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Old 08-30-2013, 07:51 AM   #4786
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OK I road my 09 530 home last night this was the first time I rode it in the dark and as you all already know the headlight sucks! Any suggestions? thanks AB
The simplest and cheapest upgrade is a halogen bulb from Sicass. It is way better, but still not quite enough. After that, it just takes money!
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:56 AM   #4787
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OK I road my 09 530 home last night this was the first time I rode it in the dark and as you all already know the headlight sucks! Any suggestions? thanks AB
I got an HID conversion kit on fleabay. Haven't fitted it yet (that's part of a whole rewiring project to get the 530XC-W street legal and plated in CA), but I'm sure it'll be better than stock ..... I've used these kits before on other vehicles and they have worked fine.

Search for HID BA20D if you're interested.
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:30 AM   #4788
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Baja Designs Squadron

I installed a Baja Designs Squadron on my 500 EXC last week. For myself, the Squadron was the solution to the lack of light problem. It's not cheap, but it is a quality product and worth every penny. Actually it's too bright for riding on roads with oncoming traffic. It is blinding, so you'd need to buy the dimmer switch too, if you're gonna be on pavement. I am very happy with this light. It was a plug and play install and took about 45 minutes to complete. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:34 PM   #4789
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I installed a Baja Designs Squadron on my 500 EXC last week. For myself, the Squadron was the solution to the lack of light problem. It's not cheap, but it is a quality product and worth every penny. Actually it's too bright for riding on roads with oncoming traffic. It is blinding, so you'd need to buy the dimmer switch too, if you're gonna be on pavement. I am very happy with this light. It was a plug and play install and took about 45 minutes to complete. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
Did some looking didnt know they made this in the model specific, clean looking, dont see anything about a dimmer on there site though.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:04 PM   #4790
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OK I road my 09 530 home last night this was the first time I rode it in the dark and as you all already know the headlight sucks! Any suggestions? thanks AB
There was a guy awhile back posted photos of a unit he imported from Poland or something like that, like the squadron it replaced the stock light assembly in the factory headshell. $500 or so. I got the trail tech X2, works decent at night for me.


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Old 08-30-2013, 08:38 PM   #4791
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OK I road my 09 530 home last night this was the first time I rode it in the dark and as you all already know the headlight sucks! Any suggestions? thanks AB
Hold tight. I think Rally Moto Kit will be offering a Rigid LED kit soon.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...&postcount=300

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Old 08-30-2013, 08:47 PM   #4792
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This is the one I'm going to put on mine at some point.

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Old 08-31-2013, 10:42 AM   #4793
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So I'm getting ready to order tires for the EXC-R and would like some feedback. I know, I said I was going to a while back but now I am ready. Just finished off a set of 6 Days Extremes.
Options in order I see are:
1. MT21 front / MT43 trials rear
2. K760 / K760
3. MT21 / MT21
4. MT21 / D606

I see a lot of praise for the trials rear but I am most concerned about the lack of sidewall tread. I lean the bike over a lot, off or on road.

Was leaning toward the Kendas because they should last similar to the 6 Days, which I liked, at about half the cost.
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Old 08-31-2013, 10:54 AM   #4794
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OK I road my 09 530 home last night this was the first time I rode it in the dark and as you all already know the headlight sucks! Any suggestions? thanks AB
I put on the britania lynx kit. Better lighting, a little bit of a fairing and a dash where I mounted a gps and powerlet outlets.

http://britanniacomposites.com/index...roducts/lynx16
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Old 08-31-2013, 02:07 PM   #4795
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So I'm getting ready to order tires for the EXC-R and would like some feedback. I know, I said I was going to a while back but now I am ready. Just finished off a set of 6 Days Extremes.
Options in order I see are:
1. MT21 front / MT43 trials rear
2. K760 / K760
3. MT21 / MT21
4. MT21 / D606

I see a lot of praise for the trials rear but I am most concerned about the lack of sidewall tread. I lean the bike over a lot, off or on road.

Was leaning toward the Kendas because they should last similar to the 6 Days, which I liked, at about half the cost.

I'd go with option 1, been running the Mt-43 for a while now and absolutely love it. The traction when single tracking is amazing compared to a knobby.

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Old 08-31-2013, 05:30 PM   #4796
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Thanks all for sharing what has worked for you, so far the Baja squadron looks like the way I will go if I don't have to rewire my stator. Thanks again. AB:-)
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Old 08-31-2013, 09:18 PM   #4797
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I'd go with option 1, been running the Mt-43 for a while now and absolutely love it. The traction when single tracking is amazing compared to a knobby.

