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Offline Paul

TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« on: September 07, 2021, 12:18:28 pm »
Hi All.

Would appreciate any input!

So I bought a 2009 Husqvarna TE610 even though it had a bit of unusual knocking sound which I thought was due to the valves needing adjusting.  Adjusted valves, revs lower, but still there (audio file attached).

I checked the tensioner which is at 6 or 7 clicks so I don't think it's that.

So I brought the bike to a mechanic someone recommened in Pretoria, where it's been sitting (about a month) awaiting word on what's wrong (I guess they have a long queue). 

Ok, the question is ... I know the TE-610 is a great bike (I can only think a KTM 690 would be it's successor but that's much more  $ as well), but is it realistic for a non-mechanic to own one these days considering parts (un)availability?  Am I going to get stuck without a necessary part necessitating throwing the bike away (or parting it out) eventually? 

I suppose I can order the odd ebay / oversees part from time to time if necessary (when available in this manner) -- but would love to know if there's a local wizard mechanic(s) who knows this bike in particular and who have experience in "making a plan" to get it sorted, which may include knowing where there are perhaps some local spares sources?    I can wrap my head around basic things like checking valves and such, but tearing into the engine isn't necessarily where I want to go.  The bike is parked at a suggested place, but perhaps the mechanic is just so great that there's a month to wait before it gets looked at -- so looking for alternatives for future reference in the Gauteng area.

Just wondering if I made the right decision to get this TE (which looked to be in good condition, 23,000km) or if the potential of being unable to get it fixed one day is looming for every TE610 owner? 

Thank you!

« Last Edit: September 10, 2021, 01:51:41 pm by Paul »
 

Offline Neo_za

Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2021, 05:30:10 pm »
Used to get all my new Husky spares from Bikers Warehouse.

Never had issues with availability, price or delivery times, and i had an older 2006 SM.

In fact it was a hell of a lot better than what i am currently experiencing with Suzuki where nearly nothing is available locally, and things on back-order takes 6-8 weeks (and even longer) to arrive.

I still have a number of parts left over from a previous build which may still fit. Drop me a PM when you know what you want and i will take a look.

 

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2021, 05:40:41 pm »
Tony Knodel used to have a herd of 610 TEs. @TK

I had one too. I reckon its beter than a 690.

The low down torque, low 1st gear and tall 6th, made it the perfect mid size DS for me.

It's a keeper!

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2021, 06:32:57 pm »
Pictures of your 610 please?

I might be one of our exes.

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2021, 10:51:35 pm »
A couple photos
« Last Edit: September 07, 2021, 10:59:15 pm by Paul »
 
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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2021, 02:56:12 am »
Definitely not my old one. Mine had the white side covers with the 610 TE decals.

I see a nice luggage rack. There should be a small frame underneath the rear fender, attaching the rack to the aluminium main subframe.

Yours has the aluminium side stand of the 630. My steel one was rewelded, braced and foot enlarged.


Is it an aftermath exhaust cannister?

Arrow made a full system for the 610.

Are the exhaust heat shields, except the one on the cannister, carbon fibre?

Carbon fibre engine case savers?

Blazes on here made those CF goodies.

Pic of the headlight when you're at the bike.

Performance wise I had the cannister properly gutted to 50mm, including the end piece.

It already had the power up module fitted, which also eliminates the lambda sensor.

It also had a fuel injector tuning module fitted when bought.

What noticeably improved acceleration was a 3 tooth larger rear sprocket. Can't remember the sizes though. Yours appear to be stock.

On acceleration from stand still it left 690s and 990s in the dust on a soccer field by about two bike lengths. I had the 130 D606 on the rear, and Pirelli MT21 up front, with HD tubes.

I made a small pannier type sub frame on the right rear, for a 5 liter, actually 5.7 liter Pioneer Plastic jerry can fitted, as there is no aftermarket tank for the Fi model.

The air filter sits quite low on the right.

For the occasional slightly deeper water crossing, you can duct tape the lower air filter housing openings closed, leaving only the top one open for air.

I had gussets welded into the subframe at the rear.

The bottom sub frame bolts were replaced by longer stainless ones with a flat washer and nylock at the back.

Check torque of the top sub frame bolt.

Fasteners on the TE are like butter. Check the top engine mount bolts. I replaced with SS items.

Your bash plate appears to be the Hyde item. Great option.

Your seat appears to be a comfy one. Either seat concepts or modified.

