1997 KTM 300 EXC resto
Posted June 25, 2010 - 06:01 PM
I'm new on here, so hopefully I'm not asking the same old questions again.
I've just picked up a 97 KTM300 exc off a mate, and it's in need of some love. It looks like it been fairly well used, ie pipe smashed in, held on with wire etc. Despite that it starts on the first kick and runs well, and the engine side of things seems pretty clean. I'm not keen to ride it (or even start it again) though until I've sorted a few things out.
so.... my questions are:
Is there much part interchange between this and the MX model, or between other bikes like the 250 etc, obviously I'm thinking bikes of the same era, eg96/97 and particularly wheels/forks etc. I just need to know what parts are common before I start ordering bits and pieces.
Are there any major issues that you'd address with this model, or was it a pretty good thing straight out of the box? The magazine articles of the day all raved about it.
Now the one bad bit, there's obviously some coolant leakage issue going on, as there's a contaminated oil ooze (not BP related) coming from around the impeller? cover. I haven't had it off yet as I'm into a few other projects, and just wanted to get a few opinions before I spread parts all over the shed floor.
Thanks in advance.
Posted June 25, 2010 - 07:36 PM
Posted June 28, 2010 - 08:31 PM
Posted December 30, 2010 - 07:44 AM
I've started collecting parts, I'll post some before and after pics when I get a chance.
Do you know of anyone who does graphics kits for these? Most companies only seem to do from 98 on
Did you ever find a graphics company to do graphics for this bike. I'm doing a resto on the same bike too.
Posted December 31, 2010 - 06:09 PM
...which is a bit dated.
I was going to talk to some of the local sticker guys here and see if they'd done something in the past which was still on file, otherwise I was looking at a combination of Acerbis replacement plastics which you can get in black as well, and try and come up with something myself with off the shelf generic stickers.
Posted August 29, 2011 - 01:35 AM
Posted August 29, 2011 - 11:32 AM
Way to go. Seals won't groove out the steel sleeves, like it will on the
Aluminum. I always take the plastic caps off bearings and regrease them.
You will be shocked how little grease they use on the bearings.
Posted September 02, 2011 - 09:48 PM
On another topic, does anyone know whether the spokes from later models are the same? I've been told the only difference may be the nipples being aluminium instead of steel. Thanks again guys
Posted June 20, 2012 - 07:42 PM
it's been awhile but there has been some progress. Suspension all done, wheels rebuilt, new bearing/seals everywhere etc. I've rebuilt a vintage YZ MX bike in the meantime so there's always juggling of time and money.
My latest question is re the forks, I've stripped them, cleaned them out and installed new seals and dustcovers. Can anyone tell me the best oil weight and volume? I read somewhere on a 250exc test from back in the day that they were running slighty lighter oil in one leg than the other?
If I could get a stock starting point though, that would help.