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  1. Does anyone know of an aftermarket chain guard for KTM RFS bikes? I’ve shredded mine and hate to put on another stock one that’s going to have the same problem. Hugh:ride:
  2. I successfully plated my 02 KTM 520 EXC last week in Harris county. It took a couple of attempts but here's what you do. The secrete is to make it easy for the clerk. 1. Know what you are asking for. “Corrected Title” 2. Have form# VTR-470 filled out(aka 'green sheet') 3. Have form# 130-U filled out. Check the “Change in Vehicle Description” box on line #17. 4. Have (4) $20 bills in you pocket. I would advise a phone call to TxDOT and talk to someone that will verify that form#VTR-470 is all you need. Get their name and extension so when the local annex tax office Nazi tries to bluff you out of the office you’ll have some back up. It worked for me. All I had to do was suggest they call the number and somehow they found a way to sell me a plate. I was nice to the clerks. Other than the ‘manager’ they are helpful folks. Hugh
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    01 520 EXc......

    I'm convinced I need to do this fix. Does anyone have a parts guy they'd recommend. The nearest KTM dealer is a couple of hundred miles from me so I'll be mail odering the parts and doing the work. A list of all the part numbers I'll need to do this myself would be very helpful. Also special tools that you absolutely have to buy. I check th valves on my 2000 Honda VFR so this ought to be a piece of cake. No bodywork to remove, yea! Thanks again, Hugh
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    01 520 EXc......

    I just bought an 02 model 520EXC that couldn’t have had more that a very few hours on the bike. It still had the original tires with virtually no wear. I was successful getting a plate on it last week and now have about 150 miles on the bike. I’ve been riding very conservative on the street and getting on the throttle more off road. Now that I’m getting familiar with the bike, I’ve noticed that when the motor is hot it starts making a lot of mechanical noise. Especially if I’ve gone for 10 minutes in 1st / 2nd gear or stopped and let it idle very long. When the motor is cool it sounds fine. Since you guys seem to know allot about 520s, does this sound like the cam gear and chain guide problem. There doesn’t seem to be any drop off in power. Just allot of mechanical racket. Any ideas appreciated, Hugh
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    Help me spend some money!

    After a lot of trials and tribulations, I finally was successful getting it licensed. If anyone in Texas wants to give it a try this is what you need to do. The key is to make it easy for the clerk. 1. Know what you are asking for. “Corrected Title” 2. Have form# VTR-470 filled out 3. Have form# 130-U filled out. Check the “Change in Vehicle Description” box on line #17. 4. Have (4) $20 bills in you pocket. I would advise a phone call to TxDOT and talk to someone that will verify that form#VTR-470 is all you need. Get their name and extension so when the local annex tax office Nazi tries to bluff you out of the office you’ll have some back up. It worked for me. All I had to do was suggest they call the number and somehow they found a way to sell me a plate. I was nice to the clerks. Other than the ‘manager’ they are helpful folks. Hugh
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    Help me spend some money!

    OK, Thanks for the info. hugh
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    Help me spend some money!

    Things are comming together. I need to put the horn button and license plate bracket on and I'll be done. One thing I didn't get with the bike is an owners manual. The dealer rounded up some 2003 525exc stuff but no parts manual. Does anyone know where I can get a 2002 520exc manual and parts book cheap? I'd trade the 03 manuals if anyone needs them. Is there any real difference in the maintenance and photos in the 03 book?
  8. I ordered 2 DS mirrors Monday and they were on my door step this afternoon (Friday). Thats pretty good service in my book. I live near Houston, Texas.
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    Help me spend some money!

    Thanks for the link!! It's amazing how much has changed since 2000. I never imagined I'd take up dirt bikes again. This will motivate me back into the gym. I still remember what arm pump feels like. Thanks again for all the input, Hugh
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    Help me spend some money!

    Decision made!! I went by a friend of mine's KTM shop in Austin to get his advice on converting a KTM and guess what? Someone had just dropped off a 2002 520 EXC to sell on consignment. Sweet bike!! It still has the original tires on it. He made me an deal that I couldn't pass up. I'll change my AVATAR soon. I can't wait to start converting to the street. Hugh
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    Help me spend some money!

    I checked with the guy who would be doing the inspection and I can get a plate for just about anything I want. Now this adds another dimension to my decision. I know this has probably been beat to death somewhere but what would be the best bike to convert? From my hare scrambles days I know that I want something with a tall high gear. My 98 KTM EXC200 was perfect. I also know that I don't want to mess with premix so at 2 smoker is out. Any suggestions on a 4 stroke that has a wide ration transmission. I seem to remember when the KTMs came out the factory didn't recommend converting one to dual sport. Not enough oil capacity? If anyone has a link to explane the differences in the new ones, please post it. Thanks, Hugh
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    Help me spend some money!

    I've about decided on the DRZ/KLX400. I just got off my buddies new 2006 KLR650 and it's to big for me. The front brake seemed weak also. Having 14 miles on it probably has something to do with that. Considering the KTM parts and availability, the DRZ/KLX400 would be a better choice for me. Thanks for the advice. Hugh
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    Help me spend some money!

    I think you can get almost anything registered in Texas. I couldn't find out much on the internet so I'll call around Monday and see what is required. I know there is a form that needs to be filled out at a State inspection station and you need insurance also. Thanks for the responce, Hugh
  14. I've decided to get back into the offroad scene with a street legal dual sport. I live on the gulf coast of Texas and plan on taking what ever I end up with to the rockies in Colorado once a year. There seems to be allot of KLR650 fans out there. One of my riding buddies bought one yesterday brand new OTD for $5,200. I'm leaning to something smaller. I was racing a 98 KX250 in Hare scrambles till 2000. The DRX/KLX400 is my first choice today. I'm thinking used, does anyone know what year the most updates were done. Also how would a KTM LC4 compare? The 2002/03 models look pretty good and seem to be in the ballark on price. Any opinions? Hugh
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