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May 27th, 2016, 07:30 PM   #21
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I don't Try understanding Taffy if you try it will give you headache. Times he's very helpful then other times like now he's can be a #%^ it changes all the time. I'll get use to it.
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May 30th, 2016, 03:22 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Rainerio View Post
The sad part is I do look like that!! Just a lot older. Be carful Husaberg's can be addictive. If your a little eccentric and a mechanic you'll love them. Good luck
Ya I might be a bit eccentric and I am mechanic. Wouldn't you know it, I like it a lot. How did you know? I am planning to have this one as a toy for the eccentric side of me and 525 exc for the rational side. I have just ordered shinco 244 knobbies for it. My next two projects will be external spin on oil filter under the seat and dual cooling fans - lighted blue led. Large rear sprocket also. Does anybody have heard good things about some oil stabilizer /additives? I think I will do 70% dirt, about. What is upper rpm safe limit for this 550 and what is danger zone?
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May 30th, 2016, 05:34 PM   #23
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Congratulations with your 07 550 Polska.
You do have some peculiar ideas with the bike IMO though.
The Husaberg 550 and 650 both have more power than your Ktm 525 as well as all the other lightweight dual sport and supermotos. If your going to install knobbies as you say and need more power in the dirt with your 550, lets see a Gopro video of it because its going to be good. Or maybe you would be happier with the 650?
Your 07 550 is pretty reliable without the Bullet Proof Husaberg Kit you are seeking to find. Just change oil frequently, keep valves in spec and follow up on known wear items and you will be ok.
The Titanium frame? I've never seen one. And the Husaberg frame is just fine. It doesn't crack and the motorcycle weighs 239lbs dry weight. It already is the lightest most powerful bike out there. Excuse me but the idea seems a bit ridiculous.
And the swingarm. Do you see a problem with it? I sure don't. The Forks? Maybe throw another brand on them?

I'm not purposely coming down on you. Its just that these kind of questions are definitely out of the norm when you have an awesome bike to go out and enjoy. So why not go with the flow.

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May 30th, 2016, 06:12 PM   #24
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Ride the bike first then if you want Do the titanium frame it's you bike. If it makes you happy and you can afford it why not? Like to see the weight savings?

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Congratulations with your 07 550 Polska.
You do have some peculiar ideas with the bike IMO though.
The Husaberg 550 and 650 both have more power than your Ktm 525 as well as all the other lightweight dual sport and supermotos. If your going to install knobbies as you say and need more power in the dirt with your 550, lets see a Gopro video of it because its going to be good. Or maybe you would be happier with the 650?
Your 07 550 is pretty reliable without the Bullet Proof Husaberg Kit you are seeking to find. Just change oil frequently, keep valves in spec and follow up on known wear items and you will be ok.
The Titanium frame? I've never seen one. And the Husaberg frame is just fine. It doesn't crack and the motorcycle weighs 239lbs dry weight. It already is the lightest most powerful bike out there. Excuse me but the idea seems a bit ridiculous.
And the swingarm. Do you see a problem with it? I sure don't. The Forks? Maybe throw another brand on them?

I'm not purposely coming down on you. Its just that these kind of questions are definitely out of the norm when you have an awesome bike to go out and enjoy. So why not go with the flow.

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Reading your post I didn't get any feeling that you were coming down on me or my ideas. It just felt that you were puzzled. Understandably since my ideas are out of the box. I can never leave things alone. I am always looking to improve things. Doubled power in my old tdi passat diesel and could beat newer v6 gas cars.I saw a truly beautiful titanium frame for a Ducatti. This would be a project way down the line. I just like power and torque. My sxf was not any slower than 550.
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May 30th, 2016, 11:32 PM   #26
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Today I was riding for the first time new to me '07 550 in supermoto guise. I really like it so far. Engine is freshly rebuild, updates done, dual valve springs, orangeberg mod for weep hole, roller bearings etc. Starts perfect, sounds really good and healthy.

My plans are to install two cooling fans, all dc magneto mod, install external spin on oil filter with cooler to cool oil and increase oil capacity.

I will be adding a MOTORCOTE OIL ADDITIVE - it is super lube of sorts that I have very good things to say about. I will be installing knobby tires. I have question to Orangeberg, Taffy, Bushy, Dr c and others with experience ; what other recommendations I might want to consider? For example, are you oldtimers still using Dello and Rotella synthetic 15 W 40 with good results? I see Lukas oil 5 w 40 full synthetic that is good for the latest mercedes diesel engine. I am long time car, then truck mechanic and I know that recent diesel engine oils have very high quality to withstand high mechanical pressures. Camshaft lobe pressure in unit injectors especially.

There's some really good coolant, what was it called?

