order a 10mm-longer brake tip from 7602 Racing for
$34.95 (in black, gold or blue). Contact them at
www.7602racing.com or (719) 274-0606.
( 8) Battery. When cold weather arrives, you should
pre-heat the lithium-iron phosphate (LiFeP04) battery
before trying to start the bike. We touch the starter
button enough to activate the fuel pump but not enough
to get the bike to turn over. When you do this, you can
hear the starter clicking over (or feel it with your hand
on the gas tank). We do this two or three times. Why?
Because iron phosphate batteries get stronger as they
get warmer. Then, once we have the battery preheated,
we pull the choke down (not up) and start the bike.
WE’RE PICKY. WE KNOW THAT THE
COMPLETE PACKAGE DEPENDS
ON A ZILLION LITTLE BITS AND
PIECES. WE FOCUSED ON THE BITS.
( 9) Fuel-line quick release. Husqvarna installs inline
fuel filters in its gas lines. They can be accessed via the
quick-release fitting on the fuel line. You can flick the
small nylon filter out and check it for debris. The filters
can be back-flushed or replaced. Clogged filters hurt the
fuel pressure and flow. Be very careful to make sure that
the fuel lines click back together completely any time
you have them apart. We have had the quick releases
pop off because we didn’t get them clicked. The engine
dies almost instantly—great in the pits, not so great on
the track. The Rockstar team uses the clip from the rear
brake-pad pin to ensure that it can’t come loose during a
race. They also use the same clip to make sure that the
radiator cap doesn’t back off.
( 10) Chain guide. We like Husqvarna’s stock chain
guide and buffer pads, but we love TM Designworks’
indestructible plastic chain guide.
( 11) Throttle tube. We run a Pro Taper aluminum
throttle tube. It replaces the stock ODI lock-on throttle
assembly and can take more of a beating than ODI’s
plastic throttle tube.
( 12) Wheels. We had Dubya lace up a set of Talon
hubs to Dubya’s proprietary rims for a set of bulletproof
wheels. This is important to the MXA wrecking crew,
because one day a Vet Intermediate may be riding the
bike and the next day an AMA National Pro might be
riding it. We want to have the ultimate wheels, not just
( 13) Plugs and caps. The small Allen plug on the back
of the ignition cover can leak oil (not enough to create any
major issues, but enough to make a mess). This plug can
be sealed with high-temp silicone. The Allen doesn’t attach
to anything; it is there to block a hole that was drilled in
the case during manufacturing to allow the internal oil
line to make a 90-degree bend. Additionally, we installed
a Hinson clutch cover but kept the stock clutch. So, what
is the Hinson cover for? It’s stronger than the stock clutch
cover and has an oil-filler cap that can’t accidentally be
loosened by your boot rubbing against it. If you don’t want
to spring for the Hinson cover, at least order Husqvarna’s
or Works Connection’s aluminum oil-filler caps.
( 14) Graphics. We told Red Label the basics of what
we wanted for our graphics design and left them alone.
The black/yellow/red combination makes our Husky
FC250 stand out in a crowd. The MXA logo on the radiator
shrouds comes directly from the top of our orange helmets.
For more info on Red Label, go to www.redlabel.mx.
( 15) The end product. We love this bike. In stock trim,
it was fast, well behaved and agile, but we wanted it to
be special—not a fire-breathing beast that would require
race gas and a full-time mechanic, but a solid race bike
that could be used week in and week out without fear of
failure (on the bike’s part at least). And, most especially,
super front forks. ;
Here is something you
don’t see every day. TBT
tucked Kayaba PSF- 2 air
fork internals into the WP
4CS forks. They worked.