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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by neduro, Apr 3, 2008.
Never. Opening. A. Neduro. Thread. Again.
No bike till Wednesday.
Rode around a bit at the dealer-first ride on a KTM and first ride on a water cooled bike. The sound is a bit strange. Is there a great difference between a liquid cooled and air cooled engines as far as sounds? This thing sounds like a sewing machine. Maybe the engine noise is more audible when the exhaust is quiet? I can tell already from the short riding around that it will be great on the trails. After throwing around the DR's 360lbs this bike feels like a featherweight.
I think I read somewhere, but cannot remember where I read it, that if the engine rpm is too low then the decompression device will start to function. Is this true? At what rpm? What if I am puttering around on the trail at idle and lug the engine down a bit will it damage something? I am wondering if some of the strange sounds coming from the engine are the decomp trying to work.
Went for a few play rides over the last few days to warm the 530 up and let it cool. Yesterday got the JDJetting kit and installed it that night. much smoother throttle response at low speed, in stock form it was kind of "pipey". A bit boggy and then vroom it was off. Today I spent some time on some more serious trails, about 25 miles worth, and man was it fun. Need to lower the gearing. I didn't think it would need it being a 6-speed but I was wrong. 14/48 is what I will use. This bike was great in the whoops, I was doing third gear at about 30mph through them without a problem and railing around short bends like never before.
Question about the chain guides:Is the front chain guide/swingarm guard supposed to drag on the chain pretty snug? I noticed with the bike off the ground on the maintenence stand there was pretty good resistance when I was turning the rear wheel. The only thing I could find that is rubbing is the chain going through the front guide. It is captured top and bottom with no space between chain and rubber.
Hello all...first time reply.
I got/used some really good info from this thread thanks Ned. I too just unwrapped an 09 530 EXC. Bought the 08 530XCRW 18 months ago. Huge step up from WR450. That KTM is at home in the desert.
Did the 14/48 ratio (no chain work).
Did the jet kit
Did the billet end cap on stock canister
Did the clutch cylinder gaurd
Did the scotts stabilizer
Did the Acerbis 3.4 gl
Did the folding mirrors "Moto Science" http://motoscience.mybisi.com/products/KTM-Folding-Mirrors_73808/?page1
All the enduro goodies...gaurds, bags, flush mount blinkers, gps, side plate aux fuel tank https://www.bajadesigns.com/NET/item_detail.aspx?LineUID=124424198225617 this tank requires modified mounting brackets for 08-09
Love these bikes!
Locktite all suspect fasteners boys! I have caught several fasteners on both 08 and 09 ready to or fallen out.
We've done 2 dual sport rides, 100 miles each. The magic button sure is a plus on the tight stuff. Not very comfortable on the road. Need to get the wheels balanced.
There is a trick cam chain tensioner that eliminates the cold/low idle slap noise. http://dirttricks.com/timing_chain_tensioner.htm
My chain guide also drags (seems like the sprocket size change was when I noticed heavy drag) need to look closer.
A rear sprocket bolt was perfect for the kick stand fix.
I did the 14/48 setup also and noticed heavy drag. It has now loosened up considerably. I use the KTM Al/St rear and it has rivets holding the steel teeth to the Al center and they are what was dragging on the chain guide. I assue there is a nice groove worn in the chain guide now. Have the JD kit installed with extended mixture screw, DT Cam chain tensioner and it is running great. ~350mi.so far.
I have a brand new never been used dirt tricks tensioner If anyone needs one. The OEM tensioner goes out before to long and you'll get some wicked timing chain noise. The dirt tricks unit fixes the problem. Somehow I ended up with two, one is in my 530.
Sorry for the spam.
out of curiosity, how many hours were on your 530 when you replaced the tensioner?
and what do you want for your spare dirt tricks
Changed mine at 80 hrs. It was making an awful racket. The Dirt Tricks unit works great. They want $69 plus shipping. I'd sell mine for $50.
Did the de-smog thing today, but left the crankcase breather hoses as they were, still connected to the carb intake having not found a satisfactory solution, and left the catch tank in place. From prior reading I think this will have to be removed if I want to install a skid plate. All the fuel stuff is removed and installed the 42 pilot jet from the JD kit. Instructions say turn fuel screw out 1 1/8 turns but I end up with about 2 turns out before things will run well. This was the same prior to this change where I had to back out the screw 2.25- 2.5 turns instead of 2 like the instructions say.In any case it is running well.
I finally got a new Trail Tech stator on my bike.
I have experiences with that stator before and really liked it.
The experience on the 530 was no different.
I went from a bike that I had to kick cold. And most of the time kick hot.
To a bike that I can leave the fan on all the time and use the E-start all the time.
The new stator works great.
First I want to say good thread. I just sold my 250sx and am looking at EXC's. Other than stroke is there much noticable difference in the 450 vs the 530. I ride desert and glamis sand dunes and want a bike that i can motard for around town as well. I already have a superduke, but I want the EXC to do some trips on fire roads in Az. Thanks for any info...
Basically identical bikes, the difference being in the stroke / power characteristics. Sounds like the 530 would be a good match for you. If you were doing a lot of single track & occassional DS rides, I'd probably opt for the 450 only because of the perceived "swing weight" (standing weight is the same). Same reason guys may pick a 400 over a 450... again, same bike except the piston/stroke.
I have a question for you 530 people.....
A friend of mine that's a former pro MX'er wants to pick up a 2009 530 to do some DS'ing, Scrambles, Enduro and Ice racing with me and I was wondering if the 09 has the bugs worked out? My local dealer buddy offered me a super smoking deal on an 09 and its tough to pass up.
As I recall, the 08's had some issues with the rings?
My Buddy Ken raced a CR500, so I'm sure the 530 will put a smile on his face
That's been my experience. The suspension is fantastic out of the box, too, which is great!
Very cool, thanks Ned. Out the door for $7400 and if he wants the racer pack, he has to throw in another $250. I guess the dealer contributes $250 in the promotion. Hard to go wrong
T^hanks for the info.....Now I just need the $$$$$$
There are so few "bugs", it's hardly worth mentioning.. I have about 2k miles on a `08 530, and well.. What can I say that I haven't seen through out this thread? Must absolutely be the best motor cycle I've ever owned. I swore I'd keep riding the 300, but it's looking pretty forlorn over there in the corner of the garage..
I can't imagine what having a 100% hook up treleborg (SP?) in the ice would be like.. Mine pretty much lights up the tire at any speed or gear.. If I could just get it to STICK..
The frame standoff thing is easy to fix, my rings are fine - the smog stuff is on the way out as I type.. Easy tweaks for such an amazing machine..
Makes my dick hard just thinking about it..
I just picked up a used '09 530 and I'm curious if anyone can tell me whether or not the 6.3 gallon Acerbis tank can be used with the Scott's sub mount kit?
should be fine. Bolt on post or welded?
I was hoping to go bolt on. I did the weld on for my 640 and it was kind of a pain in the ass.