Husqvarna TE630

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Tagati, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Gryphon12

    Gryphon12 Long timer

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    Sorry, I type too fast sometimes and forget my database short-hand doesn't always translate. "GC" is ground clearance. Sometimes analogus to seat height, and sometime correlates with suspension travel, but not always. Together with steering geometry and wheel-base, they give me a pretty good picture for comparing with other similar bikes - until the test ride, when it all goes out the window! :lol3
  2. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Ah, well yes, if they took 3" out of the suspension then it reduced the seat and ground clearance by the same. Wow. I can't imagine, even the 630 is pretty limited, it bottoms regularly if ridden hard. I may have to have mine updated/re-done.
  3. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    Has anyone attemped install of the compression adjusters, changed fork weight oil or volume and/or changed front springs in their forks?

    Results?

    Difficulties doing the install/labor?

    Source for compression adjusters?





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  4. johngil

    johngil Reseda, CA

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    Yes.

    Adjuster was from Marzocchi and I purchased from my local suspension shop. I had the forks re-valved, so I can't compare with a stock setup.
    I have a set of .52 springs, but haven't put them in yet.

    I believe LT Racing has the adjusters in stock.
  5. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    I had LTR work on both forks and shock; a world of difference. While he was in there I had him remove the spacer in the forks to give me back the extra inch Husky took out on the 630. Nice. The stock rear spring was way too heavy and it was lightened quite a bit. Maybe a notch too much though. It's perfect when riding without gear, but sags just a bit much when fully loaded for full on adventure rides and can bottom on big hits. It's so cushy though I think I'll leave it alone since there is plenty of pre-load that can be cranked in when needed.
  6. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    Chris, if you guys do the Salt Tram again, I definitely want to go! Sounds like a challenge, and fun! I can't wait to load up and head for Death Valley again. Glad you are taking the RV this time as it has to be a LOT better than the tent.

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  7. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    You got it. I'm going to try and get johngil to lead a ride again. Going to tell him to cut some of the sand going west ouf of Darwin though. :evil It's an epic journey up there and just enough technical to make it fun.

    I would like to get some suspension work done on mine for sure. Guess I'll have to look up this LTR guy.

    The tent is fine. Been camping out in one all year while the coach sat. It finally needed some tires after eight years, they were getting cracked enough I didn't want to drive on them anymore. A blow out on the 19.5's can take half the fenderwell out. But yeah, it's a nice haven if the weather turns crappy. Besides, I think wifey and son are coming this year. I may have to bring the tiger too, take her on a tour, scotty's, ubehebe, etc.

    Here's johngil at the salt tram cabin. The guy is a hardcore rider for sure. :clap

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    Here's the dentist, the architect, and the computer wizz. In no particular order. :D

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    On the way to the tram site. And yes, there was snow up there.

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    The Salt Tram structure with Saline Valley below.

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  8. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    KTM guys just HAVE to wear some orange, don't they! That's a great shot and I wonder if I could talk you out of a copy? Taking along your Jet Boil for coffee was a stroke of genius and I've taken to copy lately. I'm running without racks lately and just using Wolfman Enduro bags as they carry plenty for day rides. Sounds like a wise move for the climb you described. :evil I'm bringing my new Terra along to do some road and light gravel this time so I can save my knobbies. I also want to run out to Lone Pine and try to get up Mt. Whitney as it was closed for road maintenance last year. So much to see in DV.
  9. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Ha! Says a guy on a husky with red on, and his buddy just the same. :rofl


    The jetboil goes in my mid-rolie bag on the back for cup-a-soup or coffee. Pretty nice when there's a chill in the air.

    Here's my Osborne Cabin lunch spot.

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    The ol' browneye...at Osborne. I was solo and getting bored so I snapped a pic. Just as I was getting ready to head out, 8 other riders from my group showed up.

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    Up the canyon at Osborne

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  10. SilverBullet

    SilverBullet Been here awhile

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    You can also get the compression adjusters through Husky. TE610 came with them in for a few years. Sometimes Husky parts are better priced than aftermarket.

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  11. The Letter J

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    So i've been tearing apart my buddies 630 for the last 3 days and keep discovering more issues. The first is a problem that seems to occur fairly often, subframe bolts are all loose so i removed them, cleaned them and reapplied red locktite and torqued them down. upon further inspection i found cracks in 3 places on the subframe (the entire bottom of the battery tray and both sides of the rear seat support. the strange thing is that this bike has never carried more than an innertube on the rear fender, so i'm not real sure what the cause was? Either way, i'll be removing the subframe and welding/gusseting it to hopefully prevent future failure.

    Next issue was that all of the rivets on the inlet side of the left muffler had torn out of the can so the only thing keepong it in place was the 6mm bolt at the midcan location. i had to cut the end of the muffler off to get some virgin material to re rivet it back together. since i had the chop saw out anyway, i cut 6" off the outlet side of the can and reattached the end cap. It looks and sounds real nice and isn't noticeably louder than before with just the cats removed. when i get more time i think i'm going to cut off the right side pipe and cap it right at the collector.


    one other thing i've been working on is the forks. I cut a small piece of pvc pipe and put it on top of the spring as a preload spacer and the bike feels more balanced front to rear now. i was hoping to get more travel out of the fork by removing the spacer that you guys speak of, but i'm not positive of which part it is or what else needs to be done. is it the blue anodized spacer that is threaded to the top of the dampening rod? My buddy isn't really concerned with the travel, but he wouldn't mind gaining a little ground clearance if it is cheap/easy enough. a few pictures of what needs to be done would be great!
  12. NQJim

    NQJim Adventurer

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    A couple of weeks ago I went into the local bike shop to pick up some oil and spotted a TE630 for sale among the secondhand bikes. I've been looking for something to replace my XR400 for longer rides. I did the APC Rally in 2011 on the XR and while it handled it well, I wanted something a bit bigger for next year's Rally.

