|A few helpful hints about servicing your Tiger. The cost of a 12,000 mile service in the UK was quoted to me as £380.
The Triumph plastic
tool kit holder was
awful. I used a
cheap pencil case
made from Denim
with a large zip. As
a bonus it held
The first day I rode my Tiger 955i I realised that the lights were hopeless at night. In the UK it is now illegal to have 2
lights running on a bike unless they share the same glass so on the Tiger one light is set to dipped beam and the other
is set to main beam. The bulbs still have twin elements Triumph simply remove a solenoid on UK spec bikes. To fix
this I bought a solenoid from Triumph and fitted it. It goes on the left side of the cockpit (Sitting on the bike). All you need
do is remove the plastic panel that the indicator is fixed to & plug it in. Having added the missing Headlamp solenoid I
fitted a switch on the dashboard to turn the R/H dipped beam on or off for the annual MOT check.
When I checked my tappets at 12,000 miles they were all OK. The Tiger really perked up when I replaced the plugs. Ditto
at 24,000 miles.
To remove the Rear Axle I needed thin walled 19mm and 22mm sockets (These will also remove the Swinging Arm
Pivot). Thick walled sockets will not fit into the recesses. Carry the sockets with you on long trips overseas.
At 20,000 miles I fitted a new chain & sprockets. There was only slight visible wear on the old sprockets but the chain
would have failed one day so I felt having ridden 20k was more than sufficient. The Gearbox sprocket requires a 36mm
socket. I bet you don't have one of those for a half inch drive! Cheap to buy on eBay as this is the same size as the axle
hub nut on a VW Beetle.
A Torx T55 fits all the Engine mounting bolts and the Shock mounting bolts. The smaller Torx T25 and T30 will undo the
bolts for the side panels, tank, air-box and coils. Keep the latter 2 in your tool kit.
To get at the lower Shock mount it is easier to remove the rear wheel, the swinging arm spindle and the top shock
absorber mount then remove the swinging arm and shock together rather than unbolt the entire exhaust systems which
the manual recommends. (See Hagon Shock page)
A K&N Oil filter comes with a 14mm nut on the end so you do not need a special oil filter extractor. The K&N also has a
hole drilled through the head of the nut. I recommend that you drill a corresponding hole through the Sump Drain plug
and wire the two together for peace of mind.
It is easy to fit a K&N Air filter. It slots into the Air-box from above. The K&N makes the Tiger much sharper on the throttle
at low speeds. My Tiger 955i would wheelie in first on the throttle after fitting the K&N.
Always use Loctite thread lock or similar on major bolts. Especially the brakes, spindles and shock mountings. I once
had the rear spindle work loose on an XR600 and I rode a newly acquired Z900 with loose fork spindle caps. I wouldn't
I attach a strong magnet to the outside of the oil filter and the outside of the sump plug. You can buy rare earth magnets
very cheap on eBay. This will keep any ferrous particles out of the oil. (I'm not sure if the Tiger has Steel clutch plates. If
it has, a magnet is essential). I do the same on all my vehicles as no one seems to fit a magnetic sump plug anymore.
Servicing your Tiger 955i
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