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KTM 530, 908 miles, plated, bone stock. Let's get it properly farkled for days and weeks long off-roading trips on both coasts and in between. Hope to do Baha Mexico, Blue Ridge, Death Valley, Moab, and Colorado on the orange monster. Unlike the KLR, this bike will have to ride in the back of my truck to distant meet points/rides instead of riding it a few thousand slab miles Image

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).

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Stock stator on dirt bikes lack. Let's give this bike some real 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"

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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. 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.... Image

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

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

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From the side

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Mess under the headlight

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Didn't know what I was doing - 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)

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Front headlight modded with H7. Need LEDs (hint Jason!)

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

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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 Image

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

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

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Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:04 pm
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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 Image 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 Image

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 Image

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Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:05 pm
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More bike porn came, the billet powder-coated light kickstand, and the right chain guide as suggested by Jason.

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Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:05 pm
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The Shorai found its way into my bike last night.

I just want to show the difference between a shorai 14 amp and a "standard 12 amp" (from my C14). The weight is the real difference though:

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Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:06 pm
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I think that's the same battery I currently have in my ZRX. Spins the 1300cc motor over fine.

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Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:10 pm
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SteddyTeddy wrote:
I think that's the same battery I currently have in my ZRX. Spins the 1300cc motor over fine.


nice!


Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:13 am
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After wrenching every night this week I said "I won't do anything friday night".

But I got home tonight, seen that long billet powder-coated sidestand on the dining room table Image

So I had to take action Image

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Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:16 am
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Ok it was time to put my own damper on instead of seeing that one I posted above with comment "it should look something like this when done"...Image

And Teressa has been baking cookies from scratch all day, major carb cheat day as I'm helping her by handling the "sampling and quality control" as each batch comes out the oven Image


Out of the box the bike porn comes

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take the bike to nothingness once again

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Put it back together and its done. Kudo's to Scott's for that "cable management" black piece the throttle cables are going through. That little bit right there made me glad I didn;t go with Ohlins damper. Not to mention I'd have been drilling my bike with the Ohlins instead of the Scott's submount. Also kudo's for Scott's because I had the option of raising my handlebars 25mm and went that route.

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Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:55 pm
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I'll be glad when the holidays are over, I'll go back to wrenchin' mods instead of all this eating!


Thu Dec 26, 2013 3:45 pm
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Back at it. Today I did front and rear sprocket (ratio 14/49), aftermarket chain guard, and chain. Also swapped to the extra set of wheels. The set on it had "Avon Distantania" crap. 20 hours on the bike, and the original owner needed two sets of wheels?

Anyway, the Ironman brand sprocket I saw on Jason's KTM in Death Valley i was told is second to none and went on tonight Image

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I NEED AN OFF-ROAD SOLUTION for a bike stand. That is coming soon. The race stand was great for the track bike but..... There's not even a place on this bike to put spools and I had to turn the stand thing-majigs upside down and put them under the swing-arm

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******Didn't trust the stand much, put two car jackstands under the center of the bike. One on a GQ Magazine, the other on the AMA American Motorcycle magazine. I don;t pay much attention to either, but they kept my lift from being gouged up. Caught a picture of that get-up when I got the sweet chain guard. I'll have a real stand soon.

Hand guards. 6 gal tank, and euro fender are in the garage waiting....Image

Finished for the night!

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Looking at that makes me want to go do some wheelies.

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c'mon out this way my friend :thumbs:


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"HIGHWAY DIRT BIKE" brand hand guards. I had never heard of them but Jason and a bunch of others highly suggested.

Many suggested these and there are 4 things i noticed I like over the competitors I'm familiar with or used:

1) no "expanding inserts" into the bar ends, this company literally provided a die tool and I THREADED the bar ends (inside of handlebars for a top duty insert)
2) the mirrors, OMG the mirrors! On road out / off road in
3) ADB billet handlebar mount (bike porn dash!) which will house RAM balls, switches, LED indicators, heated gear outlet, etc
4) precisely fit the bike during initial install with zero adjustments in a vise
5) thicker billet material but still light

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PRICE! GEEZ! Image

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OH MY I'm liking this. The bars connect to this and it replaces the stock top handlebar mount. Designed to work over my Scotts damper, and will house LED indicators, switches (for auxillary lighting) , RAM balls, heated gear plug, powerlets

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Mirror action

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Looking good. I wouldn't trust the univeral ends on that pit bull stand either. Had my bike slip off and fall into my car few years back. :cry:

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SteddyTeddy wrote:
Looking good. I wouldn't trust the univeral ends on that pit bull stand either. Had my bike slip off and fall into my car few years back. :cry:


Thanks and thanks for the heads up!


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Next lets sort the back of the bike with a Tugger and "euro fender" LED tail and license plate lights. The euro fender not only is LED but much smaller and doesn't hang down at an angle.

TUGGER is to make it easier to pick the bike up. The company embroidered stevewfl for me, which used to stand for steve west florida but with not knowing how to ride off-road now indicates STEVE WILL FALL LOTS ImageImage

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euro fender with LED... so smooth so clean...

