Average Rating: 4.4
I bought a brand new 2009 KTM 530 XC-W one month ago - April 2012. I Found it on CycleTrader & had it shipped from New Jersey to Salt Lake City, Ut. - Elevation 4200 ft. I kinda got carried away on this but read on, hopefully you will appreciate what I have to say and find something of value for your application. The difference between an uncorked (Desmogged)bike and a corked(Smogged or OEM) one is like night and day - you just cannot believe what a difference it makes. I love riding dirt bikes because of the Freedom, Adventure, Challenge and sights to see. On a Dirt bike you can cover alot of ground in a short time, I can say with absolute certainty that it is very necessary to get the Jetting on any bike correct for the elevation you are riding. If not, your bike will be under powered, will run hot, and you will be constantly fighting it. Do the right thing and get it jetted correctly and open up the exhaust system which will allow your bike to realize it full potential. Now on to my bike - so I started it up after unpacking and it did run, but backfired alot and also ran quite hot. I also have a 2005 Honda XR650 R. which has been impeccable. I bought it new in 2009 also through CycleTrader and had it DESMOGGED and Jetted. This bike has been superb, the cooling system works so good, never overheats and has tremendous low end Torque for the trails and deserts. The one bad aspect of this bike is the weight - around 277 lbs. dry. So i knew very well how this new KTM should run and what to expect. I read the review of the JD Jet kit also the reviews for this kit which appeared to be more favorable than the JD so I bought this one. I also bought the SMOG BLOCK OFF KIT, and the SAMCO Radiator hoses, which removed a Thermostat that was on one of the hoses. I cannot understand why KTM would put a Thermostat on the bike?? END RESULT: This kit was perfect for getting the jetting done right for my altitude. The instructions were pretty good, but it would be helpful if the pictures were a bit better. The kit did exactly what it was supposed to do. This bike is now fully opened up and runs very well, it has alot of power and torque very similar to the HONDA XR650 I noted above. this bike is about 25 LBS less weight and so I have noticed a huge difference in the handling. LASTLY MY THOUGHTS on off Road riding and a couple things I have noticed: I have been riding now for over 35 yrs and ridden alot of dirt bikes over the years, in the deserts and mountains of Utah. The Variety of terrain in this State is remarkable, I have ridden many single track trails to high mountain elevations of 10,000 ft. to the West deserts of Utah and deserts of southern Utah such as Moab, Ut. Many people have likely heard of Moab. We are always looking for single track trails which are diminishing. ATV's can easily turn a single track into a highway and as a result take away the challenge by widening the trail grinding it down considerably. Nevertheless, the environmentalists view all off road vehicles the same SO WE ALL MUST BE CONSIDERATE of the trails, be conscious of our environment, STAY ON THE TRAIL , and clean up after ourselves!!!!!!! If we all work together on these areas, the future will be good for future generations of riders, If not I really do Fear the Environmentalists will get their way and we will see off road road riding of all types become diminished or completely eliminated and none of us want this - - Right?
The 530 runs fantastic. It runs like what I thought I was buying but was not there at all in stock trim. I only had time to do the same run, from my house to the dam at silverwood. The bike runs at a much lower temp and the engine has great low end and since I am just operating on the first few hours, I am not running it to full throtle. It starts like a street bike now, no drama, just like you said, a few turns of the throtle and no choke and I am up and running, thanks for the help and I am sure I will have some real fun on that bike.
Big improvement Chris -- thank you! I live at 7,400' & normally ride in the summertime b'twn. 7K' & above. I initially went with the 42 pilot & 178 main, but have now switched to the 175 main. Either way, I've enjoyed much better throttle response over stock, and much more consistent, manageable power delivery. The crankcase breather bypass kit I also bought from you has also worked out well.
So I receive your kit … the tube and the needle … Looked them over … pretty easy to see the difference in the tube …. Installed the tube .. the needle (3rd clip) .. 180 main …. 42 pilot … Yesterday afternoon after work …. Suited up and off we went …. From my house you can slip down a ½ of pavement then drop into a big wash … and off into deep rainbow valley And a couple hundred miles of trails …. All kinds Anyway just kind of putting down the road … I could tell … She was goingto run !! Dropped into the wash and got on the gas …. Hey – hey – hey … this babby pulls ….. big grin Got off on a trail … and turned her loose …. Oh man … oh-oh-oh …..the big thing I noticed was … as soon as you hit the throttle … it responds .. big time .. it wants to go … Then hit a few miles of single track .. started bunny hopping a few rocks .. etc, etc … Went down a fence line .. which has some sand and a few turns … and coming out of a berm type turn … oh boy … I can still ride …we hear of having Betty davis eyes ……hell I had malcom smith grin ….. I keep thinking .. this is like riding a factory bike ….. this baby pulls … reminded me back in the day … when riding the ktm 495 (pulls about the same) Anyway – way impressed …
Got the kit installed, it’s excellent….Your kit is night and day better on my bike than the JD Jetting Kit. Thanks for a great product.
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