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  1. :excuseme: 525 EXC '06
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    Got my new 13 liter tank.

    That 'sinking' feeling is familiar.....I am hoping you did the carb breather mod on your bike !!!
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    2007 exc headlight

    Give it good whack with that wrench, if it shatters you'll knows its glass.
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    Check my 530 additions

    I'll second that. Dont ride it like that you'll destroy something you wont be happy to replace.
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    Got my new 13 liter tank.

    KTMedestroyer....I think you're bike is an '08 and the 13 litre tank & seat is different design than prior model years - the seat angle for the 13 litre tank on the '08 looks like it is not as sharp as on the previous years - my guess is that for '08 you don't necessarily have to change seat like you do on prior years. Great news for '08 but finding a supplier of a tall seat to fit 'right' with the 13l tank was a major pita for my bike ('06) and my buddies ('07). I guess it will be the same for the 05's too. cheers Missile
  6. Ktm adventure tours in Tunisia last November. 20+ bikes all with MXC 13 litre tank - 200 to 350 hours across bikes - no tank failures. I saw some that had had the wings bent back, no failure. I think they are tough enough unless you are unlucky. Guts makes a tall seat that fits perfectly (no gap) with the 13 Litre tank. As far as i could find the only one tall and with no gap.
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    530 as a commuter?

    Street use is tough on the gear box....you may want to install a cush drive rear wheel if you do many miles. One of the model of LC? rear wheels is a straight swap for the rear wheel: I was in Tunisia with KTM adventure tours last November - all their 2007 EXC 450 bikes (20+) were installed with the cush drive as we did quite a bit of road work between the sand dunes. Not knowing ktm's very well at that time, I thought this was standard - I asked and they said the cush drive was for gearbox longevity due to the road miles they did on the tour. It was a straight swap wheel they put in but I cant remember which one.
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    Confused- What Clutch Oil?

    KTM hydraulic clutches are magura which take some version of mineral oil - I think you have a brake cover installed by mistake on the clutch side. Do not put brake fluid in there.
  9. The_Missile

    Got my new 13 liter tank.

    Depending on model and year, you will/may need a new seat to go with the 13 litre tank. Ktm oem parts has what you need, obviously, but.... beware... if you are vertically inclined (tall!!) and you run a tall seat there is only one manufacturer who makes a tall seat to fit with the 13 litre tank - GUTS. All other suppliers I found that make a tall seatfor 13 litre tank, also leave a nasty looking gap under the lower part of the seat (the angle where it bends up to meet the tank). This was the case for my 2006 525. So I went with Guts complete seat which they claim does not leave the gap. Not yet installed but I'll letcha know. And finally, to (easily) fit the new tank you will need a new set of tank rollers designed to work with the 13 litre tank. I read elsewhere that some people struggled for loooong time to fit the 13 litre tank on the smaller tank rollers. These are the two plastic rollers on metal stems that your tank fits onto...mounted to the frame. Parts numbers for 2006 bikes ... (please verify for your model) 2x 50308052000 BUSH FOR SPOILER 6X11X16X5 MM 2 2x 50307014000 TANK ROLLER 12X26X12 '98 2 2x 0015060203 HH COLLAR SCREW M 6X20 WS=8 2 cheers Missile
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    guts tall seat with IMS tank-fit?

    I have the 13 litre OEM tank on an '06 525. The 13 litre tank needs a different seat than stock, is in fact an adapted MXC seat (with one bolt fitting for the '06). Problem is the OEM seat to fit a 13 litre tank doesnt come in a tall. And the OEM tall seats are for the smaller tank and leave a big gap under the bottom front corner if fitted with a 13 litre tank. GUTS is the only manufacturer I could find to make a seat that fits with the the OEM 13 litre tank which fits right without leaving a gap under the seat. My guess is that your IMS tank normally would take a stock EXC seat and as the GUTS is made to fit the 13 litre tank, when fitetd to the IMS it bunches horribly.
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    525 EXC in sand

