the forum and I hope you like the TW.

Let's say it has stock 14/50 sprockets. If you went with a 14/55 setup you'd have more oompf for the hills but loose a little speed at the top end for highway. You can still go 55 or 60 mph but the rpm's would be higher. I have ridden with the gearing and don't mind it as most of my riding is not on pavement. For me changing the rear sprocket is easier than the front. Remove tire, change sprocket. In the front you have to remove the side cover to gain access to the front sprocket with the only real problem is the side cover gasket. You may have to replace it. If it wasn't for the side cover gasket I would do the front. Oh, and you have to watch out so you don't pinch the wires when putting the side cover back on. Bad things happen when you pinch the wires, like not starting and such. Pleasant riding.
 

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Just brought my new to me 03 with 550 miles, TW home today I have pretty steep property and was running it around ,I could use a little more power .Full Disclosure I didn't search very hard, But are there any mod's that can add a little more to it? re jet, exhaust, different air filter etc thanks..
Clean the air filter. Wear earplugs. Don't baby it!
 

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196 CCs and it is hard to get them all out. Carb works has a tendency to be beneficial for those who ride high altitudes but does little for most. I know you can re jet and shim the needle but these changes don't really do all that much. Different pipes don't seem to do much either and I never heard anyone who has changed rave much about them. Changing the rear sprocket as Admiral states is about the best all around upgrade but it comes with the loss of top end speed if that matters to you. Some here have changed pistons and bored the jugs while others have transplanted 225 motors that required a lot of fancy machining but in the end they still have a TW and I highly doubt the end result is equal to the time, effort and expense. I am really not the one to be talking here because I like the TW just the way it is as long as it is running right. If I wanted more power I would have bought a different bike. My XT225 did have a little more zip and a sixth gear and was a little lighter with better suspension but I still preferred the TW of the pavement.

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196 CCs and it is hard to get them all out. Carb works has a tendency to be beneficial for those who ride high altitudes but does little for most. I know you can re jet and shim the needle but these changes don't really do all that much. Different pipes don't seem to do much either and I never heard anyone who has changed rave much about them. Changing the rear sprocket as Admiral states is about the best all around upgrade but it comes with the loss of top end speed if that matters to you. Some here have changed pistons and bored the jugs while others have transplanted 225 motors that required a lot of fancy machining but in the end they still have a TW and I highly doubt the end result is equal to the time, effort and expense. I am really not the one to be talking here because I like the TW just the way it is as long as it is running right. If I wanted more power I would have bought a different bike. My XT225 did have a little more zip and a sixth gear and was a little lighter with better suspension but I still preferred the TW of the pavement.

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Thanks Guy's, Yeah I'm goina leave as it is .I bought it for camping ,,checking out forest service roads etc it is what it is ,Trying t make it something it isn't is cost effective .I'm
big into kLR's besides a bigger piston, custom head work, bigger valves, etc is the only way to get a little more horsepower, For a stock bike We re jet, KLX needle ,open up the air box ,Uni Filter ,Slip on pipe , Re gear depending on street of dirt use , Some guys advance the timing one tooth, Seat of the pant's dino seems to give it some extra grunt .smoother throttle response. Could be all in my head .. I was just a little disappointed I'm so use to my DRZ tearing up my property .to jump on the TW was a little underwhelming.. now please don't think I'm trying to compare the two bikes ...it's just when you can wheelie up hill in second gear and you cant even get up these hills in second on the TW.. Again The bikes are what they are please din't think i'm complaining I'm happy to have one and be apart of this forum..:]
 

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If you still have the stock chain on the bike make sure you oil it.

The original chains are a little weak compared to the aftermarket ones and if you don't oil them they are junk at around the thousand mile mark, along with your sprockets. (All right, maybe the sprockets might be OK.)

Personally, I like to clean the chain with kerosene and soak in 140 wt gear oil. I have had good results doing that every 300 to 400 miles.
 

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Add some flame stickers - a couple of those should add .5 HP :D.

+1 for a gear change - chea... Er inexpensive and fairly easy to do the rear. 13 HP isn't much to write home about (unless you're sending a letter to let them know how long it's going to take you to get there :p ) A gear change could put what power the Tdub has where you need it.
 

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You really can't think of the TW200 as your typical dirt bike. It's more of a mule to a dirt bike's Thoroughbred manners. For example; I have a 2002 Kawasaki KX250. Only 50cc's more than my TW200 but I can pull 4th gear power wheelies without having to yank the bars. But the TW's front tire is the exact same tire I run on the REAR of my KX250. The front of the TW200 is too heavy to loft. But on steep hills, my KX250 can't make it up without looping or spinning the rear tire. The TW200 just grunts up the steepest hills I can find and never once feel like the front is gonna loft on me or the rear wheel go into forward-motion robbing wheel spin.

Since we both live in Placerville, just give me a shout and we'll take our bikes for a ride. Lots of great riding all around us!
 

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Just brought my new to me 03 with 550 miles, TW home today I have pretty steep property and was running it around ,I could use a little more power .Full Disclosure I didn't search very hard, But are there any mod's that can add a little more to it? re jet, exhaust, different air filter etc thanks..
First thing to do is BREAK IT IN.

You hear it all the time - it'll run faster once the motor runs in. I didn't believe it either; but with that engine it makes quite a bit of difference. I gained about 10 mph after the first thousand miles. I know that because right at about 600 miles, I did something a tad silly - I took the thing on a 120-mile round trip. Not an overnight trip, either - but over Mullan Pass in Montana, going into Helena. Traffic is HEAVY; speed limit on the mountain is 55, and I couldn't keep up. Even on the level - it would top out at about 48.

I was disgusted. But, the bike was otherwise suitable - and VERY comfortable, so I kept it. Later on, I was getting close to 60 with a thousand miles on it. I actually had to bump the idle speed down because the speed inched up - and no, not a loose idle screw.

Break it in and be patient; after 1500 miles, if you want more power, get a bigger rear sprocket. If you want more speed, a smaller one. If you want more of both, consider buying a used second bike...because NO bike can be all things to all people.
 

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How drop in are you talking...?

TWilight has some experience putting a bigger engine on a TW.

Start shopping around for a chopped old SR 500. The engine will be a drop-in.

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Where isa good place to buy a new rear sprocket..I think I would like to go down one size for better top speed....would that be a 45 tooth? And are direct bolt on?
 

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Where isa good place to buy a new rear sprocket..I think I would like to go down one size for better top speed....would that be a 45 tooth? And are direct bolt on?
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You can get that size and every toothe in between. Look up the part numbers on jt sprockets website and get off eBay. There are plenty of other brands and places to buy but that way works quick. Good sprockets too.

45 if you live in the flat lands. 47 hilly but it's not that critical. You can get along with either. I decided to stay with 50
 

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The cost of the sprocket, any tooth count is not the issue but the shipping is. Search for sellers that don't hose you on the shipping. 14/50 is stock gearing and the best all around combo. 14/47 is about as low as I would go for all pavement and relatively flat earth. 14/45 will take a toll on your clutch plates IMO. I do really like the 14/55 gearing for mostly off road work and that does add a bit of low end grunt that is quite noticeable but it does take a lot of the top end speed away or at the least requires a bunch more engine reves. You might consider buying the 45, 47 and 55 at the same time and just mess around switching them out to find what works best for you. No need to change the front because the rear change can do all you need to know and won't require all the BS of side case gaskets and other associated problems unless your front sprocket is worn and needs to be changed.

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Free shipping on a lot of eBay buy it nows. That how I get mine. Free :)
 
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