KTM 525 EXC as an Adventure Bike

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Karnage, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. 400psi

    400psi Cropdusting

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    Is there any science to replacing the lower rear shock heim bearing orther than remove and replace? Is the heim joint tool necessary, worth the $50, make the job that much easier etc..?
  2. skianreid

    skianreid Boulder Moto

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    It's not necessary but it sure does make it simple.
  3. selaznog

    selaznog Avoiding pavement

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    I just used a socket. Seemed simple enough to me. Make sure you remove the joint while the swing arm is attached or you will lose the (locally unobtainium) needle bearings on the other end. DAMHIK. :baldy
  4. klatelm

    klatelm Been here awhile

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    bike was sitting for 3-4 months and the hydrolic clutch went flat no pressure i don't see any leaks, is this normal will filling it up be ok ? thanks in advanced
  5. blake716

    blake716 nine toes

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    :clap Mike's Cycle Supply FTW. I'm about 2 miles from his shop.


    I order a lot of stuff from KTM World too.
  6. woodzrider

    woodzrider Been here awhile

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    Iv'e had good luck with Munn Racing!
  7. klatelm

    klatelm Been here awhile

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    PM sent to RZR i thought I would repost for socal locals i saw you are shopping for ktm parts, i had two experiences w/ cycle hutt one good and the other nasty. nasty was the last. anyways i noticed you were from silver lake. in pasadena there is a ktm dealer erics he is a cool guy who is hard to understand took me many years to develope a relationship w/him after 45 years hes calling it quits. this friday and saturday everything must go doors closing on saturday. he has in stock days of engine parts which was always impressive.
  8. dentvet

    dentvet Long timer

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    I had a husaberg 600 back in 96. i bought this trick little fuel tank that sat next to the shock and i got it from a shop called Eric's. Has to be the same dude, right? It might have been pre internet for me so I must have found his shop in Cycle News? sounds like he had a good run.
  9. klatelm

    klatelm Been here awhile

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  10. RAZR

    RAZR I'll cut ya

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    I called KTM Cycle Hutt and they still don't have all the parts and this is 2 weeks after I put my order in.
    so I cancelled my order.


    and yes, I will be at Eric's this Friday.
  11. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    Ok, what did you break in DV?

    and before you ask, looking all over this thread learning up on the 525.
  12. RAZR

    RAZR I'll cut ya

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    do the math. i said i ordered parts 2 weeks ago. Death Valley was 4 days ago. :huh




    these are just common maintenance parts that i ordered..... brake pads, front wheel bearings, air filter, etc.
  13. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    C'mon man, you know I done played football and can't do no math
  14. The Bigfella

    The Bigfella Big Adventurer

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    Ahh, good to see the thread's still here and hasn't been moved to Old's Cool yet.

    I'm planning on getting back to my 570 in Cambodia in a couple of months and I just dug out the email I sent to myself when I left.... to remind me what parts to take back.

    Ugh. Its a long list.... rotors, pads, bearings, seals, sprockets, chain, repair kits for clutch master and slave, O-rings, etc, etc.

    Oh well, it did a long hard 5,000 km of mud. Time to treat it.
  15. Al-X

    Al-X Been here awhile

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    Is the 525 always so noisy? It sounds horrible when cold!

    Has any of you guys had problems with the 15t being to big and chowing the swing arm rubber?
  16. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    does anyone carry any specialty stuff on long trips? like coils, pulsar, etc?

    i have a couple "longer" trips coming this year, and while i don't want to carry a bunch of unnecessary shit, i'd like to avoid any easy to remedy "trip enders"

    any specific failure points i should be aware of? what things have stranded you in the bush?
  17. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    Haven't heard of a coil failing, if there is a problem with spark you can usually fix it by cutting a piece of the plug wire and refitting the boot.

    I would however change out the stock stator for a Trailtech, they are much more reliable.

    Stock clutch slave cylinders are also not the most reliable, the newer updated version is a bit better but the Sigutech replacement will likely make it a non-issue for the rest of the bikes life.
  18. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    seems i've read a couple things at ktmtalk recently about cracked coil caps? but i'm not sure how often that happens.

    i have a TT stator, my friend does not.

    interesting about the sigutech slave, i've not heard of replacement slaves for the 450 before this (haven't looked real hard!)
    you aware of anyone in the states importing those?
  19. Al-X

    Al-X Been here awhile

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    Hi guys, another question. Where can I install an overflow bottle for the radiator? Any suggestions? Pics can also help. I bought this 07 525XC that apparently competed in the last Dakar before it moved to South America. Last owner wasn't big on maintenance so I'm firstly completing that part. Top end was done at least. But its noisy! Its got a RS Concepts fairing so it looks cool too!!
  20. bigtodd

    bigtodd Hi, wanna ride?

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    I recently picked up a 525 exc and found cold starts to be a problem. Easily fixed by replacing the 5 series battery (4-amp hour, 80 crank amps) with a 7 seires battery (6-amp hour, 130 crank amps). I went the Yuasa YTZ7S.

    Not one issue starting the big thumper anymore!