2017 Husky 350 suspension set up.

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12/6/2017 4:27 AM

238lb intermediate mx rider using a variety of different track styles.

Ok so I've switched to Husky from Suzuki and I feel like I've made a HUGE mistake. The bike is virtually unrideable compared to the Suzuki. Its skittish, I get crippled with arm pump and my hands are in pain within 2 laps at race pace, it's unstable to ride, the front tucks in corners. It's like I'm a complete and utter novice again. I was practicing in Expert class on my Suzuki now I'm riding in the novices.

It's WP suspension with the AER48 air forks.
I spoke to a shock specialist who sold me a stiffer spring 52 or 54nm I think which was for my weight.
I have the shock wound fully up and I can only achieve 85mm race sag so I'm guessing he's sold me a too heavy spring. I am having traction problems too. I've managed to combat it slightly using clickers but it still not good enough.

I have been playing around with the air forks and I've got them working better but still so far off where I need them to be.

The bike hasn't been revalved but I've always got my suspension perfect without ever revalving a bike. I'm wondering if now is the time to throw some money at it though before I sell up and revert back to Suzuki because as it stands the Husky is the worst bike I've ever ridden!

Any help appreciated.

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12/6/2017 11:49 AM

The bike behaves like shit because your sag is so far off. That is a good thing, because ones you get it right it will be good.

With your weight you should be around 52-54 spring. Do you mean you only get 85mm sag, with zero preload on the 52/54 spring?

What does it say on the spring?

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12/6/2017 11:54 AM

Best to test the spring, then you'll know.

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12/6/2017 12:09 PM

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12/6/2017 4:05 PM

Get the sag correct and the front end should improve with a few adjustments of air pressure, however I have the same bike and I couldn't stand the air forks, square edge stuff was brutal in the initial part of the stroke and no matter what I did I couldn't get that to go away and the pressure definitely rises the harder and longer you ride which makes for a stiffer front end but the bottoming resistance and turning ability was pretty good. Sell the aer forks and buy some kyb sss forks and you'll never have to adjust air pressure again. I have a kyb setup I might be selling if you're interested let me know.

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12/8/2017 6:04 AM

aees wrote:

The bike behaves like shit because your sag is so far off. That is a good thing, because ones you get it right it will be good.

With your weight you should be around 52-54 spring. Do you mean you only get 85mm sag, with zero preload on the 52/54 spring?

What does it say on the spring?

Yes, it's either a 52 or 54nm spring I had fitted when I bought the bike because the original spring was far too soft. So with this stiffer spring on my shock is wound all the way up to the top as far as it will go without letting the spring loose. I bought the Husky because everyone said 'its a race machine out of the box' lol. It's not....haha

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12/8/2017 6:30 AM

aees wrote:

The bike behaves like shit because your sag is so far off. That is a good thing, because ones you get it right it will be good.

With your weight you should be around 52-54 spring. Do you mean you only get 85mm sag, with zero preload on the 52/54 spring?

What does it say on the spring?

rc10andy wrote:

Yes, it's either a 52 or 54nm spring I had fitted when I bought the bike because the original spring was far too soft. So with this stiffer spring on my shock is wound all the way up to the top as far as it will go without letting the spring loose. I bought the Husky because everyone said 'its a race machine out of the box' lol. It's not....haha

I dont think any bike is race ready for your dimensioning.

Know a guy around 110-115kg, fast as hell, and think he runs 52. Change spring until you get ~104-108 and fine-tune from there.

Pressure in fork should be 11-11.5 bar when measuring sag. Then fine-tune on track. Clickers shall go back to standard.

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12/8/2017 11:03 AM

rc10andy wrote:

Yes, it's either a 52 or 54nm spring I had fitted when I bought the bike because the original spring was far too soft. So with this stiffer spring on my shock is wound all the way up to the top as far as it will go without letting the spring loose. I bought the Husky because everyone said 'its a race machine out of the box' lol. It's not....haha

They must have put the wrong size spring on your bike. If it as an actual WP spring the numbers will read 54-247 because the new shock is shorter than the older versions. 54-260 is the older springs or they could have even given you a KYB spring that will fit but are 270mm. A correct 247mm spring will not run to the top without coming off the spring.

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