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KTM Duke 390 2017 Carbon Screen

One of the issue with the new 2017 is the poor availability of screens for it.  Along with those that are available being both expensive and ugly.  I set upon trying to find an good alternative.

What I came across was a Carbon Fiber screen for the older 2011-16 models.  It fits in around the display on these versions.  I took a punt on this hoping that I could make some kind of bracket to make it work.  I got this screen from Zero Limits they were great during the buying process and sent me lots of info.

I will be making and selling these brackets for anyone who would like one.  Please contact me for more info.


The carbon screen arrived quickly.

A quick test fit to make sure it is going to work.

Next I spent a lot of time 3D modelling and print off multiple brackets for testing.  Believe it or not this is only around 50% of them in this picture.

The final bracket is a 6 piece design and deals with all the angles etc.

Doesn’t look half bad just the bracket.

The final screen in place.

From the riders seat.


KTM Duke 390 2017 with black wheels

One of the first things I wanted to change on the KTM Duke 390 is the amount of orange.  Whilst I like the orange I feel there is just too much of it.  I researched powder coating and other options, but in the end the easiest and cheapest option seemed to be obvious.  Get a pair of Duke 125 wheels.  These come in black as standard and from my research they should be identical.   After a bit of ebaying a got a barely used set for very reasonable money.  I was worried that the whole plan was not going to work, but it was all fine.  There were three differences between the 125 and 390 wheels:

  1. Colour
  2. Front disc size
  3. The rubber bits seem to be a different design.

Apart from all those they are the same wheels.  Result


I still want to get rid of more the orange.  I’d love to get the frame painted black, but that just not going to happen.  I think the next stage is to swap the orange headlight side panels for black ones, and sort the white rear section out.


New motorbike. KTM Duke 390 2017

Well, after all the fun with my Z650 I decided it was time for a new motorcycle.  KTM were doing amazing offers over black friday with a 1/3 off a new KTM Duke 390.  It would have been rude not to bite their hands off.

I’m still running the bike in, but it is so light a nimble compared to my Z650.  I love it.

I intend to make a few changes to improve the bike.  These include a tail tidy and new mirrors and some other parts.


Rewiring Progress on the Z650/KZ650

Well some forward progress was made on the wiring. I took a couple of days of work to start making real progress. Unfortunately the British weather was well British which slowed things down.

I got out the tarp again to make some form of shelter to work under.


First job was to get the Dyna Coils in place. I had to order some nylon spacers from ebay and sand them down to the right size, but they now fit perfectly.


I also managed to get the battery and M-Unit mounting into place to make sure it would fit. Luckily it did!


Next up I fitted the Dyna S ignition. I’ve not set it up fully yet, but it’s in place.



Other jobs included a new mounting point for a new brake reservoir as the previous one was leaking. I knocked this up in aluminium, Also I had fitted the new switches from Highway dirtybikes. These mount directly onto the brake levers. Sadly the left one doesn’t fit so I had to use a different switch setup from the previous switch setup. It’s still cool looking but I wanted two identical ones instead of similar ones.



I’ve broken the back of the main rewiring, it’s just the final fitting into place of the main loom. I am fed up of seeing and working on cables and connectors now, but it will be worth it.


With a lot of the loom work I tried to merge things together to simplify things and make routes to the main loom easier. Such as this section of front indicators/horn and brake switch.


I’ve had a play with the M-Unit and it’s a great bit of kit.


My final completed job was to make a mounting point for the Motogadget M-Lock. I’ve put it down the side so I can easily get to it. It may move when I finally decide what to do with the side panels. As I think a hidden setup would be best.


Using the key is awesome, I need to get the glass vial fitted to my glove asap.


Not going to get more done this weekend, but hopefully I will get the final wiring done soon as I want to ride it!!




Shorai Battery box

A quickish update. I’m still waiting on parts to start the rewire. I’m hoping my birthday tomorrow brings some shiny treats for the bike….

The Shorai Battery arrived and I was blown away by it’s size and weight.

New vs Old


Next to the m-unit it also looks so tiny.

In the meantime I got to work building the battery mounting box. I’m fabricating this out of sheet aluminium. After a couple of sketch drawings I got to work using the bending brake.




A quick test fit.


Next I made the attachment strap out of aluminium as well.


Looks like this should work. I need some longer mounting bolts and some sheet rubber for protecting the battery from the metal, but it’s a start.



Next job will be to drill the holes into the frame for the battery box to mount to. I’m not looking forward to that bit!