    Learn to ride without a paddle !! I am sure it is fun with a paddle but you can only use a paddle in the sand (and snow??) and its kind of like cheating.... no ? To ride sand you dont even need a knobby and according to KTM adventure tours, the "Sahara" tire is even better than a knobby in the sand. I can attest to that too...just back from 1 week of riding in the tunisian sahara with them - 21 bikes fitted with the sahara style tire (Metzeler I think or maybe Michelin) and they worked like dream. Rule 1 - use a lower gear than you would normally - lug n chug Rule 2 - revving the engine and the rear wheel with it will ONLY dig you a nice big hole and you'll go down and not forward - applies especially at low speeds/starts Rule 3 - never EVER try and start uphill - you wont be able to unless its a very slight uphill. 1 foot from the top the dune...unless you have buddies to haul your sorry ass over you are not going to make it. (see rule 3) Rule 4 - sand is not = sand. You can find 10 types of sand within 300 feet Rule 5 - sand is not soft - at least not to your body - ever jump of a 10 foot diving platform and get it wrong ? Rule 6 - if you are on dunes make sure you dont fly off the top of the steep side unexpectedly. Its a long way down and see rule 5 Rule 7 - at mid day dunes cast no shadows - see rule 8 Rule 8 - dunes blend into one another....see rule 6 & 7 Rule 9 - learn to turn your bike around when you've stalled on the side of hill/dune (see rule 3) Rule 10 - When you havent applied rule 2, lay your bike on its side and back up again to free the rear/front wheel Rule 11 - If you try once and fail to make a dune. Try a second time and if you fail then the third time do NOT pin it and say "I'm gonna get you...." (see rule 6) Rule 12 - sometimes you need to get off the bike to start moving and then you hop on. Rule 13 - Do not panic. If you fall and lose it THINK. Picking up your bike in sand is fine 1 or 2 times, the third time becomes a PITA and by the 4 & 5 th time you are begining to lose it. Thats when you notice you've only been riding 10 minutes. Take your time and think about the best way to extricate yourself. Rule 14 - Dont be afraid to drag your bike to a better start position (see rule 9 and rule 13) Rule 15 - Never try to do a U turn on a downhill unless you have LOTS of room Rule 16 - Introduce your balls to your rear fender and make sure they remain friendly....especially on the steep sides of dunes. Rule 17 - Accelerating downhill may be necessary to ensure your front wheel floats....it will pop up when it gets enough speed. and thats about it for the lecture apart from this last one... Rule 18 - carry a spare set of gloves (or two) - sand in your sweaty gloves can ruin a good ride¨ Sand...you will love it or hate it. First time I loathed it. Second time I loved it. I'm now having an affair.
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    525 EXC in sand

