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  1. Lukejt

    Is the te the best 450?

    After 3+years of TE450 use and abuse..... I call BS that the Japanese bikes suspenders are more refined. I've had mine setup by ACE in PA and I blow everybody away when we get to the tough stuff. My bike is plush and fast, after a quick ride on a CRF or WRF I'm ready to get back on the Husky ASAP! The TE450 motor kicks ass. Compared to an '03 WR450 my friend owns, the Husky feels like it revs a lot higher, the WR is super powerful but more tractor like. The Japanese bikes are built tough. Sometimes when I look at some of the stuff that's been driving me nuts on my Husky, and there's a Yamaha, KTM etc sitting next to it, I can't believe how cheap or poorly designed a few things are on my bike. I love my Husky. Would I buy another? I don't know. It's the little things that I've had to repair several times that look like they wouldn't fail on other bikes. The Husky kick stand, muffler mounting area and sub frame are too fragile IMHO. Twice my transmission has failed me, both manufacturing defects. The first time was covered under warranty, still a pain as the dealer was 2+ hours away. The second failure was caused by a defective weld. That's enough to make ya nuts right there. Husky makes a GREAT bike, but it's kind of like owning a Ferrari or other exotic vehicle. I don't know if the bikes have been substantially beefed up since BMW took over or not. Expect to have to order almost all of your replacement parts, unless you're lucky enough to have a dealer close by. Expect to have some nuisance issues such as the muffler mounting tabs breaking off, kick stand mounting point bending etc. My motor has been ultra reliable. Even after many many miles and tons of abuse the valves are still in spec. The bike is a blast to ride and it's street legal. I don't plan on selling it any time soon. It's a bit heavier than some other bikes, but you don't notice the weight until you fail on a gnarly hill climb or other obstacle. Once in a while, usually when in the really tight stuff I long for a smoker, usually the TE450 is just right. The Husky TE450 is a great bike with way more than enough power for tight woods and most anything else, but ownership involves a bit more care and time for ordering parts compared to the other big bike makers. If you're not one for wrenching on your own gear, forget about it and buy Japanese. Luke
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    08 TE Bottom of Battery Wear

    Just glue some rubber or foam to the bottom of it.
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    Handguards/Bark Busters for Stock Husky Bars

    I hate to keep dissing brand names, but every Tusk tool I've purchased has broken on me. One T handle wrench and 3 tire irons. I know, it's not the same as bark buster mounts, but if their tools won't hold up you can be sure I'm not going to trust my bones to with the label.... A lot of folks use Cycras and Enduro Engineering for a reason. My first set of bark busters were Acerbis. I learned, like many others that they're just not up to snuff. If you ride hard, spend a few extra dollars ONCE and be done with it. Otherwise, you'll end up buying the good stuff later when the soft stuff breaks on the trail.
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    Fork bleeders where can I get them?

    Stealth Racing stealthracingtech DOT com makes some very nice stainless steel (strong and easy to use) bleeder screws with a nice knurled thumb knob. Luke
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    Handguards/Bark Busters for Stock Husky Bars

    Acerbis handguards are soft and bend ril fast. Cycra sells just about any mount you could need. Buy the Probend handguards and a set of U-mounts for you size bars. This makes a solid setup. There is an aftermarket company that makes very good anchors for barkbusters, but I'm not sure of the name.
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    Power up kit, tail light install (pics)

    I just ordered an "integrated" UFO LED fender/tail light combo from Bottones. Will post pics when it arrives.
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    To carry or not to carry?

    Lost #2 fender yesterday (looped out at the top of another hill...must lean forward)... wet and muddy the rest of the day.
  8. Thanks bro! I've been hibernating.....
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    To carry or not to carry?

    In Husky's defense, I was REALLY hard on mine. And the Moose fender bag requires notching the fender to hold the tie down straps, these notches definitely weakened the rear fender. However, I installed a brand smacking new rear fender and broke it on the first ride, with no bag or tools etc. It's still on there, but it's weak and you can move it quite a bit with your hands. All I did was touch it to a bollard moving for a budding coming down a hill as I was going up. The first fender broke when I didn't make a hill and flipped the bike, it landed on the bars...upside down. The weight of the tools and the Moose notches snapped it right off the bike. Hanging by a thread; Rear end packed out by a DRZ ; Here's the hill... the bike made it to the top anyways... ;
  10. Looking good Dale....wonder if it will stay put when the going gets rough? We'll soon find out. I like it a lot more than some of the other solutions I've seen out there. You ready for some riding? Busy Friday? Luke
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    Age old tire question

    I run a Pirelli MT16 on the rear and a Scorpion Pro (or S12 would do) up front. Screw the DOT rating, you want a dirt tire. If you MUST have a DOT rear, the Kenda Trackmaster II has a following......
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    stabilizer or damer

    I've got a Scotts and it is the shiznit.
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    To carry or not to carry?

    JKM712, all that stuff looks cool, but I dunno. That bike sure is purdy. Let us know how many of those bags are still attached after some aggressive riding in the rocks of PA. I'd sure want the front of the seat clear, I always slide way up toward the front when turning hard to get the weight on the front tire. The Husky rear fender is not the strongest, I'd keep that rear fender bag light or the fender might snap in half. I know this from experience. Luke
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    To carry or not to carry?

    Lots to read... Dale, I used to carry all my tools in fender bag, but it kept coming off and damaged the rear fender. Then I put all the stuff in my Camelbak. I rode for a few years with tools and a first aid kit in my Camelbak, but it's just too hard on my back. Last year I began carrying ONLY water in a slimmer Camelbak. This is much more comfortable. I keep a cell phone and a few other essentials in my pants pocket (I really like over the boot riding pants with pockets). Last fall I picked up an MSR Enduro Pack. Several friends tell me that the belt style (I suppose they're called Fanny Packs, but damn that sounds gay) Enduro packs are much easier on your back as the weight is right on your hips. I've added some tools and essentials to the Enduro pack and will be sure to use it on the next gnarly ride I take. I don't know if it's worth taking tire irons, spare tubes and or a patch kit. That stuff really increases the weight, and I've ridden a few times on a flat tire (both front and back) and was always able to make it out of the woods without any major problems. If I were going on a LONG trip or dealing with lots of rocks I'd pack the tire stuff. Otherwise it stays in in the trunk with the rest of the heavy tools. The tools I used to carry in my Camelbak have saved the day a bunch of times, but usually on OTHER peoples bikes. I've been lucky (knock on wood!) most of the time. I always keep the Enduro pack or my older loaded Camelbak in the car when I go riding, so even if something were to happen on the trail one of us could ride to the car to get the tools/parts we need for a trailside repair and come back to the stranded rider. Again, for a gnarly ride I'd just bring the tools with me. Before you go and buy a Camelback and load it with a bunch of tools, do some research and check out some of the Enduro belt type tool/parts/tube holders. PS, if you need to carry a spare tube, all you need is a light weight front tube as it will work on the rear in a pinch and you don't want to be lugging around an HD tube.