2-stroker engine issues

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by singaporebiker, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. singaporebiker

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    Hi guys, my 2007 ktm 300 exc is acting weird. When I go high rev and then reduce throttle, the rev becomes unstable causing the bike to jerk violently. I have to engage the clutch to stop it, then wait for the speed to reduce and continue throttling.

    What's wrong with it?

    Regards,
    Jacob
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  2. ScEd

    ScEd Dances with Deer

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    Exhaust baffle is becoming blocked and needs cleaning.
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  3. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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    Need more info
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  4. singaporebiker

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    Tks.

    Sorry don't really know how else to describe it. The symptoms are instability in engine revs at certain speed/rev.
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  5. vwboomer

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    power valve issue?
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  6. singaporebiker

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    What're the symptoms of flywheel failure and would it be a possible cause of my issue?
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  7. 81cr450

    81cr450 Been here awhile

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    Is it when you try to hold a constant speed? 2-stroke motors are made to accelerate, holding at a non-accelerating RPM without enough load to keep the engine cycling smoothley will make the motor 4 stroke, kind of mis-fire. It sounds to me from the little description provided this is what you may have going on, but I'm guessing your running a little lean to get more of an exagerated "surge". I'd get a can of starting fluid & spray around your motor to check for an air leak, pull the ignition cover when you do this so you can get a good spray around the main seal, spray around the carb boot too. If the idle goes up at all you have an air leak.

    The powervalve thought is a good one as well though, on all 89-04 kx500's they leave the powervalves cracked slightly to help act as a decompression for easier starting. When you let of the throttle it causes a lean surge, because the open powervalves are over scavenging the engine. If you modify the powervalves so they close all the way the surge goes away.

    Check for an external air leak first though to be safe. Then you might just need to service dirty powervalves particularly if you run a cheap mix oil. My experience with modern ignitions is they work or they dont, maybe a loose ground now & then but where its throttle related & not just plain cutting out or no fire at all....

    One more whats your jetting & elevation? Dont just say stock either there's numbers on the pilot & main
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  8. singaporebiker

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    Thanks for the replies. I find myself not worthy of your constructive comments as I'm not technically inclined enough to understand some of them. I'll need to ponder over carefully in the next few days. Cheers!
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