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  1. Bill A

    kickstarting for dummies

    my SM570 is kick only. It DEFINATELY took some practice to learn the routine. It starts most of the time in just a kick or two...but if I screw it up and it doesn't start after a few kicks, it is tough to start. That -- and at my age, I get tired of kicking pretty fast. I am better off in that situation to bump-start her. She starts every time that way
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    HELP!!! Removing the oil screen

    Thank you. I pulled REALLY hard with a pick, and it finally came loose!
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    HELP!!! Removing the oil screen

    Thanks, DG. I got lucky, i think. I was stuck...good and stuck. It felt like something was holding it in. I got a bigger (stronger) pic, pushed it down pretty hard, and pulled back until it came loose. I cleaned it and dried it. Now it looks perfect: clean, round, and no damage. I've put it in and taken it out several time, just to see if there would be a difference, and it comes out with ease now.
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    HELP!!! Removing the oil screen

    I have a picture of the area in question, and a picture from the owner's manual, but i can't fugure out how to upload images to a post. I didn't used to be this stupid...
  5. I have a Husqvarna SM 570 NOX. I have been trying to complete a simple oil change for 3 hours now, and i am ready to cuss. The owners manual says to "...drain the oil completely. Remove screw (3) which fasten the pipe, and remove the two screws (4) which fasten the union on the right side of the engine. Remove the union and clean the two filters (5) and (6) using fuel; then dry by compressed air." (picture follows) I did all of that, but, I can't, for the life of me, get the oil screen out. I searched this site and tried most of the methods suggested: rag on finger, insert and pull it out, allen wrench, dental pic... The dang thing won't budge. I called two dealerships and spoke to their service departments. They said to insert needle-nosed pliers and open them inside the screen, and pull... no luck! AAAaakkkkk I'm stumped! (and more than a little frustrated) Please teach me how to get the oil screen out so i can finish the oil change. What method works on a really stuck screen?
  6. I have a Husqvarna SM 570 NOX. I have been trying to complete a simple oil change for 3 hours now, and i am ready to cuss. The owners manual says to "...drain the oil completely. Remove screw (3) which fasten the pipe, and remove the two screws (4) which fasten the union on the right side of the engine. Remove the union and clean the two filters (5) and (6) using fuel; then dry by compressed air." (picture follows) I did all of that, but, I can't, for the lif of me, get the oil screen out. I searched this site and tried most of the methods suggested: rag on finger, insert and pull it out, allen wrench, dental pic... The dang thing won't budge. I called two dealerships and spoke to their service departments. They said to insert needle-nosed plyers and open them inside the screen, and pull... no luck! AAAaakkkkk I'm stumped! (and more than a little frustrated) Please teach me how to get the oil screen out so i can finish the oil change. What method works on a really stuck screen?
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    Stupid Tire Question

    So I took your collective advice and spent the morning tire shopping. I physically went into 4 motorcycle shops, then I finally just called a fifth. No one had a 150/17 in stock. The funny thing is, in 3 of the shops, the salesperson strongly encouraged me to put a 160/17 on the rim. "It will be no problem at all", one of the guys said! I finally found a good price on a closeout of Supercorsa Pros...they even had them in the right size - - should be here in three days. Thanks for your help!
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    Stupid Tire Question

    Thank you. I wish I'd known that a week ago I was thinking one 5 mm to make it fit like the old one (the other 5mm is on the other side, no?) But I might only have to take off 2 - 3 mm to make it fit. at any rate, your recommendation is duely noted. I think I need to buy a new tire. Dang it!
  9. I changed the rear tire on the NOX for the first time time this afternoon. And i screwed up. There are some things I am good at, but motorcycle mechanics is at the top of that short list; although i am learning!!! I bought the new rubber online. The old tire was a Pirelli Supercorsa 150/60ZR/17 I asked a couple of friends what that meant in terms of replacement size, and today I learned that I was misinformed (at least I learned). I bought an Avon Azaro AV50-SP: 160/60ZR/17 So the new tire interferes JUST A BIT with the travel of the chain. Here's the stupid question: Do you think there's enough rubber on the side of the tire that I can cut it down a little so it won't rub? Or do I chalk this up to stupidity and call it a lesson learned and buy the right size? If the latter is the correct response: anyone in the market for a brand new Avon Azaro AV50-SP: 160/60XR/17 ?
  10. What have you heard or experienced relating to the reliablity of the NOX? I do not want to be rebulding motors every year or is this just a bad rumor that hasn't been put to rest?
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    Help: Husky Maintenance

    I replaced the side cover and added oil. i am confused about the proper amount of oil. The owner's manual says: "In the case of sporting activities, the quantity of oil to use is 1.25 litres, instead of 1.6 litres; furthermore, the carburettor, cooling plant and lubricating system breather pipes must be conveyed in a special basin" So I filled 'eh up with 1.6 Liters, went for a couple of laps around the block to warm her up, opened the sight screw to check, and oil POURED out!!! I grabbed a pan and let it drain until it was just weeping out. I collected about 0.4 Liters. So...maybe 1.2 liters is where the level of the sight screw is, and more oil is actually approprioate for "non-sporting" activities (whatever the heck that means). Thank you all for your helpful replies. the manual really sucks!
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    Help: Husky Maintenance

    ...turns out the custom billet case cover is stripped (it is very thin-walled, and only has a few threads). I called the closest Husky dealership to buy a new gasket, and they can't even get around to ordering one for a few weeks. Where do you guys get your parts?
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    Help: Husky Maintenance

    Thanks, Barrobuild & Greg! That helps. As much as your willing to write, I would be thankful to read. Thanks everyone!
  14. Rant: So I bought the NOX (Husqvarna SM 570), and I'm lovin' it! But I want to KEEP it running, so it's time for some maintenance. The problem is that this is my first "dirt" bike, and it's all foreign to me, and i can't find a decent manual anywhere!! There's no owner's manual for the NOX anywhere, Husqvarna won't respond to an e-mail, and the shops I've talked to don't want to help me order one. I downloaded the 570 owner's manual from Husqvarna's web site, and those of you who have one know it's crap! It was poorly translated into english, so the sparce directions they wrote often make no sense. And the few illustrations that exist are of such poor resolution that they are often unusable. I can't find a shop manual or a service manual for ANY Husky built after 1990. Oh...and i feel like a moron. -just thought you should know! Questions: 1: How do I check the oil level? I guess that I remove the sight screw, which i did, and i see oil in there. What's the proper level? The manual says this: "remove the control screw and check the level through the hole in the screw. To fill up, remove filling plug set on the front side of the cover." Nice! "check the level" Can someone please tell me what the proper level is? Oh, and the sight screw doesn't tighten. It threads okay, but never stops spinning. Is that normal, is it stripped, something else i need to know? 2: What is the proper chain tension? The manual says: "To adjust the rear chain it is necessary to lower the rear part of motorcycle so to line up the drive sprocket axle, the rear swing arm axle and the rear wheel axle as shown on drawing. Than let turn three times the rear wheel. Now the chain should not be tight." Compared to my street bikes, the chain seems VERY loose. Can someone please tell me how tight it should be? 3: How do I check (and adjust) the valves. I won't even post what the manual says. Will someone in So Cal let me come over and help the next time you check your valves? I might bring a camera Or, who can direct me to some directions for dummies? Thank you very much. I appreciate your replies. And feel free to flame away. I can take it.
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