1998 Splitfire Pro Circuit KX125 Build

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4/25/2016 4:50 AM
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New build time!

With the 92 Peak PC CR125 and the 94 Splitfire PC KX125 parked up comfortably, I'm making a start with my 3rd Pro Circuit 2 stroke replica. Years ago before I'd built any 2 stroke machines, it was a toss up between a 92 PC 125, or a 98 PC 125.

I couldn't ever find the really rare Pro Circuit parts to get the Peak bike going, even after years of searching, so I changed plan to go with one of my favourite PC bikes of all time - the 1998 Splitfire PC KX125. With Carmichael winning every East coast SX race on it for the perfect season, then going onto win the 98 outdoor season too with ease, it's a pretty special year for Pro Circuit. For me, the styling is just perfect. The 1997 bike was cool with the introduction of the black back end/flo green front that stayed with PC for years, but something about the graphics and parts on the bikes put me off it's image a little, but nailed it in every way for 1998. I was only young, but in 98 I went to watch our home MXDN here in the UK at Foxhill (the crazy mud race!) so got to see Carmichael tear up on this machine which is pretty cool! If only I could rewatch it again now!

So whilst on a 2 week ride trip to CMH (California Motocross Holidays) with some buddies a couple of years ago, we got to visit Pro Circuit shop (a dream for me). Luckily i took over 100 close up pictures of the 98 Splitfire KX, making it easy for me now to spot details on parts used on the bikes roughly.

However, that's when I stumbled across the original set of 92 Peak decals/seat cover, so I went for it and built the bike. Now, with Farleigh Castle VetsMXDN 2016 approaching, I'm hoping to get the 1998 built in time to race it now my entry is confirmed.

Luckily, through the years I've been collecting parts here and there, so already have a few rare parts required for the build, and recently picked up a great, solid base to use for the bike.

The only issue is, the Super Evo class at Farleigh is for machines 90-96, and so for this year i'll park up the 98 specific parts, and build it using the tried and tested motor out of my 94 Splitfire KX, which externally look pretty similar anyway. It takes the pressure off me for this year to get a solid motor running perfectly for the race, and keeps me class-legal which is important.

Anyway, I felt it time to get a build thread underway for the bike, as I've learnt with my past 2 build threads, they create lots of help with parts finding and info regarding the bike, which I could do with right now. I'll be building the bike up in SX trim, specifically as Carmichael raced it in the East/West Vegas Shootout race (which he won), with the 1E plate, flo green front plate as opposed to the vented outdoors, Pro Circuit/Works KYB forks not as opposed to the full factory setup he got for outdoors etc).

If anyone has any info/pics etc that can help, feel free to post! Thanks

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4/25/2016 4:57 AM

The East/West Shootout '1E' machine





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4/25/2016 4:58 AM

Couple of magazine covers with the UK MXDN at Foxhill bike, USA plates and that red/white/blue AXO Kit looks incredible!





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4/25/2016 5:03 AM

A link to the pictures I took of Carmichael's 98 SX machine on my visit to PC a few years back...

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4/25/2016 5:05 AM

Vegas



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4/25/2016 6:11 AM

The beginning...Frame and subframe blasted ready for brackets/mods...



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4/25/2016 4:44 PM

If you need any other pics of anything let me know I live down the street from pro circuit

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4/25/2016 9:06 PM

Should be a real nice bike Chuck. Seems the only hard parts to find will be the rear brake, shock, and mag clutch case. That's good they ran stock hubs too then. Otho g better than a fresh powder coated flo green frame!

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4/26/2016 12:32 AM

jason486 wrote:

If you need any other pics of anything let me know I live down the street from pro circuit

I may just take you up on that offer bud, thanks!

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4/26/2016 12:35 AM

CrGuy2T wrote:

Should be a real nice bike Chuck. Seems the only hard parts to find will be the rear brake, shock, and mag clutch case. That's good they ran stock hubs too then. Otho g better than a fresh powder coated flo green frame!

Cheers Rob! Hopefully, and yeh easy with stock hubs although i know of a set of KHI for sale now so i kinda wish they did run KHI hubs haha!

The rear Braking disc kit i think will be the hardest bit to find, i may not be able to find one before farleigh but i can add that on in future. You're the only guy in the world i know who has one!

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4/26/2016 2:00 AM

This topic made my morning !
PC should really hire you.

I'll be at California next month and visit PC again, if i can do anything for you ? With pleasure !

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4/26/2016 4:14 AM

CrGuy2T wrote:

Should be a real nice bike Chuck. Seems the only hard parts to find will be the rear brake, shock, and mag clutch case. That's good they ran stock hubs too then. Otho g better than a fresh powder coated flo green frame!

chuckdavies wrote:

Cheers Rob! Hopefully, and yeh easy with stock hubs although i know of a set of KHI for sale now so i kinda wish they did run KHI hubs haha!

The rear Braking disc kit i think will be the hardest bit to find, i may not be able to find one before farleigh but i can add that on in future. You're the only guy in the world i know who has one!

You should go for the Khi hubs. Then you can just use a Khi rear brake set up. Those Khi hubs really change the way a bike looks. all you have to do is swap the rear bearings and add a larger brake carrier.

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4/26/2016 4:46 AM

mxBryan wrote:

This topic made my morning !
PC should really hire you.

I'll be at California next month and visit PC again, if i can do anything for you ? With pleasure !

Haha, thanks mate!

I'll bear that in mind for sure, may need some pics by that stage.

