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Old 08-27-2009, 10:01 AM   #751
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I have my chain set as per the spec, this should be fine? The issues may have been with the first 3700 km before I bought it. You always end up living with whatever the prior owner did or didn't do right...
Indeed. But if your front sprocket and the big washer were not within spec, it'll cause that o-ring to not seal. Or it could just have been time to put a seal in
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:02 AM   #752
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Your chain is too tight. This will cause countershaft leaks and rear sprocket bolts to loosen up.
That's a good idea, but I will guarantee it wasn't too tight!


It was on the looser side of things...even the KTM spec!
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:20 AM   #753
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a few sprocket bolts working themselves loose, the bike did fantastic.
I had OE sprocket boolts come loose on my 525...Kinda happens...

Always use OE bolts...Never have seen an aftermarket (sprocket bolts) product that I had confidence in.
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:24 AM   #754
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I had OE sprocket boolts come loose on my 525...Kinda happens...

Always use OE bolts...Never have seen an aftermarket (sprocket bolts) product that I had confidence in.
Agreed! It is just now a part of my pre-flight checklist!

Sprocket bolts....check!
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Old 08-27-2009, 10:46 AM   #755
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520EXC Adv Conversion

I had (sigh...I'll miss her) a 2001 520EXC that I rode for 3 years in the rocks and ruts of New England. I loved that bike in the woods and when it came time to upgrade I just couldn't let her go, just yet. So, I did exactly what you describe and it worked out great.

I rode the bike as a commuter with some fairly long weekend trips and the bike performed flawlessly. It is an absolute blast on the backroad twisties. When the conditions were right I could embarrass the crotch rockets.

i didn't do any major mods but here's my list:

- Perreli MT20 DS tires
- 15/49 Gearing (Minor mods to the counter shaft guard)
- Trail Tech Vector Computer (has an engine temp readout)
- Extra soft/tall seat foam
- Blinkers/Controls
- Heated Grips
- (2) Mirrors/mounts
- Trail Tech Headlight
- New plastics (I have my pride ya' know)

The bike got better than 50 mi/gal so the stock tank was ok for me. With a range of ~150 mile it was on par with the 950's. I've since sold it for a GS. It's a great bike and I'm thinking of picking up another one. Good luck with yours.
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:36 PM   #756
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Nice Bikes

Jimaaay,

The BMW 1000 series are nice bikes. Nice. The KTM 520/525/530 bikes have character, and attitude. And how. You need to start haunting the "Would you buy a used bike from this guy" threads and get another.

I just returned from West Fest '09 in Buena Vista, CO. Mountain trails? Blasted them. The nearly vertical climb up American Flag Mountain on loose rock for a mile? Second and third gear fun time. On the gravel and dirt trails I was a terror. Pass others on the inside (fall into an abyss if you screw up side) and just blast away. On pavement at 60 to 65 mph it was very smooth and forgiving. What could you not like?

My morning routine before a ride was to check a few critical fasteners. Shifter. Kick starter. Sprocket & rotor bolts. Fender bolts. Seat bolt. It took me about a minute. I never found anything loose but I ALWAYS checked. On the other hand, my 300 XC-W, after a bunch of nasty trails, had the kickstart bolt hanging on by a thread. Just wiggle and check the nuts and bolts

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Old 08-30-2009, 07:17 PM   #757
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Just brought my new sweetheart home.



a 2005 with 64 hours on her- real clean.

Lot's of plans for this one. I will definintely have some adventures on her.
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Old 08-30-2009, 07:25 PM   #758
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Just brought my new sweetheart home.

a 2005 with 64 hours on her- real clean.

Lot's of plans for this one. I will definintely have some adventures on her.
Nice scooter there Hayduke. Doesn't look like that baby needs much...got tons of orange bling.
Enjoy that thing and post adv mod pics. I need some 525 porn.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:33 PM   #759
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high mileage RFS

Went on a Cairns to Capeyork guided ride a few months ago. The bloke who was leading the ride was on a 525exc with over 40000km[forty thousand] on the clock.He said the engine had never been opened and the valves hardly move. Didn,t nurse it either.We had to ring our DRZ400 hire bikes to even come close to staying with him.Good ad for KTM.
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Old 08-30-2009, 08:41 PM   #760
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Went on a Cairns to Capeyork guided ride a few months ago. The bloke who was leading the ride was on a 525exc with over 40000km[forty thousand] on the clock.He said the engine had never been opened and the valves hardly move. Didn,t nurse it either.
I've got almost 10k miles on the top end (about 220 hrs) and about 500 hrs on the bottom end of a 540 EXC. They are very tough bikes.
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:26 AM   #761
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big tank

if anyone is looking for a 25L tank check this out:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=501582
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:47 AM   #762
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I've got almost 10k miles on the top end (about 220 hrs) and about 500 hrs on the bottom end of a 540 EXC. They are very tough bikes.
Yeah but, you ride like an old lady. We seen your ride reports..

Love the new Avatar, good look on ya!
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Old 09-13-2009, 10:07 PM   #763
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Mxc?

How would the MXC work?

There's one for sale locally already been DS'd.

I've read that the only difference is the Gear-Box is a close ratio as opposed to the EXC's wide ratio... Is the close ratio too close for Dual-Sport? I'd be taking this bike on the TAT sooner or later if I manage to come up with the funds to buy it. I have a close ratio on my KX250 and it sucks for high speed riding.
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:50 AM   #764
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The beauty of the EXC is the wide ratio gearbox. I've never ridden an MXC but I have heard from several people that the gearbox is just too narrow for DS riding.
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:15 AM   #765
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Hey Dukerider,

It may work, but if you rode it a while, then jumped on an EXC you would not like getting back on the MXC.... Basically the reason there are different models. KTM got that one right! I would make a move on an EXC....
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