2012 ktm 500 exc?

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

  1. yzmaico

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    Boy I'll agree, saw Cole go up any and everything in Tenn.

    You really should disclose the fact that you are a really good rider:D
  2. Hukamosh

    Hukamosh Been here awhile

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    I'll trade ya mine for the westy...heck I'll throw in a '75 f250 camper special
  3. Medpilot

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    Hi Folks, first post for me.

    I picked up a 13' EXC 500 a few weeks ago and have been having a blast. I'm in Phoenix, so it's been too hot to ride in the afternoon. I've only been out once in the dirt so far. Had to get up at 4:30am for that. Mostly been making short trips around town with the bike. So far I've got 3.7hrs / 91mi on the clock.

    Since the bike has had a lot of down time, I've been slowly adding little upgrades here and there.

    List of mods so far:
    Desmogged using parts from the hardware store (I'm cheap)
    Shorter screw for the kickstand
    Fender eliminator w/ LED integrated turn signal
    Seal Savers
    Moose racing radiator guards
    HDB Handguards, computer guard and key switch relocation
    KTM grab handle
    Acerbis skidplate
    Acerbis front disc guard
    KTM rear disc guard
    Voyager Computer
    Sicass Racing turn signal/light switch
    Trail Tech Mild/Wild switch (not active yet)
    14T CS Sprocket
    Seatconcepts "lower" seat
    Continental Twinduro TKC80 Tires

    Bone Stock
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    Out on the trails about an hour East of Phoenix. At over 5000ft elevation it was only 74 degrees. It was over 100 degrease when I got back home.
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    Stock tire with only 3 hours on it. (1.5 hrs of trail riding) This thing eats tires!
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    Seat concepts seat. If I could do it again, I'd get the normal seat. The low seat seems like it could have a little more padding. Still better than the stock one.
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    New Tires, Continental Twinduro TKC80. Just got them on today. I'll report back once I have an off-road season with them. The stock tires would give me a little wobble about 70mph. These started wobbling around 80mph. Using spoke weights, I don't see any wobbles until around 90mph.
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    HDB handguards. Liking these so far. The mirrors vibe a bit at speed. The mild/wild switch is not active yet. My dealer is still trying to figure out if they are allowed to remap my edu.
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    HDB computer guard. Liking this as well except I need to glue/silicone in the indicator lights. They are a bit loose fitting.
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  4. B-Rod

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    Season!! :lol3 Good luck with that. Tires are measured in hours.
  5. Medpilot

    Medpilot Adventurer

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    Damn autocorrect. I meant session. :D
  6. Bengt Phorks

    Bengt Phorks Been here awhile

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    Try a set of Dunlop 606's. I have burned through a lot of different tires on this bike and the Dunlops have outlasted them all. They stick good on the street and in the dirt they are very predictable. I use 17 psi for street riding and 12 psi for dirt.

    I found out that increasing the air pressure in the front tire stops the front end wobble. At 12 psi the wobble would start at about 70 mph and at 17 psi it was rock steady at 85 mph.
  7. wsmc831

    wsmc831 Been here awhile

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    Just an fyi about chain tension. I finally removed shock and measured properly. I have 14/48 gearing and longer chain.

    Behind lower chain guide I was able to get chain about 2mm from touching swingarm at any one spot behind plastic guide. Tighter than that and would stress output shaft and chain. Definitely likes a loose chain.

    I got just over 100 miles out of the stock rear tire, didn't work at all here in Central Oregon and lots of chunking. Mt43 now has 400 miles on it and is in great shape.
  8. Medpilot

    Medpilot Adventurer

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    Thanks for the heads up. I was running 25psi, just testing it out on the street.



    It does like a loose chain. OM calls for 2.17"-2.28" of slack. "When the chain guard is mounted, it must be possible to pull up the chain at least to the point where it makes contact with the chain guard". That's more slack than I'm use to.
  9. HeadinSouth

    HeadinSouth vroom!

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    Just to update on my chain problem it was a faulty XTS front sprocket.
    Changed to an OEM and all is good.
    What a waste of time

    Medpilot,
    Get those street tires off your bike dammit! :)
  10. bill1960

    bill1960 Been here awhile

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    Has anyone tried stomp grip ? (I haven't ordered it yet)

    When I stand, I grip the seat with my knees for flat and downhill. For flat to uphill I grip the rad scoops with my knees in the area covered by the inner tube. Btw, the tube does absolutely nothing to improve grip.
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    The rad scoops slope inwards towards the rear making them virtually impossible to grip with the knees when standing under acceleration .

    Stompgrip sent me the following pic which illustrates the grip coverage for their 500 kit
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    To be honest, the only piece that would be useful to me is the one that adheres to the rear of the rad scoop. They wont split a kit but reckon I could cut other pieces in the kit to replace the rad scoop pieces as they wear out.

