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Old 12-01-2018, 03:12 AM
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Hi all,

i thought to take a "project" for 2t old KTM (2000-2004) and i wonder how hard can it be ? - i'm not a mechanic, but i got the hands for it (at least i think so).

also i want to do it just to learn the mechanics behind the bike.

so my question is, how difficult you think it can be and how long this kind of project should take ?

thanks in advance.
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Old 12-20-2018, 07:38 PM
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You could do it for sure.

The biggest issue could be availability and price of parts. I'd look into that first unless you have money to blow on expensive hard to find parts.

I love KTM as much as the next guy, but you'll have better parts availability for an older bike from the big 4 and especially the bigger 2 (honda and yamaha).

Good luck.
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Old 12-20-2018, 10:21 PM
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You can with the proper specialty tools and a manual.
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You could do it for sure.

The biggest issue could be availability and price of parts. I'd look into that first unless you have money to blow on expensive hard to find parts.

I love KTM as much as the next guy, but you'll have better parts availability for an older bike from the big 4 and especially the bigger 2 (honda and yamaha).

Good luck.
Woody is absolutely right. When you do the tear down the list of needed parts grows quickly. Someone on this board posted a unique formula for restorations. Take the price of the bike, then add the cost of all the new parts and multiply by 2, then add $2500.00. That is the accurate way to calculate a rebuild. Good luck!
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:44 AM
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Thanks for your answers guys.
I tried to check about restoration over here with friends as well, and i guess i'll go for it.
I guess it can be the best way to learn. - maybe not the cheapest

So what i need for now is to find a bike for this project, and i'm thinking about 2004-2006 2T KTM... what do you think ? or do you think i should start with something else ?
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I've rebuilt a few bikes and completed a restoration and the best advice I can give you, for a beginner and even old timers, is take pictures as you disassemble the bike... it makes putting things back soooo much easier.
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I've rebuilt a few bikes and completed a restoration and the best advice I can give you, for a beginner and even old timers, is take pictures as you disassemble the bike... it makes putting things back soooo much easier.
Hehe, there's some sense in what you say. usually i do that when i'm fixing boards with lots of wires.
Thanks.
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Old 04-11-2019, 09:25 AM
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RMEnduro,

Frist thing I would do is to head over to KTMtalk.com & ask about the parts ability for the model your looking to rebuild.

I'm sure you'll find a member or 2 that have all the tips & tricks for that model.

Plus you might find some of the parts you'll need.
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Having rebuilt bikes before, you can make it as affordable or costly as you choose, for the most part. As you get into older or less common bikes, some parts can be hard or impossible to find, or when you do they can be quite expensive. Something newer or that sold in higher numbers will be easier to find bargains. With older bikes you also run into the problem of NLA (no longer available) parts. I looked for a few years before finding an OEM rear fender for my 1995 CR250, and I paid a pretty penny for it because they are extremely hard to find.
As for time, that's kind of up to you as well. Do you want to do a full restoration or just a thorough rebuild? Are you going to rely on shops to do work like vapor blast parts, powder coat, machine work, etc? If so, you are somewhat at the mercy of the shop(s) providing the service. If you had all the parts lined up and waiting, with no distractions you could probably rebuild an entire bike in a weekend, but being this would be your first time I would plan for taking a little longer.
It's not all that hard to do if: you have the proper tools and a good service manual. It can be a frustrating and/or rewarding experience. It would be a worthwhile experience IMO.
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