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Hey everyone i love the TW200 and plan to do many modifications over the years to come. Instead of making a bunch of different threads im going to post here and keep it in one spot. Is that cool with this forum's policy?

I bought this bike from the classified section here. What a killer bike with sooooooo much character!!! I dig the camo theme. Previous owner was super cool and im fully honored to keep this bike running and alive.

Mods so far:
LED accent lights. (i dont have pics yet)
Put a foam filter back in it, oiled with Maxima FFT

Took the bike camping over New Years and here are some pics.



 

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Looks fun. Not to far away is an OHV sand dune play area. I've ridden to it one time. Started riding in what looked like "firm sand". I learned on that short outing not to stop much. TW didn't have the power to drag itself or my fat butt out from a dead stop. I've learned out to ride in sand much better since that outing. Think I'll go back this summer and test my skills out again. And instead of and RC vehicle, I'll take my wife on the ATV so she can pull me out. You just got to know I ain't gonna be that good in that deep sand, but it keep call my name!
 

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Perseverance is how we learn, admiral. In formal education circles it is called "time on task" and is the third most important foundation of learning, after "home environment" and "classroom environment". The reason kids are so stupid today is school hours are misdirected from academics to other activities such as "character building" and "social skills", both of which are rooted in "home environment" and are frustrating to attempt to instill in the "classroom environment", but there will always be a regiment of leftists nutcases who were too wasted to remember any psychological theories beyond basic skinnerisms who will squeak about "remediation" of the lack of "character building" and "social skills" from failed "home environments." Cover your wallet and run like hell.

TWs do fine in sand. Use ALL your throttle and RPM, and she'll go. Don't be shy. Powershift. Keep weight well back so the front tire runs on top of the sand. If the front tire plows in to the sand nasty things happen to track and trail and the bike becomes unstable. As speed picks up, the tires will hydroplane on sand. You'll feel the back end bounce up when it happens. This is what you want as the gyroscopic effect of heavy wheels and tires becomes a substantial stabilizing force, and track and trail will be same as street. Sand eats power, so keep the rpm up and throttle open. Plan your lines so you never have to slow down or your tires will fall off plane and you'll be plowing again.
 

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Looks like Wopachop has the sand situation well under control. Plan to keep future posts tied to this thread sounds good to me, I look forward to more updates. Certainly a pic or video of either RC car or TW sailing off a sandy ridge would not be scorned by us action craving TW fans either.
 

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wopachop, are you from South Florida? Went to high school with a couple boys who called themselves wopachop and chopawop. One's mother was sister to the other's father, and the other's mother was sister to the one's father. Nothing kinky when you marry your best friends little sister, and your best friend marries your little sister. One mother and uncle was Italian, the other Chinese. Hence, considering the delightful sense of humor an Italian/Chinese marriage in Florida generates, the boys chose their knicknames. God have mercy if anyone threw the "inappropriate" card at them for not taking their bloodlines seriously. Ever see an assistant principal trying to escape the wrath of a pissed off Chinese woman and a pissed off Italian woman tag team? The boys and younger sisters snickering in the background never helped.
 

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As far as one thread for your bike - that's what I did and I didn't ask. Hello - best years? Is mine.
Is your bike missing the skid plate?
 

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What I want to know is, what's the kickstand sitting on? :(

Playing with an RC in the dunes has got to be a blast. :)
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone!! The kickstand sinks a little in the sand, if it leans too much just make a small mound with your feet so it sinks to normal level. Funny story about the wopachop nickname Gwerty!! My friends started calling me that name in Jr High because Wop is a derogatory name and it was funny to say bad words without getting in trouble. My buddy made up Wopachop just because it rhymes. They called me wopachop, chopity, wopity chopity, lots of different versions.

I made some DIY LED retrofits for the turn signals tonight. Its a hack job but works decent. If people are interested i can build them and sell for $10 plus shipping. I do lots of fun stuff with LEDs. If you have an RV or Travel Trailer i hand build some pretty sweet 12v lights. Most efficient RV safe light in the world, to my knowledge.

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Pics of the color changing accent lights. I wired it off a switch, can run off the TW battery or an external 3S Lipo that i strap to the rear rack. I also made an LED lighted whip flag but dont have pics.



 

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I agree LEDs are the best thing on the market right now, and they are getting better and better. Expensive, but worth the investment. The problem with the expense is there are more and more cheap Chinese knockoffs coming on the market and they suck. The four bikes I have with current registrations and insurance are all LED except headlights and all but the indicator lights are brighter than stock except the indicator lights, which can be annoyingly bright with top quality LEDs. Tdub2 even has LED headlights. Excellent performance. Tdub and Nighthawk have Silver Star Ultras, and the CB550 has HID, which isn't exactly legal but draws about the same amps as the stock headlight.
 

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Clever lighting. Camo plus color. Congratulations on your successful inventiveness. Are the fork lights simple accent, or fog L.E.D.s? If so you could replace elements with 3w CREEs for an up-grade.
 

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The Fog lights are regular incandescent. Little pencil beam shooters.
Messed around with this the last 2 nights. I used a dremel to cut the back of the light housing, then installed my own LED.
Its running at 0.6amps which should make around 600-700 lumen.




 

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Outstanding!
Killer heat sinks, those won't burn out anytime soon. How are you attaching led to heat sink to cut-out reflector?
How about a pic of the beam pattern generated if you have a chance?
 

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Beam pattern is total flood light. Overly flooded. The LED itself puts out 120 degree. If you did something similar in a deeper light housing it would help to project it more forward.
LED to heatsink uses a thermal adhesive. Im using Arctic Silver.
Heatsink to cut-out reflector i havnt done yet. But plan to use RTV silicone, most likely the black High Temp. Or maybe some 2 part epoxy.
The silicone is flexible which i like, but in other applications i have seen some color bleeding. Epoxy doesnt bleed out color but its rigid and can crack loose from temp variation causing heating and shrinking of the materials.
Either way its just for fun. I took pics of the beam pattern yes. One second.
 

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First is the stock lights. Second is my test using just 1 flood LED. Making another tonight for the other side. Both pics dont really do vision justice. The human eye can see and recognize light way passed what the picture presents. I was trying to show how it lights up the fence in the background. Both pics dont even show the fence.

 

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Significant light output, I would like that for dark trail riding to illuminate the close up bunnies and boulders. I have seen complete LED light assemblies with a more preferable 30 or 60 degree beam patterns. Know if this is due to reflector and lens or integral quality of the chosen LED? I suppose I could research this on my own but you seem to be in the know, Mr Woppity Choppity LED Guy.
 
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