1. Husqvarna Motorcycles Made In Sweden - About 1988 and older

84 WR400

Discussion in 'Vintage Restoration Projects' started by disonny, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. disonny Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    ny
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    73 360 wr/rt, 75 wr250 78 cr250,


    It was on the bike when I got it. It's actually too long. They added about an inch to it and the cable is angled from the casing. I'm going to change it one of these days
  2. justintendo klotz super techniplate junkie

    Location:
    mercer, pa/northwest pa
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    84 250,86 400,87 430,88 250,95 360
    Other Motorcycles:
    99 kawasaki zrx 1100
    they were probably trying to make the pull a lil easier...you probably know but any liquid cooled swede will be a good replacement arm.
  3. Eric The Leg Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Currently Tacoma, WA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 WR400, 1985 WRX400, 1979 WR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    83 Kawasaki KZ 440
    I've got to say, you've got an eye Justintendo, I never would've noticed that (on the picture at least) if you hadn't picked it up.
    The irony to me is that both of my [running bikes'] clutch hand levers are shortened.
  4. justintendo klotz super techniplate junkie

    Location:
    mercer, pa/northwest pa
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    84 250,86 400,87 430,88 250,95 360
    Other Motorcycles:
    99 kawasaki zrx 1100
    shorty clutch lever would be rough. i dont even like another lever/perch that isnt the full length magura power lever. nothing else gives the leverage and a full engagement of the clutch.
  5. Eric The Leg Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Currently Tacoma, WA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 WR400, 1985 WRX400, 1979 WR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    83 Kawasaki KZ 440
    Guy I bought my '86 from was a giant of a man. His advice on clutching was to do it as little as possible and speed shift. He didn't need leverage to pull the clutch, and had a stated preference for doing it as little as possible. I'm a pretty big guy (Defensive Tackle in college) and it never crossed my mind that pulling the clutch was 'hard'.
    Guy I bought my '85 from was a bit of a mystery to me. Seemed like an MX-er, the type who might be concerned about things like ease of clutch-pull, but then again, the bike had sat so long the wheels wouldn't spin, so he might not have actually ridden it.
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  6. justintendo klotz super techniplate junkie

    Location:
    mercer, pa/northwest pa
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    84 250,86 400,87 430,88 250,95 360
    Other Motorcycles:
    99 kawasaki zrx 1100
    i can understand...i only use the clutch to downshift, i just let off the gas to upshift. still gets a workout in the woods at times!
  7. disonny Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    ny
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    73 360 wr/rt, 75 wr250 78 cr250,
    Before I tore it down I got a ride on it and the clutch pull was very easy and smooth. I'm not sure how much it would wear the cable coming into the casing at an angle. Most of my clutch use is in braking or cornering. I usually never use it for shifting once I start.
  8. justintendo klotz super techniplate junkie

    Location:
    mercer, pa/northwest pa
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    84 250,86 400,87 430,88 250,95 360
    Other Motorcycles:
    99 kawasaki zrx 1100
    you dont use it to down shift?
  9. disonny Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    ny
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    73 360 wr/rt, 75 wr250 78 cr250,
    very rarely. Maybe when I'm riding easy.
  10. justintendo klotz super techniplate junkie

    Location:
    mercer, pa/northwest pa
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    84 250,86 400,87 430,88 250,95 360
    Other Motorcycles:
    99 kawasaki zrx 1100
    must be..i was always taught to clutch downshifting and just throttle off upshifting, you can kinda feel thats what the transmission likes..same with street or dirt.
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  11. disonny Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    ny
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    73 360 wr/rt, 75 wr250 78 cr250,
    I've almost always down shift without it. On my street bike I do clutch down shifting but hardly ever up shifting.
  12. 86 400 XC Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Calgary
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    75,82,83,2x84,85,3x86,87,88 and 89
    Other Motorcycles:
    more Huskys
    Same here, never use the clutch for shifting. I work the throttle for changing gears.

    Your bike is going to be very nice, great work. ;)

    Steve
  13. Eric The Leg Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Currently Tacoma, WA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 WR400, 1985 WRX400, 1979 WR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    83 Kawasaki KZ 440
    Admittedly, I go both ways. I tend to clutch on the way down, I've got a habit of lugging a bit through turns and letting the engine pull me into the straight-aways, If I slow to the point of shifting, I'll jump down two gears. That just works better with the clutch. Plus, as Justintendo points out, speed shifting on the way down just doesn't feel the same as doing it on the way up. On the way up, it depends how hard I'm accelerating. If I'm really hitting it I'll bump the clutch between the gears, when riding civilized, the clutch is entirely optional.
  14. suprize Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Bendigo, Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR 400, big space in shed
    Other Motorcycles:
    ktm 300
    no clutch once underway unless you hit tight going, just wave your foot at the lever and the husky will look after the rest, I actually blip the throttle when down shifting:thinking:no idea if its effective
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  15. justintendo klotz super techniplate junkie

    Location:
    mercer, pa/northwest pa
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    84 250,86 400,87 430,88 250,95 360
    Other Motorcycles:
    99 kawasaki zrx 1100
    well yeah, thats called rev matching. if you arent using a clutch to down shift, getting the rpm up before downshifting gets the engine ready for the lower gear and makes things smoother for sure. i do it on my streetbike and car if im not driving easy..
  16. jack topper Husqvarna
    B Class

    Location:
    Discovery Bay, CA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1974 400WR
    Other Motorcycles:
    honda, yamaha, suzuki, Indian, Kawas

    I only use the clutch to get off the line or when i need to drop several gears at a time while under heavy braking, like 6th to 2nd coming into a hairpin. Blipping the throttle on the downshift does make it easier on the gearbox (less of that crunchy noise & feel) even when i am using the clutch. Back in the day we called it "crash boxing" because once in a while we'd find that false neutral between gears and get this huge ...CRASH... when we gave up on the shift, pulled in the clutch, waited for things to settle down a bit and pull it back into gear (regardless of which direction we moved the shift lever.) Bottom line: Timing is everything!
  17. disonny Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    ny
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    73 360 wr/rt, 75 wr250 78 cr250,
    A little closer to the end. IMG_1700.JPG
  18. suprize Husqvarna
    Pro Class

    Location:
    Bendigo, Australia
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    WR 400, big space in shed
    Other Motorcycles:
    ktm 300
    you will be thrashing the crap out of it in no time at all:thumbsup:
  19. Eric The Leg Husqvarna
    AA Class

    Location:
    Currently Tacoma, WA
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    1986 WR400, 1985 WRX400, 1979 WR250
    Other Motorcycles:
    83 Kawasaki KZ 440
    You know it takes more than just removing one side to make it a mono, right!?
    ;)
  20. justintendo klotz super techniplate junkie

    Location:
    mercer, pa/northwest pa
    Husqvarna Motorcycle:
    84 250,86 400,87 430,88 250,95 360
    Other Motorcycles:
    99 kawasaki zrx 1100
    tell that to husky :rolleyes:
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    those prototypes are pure porn, lol..
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