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Old 01-08-2013, 03:01 PM   #136
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I would use 48 front at least and 76 rear

I'm 210lbs
I had .46 in the front of my 520.....worked out well......it's all Greek to me......I take it to my local shop and rely on their expertise/recommendations......I've been going there for years and they know how I ride.... (http://www.allamericanktm.com/ ) .....they're the ones doing the work/magic with springs/oil types/oil levels.....I'm just the bank
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:20 PM   #137
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I got a 76 in the back and I'm 205. Suspension for me was one of the best and most needed mods right off the bat. You will love the difference in feel of the bike. You know also now that I'm thinking about it, adding the radiator fan is something you guys should look into. I notice mine kick on when I'm out riding hard. It comes stock on the 500 but KTM didn't add it on the 350. Its 125 bucks I believe and doesn't take much to get it on. As much as mine runs I'm glad I added it. Have fun!
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:05 AM   #138
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Crawdaddy, yea the 5W LED is definitely not a night light, but in a pinch should get you out of the woods...

I was mainly thinking function and the small 196w stator, and potential draw. We really didn't have to think about this on the WRR and the 350W stator.

I believe battery charge should stay positive using the 5W LED light with fan/GPS running. I installed the sicass light switch so one can always turn off the head light in a pinch. I'm still on the fence spending the bucks on a squadron as well...

Here's a little load work sheet, all numbers approx..

with factory 35w bulb - approx


with 5W LED
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:25 AM   #139
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Suspension for me was one of the best and most needed mods right off the bat
Picking up the bike on Friday...here's my off the bat game plan....

Suspension - The shop is installing the .46/76 Springs and they'll set me up with sag/best guesstimate on initial clicker settings

Armor - throwing on front and rear rotor guards along with a skid plate

Seat - Already made arrangements with my buddy Lendon at Seat Concepts....he's sending out a seat cover TODAY......I'm not interested in spending one minute on the stock 2 X 4 foam/seat cover.....

Tires - Pirelli MT43 rear tire/Bridgestone Ultra Heavy duty tube

I'll ride with the stock front tire for a while and see how I like it......may switch out to Pirelli XCMH.....having the shop balance the front wheel with lead weights that sit on the rim and wrap around the spokes (generally used for street bike applications....the rim strip lead weights always seem to flick off).....

Radiator Fan - I enjoy single track and I ride in some serious heat/at slow speeds in CA./AZ.....my 520/300 spew without fans....no reason to believe the 350 will be any different.....

Switching counter sprockets - I bought an XCW not the EXC so the stock gearing is 13/52.....too low for basic dualsport.....14/52 is still a bit too low......I'll chew up the stock aluminum sprocket and then replace it with a steel 48 or 50 tooth down the line

GPR - I have GPRs on all my bikes.....solid product/support......local San Diego Company

Highway Dirt Bikes guards/mirrors.....and I'm sure I'll throw on heated grips too.....

Fork Bleeders.....~$20 well spent

Pro moto foot pegs (if the ones on my WR will fit)

GPS hardwire

Brake switch (a rear brake light and mirror should be all I need to pick up a street plate when I head over to my place in AZ. next week)

HeadLight: picked up the 45W step up replacement from Sicass along with the 5W LED.....I'll mess around with both just for kicks....

Down the line:

Gas Tank.....undecided but leaning towards Acerbis 5.3.....a couple of my buddies with 350/500 have opted for the 5.3 Acerbis tank since that option is actually less expensive than a 3.1 gallon when you factor in the cost of quality radiator braces.....the bigger 5.3 tank protects the radiator from side impacts, the weight is carried low since you rarely fill it above the lower seat line (3 gallon mark), I'm told it's only ~1" wider than the stock tank with shrouds.....and you'll obviously have the freedom to go really remote if you ever actually fill that thing up with gas......I like to ride in Baja/other wide open spaces in the western U.S. so that "if you need it range" option is attractive to me....

Lighting.......we'll see.....the ~$400 Squadron is really not necessary for my primary mission......I rarely ride at night......just need a decent light for the "Oh shit....I broke down" (or by buddy broke down) scenarios....the option to switch the light off completely is atractive to me....good idea DVWalker......maybe I'll pick up that switch too......perhaps I'll put that switch into my HDB clamp....

Kickstand.....broke the kickstands off my 400/520/620......I have no reason to believe the same fate doesn't await my stock 350 kickstand.......kind of a sore point with me......KTM charges BIG $$ for these bikes then delivers them with shitty seats/flimsy kickstands......come'on guys....wtf?!?!
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:02 AM   #140
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With reasonable care I get many years out of OEM KTM kickstands,they're built to be light and minimal.
Cant lean on them or hold the whole bike off the ground with them or sit on the bike with them down,somehow mine last fine.
Ive seen people hold the bike up with em to oil the chain and then wonder why they broke.
But then Ive had KTM's since 1978.

