Fucking KTM... Maybe Lucky is right. Gawd Damn pile of junk!

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Yeah, like WTF is that KTM bullshit? Inventing another solution where no more are needed...that's ridiculous! :retard::retard::retard::retard:
 

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There are few sounds as discouraging to hear as a part, formerly under tension, ricocheting off a far wall of the garage.

Unless you hear nothing at all, which means it went out the open garage door...:frown2:
 
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There are few sounds as discouraging to hear as a part, formerly under tension, ricocheting off a far wall of the garage.

Unless you hear nothing at all, which means it went out the open garage door...:frown2:
Or a clean shot into the crankcase where the oil dampens the noise.

I was torquing the nut on some clutch that took 78 ft lbs or more torque. I used a .75 farmer inch aluminum cube to wedge the gears. Torqued the nut, then of course let the pressure off the torque wrench and the chunk of aluminum dropped behind the clutch and into a hole almost the exact same size into the crankcase, a V-Twin crankcase which meant time to disassemble the complete whole engine. I was shitting bricks and taught the other guys words they had never heard before! I drained the oil on it, stuck the $nap Off camera in the hole hooked it with a piece of wire, it was like playing the game Operation.
That chunk of aluminum now has a piece of wire on it.
 
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Ever change the oil filter on a Yamaha V-Star? You have to remove the front exhaust pipe, hoping to hell the exhaust studs do not break off, remove the floor board on some (or at least loosed it) and then remove the five bolts holding the cover on.

An air filter on a Goldwing take close to two hours to replace depending on how junked up they are.
 

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Really had my eye on a 500 exc but after Rhinos debacle I’m backing off...:evil:
 

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Really had my eye on a 500 exc but after Rhinos debacle I’m backing off...:evil:
LOL seriously? I have almost 45K miles on my 17 model KTM 1290 and it is a hell of a machine, love it. you really let another guy's brake rotor problem stop you?
 

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LOL seriously? I have almost 45K miles on my 17 model KTM 1290 and it is a hell of a machine, love it. you really let another guy's brake rotor problem stop you?
I don’t care about the bike problems so much, I can’t stomach a manufacture not standing behind their product.
 

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I don’t care about the bike problems so much, I can’t stomach a manufacture not standing behind their product.
well you do have a Japanese option now, the CRF450L is supposed to be pretty good. No 500EXC, but light years ahead of any other japanese dualsport
 

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Ever change the oil filter on a Yamaha V-Star? You have to remove the front exhaust pipe, hoping to hell the exhaust studs do not break off, remove the floor board on some (or at least loosed it) and then remove the five bolts holding the cover on.
My 2005 V Star 1100 story:

The output shaft has a habit of breaking off the 14 mm stud that holds the output shaft on.

The entire motor has to be torn apart as cylinders have to be pulled to split the cases.

I said " fuck that " and drilled by hand / electric drill a hole inside to take a 1/2 " thread.

Put it together with a 1/2 inch grade 8 bolt. Had to drill about 1 1/2 " deep.

Fortunately the material was soft inside.

1985 V Star 1100.JPG
Drill Guide.JPG
My drill guide was a 14 mm thread I made on the lathe, with the original nut to hold on
to what was left of the stud.
Hole, Threads.JPG
........................................................ The Hole / threads.
Final.JPG
.................................................. Final before bolt installed.
 
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What does the clip look like ?
Instead of having the tab on the inside of the clip, it is on the outside, and stiff. It was a bitch to dig it out. I made most of the tool tonight, it just needs to pin put in it to screw the clip in.
 

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Wish I had one of those MC.
I've told friends I am no longer doing thier rebuilds on the KTM 4 strokes.
On another note the kx 100 I just repaired for a wife's friend( maneto pickup)
Blowed up real good 4 km in the trail. Crank bearings let go, nothing left to repair, which made me smile.
Fucking rat bikes. When you buy a bike and it comes with two boxes of blown up engines that's not a good sign.
 
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Wish I had one of those MC.
I've told friends I am no longer doing thier rebuilds on the KTM 4 strokes.
On another note the kx 100 I just repaired for a wife's friend( maneto pickup)
Blowed up real good 4 km in the trail. Crank bearings let go, nothing left to repair, which made me smile.
Fucking rat bikes. When you buy a bike and it comes with two boxes of blown up engines that's not a good sign.
You ever get talked into doing one again, I'll loan you the tool. Best to practice using it on the old piston and clip. The real bitch is you have just an inch or two access the wrist pin/piston.
 
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My 2005 V Star 1100 story:

The output shaft has a habit of breaking off the 14 mm stud that holds the output shaft on.

The entire motor has to be torn apart as cylinders have to be pulled to split the cases.

I said " fuck that " and drilled by hand / electric drill a hole inside to take a 1/2 " thread.

Put it together with a 1/2 inch grade 8 bolt. Had to drill about 1 1/2 " deep.

Fortunately the material was soft inside.

View attachment 27233
View attachment 27234
My drill guide was a 14 mm thread I made on the lathe, with the original nut to hold on
to what was left of the stud.
View attachment 27235
........................................................ The Hole / threads.
View attachment 27236
.................................................. Final before bolt installed.
Nice farmer fix. :up: Now months later, is it still holding, or did you dump it.
 

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Nope, that won't work...look at the pictures of the piston...
Depends on how deep into the holes you make them. Can probably "neck down" the OD to slip fit inside the wrist pin too...Shouldn't need more than .500" inside the wrist pin to hold in place. Ok. maybe .600" but that's it. LOL!

Or, just deal with the "clips from Hell."
 

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Do tell! DLC, vapor deposition?? How DO OEM's like Yamaha and Suzuki get titanium valves to endure long life consumer engines??

Grab a magnet and see if its attracted. Do the faces and the stems, plz.
 

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My memory from 50 years ago, so I looked it up on Google, just now:

"Austenitic stainless steels have a high amount of austenite which makes them mostly non-magnetic. Even though grades such as 304 and 316 stainless steel have high amounts of iron in their chemical composition, austenite means they are non-ferromagnetic.Nov 19, 2018 "
 

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Just did a thorough look over on the 1966 Honda CB160.
Did the oil, from what I can tell did not burn a drop. Checked the timing, found my old timing light, everything spot on.
Fuck, this thing is built like a tank, easy to work on, and totally reliable. I just laugh my head off as it is up there with one of the most fun bikes I have owned.
back then, engineers actually were probably mechanics and designed the bike properly!
Have a 450 KTM coming in.......................... must renew valium script.
After that I have to do valves on a Triumph Trophy.... must accommodate mucho time just to get the body work off.
Fuck I love the 160!!!
 
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Just did a thorough look over on the 1966 Honda CB160.
Did the oil, from what I can tell did not burn a drop. Checked the timing, found my old timing light, everything spot on.
Fuck, this thing is built like a tank, easy to work on, and totally reliable. I just laugh my head off as it is up there with one of the most fun bikes I have owned.
back then, engineers actually were probably mechanics and designed the bike properly!
Have a 450 KTM coming in.......................... must renew valium script.
After that I have to do valves on a Triumph Trophy.... must accommodate mucho time just to get the body work off.
Fuck I love the 160!!!
My '78 DT250, '73 RD350 are a lot simpler than your old Honda. :ducmanic:
 
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So now that this heap has compression, the starter clutch slips! Won't turn the engine long enough to start!
This fucking pile of shit is wearing me down!
 
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