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Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 04:46 pm Jun 18 2017
by Molly's 70
Been riding a KDX since 1999. I currently own a 2003 KDX 220. (purchased new). I just do some casual riding. Sometimes the Mark Twain forest on the easy stuff. I'm old.

Glad to have found this place. :grin:

Re: Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 07:57 pm Jun 18 2017
by garycrafton
nice to meet you

Re: Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 08:40 am Jun 19 2017
by Dekon
Welcome to KDXrider. Is your 220 running a stock piston? There are many threads on here of the stock piston breaking off the skirt. Just want to make you aware of that issue before it happens to you.

Re: Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 11:15 am Jun 19 2017
by Tyl3r
Welcome to the board!

X2 on what Dekon said about the piston. It doesn't matter how hard or easy you ride the bike, its eventually going to happen.

Re: Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 03:44 pm Jun 19 2017
by sthutch
Welcome to KDXRider!


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Re: Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 08:47 pm Jun 19 2017
by bufftester
Welcome

Re: Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 12:13 am Jun 20 2017
by Jason
Welcome to the forums.
Congratulations on the KIDS, as well as buying one new

Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 09:17 pm Jun 21 2017
by Molly's 70
Thanks everyone! Glad I found this place. I have heard about the piston issue, but never have addressed it. Which piston should I get?

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PostPosted: 08:30 am Jun 22 2017
by 6 Riders
Molly's 70 wrote:Thanks everyone! Glad I found this place. I have heard about the piston issue, but never have addressed it. Which piston should I get?

Any aftermarket piston, from a reliable manufacturer, purchased from a reliable reseller will do. Wiessco, pro X and something else are all revered. Just don't order unbranded junk off of ebay.

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Re: Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 07:41 pm Jun 22 2017
by Dekon
6 Riders wrote:
Molly's 70 wrote:Thanks everyone! Glad I found this place. I have heard about the piston issue, but never have addressed it. Which piston should I get?

Any aftermarket piston, from a reliable manufacturer, purchased from a reliable reseller will do. Wiessco, pro X and something else are all revered. Just don't order unbranded junk off of ebay.

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I thought Pro-X are OEM rebranded, so you might to avoid those. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.

http://www.pro-x.com/genuine-pistons/

Re: Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 04:37 pm Jun 23 2017
by Jason
Do you think that Kawasaki makes the pistons??

ART maybe.

http://www.art-piston.co.jp/en

Re: Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 06:45 pm Jun 26 2017
by VTMTcowboy
Welcome to the site! It has already been a wealth of knowledge for me as a new KDX owner. Really awesome community of riders here.

Hello everyone. New member here

PostPosted: 08:03 pm Jun 26 2017
by Molly's 70
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the welcome.

OK, I have a Wiseco piston & top end kit on the way. I already have it apart, and it looks good. Cylinder & stock piston look good. No damage, scratches, rust or pitting. I always used Amsoil in it. It could be the fact it has been inside most of it's life. I took it apart & greased everything I could when I first bought it. I guess I am giving my kdx a 14 year face lift.

My plan is to clean everything, including the new piston. Measure ring gap, piston & bore. I'll give the cylinder a scotch bright hone . Is red OK?

I already leaned something here!
I have read on this site about clocking the circlips in the piston. 6 or 12. I have never heard this before. How do you guys clock the circlips?

Thanks in advance, JB

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PostPosted: 09:05 pm Jun 26 2017
by Jason
6 or 12

they may compress and pop out otherwise