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Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #860 on: April 12, 2018, 08:27:18 am »
Electric bread knife on the seat foam :3some:
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Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #861 on: April 12, 2018, 08:35:32 am »
I need to lower my wife's 250 EXC. I dont have Hilton to help me in Honduras. Could someone put me onto a link where I get these springs etc.

I need to lower it about 5cm and have gotten it down by about 2cm  just by pushing the front forks all the way up and adjusting the suspension.

 
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Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #862 on: April 12, 2018, 08:36:47 am »
 

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Offline Dwerg

Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #864 on: April 12, 2018, 08:53:54 am »
Our KTM dealer does the lowering as well BB, maybe try there?
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Offline Damaraland

Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #865 on: April 12, 2018, 09:57:36 am »
I started this thread a while back and it's been really cool to check in every now and then, really learned a lot from everyone that contributed.  Anyhow I'm almost done with kitting out my 500.  It wasn't very economical, but having said that I think that I got awesome value.  I sourced a lot of my stuff from overseas, and then Chris @ FB helped a lot with luggage etc.  For information's sake I will list the prices I paid for the stuff ordered from overseas.  Some minor stuff to do still, like replace / re-inforce the flimsy side stand.  Perhaps for pure adv riding you don't quite need all the protection bits, but I also ride enduro with bike so for that it's critical.

Had our first proper adventure ride in Damaraland two weeks back and there's just no looking back.  For me, this is how adv riding should be, light, nimble, unencumbered and the limiting factor in choosing routes is my abilities, not the bike.

Luggage

Everything except tank panniers below was sourced from Flying Brick

Altrider Saddlebag Holster System
Rolltop Bag 25L - Asst Colours
Fender Bag Universal - Dirt/Enduro
ATG 30L Backpack
Giant Loop heat shield
Wolfman Tank Panniers - U$95 - eBay
Giant Loop Luggage Clips

Protection

Hyde Bash Plate - Flying Brick
Enduro Engineering Rear Disc Guard Protector - U$94 - Amazon
Enduro Engineering Front Brake Rotor Guard - U$98.95 - Amazon
Polisport Swingarm Protector - U$26.99 - Amazon
Polisport Clutch Protector - U$32.99

Cosmetic

Hammerhead Shifter - U$31.49 - eBay
KTM Tail Cleanup - U$143.50 - eBay

The shifter is not purely cosmetic, it is also much stronger than the stock KTM one.

Fuel Tank

Acerbis 15.5L - Flying Brick (happy I went Acerbis - see on ADVrider there is a recall out for the IMS tanks)

Some Pics:

Fuel Tank + Tank Panniers



Hammerhead Shifter:



Front and Rear Enduro Engineering rotor Guards:





Giant Loop Luggage Clips

Had to make a spacer and get slightly longer bolts to make these fit.  Works well with the Altrider luggage system



Tail Cleanup:

Highly recommend this - replaces poor quality flickers with LED's and no more floppy plastic shit in the rear.



Clutch Cover and Bash Plate:











RR - Angola (https://goo.gl/BzFy7Y) / Video RR - Kaokoland (https://youtu.be/-c-Zespa2No)
Video RR - Messum & Ugab (https://goo.gl/Uhd1vb)  / Video RR - Southern Namibia (http://goo.gl/WpRdRE)
Video RR - Ugab (http://goo.gl/dr57i9) / Video RR - Omaruru River (http://goo.gl/RCTajv)
 
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Offline Xpat

Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #866 on: April 12, 2018, 10:15:33 am »
@Damaraland : Here our trip through your neck of the woods just in the case you missed it:  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=222953.0

The only issues we run into was my sidestand got wobbly from some somersaults in Lesotho and got progressively worse so I had to mostly lean the bike against something, and my bike developed a leak at the countershaft sprocket at the end of the trip - about 8000 on ODO at the time. Easy fix with new O-ring and seal.

Otherwise it was just Tubeliss that gave us headaches, but let's not open that can of worms again  :peepwall:

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Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #867 on: April 12, 2018, 10:17:36 am »
Very nice. Was there a reason you did not buy the Hyde swingarm and carbon engine guards? The KTM tail cleanup - what make and are the indicators integrated into the brake light?
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Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #868 on: April 12, 2018, 10:22:24 am »
Maybe its just a perspective, but that Enduro Engineering number plate looks horibly big and heavy. Do you really need it there - I wouldn't want huge weight pivoting so far back.

And how are the pannier bags - don't they get in the way of your knees much? I understand you need something like that for Angola (and that I suggested it myslef), but I wouldn't want to ride with that if I absolutely don't need to.

Offline Xpat

Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #869 on: April 12, 2018, 10:24:48 am »
And what is that white plastic thing hanging from your subframe - did you buy rear tank? Or is that just a standard plastic that comes with latest 500?

Offline BiG DoM

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Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #870 on: April 12, 2018, 10:28:45 am »
Maybe its just a perspective, but that Enduro Engineering number plate looks horibly big and heavy. Do you really need it there - I wouldn't want huge weight pivoting so far back.


