2012 ktm 500 exc?

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

  1. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Got around to getting my Acerbis 5.3 gallon tank put on.
    I took some pics of before and after to give ya'll an idea of the size comparison.


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  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    You are going to need a new NMOHVA sticker :D

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  3. pitbull doug

    pitbull doug Been here awhile

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    My maiden voyage in the calif high desert on my new 2013 500 EXC gotta love the FI love the power and it's not even broken in yet.night and day compared to my old 525,as it well should be.Feels as ligh/flickable as my 450 excr ktm really did a nice job on this machine!:clap
    Couple of picts from yesterday 2300' to 6200'
    brand new below

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    Break in ride here

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  4. jpdiller

    jpdiller Adventurer

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    I'm in the process of putting on a 14 49 sproket combo. I got a brand new 120 link chain. Here's my question, do I leave all the links on the chain and adjust it from there? Like attach the master link and then try to adjust it.... Then if its too long take off the master link and a link or two? Any one out have a similar setup?

    JP
  5. TeamJunk

    TeamJunk Adventurer

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    Cut your chain to 116 that's same combo I run.
  6. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Sorry for the wait, here is my wiring coordination:

    Combination Switch wire colors -> KTM Wiring Loom
    Dark Green -> (not connected to any wires on the KTM side)
    Black -> Green w/Yellow Dashes
    Light Green -> Brown w/Violet Stripe
    Light Blue -> Blue w/Black Stripe
    Orange -> Blue w/Red Stripe
    Gray -> Green w/Brown Stripe
    Blue -> White w/yellow dashes
    White -> Yellow
    Yellow -> Green w/Red Stripe & GRAY [tie the green w/red stripe to the gray, then connect to the yellow]

    If you're hooking up a TrailTech Headlight, here is what works
    TT Wires -> KTM Wiring Loom
    Pink -> Green
    Black -> Brown
    Yellow -> Blue

    If you're hooking up a TrailTech Computer, here is what works

    TT unit -> KTM Wiring Loom
    Green -> Yellow w/Blue Stripe
    Orange -> Brown w/Red Stripe [These two are for the Fuel Indicator, which must use a standard Bulb, the LED does not work with this setup]

    Blue -> Violet -> Lt Green
    Black -> Brown -> Lt Blue [These two are for the HI-LO headlight indicator ]

    Black -> White
    Black -> Orange [Use the existing light, as there is a chip on the end of this setup]

    Lt Green -> Violet -> Lt Green
    Black -> Black [These are for the Turn Signal Indicator]

    NOTE: If you want to use a LED light for the Turn Signal indicator, you MUST use a DIODE (part # 276-1114) from Radio Shack, inline with the Violet and Black wires, one Diode on each wire, with the Anode facing the KTM Wiring loom, and the cathode facing the light. Tie the two wires AFTER the diodes together so that each signal will go to the LED light. Then tie the other end of the wire to a Brown wire, to create the ground loop. This has worked very well. Soon, I'll have a schematic up on how to do this....

    cheers
  7. harcus

    harcus Long timer

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    Tank looks good. Nice lines. Interesting color, flat black. Did fit up go ok? Dealer type told me of fit up issues. Any truth to it? :D
  8. avconnect

    avconnect Been here awhile

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    I need all the boys running a 13T countershaft sprocket to chime in on wear issues on the swing arm pivot an slide bar. At my current rate of wear I will be cutting into the swingarm shortly. Any thoughts/solutions? I like the 13t and have a 50T on the rear and still can get to 90mph.
  9. Mifune

    Mifune Been here awhile

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    I have a 50T rear sprocket and am seriously considering going with a 13T countershaft sprocket, so am also interested in feedback on wear.

    How many links on your chain for the 13/50 combination?
  10. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Flat black was all that was available. Being that the RMAR is coming up, i need some longer range, so this tank is it. As for fitting, it seems to be ok. I mean, its a dirt bike that takes a lot of falls and crashes, so lines aren't that important to me, i suppose. Now on a street bike, yeah, it needs to line up right.
  11. Rock-Yot

    Rock-Yot n00b

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    Got any recommendations for replacement tires? 50/50 dirt street riding here in SoCal.
  12. avconnect

    avconnect Been here awhile

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    116 links.
  13. jpdiller

    jpdiller Adventurer

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    I ended up going with 118 links on the chain. It seems like it will work good, I have the axle adjusted a little more than half way closer to the front of the bike. I figure this is good cause when the chain stretches I can adjust the axle back. I think I remember reading something about having as much wheelbase as possible with the pds non linkage suspension. If the chain stretches to much I'll just take another link off. I am running 14 49 combo. I'm finally ready to get this thing in the dirt!!!


    JP
  14. jtmajors

    jtmajors OCD with motorcycles

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    I have an xcw so it has 13/50 stock with a 118 chain.
  15. jpdiller

    jpdiller Adventurer

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    Ya I forgot to mention I got a exc.

    Also does anybody have detailed instructions on how to flip the rocker shafts? I am scared of the "mechanics" at my local dealership, I have the service manual. But I'm wondering if anybody has done this themselves? Thats my last thing and I'm ready to rock!!

    JP
  16. robmeoff

    robmeoff Been here awhile

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    I jumped on my bike on Sunday and hit the button..................................... nothing
    hit it again and waited a good 5 seconds and then bang it lit up. i sprayed some WD40 into it thinking maybe a bit of moisture but still not working great. Anyone else have this issue?
  17. guns_equal_freedom

    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    That fuel tank is the best radiator guard made. :D
  18. avconnect

    avconnect Been here awhile

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    It is an uly sucker though.
  19. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    3 weeks after I purchased the bike I yanked the 17 in street set up and replaced it with the dirt combo that came with the bike.
    It was an easy project but did take some time. The longest part being the sprocket and rotors being removed and installed on the other rims. I was looking to make it strictly a quick wheel swap
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    I have the stock 45 cause I went up to 48 and got some Moose Racing rotors. The last step is $19.00 worth of bolts that I hope to get this week.

    The rotors are a stock replacement but look different.
    I wanted to know if there was a performance difference as well?
    Is one style of rotor better than the other?
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  20. Enduro Outlaw

    Enduro Outlaw Adventurer

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    Don't over think the chain adjustment. If the wheel is all the way out and your chain is to loose then take it up a link and so forth. I would not cut the chain so long that the axle adjusters are all the way out or so short you have to flip the axle blocks, somewhere in the middle is perfect. I would rather have the chain a hair long but not to long rather than cutting it to short and have the tire rubbing the mud flap.

    I have a 13/48 setup and love it. The bike runs fast enough for town use and slow enough for tight trails. I was going to try 14/48 first but it was late and said screw it and i put the 13 on it and glad i did. Hell 13/50 would of been ok for what i do.