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    Hey guys, just thought I would add my 2 cents to screw you guys up that work on your bikes. Just an FYI and to prove a point I did this install with the tool kit that came with the bike other than the side cutters. I did this in order to prove to some of you new guys that have limited experience in regarding mechanics that you need not be afraid as you are smarter and more capable than you think.

    1. Remove the seat and left and right body panels.

    2. remove the front ECM mount screw. It has a 10mm head and a Philips slot and is located on the left side of the bike. No brainer.

    3. Remove the upper ECM mount screw to the left of the battery under the seat. It is the same style as the lower mount screw.

    4. Slowly rotate the ECM and bracket down and out. Press on the tab for the grey connector and remove from ECM.

    5. Press on the release tab for the black connector and firmly remove from ECM as well.

    6. here is a cool thing I don't think most people notice but if you look at the back of the black ECM connector which is the one you need to use for the XTRE you will see a number 1 and 17 as well as a number 18 and 34 . Yes that's right, it references pins 1 thru 17 and pins 18 thru 34.

    7. For the installation you will need pin number 6 , which is a BLK wire with a thin GRN stripe. Which is... wait for it.... the 6th pin right to left from the number 1 embossed on the black ECM connector!!

    8. Not necessary but far easier is to remove the factory wrap tap on the black connector ECM harness to get slack at the BLK wire with the GRN stripe.

    9. Take your wire cutters and move about 2" from the ECM connector and cut the BLK wire with the GRN stripe.

    10. Use the supplied squeeze connector and attach the BLK wire with the GRN stripe from the XTRE harness marked ECM to the BLK wire with the GRN stripe you cut earlier on the connector side of the ECM harness.

    11. Connect the BLK with WH striped wire from the XTRE harness to the BLK with GRN stripe wire to the harness side of the ECM connector. at this point you are all done with the ECM and can re-tape the harness and re_ install the ECM. and the left side cover.

    12. Moving to the right side of the bike look behind the rear cylinder and exhaust header and you will see the triangle connector for the gear indicator. The connector has a BLU, BLK and RED not PINK wire.

    13. I is very tight and difficult but disconnect the Gear indicator connector and install the XTRE between the connectors.

    14. Last thing is to power it up. The kit says to install the power wire (RED) to a switched power source. I believe it was better to go straight to the battery which I did. You decide which is best for you.

    15. Now its time to see if we did it all correctly. Turn on your key, hold the bike and put up the kick stand. Make sure your kill switch is in run and check to see if the gear you are in matches the indicator. It is a little difficult and they may glitch out but try and be forceful when you shift and they should work fine and sync up.

    16. Grab a beer and take her for a test drive or vise versa. You will love the new feel of your bike and congrats!!
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    Nice write up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by some 9 View Post
    Nice write up.
    Coming from someone with your 9 experience it is appreciated.

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    Finished up my install on it today. A lot easier than I thought. Get to take it out on a ride tomorrow, our one nice day this week. The rain just won't quit.

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    Great write up! I wired mine to the terminal post that has the clear plastic cover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiskeythrottle505 View Post
    Hey guys, just thought I would add my 2 cents to screw you guys up that work on your bikes. ...

    12. Moving to the right side of the bike look behind the rear cylinder and exhaust header and you will see the triangle connector for the gear indicator. The connector has a BLU, BLK and RED not PINK wire.

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    Both the x-tre instructions and the Suzuki wiring diagram indicate that the gp switch is the block WITH the pink wire.......is this wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cadium View Post
    Both the x-tre instructions and the Suzuki wiring diagram indicate that the gp switch is the block WITH the pink wire.......is this wrong?
    Mine looks red to me partner but it is right behind the rear cylinder and rear header. Real pain in the arse to connect but it is the right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiskeythrottle505 View Post
    Mine looks red to me partner but it is right behind the rear cylinder and rear header. Real pain in the arse to connect but it is the right one.
    I used 2 long nose needle nose pliers to get them hooked up. My fat fingers/hands were not going to fit in there LOL




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    Quote Originally Posted by Nemo View Post
    I used 2 long nose needle nose pliers to get them hooked up. My fat fingers/hands were not going to fit in there LOL
    Hear that LOL... I scraped the crap out if my fingers trying to get the connector apart.

