2012 ktm 500 exc?

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

  1. Lolodesiles

    Lolodesiles Adventurer

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    mine does it since early hours too, and most of my bikes too, it' s some "freeplay" on the clutch cage

    don't worry about that and ride it ;)
  2. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    What's the clearance issue with the HDB setup?

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  3. KrustyKustom

    KrustyKustom Lets Go....

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    Put my squadron on the 500 today and a quick zip tonight to check it out. Wow! I was street riding and felt like I was doing something wrong (more than illegal!). Sweet color of light, and it only pulls 3.2 amps
  4. Bengt Phorks

    Bengt Phorks Been here awhile

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    Take a look at these lights before you jump for the Squadron lights. http://stores.intuitwebsites.com/hs...eplacement-Light-KTM-2008-dsh-2012/Detail.bok . Plug and play. Dimmer too.
    I have some on order. $170 plus shipping.
    There is a thread in the vendors section that covers lighting.http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=607184&page=188
  5. Bengt Phorks

    Bengt Phorks Been here awhile

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    At 180 hours it still makes the same clunking sound. It sounds worse with the stock muffler because the bike is so quiet.
    Later on you will hear a ticking noise at idle. Its the decompression mechanism rattling.
  6. Nomad

    Nomad High Speed Low Drag

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    does the squadron allow you to use your current headlight switch?
  7. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Sure, you can use any switch with it. But it doesn't have a high and low function, for that you need to buy a dimmer.
  8. avconnect

    avconnect Been here awhile

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    The HDB top clamp plus the stock computer mounted in an HDB billett protector requires moving the headlight forward to make room. The Squadron comes with extenders to make space between the triple clamps and the backside of the shroud and headlight assembly. You will see elsewhere in this thread where people made their own extenders.
  9. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    When using the HDB bottom clamp (for a steering stabilizer), I found that it wasn't really the HDB parts that necessitated the move of the head light forward, but the depth of the TrailTech X2 light. This light has a much deeper back, and there was just no room for this depth due to the wiring harness. I had to make my own little plastic extenders, which have been working quite well. However, I believe Paul (HDB) was looking at making some fancy aluminum ones that would allow the headlight to be moved forward, allowing for more room of the TrailTech headlight housing.
  10. Night Crawler

    Night Crawler Been here awhile

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    What KTM parts supplier are you guys using for these bikes? I see a lot of the places don't even list the 500. Are most of the parts interchangeable with the 450?
  11. DaveRMS

    DaveRMS Long timer

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    Join KTMTalk as a lifetime member and you get 25% everything from Munn Racing. They have all the years/models parts fiches online.

    Dave
  12. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    Thanks
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  13. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    Steve
    I have the HDB setup on my 690, which I am moving over to the 500. I also have the TrailTech X2 that I am going to try and swap to the 500. With an HDB gauge protector mounted up high on the top clamp will the light still need to be shimmed forward?

    Garrett
  14. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Yup. The root of the problem is the TrailTech light. It's pretty deep, and interferes with the wires behind it.

    Being the cheapo that I am, I used an old Oil-pan, and cut sections to fit what I needed.

    Here is my current setup

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    Here you can see just how deep the TrailTech backing plate is....

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    Unfortunately.....being the knot-head that I am, I can't seem to find any pictures at this time of my TrailTech upgrade and the extensions I made.....


    I would contact HDB about those little extensions......

    I believe he even put up a picture of a prototype.....
  15. garrett

    garrett Been here awhile

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    Thanks Steve. I'm going to use your setup as a template. I like the the ignition switch setup. Uh oh, I feel a new top clamp coming on :wink:
    Whats the other switch for? I like the ramball mount too. Great ideers.

    Garrett
  16. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    The other switch is a ON-OFF-ON switch that interfaces with the kill-switch button. If the switch is not in the correct position, it opens up line to the kill-switch button; effectively creating a second kill switch button that would deter a thief who may be trying to start the bike......I know, simple and maybe silly, but dangit, if a thief wants to steal it, they are going to have to work for it.

    I'm also going to use the same switch to activate my second and primary cooling fan. After the bike is started, the switch can be moved to any position without killing the engine. The second position will be used to manually engage the primary cooling fan, and a second waterproof fan that I'll be mounting on the second radiator. With the larger Acerbis tank, air flow is somewhat reduced, and another fan would really help things out.

    The Ram ball mount is for my cell phone mount. I have used DualSportMaps in the past, and having a phone up front helps when taking milder rides. I have done single track with the Droid X2 and it has stayed in place.


    I have a larger Garmin 276C that sits in a custom mount further forward of the TrailTech display. This ensures that I can still see the screen when I'm standing and riding across the desert at high speed, and keeps my helmet from hitting the screen when going over some nasty bumps.... works pretty well..
  17. bill1960

    bill1960 Been here awhile

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    Someone on TT reports the same noise on a 2013 450 SXF and posted a vid on youtube.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CbXmYh3XMRs

    My 2013 500 xcw clutch is as loud from new as the 450 SXF in the vid.

    This 500 exc ? thread has been running for a while and no one seems bothered with any clutch noise.

    If mine is a problem, perhaps its something new with 13's, hence not many reports yet.
  18. the_babaji

    the_babaji Been here awhile

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    By chance, the other day I noticed a difference in sound between clutch on clutch off. However it was not THAT pronounced!

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  19. avconnect

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    My HDB setup did require some spacing but the Squadron kit made it mandatory and the spacers are provided in the Squadron kit. I had a Trail Tech light ready to install and it too needed spacers which Trail Tech does not provide. However, Paul at HDB turned me on to the Squadron and although it is more money it is a superior product to the Trail Tech light while maintaining a stock appearance using the stock headlight shroud. It works with stock switches but I bought the Sicass switch to make more room on my left handle bar. High beam turns on the light, low beam and off turn off the light. Only a dimmer gives you function to create a low beam. I have not installed the dimmer.
  20. unaweep

    unaweep Uses lotsa band-aids

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    Agree with everything you said- especially the part about the Squadron being superior. I've had the Trail Tech X2 for 2 years and the plastic is all faded out and I've had to replace a ballast and a bulb- not inexpensive, by the way. Biggest issue for me was the weight- the X2 is heavy! Squadron is heavier than stock, but not by much.