Originally Posted by StevieBoy
I just purchased a 1999 Suzuki DR 350 SE. this is the last year of the air cooled 350. Water cooled is great....unless you drop it and need to walk back home to replace $ your radiator.
I like it because it is light (650 is just to heavy for off road) and has good speed (250's are just to slow) and it has electric start.
I sold my old CR250 and CB550 to buy this bike.
Unlike most people I'm not looking to "Supe it up" with mods. It took me a long time to find a low mileage stock bike. I'll more than likely do most of my ridding on the road with some off-road ridding on the weekends.
I am looking for an original rack, I know they have been discontinued.
Also does anyone know if a kickstarter can be added onto this bike.
I will also look for a Suzuki shop manual. Does anyone know where to get these Items online.
The starter seems to really labor, espacially when hot. is this a common problem?
I would like to hear from anyone who knows about these bikes.
Welcome to the club! I bought my '99 DR350SE with 3400 miles on it a few months ago and have put close to 1000 more on it since then. I had bought a DR650 for a dual sport and agree it's just a smidge too heavy for really tossing it around in the woods. The 650 could go everywhere the 350 has gone and just as fast, but the 350 is more fun and easier to handle off road. If I was slanting my bias toward the road, I'd take the 650, but I bought the dual sport to be legal between the trails.
The original rack is discontinued but I bought one of these and it's really well designed and made. Plus Brian is a great guy who owns like 5-10 DR350s!
You can add a kick starter, you just have to get all the parts together and install it. Here's a list or parts I collected, maybe from Maximum Suzuki, a lot of great DR350 guys hang out there and there's lot's of technical information and advice available. Join up and say high!
Kickstarter parts list for 1994 DR350SE : (not including cylinder head)
1 12941-14D02 ( 18 ) SHAFT, DECOMP $14.22 $14.22
1 09282-10014 ( 19 ) SEAL OIL $3.03 $3.03
1 12942-14D01 ( 20 ) LEVER,DECOMP SH $2.07 $2.07
1 09448-18028 ( 21 ) SPRING $1.77 $1.77
1 09140-08021 ( 22 ) NUT $0.95 $0.95
1 08322-01083 ( 23 ) WASHER,8.5X16X1 $0.81 $0.81
1 01550-06163 ( 24 ) BOLT $0.87 $0.87
1 09168-06026 ( 25 ) GASKET $1.34 $1.34
Decomp Total: $25.06
Decomp Handle Lever
1 09407-12402 ( 19 ) MUD GUARD CLAMP $1.31 $1.31
1 58700-38200 ( 20 ) LEVER ASSY DECO $20.88 $20.88
1 57342-37101 ( 25 ) DUST COVER DECO $4.60 $4.60
1 58900-14D00 ( 7 ) CABLE,ASSY DECO $20.15 $20.15
Decomp Lever + Cable Total: $46.94
1 26211-14D03 ( 1 ) SHAFT, KICK STA $37.44 $37.44
1 26221-22A00 ( 2 ) GUIDE SPRING $3.44 $3.44
1 09448-50001 ( 3 ) SPRING $4.67 $4.67
1 26231-22A10 ( 4-2 )STARTER KICK $19.98 $19.98
1 09440-32002 ( 5 ) KICK STARTER SP $0.84 $0.84
1 09181-17167 ( 6 ) WASHER $1.27 $1.27
1 26232-14500 ( 7 ) GUIDE,KICK STAR $2.78 $2.78
1 26233-14500 ( 8 ) STOPPER,KICK ST $1.77 $1.77
1 09106-06071 ( 9 ) BOLT,KICK START $1.53 $1.53
1 09283-20044 ( 10 ) OIL SEAL $2.70 $2.70
1 26240-14D20 ( 11-2 ) GEAR,KICK START $41.18 $41.18
1 09181-22139 ( 12 ) SHIM,22X28X1.0 $1.27 $1.27
1 09181-22251 ( 13 ) WASHER $1.34 $1.34
2 09380-22006 ( 14 ) 4TH DRIVE GR CI $1.34 $2.68
1 26300-14D11 ( 15-2 ) LEVER ASSY,KICK $59.02 $59.02
1 09106-08102 ( 16 ) BOLT $2.07 $2.07
1 26312-14D00 ( 17 ) COVER,KICK STAR $4.47 $4.47
1 26261-14D10 ( 30 ) GEAR,KICK START $28.77 $28.77
1 26262-14D00 ( 31 ) BUSH,KICK STRT $5.49 $5.49
Kick Starter Total: $294.71
As far as the starting goes, make sure you have a fresh battery first, then if you haven't re-jetted it you will want to remove the carb and clean it good and re-jet. It will REALLY wake up this bike.
Talk to Jesse @ www.keintech.com
and please tell him James from Georgia sent you. He has been a real help to me and my riding buddy. Jesse is VERY knowledgable on the DR350 having ridden and modified them for many years. He can provide you with the jets, an extended idle screw, and instructions as well as many other parts.
My bike was a little slow to turn over when I bought it and didn't run very well either, stumbling a little just off idle. After cleaning and re-jetting it runs like a scalded puppy! I have the stock idle jet, a 137.5 main jet, and removed the snorkle and cut a 3x3 opening in the top of the airbox.
Feel free to ask questions here (and over at Maximum Suzuki) since I've been sorting mine out for a few months now.