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    Literally just ordered a X-Tre for my 2011... thanks for the write up, will come in handy soon!

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    So I got the X-TRE installed and it was definitely a simple job. The write up above by wiskeythrottle505 is spot on I am an amateur wrencher at best, but this is a task anybody can do as long as they take there time while dealing with the ECM you can't really screw it up.

    I took the bike out for a few hours and it was a very noticeable yet subtle change, and I like it. It absolutely shifts smoother 1-3, though not a huge difference... and there is definitely smoother power in 1-3 overall. Recommended!

    As far as the wire being pink / red it really doesn't matter how it looks to your eyes since there is only one possible plug you can use and to my naked eye it looks "light red" but it's obvious once you see the connector. As long as you pull the right side cover off and look directly behind the rear header and you can't miss it... perfect little spot to velcro/strap the X-TRE

    The included documentation says for cruisers you want the X-TRE mapped as 4th gear, which you can test by putting your bike in 1st before you start it up... the indicator show's 4 for a few seconds and then goes to 1. If you start the bike in N it will just do the usually thing, it only shows what map is being used if you start the bike in 1st gear.
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    Glad you liked. It is a bitchin mod. And I love the way my bike feels with it. Very smooth!!

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    I'm installing mine as I type this and ran into an issue, 1of the yellow gel connectors is bad and they only sent 2. I have some telephone push connectors (non-gel), can these be used? Also, is there a minimum resistance/voltage rating that the connectors need? These are listed as 26-22 gauge (awg), seems to be in the range of the bikes wires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongShot View Post
    I'm installing mine as I type this and ran into an issue, 1of the yellow gel connectors is bad and they only sent 2. I have some telephone push connectors (non-gel), can these be used? Also, is there a minimum resistance/voltage rating that the connectors need? These are listed as 26-22 gauge (awg), seems to be in the range of the bikes wires.
    That sucks, how is it bad? You can always just solder the connections, which is the best way to do it technically anyway

    If not that, I'm not sure where you can buy a new gel tab, maybe two shack? I would bet heal tech would seen you another set but that means waiting of course

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    I have an '06, is it a difft install than the later bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmoof View Post
    That sucks, how is it bad? You can always just solder the connections, which is the best way to do it technically anyway

    If not that, I'm not sure where you can buy a new gel tab, maybe two shack? I would bet heal tech would seen you another set but that means waiting of course

    One side of the connector interior did not hold the wire, just slides in and out even thought he connector is closed. I was able to find some gel connectors in my "little electrical stuff goes in here" box and the job is done! Bike is back together and test of the gear indicator shows correct map and gear position. Now on to the exhaust de-baffle while the bike is on the jack................

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    I've had my XTRE for a couple weeks now. I was holding off on the install because I thought I had to pull the tank to access the GP plug. I was thinking I would just wait until I had the tank off for my FI2000 powerpro, and pair valve covers and do it all at the same time. I'm still trying to decide which pipes I'm going to run.

    After reading this thread, I will probably knock this out next weekend. It would be nice to have the XTRE installed before MAM.

    Great write up Wiskeythrottle. Thanks!

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    The XTRE is well worth the price. Much smoother throttle response. Why wouldn't Suzuki make it like this from the factory?

    Also, nice write up. Better than the instructions that come with the XTRE.

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    Just used this on my 2012 model and these instructions were so much easier than the factory ones.
    Cheers for the detailed pics also. BIG help!

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    Great write up, definitely helped. Ran the red straight to the battery.

    Have not ran her yet but in the morning sometime. Have to finish up the brake light mod first
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammin03 View Post
    Great write up, definitely helped. Ran the red straight to the battery.

