2012 ktm 500 exc?

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  1. Bungholio

    Bungholio Long timer

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    116 links is correct for that combo. 13/49 is much nicer on trail and 15/49 for open road or open terrain. I've used them all 48, 49, 50 rear with 13/14/15 countershaft. After running the 50 for a while I felt the 49 was better, and that's the leftover one from the 530 that I just put on the 500, along with the same chain. Lots like the 50 rear/14 front combo. I went back to 14/48 before installing the 49 and it was too quick for trail for me, even with the G2 throttle tamer, that's why I installed the 49. I had the stock chain with the 48 and it moved the rear wheel pretty far forward which is probably another reason I didn't like it on trail plus I tore my knee up with that gearing on and just recently smashed my foot right after reinstalling it and going for a trail ride. Maybe it's just a bad luck combo for me. :hmmmmm
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    Looking for a bit of wiring advice please. I want to install an ignition switch on my bike. I have a key switch that has both closed on and closed off so though I'd wire it to both the starter button and the kill switch. The left switch that has the kill button also has horn ,high/low beam and indicators so the is quite a few wires coming out of that so which colour wired do I need on the kill side ?
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  7. RideFreak

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  8. jcat5503

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    Any of you guys ditch the rim locks? I am considering it, because I never air down below 15psi or so.. It should help a lot with balancing the tires.
  9. spaceman_spiff

    spaceman_spiff Long timer

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    I will never ride without rim locks. If you're out somewhere and can't patch or replace a flat tire then the rim locks will make it possible to ride on the flat.
    Also you should try airing down more. It's amazing how much more traction comes from just a few lbs difference!
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  10. katoomryder

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    Don’t do it. The rim locks are your only means of maintaining control if you get a flat. The tire will likely unseat from the rim, leaving you with no direct contact with the ground.

    If you’re having trouble balancing your wheels, drill a new hole in the rim opposite the valve stem. Then install the rim lock opposite the valve stem.


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  11. RideFreak

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    It helps allot with balancing the tire. Depends on the riding, I wouldn't do it for hardcore dirt. My dirt wheels have rimlocks, the cush wheel doesn't and that one gets run at 16-18 psi. No issues at that pressure.
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    Two rimlocks 180° apart or a Motion Pro lite-loc will make balancing your wheels easier. I couldn't ride half of the trails that I like at 15psi. Sometimes I run half of that in my back tire, depending upon the tire and terrain
  13. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    Yup. I rode all day on a front flat. I had a tube but my buddies were in a hurry and I didn’t want to hold them up. In retrospect, the day might have been more fun with air in my tire! Rim locks are useful.
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    Update on the Tubliss install. The rear install was straightforward and no problem. I thought, "what is the big deal?" Then I took on the front. What a PITA! No matter what I tried, I could not get enough slack to get the last 6-8" of the second bead on the rim. Finally got it on with the help of my buddy using way more muscle than I would have expected to be required. I thought we were going to bend tire levers, we were pushing so hard. My tire changing technique definitely needs work.
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    You hired a photographer!?
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    Same here. Rear, easy. Front, WTF? Extra difficult with stiff tire like the Fatty DST. No fucking way that thing was fitting in the drop center with TUbliss. I used truck tire irons and a LOT of harsh language to get it done! Next time, wheels go to Clairemont Cycle Supply. Let Jamie deal with that task. I'll pay gladly. TUbliss is still worth it!
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    I actually have a set of the lite-locks in the garage. Maybe I will just install those. What do you recommend as far as weights once I do that?
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    1. Thinking of buying the Acerbis 4.1 tank. Anyone know if my KTM hard parts radiator guards will interfere?