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  1. This was very helpful, thank you for your insight. I had a chance to get bring the parts into the local KTM shop and the owner told me the head was for sure toast and he said he wasn't exactly sure what caused it. Quoted me at $1400 for parts so basically now I have to decide what to do with the bike. I've got about $3000 invested into it at this point. Any ideas what to do? Fix it? Sell it as is? Part out? Thanks again
  2. Could the valve snapping off be a result of my timing being off?
  3. Let me preface by saying this bike has been nothing but a headache since I bought it, although I absolutely love KTM. I was riding yesterday and my bike seized up completely. I rebuilt the top end about three months ago but got home and started tearing it apart and found this.....I'm at a complete loss as to what happened as well as what to do next. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  4. It actually only happens when I stall out. And I've noticed that it seems that it stalls out easier if that helps at all. Yesterday I was creeping up a hill in first and the time before I took a corner slow. And no, I haven't checked the timing as of yet, probably a dumb question but if it were the valves would it run well for the first 30 min or so? When it runs it runs really well which makes it that much more annoying when it stalls out haha
  5. Sorry everyone, I made a career change so the bike got put on the back burner. Update: I installed a brand new trail tech stator and went riding......and had the same problem. I was lazy and assumed it was the stator. Any suggestions on what next step should be? Also, how can I check pulsed coil? Thanks again
  6. Thanks everyone! When I get back home this week I'm going to figure out how to check those and I'll let you know what I find.
  7. Alright guys, I've got a really confusing issue that is driving me insane! The bike fires right up and runs great, but if I stall or shut it off on the trails it will not start back up. The last time it stalled out on me I ran the battery dead trying to restart with no luck, then kicked it until my legs fell off with still no luck, and ended up pushing it out of the woods. So here's the weird part, as soon as I get home and hook the bike up to the battery charger it fires right back up again!!! I recently cleaned the carb and am completely out of ideas, any help would be greatly appreciated bc I think I've pushed more miles than I've ridden this season. Thanks in advance!!!
  8. Hey guys, I know it's been a long time but just wanted to let you all know the top end rebuild went really well and could. It have done it without the help from all of you. I've been riding the bike the past 3 weeks and love being back in the dirt! Unfortunately another issue came up (I believe completely unrelated to the top end) but just wanted to say a big thanks!!!
  9. alright, so please forgive my ignorance, but I am trying to comprehend how the metal shavings got into the transmission. I guess I do not fully understand how the oil configuration works. Is the gear box oil separate from the engine oil? I'm trying to figure where the shavings are coming from or maybe bad seal somewhere?
  10. Scott, I already have the top end torn apart. Should I finish the top end and then run it for a bit? Or would it make more sense to put it back together now?
  11. The clutch really sucks btw. As soon as I kick it into first it will start taking off or stall out...not sure if that means anything but thanks for the help Scott
  12. No clue as to when he may or may not have changed it, but I have a feeling it was few and far between. Should I still do the top end and then ride it around?
  13. Alright guys, I started working on the bike. Got the tank off and fluids drained and found this while taking it apart. Seems to be a lot of metal flakes/shavings on the gear oil drain plug as well as in the screen. Since this is my first time I'm freaking out a little bit and wondering if I have a bigger problem. Can you guys give me any insight as to what I'm looking at? The clutch seemed to slip when I was riding it before, could this be from that? Tonight I will be taking the carburetor off and then the cyclinder....just wondering what my next step should be.
  14. Hello everyone! im sure there has been a post about this but I am having trouble finding it! With that being said, I am new to the site and just picked up my FIRST Ktm this week after years of street bikes. I bought the bike for $2400 but it is burning oil badly and was hoping I could do the work myself to save some money. The previous owner told me it is still original piston and rings (which I know the rings were a problem in 09). I'm nervous bc I have never done a top end before but am excited to learn and I've always preferred working/fixing my own toys. I am planning on starting tomorrow but would greatly appreciate any help/advice you have to offer. Is there anything I need to know before I begin? Thank you in advance!!!
  15. Alright guys....I FINALLY bought a bike! I picked up 2009 KTM 450 XCW. I bought the bike for $2400 but it is burning oil badly! I have a lot of work ahead of me and continue to need all of your advice. I've never done a top end before so I'm a little nervous to do that, anything I need to know? I know that 09 had an issue with the piston rings. Also, does anyone know if there is a way to make the taillight work as a brake light? Lastly, when I have the clutch pulled in and click it into first the bike starts to move, I tried adjusting the clutch but it's maxxed out. Thank you again everyone