Yep, received my tripple clamps today (Thanks to Paige at Emig Racing 866-GET-EMIG). Very nice girl, knows exactly what she is talking about and tells you exactly how it is. “You’ll receive them on Tuesday she said” and low and behold here thay are on Tuesday…fantastic!
I went for the 20mm off-set for stability more than anything and a Revolution II damper to go with. I also got the super high (3¼”) bar mounts since I very much like standing up and I am 6’4″ tall (I even have 35mm risers in my CRF250R, this makes it much more comfortable for me).
The quality of the product is excellent, everything fitted together like a dream, no problems at all.
You get a new lower bearing with the 20mm offset tripple clamp set so I knocked the old one out of the frame to replace it with the new one. I got a punch to it….a couple of shots either side and it just fell out. The old bearings were in great shape, well gresed and not really warn at all. When I cleaned the bore ready for the new lower race to be installed I noticed why it fell out after a couple of hits, the bore was badly scored, machine scores.
When I looked at it closer, the machine has obviously booboo’d in the factory and taken a dirty great gouge out of the bearing bore. The bore was oval when I measured it, not good at all! It definitely was’nt wear so I took lots of pictures and am going to report it somehow to KTM. I am very dissapointed with this and cannot believe how the quality control in the factory let this one go! Nevertheless I installed the new one and found that at least the base part of the bore was just (and only just) supporting the bearing race so I should’nt have any problems, it has been ok for 12,000 miles anyway. You can see the gap in the following pictures. At the right hand side of the first picture!
I will definately keep my beady on it if I’m riding it heavy off-road, make sure the race doesn’t crack or anything.
Greased the new bearings up…….
…….and slotted it all together like a glove.
Before and after:
Notice the black damper below (allbeit not fitted properly in picture), I thought a little touch of black would be a nice contrast since the bike is orange and black.