The KTM 500 XC-W Thread.

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

  1. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    Which KTM cush drive hub fits the 500 ?

    Max
  2. c.vestal

    c.vestal Rally On

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    I think the 640 ADV? I have one, I am not 100% sure of it's source.
    Edit: confirmed, my hub on my 500 is from a 640.
  3. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    The cush hub used on any 620/625/640/660 LC4 will fit, NOT from the 690 however!

    Husaberg FS570 also has the same cush hub if you are looking for a supermoto wheel, comes with a nice tubeless rim.
  4. jonb

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    Where are people buying their EFI pumps?
    I am considering buying the Acerbis and would love to swap the stock and the 5.3 out really quickly but not if the pump costs an arm and a leg.
    Anyone found a less expensive pump source?
    Thx.
  5. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    The problem you face is that you need the whole assembly, not just the pump itself.
    Those of us who own the 690 have been dealing with faulty pumps and
    KTM's policy of only selling the full assembly at a very high price, same for the 990 bikes.

    Pumps are available that fit the 690 and the 500 from California Sport Bike
    for a little over $100.
    To fit out a tank with the full assembly will run around $300 from Munn
    or if you have the KTM Talk Team price you will get it for about $270.
    That's close to the price of the tank.

    Max
  6. jonb

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    Thats what i was seeing and i was trying to deny the fact that i would have to pay 300 clams for the whole unit. Reality tells me that i will be transfering pumps to the new tank.
    Thanks for the info, MaxV.
  7. Johnnyktm

    Johnnyktm Been here awhile

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    Thanks, Maxvert, for the info about pumps! :clap
  8. motorcycledave1000

    motorcycledave1000 Speed Thrills

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    Hi all. Posted below on the 500 EXC forum, but figured you all would want to see it too.

    Was cruising the KTM website and information for the 2014 500 EXC is up. European version EXC doesn't look street legal, more like our XC-W. Has it always been this way?

    Not on the USA web site though, go to the UK version here:

    http://www.ktm.com/gb/enduro/500-exc-eu/highlights.html

    Boy we americans get boned by KTM when it comes to new stuff, no 1190ADV yet and no 2014's yet. And, no Six-Days models.:(:

    From the website:

    "Spoiler, airbox cover and front fender, including headlight mask and headlight, have all been restyled for 2014"

    "A new, refined graphic design with clear lines underlines the high demands made of a modern, state-of-the-art offroad motorcycle."

    "A new handbrake armature has been employed for the 2014 model year, with new remote reservoir, smaller brake piston diameter and a new lever with optimised lever kinematics. As a result and thanks to optimised sintered brake pads (Toyo B169), the performance and application of the front brake have been perceptibly improved again."

    "The cylinder head is equipped with an overhead camshaft, which has been reduced in weight by approx. 10% for MY 2014."

    "The lightweight, forged piston with a box-in-box design is equipped with the high-performance piston rings of the 450 SX‑F for MY 2014. The benefits are reduced oil consumption and optimised performance."

    "So the new frame not only shines with the new colour, it also clearly represents the benchmark in terms of weight and stability."

    "For the 2014 model year, our engineers have revised the chainguide for the benefit of higher functional reliability, while simultaneously reducing the weight."

    "Newly developed high-performance fork oil and new seal rings provide improved responsiveness with more constant damping properties."

    Enjoy.
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  9. Johnnyktm

    Johnnyktm Been here awhile

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    Yes, all the European EXCs are like the American XC-Ws. You see the bikes in the website and all the promotional material without the road legal stuff (mirrors, big rear mud guard, blinkers, chain protector, etc) but they give you all the items in a bag when you purchase the motorbike, and you need to install all the items when you have to pass an inspection, which takes place (at least in Spain) after 4 years of use, and then every 2 years, or the bike will not pass the inspection :D

    And... if a Law Enforcement Officer pulls you over without all the stuff, he/she can write several tickets...

    The good thing is that our bikes do NOT have all the emissions junk that mostly all Americans have to remove from their KTMs... thank goodness!! :clap
  10. jonb

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    I was grinding my way up an abandoned steep road grade in first gear, it was 80f, and I could feel the heat coming up through the seat. We stopped, the fan was running and another 15 seconds and stopped. If you listened carefully it sounded like the coolant was boiling. Not boiling over just boiling in the radiators. I had never hard that and am concerned. It's just starting to get hot around here.
    I didn't think the xc-w had this issue.
    The bike is stock except for the acerbis tank and the 14|52 gearing.
    The bike is acting like its running a little lean as well.
    Is there a better coolant? Seems like the least modifying and least expensive way to go?
    Thanks
  11. Nomad

    Nomad High Speed Low Drag

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    flush the oem coolant out with distilled water and put some "engine ice" in there.
  12. jonb

    jonb Montana Adventurer

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    I have heard this might help.
    I want to start off simple and keep this thing as stock as possible without investing another fortune. Engine Ice seems like a nice step in the right direction.
    Simple attempts first.
    Appreciate the info.
  13. trailjammer

    trailjammer Been here awhile

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    Yep, I second that. These bikes are known to run hot. I run Water Wetter and distilled water. RLR Products makes a coolant recovery tank for the overflow which i'd highly recommend. Then you don't boil anything out and lose it.
  14. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    You could put an over flow catch tank on it. Search around there are a couple available.
    If this bike is anything like my 300 it can boil over, run hot, steam and
    moan and grown and still run awesome.
    KTM builds a stout moto, ride it don't worry about a little steam.

    If you do over fill the rad expect it to blow off some coolant.

    Max
  15. jonb

    jonb Montana Adventurer

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    I will install an overflow and engine ice to start.
    Can't take a bike that overheats and spits out coolant into a lot of places we ride without messing up the ride for others that don't have the problem and don't want to stop!
    Thanks.
  16. MAXVERT

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    RLR Products coolant recovery tank look good.

    My riding buddy has one on his 300.

    Anyone have another option ?

    Max
  17. Graveler

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    Great thread
  18. jonb

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    I will throw the recovery tank on there this weekend to capture any E Ice that decides to depart.
    thats all hunky dory but i dont like the looks of that little frickin thermostat hose. There is no way that allows very much flow for one thing and second, how long do you think that kinky little hose will last> That thermostat arrangement looks ripe for overheating.
    Why cant they make a bypass that is alot less than $130 bucks? Its not that complicated a set of hoses and plug...
  19. rotorhead511

    rotorhead511 Live and let live.

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    Hello,
    I'm new to the thread as I just picked up a 2012 and have some questions. I've read the entire thread and just couldn't find what I was looking for.

    1st, is the pull toggle that operates the head light a single position switch? I have found that sometimes just the small bulb comes on and sometimes both do. What am I missing?

    2nd, I have a Sicass light, horn, blinker switch off and older 450 EXC. I would like to use it as the high/low beam and horn control but it's not a direct connection. Does anyone know how I could wire this? There is no wiring diagram in the owners manual. Blinkers wont be used but I could use the switch for something later, maybe fan control.

    Lastly, I'm using another older Sicass switch for start/kill. The start is a direct connection but I have to splice into the kill. Can I hook the kill up backwards, in other words reverse polarity and if I do on accident what would be the outcome?

    Thanks for any help. I could fork over the $100 for new switched but would rather reuse what I have.

    Brake light questions was answered early in the thread, thanks.
  20. rotorhead511

    rotorhead511 Live and let live.

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    I figured this part out. Went to Radio Shack and bought a two pin connector. Works perfect.