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8/13/2017 5:08 PM

I just purchased a brand new 17 fc450 and I couldn't be any happier with my decision to go husky. The bike is unreal, I feel so good on it right off the bat by far the best bike I've ridden to date. Current bikes I've had or ridden 2007 yz250 2 stroke, 15 yz450f,12 and 16 crf450r, 14 yz250f, 12 crf250r, 13 rmz450. This bike handles really good for stock and it's really light for a 450. I was a little skeptical on the air fork but it's not that bad. I'm thinking of having kreft moto revalve my suspension just to dial it in for my weight and speed. Has anyone had experience with kreft moto for suspension work?
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8/13/2017 6:04 PM

I had Adam do the lousy C4S forks on my 14.5 Factory Edition KTM 450 & they work great!

Adam knows his stuff on the KTM & Husky's. I've heard he can get the AER forks working.

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8/13/2017 7:59 PM

No need to spend any money on the 2017 suspension. That is my opinion. Spend time adjusting clickers and air.

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8/13/2017 8:06 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/13/2017 8:08 PM

swtwtwtw wrote:

No need to spend any money on the 2017 suspension. That is my opinion. Spend time adjusting clickers and air.

Ya I still need to play with it. I just watched a video on racerx yesterday on there 17 fc450 build and they used kreft suspension and David Pingree said it was the best suspension he has ridden on that bike just curious on other people's experiences with kreft moto. I love this bike though.

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8/13/2017 8:23 PM

I would just go with a regular revalve with a local tuner. Lots of people will sell extra parts but you don't need them... I spent a bunch on mine and it's only incrementally better.

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8/13/2017 8:29 PM

Bruce372 wrote:

I would just go with a regular revalve with a local tuner. Lots of people will sell extra parts but you don't need them... I spent a bunch on mine and it's only incrementally better.

x2^^^

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8/13/2017 9:00 PM

Great purchase. I just got an 18' fc450 and feel the same way. My last bike had quite a bit of suspension work from Enzo (2017 yz450) and that yz suspension was great definitely no complaints. But these 48 aer forks are incredible, the bike handles great and really makes you more confident on the track. I just took a gamble purchasing one as I never even rode a ktm/husky before. I'll be staying on this brand of a while. Been on kawi's from 03-2013 and yz's from 2014-2017.

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8/13/2017 9:08 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/13/2017 9:09 PM

at687 wrote:

Great purchase. I just got an 18' fc450 and feel the same way. My last bike had quite a bit of suspension work from Enzo (2017 yz450) and that yz suspension was great definitely no complaints. But these 48 aer forks are incredible, the bike handles great and really makes you more confident on the track. I just took a gamble purchasing one as I never even rode a ktm/husky before. I'll be staying on this brand of a while. Been on kawi's from 03-2013 and yz's from 2014-2017.

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I'm on a 16 yz450f and it is by far the best suspension I have been on. I have a FC B kit, and I can't imagine an air fork being better. Just curious what Enzo did on your yz, or if it was just springs/valved.

I'm in the market for an '18 model soon.

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8/13/2017 9:19 PM

at687 wrote:

Great purchase. I just got an 18' fc450 and feel the same way. My last bike had quite a bit of suspension work from Enzo (2017 yz450) and that yz suspension was great definitely no complaints. But these 48 aer forks are incredible, the bike handles great and really makes you more confident on the track. I just took a gamble purchasing one as I never even rode a ktm/husky before. I'll be staying on this brand of a while. Been on kawi's from 03-2013 and yz's from 2014-2017.

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How does that fmf system run? Is there a noticeable difference? I was planning on getting the slip on fmf 4.1.

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8/13/2017 9:41 PM

at687 wrote:

Great purchase. I just got an 18' fc450 and feel the same way. My last bike had quite a bit of suspension work from Enzo (2017 yz450) and that yz suspension was great definitely no complaints. But these 48 aer forks are incredible, the bike handles great and really makes you more confident on the track. I just took a gamble purchasing one as I never even rode a ktm/husky before. I'll be staying on this brand of a while. Been on kawi's from 03-2013 and yz's from 2014-2017.

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kennyc wrote:

I'm on a 16 yz450f and it is by far the best suspension I have been on. I have a FC B kit, and I can't imagine an air fork being better. Just curious what Enzo did on your yz, or if it was just springs/valved.

I'm in the market for an '18 model soon.

