Flipper: Racers can access two maps via this handlebar-mounted switch.
2015 FC350 MXA HUSQVARNA
This is how we set up our Husqvarna
FC350 for racing. We offer it as a guide
to help you find your own sweet spot.
4CS FORK SETTINGS
The WP 4CS forks have potential,
which is something we couldn’t say
about last year’s bladder forks. But, and
this is a big but, they aren’t rideable
out of the WP factory. We don’t know
if they have more fork oil in them than
the spec called for or they just missed
on the valving, but these forks need
For hardcore racing, we recommend
this fork setup on the 2015 Husqvarna
FC350 (stock specs are in parentheses):
Spring rate: 0.48 Nm
Oil height: 100mm
Compression: 17 clicks out ( 15 out)
Rebound: 14 clicks out ( 15 out)
Fork-leg height: 5mm up
Notes: We lower the oil height in
5mm increments to lessen mid-stroke
harshness. Although Husqvarna fork-oil
height is measured in millimeters from
the top of the tube (with the spring out
and fork collapsed), 10cc is the equivalent of 10mm, which makes raising and
lowering the oil height simple.
WP SHOCK SETTINGS
Thanks to the all-new 2015 shock
linkage, which has a more progressive rising rate in the first part of the
stroke and firmer internal valving, the
Husqvarna FC350 can handle a wide
range of rider weights. The new shock
is 4mm longer than before, but the rear
wheel travel hasn’t change because the
new shock linkage allows the shock to
hang lower. Don’t fiddle too much with
the shock until you get the forks dialed
in, then move on to the rear of the
For hardcore racing, we recommend this shock setup for the 2015
Husqvarna FC350 (stock specs are in
Spring rate: 5. 7 kg/mm
Race sag: 100mm
Hi-compression: 2 turns out
Lo-compression: 15 clicks out
Rebound: 13 clicks out ( 15 out)
Notes: As a rule of thumb, faster
test riders stayed near the standard
settings, give or take a click or two,
while slower test riders clicked the
compression and rebound out around
four clicks. ❏
the test rider’s boots to get hooked on the subframe. It needs a smoother
( 8) Seat cover. Only Teflon would be worse.
Q: WHAT DID WE LIKE?
A: The like list:
(1) Clutch. This is the way a clutch should work. Good feel, hydraulic
power, self-adjusting and long-lasting reliability—worth every penny.
( 2) Electric start. The greatest idea in offroad riding.
( 3) Brakes. Husqvarna’s 260mm Brembo front brake is still the best in
( 4) Handling. It doesn’t do gymnastics, but it carves perfect lines
once you find the perfect balance between the front and rear suspension.
( 5) Shifting. The transmission shifts with ease under a load. It is very
impressive compared to its competition.
( 6) Aesthetics. Bulletproof in-mold graphics and a unique color
scheme make it stand out in a crowd.
( 7) Fork adjusters. Unlike every other fork on the market, the WP
forks can be adjusted by hand thanks to dials on the fork caps. No tools
( 8) Side panels. Even though we have issues with the airbox and
plastic subframe, we like the full-coverage side panels because they
are easier to grip with your knees than the smaller KTM side panels.
However, we do Swiss cheese them.
Q: WHAT DO WE REALLY THINK?
A: KTM used to own this class. KTM was the only game in town—
and if you bought into the mid-size Open bike formula, all your money
went to them. Now, with Husqvarna having skin in the game, there are
two options—although all the money still goes to KTM.
We like competition because it improves the breed, but we aren’t
sure that KTM really wants Husky to swim in its end of the pool.
Still, they opened the flood gates, and now it is sink or swim for
the Husqvarna FC350.