2016 KTM 350 sxf linkage problem/question

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1/18/2018 10:22 AM

Just picked one up. As I was going through the bike I found this. The area lines up with the head of the bottom shock bolt so I could see if the bolt worked loose it could cause this to happen. That said it almost looks like it was put there on purpose for the fact that the cut is smooth and tapered somewhat towards the top and bottom of the link.

I'm ordering the new part today. Never seen this before.

Any opinions?



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1/18/2018 10:31 AM

No, that is not how it is supposed to be. The bolt either backed out, or someone used one that was too long if it is on the left side. Don't ride it like that.

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Take it to the limit, one more time!

1/18/2018 10:54 AM

Get the aftermarket one from Ride Engineering or Devol.... But don't ride with that one it's toast!

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1/18/2018 11:02 AM

I've seen sprocket bolts backing out and kill a swing arm in pretty much the same way.
But I've never seen a linkage with that kind of damage, good for you that you found it before you got hurt.

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1/18/2018 11:10 AM

How does someone ride that and not notice it? Obviously OP did.

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1/18/2018 11:12 AM

Awesome, thanks guys! First KTM so I thought anything could be possible. The bikes in great shape overall but the previous owner was starting to let it go downhill.

The valves are measuring in spec but on the tight side of the scale. I'm getting .10 kinda loose on the intake and .13 fairly snug on the exhaust. Any reason for concern there?

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1/18/2018 11:16 AM

Thats actually a part of ktms weight reduction system we learned about in the other thread

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2009 Kawasaki KX450F
2009 Kawasaki KX250F
2002 Suzuki GSXR 600

1/18/2018 11:16 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/18/2018 11:17 AM

dirtmike86 wrote:

How does someone ride that and not notice it? Obviously OP did.

No, I haven't gotten on it yet. Wanted to take it down and grease the bearings, check the valves and all the bolts before taking it out. Glad I did!

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1/18/2018 11:17 AM

Acidreamer wrote:

Thats actually a part of ktms weight reduction system we learned about in the other thread

Lol

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1/18/2018 11:20 AM
Edited Date/Time: 1/18/2018 11:24 AM

dirtmike86 wrote:

How does someone ride that and not notice it? Obviously OP did.

Daddyfatsac wrote:

No, I haven't gotten on it yet. Wanted to take it down and grease the bearings, check the valves and all the bolts before taking it out. Glad I did!

Yeah you would think the guy before you would have felt it snag up on it. Once its worn past that point probably wasnt that noticable. But good thing you caught it. I had a linkage snap on a yz426 and i got two broken ankles as a result.

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1/18/2018 11:34 AM

I have the aftermarket one from ride engineering I’ll sell you cheap. Just sitting in my garage. Dm me.

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1/18/2018 12:31 PM

jwoltz wrote:

I have the aftermarket one from ride engineering I’ll sell you cheap. Just sitting in my garage. Dm me.

Did you not like it? I was thinking about picking one up to try out for my '18 since its hard to find any feedback on them.

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1/18/2018 12:34 PM

Ive seen that happen before. That’s what happens when a linkage bolt tourque isn’t ever checked.

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1/18/2018 12:39 PM

ob wrote:

Ive seen that happen before. That’s what happens when a linkage bolt tourque isn’t ever checked.

So what you're saying is that it's not only the sprocket bolts that need to be torqued? Peely, did you know about this?

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1/18/2018 1:26 PM

jwoltz wrote:

I have the aftermarket one from ride engineering I’ll sell you cheap. Just sitting in my garage. Dm me.

AJ565 wrote:

Did you not like it? I was thinking about picking one up to try out for my '18 since its hard to find any feedback on them.

I can get new ones discounted just text 570-606-7687

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