DisTech's 2021.5 FSE450R

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by DisTech, Mar 6, 2021.

  1. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yup, I got one.
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    It's a good thing the crate frame was metal!
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    I like the look of it. Teardown for grease check and loctite.
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    Huh, one plastic lug not working for ECU mount.
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    Don't like the white plastic frame guards. Ha! but that void under there is even uglier!
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  2. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Polisport can fix that.

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    Be sure to torque yah spokes!
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  3. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    Ha! Already ordered same black guards!
    Checked the spokes. Some almost loose, but overall not too bad.

    Speedo sensor mount as shown is a couple inches from magnet. Does it matter? Does it work?
    I can rotate the mount to bring the sensor closer but then the cable is pointing down, not good.
    Sensor bracket does not fit between fork tube and caliper on top caliper bolt.
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  4. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    ***EDIT*** This modified mount did not work, see this post for the revision.

    Modified the sensor bracket.
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    Sensor is half inch from magnet and cable is not hanging down as far.
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    Installed battery, dielectric greased and routed wiring.
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  5. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    All those connectors and wires have to route under the top tube. I sacrificed many zip ties in failed attempts.
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    Came out ok. The big black 12 wire connector is the dual sport lighting and it wouldn't lock together. Had to cut a sliver off the barb to get it to click.
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    Figured out the rest of the dual sport wiring, headlight, horn and blinkers. Not used to the wire color of loom continuing past last connector all the way to the blinkers, made blinker testing super easy.
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  6. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    Tonights progress consists of wrestling with an AXP skidplate and a heat gun. I like it and think I can make it work but it is by no means plug and play. Oh and a UNI filter, that was plug an play.
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  7. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    Wondering if the baffle retaining bolt can fall down inside the muffler endcap while trying to install it?
    Yes, yes it can.
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  8. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Good idea to aerate the packing pre-ride anyway.... :doh
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  9. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    Polisport headlight with blinkers mounted, need to add the horn. It looks ok but the quality is bare minimum, I got what I paid for. Once it's plated, I'll probably go full Highway Dirt Bikes.
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  10. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Light, lite and legal. Nuff said.
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  11. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    Went with the Tusk taillight because it has integrated license plate light, but kept the GPX blinkers.
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    Replaced the bullet connectors.
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  12. lakai2380

    lakai2380 Adventurer

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    Hi i am in the same boat trying to find a skid plate that will fit my 450. what AXP model are you starting with. I have been looking at the MOLECULE ones for a 16-21 sx-f450 thinking that they might be close to start with and bend and cut what i need to. cant wait to see your final product and how it fits.




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  13. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    That Molecule plate looks nice! I wish I'd seen it. You might have an easier time mounting it than the AXP. This is what I ordered "AXP RACING XTREM HDPE SKID PLATE, Part# 1893200014, Mfg Part# AX1501" from Rocky Mountain ATV. I matched it to 2021 450 XC-F, but it also works for 2020 450 SX-F (according to the site).***Edit***the AXP plate could be made to work, but I got a Molecule. No cutting (just drill two holes) and all hardware included. See this post for details.
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  14. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    First start!
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  15. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    Bill of Sale, check!
    MSO, check!
    Orange and red reflectors scotch taped on in order to pass inspection, check!
    Safety inspection, check!
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    Time to head to licensing to get title, registration and plate!
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  16. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    Plated!
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    Aside from tax being a bitch, the process wasn't to bad.
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  17. TwoTrackMind

    TwoTrackMind Strange Magic

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    Looks great DisTech. How does the power compare to your DR440?
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  18. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    Don't know yet. The bikes are techno era's apart, should be fun to compare!
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  19. afordableperformance

    afordableperformance Been here awhile

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    You might want to put a license plate frame on your tag those edges are sharp and can cut, I've seen it many times. Looks good though!
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  20. DisTech

    DisTech Been here awhile Supporter

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    Got a TrueNorthMotos XABR RACK for KTM. Rugged, light, pretty nice! What does it take to fit it to the GPX?

    On KTM's the subframe has holes on top to allow through bolting for the end bolt inserts.
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    Gotta add a couple holes.
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    After that the left side
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    and back end bolt right up.
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    The right side on the GPX is different. The XABR strut is a little less than 1/2 inch too short. Think it's because the GPX subframe jacks the tail up a little more than then the KTM.
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    Also the the GPX rear brake master cylinder sticks out farther and will not allow the XABR flange to sit flat against the frame. So I am adding a plate to serve as a spacer.
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    Spacer plate and XABR flange in place, just gotta tack the strut then re-weld it. The rear brake pivot bolt will have to be replaced***edit*** bolt from TrueNorth is fine, hole through frame was not round, cleaned it up and it worked.
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    More to come.
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