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Old 07-25-2013, 06:07 AM   #4306
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Oil Changes on 500EXC

Many thanks to Trailjammer, Colemanfu and the others for the advice on oil changes during my forthcoming trip to the Rockies. As suggested by several of you, I think I'll focus on keeping the oil level in check while also keeping a close eye on the hours and miles, not to mention the work I ask the bike to do, and will try to get thru the 700 - 800 miles I anticipate without a complete oil change. I've just finished mapping a number of daily routes on BaseCamp and it looks like none of them will exceed 85 miles, so even if we ride 7 full days, mileage ought to total less than 600 miles and none of them will be ridden under "race" conditions ! After breaking my leg in the hills above Almont last year on my BMW GSA, survival is a primary objective !!! Thanks, again
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:45 AM   #4307
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The keyed switch on an EXC actually controls the "power relay". Folow the wires from the switch back to find that relay. It is on the top triple clamp. Probe the wires with a DVM to find the switched wire that you can pick power from.

The switched power should be yelo-red. The white-red wire is unswitched from the battery via a fuse block at the starter relay.

Check it out. Always good to protect the new wire with a fuse or circuit breaker.

Thanks - just the info I was looking for. I have it direct wired with fuse but would rather it be keyed...and fused...
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:57 AM   #4308
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I installed one of these to give me more options down the road. No cutting into the OEM wiring harness. You have your choice of switched or always on protected by a fuse. Plenty of room in the air box next to the battery.

http://www.easternbeaver.com/Main/Wi...3_circuit.html

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Old 07-26-2013, 09:12 AM   #4309
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Quick question...
Ive had my 500 for about 3 weeks now and am having a problem with my chain wearing on my upper chain guide. It is from the chain moving side to side and wearing the inside of the guard. (Dangit I shoulda taken a pic)
I figure its due to my chain being too loose and have adjusted it several times.
Any tips to setting it up?
Also it likely started to happen after I put on my 14T front. I am running the stock 45 rear.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:52 AM   #4310
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Can anyone direct me to where I can hook up switched power to my GPS?

I have no manual or wiring diagram...
According to the EXC wiring diagram you can get switched or unswitched power from the GT/6 plug behind the headlight. Follow the wires from the ignition switch to find it.
The GT/6 plug has 5 wires going into it and the other end is sealed off. The wires for power are the white/orange for switched and the red for unswitched. The other 3 wires are connected together under the shrink tubing. If you get some connector pins then you can modify the existing connector or else just splice into the wires.
Refer to these posts in this thread for pictures, wiring diagrams, and where to get connectors.
http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=2630
The GT/6 plug is shown in 2 pages of the wiring diagram but there is only one plug.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...postcount=4274

The power relay is by the battery on the right side of the bike. Don't ask me why I know this.
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Old 07-27-2013, 07:48 AM   #4311
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Quick question...
Ive had my 500 for about 3 weeks now and am having a problem with my chain wearing on my upper chain guide. It is from the chain moving side to side and wearing the inside of the guard. (Dangit I shoulda taken a pic)
I figure its due to my chain being too loose and have adjusted it several times.
Any tips to setting it up?
Also it likely started to happen after I put on my 14T front. I am running the stock 45 rear.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:48 AM   #4312
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Check your sprocket alignment. BUT... the XCF-W doesn't even come with this guard. And the guard doesn't fit with a TM design works lower chain guide. So I just took mine off.
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Quick question...
Ive had my 500 for about 3 weeks now and am having a problem with my chain wearing on my upper chain guide. It is from the chain moving side to side and wearing the inside of the guard. (Dangit I shoulda taken a pic)
I figure its due to my chain being too loose and have adjusted it several times.
Any tips to setting it up?
Also it likely started to happen after I put on my 14T front. I am running the stock 45 rear.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-27-2013, 01:57 PM   #4313
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Quick question...
Ive had my 500 for about 3 weeks now and am having a problem with my chain wearing on my upper chain guide. It is from the chain moving side to side and wearing the inside of the guard. (Dangit I shoulda taken a pic)
I figure its due to my chain being too loose and have adjusted it several times.
Any tips to setting it up?
Also it likely started to happen after I put on my 14T front. I am running the stock 45 rear.
Thanks in advance.
How old is the chain? The side to side play goes up a lot as it wears. The OEM chain on my DRZ stretched side to side like a rubber band after a few thousand miles.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:11 PM   #4314
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Deposit down on a 2014 500 EXC!
Time to drink the orange kool-aid.....
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Old 07-27-2013, 03:58 PM   #4315
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Deposit down on a 2014 500 EXC!
Time to drink the orange kool-aid.....
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Old 07-27-2013, 05:00 PM   #4316
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Quick question...
Ive had my 500 for about 3 weeks now and am having a problem with my chain wearing on my upper chain guide. It is from the chain moving side to side and wearing the inside of the guard. (Dangit I shoulda taken a pic)
I figure its due to my chain being too loose and have adjusted it several times.
Any tips to setting it up?
Also it likely started to happen after I put on my 14T front. I am running the stock 45 rear.
Thanks in advance.
Also, 3 weeks and several adjustments? Maybe you have alot of hours but you may be overtightening it. PDS KTMs run a chain that looks pretty slack. Make sure you are setting it to the manual's spec and not too tight!
C

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Old 07-27-2013, 05:25 PM   #4317
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Man....wanting a 500.....Must stay away from this thread!.....

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Old 07-27-2013, 09:56 PM   #4318
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On the inside of your air filter cover there should be a diagram for setting the chain tension. If not, then with the tire off the ground, the chain should just touch the chain guide when you pull up the chain right where your picture shows its wearing.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:11 AM   #4319
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Thanks guys. I wonder if its because I have the 14-45 setup and the wheel is set so far back?
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:27 AM   #4320
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