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Welcome Slinger, cool name. Mud slinger, gun slinger, or cow chip slinger? We need details.:p
Really clean looking '94. While not a fan of the red seat I otherwise have always liked the plastic, decals and tank of the '94. Good find.
 

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The Craigslist add stated that the tires were "newish". I wish I spent time looking for the date codes. The rear tire is dated for the year 2001, and the front tire is dated for the year 2008. Needless to say, I will be replacing those before I ride anywhere. I probably would have offered a couple hunderd under the asking price had I noticed the date codes. I gave him his asking price of $1500 ... maybe a little high, but I am looking forward to working on it. I did get a brand new set of front and rear brake pads with the bike.

There is some rust on the swingarm, but not much other than that. I looked in the fuel tank expecting to see some rust, but it is really clean with no noticeable rust. The engine looks incredibly clean with just a few scratches on the left side from an apparent drop.

I already dinged her up. The HF hitch carrier sits really high on my truck, and the ramp is not nearly long enough. I didn't control the bike well down the ramp and ended up dropping it. I broke the front brake lever, and the throttle now sticks and does not automatically return to idle. I'll need a better ramp in the future.

My 5 year old son loves the color and "stickers", but I gotta say that I am not a fan. I expect that I will give her a paint job in the future. I am thinking a flat desert earth or tan or light brown scheme. My first priority is to go through the "new old bike" checklist and make sure everything is in good working order.

Here is my prioritized list of things to change/install:
1) New tires (TW34 on the rear and probably a Shinko R244 on the front).
2) Fix throttle grip
3) New front brake lever
4) Add a fuel filter
5) Handguards
6) Folding shift lever
7) Folding rear brake lever
8) Wider footpegs
9) Folding mirrors
10) Rear cargo rack
11) Windscreen
12) Skid plate with engine guards

I graduated high school in 1994, so this bike is my late graduation gift to myself :D
 

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Welcome Slinger, cool name. Mud slinger, gun slinger, or cow chip slinger? We need details.:p
Really clean looking '94. While not a fan of the red seat I otherwise have always liked the plastic, decals and tank of the '94. Good find.
Slinger started as a nickname given to me during Air Force basic training (another 1994 date that ties to my TW). It is a derivation of my last name. I do enjoy firearms though and hope to be slinging some mud from my TW soon (although the "mud" here is pretty dry most of the time).

Yeah, I think the seat is the only real eyesore so far. I think a seat concepts upgrade is in my future.

The bike showed up on Craigslist Thursday night, and I arranged to meet with the owner within a couple hours of it initially posting. I was nervous all day Friday that someone would scoop in on MY bike :D
 

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Good plans for your graduation gift. Interesting info on this forum about most all your future mods. Don't recall a folding rear brake pedal tip option though. Some with back-country wanderlust might add greater fuel capacity to their wish list. Otherwise nice bike as she sits, and with the planned list of improvements even better.
In addition to the protection afforded by the hand guards there are also shorty folding hand levers that can deflect out of the way in a tip over.
 

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It has the right filter with the four holes. The previous owner said he changed the oil about a month ago, and the oil came out pretty clean. The filter has some black sludge in one area with some metal shavings in it. Is this normal for a bike with 6300 miles on it? Maybe the filter was not cleaned well previously?

 

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.... Maybe the filter was not cleaned well previously?
The proper technique for cleaning these pleated filters is to put some gas or kerosene in a shallow dish and use an old toothbrush to gently wash the pleats. More forceful methods will drive fine particles through the mesh. Then blow out with compressed air from the inside. And, no, this does not look out of line at all.
 

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Welcome - good looking bike and good set of plans. Not sure about your color plan - you may not be able to find it in Az
 

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The proper technique for cleaning these pleated filters is to put some gas or kerosene in a shallow dish and use an old toothbrush to gently wash the pleats. More forceful methods will drive fine particles through the mesh. Then blow out with compressed air from the inside. And, no, this does not look out of line at all.
I was just going to look up the cleaning process, and you saved me the effort. Thanks!

Also, it is good to know that the filter sludge does not look out of line.
 

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Welcome - good looking bike and good set of plans. Not sure about your color plan - you may not be able to find it in Az
The thought was to make it more of a subdued hunting vehicle. It would sure be embarrassing if I had to walk home because I couldn't find my bike :D

I am starting to like the color scheme as it is, so it may be a while before I get the motivation to change it. Still not crazy about that red seat though.
 

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Good plans for your graduation gift. Interesting info on this forum about most all your future mods. Don't recall a folding rear brake pedal tip option though. Some with back-country wanderlust might add greater fuel capacity to their wish list. Otherwise nice bike as she sits, and with the planned list of improvements even better.
In addition to the protection afforded by the hand guards there are also shorty folding hand levers that can deflect out of the way in a tip over.
I was thinking I had seen a folding brake pedal on this forum, but I was probably mistaken. I had not heard about the folding hand levers, and this seems link an interesting option. Is there much potential to break levers with the hand guards installed?

I am not sure how back-country I plan to go. The trails I want to explore near my home are within the TW range. I'll see how much range anxiety I get once I start riding.
 

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You know the "Rainbow Warrior" is a signature TW like the "Black Widow" also. Not everyone gets that privilege. I need to come up with a name for our twins.
 

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Hey congrats on the new bike! Looks really clean and we'll taken care of. It's cool that you found a 1994 model seeing as that year holds a lot of milestones for you. I'm digging the color! Do you mind if I steal your " list of things to change"? Good list..

Bill
 

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hand guards were already on my bike when i got it, (and there was plenty of evidence of it having dropped) i've never broken a lever with them (and i've dropped it plenty).
if you click on either of the links in my signature you can find help and suggestions as to the many mods you have listed.

they are great bikes, enjoy yours.
 
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