"Good" years for the EXC450?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Flash1034, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. Flash1034

    Flash1034 Been here awhile

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    I'm looking into buying a 450 EXC. Are some years better than others? Is there anything specific I need to avoid or look out for? Thanks for your time.

    Flash


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  2. Harley Beemer

    Harley Beemer Adventurer

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    Big topic. Lots of info at ktmtalk.com or thumper talk.

    2005-2007 got frame and swing arm upgrades. Great bikes with older RFS motor. Run long time.

    2008 and up have new frame and motor. Some issues with oil crossing from trans to motor. And timing chain tensioners.

    KTM suspension has been really good on these since 2007.

    Good luck.
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  3. Flash1034

    Flash1034 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the great info. Buddy of mine is selling an 03. Any issues with that year?

    Thanks again,

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