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  1. cmbthumper

    Another RFS Build

    Awesome info. I hope I never need Bob's services. If I do I also hope he will still be doing work. Good luck on your restore and will be watching.
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    2007 KTM 525 EXC

    Thanks for the offer and info on JaJA. More curious than anything but what is this "Tool" you speak of?
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    2007 KTM 525 EXC

    ^^^ Thanks on the angle tip. Good catch. I had pop leave it rough as I was planning on using one of the old bolts as I got new ones and put some lapping compound on it to match the bolt.
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    2007 KTM 525 EXC

    Exhaust Shield
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    2007 KTM 525 EXC

    100% agree. Don't be a monkey tightening stuff down and if there is a TQ spec use it since it is there for a reason. I love to see people loctite bolts. Loctite is designed as just that and not a glue. No need to "Put the lotion on the skin" and drown the bolt.
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    2007 KTM 525 EXC

    Someday I do hope to bikehike with mine. Off grid camping or hiking keeps the peace if you get me. I will thank my personal mechanic, welder, best friend and mentor aka my Dad. He can weld the living snot out of anything except for Alum as it has s new for him. This was his 2nd try and lots and lots of cuss words were used to complete it. He said next time I had something that needed to be Alum welded...he'll pay for it. Not sure of any welders in El Cajon but with the amount of Race Cars/trucks/hotrod shops one can be found. I can't weld but and compentant welder that does it for a living day in day out should be a quick low $$ fix. I would mock up a horizontal support for more weigh carrying capacity and add any gussets before takeoff nag it to a welder. I just don't have the time and experience with this bike to know what the subframe needs if anything at all.
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    2007 KTM 525 EXC

    Got my subframe, Exhaust shield and skid plate welded up. Subframe on each of the top mounting holes had a horizontal stress crack on the outside. Exhaust shield mounting tab was split from a gorilla tightening down the bolt. Noticed the left wing on the skid plate started to crack so had my welder throw a few beads on it. Will powder coat them clear this weekend.
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    2007 KTM 525 EXC

    Ha Ha! It was actually my first color choice and thanks for the comment. For being a 74' it was and will be well cared for. Thanks on the KTM. Slowly coming along. BTW Orange is my favorite color. My DD since 03' to 17'. I started working from home in 17' and put 2300 miles since then and 146k on the clock now.
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    2007 KTM 525 EXC

    Thanks for the tip. I had the famous grounding issue on my 19' KTM 500 and did exactly as you wrote and they magically went away so will be doing the same on this one. After my initial research I am glad it has a fan for sure. Even without a fan it is still cooler than an HD. Thanks for the tip. I did order a set of the a Unibiker rad guard for the stock tank as the MXC was the Rad guard before. Agree to n the Myers radiators. Have a set for my KX500. Pricy but Cooling jewelry. Haven't gotten that far for the need but glad they make them for this bike. JaJa and CiD, Awesome stuff on my mistake of what picture for this bike. I just got the 550 a few weeks ago. Always liked the 550/750 and this was to good to pass up. Low mileage and only issue/ repair was the stock tank. Has the typical sun baked paint on top but no dents and still is very presentable. Normal reseal but the lower front corner had to be repaired from a crack so it has a 20ft paint touch up and of course the chrome strip is no Bueno. Look forward to the weather warming up so much can go get a piece of pie at Mom's in Julian. I truly appreciate the offer but I honestly have no idea what else the 550 might need for NOS or parts. Dislike putting repop stuff on and if a part can be saved I'll spend the $$ to restore it. I do know that it has 3 keys which sucks but at least it has keys for the Ign, steering lock and seat. Pill PM you guys for more info on your 550 items.
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    2007 KTM 525 EXC

    90% clean and making lists of items to address Subframe pulled and the mounting points are being welded up as they had stress cracks on the top ones by the seat Pulled the header and cleaned off the years of caked on dirt. Was going to hi-temp paint it but having Cocktails with a buddy i pulled a favor and i am ceramic coating it in titanium color. Checked on fitment for my Take Off 12' KTM 500 exhaust. All good and now have a spark arrester. The PO took off the S&P shaker already. Have all the parts for the rebuild/upgrade and will start assembling next weekend.
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    Wanted: XR400R stock exhaust

    Yes sir Correct. The old style are "Not Shipping" anywhere I look.
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    Wanted: XR400R stock exhaust

    Tvscum Lots of people including me are looking for the insert on your exhaust
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    KDX 200 COMPLETE 2/16/21

    Having had a few "new" bikes and lots of older bikes, I have to say I really really like the end results. Excellent work. For me at 48yo my bikes need to make me feel something, have soul and produce a smile that hurts for weeks. That bike would make me feel the same way when I got my 1st bike in an RM60 at 7yo.
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    2007 KTM 525 EXC

    Thanks for the comment and as a lazy rider it should suit me perfectly. Now, if i could just locate one of those unubtanium HT Oil Coolers. 🤣
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    2007 KTM 525 EXC

    Oops. Loaded the pic of my other purchase. Corrected
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