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Old 05-08-2012, 05:10 AM   #63976
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Seat Height

Does any one know just what is done when "Dealer Seat Height lowering" is done?

I've read in Suzuki DR650 listings that the dealer can lower seat to 33"

None of sales people around here has given me a detailed description of just what is done to lower the seat.
Is it an adjustment under the seat or are they referring to lowering links?
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:24 AM   #63977
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Yeah, I've lost a few of those $10 vents. Didn't want to go back to the little vent hose cap, but I've had three of those locking IMS caps from Procycle fail in two yrs. The last one failed 800 miles away from home, and it was messy. I was hoping for either a replacement cap or at least a washer.
I'll have to try the inner tube washer.
FYI- Cycle Gear has them on sale for $4.99. I picked up a few as spares.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:47 AM   #63978
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Does any one know just what is done when "Dealer Seat Height lowering" is done?

I've read in Suzuki DR650 listings that the dealer can lower seat to 33"

None of sales people around here has given me a detailed description of just what is done to lower the seat.
Is it an adjustment under the seat or are they referring to lowering links?
The Suzuki gel seat is lower than stock by ~1" without changing anything. It sucks for comfort though. And you can remove the cover and reshape the OEM seat foam to make the seat lower. It too isn't widely considered a comfortable seat.

Lots of info here on ADVRider. Paste this into Google dr650 lowering site:www.advride.com

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=176223
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:29 AM   #63979
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Does any one know just what is done when "Dealer Seat Height lowering" is done?

I've read in Suzuki DR650 listings that the dealer can lower seat to 33"

None of sales people around here has given me a detailed description of just what is done to lower the seat.
Is it an adjustment under the seat or are they referring to lowering links?
There are two settings on the rear shock, a "stock" setting and a lowered setting. They use the lower setting. There are spacers in the front forks that either ride on top of or on bottom of the springs. They move the spacer either to the top of the spring or the bottom of the spring which lowers the front by nearly 1.5 - 2.0 inches. It doesn't have anything to do with the seat; although, you can also purchase the lower seat and get 2 - 3 inches lower ride height overall when combined with the suspension lowering.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:30 AM   #63980
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Question re: Side Stand

So when my bike was factory height, the bike stood almost completely upright when on the side stand.

I had the bike lowered recently and the stand shortened. It sits exactly the same now. Does the DR normally sit bolt upright on the side stand? I can get the stand shortened, but is there anything else going on?

btw the dampening screw is screwed all the way in (I think I am calling it the right name???) and the adjuster on the shock for the spring is screwed all the way down as well.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:32 AM   #63981
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They stand pretty much upright. Mine is lowered with the lowered stand and still sits almost upright. I think most dirt/adventure bikes do though.
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Old 05-08-2012, 06:48 AM   #63982
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NordieBoy, you are on to something! I am working from home today so I thought I'd grab the video camera and run up the road and back. Most of the time the chain was smooth, but during the vibration it was... well... watch the video:

Check out the slo mo of the chain at the end!



So is there any opinions on this? Is this chain movement normal? Sure doesn't seem normal to me. What could be causing this?
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:06 AM   #63983
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Seat Lowering

Thank guys!

Now I know. As always, this forum rocks.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:25 AM   #63984
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Did a bunch of stuff on the DR this week, getting ready for summer riding. New plugs, air cleaner, fuel filter, fork oil. I checked the valves: all still within specs at 43,000 miles. Only one exhaust valve has needed any attention (at 4,000 miles) and it's been stable like the others since.

I replaced my after market brake pads (EBC) because I couldn't stand them any more. I put Suzuki pads back on and the difference is very noticeable- decent stopping power again. I was trying to save money with the EBC's but for me it was a waste of money.

Among other things I replaced my battery. The old one was fine and only 2.5 years old, but someone here once said they think of batteries as wear items (like tires) and replace them BEFORE they strand them in the backcountry. What a concept! I decided that was a pretty smart thing to do since I've got plans to ride a lot of passes this summer. (A new battery costs less than most tires.)

Another thing I did was replace the swing arm chain buffer. Here's a pic of old and new- 43,000 miles and about 1/2 worn through.



Most of the wear was on the inside edge where it was hard to see.

.............shu
Changed mine at 52,xxx miles and it had just worn through.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:38 AM   #63985
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So is there any opinions on this? Is this chain movement normal? Sure doesn't seem normal to me. What could be causing this?
I don't see how you could avoid having chain movement like that unless you just tightened the crap out of it. With each thump of that cylinder the chain will tighten and then loosen between. To me, it looks normal considering what is going on.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:50 AM   #63986
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I bought one of these gas cap vents and could not get it to stay on.

The nipple on the cap is tappered, and the hose pops off. I put it on, walked away, and came back to find it on the floor. I tried roughing up the sufaces (even inside the hose) with sand paper, pinching the hose with safety wire... even silicone glue wouldn't hold it on! Problem solved with Super Glue, but I wonder how others may have solved this problem, other than buying the locking cap.
I found using those breathers with IMS tank cap requires heating the breather hose with a heatgun (or other heat source) and then pushing on tank cap. After the hose cools it will fit very tight, I did a 150 mile ride last week on dirt roads and didn't lose the breather. I believe that's how the hose was fitted to the breather - using heat because the hose is plastic (vinyl) not rubber. Got my breather from Procycle.

Hey! My first contribution to the DR650 forum.... I own a 2006 DR650, 2500 miles, slightly farkled. Great bike, fits right in with the country-dirt roads where I live. Pics to follow once I get a pic host account....safe riding!
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:53 AM   #63987
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I bought one of these gas cap vents and could not get it to stay on.

The nipple on the cap is tappered, and the hose pops off. I put it on, walked away, and came back to find it on the floor. I tried roughing up the sufaces (even inside the hose) with sand paper, pinching the hose with safety wire... even silicone glue wouldn't hold it on! Problem solved with Super Glue, but I wonder how others may have solved this problem, other than buying the locking cap.
My fix was a short piece of rubber hose, approximately 1/2 in. long, outside diameter a tight fit in the depression surrounding the nipple, inside diameter a tight fit over the black tube on the vent. Push the bushing piece onto the black tube until the ends are flush, then install on the cap by applying pressure to the vent and at the same time working the bushing down with a screwdriver. Works great, and there is no reliance on adhesive that might be attacked by the fuel fumes.
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Old 05-08-2012, 07:59 AM   #63988
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NordieBoy, you are on to something! I am working from home today so I thought I'd grab the video camera and run up the road and back. Most of the time the chain was smooth, but during the vibration it was... well... watch the video:

Check out the slo mo of the chain at the end!



I'll add some details about the video:

- the chain is tightened within spec (one notch tighter on the snail adjusters would be too tight)
- Both upper and lower rollers are installed (tried it without upper roller and vibration is the same)
- Front sprocket is a 14t, rear is stock.
- the slapping of the top half of the chain on the swingarm coincides with the bad vibes I'm feeling in the seat and pegs.

It seems like this is an oscillation, not just random slapping. And I don't think it's normal otherwise everyone would be complaining about it.

Maybe I need something like this?

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Old 05-08-2012, 08:13 AM   #63989
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My fix was a short piece of rubber hose, approximately 1/2 in. long, outside diameter a tight fit in the depression surrounding the nipple, inside diameter a tight fit over the black tube on the vent. Push the bushing piece onto the black tube until the ends are flush, then install on the cap by applying pressure to the vent and at the same time working the bushing down with a screwdriver. Works great, and there is no reliance on adhesive that might be attacked by the fuel fumes.
That's a good idea too. Thanks.
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Old 05-08-2012, 08:18 AM   #63990
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