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November 4th, 2004, 06:01 AM   #1
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Upgrades - What are they?

I found what I thought would be a good bike for my son (02 FE400). And then Tjettim says I need to do a whole list of upgrades.

I'm a little new to this upgrade business.
Does this mean when I go buy the new parts that they will give me the upgraded parts automatically?
Or, do I have to buy some sort of Kit?
Or, do I just drop off the motor at my local Berg dealer and say "perform all of the upgrades" and he'll not only know what to do but have a list of defects (defects sounds harsh) how about "mods" and know what to replace?

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Soon to be owner of 04 or 05 FE550 depending on how far I can open my hand
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Do you have problem? Will you keep the bike when you have the other?

The up grades is new cam followers and double bearings in the counter balancer. The first one is easy to do your self, the other, you need to divide the engine. The early -02 have single bearing. Should be a mark somewhere if you have double bearings.

In the beginning of this part of the forum, General. There is a document made by Taffy. Read that and you get some ideas of what to do.
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November 4th, 2004, 06:22 AM   #3
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No Problem here..
Looking to possibly buy two bikes.. One for me and one for my son.

So the new parts are the upgrades?

I'll look for the article..
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Okay. If you will keep the bike you need to do a lot.
Depending on hours, you should divide the engine or at least check the
timing chain.
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Ask the previos owner what has been done to the bike, maybe some of the upgrades have been done. Also, the 400's are the most reliable. Notable upgrades are the double balancer bearing and the updated rockers like stated, but you should also upgrade the Cam chain with the Older pre-2001 600 style(Quoted as a Regina and needs to be cut shorter) and the steel cam sprocket.

Another option for the rockers is to use the Husky rollers on the old rockers, they are stronger than stock and can usually be had for about $45 for the pair. You may also want to pull the ignition cover off and check to see if it has been kept dry and is not cracked badly. If it is negotiate the price accordingly.
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Hi John

Since the bike will be new or close to new I would ride it a little bit before I tore the motor apart. Most people seem to get at least 40 hours on them before they have problems.

My 02 FE650 has about 95 hours and at 50hours the rockers wear replace according to the Husaberg manual. I keep a constant eye open for any excessive metal flakes in the oil, which I change all the time. that would indicate something is getting ready to let go.
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Parts Upgrades

So, just to clarify, the over the counter replacement parts will be the upgraded parts? Or ???
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I would read Taffy's article and double check NMS to be sure. Mistakes can be made the best way to be sure is to do a couple searches and figure out which parts are the upgrades. Like 03 rollers and double bearing counter balancers etc..
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If you had to guess what the cost of theses upgrades would be, what are we talking??
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