    Learn to ride without a paddle !! I am sure it is fun with a paddle but you can only use a paddle in the sand (and snow??) and its kind of like cheating.... no ? To ride sand you dont even need a knobby and according to KTM adventure tours, the "Sahara" tire is even better than a knobby in the sand. I can attest to that too...just back from 1 week of riding in the tunisian sahara with them - 21 bikes fitted with the sahara style tire (Metzeler I think or maybe Michelin) and they worked like dream. Rule 1 - use a lower gear than you would normally - lug n chug Rule 2 - revving the engine and the rear wheel with it will ONLY dig you a nice big hole and you'll go down and not forward - applies especially at low speeds/starts Rule 3 - never EVER try and start uphill - you wont be able to unless its a very slight uphill. 1 foot from the top the dune...unless you have buddies to haul your sorry ass over you are not going to make it. (see rule 3) Rule 4 - sand is not = sand. You can find 10 types of sand within 300 feet Rule 5 - sand is not soft - at least not to your body - ever jump of a 10 foot diving platform and get it wrong ? Rule 6 - if you are on dunes make sure you dont fly off the top of the steep side unexpectedly. Its a long way down and see rule 5 Rule 7 - at mid day dunes cast no shadows - see rule 8 Rule 8 - dunes blend into one another....see rule 6 & 7 Rule 9 - learn to turn your bike around when you've stalled on the side of hill/dune (see rule 3) Rule 10 - When you havent applied rule 2, lay your bike on its side and back up again to free the rear/front wheel Rule 11 - If you try once and fail to make a dune. Try a second time and if you fail then the third time do NOT pin it and say "I'm gonna get you...." (see rule 6) Rule 12 - sometimes you need to get off the bike to start moving and then you hop on. Rule 13 - Do not panic. If you fall and lose it THINK. Picking up your bike in sand is fine 1 or 2 times, the third time becomes a PITA and by the 4 & 5 th time you are begining to lose it. Thats when you notice you've only been riding 10 minutes. Take your time and think about the best way to extricate yourself. Rule 14 - Dont be afraid to drag your bike to a better start position (see rule 9 and rule 13) Rule 15 - Never try to do a U turn on a downhill unless you have LOTS of room Rule 16 - Introduce your balls to your rear fender and make sure they remain friendly....especially on the steep sides of dunes. Rule 17 - Accelerating downhill may be necessary to ensure your front wheel floats....it will pop up when it gets enough speed. and thats about it for the lecture apart from this last one... Rule 18 - carry a spare set of gloves (or two) - sand in your sweaty gloves can ruin a good ride¨ Sand...you will love it or hate it. First time I loathed it. Second time I loved it. I'm now having an affair.
  13. Yet another punkin convert here....this morning I found a 525 EXC 2006 model with only 450km on it as well as my name written all over it..... has 2 sets of wheels Enduro & SM and currently mounted SM. USed as a demo machine for the Rekluse clutch. Bike is Wicked. My 98 (yes 98) Yamaha Wr400 will now be gathering dust until I can bear to work on it to prep for sales (who will want THAT I wonder ??). I am currently drooling over the KTM hard parts catalogue.... Why a 2006 when the 2008 is out ? Well it was a deal and I just came back from Tunisia on the Oasis tour with KTM adventure tours on 2007 450 EXC and they had between 200 and 360 hours on them and they ran flawlessly (all 21 motos) and the 525 is not so far from the 450 which is ROCK solid , 2006 is allmost = to 2007 and well...it also had my name on it. Strange that. Tunisia with KTM adventure tours ROCKED !!! Did the tour with Klaus Kinigartner as guide (Heinz' brother) + 4 other guides..... A great guy. 6 days of Tunisian desert. Sand, dunes, high speed runs, dried out lakes....we blasted across one for a solid hour at almost 85 mph in loose / hard /wet / dry sand & mud. Those machines 07 450's took a beating and came up asking for more. We added fuel, checked the oil, cleaned the filter twice and just rode. 1450 km in 6 days. FYI for those that care....I saw where star wars sets in the middle of the dunes....(the original was filmed there....awesome) Anyway, its a pleasure to be back at TT, now on the punkin side and look forward to sharing and learing as much as I can on orange. ciao Missile
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    what is the average age of the wr owner

    41 now - first one at 19 a Beta 125 (6 gears....had to be pushed uphill), at age 21 a Honda XL 600 LM which I kept for 15 years(ish) and then my 3'rd bike a '98 wr400 bought 5 years ago. Trying to convince the wife I need an '07 for my 42'nd birthday but.... having just spent 1800 CHF on repairing the trashed transmission.......you know what kind of look I'm getting !!
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    98 WR400 hard starting

    Checking valve clearance is also obviously a good place to start. But also, preventative maintenance......the older models of the WR400 suffer from broken carb slide syndrome. What happens is the bottom corner(s) of the carb slide slowly crack and ultimately the corners break off. Before it completely breaks you will get erratic behaviour on idle and other nonsense. If you have never checked this, check it now - you have to remove the slide to find evidence of cracks (use a stong light & magnifying glass if necessary - and yes even such small cracks will affect the response. You want to avoid having a chunk of slide make its way into your engine...... It would also be a great time to check / clean the whole accelerator squirt mechanism for rust grunge. Do the "taffy mod" on your accelerator squirt duration. I presume you are deoctopussed too ! If not check out the de-octopussing threads. PS I am being serious....use search to find the relevant posts (oooooooold) on the above. You have to remove the carb to do that so no (not much) extra work if you are also doing the valves.
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