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  1. mikekay

    Suspension HELP??? Spring rate

    I own both the 45mm Zokes on my '05 TE 510 and the 50mm Zokes on my '07 TE 510. I race the bikes, and consider myself a 'top 20' overall desert race guy. Neither bike has needed a re-valve. Both came with front springs that are to stiff. (i weigh 190lbs + gear) Both bikes needed a switch to 5 wt oil at 100mm. I also put in .046 springs-appropriate for my weight and aggressive race environment. Race sag is set at 2 inches. Then just fine tune with the clickers. Before you guys go crazy with re-valving and all that, just try changing the wt and amount of oil, and for sure get the correct fork springs for your weight, set the sag, and give the suspension 600 miles to break in. If you have headshake, or harshness, or 'bunny-hop' or if the bike feels unstable--you simply dont have it set up correctly. Its not a Husky issue, its a dirt bike set up issue. Just tryin' to help out a bit.
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    Te-510 general help questions

    Front fork spring rates are .048 -- if you check the Racetech spring rate calculator for a bike of comperable weight (like a Honda CRF450X) you will find those springs are for guys in your weight. As for the valves--most guys will need a new piston and maybe a crank after a hard season of racing or 3-5 years of fun riding. The Husky is probably the most durable of the new breed of 4 strokes. Far more durable than a Honda. The valves are rarely replaced. Most just need one adjustment after the first 15 or so hours on the bike. Its got by far the easiest valve shim system to work on. The bike is top notch and you cant go wrong with an '07 TE 510 for a big guy riding national forests. All the aftermarket stuff is available. You will also find a warm and supportive group in the Husky world. Very few squids/yahoos whatever. Its a nice little world to join.
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    Husky WR290!

    The Motocrossdigital article was really informative. A must read if you are interested in the WR300. According to the article Husky is making a 'market study' to see if its worth offering this bike beyond the 100 kits CH plans to offer for sale in September. Comments by CH are that the price will not be high, but who knows. The pipe is made by CRD. Piston is 72mm Vertex. Bottom end is completely stock WR250. Riding impression was just what one would expect, a slower revving bike, with little difference on the top end. I want one!
  4. At last years Cabo 500 race we tried the Esport set up and had it fail on us. What we found was a grounding issue. The secret is to weld the Electrosport regulator plate to the subframe, not bolt it on. its all about grounding. Three of us have clocked thousands of miles with this set up correctly installed and had no issues. For sure regualtors can fail, many a Baja 1000 racer has had their Honda lights go out for just that reason (including me in '02 while running in the top 10!) Its usually a grounding issue. Some guys run dual regulators, not a bad idea at all. At Dakar i melted both OEM and Electrosport stators....so i am sure it wasnt an Esport issue. When the bike heats up two things go, the stator and the clutch. Check out this picture from Dakar day 1 around 20 miles into the special. Changing out the stator while every bike on the course and many a big truck got by! (this was after the bike caught on fire around mile 15 when some twigs got caught in the exhaust--and hours before i rode 120 miles at night on the freeway with no lights arriving 10pm!!) I had to rewire it from the 3 phase Electrosport system to the stock 2 phase system, with a leatherman and dozens of rally fans handing out advice in Portuguese. Took an hour or more. Did it again in Morocco on day 3...at night....with a flashlight....after riding 400 miles....and pushing my bike for miles thru the sand...at this point i'm well versed in wiring the Husky! Wiring the Electrosport 3 phase stator into the stock 2 phase Husky is not hard, but yes it does take some patience. First step to really 'do it right' is to have the sub frame welded-that means having a tab of aluminum welded on the side for the regulator to mount to. PM me if you want all the details, pics, or maybe we should start a new thread about this? Just remember the two yellow wires Just to sum it up: Stock stator output is 100-120 watts. Re-wound stock stator can make 180+ watts (Baja Designs) Electrosport stator can make 270 watts.
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    TC vs TE head bearing

    Not exactly sure what ya mean. TC and TE Zokes are the same diameter for '06 and '07. In '05 there where different sizes on the TC and TE bikes-at least the 450/510's. However you should be able to buy triple clamps OEM that would convert your bike over if you where going to upgrade forks...As i recall Marzocchi actually had a set for sale for about $2k all included (axle, triple clamps, forks, plastic, etc). Hope that helps.
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    Bienvenido Frijolex!
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    TC450 suspension

