KTM Resurection 2002
The story behind this is long and drawn out. The following is the abbreviated version. I bought a new 1999 KTM 300exc, rode it 4 times, then it was stolen. A week later the thieves were caught and the KTM had been totally disassembled. I recovered most of the critical components like the engine, suspension, tires/wheels, ect. Unfortunately the frame, subframe, airbox, plastic, seat, bars and many small items were not recovered. It was cost prohibitive to buy all the parts new, so I waited patiently for 3 years for a donor bike to come along. I recently located a 1998 KTM 380sx in Canada with a blown motor and snabbed it up as soon as I could get there. All of my 300exc parts bolted right in and it was up and running within a week.
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This is how the bike from Canada looked when I bought it.
I started by completely disassembling the bike down to the frame and cleaning every part.
The '99 300exc mill is installed, the front fork/tire asy is still the original '98 yet.
Shown with new 300exc rear swingarm, tire and shock.
Shown with new 300exc front fork/tire asy and radiators.
I polished the '98 aluminum subframe and assembled with the airbox.
It is now a 99 300exc.
Essentially everything is from the '99 except the frame, subframe, bars, airbox, plastic and seat.