2012 ktm 500 exc?

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

  1. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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  2. toddler

    toddler Unpronouncible

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  3. Zuber

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    I've had branches get into the front caliper and push the brake pucks back. Then you have nothing. I run the Accerbis/KTM guard. Cheap, easy install.
  4. Nomad

    Nomad High Speed Low Drag

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    well long story short, my rear break line got snapped at the bend right before it bolts into the caliper. since I have to replace it anyway...can anyone recommend a good upgrade? i'm thinking somebody makes a braided line for these.
  5. The Letter J

    The Letter J lost in the 690 mega

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    I've had good dealings with Galfer for brake lines on 3 bikes now (soon to be 4... need a new front on the 690 too). They make them to order so there is no charge for extra length, different colors, etc. http://www.galferusa.com/brake-lines-for-off-road-mx/
  6. bill1960

    bill1960 Been here awhile

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    I ordered the seat concepts standard height/density foam and cover for my '13 500xcw.

    Its a nice product but only 7 1/2" wide at the widest point, the same width as the oem seat pan.

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    I liked it for short rides when standing most of the time but for joining trails with hwy stints of 50km + it wasn't comfortable enough for me

    Since I'm in Cambodia it wasn't viable to send it back so luckily the labor to modify it is cheap here.

    Browsing around I came across http://www.fishersaddlebags.com and decided I liked the design of their 9" wide seat using the OEM base and adding to the OEM foam

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    So the next step was to wander down to the local motorbike upholsterers and see what they could do.
    Cant buy good quality foam here so we cut up the oem foam to add to the seat concepts foam

    Coming together

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    They made a new (larger) cover from scratch and copied the lines of the seat concepts cover

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    Stretched nice and tight and well secured

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    Finished product

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    Spot on 9"

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    Cost was $15 for 3 hours labor and materials, plus a tip

    Very comfortable.
  7. hoss314

    hoss314 Been here awhile

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    Wonder what happened during your install?....just measured mine and it is at 8 1/2".

    Hands down the best seat right out of the box. I have them on three of my bikes...a must have upgrade same as a stabalizer in my opinion.

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  8. bill1960

    bill1960 Been here awhile

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    Are you referring to the seatconcepts foam for the KTM 500 ?

    If so, I have to disagree. My last post shows it measuring 7 1/2" at its widest point.
  9. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I ordered a pre-built seat concepts last week.. I'll measure it and show a pic when it arrives for reference (the ready-to-go version they build).

    :lurk
  10. Wentjo

    Wentjo Been here awhile

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    I put my prebuilt seat on a month ago and love it, best thing I put on my bike by far.
  11. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    I may have posted this before....can't recall..... but, some folks asked for some more info on this setup, so I took some more pics to post up.....

    I went with Powerlet due to their reliability and quality products for motorcycles.

    Here is a listing of what I've put on my KTM 500 EXC


    Low-Profile Powerlet Socket
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    PowerLet Fuse Block Assembly
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    Rigid Powerlet to Cigarette Socket Adapter
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    Micro USB Short Powerlet Charging Cable
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    Here is an image of the Fuse Block installed next to the Battery and next to the stock Fuse Block. This Fuse Block interfaces between the battery and the following:

    Hard-wired GPS
    Trickle Charger - That can double as a heater for a vest
    PowerLet Plug - mounted on the HDB bar
    AdvMonstor LED lights - To be setup

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    Here are some more pics of the full setup


    Note: Upgraded version of the HDB top Clamp
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    As far as power drain, it's really a non-issue.

    Generally any USB device (iPod, cell phone) pulls 5V, which is nothing compared to the 200W the system pumps out.
    To get a rough estimate of your available power...

    200 Watts divided by available voltage (12), allows for roughly 16.5 amps.
    16.5amps is a lot of juice, plenty for any accessories you can slap on a dirt bike.


    Anyhow, this is the current setup....soon, I'll be adding the AdvMonster lights....should be awesome.....
  12. leftystrat62

    leftystrat62 Adventurer

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    Sweet ride,will have to check out your bike if/when I can make it to another ride. I think I was on one of those where I saw that bike?
  13. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    I'd say both!

    Although I don't see this incident as a precursor to him sitting in a garage with his car running, just to get a wiff of the fumes...... Although, I do see him getting a bike in the future......
  14. hoss314

    hoss314 Been here awhile

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    Yup...500EXC
    One of the best upgrades I have installed. A ....."Must Have"


    Just installed the BD Squadron headlight. Holy Shite that baby is bright! Looks like I am going to need to order the dimmer as well.

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  15. bill1960

    bill1960 Been here awhile

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    If you get time I'd like to see a pic of your seat measuring 8 1/2" inches wide.

    As you can see, my seatconcepts foam measured 7 1/2"
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    Some here have mentioned a pre built seat. Perhaps they're different (or customized) to the option where only the foam and cover is supplied for diy fitment ?
  16. advdoctor

    advdoctor n00b

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    Nice seat, but are those OSHA approved sandles?
  17. avconnect

    avconnect Been here awhile

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    Tell me what you think of the dimmer if you install it. I have the insert as well and it is bright.
  18. bill1960

    bill1960 Been here awhile

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    I believe they're rated to withstand closed cell foam being dropped from 1 meter.
  19. ngads

    ngads Adventurer

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    anyone have experience with the map switch?

    I am trying to decide between the 500 and the 350, but i feel like in the long run i would want more power. However, in tight tracks i feel like the 500 may have too much power.

    If the map switch on the low setting dials down the power to usable in tight situations then i would def. be set on the 500.


    any help would be greatly appreciated!
  20. leftystrat62

    leftystrat62 Adventurer

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    Hey SteveO you certainly answered most of my questions about going from my WR to the KTM,but the last question for you has to do with maintenance. I am not much of a mechanic,and when I read about doing pistons & rings after 200 hrs, having multiple fuel filters to maintain,oil changes every 500 miles, I can't help but wonder how much more this will cost me to maintain,or how hard it will be to take care of it while on real long trips (thousands of miles). Can you share your experience on this?