Ive been running the Dirt Tricks radiator fan with good results,draws way way less then the stock fan. Oddly my 2011 530 will go on a hot day trail ride usually with minimal or no boiling while my buddy's 2012 500 will puke water more or less constantly on climbs. Mine must have a little richer fuel mixture.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:16 AM   #141
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Thanks for the work sheet Dale, gives me a better idea of what I have drawing off my battery right now.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:35 PM   #142
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really good list of mods crawdaddy, looks like you're going to have a blast...a couple other items to think about not on your list.

- heat shield over header pipe, if you like you're riding pants

- check your muffler for a little worthless screen baffle, not sure the xcw has this, but remove it if you have one, will blow out on the trail eventually anyway

- replace 100c rated thermo switch with 95C to turn rad fan on at lower temp, should help keep things a bit cooler (swiped pics from etickets build)


- fuel filter: remove the tiny clog prone 10/20 micron filter between the quick-disconnect/injector, and replace with a real fuel filter (ie Golan) using FI clamps


- kickstand: I installed the pro moto billet, but for the money not much better than stock IMHO, save your money...just remove the spacer and replace with shorter bolt from your ktm owners bag

- light switch: the plug play sicass is a lot narrower than the stocker, more room on the bar, as a bonus you can turn off light

+1 on the Acerbis 5.3, nice fit with good rad protection
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:56 AM   #143
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- heat shield over header pipe, if you like you're riding pants

- check your muffler for a little worthless screen baffle, not sure the xcw has this, but remove it if you have one, will blow out on the trail eventually anyway

- replace 100c rated thermo switch with 95C to turn rad fan on at lower temp, should help keep things a bit cooler (swiped pics from etickets build)-

- fuel filter: remove the tiny clog prone 10/20 micron filter between the quick-disconnect/injector, and replace with a real fuel filter (ie Golan) using FI clamps
Is there a recommended/preferred heat shield?

P3 has a slick looking unit (http://www.ktm-parts.com/P3HSKT35KS.html ) but I'm wondering if it reaches back far enough/stands off far enough to protect the pant legs?......it's billed as a "Pipe Guard" as opposed to the Acropovic "Heat Shield": http://www.bigbadpowersports.com/pro...S10450535.html

I'll have to look and see if the XCW even has the exhaust screen?

Good idea on thermo switch......possibly ~$20 well spent.....there's a Napa right down the street from me.....my only concern is the increased battery drain if it causes the fan to run more than it really needs too?.....KTM spent thousands to determine when it needed to kick on....you'd think they'd error on the conservative side to begin with....

LIkewise, I'm told the service bulletin/change to 20 micron filter has virtually eliminated the clogging issue that earlier bikes encountered with the 10 micron filter.......I'll run it "as is" before making any changes on the fuel filter.....as the old adage goes, "if it ain't broke don't fix it"....I put more faith/credibility in mfg service bulletins than internet chatter.....
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:42 AM   #144
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My new http://seatconcepts.com/ covered 350XCF-W seat pan arrived last night......slapping it on the bike today when I pick it up so my ass will never have to endure the lame/stock 2 X 4 seat pad/cover.

Stylish/stock height, all carbon wrap, with orange accent thread........nice! ....Thanks Lendon!

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Old 01-11-2013, 08:07 AM   #145
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My new http://seatconcepts.com/ covered 350XCF-W seat pan arrived last night......slapping it on the bike today when I pick it up so my ass will never have to endure the lame/stock 2 X 4 seat pad/cover.

All carbon wrap with orange accent thread.......nice! ....Thanks Lendon!

Hi Crawdaddy , can you post a photo with the seat on the bike ? Thank you .
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I use this Gizmovest. Its durable, doesn't slip out of your hand while your holding it and it attaches to my RAM mount great to keep it right where I want to position it. http://www.gizzmovest.com/CRStage.cf...2&MainNav=True

This is what my hardwire looks like..http://www.mountguys.com/ProductDeta...31-00&click=21
Yes I have same Gizmovest as well. But its not designed to use that miniUSB connection from our link. Did you drill hole in Gizmovest or so? I have seen miniUSB connection with 90* bent on connection itself. I was thinking to use that one.
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top view of the seat would be nice too. does it stick out on the wide part?
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:58 PM   #148
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top view of the seat would be nice too. does it stick out on the wide part?
I'm kicking back with a beer watching yesterday's Dakar highlights.......bike will be ready in an hour or so.......I'll post some pics of the seat on the bike tomorrow morning from various angles......

I have Seat Concepts seats on all my bikes.....it's a no brainer......quality product, stylish, comfortable, reasonable.....
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:39 PM   #149
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I'm kicking back with a beer watching yesterday's Dakar highlights.......bike will be ready in an hour or so.......I'll post some pics of the seat on the bike tomorrow morning from various angles......

I have Seat Concepts seats on all my bikes.....it's a no brainer......quality product, stylish, comfortable, reasonable.....


congrats chris on the new bike.

i picked up a 2013 last october, haven't really rode it.



good choice on the seat concept. lendon did an awesome seat for ours.that was my first improvement.

already have a bunch of parts waiting to be installed. just don't have the time.

this one is the most bang for the buck...........trailjammers
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top view of the seat would be nice too. does it stick out on the wide part?


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