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  • Gunslingin_Ridr
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    Originally posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post

    GSR, hi. The clutch basket, clutch plate along with the complete set would set you back around 5k +- a couple of hundred. Highly recommended if you're getting pre 2015 bikes. 2015 and later were the best lot, they came with slipper clutch and improvements throughout.

    Secondly, I would recommend you replace the clutch and brake lever to the newer adjustable ones, makes a ton of room for improvement and give great tactile feel and leverage. Do replace the brake pads to the newer semi-sintered ones. The old ones were organic and they just don't do justice to the speed this bike carries. Replace the levers and the brake pads to the newer gen Duke's brake pads and see the magic.

    Thirdly, swap the mirrors to a better one, the stock ones on the old Dukes were a fart in the street. Just doesn't cut it.

    You're right. The last of the 2015 were the bikes that were properly mental and can make one's pant wet if one gets carried away too much, this little thing can scare the shit out of one sometimes and when it does, you know it's not to be messed around. If it's fun, this bike is it, nothing comes close to plastering a smile on one's face before and after the ride.

    Good luck.

    Cheers!
    VJ
    Thanks a lot, I really appreciate it.

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  • B7ACKTHORN
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    Originally posted by Gunslingin_Ridr View Post
    B7ACKTHORN I specifically tagged you because I remember you telling about retrofitting new-gen clutch to the first-gen way back. Since I'm going back to a used 1st gen Duke 390. I sincerely request you to list things that can be retrofitted to the 1st gen from newer gen parts catalogue to improve the bike.

    Thought I'd get over the 390 after so riding so many newer bikes, but I cannot. The first gen is really something else.
    GSR, hi. The clutch basket, clutch plate along with the complete set would set you back around 5k +- a couple of hundred. Highly recommended if you're getting pre 2015 bikes. 2015 and later were the best lot, they came with slipper clutch and improvements throughout.

    Secondly, I would recommend you replace the clutch and brake lever to the newer adjustable ones, makes a ton of room for improvement and give great tactile feel and leverage. Do replace the brake pads to the newer semi-sintered ones. The old ones were organic and they just don't do justice to the speed this bike carries. Replace the levers and the brake pads to the newer gen Duke's brake pads and see the magic.

    Thirdly, swap the mirrors to a better one, the stock ones on the old Dukes were a fart in the street. Just doesn't cut it.

    You're right. The last of the 2015 were the bikes that were properly mental and can make one's pant wet if one gets carried away too much, this little thing can scare the shit out of one sometimes and when it does, you know it's not to be messed around. If it's fun, this bike is it, nothing comes close to plastering a smile on one's face before and after the ride.

    Good luck.

    Cheers!
    VJ

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  • Gunslingin_Ridr
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    B7ACKTHORN I specifically tagged you because I remember you telling about retrofitting new-gen clutch to the first-gen way back. Since I'm going back to a used 1st gen Duke 390. I sincerely request you to list things that can be retrofitted to the 1st gen from newer gen parts catalogue to improve the bike.

    Thought I'd get over the 390 after so riding so many newer bikes, but I cannot. The first gen is really something else.

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  • B7ACKTHORN
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    Originally posted by Samy View Post
    My Duke has been standing still since last 1 and half years. Should I try to push start it ? Or get it delivered to a service center for a through check ?
    Engine oil, oil filter, fresh new coolant. engine flush and fresh fuel along with new fuel filter is necessary and mandatory. Get your spark plug, air filter removed and cleaned. Make sure your chain is cleaned and lubed, slack adjusted, tire pressure set right. Make sure your battery is charged and if needed get your battery thoroughly charged. Replace if it doesn't hold charge. I'd strongly recommend you to replace your fork oil as they eventually thin out. Engine flush isn't mandatory, but helps remove oil deposits from an engine that's been sitting for a while, helps remove varnish that's accumulated when an oil just sits for a long time.

    Good luck.

