Adventurizing a KTM 500exc for RTW Riding

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by rtwpaul, Mar 7, 2019.

  1. Buildzall

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  2. rtwpaul

    rtwpaul out riding... Supporter

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    Minor upgrade but a good one, if you are setting up the exc for adventure riding then a cush drive rear wheel is a good idea, but also an expensive upgrade. Another addition you might not have considered or heard of is Rekluse clutch rubbers instead of the stock ones?

    They just have a little more structure than stock especially on the leading side, I just got some from my buddy Mike at tacomoto for $30, put them in yesterday, Rekluse on the left

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  3. Takataka

    Takataka Been here awhile

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    What are the noticeable symptoms of worn clutch rubbers?
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  5. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Those are the rubbers from your Cush drive hub? What do you notice as a difference?
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    RideFreak Torque Junky

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    They're from the clutch
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    chilejack Viajero Viejo

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    I'm trying to find a way to cushion the drive train on my plated '18 FX350 Husky. My parts diagram research on RMATV indicates that, at least since 2005, no white or orange KTM below 600 cc has come with a cush drive rear hub. Prior to 2012 the enduro bikes under 600cc used a rubber ring cushion in the clutch hub. After 2012 the enduro bikes use individual rubber cush pieces as in Rtwpaul's pic above. The motocrossers and cross country derivatives like my FX350 have no rubber cush clutch pieces. The cush equipped clutches don't appear to be a drop-in alternative for the race bikes, so apparently, I need to go with a cush drive hub from the over 600cc singles. Maybe a Recuse auto clutch is the solution?

    Using cush rubbers in the clutch rather than the rear wheel reduces overall and, particularly, unsprung weight. KTM obviously feels that the clutch rubbers provide adequate drivetrain protection on pavement. There may be a small performance loss, which would account for not using them in the race bikes.
  8. dirtyoffroad

    dirtyoffroad Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    you can have a rear wheel built with a cush hub.
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    Warp9 makes great wheels and sells a cush hub. I have 4 sets of warp9 and two are cushhub.
    I'm 6 years on mine.
    I have no complaints.
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    Chain looks too tight!

    Haha I had to be *that* guy
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    Right...clutch.
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    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider

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    If you're running any kind of knobbly tire then surely that is a way more effective cush? I understand them on road bikes with very grippy road rubber but for off road or dual sport tires?
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    kubcat Riding is Eudaemonic Supporter

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    I recently bought a pro moto billet kickstand for my 2014 350 EXCF, but it seems to be too long or too steep. The bike is very upright now and even on a flat surface can be tipped over if I bump into it. Has anyone else experienced this problem? What did you do to solve it?
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    renogeorge Let's ride!! Supporter

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    I have installed many over the years. I have found their stands to be the correct length for all bikes except those that have been lowered either with link, shock shortening or backing shock preload off. For these I just shorten the stand. FWIW
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    Agreed, if your rear suspension is low (for us short legged sob's) the stand is long.
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    Agreed, more applicable for road senario.

    I mounted this tire on cush hub wheel for a ride where I needed a sand/mud tire for the day and this rim with dead street tire was available for the ride.

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    Had a great time!

    Now I can do some nasty redline clutch dumping burnout wheelies in the road -shred it - (whooot) -
    then get the new street-ish Tusk Adventure tire mounted on there.

    As for the benefit or suitable applications, consider long term ownership and Accumulated high miles on street, dualsport, hard pack and mixed use Adventure miles with hard rubber Adventure tires.
    It's a nickles worth of additional preventative medicine.

    It might be modern day snake oil.
    Might be old school snake oil with cocain in it : )

    Maybe It's not helping you or doin you any good but...
    ... you'll feel better and like it too : )

    Remember.....
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    Wheelie for Safety.
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    kubcat Riding is Eudaemonic Supporter

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    The bike is stock height. I will double check preload, but I'm pretty sure that its is higher, rather than lower, than typical because I set it for ADV riding with a loaded MM R40 pack. Any other thoughts?
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    Monster mudder tires?