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Old 09-01-2013, 09:53 PM   #4798
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I sleeve the fuel lines in insulated fire sleeves (available at auto parts stores) that helps keep the heat out of the lines, that with careful routing helps to keep the fuel in the lines cool. I've used larger fuel line to sleeve the fuel lines in as well in the past, pics below.

You'll also get a lot of heat from the engine that soaks directly into the tank, you can line the bottom of the tank with a stick on foil heat tape that helps as well.

What vent are you running on the fuel cap? If its a small unit with the built in check valve toss it! I've seen more than one fail closed, letting the tank pressurize. A vent line from the tank with no check is the way to go.

Here's a link to some pics on my original 530: http://www.advrider.com/forums//show...&postcount=388

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Yo HG....I wanted to check back with you on this. I really appreciate your advice - you've helped me out with this bike a few times. I owe you a beer sometime. Anyway, I tried a few things based on your setup. First, I rerouted my lines - I was running very close to the head and high up on it at that. I rerouted so that The line is going under the carb and sort of laying over the top of the starter. The other thing I did was wrap the exhaust - that made a HUGE difference in the radiant heat! Very much recommend that. I even sprung a bit extra to get the titanium colored wrap so it blends in with the pipe...
I also did the heat tape over the forward portion of the tank - up around the head and radiators. Took two rolls of 1.5" x 15' tape to do it. (Side note: if you decide to do this - TAPE your fingers before you start! You'll be surprised how quick you'll get blisters if you don't)

It wasn't that hot out today and I wasn't able to go trail riding and really push it hard - but I can tell it made a huge difference already. It was idling in traffic and running smooth in the canyons today. Not sure if its really fixed yet, but it's definitely better!

Thanks man!
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:25 PM   #4799
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Some suggestions please.

My 09 530 shakes pretty bad at 40 MPH because of the rimlocks a little faster and it mostly goes away. As a fix I took the front rimlock out and siliconed the hole to keep dirt out. And the bike is 80 percent better.

What I'm asking is if you guys think it's absolutely necessary to have the rear rimlock in place. I know probably everybody that reads this will think I'm nuts. But if I keep the tire up in the high teens near 20 PSI really will the rear rim spin in the tire ?
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Old 09-02-2013, 06:51 PM   #4800
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Some suggestions please.

My 09 530 shakes pretty bad at 40 MPH because of the rimlocks a little faster and it mostly goes away. As a fix I took the front rimlock out and siliconed the hole to keep dirt out. And the bike is 80 percent better.

What I'm asking is if you guys think it's absolutely necessary to have the rear rimlock in place. I know probably everybody that reads this will think I'm nuts. But if I keep the tire up in the high teens near 20 PSI really will the rear rim spin in the tire ?
You'd be much better off running a rim lock and getting some weights to balance out the tire for smooth street running. Even with 20lbs in the tire it only takes one good hook up to tear your valve stem out of the tube.....and it will happen . I'd run a front as well myself....better than changing out a tube 20 miles from the truck. Your loosing a lot of traction off road with that kind of tire pressure, I'm running 10lbs for all around use on my rear MT-43.

You can run run Motion Pro light weight rim locks (CLICK HERE) that slightly help...but you'll still need a bunch of weights. Or you can run dual rim locks 180 deg apart which will also balance out the wheels, but it will make it harder to change a tube/tire especially while out on the trail.

Pick up a set of weights and you'll be good to go! These weights are great, easy to install/remove and reusable!

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...php?p=10474959

I've been balancing my own wheels with the weights above at each tire change, I use a balance stand similar to this with great results....fast and easy. Link: CLICK HERE

One more thing, don't use the nut that comes with the tube to anchor the valve stem to the rim....I think those were invented by the tube companies to sell more tubes lol. If the tire does slip and the stem is bolted down it will tear the tube....otherwise the stem just rotates and you can easily see that your tire has slipped on the rim. I carry the stem nut in my tool bag in case I need to change a tube out on the trail, it can be handy to hold the valve stem from popping back through while your changing the tire...then it goes right back in the kit

While were on the subject I also like running these rubber seals that go around the valve stem and help keep sand, water etc from getting between the tube and the rim. Less abrasive stuff touching the tube the better! Here's a link to the seals: CLICK HERE

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