New "General Purpose KTM'ers thread"...

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by creeper, Nov 10, 2004.

  1. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    I was diggin on the net and came across some Ford Truck forum where they were talkin about it. Mostly believers, some for years, a few naysayers. But there was talk that old engines might need a "cleaning" to remove "SCA" buildup from the engine. One fella said something called RMI-25 was recommended to him. Evans has a "coolant flush" they sell there - probably a safe bet.
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  2. dirtrider

    dirtrider Dusty Adventurer

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    It's doubtful we'll see it that soon, but KTM IS working on a new LC4 replacement. That came from the top. :deal As others have already said, the 950/990 projects as well as the RFS250 SX probably have priority. As much as we all love our beloved LC4's, it still comes down to business and I'm sure EXC's were outselling LC4's at about 100 to 1 in the states. But I do believe, as Suzuki has proven with the DRZ400, that if KTM were to come out with a lightweight, powerful, and smooth replacement, that sales would increase in that segment. :nod
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  3. dirtrider

    dirtrider Dusty Adventurer

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    Creep - you've been awfully quite the last couple of days. You started this great thread, now lets get some input. :ear :D
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  4. Arch

    Arch Incurable Gearhead

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    My cooling system's working just fine, but I've seen this Evans stuff mentioned enough to wanna try it anyway. Improved cooling and reliability out in the desert mountains sounds like a nice prospect. Hell, I might even try it my truck. It doesn't overheat, but I tossed a blower onto it and localized hot spots cause occasional preignition when they're set up this way.

    Rapiti, if you decide to go this route, please keep us posted with a new thread specific to Evans (for easy searching). :nod
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  5. AusieRob

    AusieRob Just Gas It!!

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    Hmmm... A lota of money for a lota bike :thumb :thumb

    Do I Remember!! S**T, I'm still recovering from the hangover...:wink: Man, that was a party plus in Oz that day. The day we gave it big time to those cheatin' yanks. Oops... I live here now :hide

    Don't know anything about the paint other than its the best paint scheme that has ever been or ever will be on a Adv... Hey Paolo :super
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  6. dirtrider

    dirtrider Dusty Adventurer

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    It would be a shame to let this thread die. :deal
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  7. meat popsicle

    meat popsicle Ignostic

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    I think we might have scared him off at the start. He seemed a little peeved that we were jokin around (I hope not). Hopefully he will get too dang interested and come take a look. If not we should send him a group PM apology and ask him to come back. :cry
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  8. dirtrider

    dirtrider Dusty Adventurer

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    Creep, was it something I said to make you feel this way? :pissed If so, I'm very sorry. Please come back and we'll have some fun. :turkish
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  9. rapiti

    rapiti IOR Veteran

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    Arch, I ordered a gallon each of the Evans coolant and prep mix. Both of our cars have something-glycol coolant, not sure if its polypropylene glycol like the Evans stuff (VW Passat & Yukon XL.) I'd be surprised if yours doesn't have someting similar. You need the Sunoco 113 (or whatever that high octane stuff is rated!)

    I need to sort out my idjut light problem before I dump this stuff in, but I'll keep you posted.

    One more for Arch: In your experience with Houston dealers, are LC4 parts order-in, or does Wild West, for example, maintain a parts inventory? TJs has some stuff, but they're not local. I need a clutch cover gasket before this roller bearing swap.
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  10. rapiti

    rapiti IOR Veteran

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    Yeah, orange & blue ARE complementary colors, after all :freaky I agree on the best ever. The metallic blue and the GO!!!!! are ok from a distance, but these are dirt bikes.

    I peeled my original tank decal off, in anticipation of repainting the tank & mask over a year ago... I even ordered a new decal set, but haven't found the paint code stateside, so we work on other things!

    I prefer a number of things on our 'old' bikes to the new. Have you done anything with your forks? I am looking in to stiffer springs for the WP50mms. Too much sag loaded up with a full tank. Not the easiest thing to find, apparently. Hey Rob :super
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  11. Arch

    Arch Incurable Gearhead

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    <!--StartFragment -->Depends on the part. Most of my KTM parts buys have been accessories 'cause it's mostly a weekend toy and hasn't needed much of anything replaced, but everything I have ordered has arrived in no time. They're adding bits and pieces to their KTM stock as deemed fit and the place is a great old-style-hang-out shop. They're all great friends, so call and ask for Bob if that's the route you choose. Oh, and their KTM mechanic, Greg, is tops.
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  12. dirtrider

    dirtrider Dusty Adventurer

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    Has anyone stiffened the front suspension on their LC4? My 01 is just too soft for jumping and is pretty easy to bottom out. I've caught and broken the front fender twice and that was on dual sport rides not on a track. I'm interested in possibly changing springs and experimenting with oil levels and viscosities and I was hoping someone has already done this and can save me some R&D time.
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  13. Jeff620RXC

    Jeff620RXC Been here awhile

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    Mine was redone by Dick's Racing: http://www.dicksracing.com/index2.html
    Excellent results. I am 6'5", 265 and I haven't bottom'd out.
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  14. Mack

    Mack Gone, but never forgotten. RIP, Mack...

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    Thought I would share some good news. My 4th P.T. visit showed some real progress, Eric, my P.T. guy seems to be quickly figuring out what works on me, and what does not, (and, yes, there are three P.Y.P.T.'s as well, I often lose track of which set I am on, and the drooling can be embarrasing.)

    My limp is almost banished, and I should be able to start getting myself back in shape pretty soon. I am finally able to ride the ADV, though it will be a while before I am up too riding in an aggresive fashion, as the demons in my head still need to be excercised. Still walking without crutches or a cane is pure joy, I am one happy camper!
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  15. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    Know the feeling. Just riding around the neighborhood is an absolute thrill, ain't it Mack.

    Back in the late '70s, I actually borrowed a guys Honda 750 and rode it around a big parking lot while I still had casts on my arm and leg. Stupid for sure... but what a rush!!!

    Good to hear your getting there... :clap
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  16. PASSMORE

    PASSMORE Just the last name...

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    Had mine done here in Sac as well at NorCal - what a difference! I am not jumping, but I am 230#... HUGE difference - had the rear tweaked as well.

    M


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  17. Jeff620RXC

    Jeff620RXC Been here awhile

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    Hey Mack, doesn't P.T. stand for Pain & Torture?
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  18. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul Super Moderator

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    1st, Mack - glad yer getting better.

    Creep - in the late 70's I had a KX125. I broke my left arm (both the radius and the ulna) starting it up after refreshing the top end. It kicked back and broke my arm. Bones stuck through skin. Sucked.

    Three weeks later, the doc put on a fiberglass cast, and I was riding the bike again that day. It was eight weeks before they took the thing off.

    Much easier with a bum wing than a bad hoof, IMO.

    Here's to ya, Mack. :beer
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  19. creeper

    creeper Still alive...

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    I can't even begin to imagine how you could do that... unless of course you were trying to start it with your hand. Don't laugh, I used to show off how good I could tune a Shovelhead by kick starting it with my hand.

    I was a lot dumber back then than I am now.
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  20. Stobie

    Stobie Mr. Motivated

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    Anybody done the mainshaft bearing swap on one of these things? I just completed it Friday after messing with it a little every night since last Sunday. It finally required pulling out sections of the bearing cage so I could make stouter hooks, then heating up the case, then several shots with a 10 pound slide hammer. The PVC pipe puller did not work.

    Getting that bearing out was a major bitch. :baldy

    On the upside, there is less bottom end noise, but I'm still gonna line the skidplate. :nod
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