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Advice on buying a KDX220 please?

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Hi all,


I'm thinking of adding to my stable and I'm very tempted to make my new one a KDX220.


I had a go on a mates at the weekend and the ride felt very familiar. Before buying my DRZ400E I had a '94 KLX250D with a 300 kit on and I miss how small and light the bike feels compare to my DRZ. My DRZ has way better power & suspension though.


So moving on to the KDX - I'd really like a version that has USD forks but does it make much difference?


Does the KDX have any weak points that I should be aware of?

When viewing a used one is there anything to look out for?


The last 2 stroke I owned was an MTX200 but on that the main bearings went so I can identify what that sounds like I think. :banghead:

I've also read that the KIPS needs cleaning or it could shear the gears - is that an expensive repair?

I read the only way you can tell is that lack of low end power - I'm not sure I could tell that on a test ride so is it easy to inspect this while viewing?

How about the rear swing arm shaft - does that sieze like on some many other bikes?


So, is there anything else I should be aware of?


I'll be doing some reading on here now but if you point in the right direction now I'd be grateful.


Many thanks, Rich.





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Unless you can verify for sure that the stock piston has been changed, stick a Wiseco in it as soon as you get it. OEM 220 pistons are notorious for breaking the skirts. Other than that, like any KDX, they're pretty much bullet proof.

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