    Cheers!
    VJ

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  • biker_sac
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    Originally posted by Samy View Post
    My Duke has been standing still since last 1 and half years. Should I try to push start it ? Or get it delivered to a service center for a through check ?
    As long as the battery has enough charge and there is new petrol in the tank, it should fire up.

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  • Samy
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    My Duke has been standing still since last 1 and half years. Should I try to push start it ? Or get it delivered to a service center for a through check ?

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  • Samarth 619
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    Guys, is there a replacement console for Duke 390 that's working fine? I'm fed up of original console. Priced at Rs. 7000, its just a non-waterproof console that starts acting weird on the first spray of water.
    Once it went faulty, so I replaced it with another, spending Rs. 7000 in the process. The second one also lost the battle in just 1.5 years, same problem of water ingress.

    Can I get another meter in its place, maybe a replica that's reliable? Any ideas?

    Originally posted by silentmusic View Post
    Hello guys, how are you all? Need help regarding some issue I am facing with Duke 390, It will be great if someone can help. There is micro stutter at the lower RPM say around 3-4000 rpm, at higher rpm bike runs fine. When inspected by KTM service engineer, he said fuel pump may be faulty, it has been recently serviced, there is no issue with the bike other than that, Pickup seems normal. If the fuel pump is faulty can I replace it with car fuel pump motor only, its available around 1k on amazon? Please suggest. Thanks.
    To be honest, it sounds like something which was always there in the 390 Duke. Right from starting.

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  • silentmusic
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    Hello guys, how are you all? Need help regarding some issue I am facing with Duke 390, It will be great if someone can help. There is micro stutter at the lower RPM say around 3-4000 rpm, at higher rpm bike runs fine. When inspected by KTM service engineer, he said fuel pump may be faulty, it has been recently serviced, there is no issue with the bike other than that, Pickup seems normal. If the fuel pump is faulty can I replace it with car fuel pump motor only, its available around 1k on amazon? Please suggest. Thanks.

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  • kiran2508
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    Originally posted by zestbiker View Post
    N post rebuild no warranty,gaurantee of the rebuild which means your 55k reinvestment carries a substantial risk -so when my D390 "Blor Betty"s engine started smoking at 24k kms ,heartbreakingly sold it and bought a Himalayan -but i sure do miss her
    I did get warranty from KTM service center for 6months /2000kms for any issues that arises and two free services. It all depends on from where one gets the rebuild done, the experience and skill of the mechanics involved.

    2000kms is more than enough to fully validate any issues that might occur, in all possible scenarios.
    Last edited by kiran2508; 05-26-2021, 03:28 PM.

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  • zestbiker
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    Originally posted by kiran2508 View Post

    Complete rebuild including the Bottom end will add upto 45-50K flat
    Without the bottom end rebuild would be 30-32k

    Rough prices:
    Piston and cylinder - 8k
    Clutch assy - 4.5k
    Timing chain, chain guides, 4 rocker arms, 2 cams, 4 valves, valve oil seals, shims - 8k
    Water pump asys and gaskets- 1k
    New Crankshaft and rod - 10k, (rebuild old crank 4k)
    Miscellaneous stuff like oil, coolant, filters, gaskets, sealant spark plug, loctite - 5k
    Labor - 6-8k
    N post rebuild no warranty,gaurantee of the rebuild which means your 55k reinvestment carries a substantial risk -so when my D390 "Blor Betty"s engine started smoking at 24k kms ,heartbreakingly sold it and bought a Himalayan -but i sure do miss her

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  • kiran2508
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    Originally posted by yeswanthkumar View Post
    What would be the price for the complete engine rebuild?
    Complete rebuild including the Bottom end will add upto 45-50K flat
    Without the bottom end rebuild would be 30-32k

