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Back off plates and Servo buddy 13+

Looking to pick these up for less than the parts new...obviously. Right now Revzilla has the plates for 30 bucks, and a servo will set me back 60. SOOOO help a member out if you can. Cheers everyone.
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post #2 of 25 Old 03-06-2017, 02:22 PM
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Cheapest block off plates are to not replace them at all.

Go buy a piece of vacuum tube from your local autoparts store, disconnect the PAIR valve, and connect the two valve cover vents together...does the same thing as block off plates. Side note, if you do not jump the PAIR valve or reflash your ECU, you will get a check engine light. You can just leave it plugged in and secure it so that it doesn't flop around.
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Cheapest block off plates are to not replace them at all.

Go buy a piece of vacuum tube from your local autoparts store, disconnect the PAIR valve, and connect the two valve cover vents together...does the same thing as block off plates. Side note, if you do not jump the PAIR valve or reflash your ECU, you will get a check engine light. You can just leave it plugged in and secure it so that it doesn't flop around.
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I still prefer block off plates though (which I eventually installed), because it is a cleaner install. The capped off PAIR valve collects a lot of grime inside over time, and that can fall back inside the engine.

Also, on the 2009 - 2017 models, you don't need to install a servo eliminator, unless you just want to free up the space/weight. You just have to remove the cables from the servo and leave it plugged into the wiring harness.
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Also, on the 2009 - 2017 models, you don't need to install a servo eliminator, unless you just want to free up the space/weight. You just have to remove the cables from the servo and leave it plugged into the wiring harness.
Damn thats good to know. I was about to purchase one.
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Also, on the 2009 - 2017 models, you don't need to install a servo eliminator, unless you just want to free up the space/weight. You just have to remove the cables from the servo and leave it plugged into the wiring harness.
Yeah but then it makes that funny noise every time you turn the ignition on which bugged the hell out of me, and if I recall you'll also get the warning light on (can't remember for sure). When I got my bike the previous owner had left the servo in there, although it wasn't doing anything and I kept thinking there was something wrong with the bike when I started it. Apparently he didn't give a shit but that noise just bugged the hell out of me.

This is what it sounds/looks like with the ignition on until you actually start the bike.

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For a servo buddy contact Laggy311. He can hook u up with one.
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Yeah but then it makes that funny noise every time you turn the ignition on which bugged the hell out of me, and if I recall you'll also get the warning light on (can't remember for sure). When I got my bike the previous owner had left the servo in there, although it wasn't doing anything and I kept thinking there was something wrong with the bike when I started it. Apparently he didn't give a shit but that noise just bugged the hell out of me.

This is what it sounds/looks like with the ignition on until you actually start the bike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWOPbZBYktI
The 2009+ doesn't make that jittering noise (that video isn't a 2009+ unless somebody made some modification to that servo). It only indexes (sweeps all the way from one side to the other) one time when you first turn the key on, and it doesn't cause an FI light (that's why I said you don't need to remove the servo). You wouldn't even really hear it, because the butterfly valve is doing it's sweep at the same time. I had the servo on my 2009 still in there with the cables removed for quite some time before I installed a ServoBuddy.

Previous models (as in the video) needed to have some stops installed on the servo for everything to still work properly and not cause an FI light.

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The 2009+ doesn't make that jittering noise (that video isn't a 2009+ unless somebody made some modification to that servo). It only indexes (sweeps all the way from one side to the other) one time when you first turn the key on, and it doesn't cause an FI light (that's why I said you don't need to remove the servo). You wouldn't even really hear it, because the butterfly valve is doing it's sweep at the same time. I had the servo on my 2009 still in there with the cables removed for quite some time before I installed a ServoBuddy.

Previous models (as in the video) needed to have some stops installed on the servo for everything to still work properly and not cause an FI light.
Lol...that's a 2009 for sure. I know it because it's my bike and I made the video lol. That was one of the first things I posted on this forum a year ago when I noticed that sound on it. I guess I can't say for sure what the previous owner did, but all I know is the servo motor was in there doing that sound with the ignition on, until starting the bike and once I took it off and put a Servo Buddy in, it fixed it. Now that I think of it, you're right about the light I think. If I recall, taking off the servo motor would cause the FI light to come on, hence the need for the Servo Buddy.

Also, no butterfly valve in a full exhaust system.
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Lol...that's a 2009 for sure. I know it because it's my bike and I made the video lol. That was one of the first things I posted on this forum a year ago when I noticed that sound on it. I guess I can't say for sure what the previous owner did, but all I know is the servo motor was in there doing that sound with the ignition on, until starting the bike and once I took it off and put a Servo Buddy in, it fixed it. Now that I think of it, you're right about the light I think. If I recall, taking off the servo motor would cause the FI light to come on, hence the need for the Servo Buddy.

Also, no butterfly valve in a full exhaust system.
Yea, it looks like the previous owner did something to that servo. That is not the stock metal piece on top of the servo in that video, and that is probably why it's jittering like that. That metal piece isn't letting the servo go through it's initial indexing procedure, so it's just jittering back and forth.

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Yea, it looks like the previous owner did something to that servo. That is not the stock metal piece on top of the servo in that video, and that is probably why it's jittering like that. That metal piece isn't letting the servo go through it's initial indexing procedure, so it's just jittering back and forth.

This is what the stock servo looks like:

Huh! Well how 'bout that! Would've never known...not that I cared cuz I just threw it straight in the trash once I got my servo buddy. But I wonder why he changed that? I don't see any good reason to do that, especially since it didn't work properly.

This is the one disadvantage about buying something used that has been heavily modified. You have no clue what was done before, by who, or if it was done right or with good purpose. You pretty much just have to hope for the best. Oh well. At least this isn't something critical especially for a race bike.
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Huh! Well how 'bout that! Would've never known...not that I cared cuz I just threw it straight in the trash once I got my servo buddy. But I wonder why he changed that? I don't see any good reason to do that, especially since it didn't work properly.

This is the one disadvantage about buying something used that has been heavily modified. You have no clue what was done before, by who, or if it was done right or with good purpose. You pretty much just have to hope for the best. Oh well. At least this isn't something critical especially for a race bike.
He probably did it because on previous year models you had to install something that would limit the movement of the servo with hard stops at each end or you would get an FI light. He didn't know that the 2009 was changed and no longer required any modification other than to remove the cables from the servo.
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Woodcraft sells servo buddy, developed by a fellow kawi rider btw

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I suppose it depends if you have more time or more money. I did it myself on the honda, as i had time. The time is precious right now, i won't even bother.
I ordered both the servo buddy and the keyless ignition from there.
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remove the servo and get the eliminator. save a bit of weight, then if you get a bazzaz or similar and a quickshift it allows you to have the space to store it under your seat
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I when a spoke to the local moto guru here and he suggested a reflash. So the plan is, remove the servo, reflash, link pipe, air filter(BMC),back off plates, and yosh.
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