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Back on a Ducati; new to me 998, maintenance items?

Just picked up a brand new used 2002 998, in the best color guy had done all maintenance work himself, was second owner, 9600 miles.

What things should I do maintenance wise before I start riding my new joy?

Belts were last replaced in 2014, since then bike hasn't been ridden much, just started occasionally.

So far I am planning on doing:

New belts
Check valve clearances
Change filter/oil
Flush brake and clutch fluids
Replace front fork oil
New fuel filter
Clean/oil air filters
Re align front forks
Check brake pads
Set up suspension
Check electrical connectors for corrosion/melting

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Lube throttle cable
Flush radiator fluid
Check chain tension
Check brake pads and rotor thickness

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What a beaut. Well done.
Don't forget to check the chain tension. Previous owner of mine had not and the chain started to the eat the bottom of the swing arm.

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What a beaut. Well done.
Don't forget to check the chain tension. Previous owner of mine had not and the chain started to the eat the bottom of the swing arm.
Will do, hadn't realised the chain could do that...
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Yeah the backlash from a loose chain is quite nasty. The lower chain slider got totally eaten away and this is what was left from the upper slider bolt closest to the motor...
So make sure there is not too much horizontal play either.
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Yeah the backlash from a loose chain is quite nasty. The lower chain slider got totally eaten away and this is what was left from the upper slider bolt closest to the motor...
So make sure there is not too much horizontal play either.
Damn that's pretty extreme... I will definitely check the chain...
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So what's a good upgrade path for a 998?

Not into bling, and I believe the bike has plenty of power, coming off of a S1000RR, which has ridiculous power but not much character... Just another inline 4 IMHO, and it's far too expensive to be just another 4...

70% twisty back roads, 20%track days,10% commuting freeway

I have spent thousands of miles riding the California canyons in LA on a stock 996 in the past, so I am familiar with the handling characteristics. This time around I'd like to do cost effective handing mods to get the most out of the bike.

Started looking into the 27mm offset triple clamps and changing the steering angle to the steeper setting along with an extended swing arm. However some of shazam's posts about loss of stability on bumpy street roads has convinced me otherwise.

Then I started considering upgrading to ohlins forks, but it seems that cartridge inserts may provide better handling for less. Not necessarily ohlins, but I've also heard good things about traxxion dynamics ak20's. But then other posts seems to think that they're really not worth the money unless you're racing. Maybe a ttx rear shock, but is it significantly better than the stock ohlins?

The most positive feedback I've seen is about getting magnesium forged rims. But even here there seem to be significant drawbacks. I do like the looks on the 10 spoke marchesini rims, so perhaps the forged aluminum, but are they worth the minor weight difference?

Maybe the best option is to just have a nice clean stock 998 that I can enjoy... But surely a few mods here or there couldn't hurt..

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I put OZ forged aluminum rims on mine. Big difference in weight, 8 lbs as compared to previous 12in the rear wheel alone. Makes for better handeling.

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...The most positive feedback I've seen is about getting magnesium forged rims. But even here there seem to be significant drawbacks. I do like the looks on the 10 spoke marchesini rims, so perhaps the forged aluminum, but are they worth the minor weight difference?...
The two most cost effective mods I installed on my R were a pair of Marchesini 5 spoke Mg wheels and a Shorai LFX18A1-BS12 Li (LFX18A1-BS12 - Shorai Lithium Batteries) battery. The difference in handling from the stock Al 5 spoke to the Mg's is profound... turn in is almost telepathic now. And you know the joke about the fastest way to lose 10 ugly pounds? Well contrary to the punchline of that joke, it is not cutting off your head... it's replacing the stock Yuasa behemoth with one of these Shorai Lithium units.

After that, if you want to start trading plastic for CF, the underseat tray is a good place to start. The stock one has a molded in place steel insert to distribute the loads from the rear mudguard/license plate/turn signal holder. I got a CM Composit CF tray (CF Underseat Heat Insulation Cover: 748-998) and a TPO Parts Stealth bracket for the plate and turn signals (https://www.tpoparts.com/cat093/inde...product_id=184). Again, cost effective and cuts pounds, not ounces.




Oh yeah... and for gods sake pick up some clear turn signal lenses and amber bulbs. They retain the classic styling, but the clear lenses make them look much more contemporary IMO.

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I put OZ forged aluminum rims on mine. Big difference in weight, 8 lbs as compared to previous 12in the rear wheel alone. Makes for better handeling.
Well I am definitely liking the 10 spoke marchesini rims, but if the OZ forged aluminum rims save that much over stock, and the forged marchesini aluminum rims then I'll have to consider them. They do look quite nice as well

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The two most cost effective mods I installed on my R were a pair of Marchesini 5 spoke Mg wheels and a Shorai LFX18A1-BS12 Li (LFX18A1-BS12 - Shorai Lithium Batteries) battery. The difference in handling from the stock Al 5 spoke to the Mg's is profound... turn in is almost telepathic now. And you know the joke about the fastest way to lose 10 ugly pounds? Well contrary to the punchline of that joke, it is not cutting off your head... it's replacing the stock Yuasa behemoth with one of these Shorai Lithium units.

After that, if you want to start trading plastic for CF, the underseat tray is a good place to start. The stock one has a molded in place steel insert to distribute the loads from the rear mudguard/license plate/turn signal holder. I got a CM Composit CF tray (CF Underseat Heat Insulation Cover: 748-998) and a TPO Parts Stealth bracket for the plate and turn signals (https://www.tpoparts.com/cat093/inde...product_id=184). Again, cost effective and cuts pounds, not ounces.




Oh yeah... and for gods sake pick up some clear turn signal lenses and amber bulbs. They retain the classic styling, but the clear lenses make them look much more contemporary IMO.
Well I wasn't sure about the shorai lithium batteries, but the weight savings and higher capacity seem like they would be worth the hassle.

The previous owner installed integrated brake lights with turn signals, so now I just need to fix the front turn signals.

I guess adding lightness really is the best path...

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