Can someone make a list or a thread on HOW TO BULLET PROOF PRE '09 HUSABERG?

This would be really useful, perhaps make a kit??? What are some power mods on 550? No big bore kit??? Really? Power is like chips, or pistachios more is better,what you have at first is just not satisfying. You get more and THEN you feeling great!

Is there a possibility to find or have made a long life piston? Can you bore out liner on 550? 1,2,3 mm?

Has anyone ever made a titanium frame?

My 550 feels very similar power as my sold already '08 Ktm 450 sxf with Bondi engine but now I have six speeds and it is more special, more rare, that counts for me as well. I will keep for now 525 exc it feels good as well and Ktm was my first passion, some nostalgia remains and they are supposed to be very good engine with lots of mod potential.
Hello Polska,

increasing oil capacity is worth doing i run one of my bikes with a wet ignition and oil change is just over 2 L. a cooler however has been shown not to actually lower the oil temperature since it is quite low at 70 degC most of the time (this was done by user name "weed" or popup )

the oil cant be too slippery because our clutches are too small, delo 400 is perfect for these engines, in my bikes it lasts longer than motul 300V (becasue of the clutch slip with the motul) i do add moreys oil stabiliser to increase viscosity for my conditions (deep sand and often 40deg + C) lucas oils stabiliser is better for dirtbike engines as it doesn't contain sulfur. sulfur eats the silver metal plating on the big end cages.

evans coolant I think is the one but i dont use it. i use 50/50 water and glycol.

nobody can claim buletproofness lol thats more complete BS. the wrong mains fail even with correct axial play and even in a 450.

there is one member running NTN mains with zero axial play on a 644 (82mm stroke, flexible 32mm pin) he built it years ago and its still running

except for the mains and the valve springs, stock is very very good for most people. all the aftermarket stuff i tried was worse than OEM in many respects. in my experience avoiding unnecessary aftermarket rubbish and sticking to the parts suppliers in my signature has been the way to keep my bikes happy.

some things that might help very gernally speaking: NTN roller main bearings and kibblewhite dual valve springs

other interesting stuff here: Bushmechanic Mongrel 628 Trailbike

you can go to 105mm bore with an iron liner or 102 with the alloy one, IMHO the alloy is too weak even at 100mm in the 650s becasue its longer and unsupported at the front and back. in the 550 the liner is shorter so it might work ok at larger bore.

nobody has posted about doing this to a 550 but that doesn't mean it has not been done. issues are headgasket sealing and sourcing. but this has been solved. see thread "jbs700kit on 80mm welded crank"

spanner is building a very interesting engine with the 550 cases, search all his posts its very inspiring

imho the simplest "power" and longest lasting configuration of these engines is the 650 with an 80mm crank and 105mm bore, port the head and go slightly bigger valves. so you might look out for a set of 650 cases to build into a 700.

pistons are pretty much all the same life except for Pro X (avoid)

wossner is good, CP and JE are also, wiseco is ok. ELKO or mahle is the oem piston for the 628 (80mm crank 650) and at stock compression is also very very good.

a titanium or carbon frame would be very nice, i think if you did that then it would be wise to consider if you really like the stock geometry and ergonomics, i really dont like it for off road.

welcome to the site and have fun
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May 31st, 2016, 06:42 AM   #27
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Hi Bushy! Thanks for your input, you included tons of super info.

First let me thank you for awesome info. This rocks! Very interested in wet ignition. Have tons of questions but I will just wait and read all I can tonight first. I enjoy that too. I have updated mains and valve springs allready so first will be cooling fans. If anyone knows of 650 engine or whole bike let me know please and thank you. Ntn mains is brand name or acronym for something else? I was thinking about starting a new post about parts suppliers and have all listed there. What do you think about that? Would be good to avoid overseas shipping cost. Another krazy idea - 3 d printed magnesium cases? When you are retired all crazy ideas would be super hobby, don't you think? Better than sitting at the beach I think.
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May 31st, 2016, 08:44 AM   #28
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As another note referring to you wanting to improve the frame by making it Titanium.
And without taking anything away from Bushy ,because what he has done suits him fine.
But I own a 2016 Ktm 500 exc. And Im very happy with it and it does handle great. But it does not feel or handle any better than my 2005 Fe650. In fact to me they handle very similar in a lot of ways.
So in my opinion again your Titanium frame would need to be pretty much and exact match in geometry or else you will probably make it worse.

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May 31st, 2016, 11:50 AM   #29
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Magnesium cases and water not a good idea unless you have the right additives. Don't ask me which??? Ate up the case on my 1986 Husqvarna they went back to a aluminum case
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Hey Polska,

for a bit of inspiration have a look at this link as well as Bushies.

The technical adventures of Dr_C


Enjoy the Berg.

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