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Old 10-26-2010, 04:20 PM   #196
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If you want to stop some wiggle add a little more sag to the rear. I don't mind a little and i run lots of sand.

18psi will hurt performance offfroad. Try dropping a couple+ of pounds and see. I change mine depending on the tire. Softer sidewalls get more. Pine root hits are my biggest concern more than the light pavement i run. Never under 14 on the front for me due to pinches.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:40 PM   #197
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just read all pages in this thread.

great thread, i just bought a 2003 300 exc and it sound like it was good bike to buy.

i am really just bump this thread so it will be easy to find as I set up the bike for me riding style and weight.

thanks to all who have put the time into give thier advice and opinons.

this is stuff a great site.
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Old 10-26-2010, 11:06 PM   #198
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1994 - Plated!

Boy that looks familiar.

Here's my plated '95. I'm the original owner.
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Reading this thread reminds me why I still have this bike. This shot is from a ride I did a couple years ago.

I'd like to do a few updates on mine.

1. Coolant overflow bottle & maybe a fan
2. Trail Tech Vapor or Vector
3. Maybe some head work and/or updated carb.

I've got the 39mm Keihin and I think it's too big for good low speed mixing.

I put a later "Hockey Stick" silencer on and seemed to have lost some of that great tractor low end. Anybody have any comments about silencers for these bikes. The stock silencer made the bike run great but was a tad loud for my tastes. The Hockey Stick is very quiet but it doesn't grunt so well anymore. Any comments/suggestions welcome.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:07 AM   #199
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Yes, what an awesome site. When the rain goes away I'll have to check my tire pressures again ... I know it felt better last week when I didn't have ANY air in the tires! I do feel I get better each time I go out ... maybe not better, but at least more confident in how the machines work in the dirt as opposed to the street.

I was having some trouble with my gearbox going into 5th, maybe I should have replaced my shift forks while I was inside the beast, maybe I can find something else to tighten, gear selector or position of the lever?
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:58 AM   #200
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THE KTM 300 IS NOT A THUMPER.
The funny thing is the 300 will "thump" better than some 4-strokes. It's got grunt many sub 350cc 4-strokes could only dream of.


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It's a good bike though.
I'd up that to it's a GREAT bike, probably the best for pure off-road use.

Add a counter balancer and direct injection and I think many might wonder why the 4-stroke "revolution" ever needed to happen.

I've already seen what direct injection can do for marine 2-strokes, amazing.

I'm willing to bet that a direct injected 2-stroke running the equivalent of 50:1 plus oil ratio uses less oil overall than the folks running modern "thumpers" and changing their oil every 20 hrs or so and you don't need to buy oil filters.

2-strokes really are less hassle to own and operate but most of us have forgotten that. You don't need fiddly pumper carbs, oil filters, to adjust the valves, cam chains, etc. and when they do need service rings and a piston is about it. Heck my '95 300 is still on the original piston and rings and still makes enough power to loop me at will. Maybe I'll put new rings in one of these days out of guilt.

Even though electric starting is cool, I don't see the need for it on these bikes. Mine starts 1st or 2nd kick all the time. Heck it usually only takes 3 kicks even after it has sat for months.
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Old 10-27-2010, 11:01 AM   #201
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I have a plated 03' EXC, I bought it early Feb this year after deciding the 09' DRZ 400s I bought new was just not that much fun off-road. The EXC 300 is by far the best Dual Sport (converted) I've ridden! I parked the DR, and never looked back. We ride mostly single track east coast woods but I've also logged a fair amount of firewood/seasonal dirt road time on it too. There is nothing like 2-stroke hit to brighten up your day!
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:25 PM   #202
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I put a later "Hockey Stick" silencer on and seemed to have lost some of that great tractor low end. Anybody have any comments about silencers for these bikes. The stock silencer made the bike run great but was a tad loud for my tastes. The Hockey Stick is very quiet but it doesn't grunt so well anymore. Any comments/suggestions welcome.
I got one of the "hockey stick" silencers. I really like it b/c its so quiet. I can deal w/ a tiny loss of grunt.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:37 PM   #203
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I got one of the "hockey stick" silencers. I really like it b/c its so quiet. I can deal w/ a tiny loss of grunt.
where can you get one of these hockey stick silencers from ???
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:15 AM   #204
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Even though electric starting is cool, I don't see the need for it on these bikes. Mine starts 1st or 2nd kick all the time. Heck it usually only takes 3 kicks even after it has sat for months.
Yep, 2nd or 3rd kick every time for me!
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:33 AM   #205
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Yea, it is really funny how we can be intimidated by kickstarting! My 05 300 EXC, will start with usually one kick, when riding. Two to three kicks
just out of the garage after a month of sitting. It has been the most reliable bike I have owned so far. Low maintenace, great handling, great power, simple.

Everyone needs at least one two stroke in the garage!
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:39 AM   #206
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where can you get one of these hockey stick silencers from ???
Lo siento, I can't help w/ that. The guy I bought it from gave me two large boxes of spare parts when I bought the bike from him.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:40 AM   #207
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Yea, it is really funny how we can be intimidated by kickstarting! My 05 300 EXC, will start with usually one kick, when riding. Two to three kicks
just out of the garage after a month of sitting. It has been the most reliable bike I have owned so far. Low maintenace, great handling, great power, simple.

Everyone needs at least one two stroke in the garage!
Fer sure! When I'm out riding, *if* I stall, it's 1 kick to get things back alive again. I was intimidated at first, but now I'm used to it, it's easier than my weed whacker!

Some days it seems more reliable than my '01 BMW R11S. ;) I know it's a lot more simple to work on by a huge margin.
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:59 AM   #208
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where can you get one of these hockey stick silencers from ???
You can get one from a KTM dealer. These were stock on the EXC's.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:56 AM   #209
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where can you get one of these hockey stick silencers from ???
fleBay?
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:04 AM   #210
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Yea, it is really funny how we can be intimidated by kickstarting! My 05 300 EXC, will start with usually one kick, when riding. Two to three kicks
just out of the garage after a month of sitting. It has been the most reliable bike I have owned so far. Low maintenace, great handling, great power, simple.

Everyone needs at least one two stroke in the garage!
I agree. Mine usually starts with 1 kick when cold, but I still added the button which is great when the fire goes out and you are poised on a precipice.
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