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Old 02-01-2013, 12:34 PM   #1
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New (to me) KTM 525 EXC

Hey All,
Last night I picked up a 07' KTM 525 EXC. Its my 1st dirt bike and wanted a little advise. I am not sure what I am feeling is normal or needs adjusting.

I feel I can't get the idle low enough. There is an unknown aftermarket air filter and a stock exhaust. Is there a baseline or a known good setup on this bike? Why not use the stock air filter? What is the basic carb/jetting setup for sea level to say 4000ft? When I "parking lot tune" it and go from idle to floored, it stalls.

Seems like a serious bike that I have a lot of growing into.

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Old 02-01-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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You'll find a good home here:

http://ktmtalk.com/index.php?showforum=7

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:46 PM   #3
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You'll find a good home here:

http://ktmtalk.com/index.php?showforum=7

+1 - nuff said
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:51 PM   #4
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Signed up and reading now.
If all the info for my bike is on ktmtalk does this mean I am going to have to break up with adv?

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Old 02-01-2013, 02:03 PM   #5
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Signed up and reading now.
If all the info for my bike is on ktmtalk does this mean I am going to have to break up with adv?

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Old 02-01-2013, 04:03 PM   #6
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I could never break up with you adv.

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Old 02-01-2013, 04:21 PM   #7
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read til your eyes bleed

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=201026

although it's geared towards the d/s end of the spectrum, tons and tons of good info here

imho ktmtalk is a better place to find parts / specific answers to specific questions
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:23 PM   #8
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The RFS motors are supposed to idle a little high, below around 1500rpms the autodecomp is affecting the valve system. You want it to idle just above that which is a little high compared to other brands.

I also just picked up a tagged '07 but it's the 525XCW, baiscally the same bike but it came without lights. It's under the knife at the moment for some trickery
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Old 02-01-2013, 06:22 PM   #9
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i gotta '06 450, alotta the same stuff.... lotta voodoo in the carb, accelerator pump's gotta be tuned right or it'll bog and stall, lotta voodoo in the jetting and needle too.... changing to an OCEMP needle is pretty standard, stock ones are way lean low/mid.... get into the RFS section at KTMTalk and you can learn alot, there's some stickys about carb tuning that you can learn alot from..... the motors ain't all that, but you gotta be smarter than it.....
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:29 AM   #10
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If it were mine, I wuold get a jd jet kit, new fuel screw that can actually be turned, new air filter and start from there. While I'm sure it could be set right to run without spending on the above items, the installation of these will give you piece of mind, have it set up correctly and allow you to eliminate these items, as problems, if issues continue to persist. Good luck great bike
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