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Old 01-09-2013, 07:17 PM   #3106
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So, I've been busy working on a few things lately.



Installing a TrailTech Headlight

This headlight has a rather larger backing cover that really interferes with the wiring loom behind the headlight.



I attemped to use the stock mounts in the fender to mount up the TT headlight, but there was just no way the TT backing was going to be compressed against the wiring loom. So, I had to use the provided TT parts to move the lower section of the TT headlight forward a bit. Of course, this means longer straps are required to keep the top portion of the headlight steady.



Rather than get longer straps (if that's even possible at this time), I decided to extend the existing TT headlight mounts.
I cut up an plastic oil-catch container (I know cheesy, but it works) and made little extensions for the TT headlight mounts. This allows the headlight to be moved forward, making enough room for the TT backing-cover, and still use the existing straps.


















I've also installed a Trailtech vector computer with the TT Indicator Dashboard.
I really like this setup, but I'd like more protection for this setup, such as the HighWayDirtBike Billet protector.... Please note the TT kit does not have a FI light cover, so the Oil-Pressure light was used in stead. I figure if I've lost oil-pressure, that is just as bad as something going wrong with the FI.







This gauge also has a temp indicator that uses an inline thermostat. Here you can see how I've plumbed it all in.



The KTM FI light is actually a diode that is mounted on a very small chip board. Because different amounts of current or voltage may be feeding this board, it's best to leave this light as a single unit. I took the entire chip board and fit it into the TT Indicator Dashboard plug for one of the lights. Because the rubber gasket was a tad bit smaller, I used some silicon sealer to seal up the back, and help hold the light-plug in place. So far this is a working solution.






I've also installed a Powerlet Fuse Block Assembly.




If you look closely at the second picture, you can see how the bottom of the Fuse Block has been Zip-tied to the Air-Filter spring.






currently one of the Fused terminals runs to an SAE type plug that works great for a Battery Tender, and If the need every arises can work great for heated gear too.




Two other Fused terminals are running up to the handlebars; One feeds a GPSMAP 276C and the other will feed another Powerlet plug for a cell phone... Of course it's always wise to ensure you can unplug this stuff should you have to take the bike apart. A simple 3-wire plug from Pep-boys does just the trick; Two hot wires and one ground.





OK....my apologies to anybody who was hoping to see some good information. I've updated this post, and I'm working on others....

thanks for the heads up.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:28 PM   #3107
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I was having some problems with my gortex pants melting to the pipe. I didn't really wanna dish out the money for a
heat shield so I just picked up a short roll of header wrap and voila! looks pretty sweet but we'll see how well it holds up.



plus I FINALLY got my front end set up almost completely (minus the powerlet I need to install)

new mirror, ram phone mount, HDB top clamp with powerlet socket and new switch, Scotts stabilizer(!), and BRP triple...





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Old 01-09-2013, 07:59 PM   #3108
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keep an eye on the wrap.. there have been horror stories in Orange Crush of the pipes corroding out from under the wrap.

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Old 01-09-2013, 08:06 PM   #3109
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So, I've been working on my 500 EXC for some time now, getting it ready for a ride with my brother in Yuma. The Ride was successful in that we didn't have any mechanical failures. However, we did run out of time and had to cut out 137 miles....bummer. Next time we are going to run the route in reverse to see some of the other parts of the Yuma area. If you are interested in downloading the GPS files, you can get the route from DualSportMaps.com, link -> http://dualsportmaps.com/?link=102719

I have put together a Ride report here on ADV, if you care to see some of the sites.....:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=767594



Now, on to the Modifications that I have put on the 2012 500 EXC for this trip and any upcoming trips.....




GPS

After a stint with the KOTW, I decided that my Garmin Oregon GPS was not going to cut it for fast motorcycle riding. So, after looking around I came across at Garmin 276C. These are pretty much bomb-proof units that are waterproof, and they have a screen that unlike the newer touch-screen models. I appreciate this because when you are zipping along the trail, the sand and dust will inevitably cover the screen. When I had the Oregon, the dust would quickly cover the screen, which made viewing the tracks difficult. When I cleaned the screen with my glove, the touch-screen would respond with an attempt to either unlock the screen or change the screen setting. This is an unwelcome action when you are moving along a trail trying to follow your GPS tracks. Being that the 276C does not have a touch-screen, cleaning the screen of dust is not a problem at all.
















Mounting the GPS was somewhat of an issue for the 500 EXC, due to the bike being so new. After-market manufactures appear to have not had an opportunity to build anything for the 2012 500 EXC bike. So, I had to build my own GPS mount. I'm using the Tourtech mounting bracket for the 276c, and then I've built my own mount for this unit......I visited Lowes and picked up some 1/2" OD steel tubing. Using a table mounted vise, I was able to bend the tubing to my specs, and pound the ends flat for a secure mounting points. I used some old windshield mounts to hold the end of the primary tube, and then created a couple of small mounts for the lower section to hold the primary tube in place.









