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With what seems to be an influx of newbees and me being one myselfI wanted to pass some info that I wish I would have known early on. This is in no way meant to insult anyones intelligence, because I am sure most of you have more expierence than I do, it is intended to make things a little easier on you. If you have a question about something use the search feature and if you cannot find it throw up a post or do both what ever makes you happy. I have learned a lot from people asking questions, even if they are redundant and could easily be found by using the search feature. It might be something someone else didn't think to ask so if you don't know search or ask.


1. Churchkey makes a bad a$$ VBAK (Velocity Big Air Kit) to replace the stock air box and give the bike more pulling power. http://rswarrior.com/forums/p/51921/703555.aspx#703555


2. Alan H, churchkey, and ArizonaWarriorare amoung a few that really seem to have this bike figured out and usually help out whenever they can. (I haven't talked to them about putting their names out their like this so please don't flood their PM inbox unless they reply to the thread saying it is ok). If it isn't ok then I am sure one of these guys will PM me or a moderator will remove the post.


3. Ram396 makes an adjustable lowering link kit for a good price. http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/29316.aspx?PageIndex=1


4. bucky685 makes some very cool after market parts for the bike http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/52176.aspx


5. Justice makes a nice side mount license plate and a side cover to replace the stock air box http://rswarrior.com/forums/p/121551/974565.aspx#974565


6. The CADFather does awesome polishing work http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/128666.aspx?PageIndex=1


7. Redhorses site has a lot of info on DIY mods http://www.freewebs.com/roadstarwarrior/index.htm


8. This link has a ton of info thanks to Arizona Warrior http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/115929.aspx


9.Here is a DIY list that wyomingwarrior has in hissignatureline http://rswarrior.com/forums/p/129336/1023931.aspx#1023931(there is also a service manual (not owners manual) at the bottom of the list).


10. The purple Motor Sports Super Store (MSSS) link on the home page is good prices in it and I think they offer a discount to members of this site.


http://www.motorsportssuperstore.com/


11. Posting pictures can be kinda tricky this link is pretty old and I am not sure if there is another or easier way to do it. Also it may have changed when the site changed. http://rswarrior.com/forums/p/1511/30032.aspx#30032


12. Exhaust photo thread http://rswarrior.com/forums/p/114042/930175.aspx#930175


13. Mirror photo thread http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/120028.aspx?PageIndex=1


14. Bars photo thread http://rswarrior.com/forums/p/117662/950307.aspx#950307


15. Last but certainly not least the Midnight is the fastest warrior out there and the 07 is the best looking one out there. LOL


Here is, for most of you, some no brainer information; dont do anything to the bars until you have taken the tank off. I found out the hard way and now I have a very small ding in the tank.


I hope this helps someone out. I'm sure I've left some things out but I think this is a good start. If anyone wants to add to the list by all means do so. If I listed your name and you want it removed I apologize and let me know and I will edit the post and remove it. This doesn't even scratch the surface of what this site provides you with so search, search, and search some more.
 

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Looks like a good sticky for the welcome mat to me.



BTW, you WISH the midnight was as fast as the titanium.

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Here is, for most of you, some no brainer information; dont do anything to the bars until you have taken the tank off. I found out the hard way and now I have a very small ding in the tank.
or you could just throw a towel over it b4 you start wrenching.
 

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+1 to the search feature.

I just changed my grips today and something as simple as a search for "taking off grips" saved my butt.
 

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Great idea to put al this info in one post.


Thanks!
 

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GREAT IDEA!!!
This would make a good "sticky post" in the Welcome Mat.


I too wish this was around when I first joined for it took me a couple months to even realize what this forum had to offer. That's why I created the DIY Mod List for all the newbees (& forquick references)but this thread is even better yet. Thanks!
 

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Next sticky thread for all the nOObs will include themeaning of life and how to tell the difference between butter and I can't believe its not butter.


JK- good thread to get people situated and up to speed when they first join.
 

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I'm not sure about the '07 midnight claims, but I know there's a new leftover like that for sale here in CO. If anyone's interested, you can call Silverthorne Power Sports at 970-513-1119. They might be ready to make a deal.


They also have a new V-Max on the floor.
 

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wyomingwarrior said:
GREAT IDEA!!!
This would make a good "sticky post" in the Welcome Mat.


Agreed. It's now sticky.



It's a good post except for the Midnight being the fastest part. Everyone (well who's not a newbie) knows it's the original "midnight", the Titanium Warriors from 02 that were the fastest. It was a problem Yamaha didn't figure out till after the bike was released. So they slowed them down and made a Midnight version.
 

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Thanks for the info. It should come in handy. And yes I agree the Titanium Warrior is the fastest but then again I believe I have the 03. lol
 

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This is a lot of good info. I have noticed a large influx of newbies...(even though I'm fairly new myself). This forum has been invaluable to me in doing the mods on my bike and I have learned a lot from the people here. I did think of a few things that marty left out so I'll throw them out here. Buying parts for the Warrior can be a bit of a hassle. Let's face it, it's no Harley and Wal-mart doesn't carry anything that's not built for Harley..lol... anyways, here are a list of my favorite places to buy parts for my bike.



www.phatperformanceparts.com -They've always done me right, prices are hard to beat and anything over a hundred bucks ships for free.

www.pacificcoaststar.com -They are relative small timers but make good products. Not to mention they really stand by the things they sell.

www.orientexpress.com -Everything from turbos to riding gear

www.fuelmoto.com -The best prices for Power Commanders, hands down. Very friendly staff too

www.baronscustom.com -Everything you can imagine and somethings you can't.

www.starmotorcycles.com -Factory parts breakdowns, index's, and manuals.

www.pipecity.com -Good prices on exhaust and baffles.



