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Husqvarna 359, easy mods?
« on: April 07, 2018, 10:56:40 AM »
Hello guys.  Hope you are all having a decent mud season.  I just picked up a nice used husqvarna 359 e-tech for a song.  Runs like a top.  I know itís an older saw compared to the 562/362ís Iím used to.  I was wondering if you guys have any good easy modifications for the 359 to bring it up to par a bit better with the newer 60cc screamers?

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Re: Husqvarna 359, easy mods?
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2018, 12:22:27 PM »
Muffler mod, retune, good sharp chain. 
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Re: Husqvarna 359, easy mods?
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2018, 02:20:54 PM »
Gman, you have the right saw for easy gains. The 359\2159 is one of my favorite to tinker on.
First off, ditch the catalytic muffler. I've tried gutting them and it's a pain in the butt. Easier to get a non cat, and definitely dual port it.
Secondly, the cylinder has removable transfer port covers. The gaskets never come off whole, you'll need a sealant, and without the gaskets, the screws need to be shortened up a little. I wouldn't go any further than smoothing all the ports up, maybe enlarge them a bit. Be careful not to leave any burrs.

This is probably the biggest gain you can get with a 359. The cylinder has a built in restriction. With the jug off, match the base gasket up to the base of the cylinder and you'll see exactly what I mean. There is a wall restricting flow to the transfer ports. Smooth it out, and match it up to the gasket but be careful not to go too far.

You could also do a base gasket delete, measure the squish first to be sure you have clearance enough. I've done it on 359's and it really bumps the compression up.

Also be sure to take a look at the intake boot clamp- if it's the plastic style, it needs to get changed for the metal ring or a hose clamp, the plastic ones are notorious for leaking and burning saws up.
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Re: Husqvarna 359, easy mods?
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2018, 02:24:59 PM »
 

Here's the restriction I was talking about. Match it up to the gasket, smooth that sharp edge and blend it in.

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Re: Husqvarna 359, easy mods?
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2018, 03:59:10 PM »
^good info.

I handle case mismatch like so on crankcase saws.  



I bellmouth all inlets as much as i can



Lay upper transfers back away from exh port



I also epoxy wasted space cavities to raise base compression ratio.



And sometimes get fiesty with the tig

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Re: Husqvarna 359, easy mods?
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2018, 12:37:22 PM »
Thanks for the responses guys.  Iíve got a non-cat muffler on the way as well as a metal intake clip.  The cylinder mods spook me a bit.  Going to have to try it on a few junker saws before I do it to a good saw.  What are you guys running for bar and chain combos?  I run 20Ē .058 73LGXís on my 562 Husky.  Will the 359 be lacking to pull a bigger combo like that in softwood (spruce, fir, pine) and aspen?

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Re: Husqvarna 359, easy mods?
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2018, 07:11:21 PM »
On a hotrodded 60cc saw i run between a 20 and 24 full chisel in oak
  
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Re: Husqvarna 359, easy mods?
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2018, 09:00:56 PM »
I have a 357 that's been woods ported (by someone else) and I run a 20in 3/8 full comp and a 7pin sprocket. by comparison I run the same b/c with an 8pin sprocket on my stock 372.

currently on the bench is a 359 I'm going to try my hand on. this will be the first time ive tweaked the internals of any motor. it will probably only ever carry an 18in b/c as I know I wont get as much out of it as the experienced hand that built my 357.

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Re: Husqvarna 359, easy mods?
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2018, 09:03:22 PM »
Honestly Iím no saw porting expert. I did the 359 I have with flat files and old chainsaw files :D

If you leave the transfer port covers alone and just match up the base of the cylinder, itís easy. Serious. Youíll nearly have the cylinder pulled to change the intake boot clamp, might as well pull it off and grind on it a bit. Just rinse really well and blow out with air, and reinstall with a gasket.

Or if nothing else dual port the muffler and retune the carb. Thatíll wake it up.

I use 16Ē 3/8 or 18Ē 3/8 on my 60cc saws. The 16Ē makes limbing softwood fast. But itíll definitely pull a 20Ē just fine.
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Re: Husqvarna 359, easy mods?
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2018, 12:26:46 AM »
the 359 is a very good saw to work on, one of the best 60cc saws to do . I will take a new 359 over a new 357 any day of the week, I can make the 359 just flat out haul . The amount of torque that motor came make is unbelievable . No stock 372 is even close


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