KTM 525 EXC as an Adventure Bike

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Karnage, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. radmann10

    radmann10 Derf Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,131
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    I just changed the oil on my, new to me, 2007 KTM 525, and found the long oil screen is not there. The PO(s) must have removed it. What are the know issues from running without the screen?
  2. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,535
    Location:
    Bridge over Troubled Water
    If you install one and run it 200 miles and then change the oil and find nothing in the screen... seems you lucked out. However if you find all types of fine particles stuck in the screen, you may want to have a conversation with the previous owner.
    SnowMule likes this.
  3. Ned1

    Ned1 Don't be a knuckledragger

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,169
    Location:
    BC/WA
    If you didn't see anything ugly in that last pan of oil you dropped out of the sump maybe just get a new screen, ride a while and check it after a few hundred miles thing. Lots could go on as a result of no screen but no need to knee jerk and tear the motor apart chasing maybe's and might's.

    Of course all said with zero knowledge of said bike :1drink
    PS let's see it!
  4. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,227
    Location:
    I LIVE IN A GIANT BUCKET
    That one'll pick up clutch skuzz. I wouldn't run without it. :dunno
  5. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,171
    Location:
    So Ill
    Will but never does
  6. SnowMule

    SnowMule still learning what is and isn't edible Super Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,227
    Location:
    I LIVE IN A GIANT BUCKET
    Definitely does for me. More often after new friction discs, but :dunno
  7. radmann10

    radmann10 Derf Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,131
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Ok, so the large screen picks up clutch crud. What does the small screen catch?
  8. BaldKnob

    BaldKnob I Wanna Ride

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2013
    Oddometer:
    1,705
    Location:
    SENC
    Question for the collective... can the shift shaft be removed without splitting the cases? I broke the bolt off, got most of it out then proceeded to break off a tap as I was cleaning up the threads. This is on a 520 but I’m assuming not much change in the transmission department. Would be nice to just take the clutch out to get to that shaft but...

    Here’s a recent pic of the old girl... looks rough but still lofts the front thru the first 5 gears. 1B8A2A61-6348-48AC-BE0F-34278D901BFD.jpeg
  9. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,171
    Location:
    So Ill
    Dunno
  10. Themastermike

    Themastermike Think you caught me in a coma Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,171
    Location:
    So Ill
    Yup

    Pull the clutch cover and the clutch basket.

    EZ PZ
    BaldKnob likes this.
  11. never been

    never been Adventurer

    Joined:
    May 26, 2016
    Oddometer:
    41
    Location:
    Tauranga New Zealand
    Well here is my new to me 07 525 with 240hours...no stealing a low hour one here in NZ. Although one did sell two months ago with 7 hours on from a deceased estate. Got over $9000NZ.
    Mine goes like new compared to my 03 525 that I still need to sell so pretty happy here down under. 20190921_141930.jpg
  12. Northwoods Snowman

    Northwoods Snowman Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2019
    Oddometer:
    31
    Location:
    Cloquet, MN
    What do you guys think of these bits? First picture was from my most recent oil change after 15 hrs, and second picture was from the previous oil change where I accidentally ran it about 30 hrs. Steel was stuck to magnet on the drain plug. Pieces break and don't really bend indicating they are hardened. Took the clutch cover off and found zero evidence of anything chipping. Could it be the shift dogs? Engine has 80 hrs on it. 20191019_081624.jpg 20190824_091940.jpg
  13. BaldKnob

    BaldKnob I Wanna Ride

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2013
    Oddometer:
    1,705
    Location:
    SENC
    Take the valve cover off and look at the cam/ bearings and rest of the valvetrain.
  14. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    12,025
    Location:
    New Melbourne, Newfoundland
    How much does the MXC tank hold?
  15. RideFreak

    RideFreak Torque Junky

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Oddometer:
    14,057
    Location:
    Out in the NM Dez somewhere
    If you're talking about the one with the built in wings it's 15L.
  16. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD!

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,050
    Location:
    WA/AZ, USA
    Assuming the metal came exclusively from the rear drain plug there's no need to look under the valve cover, if you're looking for steel from the top end better to look under the mag cover. The shrapnel looks like it could be from gear teeth.
  17. Ned1

    Ned1 Don't be a knuckledragger

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,169
    Location:
    BC/WA
    +1, those long splintered ones come from a gear face.
    SnowMule likes this.
  18. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

    Joined:
    May 14, 2006
    Oddometer:
    12,025
    Location:
    New Melbourne, Newfoundland
    Thank you
  19. Northwoods Snowman

    Northwoods Snowman Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2019
    Oddometer:
    31
    Location:
    Cloquet, MN
    Being a constant mesh transmission, what is going to shave the tips of the gears off?
  20. thirsty 1

    thirsty 1 Rider Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    Oddometer:
    3,637
    Location:
    Top Hat - Seattle Wa.
    The ol girl still has all of the power I could ever use. @108 hours she’s a keeper! 05 525

    5601EE19-556E-4500-8661-B948947B885B.jpeg FDBA33DE-62A0-4859-A24E-54F83933BD5E.jpeg
    BaldKnob, Whodatschrome and Ned1 like this.