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Old 02-05-2013, 09:18 AM   #4456
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does anyone carry any specialty stuff on long trips? like coils, pulsar, etc?

i have a couple "longer" trips coming this year, and while i don't want to carry a bunch of unnecessary shit, i'd like to avoid any easy to remedy "trip enders"

any specific failure points i should be aware of? what things have stranded you in the bush?
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:48 AM   #4457
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does anyone carry any specialty stuff on long trips? like coils, pulsar, etc?

i have a couple "longer" trips coming this year, and while i don't want to carry a bunch of unnecessary shit, i'd like to avoid any easy to remedy "trip enders"

any specific failure points i should be aware of? what things have stranded you in the bush?
Haven't heard of a coil failing, if there is a problem with spark you can usually fix it by cutting a piece of the plug wire and refitting the boot.

I would however change out the stock stator for a Trailtech, they are much more reliable.

Stock clutch slave cylinders are also not the most reliable, the newer updated version is a bit better but the Sigutech replacement will likely make it a non-issue for the rest of the bikes life.
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:58 AM   #4458
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Haven't heard of a coil failing, if there is a problem with spark you can usually fix it by cutting a piece of the plug wire and refitting the boot.

I would however change out the stock stator for a Trailtech, they are much more reliable.

Stock clutch slave cylinders are also not the most reliable, the newer updated version is a bit better but the Sigutech replacement will likely make it a non-issue for the rest of the bikes life.
seems i've read a couple things at ktmtalk recently about cracked coil caps? but i'm not sure how often that happens.

i have a TT stator, my friend does not.

interesting about the sigutech slave, i've not heard of replacement slaves for the 450 before this (haven't looked real hard!)
you aware of anyone in the states importing those?
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:02 AM   #4459
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Hi guys, another question. Where can I install an overflow bottle for the radiator? Any suggestions? Pics can also help. I bought this 07 525XC that apparently competed in the last Dakar before it moved to South America. Last owner wasn't big on maintenance so I'm firstly completing that part. Top end was done at least. But its noisy! Its got a RS Concepts fairing so it looks cool too!!
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:10 AM   #4460
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does anyone carry any specialty stuff on long trips? like coils, pulsar, etc?

i have a couple "longer" trips coming this year, and while i don't want to carry a bunch of unnecessary shit, i'd like to avoid any easy to remedy "trip enders"

any specific failure points i should be aware of? what things have stranded you in the bush?
I recently picked up a 525 exc and found cold starts to be a problem. Easily fixed by replacing the 5 series battery (4-amp hour, 80 crank amps) with a 7 seires battery (6-amp hour, 130 crank amps). I went the Yuasa YTZ7S.

Not one issue starting the big thumper anymore!
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:11 AM   #4461
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I use this in the airbox on my 525 and on the inside of the rear side panel on my 570:

http://rlrproducts.com/
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:32 AM   #4462
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seems i've read a couple things at ktmtalk recently about cracked coil caps? but i'm not sure how often that happens.

i have a TT stator, my friend does not.

interesting about the sigutech slave, i've not heard of replacement slaves for the 450 before this (haven't looked real hard!)
you aware of anyone in the states importing those?
KTM Twins does, but it is more expensive than ordering direct and probably not even faster. DHL from Germany ships quick.
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:25 AM   #4463
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anyone care to show or tell me which line I cut for my trailtech vapor coolant sensor?
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:45 PM   #4464
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Hi Everyone,

I just purchased a FMF header (stock one had a decent dent when I purchased the bike) and after installing it went to drop my Acerbis 6.6 gal. tank on and noticed the right side petcock contacting the header.

Does anyone know of a shorter profile petcock? Or any other suggestions?

Thank you!


Any suggestions out there?
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Old 02-20-2013, 04:50 PM   #4465
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Any suggestions out there?
The Acerbis tank comes with that petcock. I bought another for the left side (as it's so much smaller than the KTM RFS petcock and I didn't need reserve). I think it'll be a challenge to find anything smaller. You might want to go back to a stock header plus one of the Flatland header guards
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:56 PM   #4466
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anyone care to show or tell me which line I cut for my trailtech vapor coolant sensor?
Jy dalk van Suid Afrika?
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Old 02-20-2013, 09:58 PM   #4467
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Jy dalk van Suid Afrika?
ja, maar bly in Tennessee
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:03 PM   #4468
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does anyone carry any specialty stuff on long trips? like coils, pulsar, etc?

i have a couple "longer" trips coming this year, and while i don't want to carry a bunch of unnecessary shit, i'd like to avoid any easy to remedy "trip enders"

any specific failure points i should be aware of? what things have stranded you in the bush?
I've just ordered a bunch of parts to take back to Cambodia with me in April for another ride. Nothing specific like that though. I'll carry wheel bearings and seals and spare brake pads and a spark plug. The other stuff I'm taking is just normal replacement parts... I'll throw new brake rotors and pads on, a new chain and sprockets... aa new piston into the clutch master cylinder, a new slave cylinder and service the engine... then away I go.

Anything beyond that is a balance between weight and utility... and weight wins the argument every time. Oh... almost forgot, there's a set of levers zip tied inside the airbox.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:19 PM   #4469
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ja, maar bly in Tennessee
Lucky blixem! Ek het nou juis na jou smugmug fotos gesit en kyk, het onlangs so 525 soos joune aangeskaf met die RS Concepts fairing. Paar idees by jou fotos gekry. Ek het nie al die goed soos die roadbooks saam gekry nie, en het gesit en tob met die crime rate waar ek die sleutel gaan sit. Maar nou weet ek. Hoe lank is julle al daar?
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:42 AM   #4470
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Hi guys, another question. Where can I install an overflow bottle for the radiator? Any suggestions? Pics can also help. I bought this 07 525XC that apparently competed in the last Dakar before it moved to South America. Last owner wasn't big on maintenance so I'm firstly completing that part. Top end was done at least. But its noisy! Its got a RS Concepts fairing so it looks cool too!!
You can some ideas from this coolant recovery kit: http://rlrproducts.com/

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