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sorting a KTM... its on
« on: December 03, 2013, 10:27:17 pm »
KTM 530, 908 miles, plated, bone stock.  Let's get it properly sorted for days and weeks long off-roading trips.

1st mod is a lift?  Picked it up brand new condition for pennies on the Craigslist.  Like a dummy I had one in the garage and let it go, thats another story. And let's LOOSEN the CHAIN.  (even though original owner liked these tires off-road they're coming off).




Stock stator on dirt bikes lack?  Let's give this bike some real DC juice for auxiliary lights, heated gear, radiator fan, etc Trail Tech has been installed.  I was amazed how (unlike my jap bikes) this bike uses "torx and 13mm heavily"





FED-EX man visited this morning. I have a lot of parts and would rather photograph them on the install, but thought this porn is worthy of a pic in the box.  Billet mount and steering damper, can't wait to play in the rocks. It looks so tiny in this pic. I was going to go with Ohlins but the cable management of this thing seemed sweet. More on that....



And it "should" look something like this when done-





Bike was all to h*ll and back for the 3 mods:  finish stator wiring, convert it to DC, and while I had the front off modify front headlight to H7 and new housing



From the side



Mess under the headlight



DC rectifier, came plug and play with new parts,  harnesses to replace OEM, and adapters (trailtech rocks, called their customer support and got expert help with wiring throughout the bike)



Front headlight modded



Plastic-X polished the front lens to "ice" clarity  (and I hit the orange too!)



Bike put back together and it ACTUALLY RUNS!



****On a side note, the upcoming fan mod and such may add a few pounds to the whopping 250 pound bike. Lets take a few pounds off to compensate 

Its the bigger of the two lithium options for this bike.  About the size of some old keys, and weighs zilch!





I'm on the fence about what to do with these extra Excel rims with tires the guy gave me ?  Keep 'em?  Sell 'em?   

Really need room in my garage more than I need an extra set of wheels 

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2013, 10:28:28 pm »
Next up is either the radiator fan, a skid plate, or...    not even sure with this list going on
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2013, 10:38:45 pm »
Make sure you keep a spare stator, the word on the street is the TT stators as of late have been prone to failure, buddys croaked and a former distributor stopped carrying the TT stators due to many returns.
Damper, keep it at zero and make small adjustments as needed off road. 
See if you can do a swap for some SuMo rims or mount street tires on one set and aggressive dirt on the other.  I'm sure you know the stock exhaust is as close to the best and no need to swap out.
Rad fan, skid plate, and oil cooler (more volume).  And lastly, seat time ;D

No thread on ADV Rider yet?

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2013, 10:47:57 pm »
Make sure you keep a spare stator, the word on the street is the TT stators as of late have been prone to failure, buddys croaked and a former distributor stopped carrying the TT stators due to many returns.
Damper, keep it at zero and make small adjustments as needed off road. 
See if you can do a swap for some SuMo rims or mount street tires on one set and aggressive dirt on the other.  I'm sure you know the stock exhaust is as close to the best and no need to swap out.
Rad fan, skid plate, and oil cooler (more volume).  And lastly, seat time ;D

No thread on ADV Rider yet?


The guys here have put some major hours on the trail techs, and had probs with the other brand (can;'t remember name but they warned me not to order).  I'll get a spare now that you scared me  :D

Too many street bikes in the stable to fool with one more on street wheels.  I may just hang on to these rims for the day i want to sell the bike, unless you or anyone I know can use 'em.

Rad fan and skid plate are sitting on the table twitching to get out of the box!

There are so many 530 build threads on ADV with the same stuff i doubt I even post up unless a real suspension happens before I even learn to ride it (or fly out for some of your lessons)
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2013, 06:36:27 am »
I may be interested in the rims, I could see a third set for the dunes ;D  I bet you may have some of those in your parts? ;)  Paddle tire out back :finger_fing11:
Which side stand will you be going with?

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2013, 04:39:48 pm »
I may be interested in the rims, I could see a third set for the dunes ;D  I bet you may have some of those in your parts? ;)  Paddle tire out back :finger_fing11:
Which side stand will you be going with?


I can't recall which brand sidestand but its on the way.  billet, and powder-coated black  ;D

It may be enduro designs, I honestly can't remember i've got so many orders out there.

dunes?  meet me in the southwest USA in the fall

edit:  this kickstand -    http://www.promotobillet.com/i-13355832-exc-models-2008-2011-kickstand.html
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2013, 05:50:58 am »
You have an illness.
Please seek help before we all become infected.  Its that time of hear when mine starts up.  A strong dose of reality from my wife seems to reduce its symptoms pretty quickly.
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2013, 06:48:21 am »
You have an illness.
Please seek help before we all become infected.  Its that time of hear when mine starts up.  A strong dose of reality from my wife seems to reduce its symptoms pretty quickly.


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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2013, 10:12:04 pm »
Ok first let me say after tonight's mods was the first time I cranked since the stator/DC/rectifier mods and oil change that went with them.....  DO NOT OVERFILL A KTM with oil Its just not a HONDA, it won't tolerate such.  Your neighbors will offer to call the fire department and mosquitoes will be dead.  Smoke show.  Don;t ask me how I know all this

So tonight I completed the bracket, fan, and thermostat installed and wired it all up.  After I DRAINED the extra OIL out of the bike and let it run parked till it heated up, the fan kicked on.  Power and thermostat works like a dream



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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2013, 10:17:51 pm »
More bike porn came, the billet powder-coated light kickstand, and the right chain guide as suggested by Jason. 

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2013, 10:55:40 pm »
Twin stand!!!  But, well, my isn't black :P  Any thoughts on an oil cooler for the extra capacity?  Added protection to help extend oil changes.

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2013, 10:57:37 pm »
Twin stand!!!  But, well, my isn't black :P  Any thoughts on an oil cooler for the extra capacity?  Added protection to help extend oil changes.

did you do the oil cooler?  I'm thinking change the oil often while focusing on the rekluse clutch and suspension  ;D
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2013, 11:04:36 pm »
did you do the oil cooler?  I'm thinking change the oil often while focusing on the rekluse clutch and suspension  ;D
Not yet, but soon.  The Rekluse ate my budget and the Monterra overextended it!!  If things work out and I end up with the 520 SuMo that will be the first thing I do.  The 450 is my single track bike, a 5 hour day is a long one and low RPMs so it isn't as much of an issue.  It is due a change and yes, I will be running Rotella ;D

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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2013, 04:12:03 am »
did you do the oil cooler?  I'm thinking change the oil often while focusing on the rekluse clutch and suspension  ;D

Suspension is first.  Critical to have the right springs particularly the rear.
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Re: sorting a KTM... its on
« Reply #14 on: December 06, 2013, 09:30:36 am »
Suspension is first.  Critical to have the right springs particularly the rear.

right on, I don't know how to ride this bike yet so haven't been in a hurry =)
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