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Hello all, first post. I've been lurking for a month or so but finally joined today. Purchased the '08 Midnight Warrior on 11/20. I do wish the '08 came with all black wheels like the '07. Powdercoat maybe?? I don't know. I'm may go with a 240 rear so may just get what I want in the new wheelset.

Stock for now but not for long. Alot of info on here so I'll be reading alot. Here's some pics. Tips/suggestions/criticisms all welcome. Thanks.



 

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Welcome to the forum!!!


Wow, you already want tips and suggestions? You don't waste no time, do you?! [/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]

There are so many things you can do to the Warrior that it's not even funny... I would say just look around the forum, or look at the bikes of some forum members (click Forums => Members) and find what you like!

But I guess the first things you could do is - getting rid of the reflectors and getting rid of the ugly plastic rear fender trim (where your license plate is mounted)... you can either trim (cut) it down or buy a kit...

Good luck!
 

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tortuga,

to the forums and to the Midnight Club!

I'm a fellow Midnight Warrior myself...2005!





WOW![:0]Looks like Yamaha decided to delete the Warrior badges on the tank for 2008 and just go with STAR. Or does it say Warrior somewhere!? Oh well...Most usually remove the tank badges and any other emblems. Me! I wear my badges proudly!![^]

So you want suggestions! Ok...Then...You ask for it...

First, I'd get rid of the rather large plastic rear fender extension. I went with the Baron License Plate Mount...Really cleaned up the rear of the bike.

Next, remove ALL the reflectors...Front, rear, wherever they put them on the 2008. Also remove ALL of the "Warning" labels...Like the one of the gas tank, swing arm and anywhere else Yamaha stuck those darn labels.

Next, remove the rear passenger seat and passenger pegs. The Warrior is meant to be rode solo! She's a gunfighter...Not a girl hauler...Although be prepared to attract and get plenty of attention from the ladies. Hey! You can always put the seat and pegs back on if you decide to take your woman for a ride, or you pick up some HOT! chick.[/emoticons/emotion-5.gif][/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]

Ok...Going BIG now...Lose the water heater exhaust...It's your choice what exhaust you go with, but find one that you will like the looks of, sound of and that will give you the performance that you and the Warrior want. There's a whole lot of options out there...My personal choice and favorite are the Samson Shogun series pipes....But a lot of guys like the ProPipe...Some like the BigShots...Personally I don't like any pipes that cover up the rear of the bike. The Warrior looks so much better with the rear uncovered!

Once you change out the exhaust, you might as well change the air intake. I have the Baron BIG Air Kit (BAK) but plan to switch over the Churchkey's VBAK. Look around here for the link to his kit...There are other kits available as well...

One thing I'll mention is that you may want to consider a Power Commander once you change your exhaust and air intake. It's not necessary, but it'll make it a lot easier to fine tune your Warrior.

Oh...Almost forgot...Add an AIS Block Kit to the list, as well...It'll help lessen the pops and backfire. Won't eliminate it totally, but will help some...

Moving on...Switch the handlebars...Go with whatever you feel will be comfortable to you. I have the Yamaha Double T FAT bars...Powdercoated them black to match the bike...

And for the love of God...Lower that darn thing...Nothing looks sweeter then a slammed Warrior. You can go with the old "Flip & Grind" method (Doesn't cost a thing) and get a lowering kit (Can be pricey).

As for the rest...It's basically up to you and what you want...Personlize the bike...Make it your own...

I do admit that a FAT rear tire kit and custom wheels would be a good choice.

Ok...That's it...For now anyway...[/emoticons/emotion-5.gif]

Good luck with your new ride and congratulation on the new addition to the family. You're going to love her more and more as each day passes.[/emoticons/emotion-1.gif]

P.S. Sorry for the long reply...I'm waiting for the turkey to cook!![/emoticons/emotion-4.gif]

Mark aka Mad Man
 

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Don't sweat the wheels, nothing like throwing chrome wheels on a midnight.....looks awesome especially if it's the only chrome.....oh and while I'm spending your money....get the 240 kit when you chrome.

Welcome and congrats!
 

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Welcome to the forum. The more you read this forum the more your mod list will grow. I agree with condrons go for the chrome wheels when the time comes.
 

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quote:Originally posted by southboundchicken

+1 on what "mad man" say's[/emoticons/emotion-2.gif] welcome to the forum and congrats on your new machine [8D][/emoticons/emotion-4.gif]


Yeah! +2 on what southboundchicken said...That Mad Man is just plain sick...But I'm not totally sane either...Hey! Wait a minute!!

Sorry...Medication hasn't kicked in yet...Ahhhhh...There we go...


Mark aka Mad Man (I feel so happy now...)
 

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quote:Originally posted by southboundchicken

+1 on what "mad man" say's[/emoticons/emotion-2.gif] welcome to the forum and congrats on your new machine [8D][/emoticons/emotion-4.gif]


+2 I too agree with Madman! He knows what he talking about! Since your bike doesnt have the black rims, it not technically a midnight is it? I would go with black with chrome rims if I were you. But then you could have your bike painted RED! hahaha! Congrats and welcome to the 4M![/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]
 

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quote:Originally posted by kichigai

Originally posted by southboundchicken



+2 I too agree with Madman! He knows what he talking about!



kichigai,

Thanks!

I think...



Mark aka Mad Man
 

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Tortuga, welcome to the forum and congratulations on the purchase. Depending on the pullback of the bars on the '08's, one of the bigger bangs for the buck may be new bars - both for looks and comfort. My upper back was killing me until I changed out to Yamaha 6" risers and flat bar, which only brought the bars toward me nearly an inch - along with a Corbin solo which some say puts you closer to the bars - doing these two things made a world of difference, much more comfortable and no more upper back pain from stretching forward.

Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving.
 

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welcome! does it say warrior anywhere on your bike?
 

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Looks like the Star badge is back under the clear coat too! Glad to see the warrior is back for 08. Congrats again!

Originally posted by MadMan

WOW![:0]Looks like Yamaha decided to delete the Warrior badges on the tank for 2008 and just go with STAR. Or does it say Warrior somewhere!?
 

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Thanks to all for the replies. Yeah, it does not have Warrior on the tank, just Star. It looks to be under the clearcoat too. Not sure how I feel about the look of the "Star" logo just yet.

I do plan on getting the Baron license plate mount soon. The BAK or VBAK, Power Commander, and a different exhaust are gonna be done at same time. Still looking at pics and reviews on the exhausts. Like MadMan, I too like the exhausts that don't cover up much of the swingarm/rear tire area. I need to read more on the AIS, but if it helps with the backfire then sounds good.

Rear tire will probrably be later down the road. I did go ahead and get the Yamaha 48mo. extended warranty, but the dealer told me as long as they installed the accessories that any warranty issues won't be a problem. Now I do like to do the work and installs myself but may go ahead and let the dealer do them for the sake of the warranty.

Thanks for the welcome. Big smile on my face everytime I ride. I can't wait for the break-in period to pass, then I'll open her up.[/emoticons/emotion-2.gif]
 
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