2012 ktm 500 exc?

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

  1. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Nice! Always able to find a way to work in that tractor you like to play with :-)
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  2. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    Had are first bonfire of the year on Saturday and stoking the fire with the new tractor is definitely fun! :thumb
  3. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    Nope, I'm good there and run on the slightly looser side for chain tension to ensure the suspension has full unimpeded range. I'm thinking chain alignment or bent rim/bad balance. I don't ride a lot of road miles but short rips on the hwy are required to get to the trail head and the rear wheel being unbalanced, low tire pressure and a non-DOT soft tire tends to hop a fair amount which may be stressing the bearings.
  4. scottydawg

    scottydawg Adventurer

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    Circling back on sprockets now that I am going to make firm decision. Any input on using the Dirt Tricks products? How about Dirt Tricks vs. Supersprox?
  5. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junkie

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    I've had great luck with supersprox, the front c/s are the factory width so no leaking because the sprocket wasn't machined right. I don't think I've ever thrown away a supersprox rear, they wear very slowly.
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  6. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    i've done a buncha used tires, and never had a problem, though they were in pretty good shape. i'm thinkin' the definition of used is different for some ..... one had prev rimlock marks (DesertIT rear), and i put a thin coat of Durabond on the marks, let it set up, and ran that tire til' it died, which takes awhile for a DesertIT.... just feel around and see if there's any marks.... maybe clean the outer bead w/a scotchbrite pad too.... never been a Slime guy, if you gotta take it apart in BFE, it's gonna be a mess.... i've had tires that the carcass was dying, and then Slime kinda worked, but the tire was dead anyway, so.... it's OK if you're around the house and have a water hose handy.... install w/a squirt bottle full of RuGlyde, works great.... biggest thing w/Tubliss is the inner gizmo has to shift around to seat right, and RuGlyde is the best i've tried..... and that rubber gizmo that Dan shows in the pic is real important.... if it's bunged up, you REALLY need a new one, or there's the leak and you're gonna kill the innertube.... that rubber gizmo and the correct torque (11ftlbs) is real important....
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  7. Bungholio

    Bungholio Long timer

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    I would call them equivalent in quality, no problems using either one. DT ones may be lighter(rear). The DT rear seem to rattle more (chain on sprocket noise) than the Supersprox, which may be because of their spider web design and hardened steel they are made from. I just changed out a Supersprox and put on the DT setup that I saved from my previous KTM and the metal rattle noise is back.
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  8. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    +1 on SuperSprox for these bikes. Almost a one and done deal. Ran one on my '12 500 for 4 years (200hrs) and when I sold the bike it didn't show tooth wear. I immediately put one on my '16. I also run them on my 950's for tens of thousands of miles.


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  9. advmoto66

    advmoto66 Ride On!

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    Hey OF how did your race go last weekend?
  10. Boianovich

    Boianovich Old and Cautious

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    +1 on Supersprox, BUT you can kill it in a year if you don't change counter-shaft sprockets.
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  11. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    I've had the KTM 2K (steel teeth over alum center, looks to be the same as the SuperSprox) rear for about 12,000 km and it still looks good. Ironman from TMDesignworks looks to be the same as the DT offering has been the go to for a lot of guys. KTM 2K was easy as I walk in to the local dealer at the time and picked it off the wall.
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  12. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    Loose, granite, switchback, nasty long mountain climbs, step-ups/stupid step-downs, endo-type descents, lots of bike carnage.... was on the bike about 3-hrs. Had 4-hr time limit. Was awesome! took 2nd in my Super Seniors class and 22nd overall. 20 of 79 in my class succumbed to the Mountain. Oh, if anyone is wondering, the Clake 2 was flawless and is a game changer for me. I used the front brake maybe twice and rear brake pedal maybe twice as well all day. I typically use the front too much because I can't get good rear brake pedal control with my boots in serious technical situations and sometimes was forced to sit to get good foot control. Left hand had total clutch and brake control all day allowing better body positions, more standing, crazy right hand corner entrances, and stupid steep descents with more confidence. It's not dialed in completely, but even so it gets two-thumbs up from Sunday's performance. The 500 itself... I bitch it's too big for these races.... but, it lumbered up some of the craziest loose rocky terrain passing stuck or crashed 200s, 250s, and 350s. These 500's are just simply amazing.


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  13. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    Can't discount your skill as a big factor to make the 500 climb but I think the more docile initial throttle on the 500 coupled with the torque really helps. It may be heavier and a bit lazier to weave through the trees but like you I find the 500 seems to shine in low speed grunt work, particularly when climbing and does pretty well in most everything else.

    Have you done anything to the cooling set up on your bike?
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  14. oldfuddy

    oldfuddy Long timer

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    No, stock. I've had zero cooling issues. That said, I'm still thinking of wiring in a backup to the fan. The fans on these rarely fail. But the sensor is high fail item and would be lost time addressing it during a race. Thinking of just wiring the fan straight to power with a switch should the sensor fail. I like the trail tech or EE option (forget which one), but I want straight power to fan as a backup. I'll address that soon.


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  15. CSpringsRider

    CSpringsRider Been here awhile

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    Thank you for all the responses on the Tubliss. Going to do the install tomorrow with an experienced user of the product so it should go well.
  16. scottydawg

    scottydawg Adventurer

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    Looks like all votes are for SuperSprox so I will go on that recommendation. Probably going 14/49 or 15/52. Now about chain... The Regina Z-Ring or DID or RK.
  17. Vincenthdfan

    Vincenthdfan Long timer

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    DID X-Ring

    I'm running 14/50 and its perfect on my 15 500EXC.
  18. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    Regina is recommended by that snake oil guy, so definitely go RK or DID. "X" or "O" ring. X is best, but better to have a reputable brand of O-ring as opposed to a bargain brand X-ring
  19. pplassm

    pplassm Brace for collision!

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    I've had 3 Regina failures in my experience. I avoid them.
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  20. scottydawg

    scottydawg Adventurer

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    I was thinking about going 14/49 so that would be close to your ratio. My stock set up had been fine right up until I was on a ride in Downieville last week and almost 90% of the trail was downhill with me having no engine braking. The brakes on the bike work good but some engine braking would be nice.

    You have swayed me to the DID X-Ring now (520 VX2 or ERV3 seems to be the right choice?). It was the Dirt Tricks snake oil where I saw the Regina. I am guessing I should do around 116?

    Friends don't let friends use Regina is the direction I am seeing this go. :D