In the event that I would have to remove the steering head, or any disconnect the wiring harness from the battery, I put in a waterproof 3 pin plug. This makes the disconnect much easier....














Fuse Block

To power accessories in a safe maner, it's a good idea to have a fuse block for your accessories. I have a PowerLet FuseBlock that is Zip-tied to the top-side of the Air-Filter clamp. So far, this has been working very well. My current powered accessories are:

Hardwired GPS power
PowerLet plug in the HDB Top Clamp for my Cell Phone
SAE Plug, sitting in the AIR Filter compartment, for either charging the battery or heated gear
and coming soon, a 12V standard cigarette lighter plug for standard accessories such as Ipod charging.









TrailTech Headlight

We all know the stock headlights on the KTM bikes are little more than a joke. The one time I relied on the stock headlight I was sorely disappointed by the light, rather lack of light, put out by this joke of a headlight. I had to follow my brother in the dark and use his headlight to see in the dark as we worked our way out of the desert. Since then, I have upgraded to a Trail Tech Torch Halogen Off-Road headlight. While not the brightest on the market, this headlight is significantly better than the stock. On this latest trip of Yuma to Parker, we ended up getting to our camp spot after dark, and I must say, the Trail Tech headlight was a welcome sight.

When I was mounting the headlight, I ran into some issues in that the back of the headlight was quite a bit deeper than the stock headlight, and thus prevented the headlight from securing to the front forks. I created a couple of head-light extensions that allowed the headlight mount to be moved out nearly two inches. Of course, this means the bottom bracket for the headlight needs to be adjusted so that the headlight will throw a beam down the road, and not into the air. So, I used the Trail Tech headlight mount to mount to the fender. Through the up-and downs of the trail I have not had any issues with the headlight moving around or coming off the bottom mounts.







I believe that Paul is working on some really nice headlight extensions. He may have these available in the future. My extensions are cheap plastic..... but, they work very well.





Here you can see how the Trail Tech headlight is deeper than the stock headlight, and will interfere wit the wiring harness behind the headlight



It should be noted that I had to run the cable in front of the headlight due to the HDB Vapor w/dash. This allows the cable to move freely up and down with out restrictions. In this current position, the front fork is fully extended, thus pulling the cable all the way down. Under normal conditions, the cable is not in front of the headlight.






TrailTech Striker Computer

The KTM 500 EXC has a new computer that does a pretty good job of keeping track of the vitals, including a FI light that will light up if there is a problem with the engine or Fuel Injection. I wanted to have a little more info on my dash, so I ordered a Trail Tech Striker computer, model# 712-102. I've found that the bare aluminum can cast quite a reflection in the hot sun, so the stealth (black) is a better option for me. I requested that the mileage and hours be set by Trail Tech before it was sent out to me. I then received an email stating that I would be able to perform this action, using their provided instructions. When I got around to installing the computer I was surprised to find that they in fact did set the mileage and hours per my previous request.....very nice of them. After setting up the computer for the correct tire size, and checked the mileage distance against my GPS, and then against my car; it's spot on. Trail Tech also provides a "dash" For the lights, which I was able to pick up via MotorCycle Superstore for a decent price.

Something to note: The FI light has a very small computer chip that is part of the light. Fortunately, this entire chip and be fitted into the existing Trail Tech light housing with no issues.

Due to the stock A/C voltage system, you will need to use the Trail Tech provided "bulbs", instead of LEDs for the dash indicator lights. Unless you have a converted D/C system, the LED lights will not work. Regardless, everything is working quite nice.












Highway Dirt Bike (HDB) parts

Paul at HighwayDirtBike has been producing high-quality products for dirt bikes for some time now. I picked up the following parts from Paul:

Top Clamp, Anodized
Billet Handguards
Mirrors
Bottom Clamp setup for Scott Steering Damper
Vapor w/Dash Billet protector, Anodized
Key Switch mount w/iPod remote pad

I must say, Paul's parts are Bomb-Proof! Plus, he is a great guy to work with. These parts speak for themselves: high-quality, bomb-proof and plenty of options.....

When getting the HDB setup, I would highly recommend you also get the slimmer combination switch. This makes it possible to have room for the HDB setup. Here you can see how the aftermarket combination switch is slimmer than the stock setup


















To eliminate any rattling of the mirrors some sticky sided foam works really well:














Exhaust Head Shield

Before I acquired a Tail-rack from Globetrottin, I made a heat-shield from an old license plate and a bracket. I have a Giant-Loop Mojavi bag that is ideal for the quick jaunts; smaller than the Coyote bag, but allows for 1.5L bottles of fuel or water. To keep this bag from melting on the extremely hot exhaust, I made up a heat shield to protect the bag. So far, its been working very well....