Z650 Update and Rewire

So it was about time I updated this project log. I’ve ridden the bike a few times, but I’ve been suffering constant electrical gremlins. I tried replacing the regulator with a Shindengen SH775 ,but that didn’t fix things.  As the weather has been foul I’ve not had a chance to do much work on the bike.

For some time now I’ve wanted to do a complete rewire so finally I said sod it and got started. First off I wanted to do it properly and easily so my first purchase was a Motogadget M-Unit

Motogadget M-Unit

Motogadget M-Unit

Motogadget M-Unit

Motogadget M-Unit

It’s an amazing bit of kit, it makes life much easier for the rewire. To go with it I’ve order lots more kit that is arriving shortly I hope. In the mean time I started removing the old crap wiring.


The bike looks much cleaner with out all that rubbish hehe


When the rest of the kit arrives I can start planning the next phase. Here’s some of my shopping list:

Dyna S complete coils/ignition kit
Motogadget M-Unit
Motogadget M-Lock
Shorai Lithium Battery
New Spark plugs
Loads of wiring bits.
Uni Clamp On Air filters
Starter Relay


Nerf Stryfe Tacticool Extreme

So since I last updated the blog, I’ve made a ton of changes and progress on the stryfe.  When I first planned it out I wasn’t intending to do any painting or majors changes.  It was going to be a 3d printed Kriss Vector replica.  However I wasn’t a fan of the final look as it looked rather bulky and orange.  So I decided to make some changes to the plan.

  1. Only use some of the kriss vector kit, ditching the mag cover and stock.
  2. Paint the main blaster red with a black grip.
  3. Remove the IMR based setup and replace it with a proper lipo setup.
  4. Get more tacticool bits, because clearly it needed more.

Step 1 was to order a ton of bits from Taobao as they take a long time to arrive.  I then ordered some battery bits and bobs from Hobbyking.

Step 2 was to start attacking the battery tray with my dremel to free up room for the new battery.



Step 3 was to get painting.  As I had practiced on some firestrikes and a jolt I was confident in how I was going to get it done to my satisfaction.


I used a lot of really light coats to build up the layers of paint slowly.  Spraying too much in one go results in losing detail and a bad end result.  I use a box to contain the parts and paint as much as possible.




After the final coats of Plastikote Matt Red, I then set to work detailing it with enamel paints and a brush.  I was very happy with how it turned out.



For the triggers and other parts I went for a silver finish as a contrast.  I’m very pleased with how it turned out.  I left the bits that won’t be visible as orange for speed.  It also allows me to make it much more toy looking if I ever want to use it more publicly.


Next up I had to wire in the new Lipo system.  I went with an combination alarm and digital display, but at present it’s not fitting in place.  I will have to come up with a solution to this soon.




The battery cover just fits in place with the battery in and the plastic ridges dremel’d off the battery cover.

By now my Taobao order had arrived with some new goodies.

  1. Folding Worker stock mount and CTR adjustable stockIMG_8716
  2. Worker aluminium silencer and flasherIMG_8718

  3. Worker 12 round Mag’s with pullerIMG_8717
  4. Finally a little something special. A new aluminium foregrip.  It’s a stunning bit of kit and I love it.  It even has a space inside for spare batteries.IMG_8725
  5. I had some other trinkets in the order such as MBUS sites and a sling.  Along with parts for my rapidstrike and demolisher builds.

I could now set to work assembling the blaster, I was exceedingly happy with the end result.  It has some serious weight to it now!

Nerf Stryfe Tacticool

Nerf Stryfe Tacticool

Nerf Stryfe Tacticool Folded Stock

Nerf Stryfe Tacticool Folded Stock

Nerf Stryfe Tacticool No Stock

Nerf Stryfe Tacticool No Stock

Nerf Stryfe Tacticool with Stock

Nerf Stryfe Tacticool with Stock

It looks very different to how it last looked.

Nerf Stryfe Kriss Vector

Nerf Stryfe Kriss Vector

Here is a video of it in action

The final spec’s/parts are as follows:

Nerf Stryfe
18 AWG Rewire
2 x Rhino MTB Motors
2S Zippy Compact 850 battery
XT60 Connectors
Worker Flywheels
All locks removed
Gavinfuzzy 3d Printed Mag release.
Worker Aluminium flasher and silencer.
Worker 12 Pmag with puller.
Worker battery thumbscrew
Worker folding stock
CTR Stock
MBUS sights
F10555 3D Printed top rail
F10555 3D Printed side rail
F10555 3D Printed bottom rail
F10555 3D Kriss Vector front section
Viking Tactics Ultralight Vertical Grip
TrustFire LED Gun Tactical Flashlight

I hope you like the end result as much as me.


