Last update we ran you through the service on our KTM 350 EXC-F and fitment of the Thermo Fan amd Map Switch. This week we fit the KTM PowerParts BarkBusters, PHDS handlebar mounts and bashplate.

After Pommie spent some time with the beast, we shipped it back to Mark Stenberg, who is off on a big ride to test out the new parts as well. He also just fitted a set of Pirelli Scorpion Pro F.I.M. tyres kindly supplied by Link International, so we will have a full report on those in the coming weeks. For now, here is a guide to fitting the KTM PowerParts BarkBusters, Bashplate and PHDS bar mounts.

The KTM Bash Plate (part - 79003990544) is easy to fit and costs $269.99 RRP.

The KTM Bash Plate (part – 79003990544) is easy to fit and costs $269.99 RRP.

First up was the bashplate, very easy to fit and a must-have option. Fitting the alloy KTM stamped bashplate was as easy as attaching the supplied rubber grommets with the cable ties also supplied, then fitting the brackets and bolting the front of the plate to the same holes as the original plastic one was attached to. The entire job took around five minutes.

Rubber grommets are cable tied to the frame. These are supplied in the kit.

Rubber grommets are cable tied to the frame. These are supplied in the kit.

 

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The brackets at the front fit around the lower part of the frame.

The brackets at the front fit around the lower part of the frame.

The bolts go where the original ones were. Too easy!

The bolts go where the original ones were. Too easy!

Once the bashplate was fitted, it was time to fit the BarkBusters and Progressive Handlebar Damping System (PHDS) and bar risers. These two jobs are a good pair to do together.

The Phds kit (Part - SXS07125200) comes neatly packed and is top quality. It costs $330.00 RRP

The PHDS kit (Part – SXS07125200) comes neatly packed and is top quality. It costs $330.00 RRP

First step is to remove the handlebars. All cables, brake line, etc can be left on the bars as all you need to do is remove the four 8mm bolts on top of the existing mounts. Note – most KTM fasteners are Torx Head so you will need a Torx Head kit.

Remove the bars from the mounts and remove the mounts. I did not have a Torx bit handy so hammered an 8mm allen socket into the bolts, which destroyed them but the kit comes with new allen head bolts, which is great news!

Remove the bars from the mounts and remove the mounts. I did not have a Torx bit handy so hammered an 8mm allen socket into the bolts, which destroyed them but the kit comes with new allen head bolts, which is great news!

 

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Fit the Phds mounts and if you want to raise the bars 10mm, the spacers that are included in the kit go on first. Make sure you torque the mount housing to specification.

Fit the PHDS mounts and if you want to raise the bars 10mm, the spacers that are included in the kit go on first. Make sure you torque the mount housing to specification.

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Once the lower mounts are torqued down, fit the damping bar, alloy insert plate and sit the rubber damper grommets on top, ready for the top mount and bolts to go through.

Position the bars to where you want them and torque the bolts up - it is really important that you stick to the recommended torque settings and use a torque wrench, or the system may not work to full effect.

Position the bars to where you want them and torque the bolts up – it is really important that you stick to the recommended torque settings and use a torque wrench, or the system may not work to full effect.

With the PHDS fitted I then went on to fit the BarkBusters, which are a must-have item.

The BarkBusters Handguard Kit (Part - KTMBB13EB) costs $159.99

The BarkBusters Handguard Kit (Part – KTMBB13EB) costs $159.99

Fitting the BarkBusters is straightforward. First up, remove the existing plastic brush guards. Retain the lever pivot bolts, you will need to re-use these and you will also need to add a washer and nyloc nut to each pivot bolt. These are not supplied in the kit (6mm). You will notice a fair amount of freeplay in the front brake lever pivot also. This seems to be standard.

Trim up the ends of the ODI grips. Arount 3-4mm is enough. I just use a hacksaw when doing this.

Trim up the ends of the ODI grips. Arount 3-4mm is enough. I just use a hacksaw when doing this.

 

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Loosely fit the inner bar mounting bracket, which then bolts to the actual BarkBuster.

Loosely fit the inner bar mounting bracket, which then bolts to the actual BarkBuster.

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Avon tyres Spirit ST

 

Fit the outer main part of the guards and BarkBusters, adjust into position and tighten all fasteners. Remember to use thread lock. Easy job, takes about 10-minutes.

Fit the outer main part of the guards and BarkBusters, adjust into position and tighten all fasteners. Remember to use thread lock. Easy job, takes about 10-minutes.

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So there you have it, easy jobs that make your KTM EXC that much better in the bush, ready to hit the trails and have some fun!

 

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