Flatland Racing Skidplate

This Skid plate has more than paid for itself. just take a look at the beating this thing has been taking......think you might need one?





I found out after I installed the FlatLand Racing skid plate that when one is checking valves, the skid plate interferes with the ability to lock the valves into place, using the Lock-Bolt and the Fly-wheel notch. If you look closely at the skid plate, you can see how I drilled out a hole to allow Lock-Bolt to come all the way out, thus allowing the copper spacer to be removed from the bolt, and then the Lock-Bolt can be put back into place, thus locking the Fly wheel into the Top-Dead-Center position.





GlobeTrottin Top Rack

GlobeTrottin makes an excellent Top (Tail) Rack for the 500 EXC. I recently loaded up this rack with LOTS of gear, in an attempt to really test it out. This rack did, VERY well under the load, and repeated crashes.......
My brother followed me for several miles and commented that the gear that was tied to the rack didn't move an inch, despite the bouncing around and crashes.....











Fuel Filter
I recently took my bike in to have the 10-micron Fuel Filter replaced with the 20-micron Fuel Filter. Here is a close up picture of the 10-micron Fuel Filter. The dealer replaced the Fuel Filter and installed a removable clamp on the hose. They also provided me with a couple of spare 20-micron Fuel Filters....great guys.










I believe somebody asked about the part number for the 20micron fuel filter.
Here is where the fuel filter is found, right next to the throttle body
The actual Fuel Filter Kit is part# 78141013044, but it appears you can not get this part from CheapCycleParts......It's listed as "not-available". I assume because all of these parts are going to the dealers......I do know that if you take you bike to a dealer, they can look up the VIN number and determine if your bike has been serviced. If not, its all of 10 minutes to replace this Filter....




Handlebar Control switch

If there is one upgrade that gives you a better handle on your bike, this is it. Their appears to be several different companies that offer the same type of Handlebar switch. I got this installed with no drama, and besides the expectation of it working great, the thin switch allows me to get a better grip on the clutch lever.....





Scoche RF iPod controller

This thing is GREAT. I enjoy listening to some great tunes when on the trail, and having the ability to stop/start my tunes WITHOUT digging into my gear is awesome:




Future mods:

Larger gas tank from Acerbis
Low-profile "comfortable" seat
Scott steering damper

Pics have been restored.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:08 PM   #3110
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keep an eye on the wrap.. there have been horror stories in Orange Crush of the pipes corroding out from under the wrap.

fwiw
thanks and yeah i know, i read about this a little beforehand but i figure as long as i let the wrap run dry after washing i shouldn't really have a problem.

i mean hey worst comes to worst, it might help me pull the trigger on a new powerbomb exhaust a little while from now!
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:21 AM   #3111
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Thank you very much for the time and effort that you have taken to help us to improve our bikes!
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:24 AM   #3112
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This thread has a tremendous amount of knowledge available to new owners or existing owners.
You are 100% correct It takes a little time to read all the posts from page 1, but it's worth it
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:41 PM   #3113
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Just put my new plastic and decal kit on. Merry christmas, my wife loves me:) And yes its in my dining room, its about 20 degrees here so drastic measures had to be taken
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:45 PM   #3114
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Looks good!

Do they sell the 2012 finland ISDE sticker sets in the US?

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Old 01-10-2013, 12:48 PM   #3115
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They sure do:) and mexico. cheap too as far as graphics go, 109.00 for the whole thing from ktm dealer
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:45 PM   #3116
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Heads up with LED signals

I have a full set of LED signals on my EXC and yesterday wired up the rears. When I tried them the front signals worked properly but BOTH rear signals came on and blinked. Yes, I do have an LED flasher installed. I did some reading and noticed SteveO's post regarding the Trailtech instrument lights, so I removed the Dash turn signal indicator and the signals operate normally now. I'm not particularly a savvy electrical guy so maybe there's another way to fix the problem, however I took the easy way out.

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Old 01-10-2013, 03:50 PM   #3117
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sounds like feed back interfearance through the trail tech dash a diode should fix the issue , but buggered if i know where to put it , I'm guessing on one the wires on the TT indicator lamps .


TT should be able to help ring the hot line ,
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:26 PM   #3118
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sounds like feed back interfearance through the trail tech dash a diode should fix the issue , but buggered if i know where to put it , I'm guessing on one the wires on the TT indicator lamps .


TT should be able to help ring the hot line ,
I dont actually have the TrailTech instrument I just got the idea from the post. I just have the OE instrument.

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Old 01-10-2013, 06:43 PM   #3119
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:13 PM   #3120
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Check out the Sicassracing website for the $7 connector to wire in that makes the dash indicatindicator work.
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