Nerf Stryfe Worker Flywheels and Wall hanging

So I had a bit of a wait for more parts to arrive.  The main ones were the rhino motors and worker flywheels.  Once they were here I could take the Stryfe apart again and this time wire it properly.  The silicon wire was so much easier to run round the blaster.


I got the rhino motors wired in and the worker flywheels fitted.


After that I needed to find a way of wall mounting this blaster for storage in my office.  I looked around at lots of hooks and off the shelf items, but none were suitable.  In the end I decided to make my own.  Five minutes with a bending brake and saw and I had these:


I laid foam on the inside of them and fitted to the wall via screws.  The blaster looks awesome up on my wall.



Once I’d completed this blaster I set to work on my kids one making some changes/improvements.  I ended up with this result that they are delighted with.


I’ve got one more part arriving for my Stryfe that will see it completed.  Next up I want to finish my Demolisher internal mods before starting on some Nerf painting projects.



Nerf Stryfe Mods

Whilst it’s cold wet and miserable out there, it’s been hard to get any work done on the motorbike. I’ve instead taken to modding Nerf guns.

I picked up a Nerf Stryfe after xmas as it seemed to be a great blaster for modding.  There are so many choices for things to do to them and lots.  It started with this post on reddit: Merry Kriss-mas. It’s the Kriss vector kit for the Stryfe.  It looked awesome.  I discovered the joy/pain of Taobao and trying to purchase items from there.

I started off with taking the Stryfe apart to remove the locks and do a rewire.




I realised as this was my first attempt, it was going to be tricky, but it wasn’t too bad.  I made some mistakes and will be redoing this again when some more parts arrive.

Whilst I had the stryfe apart I fitted a new 3d printed magazine release catch designed by Gavinfuzzy on reddit.  He very kindly shares the Stl files so that I could get it printed locally.  As sadly the shipping for so such a small part was astronomical otherwise.  It was my first bit of 3d printing and I discovered that there is a 3d printer manufacturer just down the road from me.  (YAY!)


Next was to wait for more parts to arrive.  The main parcel was from YOYbuy with the Kriss Vector parts.  I also stuck some ebay orders in for Black banana magazines from as well as some motors from Blastersmiths (Also seemingly just down the road).

Finally the parcel from China appeared and after the painful Customs bill I had the parts in my grubby mitts.


The F10555 parts are 3d printed and are excellent quality.  I was very impressed with them.  I picked up a few worker bits as well that I would need.

The first job was to fit the stock together.  It is adjustable so I managed to find a good size for my build.


Next when ordering I made the first of my two mistakes.  I had ordered a separate rail cover for the bottom of the Stryfe.  This isn’t needed, but I tried it on to see how it fitted.  I also fitted the main top rail.  Both these went on really easily.IMG_8330


Next I ran into some issues fitting the magazine cover part.  Basically the bottom rail cover was wrong.  It had rails that were much larger than the ones on the Stryfe.  Which is odd as the other rail mount fitted fine.  Either way, I had to come up with a solution, so I took the dremel and cut off enough of the rail until the bottom rail fitted ok.  A bit of a pig, but fine in the end.




Next I fitted the grip to the clip cover section.  It’s all really well built and thought out so this went well.  I could then fit the front cover on as well.  This uses the existing nerf barrel connection and is very quick to fit.  I put on the front grip and the flip up sights I bought.   My second mistake was discovered it.  The side inserts came with a single 10cm rail instead of two 5cm one’s so I’d have to order some replacements.  I’m not sure if this was something I ordered wrong or was sent out wrong, but not to worry.


It’s starting to look really good now.  I next needed to fit the barrel and silencer.  I made another ordering mistake here and got the longer silencer.  It’s a bit too long for my liking, but I will order a shorter one.  Cutting the barrel was fairly simple but my advice is to make sure you measure properly and make sure the barrel is really fully in the silencer….  Not that I cut wrong of course (cough!).  Good job there is a long section of it!



Finally all the pieces were in place, and I could fire it up.



Currently I’m running it with 2 imr’s and 2 dummies.  It fires really well with loads of noise!

Jobs and parts left to fit are as follows:

Worker flywheels
Rhino Motors
Silicon Wiring
Side rails
Sling mount and sling
Sound deadening.


Picture of my KZ650 so far.

I need to keep working at it until it’s done.  However here it is at the moment.