    Rough prices:
    Piston and cylinder - 8k
    Clutch assy - 4.5k
    Timing chain, chain guides, 4 rocker arms, 2 cams, 4 valves, valve oil seals, shims - 8k
    Water pump asys and gaskets- 1k
    New Crankshaft and rod - 10k, (rebuild old crank 4k)
    Miscellaneous stuff like oil, coolant, filters, gaskets, sealant spark plug, loctite - 5k
    Labor - 6-8k

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  • yeswanthkumar
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    Originally posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post

    Now, the question is, the 2014 Duke that you've "zeroed in for" is the prior owner of that vehicle giving you the engine along once he gets that? If yes, then I would suggest you wait and get the engine from him, as that engine would have the right engine number and this relegates lot of redtape, that's one. Secondly, if you get a new engine, you have to get the engine number punched to the one that was in the RC. If you can and are able to pay for a new engine, nothing should stop you. If you are on a budget and my personal suggestion would be to start inspecting any used motor to satisfaction, this would give you a sensible idea as to what requires to be replaced and pretty much gives you an idea of the costs involved. Getting a used motor and replacing the clutch, cylinder and head peripherals, you're looking upwards of 20k plus easily.

    Good luck on the hunt. Before that, try to source the motor from the owner, that saves you from a lot of petty troublesome life later.

    Cheers!
    VJ
    Hi.

    Thanks for your advise.

    I need to start searching for good motor. The original motor for the vehicle is gone. No trace of it.

    Thank you,

    Yeswanth Kumar

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  • B7ACKTHORN
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    Originally posted by yeswanthkumar View Post
    HI.

    Thanks buddy for the reply.

    Found a duke 390 2014 without engine for a very good deal. As per the owner he given the engine 1year back for the rebuild and never received back from the mechanic (covid effect). I tried the used marked for the engines but all of them are out of the bikes more than 40-50k kms on the odometer.

    I would like to know if it is good to buy the used engine and do the complete overhaul or get the new engine(Price also depends)?

    What would be the price for the complete engine rebuild?

    Thanks in advance.
    Yeswanth Kumar
    Now, the question is, the 2014 Duke that you've "zeroed in for" is the prior owner of that vehicle giving you the engine along once he gets that? If yes, then I would suggest you wait and get the engine from him, as that engine would have the right engine number and this relegates lot of redtape, that's one. Secondly, if you get a new engine, you have to get the engine number punched to the one that was in the RC. If you can and are able to pay for a new engine, nothing should stop you. If you are on a budget and my personal suggestion would be to start inspecting any used motor to satisfaction, this would give you a sensible idea as to what requires to be replaced and pretty much gives you an idea of the costs involved. Getting a used motor and replacing the clutch, cylinder and head peripherals, you're looking upwards of 20k plus easily.

    Good luck on the hunt. Before that, try to source the motor from the owner, that saves you from a lot of petty troublesome life later.

    Cheers!
    VJ

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  • yeswanthkumar
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    HI.

    Thanks buddy for the reply.

    Found a duke 390 2014 without engine for a very good deal. As per the owner he given the engine 1year back for the rebuild and never received back from the mechanic (covid effect). I tried the used marked for the engines but all of them are out of the bikes more than 40-50k kms on the odometer.

    I would like to know if it is good to buy the used engine and do the complete overhaul or get the new engine(Price also depends)?

    What would be the price for the complete engine rebuild?

    Thanks in advance.
    Yeswanth Kumar

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  • kiran2508
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    Originally posted by yeswanthkumar View Post
    Does any one know Can we order the complete Duke 390 engine assembly? If yes the approximate cost of the engine.
    What is the requirement and usecase?

    Even if you can hold of one, it'll be illegal to swap the engine to a different engine number mentioned on the RC card and Insurance documents and will not be officially road legal anymore. You need to get all the proper approval and clearances from RTO before doing the swap

    But for all purposes, apart from the Engine crankcase(where the engine number is stamped), everything else parts can be ordered and swapped without any issues.
    Last edited by kiran2508; 05-16-2021, 12:59 PM.

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