Real world KTM 350 EXC impressions?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GravityDT, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. BanhXeo

    BanhXeo Sushiman

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    Thanks for the work sheet Dale, gives me a better idea of what I have drawing off my battery right now.
  2. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    really good list of mods crawdaddy, looks like you're going to have a blast...a couple other items to think about not on your list.

    - heat shield over header pipe, if you like you're riding pants

    - check your muffler for a little worthless screen baffle, not sure the xcw has this, but remove it if you have one, will blow out on the trail eventually anyway

    - replace 100c rated thermo switch with 95C to turn rad fan on at lower temp, should help keep things a bit cooler (swiped pics from etickets build)
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    - fuel filter: remove the tiny clog prone 10/20 micron filter between the quick-disconnect/injector, and replace with a real fuel filter (ie Golan) using FI clamps
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    - kickstand: I installed the pro moto billet, but for the money not much better than stock IMHO, save your money...just remove the spacer and replace with shorter bolt from your ktm owners bag

    - light switch: the plug play sicass is a lot narrower than the stocker, more room on the bar, as a bonus you can turn off light

    +1 on the Acerbis 5.3, nice fit with good rad protection
  3. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Is there a recommended/preferred heat shield?

    P3 has a slick looking unit (http://www.ktm-parts.com/P3HSKT35KS.html ) but I'm wondering if it reaches back far enough/stands off far enough to protect the pant legs?......it's billed as a "Pipe Guard" as opposed to the Acropovic "Heat Shield": http://www.bigbadpowersports.com/pr...-2012--2011-2012-2011-2012---SXS10450535.html

    I'll have to look and see if the XCW even has the exhaust screen?

    Good idea on thermo switch......possibly ~$20 well spent.....there's a Napa right down the street from me.....my only concern is the increased battery drain if it causes the fan to run more than it really needs too?.....KTM spent thousands to determine when it needed to kick on....you'd think they'd error on the conservative side to begin with....

    LIkewise, I'm told the service bulletin/change to 20 micron filter has virtually eliminated the clogging issue that earlier bikes encountered with the 10 micron filter.......I'll run it "as is" before making any changes on the fuel filter.....as the old adage goes, "if it ain't broke don't fix it"....I put more faith/credibility in mfg service bulletins than internet chatter.....
  4. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    My new http://seatconcepts.com/ covered 350XCF-W seat pan arrived last night......slapping it on the bike today when I pick it up so my ass will never have to endure the lame/stock 2 X 4 seat pad/cover.

    Stylish/stock height, all carbon wrap, with orange accent thread........nice! ....Thanks Lendon! :clap

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  5. ADVTuga

    ADVTuga Paulo Lança

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    Hi Crawdaddy , can you post a photo with the seat on the bike ? Thank you .
  6. vladg

    vladg Adventurer

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    Yes I have same Gizmovest as well. But its not designed to use that miniUSB connection from our link. Did you drill hole in Gizmovest or so? I have seen miniUSB connection with 90* bent on connection itself. I was thinking to use that one.
  7. calltrex

    calltrex Adventurer

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    top view of the seat would be nice too. does it stick out on the wide part?
  8. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    I'm kicking back with a beer watching yesterday's Dakar highlights.......bike will be ready in an hour or so.......I'll post some pics of the seat on the bike tomorrow morning from various angles......

    I have Seat Concepts seats on all my bikes.....it's a no brainer......quality product, stylish, comfortable, reasonable.....
  9. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv

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    congrats chris on the new bike.

    i picked up a 2013 last october, haven't really rode it.

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    good choice on the seat concept. lendon did an awesome seat for ours.that was my first improvement.

    already have a bunch of parts waiting to be installed. just don't have the time.

    this one is the most bang for the buck...........trailjammers
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  10. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    Side by side

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  11. Cyberg

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    I bought a Husaberg FE 350 about a month ago. It was a very hard choice for me to make because Im a big guy and crave HP.

    Well I must say this little 350 runs real strong with tons of tq. I added a FMF Megabomb header and FMF Q4. This combo made a nice gain from idle to the rev limiter. The power is very easy to control with no real hit. Never had a flame out or lack of tq at low rpm. This bike runs better than my 2013 KTM 300 XC-W.

    I added 8.0 shock spring and 50 fork springs and the new 4CS forks work fantastic for me. Very plush and never hit bottom.

    I just wish it came with a kicker like the KTM.

    The best part is that I got the Husaberg Ca street plated so now I can use it as a short range DS bike.
  12. calltrex

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    only other question i have is does it have the same seat hight or is it higher? i have short legs so i dont want to go higher
  13. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    It's really your call. Lendon will make them low/stock/high. Mine is stock.

    Side views

    Stock seat/pan:

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    Seat Concepts seat/stock pan:

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  14. dvwalker

    dvwalker Working to ride

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    looking good crawdaddy, very purdy with that colored stitching. After the build and you get out on some long rides, will be curious to hear your impressions moving from the WR. Or are keeping the little pokey :ear

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    This is the tall version, long legs and all, but looks a bit more like a pregnant guppy. Works really great though...when I ordered from seatconcepts, requested the red lipstick sticking as well, but someone had brain fart and I received black. oh well...

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  15. calltrex

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    Heres a rear comparison. not exact angle but close enough with mine

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  16. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Navigate 2 Adventure

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    WR is gone...sticking with 2 "Orange Aces"....the 2012 350XCF-W and 2009 300XCW Smoker

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  17. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Seems like a lot of overlap between those two bikes. When/why would you choose one over the other?
  18. Gryphon12

    Gryphon12 Long timer

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    Do you mean a 70-degree FE-390 (393 cc, 2009 to 2012) or a much older bike that displaces 350cc's?

    Edit: Oops! I forgot - or is it a new 2013 Husaberg built on the 2012 KTM 350?
  19. ADVTuga

    ADVTuga Paulo Lança

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    Thanks for the photos :freaky

    I think i´ll order one :clap:clap
  20. Cyberg

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    A 2013 Husaberg FE 350. Fantastic bike so far.

    IDK for sure but it does seem to run much better than my buddies 2012 350 EXC (with 13/52, pipe and mapped)

    I raced Mike on his YZ 426 (fresh high comp piston, hot cams, and pipe) and we both are the same weight.
    1st race rolling flat ground about dead even.
    2nd race rolling flat ground I pulled him by a bike.
    3rd race rolling up hill dead even.