So that's it. I just finished all 200 pages and 3000 replies in this thread.
And yes I went and put a deposit on a 2013 500 exc.
Thanks to this thread I went in to my dealer with 3 pages of notes / parts I wanted. I got a blanket 10% off so I ordered most of the initial parts I plan to add.
I still need to sort out my HDB order, steering damper, powerlet stuff, and a few other minor odds and ends.
My Renazco seat build date is in March.
I plan to pick up the bike in January.
I think my WR250R is already getting jealous.