Agree I would lose the plate and run a small numberplate or the invisible fall-off version.
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Offline Damaraland

Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #871 on: April 12, 2018, 10:42:44 am »
Maybe its just a perspective, but that Enduro Engineering number plate looks horibly big and heavy. Do you really need it there - I wouldn't want huge weight pivoting so far back.

And how are the pannier bags - don't they get in the way of your knees much? I understand you need something like that for Angola (and that I suggested it myslef), but I wouldn't want to ride with that if I absolutely don't need to.

Purely perspective - below is a before and after.  Pannier bags do touch the knees when in sitting position, to address that I use two small strips of velcro which keeps them forward a bit more.

RR - Angola (https://goo.gl/BzFy7Y) / Video RR - Kaokoland (https://youtu.be/-c-Zespa2No)
Video RR - Messum & Ugab (https://goo.gl/Uhd1vb)  / Video RR - Southern Namibia (http://goo.gl/WpRdRE)
Video RR - Ugab (http://goo.gl/dr57i9) / Video RR - Omaruru River (http://goo.gl/RCTajv)
 

Offline Damaraland

Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #872 on: April 12, 2018, 10:45:09 am »
And what is that white plastic thing hanging from your subframe - did you buy rear tank? Or is that just a standard plastic that comes with latest 500?

Think it's so that you can hook the sidestand to prevent it coming down on a hard landing.  Comes stock.

Speaking of rear tanks, got pricing on those but 15K for about 7L extra was a bit out of my budget.
RR - Angola (https://goo.gl/BzFy7Y) / Video RR - Kaokoland (https://youtu.be/-c-Zespa2No)
Video RR - Messum & Ugab (https://goo.gl/Uhd1vb)  / Video RR - Southern Namibia (http://goo.gl/WpRdRE)
Video RR - Ugab (http://goo.gl/dr57i9) / Video RR - Omaruru River (http://goo.gl/RCTajv)
 

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Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #873 on: April 12, 2018, 10:48:50 am »
Very nice. Was there a reason you did not buy the Hyde swingarm and carbon engine guards? The KTM tail cleanup - what make and are the indicators integrated into the brake light?

Had a bit of difficulty sourcing Hyde, in the end it was easier to just bring in the Polisports, also price was better.

As for the KTM tails cleanup, custom-built by a vendor on eBay (PW_Garfield).  Yes the indicators are integrated.  Due to them being LED's the flickers are faster - if you do LED's in the front you'll have to install a relay.  I'm lazy so I kept the stock in front and will use my two rears as spares for those.
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Video RR - Messum & Ugab (https://goo.gl/Uhd1vb)  / Video RR - Southern Namibia (http://goo.gl/WpRdRE)
Video RR - Ugab (http://goo.gl/dr57i9) / Video RR - Omaruru River (http://goo.gl/RCTajv)
 

Offline armpump

Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #874 on: April 12, 2018, 10:54:03 am »
can you not add a resistor to rear flickers
 

Offline Damaraland

Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #875 on: April 12, 2018, 11:02:22 am »
can you not add a resistor to rear flickers

Yep that'll work.  The flashing is not excessively fast though, so didn't do that yet.
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Offline Xpat

Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #876 on: April 12, 2018, 11:03:49 am »
Maybe its just a perspective, but that Enduro Engineering number plate looks horibly big and heavy. Do you really need it there - I wouldn't want huge weight pivoting so far back.

And how are the pannier bags - don't they get in the way of your knees much? I understand you need something like that for Angola (and that I suggested it myslef), but I wouldn't want to ride with that if I absolutely don't need to.

Purely perspective - below is a before and after.  Pannier bags do touch the knees when in sitting position, to address that I use two small strips of velcro which keeps them forward a bit more.

...

OK, that looks much better  :thumleft:

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Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #877 on: April 12, 2018, 11:15:21 am »
can you not add a resistor to rear flickers

You should be able to fit an electronic LED flicker/flasher unit without issue (most Midas, Autozone etc should have) - very often plug and play. The LED resistors are really often rather big as they need a heat sink and somewhere to hide and secure them.
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Offline Damaraland

Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #878 on: April 12, 2018, 11:21:55 am »
can you not add a resistor to rear flickers

You should be able to fit an electronic LED flicker/flasher unit without issue (most Midas, Autozone etc should have) - very often plug and play. The LED resistors are really often rather big as they need a heat sink and somewhere to hide and secure them.

KTM themselves also sells an LED flicker relay - went that route on my 990.  Midas will definitely be cheaper though.
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Re: Economically adventurizing a EXC 500
« Reply #879 on: April 12, 2018, 11:22:13 am »


Purely perspective - below is a before and after.  Pannier bags do touch the knees when in sitting position, to address that I use two small strips of velcro which keeps them forward a bit more.

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I cannot believe KTM put such a monstrosity on - their other smaller enduro bikes have small units tucked under the mudguard?

I do like the Enduro Engineering solution as well.
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