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  1. Greetings,

    I have a 17 500 with a dealer remapped ecu (euro), de smogged, reeds out and a fmf  slip on. I have been reading about the JD vs. Vortex, and was wondering if either one would be an improvement to what I already have? It seems like it helps stock ecu's but mine seems to run very well as is ( no pops or flame outs ever). Should I be looking at a fix that may not be needed?




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    Buy Once, Cry Once?

    Put one on my 17 500. Works good, lasts a long time.
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    2018 KTM 500 EXC-F

    Watch out for the heat generated by those higher out put bulbs. I put one in my 300 and it melted the housing unit and shorted out the bulb. Seems there is not enough cooling air at low speeds. If you are going to do a lot of night riding, spend the coin and get a head light assembly to handle the task.
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    Good Fender Bag

    In addition to notching the fender, drill a small hole in each attach point then zip tie to the fender.
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    Ready to Race?

    Welcome to the world of dirt bikes! And it only gets worse from here.
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    Chest Protector? (Recommendations, etc)

    Tek Vest and forget the rest! Spend a little more for a lot of protection. The extra money spent will pay back huge dividens when it comes time to compare bruised ribs vs. broken ones. Don't ask how I know. Buy the best gear you can afford because the few dollars saved won't be worth the expense.
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    6D ATR-1 Helmet

    Go to web bike world. They may have a test on it.
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    Acerbis or IMS on ‘16 500?

    I like the IMS because they have metal inserts for attachment and if you use a tank bag, the gas cap is centered on the IMS and offset on the Acerbis which makes mounting a little more difficult.
  9. Greetings, Has any one performed the usual mods; de smog, euro map, exhaust mod or fmf slip on, then installed a vortex? My 17 500 runs as it what I think it should with these mods complete. Since I have no access to another 500 with a vortex to compare it to, I was curious to see if the added coin was worth any performance gain above what is there now. Thanks.
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    2017 500excf Gearing? Pics

    I went with a 14/48 so I could use the stock chain. I could see no reason to buy a new chain just for a gearing change since this bike has such a wide power spread that it works good on any mountain pass and single or two track out here and will still lets me cruise at the legal speed limit for trail connections.
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    2017 500 EXC-F Gearing

    I went with 14/48 so I could use the stock chain. I saw no reason to replace it for a gearing change. The power available on this bike will allow for a wider range of gearing choices. Works good on single track and will still cruise good at 60-65 mph and will climb any pass out here in Colorado.
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    Acerbis 4.1G for 500EXC

    I went with IMS. Works good, lasts a long time. I usually run a tank bag and with the IMS, the filler hole is centered which makes mounting much easier. The Acerbis is off set and makes mounting some what of a challenge.
  13. Another vote for the the Tek Vest.
  14. Tek Vest. If you bruise or break a rib in one of these, you got a much bigger problem to deal with. I tried/owned different chest protectors and none of them come close to one of these.
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    KTM 500 EXC Rear Tire

    I have the 140 Motoz DT and it works good with some trail connector road and a lot of mountain pass riding. I did have to trim the upper chain guard some but was a minor effort.