    There are basically 4 ways to approach the issue of forks being to harsh. 1) is to work on the valving side of things, that can mean drilling it out to allow more flow. 2) is to work on the spring rate side of things. ( i run .046 and like them) 3) is to work on oil amounts and oil viscosity. try 5 wt at 95 mm from the top with the springs out and the forks extended. 4) is to adapt air resevoirs. Thats what Lance Smail is doing, i havent tried it....yet! Of course the best forks set up would include 3 or 4 of the above. Racetech has a nice spring rate calculator for your weight. Stock springs are usually .048 on the Husky, thats a bit stiff for most guys. I use .046 with good results, i weigh in at 190 and race desert. Anyway thats some thougths if you do it yourself or take it to a local shop. Springs can be bought thru Marzochi or others. I got mine from LTR. We messed about with non-Husky springs in a recent baja race, and while not spot on, there is probably some more exploring to be done in that direction. For whoops races i've run 10 mm of pre-load with good results. Something to consider. Do you know Katherine Langdon?
  8. I've raced a couple Baja 1000's on Huskys with dual HID's, both times rewound the stator to put out 12+ amps at idle. For my Dakar Husky i ran a 270 watt Electrosport stator with a SM510 flywheel (they are stronger) and for lights i had a 35 watt halogen from a Yamaha Rhino (lightweight and strong) with a Baja Designs 35 watt HID in a 4 inch housing. Great balance of weight, light output and power consumption. Power needs to the computers, road book, VHF radio, GPS, tail/brake lights, etc. took some planning. I adapted a fusebox and ran 200 watts to the battery, pulling everything from the stock battery and grounding everything to the battery (the so called 'home run' diagram). Anyway the point is the components all worked really well and come highly recommended. I did cook a couple stators when a radiator leaked and i had to ride hundreds of miles without any cooling system, but thats another story...
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    Sintered versus standard brake pad

    If you are a newer rider or dual sporter logging big miles on multi day trips then the scintered are the way to go. They will last a lot longer. Stopping power isnt as great and thats the trade off, but really most guys wont know the difference. For racing or more aggressive trail riders who rely on the front brake often then the normal pads are probably best. For MX or motard or just guys who like to ride the front wheel, the carbon graphite pads are something to consider. Hope that helps.
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    Different seat?

    I used Renazco for my Dakar Husky seat. He made it a bit wider in the rear 40% or so, but still slim and aggressive up front for attack mode. Great mod. I went with the suede finish to ward off the monkey butt blues. Worked great-but not the choice for everyone, suede will wear much faster. Not the cheapest way to go but if you are going to be sitting down for extended periods, theres just nothing else like a Renazco.
  11. Well there ya go. They are different, but have the same amount of power. Old bike was dual phase, new bike runs everything off the battery apparently. Both put out 100 or so watts at idle. Neither would put out enough to reliably run a stronger halogen lamp (meaning it would run down the battery on long downhills, tight single track, or other extended low rev situations), or dual lights. Most likely an adapted 35 watt HID single light would work on the stock windings.
  12. Wet Dog- Does your Euro 3 bike have an engine temperature sensor? Should be on the LH top rear of the cylinder. A pic would be helpfull for those of us interested in retro fitting a temp guage using OEM euro-Husky parts. thanks
  13. While i dont have the answer, a guestimate is that the stators are not any different, and even if they where, it wouldnt be enough to run bigger lights. Try rewinding your stator yourself (search button for a how to), or getting Baja Designs to do it for you. For even more juice you can use the three phase stator from Electrosport developed for KTM. Just needs a bigger regulator.
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    Dan has always been a big help.
  15. Frankly i never gave much value to Cycle News bike shoot outs. I've been reading that rag for 35 years and its rarely been a place to learn about what bike to buy. It is a great place for race results, gossip, etc. Dirt Rider, a collection of advertisements, is more like a catalogue, and should be given away free. It isnt a magazine anymore. Dirt Bike is flailing, or at best floating down the river of yesterdays media. Try reading TBM, Trail Rider or the Aus mags. Husky is doing it perfectly. 50 state DOT legal. Yearly upgrades. No mag shoot outs. Huge racer contingency. Hitting the motorcycle shows, following up everybody's complaints, mailing out plastic to the guy who wrote the letter.... sponsoring the TT forum, etc. When it comes to marketing Husky has by design or not managed to create huge buzz. The large jap companies are forced to spend millions to win a race title, then millions more to tell everyone about it in magazines that are less and less influential. Husky seems to realize the value of acting like what they are, a small hand built off road bike with a personal face. Winning over riders with word of mouth and a superior product line.