After a brief meeting at the Dirt bike Show with Tim Shires from A&M EDM to discuss the special requirements that will be needed for our LC4-50 Dakar crankshaft, Tim & his team are now giving the OEM KTM 690 Enduro crankshaft a thorough investigation in their testing department. This will give us the information needed to start work on machining the new parts required to give the 25mm reduction in stroke in order to meet the 450cc limit for Dakar. Our aim is to achieve the same strength as the super-reliable LC4 crank assembly, but with slightly less weight, to help the smaller motor spin up quicker, but without compromising reliability. Thanks to Derrick Edmondson & Graham Jones(Jonah) for help in splitting the LC4 crank for Tim. Next job is to get the 690 balance shaft assembly over to Tim to calculate the new mass required for the 450 motor.