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I have a 2000 and thought they were all the same, but i have realized there was a change in 2002 with the rear linkage and some motor mount gussets up front.

I was not concerned untill a recent teardown and noticed that my front and rear motor mounts are moving (frame flex?) powder coat is cracked.

So im thinking of a winter project FRAME UPGRADE! :Funny:

I'm interested in frame differances, advantages & disadvantages.
Mods: what have yall done to make them stronger?
Any stearing head changes from 2000-2008? (angle)

Thanks in advance for your input!
 

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I might be interested.

Looking to find out the diff between the years, what changes what years.

Every year Kaw says, thay make the frame stronger!
Is this true? 08 stiffer than 07 and so on till we get to a 2000.

Hard to believe they update the frame every year on a 65.:headshake
 

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I'm not 100% sure about the shock, but I'm certain that the front end will work. If the shock doesn't work, you can get an updated version on eBay for extremely cheap. I bought one for $15 not too long ago to use as a spare when our Ohlins shock was being revalved. I resold it on eBay for $20.

In response to a PM regarding why I have a spare chassis andswingarm, the cheap factory paint on our old chassis was worn and I was sick of looking at it, so I planned to have the chassis powdercoated. Instead of stripping apart the chassis and having parts all over the place while the chassis was being powdercoated, I simply bought this chassis to have it powdercoated and simply transfer the parts into it. Needless to say, I never got around to it and sold the 65.

This would be a good opportunity for someone else to do the same.
 

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I think you should just buy my 2008 KX65 sm that I have for sale in the mini classifieds:thumbup:
 

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Thats a great price!:thumbup:

FYI: 2004 linkage on my 2000 will not work. Pivot mount on swingarm differant location? Will not bolt up! Shocks are vary close to the same if not the same.


I just added gusets and powder coated well see how she does this weekend at Denton.
 
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