KTM 530 EXCR- More better!

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

  1. KTM Freak

    KTM Freak MILF supporter

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    :clap Got mine the other day! Fast shipping and pleased with the contruction of the product. I was supposed to install it this weekend but got too busy. I think I am going to install it on my 990 ADV and order another one for the 530. Thanks again Hodakaguy
  2. DRjoe

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    how long are you guys getting between piston changes and crank rebuilds?

    the bikes I'm wondering about are a 400excr and 450excr used for trail riding and dual sport use.
    There stock.

    cheers

    joe
  3. Krazyjohnny

    Krazyjohnny Been here awhile

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    After watching the video with David Knight talking about the shortcomings of the 500, I am glad I am on the 08' 530 EXC. The issues I have read about here and other places would drive me nutty.

    All good stuff nonetheless.
  4. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    I've yet to do a piston or a crank.

    At ~150 hours you might think about putting rings in, depending on oil consumption.

    Just checked valve clearances on my Dakar motors, all were in spec. It's a durable motor, provided it has oil and doesn't overheat.
  5. ian408

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    I got mine a week or so ago. Install was straight forward, and quick to perform. I did need to open up the holes for the pin to hold the plate in position-that was easy enough to take care of.

    I also converted to the KTM Euro tail light as well which is a much better fender than the stock.

    Twist-a-plate is a good option :thumb
  6. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    How many hours have you put on your bikes?
  7. bigborefan

    bigborefan Making new friends

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    Jesus, I rode with a guy this weekend that has an 08-530 EXC. He has right around 300 hours on it. He said it loses a little oil, but he said it has always did that. He has had no issues to date. He rides AMA Duals Sports and Enduros. He is a sportsman class rider.

    I think this motor is more reliable than we think it is.

    As far as the 500s go,I know Chilly White has said it has a quick hit right off of bottom. Not sure if he i talking EXC or XC-W.
  8. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Yeah, I think Robo-Boogie put something like 350hrs on his last bike (08) before he tore it down and did a full rebuild. Said everything still looked pretty good inside. Was just wondering.
  9. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    Typically I've turned them over at 100-150, but I usually sell them to friends and so stay familiar with them out toward 300.
  10. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Cool deal. I've seen a lot of these bikes run-up similar hours without anything more than oil changes and valve-checks. Wonder why these got such a bad reputation as far as reliability is concerned. Maybe just the initial problems with the 08's? Can't imagine why anyone would want to swap an RFS into one of these chassis though, with reliability like we all seem to be experiencing.
  11. header

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    I chalk it up to people being naturally hesitant toward something they don't know about then grabbing at everything they hear and letting that influence them over first hand experience and knowledge. I think its a natural process for people to be afraid of what we don't know. :dunno

    Its also something to keep in mind when thinking about the new 500 (or any other bike that is new and unproven), don't cut it down yet. Keep an open mind toward it until its proven to be a significant drawback.

    My 2 cents for the day :D
  12. neduro

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    I studied this alot before Dakar, as you can imagine.

    Every catastrophic failure I could find was a result of low oil.

    The problem is that an engine can change oil level very quickly, when the rings hit a critical gap, or the valve guide seals lift. The latter failure can take an engine that has never burned a drop, and run it just about out of oil in a tank of gas.

    I've come to the conclusion that if you overfill relative to the window, and check it religiously every single time you add fuel, you don't have much to worry about.

    I haven't found any credible stories of engine oil going to the tranny on 09-newer bikes, which isn't to say it couldn't happen, but I did a lot of research.
  13. bigborefan

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    Yep, If I believed the internets, my 2008 690 would never leave the garage. So far it has been great. Never stranded me, never failed to start.
  14. grinns

    grinns Semper Fi

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    I haven't ridden a perfect FI bike yet. My dads Sherco 450 is pretty close and my rc51 isn't bad. I have a 530 exc 2010. It's ok, but its going to kill me. :D
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    On this particular issue a friend bought a brand new hold over 2010 530EXC 6 days last year. During his first major ride with the bike last summer in the Ouray area we started noticing considerable oil usage on it. After he got back from the trip he found his transmission oil to be overfilled. He took it to the dealer and they found that oil was transferring from the engine side to the transmission side. They fixed the issue under warranty, so I would say it is still definitely possible with the 09 bikes and the 10 Six Days
  16. DRjoe

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    thanks for the info guys.

    Is there a thread about converting the engine to a single sump?
  17. Krazyjohnny

    Krazyjohnny Been here awhile

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    Why couldn't you have a piece of stainless tubing bent and installed with the proper fittings into the lower screen locations, thus manifolding the two sumps together? I am thinking this would not help with flow, but just "axing" the "queshun".
  18. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to Asphalt!

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    Quick question:

    Will a 530 run w/out a battery or with a dead battery if kick started?
  19. LukasM

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    I don't know of a single person that has swapped an RFS into a XC4 chassis, the engine mounting points are too different. People are using 07-11 SX-F and XC-F donors, the DOHC engines of those years are definitely problematic and they wear out very quickly. Lots of those bikes being parted out so you can often build a hydrid cheaper than buying a newer EXC-R. The SX-F/XC-F are also reported to handle a bit better, even if only few people will be good enough to really benefit from this - I am certainly not.

    That being said I personally do not want an engine that burns oil, which a lot of XC4 owners - even post 08 - seem to have accepted as normal operating procedure. Just glad that I don't have that problem in the XC4 derivative in my FE570, and I also prefer the single sump...
  20. Hayduke

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