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Old 01-15-2011, 02:13 PM   #16
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Do any stock tailight KDX owners have an LED solution?
I put a CRF450 tail light on mine (the CRFs come fully road legal here), but my electrical system has been converted to DC (I'm in the process of getting mine registered, and I wanted a battery to run some other stuff).

I have heard that there is LEDs that can run on AC, but I haven't tried looking for them yet.
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:21 PM   #17
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The USD KXforks did wonders for my bike..really worth it.

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I had an 86,87,89,95,97,2001, the last 2 being 220's. Rode the heck out of all of them, doing bottom-end rebuilds and so on. Raced them also - even took a first place hare scramble Vet B on a KDX200, LOL. I am presently gathering parts for a project '86 bike that will be fitted with USD forks and rear disk.
KDX's are still one of the best trail bikes ever made, IMO, best for tighter trails and having the benefit of super low maintenance and long life.

The E model (preceding the H) had a torquier engine that some prefer (me included).
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:24 PM   #18
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Which autoclutch are you going with? ...it's a mod I am considering too. I've done alot of all the other mods already: USD forks, RB head and carb, reeds,...


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Greetings,
I picked up a 2004 220 with only a few hours on it this past Fall, and am preparing to install a Wiseco piston kit (for peace of mind) and auto-clutch on it before Spring.

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Old 01-15-2011, 05:25 PM   #19
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The AC LEDs must have rectification built in...

I've got a nice placement for my 1.2 A-hr 12V battery. I use it just for my horn to kepp my bike street legal.


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I put a CRF450 tail light on mine (the CRFs come fully road legal here), but my electrical system has been converted to DC (I'm in the process of getting mine registered, and I wanted a battery to run some other stuff).

I have heard that there is LEDs that can run on AC, but I haven't tried looking for them yet.
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:26 PM   #20
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I'll second the KX forks. WAY BETTER!!
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Old 01-15-2011, 06:33 PM   #21
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I'll second the KX forks. WAY BETTER!!
Yes. I put KX500 forks on the 2001 KDX220 I had, and it made it a whole new bike. Best mod ever, worth the time to dial 'em in.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:25 AM   #22
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Which autoclutch are you going with?
Revloc Dyna Ring, only $339 here: http://kdxrider.net/forums/

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Old 01-16-2011, 02:45 PM   #23
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Led tail

I put an LED into my Stock KDX 220 Tail light with brake light...I'll look to see if I can find my receipt and post...It bolts right up and keeps the OEM look...
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:42 PM   #24
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Loaded up and heading home after a perfect day of riding. The KDX gets better and better every time I ride it.
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Old 01-17-2011, 04:35 AM   #25
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The AC LEDs must have rectification built in...

I've got a nice placement for my 1.2 A-hr 12V battery. I use it just for my horn to kepp my bike street legal.
I've run LEDs on a few AC bikes with no rec. With the KDX i'll bet it's going to dim and flash at low rpm. My 2 stroke did with a low output stator. I like the BajaDesigns unit but will try RockeyMtn.'s version next at half the price.
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Old 01-17-2011, 05:12 AM   #26
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I put an LED into my Stock KDX 220 Tail light with brake light...I'll look to see if I can find my receipt and post...It bolts right up and keeps the OEM look...
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:35 AM   #27
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How hard, what years, what parts are involved in upgrading to the KX forks?
I am thinking of changing to USD forks on my 1995 KDX

I converted my XR650L, and a XR250L, the USD's are amazingly better!
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Old 01-17-2011, 08:06 AM   #28
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The easiest conversion for modern USD's are the KX500 forks, as they will bolt right up (having the same steering stem size), the stock KDX brake caliper even bolts right up. You will need the KX wheel also, as the kdx forks use a smaller diameter axle. I've also used YZ250 forks, triples and stem, although I had to knurl the stock KDX stem a few thousandths of an inch (increase the diameter with machine edging) in order to press it tightly into the yamaha triples, otherwise no issues. For some KX250 triples, the KDX stems will need knurling also. If you use another brand's forks, it'll be easiest to use the wheel that comes with it, however, I've found if the axle size is the same (most 250's are the same) and the brake rotor diameter is the same, it's just a matter of sizing new spacers to line up the rotor centered in the caliper. Many MX bikes of different brand use the same diameter brake rotor - so you can see there's a few things to check out if you don't get a full front end setup to start with. I like the damping on the yamaha's better to start with tho' as they have better maximum flow than the kx's I've messed with (easier to revalve for cush off-road).
Check out WWW.kdxrider.net for lots of detail on fork conversions.
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:51 PM   #29
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My dual sported 04. The turn signals are not installed in this picture. My Garmin GPS-V is visible in the lower picture. If I ever had the time and money I would try taking this bike from my home in Northeast Ohio to my uncle's home in San Francisco. I am certain that with proper modification it would make it

For now I truck it a couple of hours south and ride dirt roads and do a lot of exploring. Next trip will be to Allegheny National Forest loaded with my camping gear for a few days of forest roads and trails.

I also own a 2008 KLR650 which is my everyday bike, however for riding the forest roads and trails you can't beat the KDX. Now if I could only figure out how to install oil injection like the European models had .

The great think about a dual sporting these types of bikes are that they provide for unlimited adventure if you want to make it happen. Currently have a 79 Yamaha DT175 that I plan on restoring for my son to use.

Thanks for starting this post





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Old 01-21-2011, 09:54 AM   #30
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Locally I've found a 1990 KDX200 for $300. The seller says it needs new crank and pistons. I haven't played in the dirt much, and 300 bucks plus another 200 in parts seems like a pretty nominal investment. Does this sound like a reasonable buy? Would the kdx suffice as a good intro bike to getting off the beaten track?

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