1. SHOCK SPRING
The stock 48 N/m shock spring
is too stiff for anyone under 180
pounds. If you weigh less than 180
pounds, you will not be able to get
any preload on the shock spring. We
run the 45 N/m shock spring from
the 250SXF. The shock needs to have
preload on it. If you can’t get preload
on the spring for your weight, then
you need a lighter spring. We run the
low-speed compression at 15 out, the
high-speed at 1-3/4 turns out and the
rebound on 10.
2. RACE SAG
We run 105mm of sag. KTM
recommends 110mm of sag, but this
is way too much and not only eats
up shock-shaft travel but kicks the
head angle out so much that you
have to slide the forks up very high
in the clamps to get the bike to turn.
3. PEAK POWER
The KTM 350SXF makes 54. 41
horsepower, which is more than
a CRF450 makes, but it makes its
peak horsepower at 13,200 rpm. That
means that if you shift before peak,
you will get less horsepower, thus
you should never shift. To help with
this high-rpm necessity, we run a
51-tooth sprocket. It tightens up the
ratios and helps get to 13,200 rpm
quicker. We repeat, do not shift!
4. REAR BRAKE-PEDAL SPRING
Turn your rear brake-pedal spring
around so that the tang on the
bottom of the spring faces inward. If
it faces outward, you can hit it with
your boot and unhook the spring. We
also crimp the tangs once they are
turned around to make them fit tight
to the pedal.
5. DUNLOP MX32 TIRES
The MXA wrecking crew loves
the MX32 tires that come stock on
the 2016 KTMs, especially the front
tire in comparison to the MX52 that
comes as OEM equipment on many
2016 bikes. But be forewarned, if
you push the MX32 front out of its
intermediate terrain, you will begin
to lose side knobs on the front tire.
These are race-quality premium
tires; when used on
the wrong terrain they will wear
The stock tubes are very thin and
light Pirelli tubes. You will get flat
tires with these tubes.
7. GAS CAP
The gas cap sticks. Be careful not
to torque it on too tight, because
sometimes it takes Mr. Universe to
get it off.
8. WP 4CS FORKS
The 2016 forks are light years
better than previous WP forks.
Unlike in the past, you can ride
with them without too much drama.
Fast test riders turn them in (stock
compression and rebound are 15
clicks out). We’ve had Pros run them