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Old 04-02-2005, 08:48 PM   #16
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I am just curious if anyone checked their frame?
Yep, and here another casualty. Mine's cracked too.

I'm not amused....
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Old 04-03-2005, 12:06 PM   #17
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Really sorry to hear that. Not sure what the repair is in your neck of the woods, I would suspect it would be the same as Germany, new frame? I didn't like the idea of a new frame, too many other systems being disturbed for my taste, though I doubt that is the way it would be fixed in the USofA anyway, I was pretty sure that if it came to that, I wouldn't get much cooperation out of KTM to change the frame myself. (My dealer is pretty good, but they have only worked on one 950 to date, that I know of.)

I wish I had a digicam at present (stolen) I would post pics of the repair I had done on mine. It came out really nice.
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Old 04-03-2005, 10:09 PM   #18
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I'll find out what the procedure in Holland/Germany is today. I'm not too keen on swapping the entire frame either...

The strange thing is, the frames are unchanged since 2003. No mods, no updates, no nothing. Some good welding, maybe with a reinforcement plate or something would be my choice too. Let's wait and see.
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Old 04-05-2005, 05:59 AM   #19
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Two bikes.Two cracks.One 11 000km one 18 000km. Thanks Barb!
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Old 04-05-2005, 02:57 PM   #20
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Frame changed at Sommer last week. It takes 2 weeks for the work but at the end the result was outstanding. I run 2000 km from the date when I had back the bike and everything is ok.
I'm really happy thanks Sommer
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Old 04-05-2005, 10:24 PM   #21
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My frame will be welded by Sommer next week. There are two 'official' options. Swap the frame for a new one or get it welded. But the welding has to done by somebody approved by KTM.

I prefer welding for two reasons. For a new frame the entire bike has to be ripped apart including all the electronics, wire-looms etc etc. A total stripdown. While technically no problem, I don't think the bike gets any better from this. And secondly, since the frame isn't changed at all there is no reason why it won't crack again. With welding some reinforcement can be made. And 'only' the engine needs to be taken out of the frame.

But I must say that Sommer is one of the very few dealers I feel really comfortable with to do this job. They're outstanding.

And while my bike is taken apart there's a good excuse to fit their newly developed carb-kit for the 950 with different fuel needles etc.
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Old 04-06-2005, 01:43 AM   #22
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the welding is also the solution from KTM ITALY... same reasons... a middle dealer cannot change the frame without make big mistakes...
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Old 04-06-2005, 03:16 AM   #23
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And while my bike is taken apart there's a good excuse to fit their newly developed carb-kit for the 950 with different fuel needles etc.
Just done ...BEATIFUL!!!!
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Old 04-09-2005, 02:22 AM   #24
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Old 04-09-2005, 04:55 AM   #25
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Is it possible to adapt a reinforcement plate in harmony with the welding?
Perhaps something with an arch shape connecting both connecting bolts and somewhat reccesed to take the stock bolt or put a slightly longer bolt in place to not sacrifice the thickness of said plate.
I no longer have the bike so it's hard for me to probe around
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Old 04-09-2005, 08:53 AM   #26
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Has anybody found the reason for the crack? As to my problem it seems my crack is more to the back on the squire running from left to right. Can the culprit be the centrestand? As the bike go over the point of locking on the stand it slams hard on that bar.As to the racing bikes they do not have stands and get dumped on the side to fix flats etc... I used my stand allot as on my gs.On the first 03 models there were no centrestand.Do anybody know of that bikes with cracks?
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Old 04-09-2005, 02:25 PM   #27
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Mine is a 2003 model without center stand!
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Old 04-09-2005, 02:44 PM   #28
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G'day to all my 950 brothers from Rory who lives downunder.

"Has anybody found the reason for the crack? As to my problem it seems my crack is more to the back on the squire running from left to right. Can the culprit be the centrestand? As the bike go over the point of locking on the stand it slams hard on that bar.As to the racing bikes they do not have stands and get dumped on the side to fix flats etc... I used my stand allot as on my gs.On the first 03 models there were no centrestand.Do anybody know of that bikes with cracks?"

From the translation it appears that if the lower rear engine bolt is allowed to come loose the vibration can crack the frame.
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Old 04-09-2005, 06:00 PM   #29
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IMHO, the part just isn't strong enough to handle the loads, though I concede it could be an issue with the way the part is formed and/or some vibration/harmonics inducing fatigue into the part as well.

Making it thicker, or carrying the stiffner angle further forward should cure the problem.

I suspect the 2005 up frames have been upgraded, and that it might not show in the frame part number, as just that particular weldment was updated. (Just guessing.)
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Old 04-13-2005, 07:30 PM   #30
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I'm join'n the club. I put it off as long as I could, but one day I was doing a clean'n and I couldn't stop myself from look'n. I'm not sure if I'm going to do anything with it, just watch it real close. What do you guys think about a bit of JB Weld on it?
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