KTM 530 EXCR- More better!

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

  1. GordonFreeman

    GordonFreeman Gamer

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    I got the tall seat set up from Seat Concepts and really liked the width and cushioning, but it was a bit high for me (at 6'1", I was right on the edge). Long story short, I bought a used pan and put on the regular SC, which is perfect for me. I've still got the tall seat/pan, perfect condition, and have been meaning to list it. Let me know if you are interested and I'll send you some pix.
  2. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    I'm convinced that you can have fairly different sight glass readings with the same amount of oil in the engine. Drain and measure is the only way to be 100% sure what you've got. My proof of this theory is that mine used to routinely "make" oil- low at one check, higher at the next, none added in the meantime.

    I also think that the valve guide seal issue can come and go. They go up and down with the valve for a while- crazy consumption. They reseat on the head for a while- no consumption.

    :dunno
  3. J.Johnson

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    [​IMG] installed this beauty today. Trail tech GPS and computer. Will need to make some trails and download for a ride next weekend.


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  4. Motrix

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    hey guys sorry in advance for the stupid question...

    i'm in the process of changing the chain and sprockets on my 2010 530 EXC, maintaining the stock gearing.

    When I went to tighten the counter sprocket, and tightening as much as possible without breaking something, the big washer between the bolt and counter is still loose and I do not understand why.

    Does the counter sprocket have a specific direction? By that I mean does the smooth end stay towards the outside while the side that is a bit raised towards the engine? I've tried both directions but it seems loose albeit vey little in either way...

    I was so stoked to mount new ones that when I took the stock one off I did not even bother looking at the direction...

    All stock KTM parts I am using by the way.

    Hope someone out there can shed some light on this as I am jonesing to ride!

    Thanks a bunch and braaaaaap!
  5. neduro

    neduro Addict Super Moderator

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    Smooth goes out, check the O-ring behind the spacer behind the countershaft, and sounds like your spring washer has gone flat. Best replacement option is one of these:

    http://dirttricks.com/washer.htm
  6. GreatWhiteHunter

    GreatWhiteHunter Lovin' Life!

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    Thanks for the pic. I'm doing something similar on my 530. I was hoping the Voyager would mount to the HDB top clamp.

    Did you have any issues with mounting? Clearance with light ok?

    Thanks in advance!
  7. Motrix

    Motrix Adventurer

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    Hey Neduro thank you very much for your help! It must be my washer has gone flat! I will check this weekend once I am back in the garage!

    Changing subject I saw your doubletake mirrors...awesome. I will shortly place an order for these babies!

    Cheers.
  8. Foot dragger

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    I put one of those mirrors on my 530,definitly the best Ive tried.
    Ive read where a light coating of anti seize is a good thing on the splines for the CS sprocket.
  9. J.Johnson

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    I have the baja designs squadron light so my light is already pushed forward. But the computer can sit above it. I had to drill the 2 mounting hole in one of the brackets the cover comes with. Then trim it a little , no big deal. [​IMG]
    I used this thermostat replacement for the temp sender.


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  10. hvman

    hvman Been here awhile

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    Any estimates of how many hrs you can get till engine rebuild with proper care on a 530? thanks
  11. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    350+hrs of hard riding with nothing more than regular maintenance is not uncommon.
  12. braymond

    braymond n00b

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    I had to make a bracket that attatched to the two mounting holes on top of the HDB top plate. Clears the light just fine, only problem is with the front brake lines. Had to zip tie them out of the way because they tend to hit the voager changing the screen when riding. Check out the link for the photo.

    http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u568/braymond16/IMG_2768-001_zps675f3e3f.jpg
  13. xr400r

    xr400r Long timer

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    anyone else want to chime in on longevity of the 530 motor? I am looking at buying a 08 with 4400 miles on it and had heard about oil pumps going out and/or needing replaced. I don't mind replaceing an oil pump just want to know what i am in for.

    Thanks,
  14. Foot dragger

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    Some early 08's had oil useage due to rings not seating/wearing,some had oil transfer issues from crankcase to transmission,KTM is supposed to have fixed these issues as 08 production went along.
    I havent heard of oil pumps quitting,maybe someone else will chime in.
    I would think if an 08 had either of these problems they would have been addressed by now,doesnt hurt to ask.
    They are FUN bikes! They last way longer being used as dualsport bikes then they would being screamed wide open by a racer.
  15. B-Rod

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    Here is the guide on the oil pump cover update. If you google all of the part numbers (really easy, here's a sample of one cover), you'll find it's not exactly a spendy job. 2008 bikes aren't always a problem, you just hear about the ones that are. There is a thread on KTMtalk asking the same longevity question, and it's rather surprising how many owners of '08s check in with high time/ little to no problems. My friend's bike has 230 hours, still has the backwards ADC on the cam, not one cover on the cases opened, but did get a much needed Dirt Tricks cam chain tensioner a few days ago.

    [​IMG]
  16. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    I have an '08 450 that has a couple of issues I'm working through. That said, the issues can be fixed and these bikes are a total blast to ride. I'd get a later year bike if possible as they're less likely to have issues, but I'd buy mine again even with it's issues.
  17. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    I think everyone has pretty much filled you in on the '08 issues. They are all fixable and known issues. If possible, get an '09 or newer 530. The 530 motors are solid, but the '08's had the most 'issues'. I have an '08 530 and have done all the corrections needed. Has over 6k miles and no problems. '09's have better suspension right out of the box in my opinion. You've come to the right place for answers. Lots of good info in this thread from the beginning on. Good luck on the new purchase. :)
  18. Foot dragger

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    I found a real low hours 2011 530 and I wouldnt mess around with the stock suspension,Im 185 lbs and it works better then any stock bike Ive tried,havent even adjusted fork or shock. Its just smooth and likes to go fast or slow.
    I jetted the carb,put on a FMF Q muffler and it rails along as fast as one wants to go.
    I think the newer the KTM,the better,for any of their models. Just depends on how much you want to spend.

    Im a Luddite in that I like the carb'ed 2011 just fine,easy to keep going and simpler if it does have an issue out in the Nevada desert somewheres. Keihin spent many years getting those carbs to work this good.
  19. antpatterson

    antpatterson XR650L_High_Runner

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    I have a possibly dumb question but what is the hose coming from the frame on the right side of the bike somewhat near/below the radiator? It's leaking from around where the hose connects to the joint, I looked it up on the OEM parts but it just says CV Hose and not specifically what hose. I haven't taken the tank off to get a better look to see if it's rad fluid or oil or what, it's not a major leak it just has a slight leak after a long ride. I'd really appreciate a response before I end up taking the tank off and everything because I'm waiting on my KTM High Flow water pump propeller kit and coolant recovery kit to get here. Merry Christmas!
  20. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    Sounds like it might be the radiator over flow. Check the hose coming from the top of the radiator near the fill cap and see if that is going to the frame. If so, it'll leak there and dump the water down the inside of the frame to the header pipe. I'd recommend putting an overflow coolant recovery bottle in the air box. I believe C.R.T. makes one for about $30 or you can make your own.