    I checked the TE over and took it for a test ride then I had a chat with Matt, the shop owner, and he told me that it was a consignment bike and that it came with a Safari Tank, Husky bashplate and rack, and Barkbusters. Power-up mod had already been done as well. I made a cheeky offer $750 below the asking price and a couple of hours later I got a call to say that the owner had accepted. So a few days later I picked up my new bike.

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    Since I got the bike I've gone for a couple of road rides but hadn't given it a proper test so yesterday we arranged to go for a trailride with a few of the guys. We rode 180km from Herberton to Mt Garnet over mostly dirt roads with some tighter rough 4WD tracks thrown in. I was interested to see how the TE would go - all of the other guys on the ride were on 400 - 450 enduro bikes. To make it more interesting, I was leading the ride.

    So how did it go? Surprisingly well, I thought. While it wasn't a really technical ride, it was certainly more suited to the enduro bikes. The TE was a big change from my XR or my WR300, but it handled the terrain without problems.

    I want to do some work on the suspension to get it working more in balance. The forks were actually pretty good but the shock was a bit nervous on corrugations on the dirt roads and bottomed out pretty easily on the rougher stuff. The engine was great - everyone commented that it just seemed to be purring along and I don't think I got over 5,000 RPM all day.

    The bike was obviously a lot happier on the open dirt roads but it handled the rocks, deep sand, tight twin-track and rough stuff well enough to make me think this is going to be a great bike for the 2013 APC Rally. I've been working my way through this thread for the last couple of weeks (nearly half way now), and I've picked up plenty of great ideas for improvements on the bike. There are a few things that I'll be doing before the Rally to get it ready:

    • Handlebar raisers and bigger footpegs are a must. It was uncomfortable to stand up as I felt like I was bent over double, and I had sore feet from the skinny footpegs by the end of the day;
    • I've already fitted a Hammerhead +15 gearlever tip. The standard gearlever must have been designed by a Geisha;
    • Current tyres are a Michelin AC10 on the back and a Michelin Starcross on the front. They were OK, but I'll try some MT21s when they wear out;
    • I'll fit the Safari tank before the next ride and get used to riding with it. The bike was surprisingly nimble with the standard tank so hopefully the Safari doesn't mess that up too much;
    • I'll be ditching the twin pipes for an FMF Q4 single, and I'll put a tool tube in place of the RHS muffler;
    • I'd like to try one of the JD power surge units when I replace the muffler.
    Anyway, I'm very happy with the bike and I think it'll be perfect for the Rally next year. I've attached a few photos from yesterday's ride below.


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    Gearing up at the Herberton pub carpark.

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    Fun track leading down to the first creek. It's dry here at the moment - not one of the creeks had water in them.

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    Hill climb on the power line track. First real test and the TE passed easily.

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    Dry ridgeline. Bushfires came through here a couple of weeks ago.

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    First regroup at the Mt Misery intersection.

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    More 4WD tracks.

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    Suspension testing...

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    Stopped for lunch at Mt Garnet.

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    Old mine in the hills near Mt Misery.
  13. Rus

    Rus Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the great post Jim & congratulations on the bike. You'll love it, particularly after you change the pipe and add the JD kit, as it'll really liven the response up. You should also consider getting a Seat Concepts seat ($200 from the US - best value mod along with JD), plus reinforcing the rear subframe as it will break if you carry anything of substance on the rack.

    I've had mine since new mid 2011, now done 11,000kms with the only issues being the known ones of broken rear subframe and steering head bearings.

    Mine has the Arrow pipes & ECU, JD & 14T CS sprocket, and is beautiful to ride. It's just a little heavy in the really tight & hilly stuff, but nothing that a bit of attitude & momentum can't overcome.:D

    Regards,
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  14. WILL_S

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    Good choice :thumb

    I think a 630 broke its subframe on the apc rally this year.
    Have a look here for the preventive fix.

    My steerer bearings got notchy at 5000km.Plug the top and bottom of the steerer tube if you plan on riding in water ,sand etc.

    Hopefully be testing a bazzaz ecu soon .Got that for the price of the jd.
  15. browneye

    browneye PIN IT & BANG GEARS

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    Thanks Will_s! That was my creative contribution to the owners group. And it works! :thumb


    And yes, at 3K miles I tore my stem head bearings apart and the lower was FULL of dirt and crap. What a mess. Cannot figure out how all that shit gets in there. :deal
  16. WILL_S

    WILL_S OUTLAW POSTIE 001

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    Thru here

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    I'm going to fill the slot.It's not needed.The steering lock is external on the 630 unlike the 610.
  17. pfy50

    pfy50 Professional nOOb

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    You look like that actor Miguel Ferrer who currently plays on NCIC Los Angeles as assist. director Owen Granger
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    Looks like a interesting ride. I'll try to get to it this summer.
  18. Pcfly

    Pcfly Dude?! Seriously??

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    Who still loves their 630???? I DO!!!!!! :D

    Who's with me? :freaky
  19. sTE610vE

    sTE610vE Looking for 7th gear...

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    Best 50/50 true dualsport ever made!
    Power, Suspension, 6 speed, FI what's not to love?
    I think that's why this thread isn't super active, it's a great bike and we owners know it. :ricky
  20. Mike_MRS

    Mike_MRS Been here awhile

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    Yep, love mine still. Just having some new springs put in the forks, I swapped out the stockers for forks from a 950SE and boy it handles well