2012 ktm 500 exc?

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  1. team ftb

    team ftb Befuddled Adventurer

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    Bill I was at first concerned with the light vulnerability in your location however the reduction in the blind spot with your mounting locations is an immense improvement.

    Here is the Baja Designs Squadron LED mounted in the stock KTM 500 mask and adjusted as low as the LED mounts can be positioned. Picture was taken with no background lights in my pitch black work space, no flash and the LED on high. Dimmer has not been installed yet for a low beam pic but I don't see that having any effect on the blind spot. The small lit spot in the middle of the blind spot is not there in reality, no idea what causes it in the pic.

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    The three water bottles outline the outer perimeter of the blind spot and it comes all the way back to the bike.
  2. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Was out there last month and went well beyond the interval change. Bike did fine but when I got home and went to work on the bike I was shocked how low I was? Like 500ml. Next time I will at least check it and add. But I'll most likely do a change. Really not a hard process. I did do an air filter change after Brecktreck. Have a great trip and hit me up if ya need any trail info/tips. Cold
  3. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Can anyone direct me to where I can hook up switched power to my GPS?

    I have no manual or wiring diagram...
  4. harcus

    harcus Long timer

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    The keyed switch on an EXC actually controls the "power relay". Folow the wires from the switch back to find that relay. It is on the top triple clamp. Probe the wires with a DVM to find the switched wire that you can pick power from.

    The switched power should be yelo-red. The white-red wire is unswitched from the battery via a fuse block at the starter relay.

    Check it out. Always good to protect the new wire with a fuse or circuit breaker.

    :D
  5. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    I've been busy. If you remember, my headlight mask was too close to the HDB computer protector and idiot light holder after I put the tall submount handlebar risers on. Paul at HDB sent me a prototype headlight relo kit that moves the headlight forward. Perfect! It also lifts the headlight a little (doesn't use the mounting posts on the front fender). That should help with the shadow caused by the fender, as well as freeing you up to use standard fenders without the headlight pins. I believe he is about to release this as a standard product now that it has passed the idiot-proof test :evil
    I also just installed my Rekluse EXP 2.0 clutch (not the Core EXP 2.0). I was waiting for it to show up in the KTM HardParts catalog so that I could get it at a discount, since Rekluse doesn't seem to come off of list price. It comes with the adjustable slave cylinder when ordered from KTM, but I didn't see one in the picture on the Rekluse web site for the base EXP. I am curious if this is something KTM worked into their deal, but really I don't see how you would adjust it without it. The funny part was doing the break in procedure in the instructions; 20 1st gear starts to at least 5000 RPM, then 10 2nd gear starts. My neighbors love me. The bad news? I am probably not going to be able to ride this weekend. :cry
  6. Upsandowns

    Upsandowns Adventurer

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    Many thanks to Trailjammer, Colemanfu and the others for the advice on oil changes during my forthcoming trip to the Rockies. As suggested by several of you, I think I'll focus on keeping the oil level in check while also keeping a close eye on the hours and miles, not to mention the work I ask the bike to do, and will try to get thru the 700 - 800 miles I anticipate without a complete oil change. I've just finished mapping a number of daily routes on BaseCamp and it looks like none of them will exceed 85 miles, so even if we ride 7 full days, mileage ought to total less than 600 miles and none of them will be ridden under "race" conditions ! After breaking my leg in the hills above Almont last year on my BMW GSA, survival is a primary objective !!! Thanks, again :clap
  7. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Thanks - just the info I was looking for. I have it direct wired with fuse but would rather it be keyed...and fused...
  8. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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  9. HeadinSouth

    HeadinSouth vroom!

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    Quick question...
    Ive had my 500 for about 3 weeks now and am having a problem with my chain wearing on my upper chain guide. It is from the chain moving side to side and wearing the inside of the guard. (Dangit I shoulda taken a pic)
    I figure its due to my chain being too loose and have adjusted it several times.
    Any tips to setting it up?
    Also it likely started to happen after I put on my 14T front. I am running the stock 45 rear.
    Thanks in advance.
  10. Bengt Phorks

    Bengt Phorks Been here awhile

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    According to the EXC wiring diagram you can get switched or unswitched power from the GT/6 plug behind the headlight. Follow the wires from the ignition switch to find it.
    The GT/6 plug has 5 wires going into it and the other end is sealed off. The wires for power are the white/orange for switched and the red for unswitched. The other 3 wires are connected together under the shrink tubing. If you get some connector pins then you can modify the existing connector or else just splice into the wires.
    Refer to these posts in this thread for pictures, wiring diagrams, and where to get connectors.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19869919&postcount=2630
    The GT/6 plug is shown in 2 pages of the wiring diagram but there is only one plug.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=21893377&postcount=4274

    The power relay is by the battery on the right side of the bike. Don't ask me why I know this.
  11. HeadinSouth

    HeadinSouth vroom!

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  12. vintageveloce

    vintageveloce Adventurer

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    Check your sprocket alignment. BUT... the XCF-W doesn't even come with this guard. And the guard doesn't fit with a TM design works lower chain guide. So I just took mine off.
    Carl

  13. SoilSampleDave

    SoilSampleDave Dr. Zaius was right!

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    How old is the chain? The side to side play goes up a lot as it wears. The OEM chain on my DRZ stretched side to side like a rubber band after a few thousand miles.
  14. ecarnell

    ecarnell Been here awhile

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    Deposit down on a 2014 500 EXC!
    Time to drink the orange kool-aid.....
  15. DiVango

    DiVango Been here awhile

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    You won't regret it! My favorite bike for sure... perma grin ;-)

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  16. vintageveloce

    vintageveloce Adventurer

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    Also, 3 weeks and several adjustments? Maybe you have alot of hours but you may be overtightening it. PDS KTMs run a chain that looks pretty slack. Make sure you are setting it to the manual's spec and not too tight!
    C
  17. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Man....wanting a 500.....Must stay away from this thread!.....:tb

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  18. Bengt Phorks

    Bengt Phorks Been here awhile

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    On the inside of your air filter cover there should be a diagram for setting the chain tension. If not, then with the tire off the ground, the chain should just touch the chain guide when you pull up the chain right where your picture shows its wearing.
  19. HeadinSouth

    HeadinSouth vroom!

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    Thanks guys. I wonder if its because I have the 14-45 setup and the wheel is set so far back?
  20. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    That's a good idea if ya don't want a bike that will do everything from MX to Brecktreck. :deal
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    This 12 replaced my 99 LC4 640e that I bashed for 12 years. I have no doubt it will serve me just as well.
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    In the proper hands you can do it all!