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July 17th, 2012, 12:36 PM   #1
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approx FE570 miles before valves, top end rebuild etc?

racking up mileage rapidly on the new FE570. searching the forums, it looks like the later models are fairly bulletproof (after sorting out fuel pumps, filters etc) so interested to see what kind of work FE570 owners have had to do after clocking up a lot of mileage.

VALVES: most riders seem to find these barely move, even from new. any high mileage owners got suggestions for how often to check valve clearances? my dealer said they rarely move and just bring the bike in before i hit 2000 miles.

TOP END REBUILD: one of my riding buddies says to expect this around 12000 miles, but i think he's influenced by riding the older generation bergs? seen a few posts where guys have more than this mileage but have done nothing apart from valve adjustment?

COMPLETE ENGINE OVERHAUL: again, the riding buddy reckons around 20000 miles you'd want to strip her down and do the big end etc. the rate i'm going i'll clock that up in about two years and would probably need to start budgeting for it now.

i'm doing a mix of dirt and light adventure riding, almost never rev it hard, usual oil change intervals etc so was more hoping for something like 20000 miles for a top end rebuild, 30000 miles for a bottom end rebuild. i know not many 2009+ FE owners will have clocked up that sort of mileage, but keen to hear what your thoughts are...
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Re: approx FE570 miles before valves, top end rebuild etc?

Yep, I'm interested in these questions too. Ordered a 450 and imagine similar time-frames other things being equal.
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Re: approx FE570 miles before valves, top end rebuild etc?

Dirt Rider magazine just did a teardown of a long term test Husaberg FE570 (2009). It had well over 300 hours on it. They said everything looked great and the build guality of the motor was excellent. They said the piston looked like it had about 40 hrs on it. They mentioned the only "failure" they had was the fuel pump - which could have been prevented with a filter (I use the tank sock on my 2011 FE570).
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Re: approx FE570 miles before valves, top end rebuild etc?

that's pretty encouraging, 300 hours would be around 15000km with my kind of riding.

i think the pumps were known for being a bit crappy anyway and i read somewhere here they upgraded to better ones from oct 2011 onward. i already did a bit of searching and apart from the pumps on older models, the only other regular issue seems to be the automatic cam chain tensioner isnt great so some guys replace with a manual tensioner when the chain starts to get noisy.

other stuff i've found....
fe570 pulled apart at 7600 miles and top end/bottom end/gearbox all were as new
http://www.husaberg.org/forum/viewto...=14210#p118518).

tour group running fe450s and fe570s got 500 hours before putting new rings in them, still using original lower ends, heads and valves. you'd think tour bikes would get thrashed so this sounds like good news...
http://www.husaberg.org/forum/viewto...=12766#p107219

guy who races fe570s reckons 15000km of enduro use for a rebuild to be on the safe side, or 20000km of dual purpose use. but acknowledges some begs go much further.
http://www.husaberg.org/forum/viewto...=12809#p107599

i can't find the posts now, but two riders clocked up 20000km and 25000km respectively on 570s and said everything was going fine and no engine work needed.

some guys report hundreds of hours with valves not moving even from new, some say a slight adjustment after running the bike in then no movement for a long long time....
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Re: approx FE570 miles before valves, top end rebuild etc?

Well done on the research, very reassuring. Local Berg dealer says he has not have a valve check out of spec yet. Yes, I've heard of 15,000kms (desert?) RACING, without the need for a rebuild yet.
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Re: approx FE570 miles before valves, top end rebuild etc?

My dealer ( at the time ) told me the same thing when I asked him to check my clearances at around 1500 klms. I got him to do it anyway for my own piece of mind as it had not been checked from new and I always like to check things out after the run in period. He found one of the exhaust valve clearances had closed right up!
As for engine rebuilds, mine is being done as we speak. It has 1800 klms on it! Thats right, 1800 KLMS! Mine is having a new piston, bore and rod kit installed. It needs the piston and bore and I have requested the rod kit as it is my opinion that the big end seems to be sloppy. Luckily the parts are being warranteed by Husaberg Australia but I am still out of pocket for labour and loss of riding time!
I love this bike and am sure that my case is isolated. There were outside influences that affected the failure of my engine that I wont bore everyone with at this time. I dont want to tarnish the great knowledge and skills of the many dealers out there based on my negative experience with the one idiot that i encounted!
It is reassuring to me to read of the many happy berg owners that are enjoying great performance and reliability from their bikes and I cant wait to get back on my bike and join them!
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Re: approx FE570 miles before valves, top end rebuild etc?

I bought my 2010 FE570 to replace my stolen XR650 and remember being horrified at the amount of engine noise (compared to the XR) when the dealer first started it up and was told 'They all sound like that'....and they do!! Thing is, it's just clocked up 3800m and over 140hrs and it sounds, feels and goes exactly the same as the day I bought it! Apart from the crap fuel pump fiasco and a manual cam chain tensioner it's been bullet proof. Checked valves twice now and they're still in spec. Don't want to tempt fate but I'm reckoning on at least 500+hrs before ant serious engine work. I plan to just keep on riding and performing the regular maintenance and if the bike suddenly starts to feel or sound different then I'll stick my fingers in and investigate.
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husaberg fe390 fe450 fe570 rebuilds & longevity

bit more info on expected mileage before rebuilds on the 2009+ bergs, thanks to gazza and dustbite.

a bunch of fe390 fe450 and fe570 models used in a tour business. all the bikes have over 40000km up and now have a new cylinder and piston (except for an FE390 still on the stockers!). But the cylinders tend to wear quickly due to being used in very dusty conditions, an on average cylinder & piston were replaced at 15000km.
Most have a new timing chain.
All have been reliable regarding timing chains and intake valves.
The big-end is extremely strong. Same goes for the timing chains, never a broken one (unlike pre 2009 models).

A bunch of FE models raced in rallies, the most done on any one engine was about 10,000km but apparently some 570's did 25,000km before a major rebuild.
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Re: approx FE570 miles before valves, top end rebuild etc?

reading over on advrider, jimmy lewis from the dirt rider magazine liked the FE570 he tested so much that he didn't give it back and bought it. apparently he took the engine apart at 500 hours just to have a look and minimal wear, nothing needed replacing although he replaced the fuel pump that can be dodgy on earlier models.



on a cautionary note, i've been reading about a guy who seized his FE450. he was slipping the clutch way too much on gnarly hills and all the crap from the shredded plates clogged up one of the filters in the oil line. so a good idea to clean out those two filters if you have been really working the clutch.
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Re: approx FE570 miles before valves, top end rebuild etc?

At 95h / 5500km my piston and cylinder looks pretty much brand new. Skirts still have a light visible coating on it, not scuffed away completely. Wrist pin looks new, measured it with micrometer = spot on no wear.

Only 2 valves out of spec for the first time. Regular 5-10h oil changes here depending on use. Won't open the cases this time, maybe at 180-200h mark (supermoto use and built motor coming).
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