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July 31st, 2011, 05:30 PM   #21
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I'm sorry for all your problems, but I applaud your honest posting.
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Re: What is the failure rate and cause of FE450 fuel pumps?

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1. Fuel pump failed completely after two and a half hours.
Yes this is a bad situation and it is strange KTM don't grab this by the balls and fix it. If I was in KTM marketing, I would be in damage control and at the very least post something on UHE that was good news. The KTM marketing team all must have MBA's and have their heads in the clouds or heads somewhere else?
I have not had this problem, but would not swap my Husaberg for any other bike going around because of a Fuel Pump. It would just be a step backwards in my opinion.

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2. Handle bar clamp recall.
I see this as a small issue, you are still on the best woods bike going around currently and the smartest looking bike there is.

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3. Stripped upper and underside bolts in the sub frame assembly. Sub frame replaced.
Good excuse to put a 70 Degree Racing Subframe Fuel tank in.

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4. Bike goes in for fifteen hour service. Oil is replaced. Engine is started and is now making a horrible noise. Engine is torn apart. Explanation from service "engine spit a shim associated with the exhaust valve. Valve spring, shim, shim holder, and rocker damaged". After almost another two week wait for parts, bike was finally fixed yesterday
This is strange, I wonder if the Dealer made an error adjusting the valve clearance?

Stick with Husaberg. From what I learn on UHE it feels to me you just are having bad luck, it is not the norm.
I feel for you, and hope everything works out too.
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I've got to admit, I feel a little left out.. I have an 09 FE450 with no fuel pump problems.. I've put a couple of thousand miles on it lately and she starts right up and runs great.
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X 2 mines so far been fantastic and fingers crossed it stays that way
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700 miles on a 2011 570S and no issues here. I have taken some precautions with adding a fan kit, heat wrapping the mid-pipe and adding reflective heat shield to the under side of the tank, removed the ball valve in the cap etc...but I'm hoping like hell I don't end up stuck in the middle of nowhere. I'm sorry for all you've had to go through but I do think this is NOT the norm with these bikes. A bad fuel pump is understandable (how they deal with it is what's concerning) but the rest sounds like 1 in a million bad luck. Sorry...and I hope I'm not wrong here.
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Fuel pump failure at 6 hours and hot gas blowing out of tank. KTM service stated the problem is with the ethanol here in the US causing the pump to stick. I have replaced the pump and currently have 25 hours on the bike. KTM also stated to add 50cc of 2-stroke oil to your gas to lubricate the pump. Also if yu have not removed the one way check valve. If you call KTM give them your VIN otherwse they will not resond. Thanks
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Fuel pump failure at 6 hours and hot gas blowing out of tank. KTM service stated the problem is with the ethanol here in the US causing the pump to stick. I have replaced the pump and currently have 25 hours on the bike. KTM also stated to add 50cc of 2-stroke oil to your gas to lubricate the pump. Also if yu have not removed the one way check valve. If you call KTM give them your VIN otherwse they will not resond. Thanks
We're being told to add ..... TWO-STROKE oil .... to our FOUR STROKES .....???!!!

*THAT* is one of the reasons why I ride a 4T ... so I DON'T HAVE TO SCREW WITH PRE-MIX!!

BTW, was the adding oil advice a "do it once in a while" thing? Or for every tank?

Surely, this is the seventh sign of the apocalypse. Can the zombies be far behind? (grin)
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Re: What is the failure rate and cause of FE450 fuel pumps?

Originally Posted by Bluesnow
Fuel pump failure at 6 hours and hot gas blowing out of tank. KTM service stated the problem is with the ethanol here in the US causing the pump to stick. I have replaced the pump and currently have 25 hours on the bike. KTM also stated to add 50cc of 2-stroke oil to your gas to lubricate the pump. Also if yu have not removed the one way check valve. If you call KTM give them your VIN otherwse they will not resond. Thanks
My pump didn't fail till I moved to Barbados. I don't believe they import ethanol laced gas here. The far as I can tell Barbados sends it's own crude to Trinidad for refining. I don't think these government are subsidizing corn to add to the gas like in the U.S.
I still can't believe KTM would use a pump that was made in China and then give us a hard time when it fails. I have installed a CA cycleworks pump and it has not left me yet (about 20 hours since install).
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The KTM service tech stated to add the 2 stroke oil to lubricate the pump all the time. I have also started using ethanol fuel stabilizer also just to be safe. Thanks
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Originally Posted by Bluesnow
The KTM service tech stated to add the 2 stroke oil to lubricate the pump all the time. I have also started using ethanol fuel stabilizer also just to be safe. Thanks

Question is how much oil to add........?
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