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Recluse e-axle, has any1 tried one?
« on: May 19, 2014, 06:05:53 am »
Just out of interest, has any1 put an e-axle on the bike?

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Re: Recluse e-axle, has any1 tried one?
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2014, 11:06:26 am »
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Re: Recluse e-axle, has any1 tried one?
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2014, 03:17:07 pm »
I have been using one for many years on my 04 525EXC.

They don't seem to promote them as one might expect. The item itself is well done but as with many things it's a trade-off (beyond the $).
As I recall there is some hardware (maybe seals/spacers, it's been awhile) which must be swapped. One past the cost and initial setup e-axle use is fairly straight forward, it's fairly obvious what is happening but... A little tough to translate to outcome. Keep in mind it is an eccentric and depending on where it is set the axel will be forward or aft of stock, and higher or lower then stock which is where it becomes a little cryptic.

That said I was looking to slow the steering as the bike is used as a dual-sport and in Baja so very little slow single-track. I set it and never tried other settings so can't comment on that aspect.

There are a couple negatives with running the e-axel one being it is a touch harder to install the axel as it indexes (rotation) to the receiver on the other fork leg, and it will effect where the brake pads sweep on the rotor. This last bit has not been a problem but for some it might, it is possible for the pads to be slightly inside or out side the edge of the rotor.

Now for what you really want to know does it work? For me not night and day, I installed it and have lived with it never looking to remove it but...also not sure I would do it again. Love the way my 525 handles but not sure it is that much different then it would be with the stock axel. My suggestion it to make sure you have everything else set properly and then give the E-axel a try if still looking for more, if it is offered with a money back guarantee.

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