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    Post Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by AbhiTK View Post
    Hi
    I know this is an RC390 forum but since the RC200 shares almost all the physical aspects with a 390 I've decided to discuss this issue here. So I notice a considerable gap in the tank cover as shown in the picture and when I enquired about it in the service center they responded by saying that it is simply the character of the bike and due to the vibrations some panels are bound to come loose and that it isn't something to be worried about. So what I want to know is if this is normal in all RCs and should I go by what the service people said or did I just receive and badly put together unit? Any and all feedback is much appreciated as this has been bothering me for quite a while now. Cheers.
    If you're referring to the battery box flap cover gap, then yes, that's normal. Most bikes have some gaps even though they sit flush, they will have some gap. And no, it isn't something to be worried, unless you have trouble locking and vibrations coming out from that place. Don't sweat it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
    If you're referring to the battery box flap cover gap, then yes, that's normal. Most bikes have some gaps even though they sit flush, they will have some gap. And no, it isn't something to be worried, unless you have trouble locking and vibrations coming out from that place. Don't sweat it.

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    Yep, mine vibrates terribly while riding, no matter how tight it is put together. Seems like a design flaw by KTM guys or built quality issue. Some times I think I should glue it with 3M tape
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    Post Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by itsmevini123 View Post
    Yep, mine vibrates terribly while riding, no matter how tight it is put together. Seems like a design flaw by KTM guys or built quality issue. Some times I think I should glue it with 3M tape
    Don't tape it. It'll look worse than you think. Let it be the way it is. You can also check for a mod video that gives more tension to the latch spring in YouTube. Check for KTM RC 390 latch spring change, and you will see a guy replace with a spring with more tension so that the lock stays in place and vibrates less.

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    Question Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Help #1: The left mirror glass on my RC390 vibrates and resonates a little. It is not the mount, it is not the housing but the glass itself. Any fix for that?

    Help #2: Also, what is the cost of siliconing the valve covers? Can see slight oil leaks on the right hand side, and I do have an RTV gasket maker. So was wondering, if that'd help seal it as well. (I have used gasket maker to seal off the left hand side of the engine cover on my Pulsar 200NS and it worked like a charm)

    Appreciate the help, cheers!
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    Post Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by anirudhchandrashekar View Post
    Help #1: The left mirror glass on my RC390 vibrates and resonates a little. It is not the mount, it is not the housing but the glass itself. Any fix for that?

    Help #2: Also, what is the cost of siliconing the valve covers? Can see slight oil leaks on the right hand side, and I do have an RTV gasket maker. So was wondering, if that'd help seal it as well. (I have used gasket maker to seal off the left hand side of the engine cover on my Pulsar 200NS and it worked like a charm)

    Appreciate the help, cheers!
    Use Anabond 696 gray gasket or any other gray gasket. Don't use the red sealant, ever for sealing the valve cover. Remove the valve cover, make sure valve cover mate surface and the surface on the head is completely clean and surface. Apply a thin layer of gasket on the valve cover edges, also make sure you replace your valve cover rubber gasket, and torque it well it should arrest the leak. The key here is the right amount of torque the bolts are given. Loose bolts will cause a leak.

    Secondly, if the glass itself is wobbling you can use silicone sealant and apply it around the edges to prevent it it shaking. Else, it's better to get the mirror replaced. Glue guns too work, but it takes a little dexterity to apply it without smudge. But, it can be done.

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    Default Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by anirudhchandrashekar View Post
    Help #1: The left mirror glass on my RC390 vibrates and resonates a little. It is not the mount, it is not the housing but the glass itself. Any fix for that?

