Husqvarna FE501S & FE350S

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by trailrider383, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. Sidehil

    Sidehil On any Sunday

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    Now the real question is what do you dump in that fancy TPI tank? Oil tank, i got all kinds of sled 2 stroke oil....
  2. Sidehil

    Sidehil On any Sunday

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    I hope a 300 TPI can throw sand like mother flocking 501 can,? Just saying, still the best all around bike hands down IMOP
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  3. Dirt2007

    Dirt2007 Long timer Supporter

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    Make sure you get the correct OD shims.
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  4. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    No the best is owning both! I like the 501 for more open terrain and the TPI for technical stuff but both bikes do anything very well.
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  5. OneManWolfPack

    OneManWolfPack Been here awhile

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    5W-40 is synthetic and 15W-40 is a group III dino. Jaso MA2is the spec you are looking for, I personally wouldn't use anything les unless I had no choice. Liqui Moly can be found in 4L containers for $70 CDN so no more than $15US/L.
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  6. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    You need a Black Magic Marker for that one!
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  7. Sidehil

    Sidehil On any Sunday

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    501 still throws more sand and you know it!! :)))) shit I still got and in my balls:)
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  8. Sidehil

    Sidehil On any Sunday

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    It
  9. new2adv

    new2adv Converting gas into wheelies since 1974

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    I think there’s a T6 15W40 synthetic as well.
  10. OneManWolfPack

    OneManWolfPack Been here awhile

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    Yeah ok T6 I would chance. The other stuff is for my tractor lol.

    Buy a barrel!
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  11. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    Oh it does.
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  12. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    In my x challenge I started running the Amsoil Dirt bike oil 10/50. It runs clean and quieted the old gal down a lot. Plus it seems to be better on the clutch. I've been half tempted to go to it in the husky.
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  13. Bitingdog

    Bitingdog That's not my dog

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    501 has more ballz (uncorked) but the 300 is much easier to grunt up ledges and root steps, thread through tight singletrack and hairpin steep switchbacks. Sure there's some overlap, but both are essential parts of the arsenal for the true dirt aficionado.

    Just ask @Anatoli & @Nowwhat
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  14. Ned1

    Ned1 Do you rent that thing out as a speedbump?

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    501 is such a cheater bike.... giggling as you lazily ride up janky uphill switchbacks as if on a trials bike :lol2
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    Grayjet Ride on!

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    Thanks for the replies on the plastic cleaners, folks! Love this community.
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  16. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    Okay folks. I've been thinking about upgrading my front suspension. On the 17 these explorer forks are ok but I definitely feel that something is missing in the performance of them.

    What's my options with out breaking the bank?
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    OneManWolfPack Been here awhile

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    First off get the correct spring rates for your weight with gear. Start at the stock settings and play with the clickers. Properly sprung the explorer's are not too bad.
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  18. Snake Oiler

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    That's what I keep being told about them. But.. okay spring rates,,,,, what's the stock? I've been told that the stock is set up for someone 175#, I'm 170# without gear so thinking I should be pretty close. Now I feel that there are a bit stiff which is giving me a harsh right. And to add to the weight thing, I'm running a 4.5 gal IMS tank which adds something to the equation at least when over half full.

    So I guess I should ask,. What is the true stock spring rate and are the rates with or without gear?
  19. Anatoli

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    It depends on what function you want improved. What is the target terrain and speed? Will you be racing? Play riding? What is your current rider weight? This includes everything you put on your body and bike that is not stock. I was amazed to discover my rider weight is 45 lbs more than just me. Gear up, add your fender bag, hand guards, pipe guard, etc, and climb on a scale. Remember your lunch, liquids, and gasoline. Weigh your bike fully fueled. My 2019 TE 300i weighs 253 lbs! There are many competent suspension shops around. A typical respring/ revalve of your Xplor 48 fork may cost $700-$1000. Consider buying an AER fork like @Dan950ser did if you are a fast guy.
    The Xplor48 fork is made for slower, more technical terrain to suit the typical buyer: a 30-50 year old recreational rider. Mr. Typical Buyer wants to be able to ride all day without getting all beat up. Somehow he also weights 165 lbs rider weight..All the racers I know have their suspension custom modified to suit. The stock suspension attempts to please everyone.
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  20. new2adv

    new2adv Converting gas into wheelies since 1974

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    There's a good section in the owner's manual on this. (At least there was in the manual for my 2015 FE350s.) They list the stock spring rates, the intended weight of the rider (with gear), and a couple of rates up and down from stock. That turned out to be pretty accurate when I re-sprung my 350.

    Another resource is www.racetech.com, they have a spring rate calculator on the website. The website says they want you to enter your weight without gear, but I've found it works better if you enter your weight with riding gear.
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