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Old 04-15-2013, 08:13 AM   #346
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One the tap starts cutting, it will pull itself in, you just have to turn it. Back it out every couple of turns to clear the shavings, lubricate the tap with some WD40, and cut some more.
Yes, I forgot to add that I used a few drops of engine oil to lubricate
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:34 AM   #347
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I just used a socket wrench/socket to hold the tap and it cut the bars like butter.....I don't recall having to exert much force at all....

I also have the lower mounts for the indicator lights/headlight switch......no sweat.....I positioned the indictor lights in the two slots on the left and the headlight switch in one of the slots the right (as you're facing the instrument panel)

Went for a spin out by my place in Bullhead this weekend

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Hey Crawdaddy how did you set up you license plate?
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:56 AM   #348
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I was doing all that but couldn't get it to work. I think the tapered or beveled inside edge was keeping the tap from biting in good. I got out the chop saw and took about 1/4" off each bar end to give a nice clean straight edge inside. Went out this morning and tried again and got er done. Thanks for the encouragement- inspired me to try once more.

Crawdaddy, I like that 5 gal tank. I just ordered one. I usually run radiator guards, but I'm going to see if that tank will provide enough side impact protection and run the stock cooling fins.
I bought this bike for my son to ride. I see myself putting as much time on it as he does, or more. Fun bike.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:59 AM   #349
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Hey Crawdaddy how did you set up you license plate?
That looks to me like the XCFW tail piece
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Old 04-15-2013, 11:07 AM   #350
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That looks to me like the XCFW tail piece
Stock tail section on F-XCW. Bought a rear brake light switch (http://shop.enduroeng.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=30-101 ) and lic. plate holder ( http://shop.enduroeng.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=22-700 ) from Enduro Engineering.
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Old 04-15-2013, 04:02 PM   #351
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Use a pipe cutter and take some off each end. I usually take 1/2 inch off each side. Make sure that your controls and levers fit before you start cutting.
Careful with those pipe-cutters. They can flare the tubing, which might affect the way your throttle tube fits and wears. Hacksaw and a file might be a better choice. I use one of these Park saw guides.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:44 AM   #352
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Careful with those pipe-cutters. They can flare the tubing, which might affect the way your throttle tube fits and wears. Hacksaw and a file might be a better choice. I use one of these Park saw guides.
Or you can use (2) 7/8" split collars to guide the blade.
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:45 PM   #353
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Still waiting....


KTM, if you're listening, please have your rep return messages from Motoworld in El Cajon...


Not quite the same experience as those saying KTM overnighted parts to make things right.


Well, after waiting a week for the dealer to sort it, I decided to take matters into my own hands and call KTMNA customer service this morning to find out why there hadn't been any approval of the warranty coverage yet.

After a little bit of effort to get through a busy line, explaining the issue and who had the bike, the KTM rep said he didn't show the VIN in the service requests in the computer, but would look into it. 12 min later he called back to say it had been approved.

I guess the lesson learned is that I should have called KTMNA first, and then taken it to a dealer for repair, which I'm sure would have sped up the whole process considerably.

Well, the silver lining is that being without my bike this past weekend motivated me to give trials riding a shot out at Motoventures in Anza, CA. It was awesome - I may need to buy another bike...

BTW - KTMNA, under their contact info, lists an East and West contact, but only a Customer Service # under East, which actually services all of the US.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:18 PM   #354
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Does anyone know whether the charging system is wet or dry? From the parts diagrams, it looks like its probably dry, but I can't tell for sure.
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Old 04-17-2013, 04:52 AM   #355
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In keeping with the original purpose of this thread, I can now offer my "real world impressions" of the 2012 350 EXC. Even though I have not ridden it a whole lot, I did manage to get in a good, solid dirt ride lat weekend. I live in New England, where the trails are all rocks, and roots, separated by deep thick mud. I had to change the gearing immediately, from 14/45 top 13/48. This made the bike much better in the woods, but limited its road use somewhat. It still rolls down the road at 45-50 mph pretty easily, but anything over that feels like the motor is revving too high - even though it is not. My KDX200 had the same issue. Maybe one day the manufacturers will offer a 7 speed...
The 350 is very light. It feels lighter than my KDX200! It also handles very well. The 350 is easily as nimble as the KDX. The 350 turns well, and the small chassis makes ugly trails a joy to navigate. The front wheel seems a bit more weighted than the KDX, but I have had no problems lofting it up for logs, rocks, or gully's. The suspension feels really good for a stock machine. The forks can still be harsh on high speed, sharp edged hits, though.
The 350 is louder than I would like. I welded up a 90 degree aluminum elbow to press into the end of the muffler, and that helped a lot. This did not seem to affect power at all.
The build quality is great, but I am not sold on FI yet. I do not like not being able to tune it myself. Good thing that it runs so well (after the dealership loaded the EU EXC map). The simple fact that it even has a "tip over" sensor scares me.
The ignition switch is in an odd place, and on my first ride, the small dealership key fob got ripped off of the key. That was enough to start thinking about moving it, or maybe adding some kind of protection or extension to that side of the headlight shell.
Lastly, the bike just looks amazing, and people can not help but to stop and check it out.
Overall, I love it. I can only hope that it is as reliable as the KDX. So far, so good.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:46 PM   #356
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Nice ~190 mile camping trip this weekend.......who says you can't pack gear on the 350?

That's Santa Isabel Truck Trail behind my bike.......my local playground:

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Old 04-21-2013, 09:28 PM   #357
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Nice ~190 mile camping trip this weekend.......who says you can't pack gear on the 350?

That's Santa Isabel Truck Trail behind my bike.......my local playground:
Are you using a rack or any tail reinforcement under that GL?
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:07 PM   #358
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Are you using a rack or any tail reinforcement under that GL?
No, just the clips on the rear fender/bag tucked under seat.......it's important to mount the clips first THEN cinch the bag forward essentially locking them in place......otherwise they'll slip off.....
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:17 AM   #359
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Stock tail section on F-XCW. Bought a rear brake light switch (http://shop.enduroeng.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=30-101 ) and lic. plate holder ( http://shop.enduroeng.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=22-700 ) from Enduro Engineering.
With this setup im gessing you really do not have a spicific lic, plate light.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:25 AM   #360
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With this setup im gessing you really do not have a spicific lic, plate light.
See post 350 above.....stock F-XCW light
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