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Old 07-15-2013, 10:23 AM   #481
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Leave forks in triple clamp for spring install?

Got a new set of fork springs to better match the big tank and HID lights. After watching a couple Slavens videos I don't see why I wouldn't just pull the handlebars off and pop the springs in on the bike. Am I overlooking something?
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:17 PM   #482
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Nope, just keep a hand on the damper rod so it doesn't get out of reach. You will want to remove the front wheel to make things a bit easier.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:22 PM   #483
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Headlight

Can someone explain to me how the headlight works? When I first start the bike the parking light is on but then when I get out riding the headlight is on. Is this thing connected to speed-o or something?

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Old 07-15-2013, 08:06 PM   #484
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Thank you. That was easy.

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Nope, just keep a hand on the damper rod so it doesn't get out of reach. You will want to remove the front wheel to make things a bit easier.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #485
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Man i want me one of these.....this has been a fun thread to peruse...I need to quit before I find myself at a KTM dealership!
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:00 AM   #486
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Man i want me one of these.....this has been a fun thread to peruse...I need to quit before I find myself at a KTM dealership!
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:21 AM   #487
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Can someone explain to me how the headlight works? When I first start the bike the parking light is on but then when I get out riding the headlight is on. Is this thing connected to speed-o or something?

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I have a 12" xc-w 500. My light has a switch, on or off no hi-low. I don't have to run with it. If the switch is on the light doesn't come on unless the engine is running. Sicass makes some options.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:58 AM   #488
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Overheating Resolved

My 2013 XC-W boiled one day on a slow tight climb at 80F. Not acceptable.
Here is what i did:
I removed the louvered plastic rad guards.
Installed Flatland Racing radiator guards.
Replaced the crap radiator fluid with Engine Ice.
Installed an overflow tank for the rad fluid.

Just returned from 3 days of climbing around in Montana in the same temps as above. The fan was running regularly on climbs but the fluid did not get as hot. The fluid never made the boiling noise. There was fluid passing into the catch bottle and being drawn back into the radiator on a regular basis.

I am satisfied with the fix.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:44 AM   #489
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Can someone explain to me how the headlight works? When I first start the bike the parking light is on but then when I get out riding the headlight is on. Is this thing connected to speed-o or something?

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Stock headlight does not work very well, if at all, on mine either,. Even with the switch on. The bulby is fine, lights right up when hoooked up direct to a battery. Me thinky these things are just sucky
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:46 PM   #490
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Buy the aftermarket bulb from Sicass.

http://sicassracing.com/store/bulbs/...m_upgrade_bulb
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:50 PM   #491
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My 2013 XC-W boiled one day on a slow tight climb at 80F. Not acceptable.
Here is what i did:
I removed the louvered plastic rad guards.
Installed Flatland Racing radiator guards.
Replaced the crap radiator fluid with Engine Ice.
Installed an overflow tank for the rad fluid.

Just returned from 3 days of climbing around in Montana in the same temps as above. The fan was running regularly on climbs but the fluid did not get as hot. The fluid never made the boiling noise. There was fluid passing into the catch bottle and being drawn back into the radiator on a regular basis.

I am satisfied with the fix.
Where did you put the overflow tank? I have one, but can't find a spot for it!! Thanks
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:02 AM   #492
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Location of the overflow container

I installed mine up front on the outside edge of the right radiator tucked between the plastic radiator shroud and the radiator guard. It is tie wrapped to the rad guard with three tie wraps. It makes for a super easy install as all you do is run your tubing from the top of the right radiator, around the front and up to the bottom of the tank keeping the tube inside the rad guard. Then run out of the top to the catchment tank to the plastic fitting in the frame where the fuel overflow hose went.
Mine worked really well this trip. didnt budge.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:14 AM   #493
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Idle RPM adjustment; is there any?

I assume on the 500XCW there is no way to bring the idle down a little without going into the KTM dealership and having them check your TPS and seeing if its where it should be...right?
My 500 idles faster than any other bike i have owned but its not outrageous. If i could, i would lower it.
Are others finding their XCWs idle a little high?
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #494
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Buy the aftermarket bulb from Sicass.

http://sicassracing.com/store/bulbs/...m_upgrade_bulb

Really? Like i said my bulb works, just not in the stock housing. I'd be a happy camper if this actually works, much cheaper than an entire new assembly. Anybody else had this work for them? Thanks!!
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:01 AM   #495
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I assume on the 500XCW there is no way to bring the idle down a little without going into the KTM dealership and having them check your TPS and seeing if its where it should be...right?
My 500 idles faster than any other bike i have owned but its not outrageous. If i could, i would lower it.
Are others finding their XCWs idle a little high?
Thanks.
Really, the xcw doesn't have an idle control on the throttle body like the exc? Have you looked?
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