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Hello, I have had a few bikes in my life now I am a little older I was looking for something on and off road... to ride while my husband is racing, or we are camping or just to go exploring etc.
I just purchased a 2012 TW and the guy did some things to it and wanted advice or what the pro's/ cons are. He added a swing arm extension......a led light instead of the red light at the back. He also did something to the exhaust where he removed something and its now louder than stock....he said it was for performance? He also added different mirrors as I hope you can see in the pic.
Any suggestions /advice would be great.
Also want to add a rear luggage rack and everyone says cycle racks but I don't like the arm thing that comes down the sides or the bike.
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Welcome to the Forum TWGirl!

Looks like a nice TW with a few mods. These bikes are easy to work on and everything that the previous owner has done can be reversed if you don't like it.

People extend their swingarms for one of two reasons. One is to allow clearance for a larger rear tire and to improve the offroad capability of their bike. Others do it because they think it looks cool. My guess is that your bike had it done to look cool. The LED taillight and license plate bracket were probably changed because the stock one would have been ripped off by the rear tire after the first big bump with that extended swingarm. Mirrors are mostly up to each person's personal preference and are easily changed. Stock exhausts are often modified to increase performance, but in most cases they just end up making more noise. I felt the same way as you about the look of the rear Cycleracks until I finally got one. They really are great racks and the looks will grow on you with time.

I'd suggest riding it for a while and then make the mods that will make it suit the type of riding that you like to do. There are lots of knowledgeable people on this forum who are happy to help you with whatever you need.

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Thanks for the info. Def want to put the tire back and I have the original swing arm. Do you notice any other possible mods with it? Any experience with the LED lights vs regular? I like the look and prob will keep that. Not sure how to fix the exhaust and not really looking for something loud and as for performance well......this is a fun bike not really high performance . Are there any things you have done that you would say ......yes def that was worth it?
 

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If the LED rear lights are working fine, I'd keep them. If you post some more closeup pics we will be able to spot any additional mods that your bike may have. Further mods really depend on what you want to use your bike for, if you want it for offroad and as a serious adventure bike, check out this thread for what some of us have done.

http://tw200forum.com/forum/performance-customization/6998-guide-building-adventure-ready-tw200.html

If you plan to do any offroading more serious than the occasional gravel road, I would suggest getting a real skid plate to replace the stock one which is a joke. You could easily sell your extended swingarm and depending on what was done to your muffler, you may be able to trade it for a stock one.
 

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Welcome to a great community. These bikes can be modded in so many ways that your question is hard to answer. Certain mods are more useful when matched to a person's riding style. What would be a great mod to somebody who uses their TW as an adventure/tourer may not be very useful to a commuter, or to someone who does a lot of off pavement riding. Once you have decided how you are going to ride your TW ( mentioned earlier ) then that would determine which mods to suggest. For me, a good start is hand guards, wider foot pegs, a JImbo shield, a skid plate, an oil cooler, a cycleracks rear rack, and an ATV rear tire. ( as well as a more capable front tire )

The list goes on and on. Next up for mine is an Xt 350 gas tank mod for the extended range. ( and the looks ) Rubber side down, Dave
 

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everyone says cycle racks but I don't like the arm thing that comes down the sides or the bike.
Not everyone. I spent too much time behind a push lawn mower as a kid to install a cycle racks :D. I have a Manracks, which I am well satisfied with.

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He also did something to the exhaust where he removed something and its now louder than stock....he said it was for performance
Some people think noise and performance are synonyms.
 

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Take a couple of pictures of your exhaust for us. Does it have an end cap (pipe outlet) on it? If so, remove the bottom bolt from it and take a picture of what you removed. That will help these TW whiz-kids solve that issue.
 

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Thanks for all the info and the rack looks like it will work for my needs. I will keep watching to see when it comes back in stock. My riding with this bike will be on and off nothing hard core. I live on a dirt road and have a few dirt roads around and it run into town is 8 miles so thats my riding and then when we go camping/rv ing . So more of a casual run around at this point
 

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thanks yes plan at this point on keeping LED rear light. I will check the link out. i am not plan on doing at this point any heavy duty off roaring
 

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Take a couple of pictures of your exhaust for us. Does it have an end cap (pipe outlet) on it? If so, remove the bottom bolt from it and take a picture of what you removed. That will help these TW whiz-kids solve that issue.
Yes I will take more pics later thanks .......
 

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Noise is often confused with performance increases. I hope he gave you the original parts for the muffler so you can bolt it back on - if you are a camper the quiet stock set up will be greatly appreciated!
The LED lamps are not a big deal - leave them alone unless they start acting up but there is no reason to think they should
A Jimbo windshield is a popular addition - I would definitely recommend it as an addition.
The advantage to the Cycle Rack is strength - the rear fender cannot support much weight - I think only 10 pound or less while folks carry a deer home from hunting on a cycle rack. Again I have this option on mine and would not switch it.
Most of all - have fun! The best option of all
 

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Jimbo shield is last "sticky" listed at beginning of Classified section of Forum.
Rack choice is a personal choice based on needs and estetics. Personally I thought the IMMAX rack has a few too many sharp edges that could cause injury in a fall unless one keeps a soft or hard case installed on rack to cover sharp edges. Google "TW200 rack" to see other options.
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You will like having a Jimbo shield. He is a great guy, does quality work, get's your order out right away and they really are so nice looking. Quality guy, quality work; a great addition to a TW!
 

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Hi. Welcome to the TW Family. I just completed a 3,000 mile tour of Mexico on my TW with these additions: A home made plywood rack which uses the original 3 bolts on the rear rack, a WalMart lockable Tool box for camera and goodies not liking wet, Bicycle panniers, an XT225 gas tank, home made front rack to hold bicycle handlebar bag., a recycled windshield off of a Buel. I have found that fancy and expensive are not always needed. Hopefully, I can attach photos. . . John
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Surprised it has not been mentioned already, but I'd recommend replacing the stock chain with an o-ring chain if it has not been done already.
 
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