Lectron Carb Questions

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  1. Admin

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    I just picked up a low hour 17 TX300. The previous owner bought a Lectron 38 (non HV) from Slavens as soon as he got it, It came with the 2-3xl metering rod, and he could never get any bottom end out of it (at 1000' ASL). He ended up never really riding it (only 10hrs) and sold it to me a year later with the Mikuni w/jd kit installed, but included the Lectron in the sale.

    I haven't had a chance to get a real ride on the bike as it sits with the JD\Mikuni yet, but it feels fine going up and down the road. (I know that's no test).

    I called Lectron and they will do the HV mod and set it up with the 5-1 metering rod for ~$100 including shipping. My question is if I do try the Lectron do I need the HV mod? what exactly does the "High Velocity" give you? I'm a slow rocky technical single track rider and would want low end torque over high rpm power. all of our stuff is slow and tight and I like to lug vs being on the pipe.
     

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    Lectrons have been around for a long time, what brought the name back up in the last few years was the introduction of the SmartCarb, with its price and waiting list (at first). If I lived in the mountains out west and saw big elevation changes on a ride perhaps, but here? We go from approx 1K' at home to sea level in south jersey, thats it. I never jet for elevation, get by with 2 specs and some air screw tweaking. If it were mine, I'd forget the Lectron AND the Mikuni. You can get the head done for <$100, Keihin with couple Suzuki needles and be done with it.
     
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    I tend to agree, about the kehin, I just figured since I had the Lectron I might give it a shot. and Yes, we don't change elevation much so maybe there isn't as much benefit to us?

    At first I thought I didn't want to try it and put it for sale on FB, I got about a thousand messages in the few days I had it listed. so I took the listing down thinking maybe I've got something I should be trying first.
     
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    Sell to the highest bidder! Head to RBD, will be back in a week. Keihin and a couple $15 needles. You will end up with a good running bike, with std components, and cash in pocket! At one time I had a SmartCarb on order for my GasGas, when they first came out. I got sucked into the hoopla too a bit because the guy had some good engineering rational behind it. Thinking about it again, just as I said here, I got my deposit back. Then the carbs came out and problems started. Its hard to get them to run perfect on one circuit, and from what I've seen from a couple they run a little lean and flat and you have to dick around with the rods. Thats why the milage is good with them. I think the Lectron has the equivalent of a main jet ckt now to help, correct? A solution in search of a problem, for me, for here.
     
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    you might be right, I'm gonna run the Mikuni for now and see how she runs, seems like no shortage of bidders on the Lectron!
     
  6. Hawaiidirtrider

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    It does seem a waste since you already have it but it’s only good if you might gain advantage with your situation. Have you looked at what others have for results with it? You might find some info from others to just look at. I gotta say Ive seen so many that seemingly didn’t even olay with their stock carb and straight up just bought a lectron almost immediately with their ktm/ Husky. I guess the stock comes jetted badly off the showroom floor. .Still to throw down $500 and more is surprising hey but you scored. You have options
     
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    I finally got a chance to ride the new bike last weekend..although I had to travel to Southern NJ to do so. South Jersey is all sand and whoops, no rocks and even long crossings are 6" at the most, so not a real good test for the bike. The Mikuni did just fine with the JD kit installed with red 3.5, 30p 420m. It had a bit of a lean surge after a section but settled down quickly. gonna try next richer clip position and/or larger pilot. But really, these claims that the bikes are "unrideable" even after the jd kit? It was fine...perfect? not yet, but with a little tuning I think it can be damn good.

    I've got the lectron ready to go (ordered a 5-1 rod) but I'm going to wait until the snow melts to give it a go.

    I see a lot of guys saying that the lectron made the bike too mellow, or "took away the hit". I'm thinking that maybe the "hit" they are feeling is just poor jetting. I mean look at all the reviews for the TPI bikes, they all said the bike was down on power and lacked "hit", now it seems after all the dyno charts have come out most agree that they are every bit as powerful, but just a lot smoother and after all as enduro riders isn't that what we are after, smooth predictable, usable power?

    Of course I haven't even tried the Lectron yet, so this is all speculation and I don't know if I would try one had it not come with the bike, but I have it so time will tell.
     
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    well, now that I have a couple more rides on her in the rocks, here is where I'm at:

    1. The more I ride the bike the more I like the AER fork. It seems to have the ability to be extremely plush in the slow stuff and still hold itself up on faster stuff or drop offs. I'm still playing with the clickers and sometimes I get I bit of a kick in the mid stroke but I may have had the rebound too light and been "packing" the fork...need more testing.

    2. I'm still playing with jetting on the Mikuni....it runs pretty good now but still does the pinging thing on road sections when I let off the throttle. I guess some call this pipe bang? Which might indicate it's a little rich on the needle? Also many people report the slide is the real problem with the Mikuni and I have a 5.75 slide on order to see what all the hype is about. I haven't touched the Lectron just yet...waiting to see how the Mikuni pans out.

    3. In it's current configuration it has too much hit for my technical trail. It is a bit docile down low (not weak) very well mannered but if you slip the clutch a bit to coax some "pipe" out of her you sometimes get a bit too much. I have the yellow PV spring @ 1.5 turns in, so I might experiment with the green.

    4. Height, I played with the Fastway adjustable linkage in the low position which puts me flatfoot but also made the bike I little slower handling. and a bit less "compliant" in the rear. I rode with it in the standard position and like it much better, it's not Beta low but it's tollerable!

    5. footpegs: the standard pegs seem very soft and I've bent both slightly already so I picked up some Fastway Evolution IV stainless pegs which I will run in the low position to try and get my old knees a little less bent while sitting.
     
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  9. Hawaiidirtrider

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    You could just get a lowering kit too for that matter. Seat height is such an under rated but very important aspect. If I'd get a husky or ktm I'd do something about seat height. It's not like ground clearance is an issue to me.. but being able to stand or dab in sections is huge. even a little flop because you didn't get the dab down in an awkward moment is tiring and a huge waste of time if racing. If riding real open or mx stuff no biggee at all..but that's not enduro. I'm surprised someone didn't make a mod for an adjustable powervalve for ktm/husky. Moto9 made a simple adjustable power valve for his 2001 cr 250 honda. I wonder if others have listed mod setups for Husky for enduro/technical type riding and racing. I figure there's got to be something out there. I did see one youtube vid.. but I have no clue about how legit or not the settings are. It seems lots are talking about cutting holes in the airbox for better breathing. Here's one I ran into.






    I wonder if airbox mods make a difference on Beta much. I've not heard of any except for one source . I'm not in a rush to cut holes anywhere but maybe I could just take a ride with a side cover off just to see if I can feel a difference.
     

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