New and improved KTM690 WUNDERFEST

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

  1. ramjet

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  2. DirtJack

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    The stock rims are 36 spoke rather than 32 spoke, so if you are re-using the original hub, you need a 36 spoke rim. If you are using a complete wheel, then the number of spokes is less of an issue. You need only be concerned about axle diameter, hub width, spacers, and rotor mount.
  3. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    Yes a good point. We have a tool in the lab at work that will tell the material makeup. Might be able to sneak a piece in
  4. kito

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    Hi I'm on the lookout for a new bike and at the moment it looks like the 690 with RR evo 2 tanks is at the top of the list. I will be buying secondhand so are the any year models I should avoid or be looking out for ? I see a lot of you guys are changing your exhaust. Is this just to get away from the CAT ? If so has anyone removed the CAT from the OE and welded it back up ? (I did this on my x challenge and it worked great) if I did this would the bike need to be remapped ? ( on my BMW it never) . Are the any known faults I should be looking out for when going to see 690 ? What are they like to work on ? Iv never had a KTM so it's all new to me.
    Sorry for so many questions
    Thanks kito
  5. Hank.SD

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    Just took my new to me 08 out for a shakedown run. Holy crap that's fun. One problem is a leaky gas cap. Maybe its all the wheelies :D

    What is the best solution for that?
  6. Assfault

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    Buy a KLR if you need a solution for the wheelies.:rofl
    Rally Raid & KTM Twins has a solution for the fuel cap.
  7. Hank.SD

    Hank.SD Jet Measurer

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    I've owned a couple KLRs.. I don't think I'll be revisiting that any time soon. This thing is fun!:happay
  8. v8toilet

    v8toilet Nothing to see here.

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    The main reason for exhaust swap is that the stock boat anchor gets so hot it's regularly referred to as nuclear. It's not safe and it's heavy.
  9. dirty_sanchez

    dirty_sanchez Dirty_Sanchez

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    Get a real 690CC bike, swap the can and swap the pleated filter for the UNI twin pod and you'll be ace!

    No need to bother with a remap. It'll run like a scalded ape just the way it is.

    Dirty
  10. kito

    kito Been here awhile

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    Yer that's what was what was happening on my x challenge. But I'm cheep so just removed about 1KG of unwanted crap from inside the exhaust and it then ran a lot cooler. :wink:
  11. RoninMoto

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    The 690 is a thing of beauty. She is like a fine whiskey.. you don't mix her with diet coke. Wings and FMF both make beautiful looking and sounding high quality exhaust for not a lot of money. Call it your birthday present to yourself or something. I promise you will be happier then bastardizing the stock can for the sake of saving a few bucks.
  12. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I have a piece of thickish plate glass which I keep specifically to align forks. You'll have to disassemble the plastic slider guards and remove the front wheel.

    While you have the axle out, spin the inner/male tubes around inside the female uppers. The inner parts should spin perfectly on their own axis. If they describe a "cone" when rotated (i.e. the ends swing around as you rotate them) then they are bent.

    To perfectly align the forks, lay the plate glass across the exposed inner slider and check the tubes for parallelism: if the plate glass rocks corner-to-corner, then the tubes aren't parallel.

    Loosen the bottom triple clamp pinch bolts, and slightly loosen (leave snug but not tight) the top pinch bolts. Adjust the alignment buy turning the bars to the steering stop and giving the top clamp a tap with the rubber mallet. Tighten the bots and recheck with the plate glass.

    I invented this process, and it has impressed some suspension tuners with the ease and accuracy of adjustment. Of course, you need to buy a piece of glass, which is a slight PITA. You may refer to it as The Roadracer Al Procedure. :rofl
  13. gen

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    That is indeed brilliant! They would call that Jugaad in India.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jugaad
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    Love that.
  16. DirtJack

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    The first post in Noah's epic RTW thread gives a good list of the issues his two 690's have had. They are representative of what to expect. It's a great bike. :deal Caution: if you haven't started this thread already, you'll likely be needing some sleep real soon.
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    Does anyone have any recommendations for a fuel stabilizer for storage?
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    Haha, not really an option right now.
  20. The Letter J

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    Just drain it.