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  1. I just bought my first KTM, a 2005 525 EXC. It starts up and idles fine, but when giving it gas, it cuts out and backfires. I’ve linked a video below. The large RPM changes are me on the throttle. The others are the engine on its own. Can anyone recommend where I should start troubleshooting this? Thanks. https://youtu.be/Z-jAF7VBS3Q
  2. Time Left: 18 days and 23 hours

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    • Used - Like New

    I'm looking for a new or lightly used Rekluse Z-Start Pro model RMS-833.


  3. I currently have a 2007 DRZ 400s that I’ve owned for about 1.5 years. I thought that I’d do more road riding/moto camping than I’ve ended up doing. Most of my riding is single track and as I’m still learning, so I drop it a lot. The lower weight of a KTM is very appealing. A 2005 450EXC is listed on craigslist for $2,000. Seller says it has 50 hours on a rebuilt motor, but it doesn’t run. He’s been told it could be the carb. The price is great and I don’t mind doing some wrenching to get it running well, but I don’t want to buy a money pit that ends up costing more than a well maintained bike. Any advice on how to evaluate the bike? Thanks.
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    Broken Cylinder Head Cover Bolt

    Thank you to everyone who replied. I started with a left handed drill bit and was able to make a small dent in the bolt, but not turn it. I had some bits for removing stripped screws (gentler than an easy out) and I was able to back it out using one of them. The threads deformed a little at the top, but I was able to gently get the new bolt in and everything is put back together. Learned my lesson about blind trust and torque wrenches.
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    Broken Cylinder Head Cover Bolt

    I was replacing the cylinder head cover today and trusted my torque wrench too much. The bolt on the kickstand side snapped off. Any suggestions on the best way to extract the broken bolt? Thanks. What is left of the bolt...
  6. I bought a used 2007 400s with almost 15k miles on it earlier this year. It appears to have been well taken care of, but I don't know what service was done before I bought it. I have changed the oil, brake fluid, coolant, and front brake pads. I'm planning to put a larger gas tank on soon and I'm wondering what maintenance I should do while I have the tank off. It seems like a good time to replace the spark plug, check the valves, and possibly add the JD kit. Is there anything else I should do that is easiest while the tank is off? Thanks.
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    Clutch wont adjust/work properly

    Justin, I'm having a similar problem. Did everything start working after you rode it, or did you find another fix? Thanks.
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    Clutch not fully engaging?

    Good to know. Thanks!
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    Clutch not fully engaging?

    Hi. New DRZ owner here. I noticed recently when pushing the bike around the garage that it moves freely when in Neutral, but if it is in gear with the clutch lever pulled in, I'm getting resistance. Can this be fixed with a clutch cable adjustment, or is there something else going on? Is there a way to tell how much the lever at the bottom of the clutch cable should be moving when the clutch lever is pulled? I noticed this when the bike was off. I'm not sure if it does it while running. Thanks.
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    New Levers

    Thanks, everyone. I've ordered the Pazoma brake lever direct from M Factory. I'll see how it fits and how I like it. My clutch lever still works, so I'm going to think about the Pazoma vs RSC for now.
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    New Levers

    Thanks for the responses. Spending less is always better, but the easy pull on the RSC is very tempting. On the other hand, since the Zeta fits into the standard perch, I could keep a couple cheap replacements on the bike in case something breaks. I saw another thread about the Pazoma's having fit issues that caused problems with the brakes, which concerned me.
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    New Levers

    New owner here and I love these forums. Thanks to everyone who contributes all the great info. I'm looking to replace the clutch and brake levers. The clutch is broken and the brake bent backwards during a fall. (Guards that do a better job of actually covering the levers is next on my list.) The broken clutch lever is now essentially a 2-3 finger clutch and I'd like to stick with that size. I'm thinking of going with Zeta folding lever for the brake and Zeta lever or Righteous Stunt Clutch for the clutch. Has anyone had any issues with the Zeta brake lever? Is the Zeta clutch lever effort about the same as stock or is it closer to the RSC? Thanks.