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Old 02-27-2012, 06:03 PM   #60586
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I'm still under 20K on my 2007. The only thing I've noticed is an increase in oil weeping from the top end. The left side has the usual cam cover leak but, I found out today while checking valves that the right side cam plug is leaking too. The top end won't rust...

I replaced the cush rubbers today also and man they are tight. I didn't realize how loose my originals were. With a fresh 705 on the rear I'll be getting up to the Cherohala soon. The weather has been getting warmer, it was 60 today and the 70's were here a few days ago...
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:24 PM   #60587
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Originally Posted by bkoz View Post
Nope, I have the OEM Yammie tube and had the exact problem you are having. It will progressively stick worse and worse as the tube wears. I was the one who installed the set screw that motodefecient is talking about.

Actually the setup has held up. I haven't bothered changing it because of the grip heaters. Your best bet is the ProCycle throttle tube.
I've already got the Motion Pro one so I'll see what it takes to modify it/the throttle housing so it's right.

It only cost me $14 including shipping from the US, the Procycle tube is no doubt a good product, but it's $90 including shipping to Aus. Should last forever though being aluminium.

In my research on this I found links to a zip-tie mod at TT that some of the DRZ crowd are using. Even cheaper.... just not sure I'd trust it.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:54 PM   #60588
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Originally Posted by Elvis70 View Post
Interesting. Bike had never been opened up so any assembly problems were from Suzuki. So you think a ring could snap in those or should I have left it alone and continued to ride it?
If you saw how quickly they put those motors together you would be surprised they ran at all! I've seen car motors where the machine ran out of head gaskets, head bolted right to the block...wouldn't surprise me to find an oil ring installed in-correctly now and then (1 in 100,000)?

As for running it...I can't say. Those oil rings are tough, may have never had a problem. If it was mine...If i could feel the wear at all (or measure-which is hard to do on a small spot like that) I would have done like you and had it re plated. I've never had much luck half assing stuff and it work out.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:18 PM   #60589
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Location: Cocoa Beach, FL
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Always more work than you think....rear shock upgrade

So I pulled the shock off my 2000 DR tonight to swap out the spring with a new one from procycle. All part of the many mods i have been making since getting it almost 2 months ago. So after I pull it out, what do I see? Well, not a bottoming bumper, that's for sure! :( My bad for not looking really close at it all before ordering the new spring.

So now I have a shock sitting on my bench with a new spring dying to go on it, but no bumper. I was not planning to do any mods to the internals now, for lack of energy and money at this point. But I guess I got no choice but to pull it apart and put a new bumper on it. So then do I add a gold valve too? And maybe a new seal head? Or just say "screw it" and go all in and get the complete shaft assembly. I mean, its only plastic money anyway...

*** Note to self: always upgrade suspension first, then spend any money left on bling. ***

Guess i'll be calling Procycle tomorrow....
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:34 PM   #60590
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I think you should buy theProcycle "Shock Shaft Assembly with 8.1 spring" for $498.00 Tell me how much you like it! :)
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:47 PM   #60591
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Originally Posted by arctic954 View Post
I've been following the DR650 thread for at least a year now.....have always been a, figure I'll start to join in on the fun.

The DR650 had, for several years, been on 'The List' of bikes to buy......Eventually bought a 2003 to play with for a couple months --- after totaling up everything I wanted to do with the bike, I decided to flip the '03 and buy an '07 with some of the additions I wanted to make. After beating the crap out of the DR chasing 450's in the woods most of the summer --- decided this winter to make the bike more of a street tracker, back road explorer.


Bike came with a Clarke Tank, WER damper, .50 fork springs, TM-40 pumper, FMF Q2 can, and a Renazzco seat. I quickly upgraded the bars to ProTaper EVO's, Galfer steel braided brake line, and installed the FMF Powerbomb header.

After this winter..... (Thanks to Christmas money....and selling off a bunch of extra parts laying around)

Upgraded the springs to .47's in the front w/ RaceTech Emulators & 10Wt Maxima, rear shock 7.5 kg/mm w/ 7WT Maxima. I internally lowered the suspenion, but kept the rear shock mounted in its higher 40mm position to keep the bike with a more forward weight Bias. Also gave WER a call and swpped out the damper fluid to 10wt fork oil for better street manners.

