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Old 25 Jul 2006
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XT600E - Sourcing parts for trip !

hey all

Iv decided on a nearly new XT600E for an Alaskan-Argentinian Adventure.

Im looking for a larger tank (touratech site seems to stop at 94?? but it might be a typo).

Also i hear the bike needs a fork brace .. any suggestions ??

Ill prob go for touratech rack and panniers but can anyone recommend a good storng rear rack to tie down a bag onto ?

Any other issues I should know of ??

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Good choice!

I got my tank from Racespec:

http://www.racespec.co.uk/rs_shop_final/enter.html

They go up to 2003. Although I think you are right on the typo. in the Touratech site.

Theother things I did to my bike were: A bashplate, a homemade screen, a centre stand.

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Thumbs up XT600E Tweaks

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If the Alaskan-Argy trip involves river crossing/fords, then the carb "breather" pipe could do with raising. As standard it dangles down with the rest of the pipes in front of the rear shock and if submerged the engine immediately stops... Use a plastic T piece and run a pipe each side on the frame rails (just below the air intake), you can then wade fairly deep!

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If the Alaskan-Argy trip involves river crossing/fords, then the carb "breather" pipe could do with raising. As standard it dangles down with the rest of the pipes in front of the rear shock and if submerged the engine immediately stops... Use a plastic T piece and run a pipe each side on the frame rails (just below the air intake), you can then wade fairly deep!

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thanks for the tip mate... taken on board.

Im looking to buy a 2003/04 with about 5000 miles on the clock and then get the touratech rack and 31 litre boxes. also im going to get a steel rear rack to strap a kit bag to.

Good choice ?? Is the XT's subframe upto the task or worth getting strengthened ?
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Ted,
I carried huge amounts of stuff on the back of my bike on some pretty rough roads in Morocco, Turkey, Iran and Eastern Europe. More than most people I think, as I had one pannier just full of photo gear/laptop etc! I also had camping gear and, due to travelling solo, lots of books!
I just used alloy boxes on Touratech frames and a 55 litre holdall strapped to the back seat. I didn't beef up the subframe and had no problems. The handling was fine too. Although next time I am travelling lighter!
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Ted,
I carried huge amounts of stuff on the back of my bike on some pretty rough roads in Morocco, Turkey, Iran and Eastern Europe. More than most people I think, as I had one pannier just full of photo gear/laptop etc! I also had camping gear and, due to travelling solo, lots of books!
I just used alloy boxes on Touratech frames and a 55 litre holdall strapped to the back seat. I didn't beef up the subframe and had no problems. The handling was fine too. Although next time I am travelling lighter!
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thanks for the info Matt. Im going to be on the road for 6-12 months so think ill need the extra space but i dont like the idea of the bigger alu boxes... too big i think for a 600
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