2012 ktm 500 exc?

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

  1. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    So, after putting the Acerbis 5.3 gallon tank on, I've noticed that the bike gets up to the 220* temp much faster.

    I've ordered a radiator fan kit and I'll get it installed on the left radiator

    two fans running, with a switch to engage when I want them to engage. Having the TrailTech gauge lets me know the temp at any given time.....

    I'll have a write up when i'm done.


    edit: Arrggghhh, darned fan is way too big, can't fit it on the left side behind the radiator. Need to come up with something else.
  2. Bengt Phorks

    Bengt Phorks Been here awhile

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    To stop the fuel line from kinking stick a 1/4 inch diameter spring inside the fuel line.
    You can bend it as tight as you like.
    http://www.mcmaster.com
    9664K15 Spring STL Cut-to-Length Extension Spring 36.0" Length, .250" Outside Diameter, .028" Wire
    Stainless Steel:
    9665K39 Type 302SS Cut-to-Length Extension Spring 20.0" Length, .25" Outside Diameter, .028" Wire

    While you are ordering:
    pack of 100 Metric Buna-N Orings 2.4 mm width, 7.6 mm ID online at Mcmaster-Carr. Part number is 9262K217
    They are the same size as the original one.
    $5.62 + shipping.
    You can get the fuel line there too.
    54605K33 Low Pressure Sae Fuel Hose, 5/16" Id, 9/16" Od, 50 Psi, Black (250 psi burst pressure).
    Clamps: 53175K26 Miniature Bolt Hose & Tube Clamp, 304 Ss, 31/64" To 35/64" Clamp Dia Range.

    If you want OEM clamps:
    52545K54 Gap-free Pinch Hose And Tube Clamp, 33/64" To 5/8" Clamp Dia Range, 9/32" Band Width
  3. Wentjo

    Wentjo Been here awhile

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    Does anybody have the Clockwork KTM 3.1 gal tank? I was just curious how people are liking them. I just put one on my bike 2013 EXC.
  4. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    For this FF that could be the perfect size.

    Anyone?
  5. Stifdickerson2006

    Stifdickerson2006 Been here awhile

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    I have the clockwork tank and have had it on for about 1000 miles and have had no issues. I went with the clockwork tank so I could still use my shrouds and graphics kits, I still get the range I wanted 160-170 mpt depending on terrain I can get into the 200 range with a couple primus bottles straped to bike with wolfman holders.
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  6. Nomad

    Nomad High Speed Low Drag

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    what tires are those? i've been thinking about getting an extra set of wheels setup for sumo and just trying to get some opinions.
  7. modeselector

    modeselector Common as muck

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    I like the switch - after riding her good n' hard and a few tire changes, black rims don't look so nice.
  8. Stifdickerson2006

    Stifdickerson2006 Been here awhile

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    Those are the Shinko 705's, they work great on the road and very good offroad (firebreaks,gravel roads) I've actually done some hill climbs that I did not think I was gonna make, but wanted to see what the tires could do and they pulled me up. Of course steep down hills are another story but capable with both feet out and some tricky brake work:evil. The tires suprised me offroad, of course you cant bang berms and stuff but they work well for summer riding the streets and national forest routes. and the price is great, under $150.00 for a set. We just got our first rain so the knobbies are gonna be on here as soon as I get my bike back
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  9. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    That's a sharp set up and perhaps the best tire combo for an extra set that I have seen. I have a pure street set on my extra wheels. Fun but not as dirt road friendly as yours.
    Any custom holes in your fork protectors yet? My front is so wide I go without :D.

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    Stiff D - love the Jager stickers. Reminds me of this... ha

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    Not a big sticker guy (as you can see by my bike) so have never seen the Jager set - looks good!
  10. Stifdickerson2006

    Stifdickerson2006 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the compliment.My fork protecotrs did not fit either the frt tire is a 120, I just marked and cut out a oblonged hole where the tire hit. And bought another set of protectors for the dirt set up. I usually use graphics kits,but I had never seen this Jaeger sticker kit before and had to buy it from a dealer in Great Britain as it was one of the best looking kits I had seen. The fit was not great and I had to do some stretching and trimming to make it fit rite but it came out good. The bike is so much faster and handles better with it too:lol3. Glad I got some pictures of the bike before I destroy them. I try to only use stickers of products I use and Jaeger is definitely a product I use.

    That trike is out of control. makes me thirsty(TGIF).

