2013 KTM Duke 390
I saw a ride a guy did from India to Thailand on his Duke looked epic. Be fun to do the otherway. except way in Myanmar.Given the harsh indian conditions, probably a year or a bit more
The coating on my car's engine bay is still good after 2+ years but trhen again it gets cleaned only once in 6 months and is barely touched in that period
Agreed. I'll get a new bolt from KTM themselves today.Stock rear shock bolt is grade 10.9 so it might be worth trying to find a better bolt. I’d rather replace a standard bolt when it needs it than have a prettier but weaker one snap in such a critical place.
I saw a ride a guy did from India to Thailand on his Duke looked epic. Be fun to do the otherway. except way in Myanmar.
You are doing some fine work here. Anymore updates?Today's progress :
Replaced all the fairing philips screws with SS allen units
Grab handles painted matte black
Bought more parts from the KTM service center.
Managed to get the fork protector only for the right side, have placed an order for the left one as well.
My bike never came with a toolkit so bought one.
New side stand bolt to remove all sloppiness from the existing side stand
New ABS rings and rotor bolts when I do up the wheels. @Mirius you mentioned in one of your videos that rotor bolts have red threadlocker on them, turns out it is pre applied and all the new units have them.
New handle grips. Come to think of it, I should get a new throttle cable and change it as well.
Exhaust is all put together with new dampers everywhere. Heatshield is held with new SS bolts with anti seize on them. The nut inside one of the bolts holding the heat shield broke inside, I had to take the exhaust again to the welder who cut a small portion, retrieved the broken bit and welded on a new M6 nut in it.
Yes - there is plenty. It was very slow progress, you'll find out why and I did not update the thread.You are doing some fine work here. Anymore updates?
And I did. Throttle cable was very old stock, manufactured on July 2016. The 2014 came with a newer throttle cable and I made sure to get the right part for my 2013 bike. I also got a new water pump seal, O-ring for the T-pipe, new trim around the speedo which KTM calls it "the dashboard" and a new windscreen because it was cheap and my old one was scratched badly. I also got a new clutch release fork from newer dukes because it seemed it was longer and that would make the clutch easier to operate. New spring for it because the old one is rusted.New handle grips. Come to think of it, I should get a new throttle cable and change it as well.
Okay so I lied. My good friend who sold me this bike said he will be in town this Saturday. He wanted to see the bike "finished" and he kept asking about the footrests if they were painted or not. SO I took a decision to finish them off now itself.There will be a small hiatus from me at this point as I want to spend more time riding the bike than wrenching. Soon I'll be taking off the footrests to paint them and changing the steering bearing set.
While the chain cover was out, I replaced the SS bolt with a new OEM KTM rear suspension bolt with the right grade.Stock rear shock bolt is grade 10.9 so it might be worth trying to find a better bolt. I’d rather replace a standard bolt when it needs it than have a prettier but weaker one snap in such a critical place.
So this issue did not get fixed. In fact, the low beam stopped working altogether. I intended to check and fix it soon, that's why you may have noticed I did not put in the 4 snap rivets on the sides of the headlight in all my earlier photos.Few days later, the low beam wouldn't work. It did again intermittently and I suspected something else was bad. There was a 4 pin connector connecting the headlight plug to the harness, two pins in it looked corroded/full of something weird. I did not have a can of electric contact cleaner, I then depinned each of the 4+4 pins, cleaned them with IPA and a brush then put them back. This seems to have fixed the issue for now.
I ended up reusing the old nyloc nuts. All my M10 nyloc nuts are 1.5 thread pitch whereas everything M10 on the KTM is 1.25. I have a funny feeling I'll be taking everything apart to change the steering bearing set, will replace the nuts then and hopefully don't have to worry about them getting loose again. I just tightened as much as I can this time, will break out the torque wrench next timeNot the easiest things to be able to ‘feel’ how much to tighten either. Although there is a Nyloc nut on the bolts