Husqvarna FE501S & FE350S

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

  1. new2adv

    new2adv Converting gas into wheelies since 1974

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    I checked my valve clearances today and yes, they are very tight.

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    I've never done shims before. Do I have to remove the engine from the frame?

    Any other suggestions from you valve ninjas out there? 2015 FE350s
  2. Fast1

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    I'd highly recommend getting yourself a copy of the workshop manual that provides step by step instructions for adjusting the valves on that year/model or have someone that has the shop manual for that moto email you the pages from it that you will need.
  3. new2adv

    new2adv Converting gas into wheelies since 1974

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    Thanks @Fast1. I do have the repair manual and it’s very good. Just looking for any additional hands-on feedback from others who have done the work.

    I found a Pro-X shim set on Amazon at a pretty good price so I’m picking that up. Probably overkill but it was cheap so why not.
  4. OneManWolfPack

    OneManWolfPack Been here awhile

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    Are the transmission gearing ratios the same on the 450 and the 501? The 501 will pull higher gearing all else being equal.
  5. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    crank and rod are the only differences between 450 and 501

    internal gear box is identical
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  6. OneManWolfPack

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  7. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    Slightly different gear box (5th gear) from MY14-16 to MY17-18 but overall gear spread is identical.

    MY14-16 could be purchased as a non-S in the USA and came with a different gearset than the S versions. As an example, my MY14 501 came stock off the floor with a 13/52 gear set. What a weapon that gear set was with a Euro unrestricted map.
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  8. OneManWolfPack

    OneManWolfPack Been here awhile

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    I guess things got kooky when they offered only one model in 2017/18.

    So they changed 5th between 2016 and 2017 but kept 6th the same?

    I was riding with a 2018 FE450 and he mentioned he can't pull 6th very well with the stock US gearing of 14:45 (has to drop to 5th on hills) . Understandable as 14:45 is bad enough on the 501 let along the 450. My 501 running 13:48 is close to running out of revs is 6th so perhaps his best option is somewhere in-between?
  9. Mrstig

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    I have a 19 450 and I had 13/45 for awhile, then just switched to 13/48. The 48 is about perfect for single-track and general offroad. Rev limiter in 6th is mid 80s mph. I switch to the 14 for bdr routes or longer trips. The 13 is what I run locally for short pavement or gravel stints in between fun stuff. Im happy with the 48 all around.
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  10. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    Yes, MY17-21 has the odd 5th gear ratio in comparison to earlier KTM/Husky MY12-MY16 models.

    My guess is when they changed the gear box/crank positioning/cases in MY17 is also when all the vibration reports started
    in comparison to earlier models.

    My 501 with a 13/52 will do mid/upper 90s on GPS in 6th at the limiter.
  11. OneManWolfPack

    OneManWolfPack Been here awhile

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    I haven't bumped the rev limiter in 6th with 13:48 although it feels like the bike will easily do it. Too spooky at those speeds on knobbies for me.
  12. new2adv

    new2adv Converting gas into wheelies since 1974

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    In case anyone's interested, I was referred to a very helpful thread on KTMtalk.com that describes the entire process in great detail - I would say even better than the KTM repair manual. https://ktmtalk.com/showthread.php?...(-quot-Building-the-Perfect-Wee-Beasty-quot-)
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  13. meltdown350

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    Highway Dirt Bikes dash on a 2020 FE 350s

    Having some trouble regarding the routing of the brake line. The devil on my shoulder says to route it underneath the dash but I'm worried it will bind up. The angel on the other shoulder says to go over the top.

    Problem with going over the top is that the brake line will be pretty tight when the forks are fully extended and will always rub on the dash. Even with a longer brake line, the straight fitting off the master will leave the line rubbing. The picture doesn't show it touching because the lever is pushed up but the line would be touching just after the rubber coming out of the master.

    Is there a MxF 45 or 60 degree fitting that I can use between the master and the line? Do I just need a custom brake line? What say the inmates?

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  14. DLRuapuke

    DLRuapuke Been here awhile

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    Thanks all for the input people
    Shes still a great wee reasonably liteweight ( compared to my 1290 SAR ) that I seem drawn back too
    Sold the 690 and needed a smaller machine to fit my rides etc
    Its a far stretch from A to B when heading to the gravel - 80kms from the tar..........
    I do wonder if the 501 mite be better suited with its torque advantage
    Still happy enuff
    Check It Out - Stefan Innocente Adventure Riding New Zealand on youtube.com
    Him and his mates do well on these bikes - Potts Hut Ride is a goody !!
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  15. Fast1

    Fast1 Twisted Throttle

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    @meltdown350

    Routing the front brake like like this will cause problems when the suspension compresses. Remember you have 12"
    of protentional fork movement down and the brake line has to go somewhere when this happens.

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  16. meltdown350

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    Agreed.

    I'm looking into the custom brake line idea. Do you (or anyone) know if you can get a standard M10x1 banjo bolt into the Magura master?

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    spaceman_spiff Long timer

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    I always route my brake lines "rally style" never had any issues in all the bikes I've owned
  20. Snake Oiler

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

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    I'm curious how exactly you do that. If you don't mind how about a couple pic's up closer to show how you got it.
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