The KTM 500 XC-W Thread.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Geek, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. toddler

    toddler Unpronouncible

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    It should go on Robert. But they are crappy bulbs and burn out quickly. My first was 30hrs, the second is now burned out and I'm going to replace it all with a light/bright BD squadron unit. Don't bother going with a new replacement bulb, just put something good in ASAP. You will get to enjoy the bike at night instead of being in survival mode.
  2. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    You need to try the Squadron Rob.. it is unbelievable.

    If we can hook up sometime soon for a ride we'll run 'til its a dark and you can vaporize some squirrels with mine :D

    :freaky
  3. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    Yea, what you said.

    OMG, I love my 500:lol3
  4. big adv

    big adv I need supervision

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    The low beam filament in the big bulb is burnt out on your bike, it should be on as well as the little running light.
  5. The Wolf

    The Wolf Among The Living

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    sup fellas?!

    just picked up my 500xcw last night:freaky:

    i was doing some searching and i havent been able to find an answer to a question i have. i hope somebody here can help...

    i want to install a brake light switch and i want to keep the oem taillight. is that possible? do all i need to do is replace the banjo bolt with the brake switch?

    thanks in advance

    cheers bruvs
  6. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Yup! :freaky

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    here's how you splice it in - I think I posted more details early in this thread

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  7. The Wolf

    The Wolf Among The Living

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    rad geek!:clap

    i was hoping youd reply quick. i didnt see any info earlier in this thread, i may have looked past it some how, though.. thanks for clarifying for me bud

    one other question, do i need to add a switch to the front master cylinder in order for the brake light to be illuminated when im only on the front brake??

    :1drink
  8. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    Yes
  9. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    Better option for my application. Wires coming straight out of the switch didn't work well for me on the KX.

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    This BajaDesigns switch worked better.

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  10. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    I would not put a hydraulic switch on your front brake, this just creates an additional point of failure on a system that is rather mission critical.... I've had two failures last year, both on older KTMs, luckily just the rear MC. Still sucks to ride in muddy hills with no rear brake! :eek1

    You can either buy the microswitch that fits into the perch prewired from KTM (look at the EXC of the same year) just expensive, or from Radio Shack etc for a couple of bucks, but then you'll have to solder on some leads and a connector. I don't have the part number but you'll find it here or on KTMtalk if you do some digging.
  11. The Wolf

    The Wolf Among The Living

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    yea i wont mind the soldering. i just need to find out which micro switch to mount, from radioshack. ive been doing the digging and havent found it. the search function on here sucks.
  12. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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    Search on Google "topic" ADV or ADV "topic" Google will bring it up.
  13. The Wolf

    The Wolf Among The Living

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    yea that didnt help much, but thanks. it was worth a try. i wonder if a micro switch off of a duke will work for the front brake...
  14. woodzrider

    woodzrider Been here awhile

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    Took delivery of my new 500 XC-W on tuesday. Also ordered a sicass light kit w/ turn sigs to make Okla legal.
    Also piked up and ordered some other farkle for it. Plan to do some dual sporting with the new mistress.(bike)! Will post pics asap!

    Also wanted to add, after hearing about clogged filters and what not. after having the fuel line recall done, I pulled the tank and did a flush on it.
    You would not believe the crap that came out! so much so that it clogged the screen in my funnel. Sooo glad I did that before my first ride or I may have been stranded on the trail.

    Took a short ride last sunday....The bike is phenominal so far!
  15. CamelBill

    CamelBill Ride It!

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    Thought I'd post up that this did indeed solve my problem. Replaced the thermo switch hanging out of the radiator on the right side, no more getting hot, fan kicks on like it should. 10 minute fix, $20 part.:clap

    Thanks to Ram350 and the wisdom of the forum once again:freaky
  16. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    My seat concepts seat is supposed to show up for the 500 today - and of course the forecast high temperature on Sunday is 24 degrees :patch
  17. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    Yea, so? I'm riding all weekend and it's snowy and will be in the high teens:lol3
  18. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    I guess i need to live up to my ducttape :D

    Paul & I are going to go for a run tomorrow :freaky
  19. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Sry for cross post - I put this in the EXC thread too since we use the same seat :rofl


    Here is my brand new out of the box Seat Concepts "complete seat".

    This is the factory made one they ship to you that they build. It is standard height. Carbon sides. Gripper top:

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    Informal "squeeze test" - I squeezed with my thumb until I could feel the seat pan:
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    vs. the stock seat:
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    Fit is perfect... just like the stock pan
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    Profile:
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    Top shape:
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    Pretty much the same thickness as stock - it is wider at the back than stock but not by a lot.
    The big difference is the foam density.. only a ride will tell whether it works for my arse or not.
    Hopefully I can sneak out for a few hours tomorrow before the snowstorm arrives this weekend.

    :lurk
  20. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    Have fun, Paul is the dude! We're riding snotty frozen single track and some rocky hill climbs and maybe some two track if the sleds haven't been out yet.
    I'll get some video:lol3