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Regular Joe
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That's a Gen1 platform, FYI, despite the 2012 model year. Any parts purchases you're looking into need to be applicable to the Gen1. Sharp looking rig! I dig the max chassis bikes, me.

Unfortunately, there's not a ton of support for that machine, well, in relative terms to the Gen2, anyway. Sky used to be the limit with big ole lifts and such, but SuperATV does still have their power steering kit for it. Elka suspension gets rave reviews around here, KYB might have a Gen1 application still, I'm not sure.

I mean, I'm not sure how much you want to invest in it if you want to make it shine in the mud, you're looking at snorkels and radiator relocates and custom high clearance floorboards and then big ole tires, which you'd then need to address clutching to spin 'em, exhausts and tuners as previously mentioned, it's a lotta coin, I wouldn't spend it, just saying.
 

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Regular Joe
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Well any of those "blinky box" tuners aren't exactly bike-specific, they simply alter the MAP/T sensor signal so the ECM alters the injectors' duty cycle. Hard to really dial those in, I don't know how calibrated your "seat of the pants" meter is. They're pricey for what you get out of them, imo.

Most of us look at clutching first. These bikes, power generation has never been an issue. Power delivery, tho, can sometimes leave a little to be desired. Look into clutch kits or maybe even full-out replacement primaries, CVTech reviews well if properly setup, as far as an "entry-level clutch" goes. Consider changing your secondary spring to compliment the changes to the primary. Done right, it'll operate like a completely different animal. Good clutching can make a bike feel like it's gained hp, when all its really doing is more effectively getting the power to the wheels.
 
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Regular Joe
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Noted. So mines an automatic. Does the clutching still apply?
lol, all our bikes are "automatics", well except maybe the DS lineup, idk. Check out a few videos on YouTube to familiarize yourself with the sorcery going on in the belt box

Also I bought a new hmf exhaust so I was wondering if I have to get a tune after installing that so that all is operating at maximum output. Thoughts?
Hard to say, these bikes are such individual creatures when it come to A/F ratios leaving the exhaust. The Gen1 had the reputation for running pretty rich from the factory, so a better flowing exhaust might do some good without any tuner.
 

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Regular Joe
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Don't sweat it, lol

I mean, they've hung their hat on CVT technology since way way back, I don't know if they offer manual shifted ATVs, to be honest.
 

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Regular Joe
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they sent me an exhaust that was 2013-2020
Welcome to the site

That's a Gen1 platform, FYI, despite the 2012 model year. Any parts purchases you're looking into need to be applicable to the Gen1.
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You're really having trouble finding a gen1 muffler? HMF? AAEN? MBRP? Yoshi? Looney Tune? Just off the top of my head, but I'm not much into "brapping" in my old age :p
 

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Regular Joe
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08-11 is what you're looking for, max chassis fitment

Engine cc prolly isn't crucial, tbh. So 650/800, all the same as your 500 (y)
 
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XT isn't even "essential", that won't have any bearing on exhaust

XT was just a package that included fr/rr bumpers, hand guard, winch. Might've been a 4th component, I forget....

Won't matter for your exhaust, unless it's some weird "bigrig smokestack/periscope" setup ;)
 

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Ok so im not crazy. That fact leads me to believe that the standard exhaust for a 500 would be too short for a 500 xt, right?
No no, drop the XT, lol, that's not the max chassis, that's just a package, like the North Edition or XT-P or XMR, etc.

Standard chassis and max chassis bikes honestly don't have that much parts differences between them, but they are important to keep in mind: exhaust, brake line, rear driveshaft, are the "big 3" that come to mind
 
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