2012 ktm 500 exc?

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

  1. Enduro Outlaw

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    I have 80 miles on my renthal 13T http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/44/73/483/957/10471/5928/Renthal-Front-Sprocket so i can not say much on wear but i have used these sprokets for years and they hold up very well. For $20 it's not to bad considering this sprocket is taking a beating from that big 500. I had a 13T on my 690 smc and it lasted a year of hard riding.
  2. Enduro Outlaw

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    Congrats sir! I just picked up my 13 aswell and love it. A bit tall for my short legs :roflbut it is the best bike i have every owned thus far. I bet your head is swimming with mods in your sleep as is mine. I picked mine up from the dealer and before i even rode it, it desmoged and JD tuned it, then heat cycled. I don't ever ride the freeway so town use and off raod i put a 13/48 plus an EK chain on and it rocks. I only weigh 180 geared up so that is perfect considering KTM setup the suspension for 185 riders stock.

    Anyway.. Congrats to us all :freaky
  3. pitbull doug

    pitbull doug Been here awhile

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    Thanks bro,hey question did you get yours with a 2013 owners manual?As I did not and It seems like no one here in the states is getting one with the new 13' 500 exc at least to my knowledge?Bike shipped from ktm before faster than the printers.LOL go figure:eek1
  4. AussieClay

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    My 2012 EXC came with 15 - 45 and 114 link chain. I swapped to 14-45 and flipped the axle blocks to the longer side but still find the gearing too tall. Not sure about the 13 front either.... I want to go to 14 - 48 or 50, depending if the 114 link chain will work with the axle blocks flipped to the shorter side.

    Can anyone comment on the largest rear sprocket I can get away with using the standard 114 link chain and 14 front?
  5. Enduro Outlaw

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    Lol.. I received a 13 manual with my bike.. lucky I know :evil
  6. Enduro Outlaw

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    Some earlier posts state some guys can do 14/48 with stock chain with the blocks reversed. I would shell out for a new high quality rk or did chain IMHO. 13/48 is perfect for me. I read the entire thread.. All 117 pages lol. From what I read you will need a longer chain. 118 I believe.. Shot me if I'm wrong.
  7. avconnect

    avconnect Been here awhile

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    It is not the sprocket we are concerned about in terms of wear. The 13t sprocket causes the chain to wear and rub more on the swing arm pivot where there is a plastic wear block. That slide or wear block appears to be rapidly wearing such that the chain may soon cut through and start damaging the swing arm.
  8. Enduro Outlaw

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    I see. It appears the chain will rub more, it will be one of those things you just have to keep an eye on. Acerbis makes replacements that aren't to expensive, or order stock parts. As long as you replace the guides when they wear down you should be fine. I usually order and keep high wear items like that on hand just incase.
  9. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    The 14/48 will work with stock chain flip blocks. IF you go more than 48 (say to 49) you will need longer chain or add lengths. My experience anyway. I tried the 13 up front and did not like it. Not enough top end for my riding and first and second were just wasted...

    A buddy of mine just got a 2013. Doesnt seem to be changed at all but thats not official just us looking. He did get a manual. Purchased in B'ham AL.
  10. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    I run the 14/48 and it seems to be a nice compromise between single track and jaunts on the highway. I can still do 80mph comfortably, and lug 1st and 2nd gear through the single tracks....
  11. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    Am I missing something. Im at 14/48 and my bike is singing at 65mph. I have not really tried to max it out but 80 sounds way up there for my grearing.... or maybe I just dont like the sound of red line....
  12. SteveO

    SteveO ouch....

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    Redline? I don't know about that, since I don't have a tach, but I do know the bike pulled strong at 80 mph, and still had some room for 85. Now, I wouldn't keep it there for an extended period of time, not with the 14/48 gearing. Where I ride single track I'll often hit the dirt road to get back to my trailer. I'll often hit 75 - 80 with no issues or worries.
  13. pitbull doug

    pitbull doug Been here awhile

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    What state are you located in?Man you did get lucky as I have not heard anyone getting the 2013 OM with 500exc?Hope ktm gets us one soon,should be interesting or make a 2013 500exc OM USA available online,but you know I just like having my OM in print as well too.
  14. Vico1

    Vico1 The Maestro

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    No I do not have tac either but know when the revs start getting really high. Next time I get a chance I will nail the sucker and see what she will do.... or blow up!

    85 is pleanty speed for me thank you...
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    You always have the best photos! I would love to Live/Ride out there.
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    theantipaul Reforming Neandertal

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    Coming off a CRF onto the XCW was a learning experience, but this thing made me look so good yesterday any thoughts of going back are gone for ever! From tight singletrack to tractoring up wet steeps this bike does it all and neither of us had any FI issues, which would have meant a night out up there.

    It was simply amazing!
  19. Enduro Outlaw

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    I live in Oklahoma, were it's flat, hot, and extremely humid. Not sure how i ended up with one. The dealer sent me a pic of the bike in the crate the morning it came in, and i left with it that afternoon..lol The manual is big and easy to read, unlike the smc manual i had.
  20. Enduro Outlaw

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    That goat was eyeballin you tire, he was gonna make you some slicks..lol What an awesome place to ride, i envy you guys. I have been contemplating moving for years and this bike might send me over the edge.