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Old 12-03-2013, 12:49 PM   #1
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LC8 Clutch Cover

Hello Chaps,
As the new owner of a 2011 KTM Adventure Dakar I wonder if I could trouble you for some advice regarding the clutch cover?
I have upgraded the standard (cast) version to the KTM genuine replacement CNC part (600.30.126.200), the black anodised one.
So, my question is this - when removing the original I discovered it has a round metal insert bolted to the inside face, approx 1 3/4" in diameter, but the replacement (a genuine KTM part) doesn't. So, what's it for? Why have the KTM engineers designed it into the standard part but not into their own replacement?
Further, do I need one? Obviously they thought it was required on the original, but not the replacement, why not?
Any insight from someone cleverer than me who knows the answer would be gratefully received.
Thank you.
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:51 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by HiOctaneOverland View Post
So, my question is this - when removing the original I discovered it has a round metal insert bolted to the inside face, approx 1 3/4" in diameter, but the replacement (a genuine KTM part) doesn't. So, what's it for? W
vibration dampener. The cj-designs clear replacement cover also does not include it (for obvious reasons).

I didn't even know ktm made a hardparts cover. My recollection is that you are not supposed to ever unscrew the vibration dampener from the OEM cover (one time use screw/thread) so you couldn't transfer it over even if the hardparts allowed. Supposedly there is little discernible difference if it's removed but I agree since KTM chose to include one originally, it's odd that they didn't provide one for the hardparts. Maybe they had a change of opinion regarding it's effectiveness/necessity?

Anyways, HTH.
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:45 PM   #3
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If I understand it correctly you had to remove it for the old Recluse Z-Start pro clutch too, and plenty of people did that without issue. That's probably why the hard part comes without one.

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Old 12-04-2013, 03:26 PM   #4
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Ive got the same powerparts cover- I found no noticeable difference between the two with or with out dampening. Install it- ride it- forgetaboutit
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Old 12-04-2013, 06:36 PM   #5
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Early bikes like my June 04 build bike did not have the dampener. My bike works fine without it. Put the cover on and ride it.
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Old 12-05-2013, 03:19 AM   #6
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I found that the damper makes a considerable difference.

I've recently installed a 2008 990 motor into my 2004, and was struck by how quiet the newer motor is. Immediately after installing the 990 I had a friend visit me with a 2004 950 so that we were able to compare the differences. Running side-by-side the extra noise coming from the 950 is obvious - especially when there is a wall or car on the right to reflect the sound back at you. Place the palm of your hand over the clutch casing to experience a similar effect to that of the damper.

The damper is an improvement, but you don't need one.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:00 AM   #7
Isn't that dangerous?
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Or better yet, get one of CJ Racer's (CJ Designs) see through clutch cover. They are awesome!!!!
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:27 PM   #8
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no more dampner was a concern for me too...
but a CJ cover vs OEM cover "felt" the same in weight
could tell no difference on my 11' 990
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