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Old October 17th, 2019, 03:09 PM   #1
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Go fast goodies

I placed an order with Norton Motorsports for a Graves full exhaust system, a set of velocity stacks and an ECU flash, along with stiffer clutch springs and a few other clutch related parts to improve the sloppy oem clutch. Still a few things on the list clutch wise but I ran out of $$$.
Stripped the bike down yesterday in preparation for the new parts.
I should net about 7 hp over stock with the improvements.
Got my ecu boxed up and ready to ship out tomorrow.
Will update with pics after the install. And a picture of my helper, Luna.
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Old October 17th, 2019, 09:03 PM   #2
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Awesome! Now you're knocking on door of 60bhp along with weight-savings from lighter exhaust. Should really pep up that Ninja!
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Old October 18th, 2019, 06:23 AM   #3
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so exactly what did the additional 7HP cost you in terms of $$ ?
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Old October 18th, 2019, 03:30 PM   #4
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You don’t want to know.
$805 for Graves full system.
300 for velocity stacks
295 for ecu flash.
I did get a $100 discount, so about 1,300 total.

It should net about 53 hp. They have tuned a 400 to 62hp or race fuel. I bet the 400 is a beast at 60hp.
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Old October 18th, 2019, 05:18 PM   #5
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I did the cheap slipon for now, for more sound and foot room. I'm planning to get Norton's ECU flash sometime, and probably my own copy of FlashTune so I can play with it more (I did some EEPROM burning for the Syclone a number of years ago). I'd like to get some stiffer clutch springs too at least. I'm used to the upgraded springs in the 500, and I've noticed a bit of slipping on the 400 (pretty sure it's weak springs, not me accidentally pulling the really light lever while covering).
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Old October 19th, 2019, 02:15 AM   #6
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I did the cheap slipon for now, for more sound and foot room. I'm planning to get Norton's ECU flash sometime, and probably my own copy of FlashTune so I can play with it more (I did some EEPROM burning for the Syclone a number of years ago). I'd like to get some stiffer clutch springs too at least. I'm used to the upgraded springs in the 500, and I've noticed a bit of slipping on the 400 (pretty sure it's weak springs, not me accidentally pulling the really light lever while covering).
The 400 clutch is sloppy to say the least. Mine will slip in 5th gear wide open throttle.
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Old October 19th, 2019, 06:53 AM   #7
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Eh, that's not a bad price for reliable power.

I used to think bikes were expensive... then I got into cars. Now I'm wishing I was willing to ride a bike again
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Scored a gsxr rear shock for $20 shipped. 2016 donor bike. Going to install a set of preload adjusters this winter. Turns out the stock fork springs are almost perfect for my weight.
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Old October 19th, 2019, 03:22 PM   #9
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What’s wrong with OEM 400 shock?
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Nothing major. Just a budget based part. I can fit a gsxr shock and have rebound and damping adjustment. Same popular mod that the 250’s used to do. Makes a pretty good difference.
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If I still rode motorcycles on the street I’d probably step up to a 400... mine is a pit bike now though
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Exhaust came in today. Checked the tracking on my ecu and it was delivered yesterday so maybe I’ll get that coming back early next week.
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Old October 23rd, 2019, 11:04 AM   #14
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so i don't know what happened, but i have been on a spending spree for the 400.
my boss had me go through our factory Ford tooling a few weeks ago. he said toss whatever we will not use at our dealership. so i loaded up three trunk fulls of factory tooling, and sold them to an online vendor. so i guess easy money goes fast. hence the motorcycle parts.... i bought an Annitori quickshifter, some tank pads to keep from scratching my dang tank. a fender eliminator bracket, and a new pair of Alpinestars track gloves. my dog chewed my past pair up a couple years ago and i just could never make myself buy a new pair.

i was still able to buy my wife some jewelry she wanted to keep her off my back about bike parts, and i bought the parts needed to rebuild my trucks transmission.


i know i don't need a quickshifter, but i just wanted it. lol since when is any motorcycle part a NEEDED item?
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So ah... I've been looking at this Ferrari.... I think your boss may not need it at dealership, but I can certainly use it!!!
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Old October 23rd, 2019, 03:34 PM   #16
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As long as he says throw it away you can have it!! Maybe you should pick a Ford. And while your at it, how about a service truck? Since we are only a commercial dealer we only sale and service F-250 through F-750. And those dreaded Transit vans.
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As long as he says throw it away you can have it!! Maybe you should pick a Ford. And while your at it, how about a service truck? Since we are only a commercial dealer we only sale and service F-250 through F-750. And those dreaded Transit vans.
Legitimately there's a few dudes in eastern TN and western NC who have a solid side gig buying used work trucks from the NC DOT and TN DOT, fix them up a little because they're always beat on pretty good, and then sell them to who ever needs a truck.

It's a win-win. Guy selling trucks makes easy money, guy buying truck gets a really solid <$3000 F250 with lots of life left in it. The only downside is you can't be picky about the color or options. They're all school bus yellow base model work trucks.
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Legitimately there's a few dudes in eastern TN and western NC who have a solid side gig buying used work trucks from the NC DOT and TN DOT, fix them up a little because they're always beat on pretty good, and then sell them to who ever needs a truck.

It's a win-win. Guy selling trucks makes easy money, guy buying truck gets a really solid <$3000 F250 with lots of life left in it. The only downside is you can't be picky about the color or options. They're all school bus yellow base model work trucks.
if you get picky about a color buy a new rig
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Pics of the Graves exhaust, installed the Quickshifter this morning. Will wait until the ecu is back and the bike is assembled before finishing setup and wire tucking. My shock came in. Won’t get around to that until the weather cools down enough for me to not feel like riding. According to a fellow 400 owner you can flip the top mount upside down and it raises the bike about 10mm. The shock itself lowers the bike, just like when fitting to the 250/300. In that case on my 250 I bought different length links to raise it an inch higher that stock in the rear.
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Tonight’s work is sponsored by Coors Banquet

Installed the Corsa windscreen, and the eBay knockoff rear seat cowl. I went with the faux carbon fiber because I was worried the red wouldn’t match my bike.
Reinstalled my flashed ecu, installed an R6 throttle tune with new Renthal grips.

will continue tomorrow with removing the clutch cover and replacing the clutch springs and clutch pull rod with upgraded components.
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i got the bike put back together last night. still waiting on the fender eliminator bracket, so no tag or rear turn signals. and at 50 degrees it was a little cool in a t shirt.

the power improvement is simply amazing!!! with the stiffer clutch springs, and cable mod to keep slack out of the cable, the ecu flash, velocity stacks and exhaust this bike wants to RUN!! instant throttle response, noticeable power increase. cant wait to take it out Sunday for a good ride, i am very please with the results


the quick shifter was acting up, i could not program it, sent an email to Annitori and within minutes i was sending emails back and forth with tech support, who advised me updating my phone, he said the level i am at causes issues with the shifter app. so i am updating now and will try to get out for a ride after work to adjust the shifter.
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