KTM 530 EXCR- More better!

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

  1. neduro

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    1) Renazco Racing Saddle. Needs no introduction, I suspect, for everyone to understand why I did this mod and what makes it so great.

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    It is, of course, mondo comfy and a "just right" combination of plush without being soft, giving feedback from the tires while cornering without overwhelming, and I think suede has the perfect amount of grip vs. slide on the pants.

    As ever, the workmanship and fit are top notch. I've seen precious few companies that get it so consistently right. This is about my 7th Renazco Saddle (2x 950 ADV, 1x 950 SE, XR 650R, KTM 450 XC, KTM 250 XCW) and all of them have been absolutely perfect, to the point you wonder how he does it without having your bike in the garage.

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    2) Guard-IT Skidplate from adventure-spec in the UK.

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    I goofed and did not take a picture of the mounting bracket- suffice to say, it's a piece of machined billet that is pretty impressive.

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    Relative to the EE skidplate, this is a decided improvement, for several reasons. First, you can see the oil level in the window, which is always nice. Second, the mounting system is much nicer, and the front of the plate tucks back behind the exhaust header so that crap doesn't fill down in front of the motor. Third, the fit is more precise and correct, the EE part was OK but uninspiring. This one is very nicely done, everything fit absolutely perfectly and matched the lines "just so".

    If I have a nit to pick, I'd like to see a bit more width, especially since the clutch cover is so thin. A rock could conceivably kick up and hit the bottom of the clutch as has already happened to me, although it was certainly a fluke.

    This plate is about $30-40 more than the EE part, and I'd say it is worth it just based on the fit. Of the options I've tried or closely examined, it is the pick of the litter (plastic quick release plate, EE plate, Flatland plate, G-it). If they made a version with a bit more full coverage, they'd be head and shoulders ahead.

    3) Superplush Suspension:

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    I always wind up gushing about this stuff, which I hate. It makes me sound uncritical, and given how much I bitch about suspension, that is surely not the case.

    The stock suspension is OK, but has too much high-speed damping which makes it prone to deflection and harshness over bumps that generate high shaft speeds. The net effect is that the bike is tiring to ride and takes too much "management" in chop and cobble and trail junk.

    This one doesn't do any of that. It's easy to keep on line, comfy, and more predictable to turn and slide. It doesn't have even one whit of that "is my front end going to stay with me" feeling, ever.

    Me Likee.


    From my perspective, the bike is just about done. It is now comfy, protected, and ready for just about anything I can throw at it. It has a bit over 2000 miles of trail use so far, and as yet the valves have not budged- zero adjustments in that time, far better than any of the RFS bikes I've owned. I think it's going to be perfect- reliable, comfy, fast, capable of throwing down A-pace when desired, capable of chugging and exploring when desired.

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  2. CodyY

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    Hey Ned, bike looks awesome. :thumb

    Did you wind up doing the o-ring mod on the accelerator pump linkage. We did my buddy's (along with a JD needle) and it fixed it's bog right off idle. I'm assuming you've got it worked out, not all of them seem to do it, but figured I'd mention.
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  3. Reddog*

    Reddog* "Gone" by P&1/2

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    An option is to find a place that sprays Line-X bed liner. Have them coat the clutch cover. Rocks bounch off better.
    Mark where the brake lever and pedal are so they can mask if off in those areas.
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  4. jnock827

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    Neduro, I have a 08 KTM 450 excr and also live in CS. I really like the looks of that Guard-IT plate. Can you give me the website or contact info so I can look into one. I currently have a QR hardparts plate but am not satisified with its strength and durability. You have about 1500 more miles on yours so its good to hear its been reliable. I just did my first valve check and it was in spec also. I finaly wore out those Metzler's and am mounting Desert IT's now. These are great bikes! :D

    Let me know if you are looking for a riding partner sometime. It sounds like your an A level rider. It's been 8 yrs since I raced so I don't know how my speed compares anymore. Anyway pm me if your interested.
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  5. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    There's a link up there. ^

    Ned is an "A" rider at least. :lol3
    Team Double Barrel

    Welcome to the site. :freaky
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  6. neduro

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    Adventure-Spec

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    Always looking for good people to ride with!
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  7. jnock827

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    Thanks, for the link. Oops I didn't see the link in the above post. This is a great site! I have been lurking for a while now and finally decided to sign up.

    Cody, I think my last statement came out wrong. I don't care how fast anyone is, it's about having fun on our motorcycles. After reading that Ned felt he could run A pace on his EXCR I assumed he was an A rider. Thats what I get for assuming.
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  8. mjf

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    Just thought I would toss in a pic of the new Acerbis 3 gallon tank. This thing fit like a glove.

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  9. reconsmr

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    Is that wider than the stocker?
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  10. 03x2

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    Does that tank work with the fan kit?
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  11. mjf

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    It works with the fan and the kick start. It is also no wider than stock, and actually fits better than my stock tank. Here is a pic of the width.

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  12. neduro

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    80.2 hours and the valves have not moved one bit!

    The one weak point of RFS motors for me was the intake valves. I never made it 20 hours without making at least a minor adjustment, and a set I pulled out at about 120 hours were mushroomed so badly you could have shaved with them.

    Clearly, the XC4 has beaten that issue. :thumb
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  13. Hair

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    That is really good news. The berg has preformed similar to the 530 when it comes to valve adjustments.
    In my mind valve adjustment alone is reason enough to upgrade.

    I will be looking forward to more feed back on this bike.

    And only 80.2 hours. Slacker.
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  14. Houndman

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    I appreciate all of your input Ned,I am new to off-roading with an 08 530 excr.I went whole hog on this purchase,with a KTM.Coming off of street bikes.I am slowly but carefully morphing this bike into a wake up mode.I would like to know what you suggest for jetting?Thnx
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  15. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Dear Ned,
    I've enjoyed reading your thread re: KTM530EXCR upgrades and farkles. I just purchased one and am in the process of prepping in for the Chabochis meet in October (which is a total blast).
    My questions are 1) exactly which Akropovic can did you fit and is it USFS approved? 2) I fitted the same hardparts tank and I'm getting 50 mpg plus; the problem is that when the level gets down to the last gallon or so the fuel flow is interrupted even after I switch the petcock to reserve. Have you had this happen?

    Thanks,
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    Neduro: Time for a long term report.:lurk
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  17. CodyY

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    We need to know where you're at to suggest Jetting.

    Try KTMtalk.com for jetting specs.
    Also, most just order up the JDjetting.com kit and go by his specs.
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  18. CodyY

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    Do a wheelie, it'll get over there.




    Or, just lean the bike over to the left.
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  19. neduro

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    Mine ran great stock, so I never changed it (it's whatever is in the owners manual). The new KTM's have a leak jet installed in the bowl, which I think is key to helping the response.

    1) SXS-08.530.512, and yes it is spark arrested (not in the garage so can't go look for the stamp, but every ranger around here does a rod test which this will pass).

    2) No, mine's been fine. I'd suggest pulling the petcock out and blowing it out with some air/ carb cleaner in the event something is lodged in it or the screen is partly obstructed.
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    parkerfe Been here awhile

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