I had Procycle lace me up a set of BMW GS wheels..... 2.75x19" front, and a supermoto 4.25x17" rear. (110-80-19 front, 150-70-17 rear) Which allow me to run TKC-80's......or Sport-Touring tires. I'm running the Continental Road Attack 2's this summer.....I might switch to a Shinko 705 or Michelin Anakee to play around.

Swapped out the Tank to the IMS, changed plastics to white with an Acerbis supermoto fender, new moose handguard plastics, AMP engine guards, RSW billet upper triple, Superbrace Fork Brace, changed out most of the bearings, installed 520 (15/43) sprockets, new RK XW chain, Skateboard Axle Sliders, and I just installed an SW-Motech rear rack.....

I had to strip the bike pretty far down.....this is after I re-installed the forks & rear swingarm. I didn't pull the motor this time around.....but I did check the valves, swap out the plugs, and serviced the TM-40.

I had rust and bad bearings everywhere.....she needed some, I created a little 'paint booth' in the garage to selectively paint some areas that had bad rust.

After everything was finished.....


What are the black things on the wheel bolts? and where did you get them from? they look like a set of oggies.
2010 DR650SE

Safari Tank, B&B bashplate/rear rack, Eagle 360mm Screen, Corbin seat, Front + Rear suspension rebuilt w/ RG3, Pivot Pegz, VSM Lowering brackets, MT90 A/T F+R.

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Old 02-27-2012, 07:47 PM   #60592
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I think you should buy theProcycle "Shock Shaft Assembly with 8.1 spring" for $498.00 Tell me how much you like it! :)
Did it. Love it.
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:48 PM   #60593
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Originally Posted by dljocky View Post
Bike is 2 yrs old, I bought it new, 27,000 miles on it so far. Was running fine one day, then the next it wouldn't start.

How old is the bike? How many miles did it take for the pick up coil to fail? My bike is racking up the miles...

28,427 miles on mine when the pickup coil went tu. It happened in the garage luckily last October.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:16 PM   #60594
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Uh-oh, I'm at 28,600.
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:23 PM   #60595
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Originally Posted by vicster View Post
Did it. Love it.
Cool! Thanks.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:15 PM   #60596
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Location: Oregon (The valley)
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I have just about had it with the DR650's stock front fairing cluttered-ness...

I'm concerned about my wiring over time wearing through the insulation and shorting out a wire due to vibration, and not enough space back behind the "fairing". Also I am sick of all the wiring in there anyway! I just want to go ride my bike but this has been bugging me for a while and just don't know what to do. I messed around with it for a while and cant get it to work nicely. I can hardly get the headlight cover on! Its too tight a fit. I'm at a loss after tonight...

How do you guys do it? Expecially you guys with wired in GPS's, 12v outlets, heaters, extra lights, vapor, ect.

I've only got the HID, and symtec grip warmers, I really can't get things to work out up there, I feel like rewiring the whole friggin bike!!!

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Old 02-27-2012, 09:15 PM   #60597
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They're a set of 100a superhard skateboard wheels connected together by hose covered threaded rod run through the axles......they act as axle sliders if you lay the bike down in the street/track.

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Old 02-27-2012, 09:16 PM   #60598
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:22 PM   #60599
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Originally Posted by catfishdan View Post
Just got all my goodies installed and went for a ride. The procycle low pegs are way more comfortable. The moose racing hand guards are solid but a bit of a pain to install. The ims tank went on without any problems and I was able to keep the charcoal canister ( I know... But I'm a bit of a tree hugger). The b-king wind screen seems like the ticket for high speeds. It just takes a little bit of wind blast off my chest. It might be just what you need for the freeway, jaws. I think I will return the factory pro jet kit and save up for a tm40. Thanks for the advice.

I've got the TM40 carb, it's a beast. Great for aggressive riding.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:27 PM   #60600
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Fairing fitted

Finally got around to fitting the new screen.

Decided to ditch all the standard lights, mounting brackets and hardware and start from scratch.

Cockpit view is a bit agricultural.

Low and high beam.

For what its worth this set up weighs 2kgs and the stock light and screen etc weighs 1.5kgs, give or take.

And before someone jumps in, no I don't think its ADR compliant. But what on my bike is?
If it can't be fixed with a hammer, its probably electrical.
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