The stock seat is similar to an enduro bike's.

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TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2021, 06:19:06 am »
Thanks chopperpilot.  Yes, looks like carbon fibre and the person I bought it from said Blazes did have a look at his bike so probably from him.  He said he bought it from someone in the Cape area when he got it and brought it to Joburg.  He said it also had the power up / bypass setup on it and a cleaned out exhaust (tho stock).  Not sure that the seat is indeed aftermarket?  Will post a photo.  Actually these are the photos the seller of the bike advertised with.  I canít take other photos because itís still sitting at the mechanic waiting to get looked at.  :-\   I havenít even properly ridden the bike yet as I wanted to get the noisy engine sorted first.  It came with a nice luggage rack and passenger pegs as well that arenít currently attached.
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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2021, 07:23:36 am »
Great!

The engine is noisy.

Remove the chain tensioner and count how far it has been extended. Can't remember the specs off hand.

Check the valve rockers, and if all good, enjoy the boney.

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TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2021, 08:49:19 am »
Tensioner is at 6 or 7 clicks so seems ok.  I did adjust the valves ( three times to be sure I got it right  :P ).  Finally brought it to the mechanic with it sounding like ó audio attachment in the first post of this thread.
« Last Edit: September 10, 2021, 01:54:34 pm by Paul »
 

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2021, 06:16:28 pm »
Thank you Neo-ZA, much appreciated.  Somehow missed your post earlier!
 

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2021, 06:43:59 pm »
Paul

I forget the third possible engine noise contributor.

The primary drive gear nut on the right of the crank.

Use the correct tool to lock the 2 gears, before checking the nut's torque.

I bought the Motion Pro gear teeth locker.

IIRC there's a locking washer below the nut, that you bend over onto the nut to lock it. Can't remember using any Loc-Tite.

Order a new gasket before removing the engine casing. Lubing the gasket both sides with multi purpose grease, will simplify future removal.

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2021, 06:51:26 pm »
Couldn't open the sound clip before, but did now.

Not normal for sure and sounds like a loose rocker, but it's most probably the loose primary drive gear nut.

Apparent even a slightly loose, read, not torqued to spec nut, can make a racket!

Don't use anything else to lock the two gears when you torque the nut.

You run the risk of breaking a teeth or two.

Shout if you need a torque wrench or the gear locking special tool.

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2021, 01:11:56 pm »
Thanks, chopperpilot.  The bike is at Offroad cycles at the moment -- but will pass on your mesage to them to have a look ...  (checking valves is perhaps the deepest I've gone into maintenance -- have no experience actually opening the motor).  Still waiting for them to get back to me in regards to what they've found.   They did say all at the valves / top-end looks perfect (I assume that means the rockers too).  So they'll be going deeper to have a look.
 

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2021, 06:23:14 pm »
Thanks, chopperpilot.  The bike is at Offroad cycles at the moment -- but will pass on your mesage to them to have a look ...  (checking valves is perhaps the deepest I've gone into maintenance -- have no experience actually opening the motor).  Still waiting for them to get back to me in regards to what they've found.   They did say all at the valves / top-end looks perfect (I assume that means the rockers too).  So they'll be going deeper to have a look.


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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2021, 03:10:45 pm »
Mine was noisy too, had a ticking sound could never get it quiet  :-\
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Offline Paul

Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2021, 10:44:44 am »
So an update.  Motor fully disassembled.  I was told all looks in spec and good -- only thing is the piston had some carbon build up (cleaned off) and seems a bit loose in the cylinder -- and thus that could be the only explanation they say.  Hence I'm looking to source a new "B" piston (in case someone has one lying around  :bueller: )

 

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2021, 11:01:20 am »
Contact @BigDom on this forum for his input. He owned one until recently, and taught himself all the vagaries of this model, where to source spares etc...

From what I have heard from several people who own/have owned these bikes they are, as @chopper pilot has suggested, absolutely a keeper.
 

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2021, 05:55:50 pm »
Thanks, will do.  Yes, I'm actually suprisingly chilled to spend a bit of cash to get this sorted -- as everything I've read tells me this is the bike I want to be riding ...

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #18 on: September 20, 2021, 11:13:12 am »
Keep us posted!

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Re: TE 610, spares and getting work done, recommendations?
« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2021, 05:36:16 pm »
Will do.  Issue seems to be I need to replace my ďAĒ piston with a ďBĒ.   So trying to source that as well as a new gasket set.