I know that their are more that I am forgetting. These just happen to be a few that I've had some good experiences with. Others may or may not have had good dealings with them. This is just my 2 cents....anyone else have some places that are good or great to deal with it..this is the place to post it up for our newbies that are parts hunting.
 

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How about a couple links to 1) This is how to change your oil (with pictures) and 2) this is how to remove your tire(s) with pictures. I know stuff like that would be helpful to me. The seach feature is great but when you get 3000+ hits on "changing rear tire" it tends to get irksome to find the right thread that will actually help.

For you old timers on here changing a tire or doing an oil change is baby stuff compared to what you are doing to your bikes but some of us are relatively new to motorcycles and have to start somewhere. We'll pass on your knoledge when your gone.


At any rate, just a couple suggestions to help us along. You guys are great with n00bs and I'd like to see it continue.
 

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How about a couple links to 1) This is how to change your oil (with pictures) and 2) this is how to remove your tire(s) with pictures. I know stuff like that would be helpful to me. The seach feature is great but when you get 3000+ hits on "changing rear tire" it tends to get irksome to find the right thread that will actually help.


For you old timers on here changing a tire or doing an oil change is baby stuff compared to what you are doing to your bikes but some of us are relatively new to motorcycles and have to start somewhere. We'll pass on your knoledge when your gone.



At any rate, just a couple suggestions to help us along. You guys are great with n00bs and I'd like to see it continue.

I found these:


Oil: (see also 'grease')
Oil - OEM Recommended: http://www.starmotorcycles.com/star/yamalube.aspx
Oil - OEM: Was YamaLube4 20W40 now 10W40 to 40F and 20W50 above 40F (3.91 qts, 4.33 qts w/filter).
Oil - OEM: Oil must meet API Service SE, SF, SG (or higher) for wet clutch.
Oil - Synthetic: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/109802.aspx
Oil - Suggested Best for Warrior: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/5542.aspx
Oil - Change Interval - Synthetic: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/120349.aspx
Oil - Viscocity: (W=Winter) 10W40 at 32-degrees F flows as 10 weight; at 212-degrees F flows like 40 weight.
Oil - Viscocity: 20W-50 = 20 weight oil that will not thin more than a 50 weight would when 212-degrees F.
Oil - Viscocity: http://www.valvoline.com/carcare/articleviewer.asp?pg=ccr20040601ov
Oil - Viscocity: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/question164.htm
Oil - Pressure Relief Valve: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/24097.aspx (Denso filter has none)
Oil - Filter: (see 'filter')
Oil - How to Check Oil Level:
1. http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/48835.aspx
2. https://www.starmotorcycles.com/star/service/viewservicetip.aspx?ls=star&yr=2003&lid=2&mid=61&tid=8
Oil - Changing: http://roadstarclinic.com/content/view/158/116/
Oil - Changing: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/5490.aspx (and service manual)
Oil - Changing - Which Two Bolts: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/128465.aspx
Oil - Bolt Torque Values: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/113205.aspx
Oil - Re-Threading Plug Bolt: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/16750.aspx
Oil - Pump: (see Service Manual) (if failure ask dealer if related to OEM change from 20W40 to 10W40)
Oil - Pressure Gauge: http://rswarrior.com/photos/darkstar/default.aspx
Oil - Pressure Gauge: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/26951.aspx
Oil - Pressure Gauge Right Side: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/26236.aspx
Oil - Pressure Gauge Rider View: http://www.rswarrior.com/Gallery/ArizonaWarrior.aspx
Oil - Pressure Gauge Left Side: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/28025.aspx
Oil - Checking Temperature: http://rswarrior.com/forums/p/26318/381122.aspx#381122
Oil - Cooler: (search these forums plus do a web search because several good units exist)
Oil - Cooler - ProOne: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/29149.aspx



More stuff here too: http://rswarrior.com/forums/t/115929.aspx


Good luck.
 

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Yes, I would like to thank all the members of the forum that take the time to post the info that they do. I have been on the forum for 3 years now and have never been very involved with it but it has always been the first place that ive turned when Ive had a question. Thank You
 

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This site was just brought to my attention: http://www.msgroup.org/.



A quick review of the site before you click, it's primarily a site for safety conscious riders. It compiles information on safe riding but it requires mature riders to add to the discussion. There is a forum component as well as the compiled tips, techniques and videos. While the linked site may not be helpful for many of you old timers I have seen more than a few posts on "I'm a new rider..." including my own =)



Hopefully this will be helpful for some of the new guys. I know we all like to stress safety and fun. I'm guessing this should be posted here as I don't think it warrants an entire new topic.
 

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Hi,I'm new here and really like this forum, it looks like it has a lot of great info.It'll be nice to get to know everyone on here.Thanks.Have a nice time ahead.
 

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I have been a member for about a year and I can say this. Before you purchase something for this bike do a search here 1st for problems about that product or vendor. I could have saved alot of time and money if I would have done more research on this site 1st. I would find out what I bought was junk and then look here to see if others had a problem... Look here THEN buy and install. I see tons of really cool bikes on here but I have to say I think the 07 Midnight is my favorite. The Red pin stripe on the tank and rear fender and 5 spoke wheels are a nice touch.
 
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