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Old 12-01-2012, 11:43 PM   #49621
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So what are the advantages of the fat bars over the 7/8?
bend-o-bility. i've bent more bars than i can recount. since i put the 1 3/8" bars on, i've had to have my handguards bent back several times from crashes, and the bars are still as solid and straight as day one. they won't budge/bend. it would take a major event/crash to bend these bars.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:06 AM   #49622
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Pardon my lack of knowledge here...

But when you put 1-1/8 bars on, are they 7/8 on the ends where the controls go? And is the inner diameter on the ends the same as 7/8 bars?

I know if I upgraded to thicker bars I'd need new inboard mounts for my handguards, but would all the controls/throttle tube still bolt right on?
BF. Yes they do taper down to 7/8 at the ends where the controls go.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:21 AM   #49623
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I haven't picked them up yet, probably next week when I get home from oxnard I'll stop by the mailbox. And THEN, i probably won't install them until I get my motor back from CW. Lost 2nd a few weeks ago, and I'm just going to get it done up right.... cloverleaf, boomstick, headfins, replace 2nd, kicker, rebuild starter. Then send the other 650 motor off for the deluxe treatment, then send the two other 600 motors I have sitting, mocking me.... SHould be a good year (o'13) for kicking some ass and breaking some frames.
Sounds more like breaking your wallet.
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Old 12-02-2012, 07:36 AM   #49624
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That is a helluva "learner bike"




Trying to get this KDX200 rideworthy ,,, KX500 forks and rear shock swap,,, should help his learning curve or at least reduce adrenaline levels.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:07 AM   #49625
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Trying to get this KDX200 rideworthy ,,, KX500 forks and rear shock swap,,, should help his learning curve or at least reduce adrenaline levels.
KDX200's are great bikes. I sometimes wish I had one! A lot less mass to haul back up on the trail
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:08 AM   #49626
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Yep. In my instance, with that horizontal bar bolted to the engine mount bolt, the place on the tank where the space between the two side gets narrower would hit and not let the tank go any lower. That "space" looks like it was made for the bar to rest in.
I could probably have forced the tank to spread outward even more to make it fit but...
1: the lower bracket holes would be below and to the outsides of the mounts on the frame and
2: I don't want that bar(even with the rubber grommets on it) to be constantly pushing outward on the tank.
I also doubt that it would keep the tank from rubbing on the rectifier.
For me, I see no problem with not using that bar. Others may disagree...
EDIT: I remember seeing those pics of the bracket for the rectifier. I will be making something similar. Just haven't had the time yet.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:15 AM   #49627
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The KDX200 is a great dirt bike. I had a matched pair for my daughters. One daughter has quit riding (kids) and the other moved up to a CRF450r. Nice mods for the KDX are Boysen reeds and a FMF pipe.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:19 AM   #49628
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Sounds more like breaking your wallet.
Good news is it will be on tools. Plasma cutter and TIG welder are high on the list.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:34 AM   #49629
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The KDX200 is a great dirt bike. I had a matched pair for my daughters. One daughter has quit riding (kids) and the other moved up to a CRF450r. Nice mods for the KDX are Boysen reeds and a FMF pipe.
Thanks for that info Steve. I believe I will do that if I can.
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:11 PM   #49630
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Trying to get this KDX200 rideworthy ,,, KX500 forks and rear shock swap,,, should help his learning curve or at least reduce adrenaline levels.
A wise, older rider told me when I began riding that it's way more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:44 PM   #49631
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bend-o-bility. i've bent more bars than i can recount. since i put the 1 3/8" bars on, i've had to have my handguards bent back several times from crashes, and the bars are still as solid and straight as day one. they won't budge/bend. it would take a major event/crash to bend these bars.
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BF. Yes they do taper down to 7/8 at the ends where the controls go.
Thank you Ben!
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:24 PM   #49632
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How many people need to tell you that you don't have to cut anything? Get it, put it on, ride, be happy
I forgot I asked earlier about cutting the boots
I did want to get more than one RSW users opinion tho on how the brace worked and fit.....I hate spending money on parts that end up being garage ornaments, because they don't work.
Forums are a great place to find out in advance whats worth buying and what isn't
Now I can get it, put it on, ride, and be happy
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:49 PM   #49633
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I forgot I asked earlier about cutting the boots
I did want to get more than one RSW users opinion tho on how the brace worked and fit.....I hate spending money on parts that end up being garage ornaments, because they don't work.
Forums are a great place to find out in advance whats worth buying and what isn't
Now I can get it, put it on, ride, and be happy
All in jest my friend, I think you'll love what that fork brace does for the handling.
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:10 PM   #49634
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Just a random wish I were there post, XRL.

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Old 12-02-2012, 09:57 PM   #49635
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Has anyone ever put air scoops on the side of the engine to aid in cooling instead of adding an oil cooler?

For example the Ulysses has air scoops for cooling


Maybe an air scoop with a big mouth that narrows down to increase air velocity/flow over the cool fins like they do for radiators http://www.cycraracing.com/review-pf-shroud-12-ktm.html ?

I'm sure air scoops wouldn't decrease oil temps as much as an oil cooler, but air scoops could hold up to abuse without leaking oil.. and could be cheap.

I'm just looking for a way to keep the engine cool for highway trips (50-70 mph all day).

Good idea? Bad idea? Better ideas?

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