The 2016 Kawasaki KX450f and Camso DTS129 Snow Bike build came out great! Below is a step by step summary of the build including detailed pictures of the parts we used.First thing first – Prep the bike for the track and snow conversion which included removing the entire rear swingarm, shock, wheel and rear brake from the motorcycle. This is pretty easy as the whole back of the bike comes off in one piece (if you follow the Camso instruction sheet properly).Next we remove the front wheel and fork guards and prep to install the ski. At this stage we also removed the plastics in preparation for routing the rear hand brake that the Camso kit comes with.
The Camso DTS129 kit bolts onto the KX450f simply and smoothly. Make sure to set the strut to the correct position for you model….we’ve seen some kits come with improper directions for strut positioning so it may not be a bad idea to double check this online. Also the front fork axle bushings to the ski are a tight fit and you will need to press them in with a vice in order to get them to site properly and fit in the fork. Make sure if you have the cutout fork mount adapter that has clearance for the bottom resevoir on the KX450 (see picture 1 below)
Once your track and ski is on follow the Camso Manual to adjust chain tightness, track attack angle, preload on suspension and final check of bolts and alignment.
So track is on ready to ride right?? Nope, there are still many things we need to do to this bike to get it fully prepped for a day shredding powder in the mountains…and we will address all of these in Part 3 of our Camso DTS129 Snowbike build. Stay tuned