    I like the black plastics. Are you using the acerbis 3 gallon tank? what kind of range do you get per tank?
  11. Nomad

    Nomad High Speed Low Drag

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    thanks man, they sound like a winner to me!
    ^^not a big fan of the no fork guard look so thanks for the tip on notching them. gonna give it a shot.
  12. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    If you want to keep those for your dirt wheels you can get a set of open back fork guards that fit properly for about $20 from a dealer... Just order 00-06 EXC/SX/SMR ones, available in black, white and orange.
  13. Nomad

    Nomad High Speed Low Drag

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    sweet i actually just got an extra set of open back cycra guards in the mail.
  14. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Nope, stock tank but like the idea of a little larger black tank. Not sure my rideing style necessitates more range. I am also a KTM traditionalist - black and orange all the way. To get rid of the white I wrapped the tank with black vinyl. Nothing fancy and under close inspection you can tell I'm no pro :D. Lot's of folks mistake it for a 400? Guessing that model came with a black tank?
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  15. Wentjo

    Wentjo Been here awhile

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    Anybody had their in line fuel filter clog yet? Just curious I bought a couple spares to carry with me in case in does. I have about a 1000 miles on my '13 with no issues.
  16. Stu

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    I just completed the White Rim Trail yesterday. From trailer and back was 104 miles. I must have used all of 1.5 gallons in my 3.4 gallon KTM tank. We were hammering on the trail as well. Fun and fast. I think the stock tank would do just fine for this ride. My 500 is getting 50~55 mpg off road with some happy times with the throttle and crazy antics where the jeeps get stuck.

    No worries on the filter. I use the Golan and it has a very large filter surface and is 10 microns. I also have the KTM gas tank filter in the intake. The bike ran flawlessly and handled everything including being knocked seriously off line by rocks I just missed. Couldn't avoid them all. Part of the fun.

    Stu
  17. DirtToTar

    DirtToTar Adventurer

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    Went to Utah 2 weeks ago with a buddy. Both of us have '12 500exc's with stock tanks. Mine is desmogged, his is not. After a good ride in Green River area his checked out at 42mpg and mine at 48mpg. Another day we did a lot of jeep trail and pavement in Arches. His checked out at 49mpg and mine at 57mpg. When we rode White Rim Trail we didn't calculate gas mileage but we did each carry an extra 1 gallon of fuel. White Rim Trail with the stock tank and no extra fuel is probably doable but would be cutting it too close for my comfort level. Running out of fuel on the White Rim Trail would not be fun. We also rode a bit more than 104 miles since we did the extra couple miles each way to White Crack... well worth it.
  18. avconnect

    avconnect Been here awhile

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    I have done that exact ride and it is fun. On my 525 EXC I hit reserve on my 3.5 gallon MCX tank. Very curious about how my 500 EXC would perform on that same ride. I have de-smogged. Is there anything else you believe contributed to your stellar gas mileage beyond FI and desmog?
  19. Chris6_85

    Chris6_85 Been here awhile

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    i just picked up a 2013 500 exc yesterday. i rode it around the shop a total of 15 mins at a time. let her cool down then rode another 15 mins and cool down. total 4 times = 1 hr. i completed the 1 hr oil change. and then the next day i went for some trail riding with the boys. right off the get go i knew i was going to be geared to high. but did not think it would be that bad. well it was a tough ride today, the bike just wanted to chug in first gear did not want to go slower than 10 miles an hr if i tried with out working the clutch she would just keel over and i would have to fire her up again. we rode a couple of hrs and besides having to work the clutch a lot more then i am use to i had a blast. i went from a 230L to this 500 and i got lots of learning to do. even though i rode my 230L like a raped ape with over 4000 miles of mostly single track trail on bike. im not a total newbie to trail riding. so being that i come from a 230L to this 500 i am trying to learn and understand the characteristics of this new bike. the bike has a lot more engine clunking noise then my 230L and kinda makes me paranoid.
    i think maybe more because i just spent what it feels like my lifes savings on this bike. how ever the clunking noise quites down alot after pulling in the clutch. which i never herd on my 230l anyone know of what that might be? i herd it more today after i cleaned her up after a ride and put her away. any suggestions?

    thanks chris
  20. soutahduner

    soutahduner Adventurer

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    I was concerned with the rattle noise too, I did a lot of research and talked to my dealer and everyone says it it normal. lots of people say it is the straight cut gears from the crank to the clutch basket. but I am more inclined to think it is just gear noise in the trans, It is a 6 speed after all and that is a lot of straight cut gears in there that only spin when clutch is out. I have 700 miles on my '13 and no increase or decrease in noise. my only complaints about this bike is the rattle noise and seemingly long break-in. It still smokes a little...I changed oil at 6 hrs and put some synthetic castrol power rs 10 w 50 in and it smoked bad. So I put in honda gn4 10w40 for more break in for a while.