New and improved KTM690 WUNDERFEST

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by crankshaft, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Riders,
    Me too......I wanna know as I think my linkage is what is squeaking.....:cry

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    I'd put money on it! It was the squeaking that was driving me nuts that prompted me to perform the initial inspection... a couple shots of penetrating oil down there quieted things down for a couple days but the loose bearings remain! With my bike on the stand, I can lift the back wheel up more than 1/2" before the shock starts to move.:eek1
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    Uller said:

    "Well.... that sucks!

    Mine just started squeeking too (just after I got back from BC Ged, maybe it is your dirt up there :D )

    Didn't Beaney mention wearing out the yoke to the point that the hole was oval, or something along those lines..... (I'll search)

    Found it...Post #4560 http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...postcount=4560

    If you read the next few pages, I asked what components he used to "remedy" the situation and if I recall correctly, the solution involved expensive rally parts."
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    I say:

    Brad et al,

    Brad, ya....musta been the BC silt that made it go "squeak":rofl:wave

    My preliminary research via my friendly KTM shop says that to replace the entire linkage is about $200....not just the bearings. The "ovaling" identified in Uller's comment would be solved by warranty and/or non-warranty replacement of the entire pro-link suspension.

    What causes the bearings to dry out and/or the ovaling???? I dunno: ....powerwashing, riding in lots of dusty conditions, inadequate grease in linkage from the KTM plant, alien pranksters.....or poor metallurgy ??????

    As some/all of these bearings are needle/roller bearings, my experience with those (Husky 350) is that upon dis-assembly, the garage floor is littered with needle bearings and me crying :eek1 :cry.

    My next step is to ride some more until the end of October and see this as a winter project (after 3 weeks in Mexico on a rented KLR....:freaky). Hopefully the squeak won't turn into a clunk in that time.

    Stay tuned....more info/opinions welcomed :deal
  2. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    I concur. :lol3
  3. Buzztail

    Buzztail NMBBMFBK

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    Nope, but I can tell you I will probably make a quieter insert for the LV at some point.
  4. Night Falcon

    Night Falcon Adventure NZL

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    This is how my Powercore 4 sounds, this was just after I had repacked it and fitted a silencer...its still quite loud for me but I always wear ear plugs

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  5. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    I've had a couple of FMF's on different bikes as do/have my buddies and the consensus is that they're just too loud.

    Thumbs up to Akro or Wings (which I'm running on my 690)
  6. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    Well, front anyway. Bunged it up on a slam. Anyone already replace theirs? I'm thinking Excel with existing hub and spokes (they're OK). What do you think-rim? stainless spoke? hub? color? Let's Go!.........
  7. RoninMoto

    RoninMoto Wanderer

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    My first 690 had the Q4 and the one I am on now has a LV. The FMF Q4 is quieter. We recently welded a turndown on the quiet insert and they are now comparable.

    The FMF Q4 is quite. It was developed to meet the 96db US Forest Service mandate. I don't think the Akro or Wings would pass that scrutiny. I could be wrong though.
  8. motoged

    motoged Been here awhile

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    Now, for the "Rim Shot".......> Hubba Hubba.+well-spoken = WOODY'S WHEELS :D (If you want to do it right):

    http://www.woodyswheelworks.com/



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  9. ramjet

    ramjet Long timer

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    Woody's is legendary to be sure and expense doesn't concern me but might be overkill for me. And TCR rims is well known too (I believe they do many for Pro Baja racers). But I'm looking for recommendation on the rim and construction themselves. :ear
  10. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    Got the head off and the old valves out. Was pretty easy, don't have to drop the motor to do it. I have to stop because the stupid valve "kit" didn't come with the damn collets. So now I have to wait a week for $12 worth of parts before I can put it all back together. :baldy

    The valves really didn't need to be replaced, they're still within spec but the kit was cheap ($200) so what the hell. The valve guides are fine as well. Gonna get the head bead blasted then install the new valves.

    Here's a pic of the head, bunch of carbon build up. Not as bad as my VStrom that I had to replace a con rod and valve seals on last month, but still a ton of crap on there.

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    The valves were in spec and really only needed some cleaning, especially the exhausts. :lol3

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  11. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    I think Woody's stuff is more hype than anything. KTM factory wheels are not blinged out and "superlaced" and they last a long time. The only thing superlaced is the kool aide:lol3
  12. Uller

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    Just curious..... why did you feel the need to do this. Did something happen?
  13. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    All 4 valves were all below the tight spec when I checked a couple weeks ago. I had set all 4 in the middle range the last interval. Seemed like a drastic change in only 6K miles. That and I've pretty much flogged the ever loving shit out of the motor. Spends most of it's time up near redline.
  14. Hosebag

    Hosebag Difficult but Useful

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    My Wings setup is reasonably quiet unless I'm revving the sh*t out of it, but it works quite well with the quieter of the spud/spark arresters in.

    Opinions on the loudness of one system versus others may hinge on things as simple as their current state of packing.
    After two full seasons on the 690, mine's ready for a repack.
  15. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    The Q4 is almost quieter than stock. It has tested around 89dB on every single ride I have used it on.
  16. Albie

    Albie Kool Aid poisoner

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    The Q4 is quieter then the stock can that came on my KX450. :lol3
  17. thorinoakenshield

    thorinoakenshield ya mo be there

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    nippybit Nippybit

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    No repacking required. Had one on my 05' GS 1200 for four years and packing was still good. Same result on my 2010 690. Another reason to think about Remus.
  19. Mudguts

    Mudguts when in doubt GAS IT

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    Zips are crap other wise ok you'll find a better jacket with research and made in Thailand
  20. Night Falcon

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    got any pics of it Nippybit?