No doubt the sss suspension is solid, and I've also never rode air forks before my current bike. But from Enzo I got it revavled/springs and DLC inner tube/ Kashima outer tube coatings. These aer forks are honestly and my opinion of course, just as good right off the show room floor. I'm going to ride it more before I send it to Enzo or kreft moto for revavle.

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8/13/2017 9:43 PM

at687 wrote:

Great purchase. I just got an 18' fc450 and feel the same way. My last bike had quite a bit of suspension work from Enzo (2017 yz450) and that yz suspension was great definitely no complaints. But these 48 aer forks are incredible, the bike handles great and really makes you more confident on the track. I just took a gamble purchasing one as I never even rode a ktm/husky before. I'll be staying on this brand of a while. Been on kawi's from 03-2013 and yz's from 2014-2017.

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Sipes #412 wrote:

How does that fmf system run? Is there a noticeable difference? I was planning on getting the slip on fmf 4.1.

It improved bottom end slightly and much better mid to top and much lighter. I didn't want to get the titanium since I'm rough on exhaust and starts to look not so good after a few months.

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8/13/2017 10:31 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/13/2017 10:33 PM

I have a 17 FC450 with Race Tech suspension. I like it a lot but I might have bought a 350 if I had tried one out first. The 450 is a lot of bike, the 350 lets you ease out of the corners, throttle control is less of an issue. I rode a 17 KTM 350 SXF with a Rekluse clutch and I thought it was outstanding. Still, you can get on a Husky and just feel like a hero on it immediately. Did you get the clearance price on it?

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8/13/2017 11:57 PM

swtwtwtw wrote:

No need to spend any money on the 2017 suspension. That is my opinion. Spend time adjusting clickers and air.

100% wholeheartedly agree. I always find it foolhardy when riders sent their suspensions off after a ride or two, or immediately after they purchase a bike without even giving it a chance. In most circumstances, a rider should spend time understanding how their stock suspension behaves and exploring what their clickers, sag, air pressure, oil heights will do. Once a firm baseline is set, decide what you want in a suspension and seek out a very reputable tuner.

The AER forks are very capable right out of the box, spend some time dialing in your PSI and clickers and you might end up being very pleased. And if not, then send the to Kreft...he's without a doubt reputable and very knowledgable

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8/14/2017 7:07 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/14/2017 8:32 AM

captmoto wrote:

I have a 17 FC450 with Race Tech suspension. I like it a lot but I might have bought a 350 if I had tried one out first. The 450 is a lot of bike, the 350 lets you ease out of the corners, throttle control is less of an issue. I rode a 17 KTM 350 SXF with a Rekluse clutch and I thought it was outstanding. Still, you can get on a Husky and just feel like a hero on it immediately. Did you get the clearance price on it?

Yes I got the clearance price on it. That what made me buy it.

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8/14/2017 9:19 PM

at687 wrote:

No doubt the sss suspension is solid, and I've also never rode air forks before my current bike. But from Enzo I got it revavled/springs and DLC inner tube/ Kashima outer tube coatings. These aer forks are honestly and my opinion of course, just as good right off the show room floor. I'm going to ride it more before I send it to Enzo or kreft moto for revavle.

I'm 6'2" and 230 so great suspension is key for me. Thanks.

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8/15/2017 4:58 AM

captmoto wrote:

I have a 17 FC450 with Race Tech suspension. I like it a lot but I might have bought a 350 if I had tried one out first. The 450 is a lot of bike, the 350 lets you ease out of the corners, throttle control is less of an issue. I rode a 17 KTM 350 SXF with a Rekluse clutch and I thought it was outstanding. Still, you can get on a Husky and just feel like a hero on it immediately. Did you get the clearance price on it?

Sipes #412 wrote:

Yes I got the clearance price on it. That what made me buy it.

What's the clearance price?

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8/15/2017 7:28 AM

captmoto wrote:

I have a 17 FC450 with Race Tech suspension. I like it a lot but I might have bought a 350 if I had tried one out first. The 450 is a lot of bike, the 350 lets you ease out of the corners, throttle control is less of an issue. I rode a 17 KTM 350 SXF with a Rekluse clutch and I thought it was outstanding. Still, you can get on a Husky and just feel like a hero on it immediately. Did you get the clearance price on it?

Sipes #412 wrote:

Yes I got the clearance price on it. That what made me buy it.

oceantrav wrote:

What's the clearance price?

