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  1. UncleKnobbly

    350 EXC Top End

    My '15 350 EXC-f approaching 150 hrs...99% single track. Manual calls for a top end at 150 hrs, I believe. I ride most Saturdays from Dec 1st to Sept 1st, but she sits with a tear in her headlight from Sept 1st through Thanksgiving. I average about 50 hrs per year on her, run Amsoil 10/50 synthetic and change the oil & filter every 15 hrs. Wanting to avoid her being down during "riding season", I had planned to have the top end done before saddling back up after Thanksgiving. However, picking through posts, I find several references where top ends have not been done until well over 200 hrs. The bike doesn't smoke and runs like a champ. She usually takes a few pushes of the button to start when cold, but when warm, never fails to fire right up. Now I'm hesitating to follow through with my top end plan. Really don't want to dive into the engine prematurely. We've grown quite fond of one another, so want to extend her life as long as possible. Will much appreciate thoughts from you seasoned veterans out there. Thanks!
  2. July 3, 2017 Update 127.6 hours **new 14/52 sprockets (mandatory) KTM radiator guards JUNK. Replaced with Unabiker radiator guards. Moose Racing composite skid plate Modified XCW-F subfender w/ brake/tail light & low profile blinkers (EBay) KTM short seat Back to stock Tank fuel sock filter (replace 12/16...seam in original came apart) Flush mount kick stand bolt De-smogged (Best Dual Sport Bike kit) Doubletake folding mirror Cycra center reach mount Probend handguards (KTM PowerParts) **Pro Taper MX Pillow Top grips BDSB Big Bottom Kit BDSP SNAP airbox insert BDSB TPS Tuner BDSB PQP pipe end cap P3 Carbon header head shield Scotts Steering Damper + cable guard BRP Rubber Mounted SUB adapter Moose racing front & rear lift straps Michelin Cross AC 10 (DOT) rear tire - 120/90-18 Maxxis Maxx Cross soft/intmdt 110/100 x 18 & 80/100 x 21 tires CEV Light Switch LimbSaver vibration dampers on bars **Tubliss Gen 2 front & rear **DID 520 VT2 X-Ring Chain **Replaced rear wheel bearings/spacers **EBC MXS Brake Pads - rear **TM Designworks rear chain guide **TM Designworks chain slider Still LOVE this bike. She's not failed me yet and continues to run like a top!
  3. UncleKnobbly

    Headlight Switch

    That's the KTM CEV switch. Just installed one on my '15 KTM 350 EXC. Magnum improvement over stock, more compact...plus it allows you to kill the headlight. Plug and play on KTM, but not sure if it will work on your WR. Have a buddy's WR250f in my garage. Will recon the connections on his and advise you what I find. Suspect it won't be "plug & play" on WR.
  4. UncleKnobbly

    Right bike for an old man?

    47? Old? Nah! Big fellow, though. At 6', 175, my 350 EXC-F does all that I need. Another 60 lbs, I'd cozy up to the 500 XC-W / EXC-F or 450.
  5. UncleKnobbly

    Who uses grease on there air filter rims?

    Yep...I do. Whatever is handy. May well be unnecessary, but takes little extra effort and ensures a good seal.
  6. UncleKnobbly

    Handlebar Vibration

    As mentioned, I was in need of replacing grips, so I installed the dampeners to naked bars. A little grease in the ID, and they slip on easily. However, one should be able to install quite satisfactorily without removing/replacing grip. Split one side of the dampener, position around bar where desired, then zip-tie between the ridges. Not too tight though. This material is soft...and it cuts easily with a sharp knife.
  7. UncleKnobbly

    Handlebar Vibration

    Most that know me use other nouns to describe me...but I appreciate the compliment! Hold tight on that thought, though. Try the LimbSavers, the tell us what YOU think.
  8. UncleKnobbly

    Handlebar Vibration

    Yep...2 rides since install. Seem to help. 1st ride, zero hand buzz. 2nd ride...first hour all out of synch & riding like crap, did get some buzz in right hand. After loosened up a bit, buzz evaporated. These won't eliminate vibration. However, if one witnesses before and after install impact on bow noise, there is no way they don't help.
  9. UncleKnobbly

    2016 KTM 500 EXC

    No 500 EXC experience, but plenty on a 15 350 EXC. Even w/ 14:52 gearing, my 350 handles moderate highway speeds very well...though she see's pavement only once in a blue moon. Bike is too lean from the factory...at least at low altitudes where I ride. A TPS tuner is not too expensive and enables you very easily tweak your the fuel mixture across the fuel map. A number of these out there, but bought mine from Best Dual Sport Bikes. Add 3 oz. of the flat stick-on wheel weights to each wheel opposite the rim lock and valve stem, and you'll be much more comfortable on the road. Inside the wheel, even better...not so ugly. You will definitely appreciate a steering damper, especially if running knobbies...which I assume you will do. The damper is a wonderful investment, street or dirt.
  10. UncleKnobbly

