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Old 04-04-2013, 01:46 PM   #8056
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Uprated Spring

What are peoples thoughts on the Rally Raid Products 95Nm rear spring - has anybody got one on their bike?

I'm about two weeks off a 1-2 year trip around europe plus Morocco and Western Sahara. The bike will be heavy with luggage and aux tanks. I haven't weighed all my stuff yet so I don't know what it's going to work out at. When I'm off road I wont be trying to break any speed records I'll just be taking it easy and nursing the bike - I'm wondering if the uprated rear spring is wise investment for my kind of riding or not.

Any advice or thoughts much appreciated
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Old 04-04-2013, 02:42 PM   #8057
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I guess the green coolant dealer had on my bike is Motorex coolant. I lost some coolant because the hose on radiator cap came off while riding because the hose was bent away from radiator and popped off when full turn.
My Motorex dealer just shut down the shop, so can I mix with other brands or is that a nono like with the oil?
I topped off with Prestone Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolant
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:23 PM   #8058
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Ive gotten a lot of quality info off this website, so I figure its about time I made a bit of a payback. Im not very familiar with my 690 (yet) but I did recently finish building an airplane from a kit. Not important, except that it exposed me to a lot of useful aircraft products, hardware, electrical, and structural resources that some of you may not know about. ...

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Thank you for the intel and links.....
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:27 PM   #8059
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anything I need to know before putting on 2" risers? clutch and brake lines ok?
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:38 PM   #8060
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anything I need to know before putting on 2" risers? clutch and brake lines ok?
You need to rotate the throttle so that the cables are pointing down. Everything else shoud be fine.
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:39 PM   #8061
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You need to rotate the throttle so that the cables are pointing down. Everything else shoud be fine.

thank you!!!
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:47 PM   #8062
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You're welcome, Ged. Hope someone finds something there they can eventually use.

By the way, where do stock 690 exhausts go to die? There must be a 1,000 of them piled up somewhere being eaten on by catalytic termites or something! Is my brand new one good for absolutely nothing?

P.S. I don't have a boat.


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Old 04-04-2013, 06:31 PM   #8063
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You're welcome, Ged. Hope someone finds something there they can eventually use.

By the way, where do stock 690 exhausts go to die? There must be a 1,000 of them piled up somewhere being eaten on by catalytic termites or something! Is my brand new one good for absolutely nothing?

P.S. I don't have a boat.


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Stock 690's go where all the rest of them go....into the garage attic, under the house where my collection of BMW and Ducati stock cans go or who knows. No one actually does what they deserve....throws them in the dumpster. Some bright soul who figures out how to recycle them will get rich.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:05 PM   #8064
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Question stupid question

could you not just gut them and repack them or something to that extent. I have one in my furnace room collecting dust hoping it wont catch on fire.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:26 PM   #8065
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could you not just gut them and repack them or something to that extent. I have one in my furnace room collecting dust hoping it wont catch on fire.
I have yet to see a post with any pics showing a gut job. I gutted a couple BMW collector pipe cats with great results but that big muffler would likely present flow problems and have unknown effects on power delivery.

Supposing I had the time, and could weld it without paying $50 to a guy with real welding skills, I'd try it. But I'd like to see what's inside before I start cutting.

Ultimately, I think it would be cool to have a very quiet non cat stock look, even at the cost of a couple ponies...
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:48 PM   #8066
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ultimately, i think it would be cool to have a very quiet non cat stock look, even at the cost of a couple ponies...
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:21 PM   #8067
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Hey Gents,
I am new to the 690 and riding in Arizona (ambient temp 80'ish). It's a 2008 with 15K miles and the high temp warning light goes on frequently and the gauge reaches 12 bars and flashes. This occurs at stop lights as well as during uphill rides. No error codes are thrown.

The surprising thing is that the fan never cycles on until I am at what KTM manual indicates as "critical temps"--several minutes after the red warning light comes on and the temp bars max out at 12 and flash.

Appreciate any suggestions.

Follow-Up: The PO, the PPO and their long time riding buddy all brainstormed and offered not only the PO's fully stocked shop but even hands on help. The problem was a corroded ground! The corrosion caused the instrument cluster temp gauge to reflect a temp "2 bars" higher than the actual engine temperature. The fan continued to cycle at the actual temperature.

So the cluster would read 12 bars and begin to flash red before the fan would even be activated at 10 bars. The engine was never actually overheating. After the "crew" sanded all contact surfaces down to a fresh shiny finish, they applied some di-electric grease and tightened it up. Voila...the cluster started behaving properly.

One question: the bike was stored most of the past year with a battery tender attached. Is it possible the trickle voltage would encourage corrosion?

Hope this experience might help someone in the future....
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:38 PM   #8068
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Hey guys, Hell for Leather held a contest to win some Kriega gear. The point was to take a picture of yourself doing something "epic" on your bike while using Kriega gear.

I made it to the final 12, and now it's up to a vote!

Here's mine, and my handle is "akirkland"




EDIT: Linky Now Worky -> HERE

Would really, really appreciate the support, or just go and vote for whoever's pic you feel is the best!

But given this is a KTM 690 thread, I would hope you guys would vote for the best bike!
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:14 PM   #8069
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^ linkey no workey...or you would have another vote
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:11 AM   #8070
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I couldn't get it to work either...
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