Husqvarna FE501S & FE350S

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  1. OneManWolfPack

    OneManWolfPack Been here awhile

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    Start simple.

    1) Sag. Are you able to get the sag adjusted properly fully loaded (bike a, rider and gear)? If not then you need a different rear spring rate.

    Once this is set what is the complaint regarding the forks? This will steer you in the proper direction on what to do to them. I believe stock was 4.6 spring rate for the forks. I went to 5.0s and I like where they currently are. Still supple on slow speed trail junk but rarely bottom on the high speed stuff. Front end feels solid up to 80 mph without a stabilizer. If you need more stiffness don't forget the Huskys come with the adjustable preload on the top of the forks.
  2. new2adv

    new2adv Converting gas into wheelies since 1974

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    For what it's worth, I was very happy with the performance of the suspension on my 2015 FE350s once I got the right springs, set the sag, and played a bit with the clickers. It transformed the bike and gave me a lot more confidence to ride fast through the trail trash. It is absolutely the best bang for your buck of any mod you can do to your bike.
  3. Snake Oiler

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

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    Yes I know there's a lot of veritable's that comes into play here.

    I'm just an middle aged old man that mostly dual sport rides with some fast gravel/dirt involved. Not much if any single track unless it's something stupid I got myself into or to get to a oportun out of the way campsite. As far as gear I wear that changes from day to day. And most if not all other gear is put on the rear suspension, which by the way seem good for me and the gear.

    So back to the front. Just I'll just try new springs and get the rate advised from Racetech which if I remember correctly is .042 or .42. Something like that. But I'd really like to know the stock spring rate first. Maybe the springs are marked somehow, I'll have to pull out one and check if it's not in the book.

    Thank
  4. Grayjet

    Grayjet Ride on!

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    This made a huge difference for me... but I am heavier than your average guy. I think the stock springs are set for a 145-165 pound rider, or somewhere near that range. If you are in that range and can't make the stockers work for you, contact Alex at Konflict Motorsports. I haven't heard a bad review of Konflict yet. I recently read an article claiming that a popular FE suspension mod is to go with cone valve forks with a Trax rear shock. (Link) Not sure if anyone on this thread is running that combo, though.

    I gotta say, I am pretty happy with the stock suspension (sprung for my weight). I just rode my FE in the Shendandoah 500, a dual sport ride with everything from long technical, rocky uphills to fast forest service roads with jumps (rain cuts that acted like jumps). The bike was awesome. You may ride far more aggressively than me, though.
  5. Snake Oiler

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

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    Believe it or not the sag was almost dead on from the shop. All I did was okay around with the comp and rebound and not much of that until I started loading up camping gear. So I believe that the rear spring rate is pretty good
  6. Snake Oiler

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    No I'm not aggressive rider, but in personality I've been told I was at times :thwak
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  7. Emgo

    Emgo Started on a CT70 almost 52 years ago

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    I don't think there are any marks, any way of measuring the wire diameter or counting coils to determine the spring rate on stock Xplor springs. Unlike the older WP forks, hope I'm wrong.
    Ken
  8. new2adv

    new2adv Converting gas into wheelies since 1974

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    Stock spring rate should be in the owner's manual.
  9. Snake Oiler

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    The only thing in the manual is it gives me three rider weights and the spring rate for each.

    I'd fall into the the rate of 4.4 according to the manual and Racetech calculator. So Racetech gives the price of $129, is that each? And RM springs are $110, and says 1 in the quantity blocks which leads me to believe that for a pair. But that doesn't sound right. Any help would be appreciated on the quantity. And is Racetech the extra money?
  10. Emgo

    Emgo Started on a CT70 almost 52 years ago

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    Here are screen shots from my TE300 and FE501 owners manuals. Neither say which spring came in the bike.
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  11. Snake Oiler

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  12. new2adv

    new2adv Converting gas into wheelies since 1974

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    Hmm OK, well USUALLY it's sprung for a rider in the 75-85KG range. But why do you need to know the stock rate? Can't you just extrapolate based on the info there to get the spring rate you need? (Go up or down 0.2NM/mm per 10kg rider weight)
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  15. Dan950ser

    Dan950ser Two Wheeled Addict

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    The springs that come in the bike are always the middle ones listed in the manual. For 165-187 lb rider. Hope this helps
  16. Snake Oiler

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    Yes it does. Thanks. I believe on Monday I'll call Racetech and have a chat with them. Looking at springs at least. Anyone have an opinion on their gold valve on the explorers? I know on my CRF 250L they made a huge impact, but that suspension totally sucked from the factory.
  17. AndyB21

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    It’s been a long time since I last posted on the forum but now I’ve pressed the button on purchasing an MY20 501 I thought I’d put an appearance in again.

    The plan is to turn it into something that I consider suitable for lightweight touring on the slightly dubious quality roads found in Eastern Europe as well as a bit of gentle off roading closer to home. This is going to involve a larger fuel tank that can be fitted when I’m away from home, a lightweight luggage rack that will take my 15l Wolfman panniers plus a rollbag for a tent/sleeping bag and I’ll probably blow a more substantial chunk of my hard earned cash on a travel tower from those nice gents at Nomad in the NL.

    Why a 501? Because over the last few years I’ve been using bigger capacity bikes for my travels and the combination of excess weight and ridiculous traffic regulations in Europe that now allow them to chase me with fines once I’m home have made me re-evaluate my needs and it was either a 500EXC or the Husqvarna.

    I’ll no doubt be pestering you guys about how far I can stretch the time between oil/filter changes on long trips, suspension changes and perhaps a couple of tweaks to the performance level as well :D
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  18. Anatoli

    Anatoli Pale rider

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    I think that you will really be happy with the 501. Many in the Adventure community are embracing the 500 twins as a rational alternative to bigger, heavier, and more costly bikes. If you never leave the tarmac the big bikes are ok, but the stellar dirt credentials of the 500’s open up vast exploration opportunities. The bottom line is that the solo adventurer needs to be able to extricate and recover the bike solo. The heavier the bike, the more difficult or impossible the task.

    The excellent suspension and ground clearance are important too. My 501 has 48 mm fork tubes: my 125 lb heavier Africa Twin has 45 mm tubes with 3 inches less travel. Guess which flexes more when stressed? The rubber clutch dampers are another nice touch that extend driveline life. 60 mpg is possible with a judicious throttle hand. Combined with even a smallish 3.1 gallon tank and 180 mile range is in hand without an excessively large tank.

    The 501 power plant is tuned to provide impressive torque right off idle. This means less wear, noise, and fuel consumption. Nobody complains about a lack of peak power when slightly modded. I can’t get 6th gear wheelies on the Africa Twin, but they are thrilling on the 501. Durability is excellent with proper care: many examples show 700 hours or more with no engine work. Of course the smaller oil capacity requires more frequent changing, but it is a simple and inexpensive matter. Bottom line: the 500 twins provide unmatched performance and enjoyment for the serious adventurer. Slab riders will want to stay with their mobile reclining chairs, but will miss much of the adventure.
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  20. Ned1

    Ned1 Do you rent that thing out as a speedbump?

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