    Help #2: Also, what is the cost of siliconing the valve covers? Can see slight oil leaks on the right hand side, and I do have an RTV gasket maker. So was wondering, if that'd help seal it as well. (I have used gasket maker to seal off the left hand side of the engine cover on my Pulsar 200NS and it worked like a charm)

    Appreciate the help, cheers!
    #1 try removing the rvm and putting it back again, also iirc there are adjustment bolts behind the mirror area (to adjust the pivot point).. loosen them up and tighten them.. if doesn't help a new one.. because the glass per se cannot be replaced.
    here is a useful video (its slightly different, if you own the old model rc):


    #2 if your bike is under warranty, it should be done for free. bajaj itself provides the svc with a grey gasket sealant (dont use the red one), which must be applied applied after removing the valve cover (i've seen some smear it from the outside). the grey one which they use is for such specific purposes.. it sets to a rubbery consistency and doesn't harden/'dry' out like the conventional red rtv that many use.
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    Question Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Finished a small mod to the mirror glass last night. Added some silicone around it on the edges where the glass meets the housing. Will be riding the bike in a while, so I will keep you guys updated on the mod.

    Coming to the engine valve cover, I have to go get myself a new gasket and then begin the work on it (Not under warranty)

    The other question I had was, has anyone upgraded to heavier bar end weights on their RC390 to reduce/manage vibrations on the handlebar? Or changed grips which helped reduce the vibes?

    Cheers!
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    Post Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by anirudhchandrashekar View Post
    Finished a small mod to the mirror glass last night. Added some silicone around it on the edges where the glass meets the housing. Will be riding the bike in a while, so I will keep you guys updated on the mod.
    Coming to the engine valve cover, I have to go get myself a new gasket and then begin the work on it (Not under warranty)
    Cheers!
    Glad to know that you've used the silicone setup. Observe it for a while, if it stays put, then you're all set. If it still gives up after sometime, replace the stalk. Secondly,
    I'd strongly recommend you to replace your valve cover if you're under warranty, stating a leakage, and make sure you're present while they carry out the procedure. If you do anything outside, they can and will void warranty, and mind you SVC are adept at nullifying a warranty. If your warranty period is over, then you can take it to your friendly garage or authorized SVC, and make sure you oversee the procedure all the while. The key here is to make sure the right amount of sealant and a new valve cover O gasket is used along with properly torqued bolts.

    Cheers!
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    Hey guys,
    Can the peeps in Bangalore suggest a good place for bike service for my RC 390?
    The SVC labor is too high and they don't justify for the price they charge too.
    If you guys know any around Banashankari andd Jayanagar please let me know,
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
    Glad to know that you've used the silicone setup. Observe it for a while, if it stays put, then you're all set. If it still gives up after sometime, replace the stalk.

    Cheers!
    VJ
    Works like a charm, zero vibes from the mirror housing now! Have already put in rubber washers (Old tube) for the fairings. Next up, is to curb a little bit of windscreen buzz. Any suggestions? Maybe more old tubing here too!

    Also, regarding the valve cover, its an easy DIY job for me. I always played around with gasket makers and leaky engine covers back in the day. Will plan it out and go about it when I have the time.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rahul.V. View Post
    Hey guys,
    Can the peeps in Bangalore suggest a good place for bike service for my RC 390?
    The SVC labor is too high and they don't justify for the price they charge too.
    If you guys know any around Banashankari andd Jayanagar please let me know,
    Thanks
    Rahul, if its a general service, I'd suggest you figure out the basic work which gets done, gather the right tools and go about doing it yourself.

    1. Engine Oil Top-up
    2. Coolant top-up
    3. Brake pad check (Sand it a little if required/replace)
    4. Inspect the bike for any leaks or any other misbehavior.
    5. Chain clean - lube

    IMHO, all these mentioned work can be very easy DIY work and you won't have to rush to the svc anymore. Unless, you have a warranty that you need to tend to and to make sure it is valid, yes, then svc is your goto place. Else, I would suggest DIY route.

    If it is something big as valve adjustment or something on the scale that would hold back the beginner DIYers then again, I would suggest the svc route.

    Coming to the answer, KTM Hoskerehalli is nearby to Banashankari. And Auto Service in Bsk 2nd stage too.

    Cheers!
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