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Old 08-30-2012, 06:43 AM   #2266
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Hi to all around here

Hello from switzerland,

excuse me for my langage but normally i speak french, so i'll do my best

first i wish to thank SteveO for his vid on valves adjustement how to !

i'm surprised that you remove the rocker arm instead of the camshaft as indicate in the repair manual..

but your way seems to be a lot easier !

i' ve read the entire (!) thread and found interesting info's, thanks to all who had written, but i have little questions:

can i re use the same valve cover gasket? do you apply some "joint stuff" to be sure it does not leak?

so i own an 2012 EXC 500 Six Days, it has 30hours and 1'300kms, and it' s pure fun bike

i' ve put an FMF 4.1 RCT factory titanium slip on muffler, almost quiet as stock, a more deep sound, but a huge improvement of power

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Old 08-30-2012, 06:47 AM   #2267
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FYI, Vortex has a CDI unit available for the 350 EXC-F through KTM Twins. = $795 Ouch!
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:35 AM   #2268
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Ram350:

E-Ticket posted this: http://ktmtalk.com/index.php?showtopic=440785&st=300#

(Down the page, step 12)

"I made the decision to put in a lower temperature rating thermo switch.
The stock thermo sensor switch is rated: 100 C / 95 C
The thermo sensor switch I installed is rated: 95 C / 90 C
I picked up mine at Napa Auto Parts for $18.99 USD. The manufacturer is ATM; the part number is: 143 5033"

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Old 08-30-2012, 10:03 PM   #2269
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Hello from switzerland,

excuse me for my langage but normally i speak french, so i'll do my best

first i wish to thank SteveO for his vid on valves adjustement how to !

i'm surprised that you remove the rocker arm instead of the camshaft as indicate in the repair manual..

but your way seems to be a lot easier !

i' ve read the entire (!) thread and found interesting info's, thanks to all who had written, but i have little questions:

can i re use the same valve cover gasket? do you apply some "joint stuff" to be sure it does not leak?
I don't think pulling the rocker shaft is easier, maybe if you are scared of getting the cam timing correct. But, it is slower.

The valve cover gaskets last for years with out replacement. No sealer needed.
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:20 AM   #2270
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ok thank you Zuber ;)

by the way, is the timing chain tensioner needing some care? it' s a mechanical one is it true?

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Old 08-31-2012, 04:03 AM   #2271
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Tensioner

The thread on KTM Talk above by ET discusses properly setting the stock tensioner in case you are worried about it. Another KTM Talk thread discusses this as well. If you are worried about it you can replace it with this Dirt Tricks item listed by Slavens Racing:

http://slavensracing.com/products/kt...r-ktm-husaberg

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Old 08-31-2012, 05:49 AM   #2272
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Cam or rocker arms???

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I don't think pulling the rocker shaft is easier, maybe if you are scared of getting the cam timing correct. But, it is slower.

The valve cover gaskets last for years with out replacement. No sealer needed.
Over the past 5 years I have adjusted/replced/rebuilt this type engine many time.

If I just have to ajdjust one side I remove rocker shaft on what ever side. If doing both I think its a toss up.

I have never replaced valve cover gasket, or use gasket material... just tighten it down. Its REAL easy to see if it leaks.

my 2 cents
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:28 AM   #2273
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Valve Adjustment

I just checked the valves on my new 500 at 4.8 hours. Perfect. I went ahead and pulled the shafts for the rockers to pull the shims and measure them so I would know what size to get when the clearances tighten up some. The entire operation was far less than I spent setting valves on the 525. It is really easy to do, especially if you have pulled the cannister off.

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Old 09-01-2012, 03:08 AM   #2274
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valves

well,

i' ve checked this and i have 0.13mm on both intake, 0.16mm on both exhausts after 30hrs, so it' s fine

for the timing chain tensioner i' ve seen it' s mechanical one, so no worries at all !

thanks for information guys

keep riding

p.s. i have re routed and attach properly some electrical cables, and put away the gas line connector from the "body" of the TCT with a colson strap, because it begins to "eat" the metal of the TCT !

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Old 09-01-2012, 06:22 PM   #2275
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Quick Ride report from the South

Four 530s and two 5 hunnys were ripping out some miles at our favorite piney woods when we lost one then another of the 530s while they switched to reserve... I forgot these guys have much shorter legs with the same gals of fuel.

One more awesome thing about this scoot. Im running a JD tuner with some rich settings and still getting awesome milage. And the bike of course will take me way faster than I really want to go at ANY TIME ANY WHERE.

I had a really good day....
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:55 PM   #2276
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Four 530s and two 5 hunnys were ripping out some miles at our favorite piney woods when we lost one then another of the 530s while they switched to reserve... I forgot these guys have much shorter legs with the same gals of fuel.

One more awesome thing about this scoot. Im running a JD tuner with some rich settings and still getting awesome milage. And the bike of course will take me way faster than I really want to go at ANY TIME ANY WHERE.

I had a really good day....
Glad you had a good day riding. 3 friends and I were out riding,about 1/2 way through we left woods and pulled into Shell station.They took from 1.2 to 1.6 gallons,I put .8 in my 500 they were impressed.
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Old 09-01-2012, 08:21 PM   #2277
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What kind of mileage are you guys getting?
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Old 09-01-2012, 09:15 PM   #2278
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over 60 mpg this was easy riding on dirt-gravel forest roads.
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:28 AM   #2279
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approximately 5 liters for 100 kms

very little in regard of performance of this bike i guess
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Old 09-02-2012, 08:24 PM   #2280
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Can't find an EXC or XCW 500 for a decent price (anything less than full retail), the local dealer has made me a "good deal" for a 2013 XCW 450.

There are plenty of XCW 500's in Western Washington, I guess the dealerships want to make all of their money on this one bike.

Some guys have been sitting on them for more than a month now.
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