    Have not ran her yet but in the morning sometime. Have to finish up the brake light mod first
    How is it working? I am doing this over the weekend. Not sure if I want to run to the battery or a switch. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trublupsu94 View Post
    How is it working? I am doing this over the weekend. Not sure if I want to run to the battery or a switch. Thoughts?
    I just went straight to the battery, and I quote from the Healtech manual:

    "If you can't do the splice, connect the Red wire directly to the battery positive terminal (in this case, disconnect the wire if you don't intend to ride the bike for over 4 weeks, otherwise, you may need to charge the battery)."

    The only time I won't ride my bike for that long is when it's put up for the winter, and then it's connected to a battery tender

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmoof View Post
    I just went straight to the battery, and I quote from the Healtech manual:

    "If you can't do the splice, connect the Red wire directly to the battery positive terminal (in this case, disconnect the wire if you don't intend to ride the bike for over 4 weeks, otherwise, you may need to charge the battery)."

    The only time I won't ride my bike for that long is when it's put up for the winter, and then it's connected to a battery tender
    I was looking at the ECM wiring. Is it clear which side of the harness to hook up to the green and black wire? The harness appears to have a black side and a gray side on the ECM. Does this sound right?

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    This is the wire you want to cut and how mine looked when finished... soldering the wire and using some heat shrink is really the best way to go but I couldn't find my soldering iron and will just go back and do that some other day.

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    Nice post and thanks for doing this. It helped me install the XTRE that I was fussing at earlier in the weekend. XTRE makes the bike much more smooth and I do notice that I can handle it better because it is more predictable in the turns. May have lost a little power, but I'll take the smooth ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trublupsu94 View Post
    Nice post and thanks for doing this. It helped me install the XTRE that I was fussing at earlier in the weekend. XTRE makes the bike much more smooth and I do notice that I can handle it better because it is more predictable in the turns. May have lost a little power, but I'll take the smooth ride.
    Should be power gains man... no losses

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmoof View Post
    Should be power gains man... no losses
    Two things.

    1. I'm not an engineer or a mechanic. But tricking the bike into thinking it is in 4th gear has to either reduce power in 1-3rd or if it does give more power,has to be hard on the transmission. Given the fact that it feels so smooth and less torque I am guessing it reduces some of the power in 1-3rd to smooth things out.

    2. Maybe it's just perception on my part then because it doesn't feel so rough and is smooth. Maybe there is more power but it is perceived less because of the smooth ride. Either way, I am ok with whatever it is. Plus I added the Cobra Pro and an exhaust. So all that combined has really changed the dynamics of the bike. With only have 500 miles or riding time on the 9, it could be that I just don't have enough run time to perceive the differences too.

    The XTRE is definitively working I can tell you that. Soft, smooth, and I can handle corners better because I don't feel all the bucking while engaging the throttle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trublupsu94 View Post
    Two things.

    1. I'm not an engineer or a mechanic. But tricking the bike into thinking it is in 4th gear has to either reduce power in 1-3rd or if it does give more power,has to be hard on the transmission. Given the fact that it feels so smooth and less torque I am guessing it reduces some of the power in 1-3rd to smooth things out.

    2. Maybe it's just perception on my part then because it doesn't feel so rough and is smooth. Maybe there is more power but it is perceived less because of the smooth ride. Either way, I am ok with whatever it is. Plus I added the Cobra Pro and an exhaust. So all that combined has really changed the dynamics of the bike. With only have 500 miles or riding time on the 9, it could be that I just don't have enough run time to perceive the differences too.

    The XTRE is definitively working I can tell you that. Soft, smooth, and I can handle corners better because I don't feel all the bucking while engaging the throttle.
    The timing is advanced, effectively allowing the engine to run at full power which is why they map your bike to always think it's in 4th gear where you have 100% throttle and the full available rev's of 7,400 rpm's

    You won't gain much in the way of power, but you certainly aren't losing any power by adding a TRE/XTRE

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    Just picked up my XTRE and I plan on doing this today. Plan to follow these instructions.
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