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4/26/2016 4:49 AM

CrGuy2T wrote:

You should go for the Khi hubs. Then you can just use a Khi rear brake set up. Those Khi hubs really change the way a bike looks. all you have to do is swap the rear bearings and add a larger brake carrier.

Even if the KHI ones were cheaper than the stock hubs, i wouldn't be going with KHI. They weren't used at all until 99 as you know, so to me i'm not interested. Theres other cool parts they started using in 99 like carbon bits, but i won't go that route either as it wasn't on the bikes in 98 (aside from a Berg Racing front fork foot guard at some races which i'll buy if one pops up).

I'll just need a 98 Braking rear disc and bracket...

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6/29/2016 8:25 AM

Any updates? I'm contemplating a 98 PC build. And just like everyone else here.....I mostly just want to see pictures! Any luck on finding an original graphics set? Evo's looks good but doesn't have the metal flake.

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6/29/2016 9:12 AM

I'm looking forward to following this build! Glad to see it's finally underway. I expect only the best from you Chuck.

Regarding the super evo rules for the Farleigh race; will you use the '94 frame and engine together? If you run the '98 frame, wouldn't that disqualify you?

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6/30/2016 2:20 AM
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chocolatethunder782 wrote:

Any updates? I'm contemplating a 98 PC build. And just like everyone else here.....I mostly just want to see pictures! Any luck on finding an original graphics set? Evo's looks good but doesn't have the metal flake.

There has been progress, but nothing to post right now. I'm hoping to move it forward quite a bit over the next few weeks. I've been so busy with work and my actual racing that it's been hard to fit in. Plus i'm going back to university in September to finish my Masters degree so funds will be tight no doubt.

Whether i get this to a stage i can race it for Farleigh this year is still unknown, but i won't cut corners on quality - so i may be on the 94 KX again for this year. I have the 98 frame and motor set aside for future, but im planning on running a modified 96 frame for now to make it race legal, with my 94 motor that's already built. In 96 the factory AMA bikes in the 125 and 250 class ran the new shape swinger (97 pre-production) and the same with the frames too, so i'm going along those lines (any 96 KHI swingarms out there?!)

I'm still searching for an original kit that i want to put on the bike after i've ridden it...

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6/30/2016 2:45 AM
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chuckdavies wrote:

There has been progress, but nothing to post right now. I'm hoping to move it forward quite a bit over the next few weeks. I've been so busy with work and my actual racing that it's been hard to fit in. Plus i'm going back to university in September to finish my Masters degree so funds will be tight no doubt.

Whether i get this to a stage i can race it for Farleigh this year is still unknown, but i won't cut corners on quality - so i may be on the 94 KX again for this year. I have the 98 frame and motor set aside for future, but im planning on running a modified 96 frame for now to make it race legal, with my 94 motor that's already built. In 96 the factory AMA bikes in the 125 and 250 class ran the new shape swinger (97 pre-production) and the same with the frames too, so i'm going along those lines (any 96 KHI swingarms out there?!)

I'm still searching for an original kit that i want to put on the bike after i've ridden it...

I have the same hang up with evo. I had been messaging him and I know the design is slightly different and he just told me that they can't do the flo green. I have leads on a flo green front fender and shrouds but I don't know what I should do.

In half of the pictures that I found they just used a black seat cover so I don't think that would be that hard to find and replicate.

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6/30/2016 4:05 AM

Danger graphics in the UK can do the flo green. They are pretty reasonable too.

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6/30/2016 4:30 AM
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CrGuy2T wrote:

Danger graphics in the UK can do the flo green. They are pretty reasonable too.

Danger can do flo green, but their design work lets them down - they won't be close to the originals.

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6/30/2016 4:38 AM
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6/30/2016 6:04 AM

Do you have to modify the frame to accept the '94 engine? Is it not a direct swap? Will the newer swingarm swap in without modification?

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7/1/2016 4:14 AM

Can't wait to see this build

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7/1/2016 3:05 PM

I LOVE the look of that bike, I already cant wait to see this thing finished.

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7/1/2016 3:23 PM
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chuckdavies wrote:

Danger can do flo green, but their design work lets them down - they won't be close to the originals.

I had 2 sets of 98 graphics and a complete set of 97's in the bazaar no one here wanted them. All originals too.

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7/2/2016 12:14 AM

CrGuy2T wrote:

Danger graphics in the UK can do the flo green. They are pretty reasonable too.

chuckdavies wrote:

Danger can do flo green, but their design work lets them down - they won't be close to the originals.

CrGuy2T wrote:

I had 2 sets of 98 graphics and a complete set of 97's in the bazaar no one here wanted them. All originals too.

Yep they came from me, theyre just 98 rad shrouds (i still have a set too). And that pattern seat cover is not the one im using, i prefer the plain black one

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7/2/2016 12:15 AM

RyanLester761 wrote:

Do you have to modify the frame to accept the '94 engine? Is it not a direct swap? Will the newer swingarm swap in without modification?

Swingarm fits straight in i believe. I may need a small spacer either side on the lower engine mount but thats it i think

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7/2/2016 12:19 AM

98 Splitfire MXDN pants! Still looking for a matching jersey. Also looking for a normal green 98 kit if anyone knows of one please?





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7/2/2016 1:12 AM

Cool trousers

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7/2/2016 1:48 AM
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CrGuy2T wrote:

I had 2 sets of 98 graphics and a complete set of 97's in the bazaar no one here wanted them. All originals too.

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Nice pants, Chuck! I didn't even know that AXO released those to the public.