PRO CIRCUIT TYPE 296 SPARK ARRESTOR
We love the technology and mounting of the stock KTM
muffler, but it’s not spark legal. Pro Circuit’s Type 296 features a special internal metal baffle, chambers and sound
absorbing materials that reduce noise without loss of
motor performance. Overall, the Pro Circuit Type 296 is a
strong performer; the power output is excellent, mirroring
the stocker, but with a softer voice. Still, we would like it
ENDURO ENGINEERING SUSPENSION
Enduro Engineering has become more than just an
enduro company and is now a full-service off-road company. Alan Randt got his belt notches tuning Mike Lafferty’s
machine earlier in his career, and he personally set up the
suspension until Factory Connection took over. With the
KTM 300XC, he set up the forks to have less free bleed on
the compression stack so they are not so divey, but then
opened up the mid valve a bit to keep the plushness on
small stuff. He went from . 44 to . 46 springs to hold it up
better in larger bumps and on downhills, then added some
rebound to hold back the stiffer springs and help them
stay settled in tight corners. The fork has good bottoming
resistance, so Enduro Engineering reduced the oil quantity
from 365cc to 325cc, which helped plush out suspension
on square-edge holes.
The shock spring was increased from a 6. 9 to an 8.0,
because the bike comes stock a bit unbalanced already
(softer in the rear than in the front). This worked out well
for the Wolf, who, being taller than the average rider, puts
more weight over the rear end and needs more spring to
hold up the shock into the plusher part of the stroke.
Enduro Engineering reduced the compression valving in
the beginning of the travel and increased it at the end of
the stroke for a softer ride and greater bottoming resistance. They increased the rebound damping quite a bit
from the bottom to the mid part of the stroke to keep the
shock from spiking after a large G-out and to overcome
the heavier spring.
The acid test proved that EE’s mods were excellent.
We have a lot of test time on this scoot, and we can
confirm that Enduro Engineering made it plusher, yet
stiffer. It’s better in the hack, boulders and whoops.
Cornering is more planted, though the stability of the
machine felt a bit vague. The rear end rode high and
forced us to back off the preload until the spring rattled.
A 7. 6 unit would probably be a better choice.
Price: $159.95 shock, $169.95 fork
PRODUCT TEST PLATFORM
PRO CIRCUIT PLATINUM 2 EXHAUST
This is one area where the KTM is definitely vulnerable, as
the stock expansion chamber is thin and lightweight. It is fine
for closed-course off-road, but once we pointed it towards
anything boney, ugly and perverse, one kiss to the pipe left
dents that hindered performance. Pro Circuit’s Platinum 2 is
made from heavy 18-guage steel and is much thicker and
stronger than the stocker. The plated chamber has more of a
mid-range hit than the stocker, then yanks smoothly and just
as far out as the production system. It resists abuse (though
it doesn’t tuck up any tighter), and after three months of
hard-core hammering, it’s scarred but performing very well.
This is an excellent pipe.
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