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Old 04-22-2013, 06:18 PM   #3841
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First you need to have your suspension adjusted for your weight and riding style.
Including having the right springs front and rear. The tire pressures correct and
have checked the steering head bearing for play.

Then start adjusting the forks in the triple clamps.
If you get ahead of your self and don't do the basics first
you can find solutions that are less than optimal.

It's possible that you will not be able to have the suspension
work perfectly in all conditions.

I'm just starting to work through the suspension on a new 500xcw
But on my 690 e I could get the bike to work well at speed on the road
but with those settings it was hideous in the sand washesIi'm riding in S,Az.

Max
I know you need to change out the rear springs but is it a requirement to change out the front? I ask as I am outside the 'optimal' envelope for the stock set up. So far I haven't changed the springs as the stock bike is already so much better than my skill level, would I benefit from these changes (using it more as an adventure tourer).

On my bike I get a low frequency wobble above about 100km/h (60mph) but this is dependant on wind conditions, being less noticable on still days. I never get any shake so if you are getting that then maybe it is balance as people are pointing out
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:08 PM   #3842
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+1 on the springs. These things come with very soft spring rates. If you are over probably 160 in street clothes, you need heavier springs.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:37 PM   #3843
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I was asking some time ago about the carbon fiber exhaust guard as below.





As you can see it covers nearly all pipe, it is perfect. And yes, I have it also, finally I found it! Here: http://carbonoracing.com/

For 500 the right guard is PE 510 and the price was 65.74 plus the freight
Where did you get those graphics...nice
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:15 PM   #3844
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I know you need to change out the rear springs but is it a requirement to change out the front?
Yes!
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Old 04-22-2013, 09:37 PM   #3845
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Need some help from you guys , I have a 13 500 exc and the front end is shaky as hell at higher speeds . Feels like I need a damper , the front end gets real loose and feels like it wants to tank slap me at any moment . Any help from you guys would be greatly appreciated , I have searched on here and nothing has come up . I'm trying to keep from having to put a damper on but if that is what it takes so be it .


First you need to have your suspension adjusted for your weight and riding style.
Including having the right springs front and rear. The tire pressures correct and
have checked the steering head bearing for play.

Then start adjusting the forks in the triple clamps.
If you get ahead of your self and don't do the basics first
you can find solutions that are less than optimal.

It's possible that you will not be able to have the suspension
work perfectly in all conditions.

I'm just starting to work through the suspension on a new 500xcw
But on my 690 e I could get the bike to work well at speed on the road
but with those settings it was hideous in the sand washesIi'm riding in S,Az.

Max
Thanks everyone for the advise , I will start with the springs front and rear . What tire pressure are you all generally running in the front ?
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:57 PM   #3846
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Thanks everyone for the advise , I will start with the springs front and rear . What tire pressure are you all generally running in the front ?
Well that depends on the rides your doing.
DS bikes are inherently more difficult to get set up because we ride in so many
different conditions.
Riding on single track maybe 12 psi, going on a DS ride with 60 miles of pavement
and bad ass tech rocky shit 17 fr. 20 r.
A lot of pavement 32 32

21psi in the front works unless your into hard trail braking in deep at the dragon.

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Old 04-23-2013, 05:23 AM   #3847
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105 hr service

I just went over the 100 hr mark on my 12 exc 500 and wanted to know what the big ones to hit are for that service. Thanks COLE

And I run 13psi front and 11 rear.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:37 AM   #3848
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Yes!
Thanks, I will see when I am next back in europe and can pick up the right bits
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:16 AM   #3849
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Once you remove the evap solenoid on a desmog you have the harness connector to deal with --many guys tape it up or put grease in it.

I was looking for a better way to cap this harness connector

After tons of searching I found a good solution

bmotorsports.com

item conn 10557 male connector and item conn 56059 cavity plug --get a few of the plugs -at least 2

just put in the red cavity plugs and this connector snaps right into the harness for a clean watertight plug
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I'd like to see that, can you take a pic?
+1 - Pic please
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:48 AM   #3850
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Coolant recovery tank

I bought my 500 in the fall and have only ridden it in the winter so far. The fan came on a couple time in slower climbs so I presume the bike would benefit from a CRT. Anyone have any boiling over issues with the bike in hot weather?

Garrett

PS
Reference the other questions about re-springing, I installed heavier springs and the bike feels much better now. Very plush yet firm. I weigh 195-205....depending on the season. The guy that serviced my suspension recently mentioned that the stock valving is quite good on the 500.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:31 PM   #3851
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+1 on the springs. These things come with very soft spring rates. If you are over probably 160 in street clothes, you need heavier springs.
Over the winter I jumped a little ditch and noticed the front tire had contacted the header. So, yes they should be sprung front and back. BIG difference and much nicer ride when sprung and adjusted properly.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:31 PM   #3852
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+1 - Pic please
page 235 of this thread has few pics
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:55 PM   #3853
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Need some help from you guys , I have a 13 500 exc and the front end is shaky as hell at higher speeds . Feels like I need a damper , the front end gets real loose and feels like it wants to tank slap me at any moment . Any help from you guys would be greatly appreciated , I have searched on here and nothing has come up . I'm trying to keep from having to put a damper on but if that is what it takes so be it .



If this is happening while street riding then raise the front tire pressure to about 18 pounds.
Balance the wheels. On the front, take off the tire and stick about 2.5 ozs of stick on wheel weights under the rim strip and hammer them down to fit in the rim contour and cover them with duct tape. Put the tire on and go ride.
Put on a Dunlop 606 or something similar on the front. In the summer I use them front and rear.
I'm still using the stock front springs and I weigh about 250.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:11 PM   #3854
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+1 - Pic please
Here is a link to the Ktm connectors manual. It has all the connectors that KTM uses.
http://support.ktm-parts.com/entries...nectors-Manual
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:23 PM   #3855
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I just went over the 100 hr mark on my 12 exc 500 and wanted to know what the big ones to hit are for that service. Thanks COLE

And I run 13psi front and 11 rear.
Check the valves and keep changing the oil every 15 - 20 hrs depending how hard you ride. Keep the air cleaner clean and keep grease on the countershaft sprocket splines. I haven't done much else. I am at 230 hours and 5000+ miles.
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