$7788

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8/15/2017 7:32 AM

Sipes #412 wrote:

Yes I got the clearance price on it. That what made me buy it.

oceantrav wrote:

What's the clearance price?

Sipes #412 wrote:

$7788

That ain't bad. Was that OTD with tax?

Contacted our local dealer for a 18 tc 65 for my kid and was like $5500 OTD, couldn't pull the trigger...

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8/15/2017 8:51 AM

oceantrav wrote:

What's the clearance price?

Sipes #412 wrote:

$7788

oceantrav wrote:

That ain't bad. Was that OTD with tax?

Contacted our local dealer for a 18 tc 65 for my kid and was like $5500 OTD, couldn't pull the trigger...

Well I bought it in Oregon where there's no sales tax. Out the door I paid 7888. 100 extra for doc fee

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8/25/2017 3:27 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/25/2017 7:52 PM

Sipes #412 wrote:

I just purchased a brand new 17 fc450 and I couldn't be any happier with my decision to go husky. The bike is unreal, I feel so good on it right off the bat by far the best bike I've ridden to date. Current bikes I've had or ridden 2007 yz250 2 stroke, 15 yz450f,12 and 16 crf450r, 14 yz250f, 12 crf250r, 13 rmz450. This bike handles really good for stock and it's really light for a 450. I was a little skeptical on the air fork but it's not that bad. I'm thinking of having kreft moto revalve my suspension just to dial it in for my weight and speed. Has anyone had experience with kreft moto for suspension work?
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8/25/2017 3:31 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/25/2017 7:51 PM

at687 wrote:

Great purchase. I just got an 18' fc450 and feel the same way. My last bike had quite a bit of suspension work from Enzo (2017 yz450) and that yz suspension was great definitely no complaints. But these 48 aer forks are incredible, the bike handles great and really makes you more confident on the track. I just took a gamble purchasing one as I never even rode a ktm/husky before. I'll be staying on this brand of a while. Been on kawi's from 03-2013 and yz's from 2014-2017.

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Nice bike!

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8/25/2017 5:25 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/25/2017 5:28 PM

swtwtwtw wrote:

No need to spend any money on the 2017 suspension. That is my opinion. Spend time adjusting clickers and air.

BOOM! In the 2017 Vital 450 Shootout, I rated it Top 2017 450 for the simplest of reasons: it gave me the fastest lap times.

The AER fork "air" is so easy to adjust and 1 "click" on Comp or Reb is like 2 or 3 clicks on other brands. I've added a little more Comp (2-4 depending on the track) and 2-3 more Rebound due to the additional air I run. The rear needs to be set to the correct sag and then your go to work on the forks. I run a little bit more air in the fork than stock. I'm usually 10.8 bar or more. I find keeping the forks higher in the stroke works best, for me.

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8/25/2017 7:16 PM

swtwtwtw wrote:

No need to spend any money on the 2017 suspension. That is my opinion. Spend time adjusting clickers and air.

TeamGreen wrote:

BOOM! In the 2017 Vital 450 Shootout, I rated it Top 2017 450 for the simplest of reasons: it gave me the fastest lap times.

The AER fork "air" is so easy to adjust and 1 "click" on Comp or Reb is like 2 or 3 clicks on other brands. I've added a little more Comp (2-4 depending on the track) and 2-3 more Rebound due to the additional air I run. The rear needs to be set to the correct sag and then your go to work on the forks. I run a little bit more air in the fork than stock. I'm usually 10.8 bar or more. I find keeping the forks higher in the stroke works best, for me.

Thank you for the feedback after riding it more and hearing everyone's responses I'm probably going to leave it alone and invest on an fmf 4.1 slip on.

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8/25/2017 8:53 PM

swtwtwtw wrote:

No need to spend any money on the 2017 suspension. That is my opinion. Spend time adjusting clickers and air.

TeamGreen wrote:

BOOM! In the 2017 Vital 450 Shootout, I rated it Top 2017 450 for the simplest of reasons: it gave me the fastest lap times.

The AER fork "air" is so easy to adjust and 1 "click" on Comp or Reb is like 2 or 3 clicks on other brands. I've added a little more Comp (2-4 depending on the track) and 2-3 more Rebound due to the additional air I run. The rear needs to be set to the correct sag and then your go to work on the forks. I run a little bit more air in the fork than stock. I'm usually 10.8 bar or more. I find keeping the forks higher in the stroke works best, for me.