    Handlebar Vibration

    Back on a bike for couple years now, at the ripe young age of 55. Log as many single track hours that I can on my '15 350 EXC-f. An hour into most rides, my hands are buzzing like a beehive. Know I grip too tightly until I get limbered up, but most days, especially when my riding is out of sorts, my hands go numb. Found a inexpensive "fix" that seems to help a lot. While I have no means of measuring vibration reduction, last two rides out vibration seems reduced a great deal...at least no numb hands. Anyone remotely familiar with archery...bowhunting in particular...is familiar with LimbSaver products by Sims Vibration Laboratory (SVL). They produce an array of products from their patented "Navcom" compound (very pliable rubber like material). Their products dramatically reduce vibration in bows, quieting them. SVL's first application was their "Sting Stop" for aluminum ball bats. Half dollar size "mushroom" looking thing that sticks on the butt of the bat. Takes the ring...vibration...out of the bat. Digging, I find that they produce a product designed to reduce rifle barrel vibration for improved accuracy...their Sharpshooter X-Ring Barrel Dampener. Replacing my grips, decided to try a couple of these. Their Bull Barrel size fits "barrels" 3/4" to 1 1/8"...perfect for most handlebars...and they cost $12 a piece. Here are a couple of pics of them installed. This is probably a post more appropriate for the general dirt bike forum, but thought I'd post here...and gauge feedback.
  11. UncleKnobbly

    350 EXC-F New Rear Tire

    Replaced the stock Metzler 140/80 x 18 with a Michelin AC 10 120/80 x 18. NOTHING but pleased. Great tire. DOT, but hooks up great. Still turning it, but seems to be wearing well. Highly recommend.
  12. March 2016 Updates: 58 hrs / 1181 miles Running Amsoil 10w50 and Engine Ice coolant 14/52 sprockets (mandatory) KTM radiator guards JUNK. Replaced with Unabiker radiator guards. Moose Racing composite skid plate Modified XCW-F subfender w/ brake/tail light & low profile blinkers (EBay) KTM short seat Back to stock Tank fuel sock filter Flush mount kick stand bolt De-smogged (Best Dual Sport Bike kit) Doubletake folding mirror Cycra center reach mount Probend handguards (KTM PowerParts) BDSB Big Bottom Kit BDSB TPS Tuner BDSB PQP pipe end cap P3 Carbon header head shield Scotts Steering Damper + cable guard BRP Rubber Mounted SUB adapter Moose racing front & rear lift straps Michelin Cross AC 10 (DOT) rear tire - 120/90-18 CEV Light Switch (on order) Have some KTM Powerparts radiator guards for sale...CHEAP. Not impressed. Easily bent, minimal protection. BRP SUB mount raised bars about 1". No problem with cable length. Actually gave me much better clearance of clutch/brake lines with ProBend handguard mounts.
  13. UncleKnobbly

    Plate damage from jumping

    Looks familiar! 1st ride on my 15 EXC, I toasted the plate. Bought a subfender off eBay from seller pw_garfield. Appears to be an XCF-W subfender modified with a tail/brake light, low profile blinkers and a plate mount. Fits perfect, like OEM. Pricey at $120 +/- but worth every penny. My 2nd plate looks good as new after a year+
  14. May be the last thing I need to do is climb on a 500! That may cost me another $11k, plus half my life savings following the divorce! I came off a CRF250x a couple years ago. The 350 EXC relatively is a tractor...albeit I'm in Texas...hills of any consequence are pretty rare. Single track here, I'm in 3rd most of the time, letting the clutch work hard for me. The 350 is glorious. Again...I'm no "A" rider, but I've never felt I needed another 2000 rpm to get the prime results. Quite the opposite, frankly. No heavyweight here...gear & all MAYBE 180. I have little doubt the 500 will lug more strongly, and handle quite similarly to the 350, but the 500 is likely to cut my riding weight by 5 lbs after I empty my britches! Course, that just makes saddling a 500 more enticing.
  15. Hmmm...have 55 or so hours on a 15 350 EXC 98% tight single track. The thought of "stepping up" to a 500 has never crossed my mind. Don't know that my adrenaline pump could stand anymore inspiration. Re-gearing is essential for both EXC's, but to me, the 350 lugs like a tractor. I'm no "A" rider, but not a novice, either. I've yet to saddle a 500, however hard to imagine more contentment than the 350 gives me.
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