    I'm interested to hear comments/ideas for improving grip when standing on the 500, and/or experiences with stompgrip.
  11. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate UK Mud-Plugger......

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    Hi Buddy,

    I just picked up a 2012 KTM500 EXC Thursday here in the UK. Managed to find one with just 3.6 hours / 74 miles and obviously in mint condition. (Advert from ebay is below - But i will get my own pics up in next couple of days as a few things have changed already :lol3).

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/300939822137?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

    Previous own [briefly[ tried the Metzeler 6 days tyres it came with, then put on a pair of TKC80's.

    I've used these before - but only 'on-road' on a DRZ400.

    I was just wondering what your impressions were so far, and as much as anything what tyres pressures are you running for dual-sport duties ?

    ****Came across this thread / this forum while searching for "KTM500 EXC on TKC80's on Google". Looks a fun place :D

    Thanks in advance.............
  12. No_Good_ID

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    Medpilot, your bike looks great. I'm impatiently awaiting the arrival of my 2014 EXC 500, and am planning out my initial mods. Who makes the fender eliminator kit that you installed? It looks awesome. Also, are the mirrors the ones by Double Take? Thanks.

  13. B-Rod

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    Ack! Quit quoting the string of pictures. You can edit the quote to just have the one relevant picture you want.
  14. Medpilot

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    :D


    I wish I could give you more info on the TKC80 tires, but I haven't put that many miles on them yet. I had my first dirt outing yesterday and I could feel they didn't quite hook up as well as the stockers. It wasn't too bad however. I'd they say Continental really hit the mark when they say 30% street 70% dirt. I feel these give a lot more confidence on the road while not compromising dirt handling ability too badly. As far as pressures go, I'm running 25psi on the street and 15 on the dirt. That's just a starting point for experimentation. I may go lower in the dirt and higher on the street and see what works out.


    Got my tail light from ebay. Sellers name is pw-garfield. Here's the link to the ebay ad http://www.ebay.com/itm/200928437600?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

    I'm very happy with how this came out. The turn signal works very well and I don't have to worry about anything breaking off. The tail light itself is a modified stock XC-W tail light. My only grip is that my blinkers blink faster because of the lower resistance from the LED's. I think that's fixable with an inline resistor. Haven't researched that yet as they only blink about twice as fast. If you go with a fender eliminator don't forget one of these. http://www.ktm-parts.com/mm5/mercha...gclid=COe254yj5LgCFaU5QgodvjcAhA#.Uf6JxRY29k8


    The mirrors are from http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_Shop/ Another "must haves" for this bike.
  15. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate UK Mud-Plugger......

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    No worries. But let us know your experiences as you get a few more miles under your belt......

    If they do turn out to be a true 30/70 mix; then it will just perfect for my use. Ive tried them 'on road' on a DRZ as i said, and have done a few miles on the 500 already on tarmacadam. Pretty impressive on the road in my eyes. No supermoto - but no undue dramas either.

    Where i live in the UK we dont have many places to ride. One route we typically do on a Sunday is around 70 - 100 miles depending on. And likely half of that is tarmac linking trails. Im going to start with 18 psi front / 20 ps rear for all round duties and see how i go.

    Thanks for your help.
  16. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate UK Mud-Plugger......

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    While im here,can anyone give me some idea of suspension settings for my 2012 (2013 model) 500 EXC ?

    Bike will be used for light off-road (Green laning here in the UK) duties. Occasionally i may push it a bit, but doubt i'll be 'getting air' or anything too radical !

    Im around 225lbs kitted up, and a point in the right direction regarding settings for clickers both ends, and a static sag heads-up would be awesome. Or just a point in the right direction for my first adventure :D
  17. David_Moen

    David_Moen Long timer

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    Check your manual. Go directly to the "comfort" settings listed, and she how you like that. I found the stock settings to be very firm. You are likely under-sprung a bit as I am on mine. But I appreciate being a bit closer to the ground, which this also provides.

    Setting the rear sag is right in the manual as well. Get someone to help you with the measuring. Getting the sag right makes just as much difference in how the bike steers as it does for how it soaks up the trail.

    At your weight, you will probably find that you will use all available pre-load to get the sag right. If so, you're next investment is a heavier spring. A heavier spring with much less pre-lead rides nicer than a light spring pre-squashed by the adjuster ring!
  18. No_Good_ID

    No_Good_ID Adventurer

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    Thanks Medpilot!

  19. sevenfourate

    sevenfourate UK Mud-Plugger......

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    As you probably guessed - i didn't even imagine it would be in the manual so hadn't looked.

    Doh ! (Thanks for the heads-up though David) :D
  20. wvexc

    wvexc n00b

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    Is there anyway that you could tell me within the plug what wires are jumped to let the light and fuel pump come on when the switch is turned on? my plug must have fallen off of my 2013 exc and ktm said that I would have to buy new wire harness to get it, it is not listed as a separate part, I tried to copy and magnify but I cannot make out the wire diagram