Sipes #412 wrote:

Thank you for the feedback after riding it more and hearing everyone's responses I'm probably going to leave it alone and invest on an fmf 4.1 slip on.

No need for a slip on, invest in tires and oil.

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8/26/2017 4:44 AM

BobPA wrote:

No need for a slip on, invest in tires and oil.

I was curious about this too. I just got a '17 FC350 and there seems to be a cone shaped baffle in the muffler. I was wondering how much it would affect power or on the flip side if a slip on would even help. I've heard the headers from ktm/husky are good but that baffle had me baffled. So slip ons are not worth it?

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9/9/2017 10:43 AM

Myself and several of my close friends have logged hundreds of hours on these bikes (KTM and Husky versions) on multiple tracks and terrain including everything from GPF to WW Ranch. In stock form I can easily say this an all time favorite fork of mine. But the AER can be made better in several ways; especially if you intend to race your bike competitively. Nearly all higher level riders elect the Cone Valve Forks. And while I don't want to cut the AER down in any way because it is a great fork, it's a real bummer when the inner seal conks out in the middle of a ride day. That's happened to me once and the fun ends abrubtly. I even bought the Pro Circuit (made by PR2) Spring Conversion for peace of mind and improved reliability. So, there a lot of factors that go into determining if stock suspension is sufficient for you. Here are my personal findings for your consideration: I find the bottoming resistance and adaptability outstanding. Over all this fork is amazing right out the box. What I don't care fo about the AER's in stock form is its' inability to handle consecutive braking bumps that are close together, the harshness it exhibits on rear wheel first slap down landings and the way it tends to get hung up when it's called upon to work in the mid-stroke for any period of time. Once in a while (and I mean once in a while) it exhibits the same pogo-stick affect that was inherent in the 4CS's. But it's not like those in any other way and it only seems to do it once in a while...like once every lap.

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9/9/2017 10:59 AM

Sipes #412 wrote:

Thank you for the feedback after riding it more and hearing everyone's responses I'm probably going to leave it alone and invest on an fmf 4.1 slip on.

BobPA wrote:

No need for a slip on, invest in tires and oil.

Pirate421 wrote:

I was curious about this too. I just got a '17 FC350 and there seems to be a cone shaped baffle in the muffler. I was wondering how much it would affect power or on the flip side if a slip on would even help. I've heard the headers from ktm/husky are good but that baffle had me baffled. So slip ons are not worth it?

Adding a slip-on (or complete exhaust) depends on your goals including what type of tracks you ride on. Surprisingly, the Husky seems to give up a twinge of over-rev and upper RPM power when uncorked with a slip-on. If you ride in deep sand, are a heavier rider or have short run-ups to jumps (like out of turns) you will likely find the stock muffler and sealed air box in need of attention. Also if you compete in racing, you may want more power. In many ways, it's too electric in stock form to be competitive. Personally, I found myself abusing the clutch too much with the stock muffler and purchased the KTM version. I liked the beefed up low and mid range it provided. Do you need it? Maybe not. It is one of the heaviest components on the bike so if you like to put your bikes on a diet, it's one of the best places to start. I remember replacing the dual exhaust on my CRF450 with the FMF single sided Ti. If I remember it was over 7 pound lighter. I think it's fun to make a bike as light as possible. What are your goals?

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9/9/2017 11:26 AM

BamBam23 wrote:

Myself and several of my close friends have logged hundreds of hours on these bikes (KTM and Husky versions) on multiple tracks and terrain including everything from GPF to WW Ranch. In stock form I can easily say this an all time favorite fork of mine. But the AER can be made better in several ways; especially if you intend to race your bike competitively. Nearly all higher level riders elect the Cone Valve Forks. And while I don't want to cut the AER down in any way because it is a great fork, it's a real bummer when the inner seal conks out in the middle of a ride day. That's happened to me once and the fun ends abrubtly. I even bought the Pro Circuit (made by PR2) Spring Conversion for peace of mind and improved reliability. So, there a lot of factors that go into determining if stock suspension is sufficient for you. Here are my personal findings for your consideration: I find the bottoming resistance and adaptability outstanding. Over all this fork is amazing right out the box. What I don't care fo about the AER's in stock form is its' inability to handle consecutive braking bumps that are close together, the harshness it exhibits on rear wheel first slap down landings and the way it tends to get hung up when it's called upon to work in the mid-stroke for any period of time. Once in a while (and I mean once in a while) it exhibits the same pogo-stick affect that was inherent in the 4CS's. But it's not like those in any other way and it only seems to do it once in a while...like once every lap.

