2012 ktm 500 exc?

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  1. MJG2

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    Its a 500 I assume -I ask because some 350 guys post in here

    Also- check on version of map

    get the map ending in 701 on your bike -if thats not what is loaded
  2. MJG2

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    Here are a few pics of new 2013 500 EXC
    This website has been a great resource getting it set up -thank you all
    I only have about 3 miles on it so far

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  3. MJG2

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  5. garrett

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    Yes a 500. I'm going to try increasing the idle a bit to see if that cures the hesitation. I'm thinking it won't. Then I'll need to see if BDSM magic mod works.

    Anyone using the magic mod from BDSM?

    Garrett
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    Lulu7404 Been here awhile

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    Try correcting the TPS before anything else. If dealer did a correct desmog, the pipe flows pretty good. It's easy to do just by sound. Loosen the screw, turn sensor CCW a few degrees until the idle smoothes out and increases then hold while you retighten the screw. The official version uses a multimeter, but audible worked wonders for mine.
  7. bill1960

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    Has anyone changed the bars on their 500 ?

    I'm looking for less sweep/pullback but not necessarily any higher

    The oem bar has 57mm sweep according to Renthal

    http://www.renthal.com/File/fit_my_...manufacturer=KTM&model=500 XC-W&bikedate=2012

    Bars with less sweep that I think should fit are the Protaper Contour KTM bend, 47mm sweep

    http://www.protaper.com/products/handlebars/contour

    or Renthals KTM Hi or Lo bend at ~42mm sweep

    http://www.renthal.com/File/product...one=&biketype=&manufacturer=&model=&bikedate=

    Anyone had experience with those bars on the 2012/13 500's ?
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    I'm thinking of going with handlebars with less sweep as well. Found these on Trail Tech's website that only have 40mm of sweep but haven't purchased yet. http://trailtech.net/motorcycle_x-bars.html .

    Anyone else tried the Trail Tech bars?
  9. garrett

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    Thanks Lulu I'll give it a go.
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    I know you may have done this already but a simple stepup in idle made a hugh difference in my "initial" response. I have a JDTuner and this required adjusting the idle some.

    Helps starting also....

    my 2 cents

    BTW I have just over 2500 miles of almost all dirt on my bike and I am still amazed at how well everything works with so little hassle...
  11. MJG2

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    500 XCW or EXC- and are OE bars different on those two bikes
  12. MJG2

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    You mentioned you have XCW map -its might not be #701 latest and greatest -actually a EU map

    Id find out the # on your ECU map and before you add stuff like JD tuner or that magic mod get the #701 ECU map loaded at a local dealer- many people have only that Map and are very pleased -

    701 map
    set idle
    check tps

    that might do it
  13. AussieClay

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    There are many different versions of the 701 map.... if you want to use the map switch, get the unrestricted EU map. Otherwise the unrestricted AU (Australian) map is supposed to be good.
  14. bill1960

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    Mine's a 2013 500 xcw

    The oem pt no's for the 500 exc and xcw handlebars are the same

    The Renthal site has a Fit My Bike function

    http://www.renthal.com/File/fit_my_bike.asp

    According to renthals data, the 525's had a taller and flatter bar similar to the Renthal KTM Hi Bend 826-01. 95mm high and only 42mm sweep

    Then for the 530 and subsequently the 500's KTM switched to a lower bend with more sweep, 80mm high and 57mm sweep.

    As I already have the pivot pegz in low position, I'm thinking the Renthal KTM Low 822-01 would suit my ~6' frame. It's 84mm high and 41mm sweep. So I'm aiming for further fwd, not necessarily higher.

    I'm running the perches in the number 3 position which aligns the bars with the forks centerline. I read that its negative for steering control to have the bars mounted in front of the forks
  15. Enduro Outlaw

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    I have done alot of searching and have read this entire thread so hear goes. I have a 2013 500 exc and have wash out issues like crazy. The front end will roll up and out of berms or just throw me flat on my face at any given time.

    The main issue is I'm short as hell for this bike at 5.5 but I can ride the hell out of this bike as long as the front end tracks "which is half the time" My corner speed sucks in soft soil because I have to watch the front end or down I go.. My exit speed is so so until I can get it under control. The bike is just so damn tall.. So I have had to lower the forks in the clamps and back off the rear preload just to tip toe this thing.. I know it's funny! :lol3 I can laugh at myself. I'm talking ricky carmichael short.

    Anyway I have the bike setup as soft as I can get it and the front and rear compress evenly and does not bottem out. I don't currently have a $G to spend to get my suspention dropped an inch and valved. I have pirelli XCMH front and rear "Standard Tire Sizes" and the bike handles perfectly on the street. I can hammer it in corners and wheely all the way around. I get better handling out of it on the street than off road.

    I got from supermoto feel to Ice skating as soon as I hit the dirt. I understand I have mid to hard tires but damn.. really? I should not feel like I'm riding on wet clay all the time.
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    I've only been riding my 500 on the street due to a broken arm, however like you I've not found the front end inspiring much confidence. It steers lovely and light but does not feel planted enough for me to have the confidence to tip the bike in hard on the pavement like my 525. It seems to have a disconnected feel between the front and rear wheel. Like you I'm 5'5", suspension specs are 115mm of sag and one line showing on the fork tubes above the triple clamps. I'll play about with fork tube height to see what feels better, more or less trail and see if I can get it a bit better. However it won't be another month until I can get it off road and really see how it feels.
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    Bill - coming from the 525 I liked that bar a lot better (for me) than the 500 bars. Less sweep and a touch more height (keep in mind I'm only 5'5"). Depending on how much standing you're doing, and being 6' tall I might consider the KTM tall bend, depending how much lower the Pivot Pegz have dropped the footpeg height. If you're not looking for anymore height than stock and you're completely comfortable standing with the stock bars then disregard my comment. Bars, like girlfriends, are a personal matter and we all like different things.
  18. Enduro Outlaw

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    Thanks for the reply. I have my forks 23mm above the clamps and I use bar risers to bring the bars up to make room. I have them in posistion #2. The stock hight I dont care for when standing up.. I makes me feel leaned over to much and less stable. I just can't get comfortable on the bike. The seat shape feels way to flat and the bars feel a litte to high when sitting with the risers and to low in the stock posistion.. feels like a mountain bike to me. I don't know.. I just can't sit on the bike and say... "Yeah!" yet.

    Just getting tired of fighting the front end.. back and forth, back and forth.. like driving a floor buffer.. very carful movments.
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    Have you tried the bike with other fork tube heights? 23mm is big change from stock and will have a large effect on the handling. I would lower the fork tubes 10mm and take it for a whirl. Believe me at 5'5" I feel your desire to lower the bike as much as possible but with that much trail change I'm betting it may be causing the handling issues you're battling. Best bet is to find a flat area that you can run about doing figure 8 turns utilizing different fork tube heights to see if you can get the front to stick better for you.

    Let us know what you end up liking the best?