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    Post Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyKol View Post
    Is the "thumb starter switch/button with wire" unit available separately as a spare? I have some shorting somewhere inside the wire and it needs to be changed. The SVC could not give me a proper answer to this.
    In all the Dukes, especially the 2013-2016 model sall have their thumbstarters integrated into the switch gear. In case they are faulty, you have to replace them. You can't change the switch alone. You can remove the switch and check the solder and re-solder if necessary and brush the contacts so that they work well. A local automobile electrician can do that for you.

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    Default Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Hey guys,
    Just out of curiosity, has anyone tried ohlins KT303 on their bikes? Is there any huge difference compared to stock ones?
    Thank you

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    Default Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    hello everyone,

    I had a doubt

    I was working on replacing my camshaft and i had my bike in TDC of the compression stroke as required. By mistake after i removed my cams my TDC alignment got messed up and so I cranked the engine 2-3 times to bring it back to TDC but now I don't know if its TDC of the exhaust stroke or compression as I had removed my cams before doing so.

    Is there any way to find out or it doesn't matter and I can put align the cams back at any TDC mark be it exhaust or compression?

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuadrupleagentZ View Post
    hello everyone,

    I had a doubt

    I was working on replacing my camshaft and i had my bike in TDC of the compression stroke as required. By mistake after i removed my cams my TDC alignment got messed up and so I cranked the engine 2-3 times to bring it back to TDC but now I don't know if its TDC of the exhaust stroke or compression as I had removed my cams before doing so.

    Is there any way to find out or it doesn't matter and I can put align the cams back at any TDC mark be it exhaust or compression?
    Bring the piston to TDC mark on the flywheel, and make sure the you align the camshafts on the markings provided by them you will have to align them like this - o - against the head surface and install your chain, you're good to go. The key here is to bring the flywheel marking the same as the casing marking so the piston is at TDC and rest is just aligning the camshafts and installing the timing chain.

    Cheers!
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    Default Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
    Bring the piston to TDC mark on the flywheel, and make sure the you align the camshafts on the markings provided by them you will have to align them like this - o - against the head surface and install your chain, you're good to go. The key here is to bring the flywheel marking the same as the casing marking so the piston is at TDC and rest is just aligning the camshafts and installing the timing chain.

    Cheers!
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    So it doesn’t matter if I install the camshafts straightly at TDC in the exhaust stroke?


    Cause when you open a head which hasn’t been open before the exhaust stroke TDC has it’s cams upside down

    And rn I have no clue when it’s at the exhaust or compression TDM as the cams are out and the engine was bought TDC 3-4 times without the cam installed

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    Post Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by QuadrupleagentZ View Post
    So it doesn’t matter if I install the camshafts straightly at TDC in the exhaust stroke?


    Cause when you open a head which hasn’t been open before the exhaust stroke TDC has it’s cams upside down

    And rn I have no clue when it’s at the exhaust or compression TDM as the cams are out and the engine was bought TDC 3-4 times without the cam installed
    Make sure, you install the camshafts with the markings given them flush with the head surface. Before that, the piston must be at TDC. The flywheel must be rotated counterclockwise and the markings on the flywheel match the casing, and you're good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
    Make sure, you install the camshafts with the markings given them flush with the head surface. Before that, the piston must be at TDC. The flywheel must be rotated counterclockwise and the markings on the flywheel match the casing, and you're good to go.

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    hey again

    my manual says the valve spec should be

    Intake 0.08 - 0.12
    exhaust 0.12 - 0.17

    Installed the new cams and now checked my valve clearance, they are .001-.002 out of spec on the loose end. Do you recommend changing them or its okay to be a tad bit loose?
    The 2018 service manual changed its clearance too

    now it says
    intake: 0.10 - 0.15
    exhaust: 0.15 - 0.20

    If i go from the new manual I'm in spec, If i go from the old manual im .001-.002 on the loose end

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    Post Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by QuadrupleagentZ View Post
    hey again

    my manual says the valve spec should be

    Intake 0.08 - 0.12
    exhaust 0.12 - 0.17

    Installed the new cams and now checked my valve clearance, they are .001-.002 out of spec on the loose end. Do you recommend changing them or its okay to be a tad bit loose?
    The 2018 service manual changed its clearance too

    now it says
    intake: 0.10 - 0.15
    exhaust: 0.15 - 0.20

    If i go from the new manual I'm in spec, If i go from the old manual im .001-.002 on the loose end
    Yes, the camshaft position is right. If you model falls in the 2018 and pre 2018, stick with the first one. 0.08 to 0.12 and 0.13 to 0.17. An mm of loose spec isn't a concern. You shouldn't have any problem. As it heats up, the shims expand and give the right clearance. Don't go loose more than than that.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by B7ACKTHORN View Post
    Yes, the camshaft position is right. If you model falls in the 2018 and pre 2018, stick with the first one. 0.08 to 0.12 and 0.13 to 0.17. An mm of loose spec isn't a concern. You shouldn't have any problem. As it heats up, the shims expand and give the right clearance. Don't go loose more than than that.

    Cheers!
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    Hey once again
    So tried to start the bike today

    It was cranking but wasn't starting

    It was getting fuel as I removed the throttle body a little bit and was able to see fuel dripping

    It was getting a spark as I removed it and saw that also, even changed it

    Tried to run it without the cover and all the cams and valve were opening and closing as they need to

    Still can't understand why it's not starting

    Tried several times
    All in vain

    Thinking of reinstalling the cams 180 degrees and trying it again tomorrow. Might be installed at TDC of the exhaust stroke rather than compression

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    Post Re: KTM RC 390 Ownership Experience

    Quote Originally Posted by QuadrupleagentZ View Post
    Hey once again
    So tried to start the bike today

    It was cranking but wasn't starting

    It was getting fuel as I removed the throttle body a little bit and was able to see fuel dripping

    It was getting a spark as I removed it and saw that also, even changed it

    Tried to run it without the cover and all the cams and valve were opening and closing as they need to

    Still can't understand why it's not starting

    Tried several times
    All in vain

    Thinking of reinstalling the cams 180 degrees and trying it again tomorrow. Might be installed at TDC of the exhaust stroke rather than compression
    You might have probably installed it at the end of the exhaust stroke, which again would mean the piston is at TDC, albeit the valves slightly opened. It's easy. See, check the mark on the flywheel, bring it to the TDC, that's the TDC mark for the compression end of the stroke, where both valves will be closed, this is your sweet spot. Remove your cams first, then bring your TDC on the flywheel, then align the camshafts and install then try, it should start. Check your connectors, fuel feed, spark plug cap, everything once again. Also one easy thing to notice is whether it's in exhaust stroke or compression stroke is, in compression stroke, the lobes will be sideways and not inducing pressure on the valves, both intake and exhaust will be neutral meaning, the lobes will be on the side. If the lobes are slightly turned and you see them pressuring the valves, then you have the wrong timing.

    Hope I am not confusing you.

    Cheers!
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