The 2023 Husqvarna TX300 Heritage project with Dick’s Racing was all about honoring Husqvarna history while embracing the newest generation of technological advancements the company has made on their 2-stroke off-road competition machines. We have been working with Dick Wilk for many years. He’s a crafty old desert racer turned tuner and suspension specialist who has a repertoire for building machines that leave us speechless .
Dick spent considerable effort on the suspension, the air fork getting his Hybrid AER kit, which includes all-new valving and a spring setup. He focused on increased versatility, a plusher ride and better fore-to-aft balance. With the shock, the mods target improved tractability, feel in cobby terrain and versatility for better action from desert racing to woods riding.
For off-road work, a Seat Concepts Comfort saddle offers enhanced feel, fanny traction and is easier on the bum. The comfort shape maintains a similar contour to stock at the front of the seat, so the rider’s legs are not spread farther apart but instead tapers out towards the mid-point to distribute rider weight over a greater area. The cover is their Element, which has four traction ribs.
Flexx bars and a Scotts steering damper adorn Dick’s TX300 along with a BRP handlebar mount system .
Custom gold/black wheels, Dunlop MX33s, a Primary drive chain and sprockets.
Dicks Racing has been refining the AER forks since their inception in 2017. He’s been using a Hybrid system utilizing a new cartridge that accepts a spring while still using the AER cartridge at a drastically reduced pressure (140 down to 55). Black hubs with gold rims, Dunlop tires and Nitromousse foam inserts were installed in both wheels.
Wilk’s calls it the best 300 stock engine he has worked with. The motor was completely disassembled, spec’d out, inspected and left stock. This is an unreal statement for a guy who loves to make them breathe!
The only engine performance mod was adding a Scalvini cone pipe and silencer. Dick’s Racing spent development time on the suspension. An all-new frame required new settings to achieve the desired results. Both ends were harsh in rocks and too soft in whoops and G-outs.