2012 ktm 500 exc?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Visigothic, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Stifdickerson2006

    Stifdickerson2006 Been here awhile

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    Know for the bad news,
    This bike has yet to be tipped over or crashed what so ever.but I would keep smelling coolant. Well i finally found the leak.
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    KTM has agreed to pay for inspection on goodwill , but it may take up to six months if I need a case and it has to go thru KTM Austria on a Goodwill case because my Warranty is up. I had smelled coolant on this bike when it would warm up since I got it but since my CRT release hose was behind my seat I just thought it was because of that. It is a very slow leak just barely drips out the crack at the caseing mark/crack when it is warm, did not find it till my last ride and went to change oil pulled the skid plate off and found coolant, what to do what to do?[/QUOTE]


    Took my bike to closest dealer saturday as KTM said they would inspect on goodwill case. Dealer called this tuesday and said that KTM will take care of the repairs, replace cases, seals and gaskets and bearings for lower should only be without the bike for 3 weeks at the most. Very happy with KTM and a great shout out to Wilsons M/C in Fresno CA Which is a 2 hr drive for me. They took care of it and gave me an answer on this case within a half day of having the bike as they where closed sunday and monday. KTM USA said they had seen another similar case with the same defect and that probably helped with the timely response.
  2. KrustyKustom

    KrustyKustom Lets Go....

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    Not only do you have chrome spokes you have Excel rims which all 2012 models seem to have Giant rims.
  3. hoss314

    hoss314 Been here awhile

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    Almost done!

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  4. 2on2off

    2on2off Head'n somewhere new

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    How do you like your Acerbis 5.3? I just ordered one for my '12 500EXC. I have KTM radiator guards installed and wonder if I can keep them on with the 5.3.

    Who made your seat? Looks good.
  5. hoss314

    hoss314 Been here awhile

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    Love the tank! I do not have the guards (tank doubles as guards) there should be enough room for the guards.
    Seat is AWESOME! Mine is the tall from Seat Concepts. Best seat I have ever had. Have had one on three of my bikes.

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  6. JetskiMark

    JetskiMark n00b

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    That looks really nice with all the black plastic.

    Can you see the fuel level with that tank?
  7. KrustyKustom

    KrustyKustom Lets Go....

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    Brought my new 500 home today. Looking forward to digging in and sorting everything out.[​IMG]
  8. hoss314

    hoss314 Been here awhile

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    Yes....after taking the cap off.

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  9. JetskiMark

    JetskiMark n00b

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    That's what I assumed, thank you. My only experience is with natural color tanks.
  10. joec63

    joec63 Been here awhile

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    :clap nice!

  11. Hueychief

    Hueychief FNG

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    My newly minted 2013 KTM 500EXC, to include:
    - Desmog
    - JD Tuner
    - FMF silencer
    - RTE rack
    - Reardisc sharkfin
    - HDB handguards w/mirrors
    - HDB topclamp w/ 4 switches & 2 powerlets
    - Sicass racing slim switch assy.
    - Front axle pull
    - KTM skidplate
    - Heated grips
    - G2 throttle cam system
    - 14/48 gearing
    All ready for Colorado next season.

    Pulled all the bearings and regreased them (steering head was dry), balanced wheels (used ALOT of weight), replaced the fuel injector side of the fuel hose twice so far due to leaking (small pin holes in hose) and need to reseed my torn up lawn (self induced).

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  12. AussieClay

    AussieClay Adventurer

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    Harcus/Stu, who makes the radiator guards? Are you happy with them?

    Cheers.
  13. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Bullet Proof Designs, best radiator guards by a mile, I have them on 3 bikes. Swingarm and rear disc protectors are really good too.

    http://bulletproofdesigns.com/
  14. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    I have a '13 on order; I didn't realize the rims weren't going to be black. Bummer, I much prefer the black rims.
  15. matt33

    matt33 Been here awhile

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    +1. I was a little bummed, but it does look decent with the black spokes on silver rims.
  16. AussieClay

    AussieClay Adventurer

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    Some nice looking gear on the website. Thanks.
  17. Nomad

    Nomad High Speed Low Drag

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    i really like the orange headlight masks found on the 530s, the part #s seem to be different between those and the new 500s though.
    does anyone know where to get an orange one for the 500 or if one from a 530 will work? I just don't see them changing much from the 530 to the 500.

    EDIT: ok i see now...the different part numbers I was seeing were just the different color codes (duh! :baldy ) and the old masks are the same as the new white ones.
    if anyone else was wondering the same, the part numbers are:

    7800800100028 - white
    7800800100030 - black
    7800800100004 - orange
  18. EVELKNIEVEL

    EVELKNIEVEL Adventurer

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  19. Jbay

    Jbay Adventurer

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    fuel line broke on new 500 exc, pin hole leak started spraying gasoline, got a boot full

    thanks for the fix here, still this should be embarrassing for KTM for them to something proactive

    luckily was only on a trail ride and had the 350 exc at the truck :evil
  20. Hueychief

    Hueychief FNG

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    I'm on my 3rd one with 2.8hrs on the bike, completely unacceptable considering where I will be taking this bike in the future. I made a new one from fuel-injector hose from my local auto parts store and have large looping bends in so as not to kink the hose. I will carry a spare with me.