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2005 SMR 450: Just bought it, now what?

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At risk of being told to use the "search" button I thought I would ask for advice. Anything special I need to check for? Bike seems well maintained and came with ktm slipper clutch, 16.5 front, and a brembo master.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

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Take the head pipe off and look in the exhaust port. If its oilly the valve guides are worn out. The Motard guys appearently rev these things harder then the MX guys and the combo of Ti valves & Bronze guides do not stand up very long. In 06 KTM switched to sintered iron guides and then have been lasting much longer which is what I have been retrofitting into the earlier ones.

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Thanks for the tip; I'm going to ride it on Saturday then take it apart a bit and learn to service it. Will I need a headpipe gasket?

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Just some high temp copper RTV. There is not gasket, but the RTV will really help things seal up, but make sure you let it set up a min of 24 hours.

Cya Stinson

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