I completely agree with you about your feelings about AER's. I've never used them because I had cone valves on my previous 2 FE450s. I've lost a bunch weight and the spring rates were way off on both ends so I sent everything to Powerband for a service and springs. I used my stock suspension for the last 2 races. After fiddling with the AERs psi and clickers I feel that they're by far the best air fork on the track. I totally agree with you about your issues with them I because I have the same complaints about them and it happened every time in the same cpl of sections on the track at NHMX 2wks ago. I told Billy at Powerband about it and feels that some could cured with a revalve but others are the traits of an air fork and probably could never been completely eliminated. They're definitely not cone valves BUT I really like the AER and they're 100% race-able stock.

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9/9/2017 12:24 PM

BobPA wrote:

No need for a slip on, invest in tires and oil.

Pirate421 wrote:

I was curious about this too. I just got a '17 FC350 and there seems to be a cone shaped baffle in the muffler. I was wondering how much it would affect power or on the flip side if a slip on would even help. I've heard the headers from ktm/husky are good but that baffle had me baffled. So slip ons are not worth it?

BamBam23 wrote:

Adding a slip-on (or complete exhaust) depends on your goals including what type of tracks you ride on. Surprisingly, the Husky seems to give up a twinge of over-rev and upper RPM power when uncorked with a slip-on. If you ride in deep sand, are a heavier rider or have short run-ups to jumps (like out of turns) you will likely find the stock muffler and sealed air box in need of attention. Also if you compete in racing, you may want more power. In many ways, it's too electric in stock form to be competitive. Personally, I found myself abusing the clutch too much with the stock muffler and purchased the KTM version. I liked the beefed up low and mid range it provided. Do you need it? Maybe not. It is one of the heaviest components on the bike so if you like to put your bikes on a diet, it's one of the best places to start. I remember replacing the dual exhaust on my CRF450 with the FMF single sided Ti. If I remember it was over 7 pound lighter. I think it's fun to make a bike as light as possible. What are your goals?

I want a little more grunt off the bottom. And as far as suspension the forks feel fine to me after a couple of rides. I weigh 193 and feel the shock spring is a little too soft for my weight probably will swap it out for a stiffer one. There's not much needed for this bike it performs great stock. Definitely the best bike I've owned.

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9/9/2017 1:32 PM

Pirate421 wrote:

I was curious about this too. I just got a '17 FC350 and there seems to be a cone shaped baffle in the muffler. I was wondering how much it would affect power or on the flip side if a slip on would even help. I've heard the headers from ktm/husky are good but that baffle had me baffled. So slip ons are not worth it?

BamBam23 wrote:

Adding a slip-on (or complete exhaust) depends on your goals including what type of tracks you ride on. Surprisingly, the Husky seems to give up a twinge of over-rev and upper RPM power when uncorked with a slip-on. If you ride in deep sand, are a heavier rider or have short run-ups to jumps (like out of turns) you will likely find the stock muffler and sealed air box in need of attention. Also if you compete in racing, you may want more power. In many ways, it's too electric in stock form to be competitive. Personally, I found myself abusing the clutch too much with the stock muffler and purchased the KTM version. I liked the beefed up low and mid range it provided. Do you need it? Maybe not. It is one of the heaviest components on the bike so if you like to put your bikes on a diet, it's one of the best places to start. I remember replacing the dual exhaust on my CRF450 with the FMF single sided Ti. If I remember it was over 7 pound lighter. I think it's fun to make a bike as light as possible. What are your goals?

Sipes #412 wrote:

I want a little more grunt off the bottom. And as far as suspension the forks feel fine to me after a couple of rides. I weigh 193 and feel the shock spring is a little too soft for my weight probably will swap it out for a stiffer one. There's not much needed for this bike it performs great stock. Definitely the best bike I've owned.

Have you tried the no toil powerflow air filter system that removes the back fire screen? I have a 17 350 and I noticed more grunt and throttle response down low after the upgrade.

Also, the aggressive map gives you a lot more low/mid snap. If that doesn't cut it add a tooth as MXA would recommend....

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