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The mods installed and rear of bike sorted how i need it.

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Slick!! Lookin good Steve. All nice stuff. :thumbs: "STEVE WILL FALL LOTS :lol: :lol: " :bigthumb:

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I've drank orange koolaid a few times myself..... :bigthumb:


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Thanks, and wow nice ^^^^^^^^^^^^ !!!


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Packing decal says "sea freight"?

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Appears to have been on a ship.... from Austria!

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Oh yes indeed, the bike stand was worth the trouble...from an ebay seller at a discount =)

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And while I was out playing in the garage, put the first two RAM balls on. Of course because of the highway dirt bars my old mirror holes will allow for two more (route sheet holder/phone). Also Paul sent some switches for the top clamp. Crappy phone pic:

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I think we slam it , put a long arm on it and make this Steves first drag bike ... :mrgreen:


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SmokinZX14 wrote:
I think we slam it , put a long arm on it and make this Steves first drag bike ... :mrgreen:


Good idea! :thumbs:

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Heh! Look what I did :bigthumb:

Never did it before. 3 shims had to be replaced and we're back in tolerance

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Good job Steve. Did you buy yourself some good feeler gauges? Is your tool collection growing? :D The bike is looking good....and should be a whole lot of fun set-up like that. Adventure time! 8-) :thumbs:

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Warbird wrote:
Good job Steve. Did you buy yourself some good feeler gauges? Is your tool collection growing? :D The bike is looking good....and should be a whole lot of fun set-up like that. Adventure time! 8-) :thumbs:


Thanks! Yes indeed got feelers. They were oily!


Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:41 pm
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Everyone warned me the KTM MX style seat is brutal. After my Everglades ride, I found that to be true. Seat Concepts has a solution, and I modified my seat with their parts.

The Seat Concepts set-up is nice. Its still narrow up front where off-road control is needed while standing, and wide towards the rear where but cheeks are planted when sitting.

Lets get together stock seat and a few materials and a staple.

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I was amazed at the level of detail in the stitching, also the top is gripping for control while seating, sides slick.

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Wowsers I'm happy with the Seat Concepts product. Time to get some magic desert dust and magic FL mud all over this this Image

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New long distance tank. I can swap between tanks within 5-10 minutes, its only 3 bolts and the fuel line. I'm lovin' it. Should get 250-300 miles out of this Acerbis when full.

My friend Rico asked for a side by side pic of tanks. The first thing I noticed is the part between legs stayed slim as the seat, nothing sacrificed there (for control when standing)

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Acerbis gave all the required NEW parts, but rather than use my petcock from the old tank i bought a new OEM one (for 5 minute tank swaps, my stock petcock stays on old tank)

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Lovin' the mad fuel capacity... hello Blue Ridge, Rockies, Moab, White Rim Trail, Death Valley, PNW, etc Image

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Bike is comming along nice. Are you going to switch out those tires?

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Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:18 am
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Steve, did the Acerbis tank not come with a petcock? Is that why you bought a new oem or some other reason?

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SteddyTeddy wrote:
Bike is comming along nice. Are you going to switch out those tires?


Yes indeed, it'll have a trials tire in the back and an MX tire in the front when it goes to Moab/Death valley/Baja in April. These tires were already on the spare rims so I'm burning them to nothingness =)

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Steve, did the Acerbis tank not come with a petcock? Is that why you bought a new oem or some other reason?


The tank requires a petcock on each side then a fuel line between them and a Y fitting to the engine, for handling it holds the fuel down low. So Acerbis supplies one petcock and all the lines and such, and on the other side directions said use the factory petcock. I wanted to be able to do 5 minute tank swaps so I ordered that extra petcock.

I'm really pleased with that tank


Here is a silly pic of the front wheel I picked up, weather too nice to drive my truck hehe. Its a michelin

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10-4....and I had Michelin's on my 250 as well....they worked great. I used some pretty cool quick disconnects on my RD350. If your interested I'll snap some pics of them for you. ( The RD connects the two sides of the tank together with a hose and the hose runs under the frame that the tank sits on ) So when you take the tank off you have a potential mess on your hands when you undo one side of the hose to pick the tank up off the frame. The quick disconnects work great because they stop the flow of the gas when you undo them. 8-) Safer also if your bike is red hot from riding and you have to take off the tank..... :thumbs:

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I re-read your post Steve. My RD only has one petcock. Yours has two so you can just turn them both off when you remove your tank.....no mess!! :bigthumb:

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Warbird wrote:
I re-read your post Steve. My RD only has one petcock. Yours has two so you can just turn them both off when you remove your tank.....no mess!! :bigthumb:


Right on, I bet yours can be modified for two, or this place carrys tanks reasonable: justtanks.com

edit: warbird there are a bunch of us meeting in out west Moab, Utah, in April, care to join us? Also we're doing Death Vally end of April too


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