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    Default Re: 250, 300, XC, XCW? Decisions

    Emperor one piece rad guards are the best. On the 2020 xc-w/xc rad are lower and very close to rubbing rad hoses on power valve. With Emperor one pieice rad guards it not problem. Firms up whole area.

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    Default Re: 250, 300, XC, XCW? Decisions

    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus73 View Post
    This guy was running aluminum rad guards. His rad guard and radiator were also damaged. I've never run them but a lot of guys do...just a consideration.
    I haven't had this problem on an older KTM, GG, or Sherco.

    However, on my 2018 the factory plastic louvers act as a light duty guard so I didn't feel the need to get radiator guards. I'm pretty happy with the factory setup without adding guards personally.
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    Default Re: 250, 300, XC, XCW? Decisions

    Quote Originally Posted by GlennE View Post
    However, on my 2018 the factory plastic louvers act as a light duty guard so I didn't feel the need to get radiator guards. I'm pretty happy with the factory setup without adding guards personally.
    I came to the same conclusion as well when I bought my '18. I've run EE, Flatlands and BPR guards on previous KTM's with the flimsy plastic louvers, but on my '18 250 I stayed with the stock louver set up - and believe me I've crashed many times! I'll forgo the aftermarket radiator guards on my 21 too.
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    Default Re: 250, 300, XC, XCW? Decisions

    Quote Originally Posted by Cactus73 View Post
    This guy was running aluminum rad guards. His rad guard and radiator were also damaged. I've never run them but a lot of guys do...just a consideration.
    Nothing will survive everything that can be thrown at a dirt bike. I've seen bikes hit trees so hard, the frame was bent so bad it resembled a banana from the back. I like the Bullet Proof Designs guards. I've tested mine more than a few times over the years, and they always get me back to the truck.
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    Default Re: 250, 300, XC, XCW? Decisions

    Quote Originally Posted by pumpkinator View Post
    I had a lot of problems with my AER forks last weekend at the Nevada 200. The air pressure was going up and down over 10 pounds throughout the day, from too hard to too soft. Very frustrating. Held me back a lot. We rode typical desert conditions, lots of sand and rock sections. The spring forks I have worked better and I'm afraid I need an expensive fix.
    The changing pressure is 1 of the complaints I have with the air fork; I'm running a spring fork. Other than that, I prefer the XC. too bad you can't build your won, a la Beta. Id have a linkage rear, XC gearbox and Xplor fork.
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    Default Re: 250, 300, XC, XCW? Decisions

    Quote Originally Posted by LAWMAN View Post
    The changing pressure is 1 of the complaints I have with the air fork; I'm running a spring fork. Other than that, I prefer the XC. too bad you can't build your won, a la Beta. Id have a linkage rear, XC gearbox and Xplor fork.
    TBH it's easy enough to make the AER fork soft like that XPLOR. If the fork is the only thing you wouldn't choose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedy88 View Post
    Are you finding that you run a lot less pressure than suggested in your forks? I am down to 120 PSI & they feel better & better the lower I go. Bone stock, w/ air bleeders

    I backed out the compression clicker about 3 clicks beyond "Comfort" setting front & both the LS & HS on the rear. Mostly tech riding, rocks & roots. Very little high speed stuff.

    What is your terrain & settings CJ?
    Sorry, I missed this. Terrain is tight, rough, log hopping and basically slow nasty junk. Pressure below 120 with a couple clicks softer on comp but when I get into a local sand track I bump it up. I am at 200 geared up and need to jump up one on my rear shock. To be honest I can't remember on the rear as I just fiddle with it until it responds the way I want. Cj
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