2017 Husky FC 350 suspension work

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12/10/2017 2:31 PM

Hey all!

This is my first post on this site, glad to be a part of the community again! I took a 10 year hiatus from riding and just got back into it this past summer. I live in Western NY and since the weather doesn't cooperate through the winter I was planning on doing some upgrades to my FC 350. First and foremost is my suspension. That being said I was reaching out to you fine folks for some opinions. I saw a couple other threads on here regarding this but not much on the AER 48's. So the two places I'm looking to get my suspension done is factory connection or a local race tech certified tech. Race tech is cheaper and the guy is local. Last bike I had (2008 CRF 450) I sent to FC suspension and it was amazing. Anybody have experience with the AER 48's being tuned by either FC or Race Tech? Thanks in advance!

A little background on me:
Former racer
Mainly ride MX, with the occasional trail/woods ride.
Fast C slow B
6 foot, 210lbs
The track I frequent most is a legitimate sand track
But I do go to the local practice days at the three tracks nearby as much as I can.

Again! Thanks and I look forward to putting up a bit of a build log as the winter progresses.

Eric

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12/10/2017 6:34 PM

I'm a Race Tech guy and have had all my bikes done since 1992. Take it for what it's worth. I really like the feel of my AER forks. I had them done at the beginning of the year and the mods are what comes in the 18 bikes. Their upgraded quad ring, a different grease in the air side and their Gold Valve in the other side. The shock was good stock but I had it revalved for my weight and a heavier spring. I'm probably too slow to get them hot enough to see or feel a pressure rise people talk about.
You might be able to get away with a stiffer rear spring and bumping your air a little. By going stiffer in the rear you will be putting more weight on the front end. I don't think you need as much air pressure as is recommended by WP but that is what is cool about the AER, you can change spring rate with a pump..

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The older I get, the faster I was.

12/10/2017 8:16 PM

Thanks captmoto! It's much appreciated! I had the shock resprung for my weight the week after I got it. Just looking to see where people got their AER 48's revalved and what others experiences were. Was it a noticable difference on your bike? I'm just looking for a bit more plushness and less jarring from hard landings. I like the fork for the most part otherwise. It dances a tad too but nothing I can't live with.

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12/10/2017 11:36 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/10/2017 11:37 PM

Yes, there are times when I am really aware that the fork is working really smooth. I actually run less air than RT recommends. Before I did the revalve I noticed that due to my size that there is a kind of a cross over where the compression damping isn't enough and the air is too much. If you were 170 lbs, it would be a little easier to dial it in. Remember, all bikes are set up for a mythical generic rider. Even with two bikes identically set up, they will feel different to different riders due to riding style. Keep messing with yours until you get it working for you. Also, don't know how many hours you have but another post mentioned 5 hours to break in. If you decide to revalve do your research and be completely honest with whoever you go with about your weight, riding skill and style and so on to get the best effect.

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The older I get, the faster I was.

12/11/2017 12:33 AM

Evo industries in pa. Jeremy kready does excellent work!

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12/11/2017 5:23 AM

Thanks a lot guys! Good insight!

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12/11/2017 5:54 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/11/2017 5:56 AM

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That's our sand track
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12/11/2017 9:19 AM

I like aer forks. There has been tons of testing on them, and can be tuned well. Imo it's best air fork on market, and are most user friendly design. Cool track!

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Livin' the dream, two wheels at a time!

12/11/2017 3:46 PM

Thanks!

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12/11/2017 10:18 PM

I love the AER forks on my 2017 TC250. I have no desire to change them. I am in the same boat as you. I gave it up in 2005 when I couldn't get my freshly rebuilt 2004 YZ250F to run (the slide was backwards and it was hard to tell it was backwards). Flash forward to a few months ago and I picked up a TC250. Wow. This thing is fast and as far as I am concerned, it's a works bike. After some time swapping brass and getting the bike dialed in, I'm really happy with it and I can't see myself wanting to upgrade until the bike is just too clapped. Before my 250F, which I felt was too plush and mushy, I had an 01 CR125 which I felt was too stiff and harsh. The AER forks are right in between. It's perfect.

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12/12/2017 5:02 PM

Nice! Thanks for the info! And doesn't it feel great to be back on a bike?

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12/12/2017 6:17 PM

I'm curious about the Kreft Revalve Control...

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Current rides-
1988 RM250
2019 KX450

12/12/2017 6:32 PM

Just an FYI, the mid valve design of the TC's and FC's are totally different and that's why you'll fine more people happy with the TC fork than the FC fork in stock form. The FC fork can be made to work very well but the harsh mid valve design needs to be addressed.

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12/13/2017 5:09 AM

Thanks for that info slipdog. Now I will def get the suspension done. And superdave19, I looked into them, I heard fantastic things about kreft. Unfortunately the fork revalve alone is a little over 900. FC or my local race tech tuner is that or less for the entire suspension. As much as I'd love to go with kreft especially after what ping had to say about them I cant justify double the cost for a vets play bike. Maybe I'm wrong and should fork over the dough.

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12/13/2017 5:26 PM

I have an Ohlins spring RXF 48 fork I’m selling for a Husky/KTM and am 30 mins local to you (and also ridden at that track) if thats something you ever wanted to consider.

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12/14/2017 5:44 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/14/2017 5:45 PM

The cool thing about the Kreft ReValve is that you can say goodbye to ever having to send your forks out for a shop to revalve. Just turn the dial and you can literally revalve them yourself in seconds. Very neat idea. Ping tested them and was VERY impressed

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12/15/2017 8:02 AM

Yeah, I saw that review swatdoc. They do look impressive. Just hard to justify 1600+ suspension tuning when the other two I can get for under 1000. IDK, still on the fence. I've got a bit to pine over it. And bm201 I'll message you.

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12/15/2017 8:09 AM

For that price, I would get the dalsaggio kit. It's literally plug n play, and can be taken out and installed, or sold if you sell bike.

For mx, the aer can work very well when set up properly. My bud's riders are killing it over the pond on aer forks.

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Livin' the dream, two wheels at a time!