KTM 530 EXCR- More better!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by neduro, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. ian408

    ian408 Oh? Administrator

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    No idea what they did but if you've just gotten yours, it's newer than mine.

    If it would help you, I can look at it tomorrow.

    As for exactly what it's made of, a phone call to Just Gas Tanks should get you the answer you need for both composition and how to deform it.
  2. antpatterson

    antpatterson XR650L_High_Runner

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    I'm checking the spark plug today after college and have found that the leak IS water. So since majority of people say check the spark plug I am, if it still leaks then it's could ONLY be the seal cover? I'm looking at all possible options as I'm already about to order alot of stuff so want to order whatever the problem I'm currently having as well. Such as, the valve seal cover (what part # is that? I've not been able to find it on ktmcyclehut but I cant find it in the KTM manual I suppose?) and a few (3 people) have told me it could be the gasket (true or not? If so which gasket could it be?) Sorry for the questions but me and my dad are both completetly new to both KTM and a race machine rather than our simple XR650 and XP200 or XR80. My CRF250r never gave problems so now seeing this water from the hole is bothering me severly as I am waiting on my DS kit for my KTM to get it on the road and really want to avoid down time.:lol3

    (And no I'm not riding it on the road like a DS, just simply to get down my street to the trails/fire roads)
  3. ian408

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    Hey someone just reminded me. Your radiator could be bent. Have you checked that?
  4. haknslash

    haknslash Been here awhile

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    It is a weep hole, designed to alow debris/water to weep away from the spark plug. This is not a "KTM thing". Many bikes have weeps holes on the cylinder head for the spark plug. Water more than likely entered from washing the bike, riding in creek beds or something. Looks like it could either be oil or just nasty murky water (maybe you have mud 'n crud in there from previous owner). What does it smell like or does it have an oily substance to it when you rub your fingers together?
  5. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Super easy. Have done it a few times and it's stupid-simple. Most important thing is to figure out beforehand what you're trying to accomplish (sounds like you've already got a pretty good idea about where you need clearance, how much, etc.) and what you want to use to form the tank (I've used a cheap-o boddy hammer set from harbor freight in the past). All you have to do is heat the area around where you want to reshape it, and then apply steady pressure with whatever forming tools you want to use. Don't heat it in the middle, as that area will get too soft and become overly pliable, while the material around it won't move at all. Would only be useful if you were trying to create a belly button-type indentation. The polyethylene that these tanks are made of tolerates heat pretty well, and it's not difficult to work with. Heat it slowly and you won't need a temp guage to know when it's pliable enough to reshape.
  6. antpatterson

    antpatterson XR650L_High_Runner

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    Thank you, my other bikes do not have this so I was unaware and never noticed it on my 250. It was dirty from the previous owner because there was some red clay build up on the upper portion so I guess it allowed water down the side. Problem solved though, just got to clean the hole out safely so I don't get that dirt down the bottom.
  7. mtrcycllvr

    mtrcycllvr Nerdly pseudo adventurer.

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    Well, yes and no - I have bent the radiator and replaced it - or was it the other side? :D

    Nah, it's straight, just doesn't fit in the space allowed, but good idea!
  8. Hypermofo

    Hypermofo Been here awhile

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    Hi Everyone - just added a new to me '11 530 to the garage! I've been reading through this thread and very much appreciate all those that have contributed their knowledge!! It has been very helpful as I get to know my new bike.

    What are you guys running tire wise for DS use? I'll be riding some single track, double track, forest service roads, with some tarmac thrown in. I'm in GA so trails will be dirt/mud with some rocks. I'm willing to trade some off road performance for some on road performance and durability but I do want an off road oriented tire. From the searching I've done Dunlop D606 keeps coming up. Is that the consensus?

    Can anyone recommend a good spring rate calculator that works well with our bikes? Just use racetech?

    Thanks!

    HM
  9. Bora20

    Bora20 Been here awhile

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    I like the Pirelli MXCH. The rear held up really good over the last 1500km and and the I didn't change the front when I switched to a Pirelli MT43. I don't think I will switch back to a knobby on the rear after running the MT43 so far. The thing just plain hooks up! The front doesn't rip the side knobs off either, but they aren't quite as aggressive so you can't get it really low in the turns. Overall either rear will work great.

    D606 rear is good, but the front is all over the place. They are more of a 50/50 tire and not aggressive enough for the riding I do. If you stuck to forestry roads they are ok, but the 530 is more machine than the D606 allows.
  10. Hypermofo

    Hypermofo Been here awhile

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    Yep, that's exactly my cocern with the 606. Maybe i should go with a mixed set...
  11. Krazyjohnny

    Krazyjohnny Been here awhile

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    Patterson,

    Your CRF250r should have a weep hole. I know mine did and so did my buddies YZ450 and YZ250 and another buddies and my CRF250x's. The aircooled bikes may or may not have them.
  12. silverboy

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    Pirelli scorpion FIM for the front. It is DOT legal and as good as any non dot for the front.
  13. jp4evr

    jp4evr I'm a dad, have a ceegar

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    So I'm about to plunk down my kids college fund on a 530 EXC here in CA. Problem is, there aren't a lot to go around so I have to strike while the iron is hot, if you will.
    What should I look for? Any problem areas or evidence of "flogging" more than what one will do on a 530?
    My dirt bike experience is limited to tossing my Tiger down fire roads and other places is has not purpose being.
    I don't want to end up with a "lemon" if I can avoid it. I have read most of this thread on the benefits of the various years - thanks Ned for sharing - what I love about this community.
    I have a line on an '08 with about 3000 miles or an '09 with the same, but the price is about $1400 difference and more of what I want on the '08.

    Thanks everyone and I hope the actual experience is worth the build-up to buying this thing.

    e
  14. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    What kind of prices? I've been watchin this market pretty closely and am in the same area.
  15. antpatterson

    antpatterson XR650L_High_Runner

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    Anyone have experience with the flatlands skid plate for the the 450? I just spent $1200 on parts and accessories for my XR650L and XCRW450 and the skid plate from flatlands was far cheaper than Moose Racing or KTM.
  16. Bungholio

    Bungholio Been here awhile

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    I currently have the Michelin AC10 set mounted and like them. They are non-directional too. Cannot speak for durability since I have only had them on for about 100 miles. They do seem to handle well for the two trail rides I have done with them. Previously had Pirelli XCMH rear and MT21 front which worked ok as well. I've always liked Pirellis for DS use.
  17. braymond

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    Definitley go with the Pirelli MT43. I've ran the 606 on the rear and did not get more than 300 miles out of it. The MT43 has over 500 miles on it(100 miles road and 400 offroad) and still over half the tread left. Plus the hook up on the tire is insane in steep rocky conditions.
  18. WVa Dualsport

    WVa Dualsport Been here awhile

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    Enduro Engineering has a spring rate calculator on their web site (also avail on KTM-PARTS.com..that's where I found it). It lists the correct oem spring rates. Last time I checked Racetech's calculator had the wrong oem spring rates listed for the '08 + 450/530's
  19. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Shameless plug :deal for anyone looking for a licence plate adaptor for their KTM, I just finished my final version of my "Twist-A-Plate" for the KTM's with a Euro LED Tailight assy. Link to vendor thread here: CLICK HERE

    Rotate your plate from the vertical position to the horizontal position within seconds.

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    Hey guys been looking for a frame but haven't found anything yet, hoping to find one here.

    I need an 08 530exc frame with a clear title.