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Old 04-23-2012, 06:40 AM   #63286
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Okay based on all the comments about Cogent, I'll look around for a used stock shock and have that rebuilt while I am riding around on mine. I clicked the link to the one in the thread but the link seems broken so I hopped over to fleabay and looked at what they had available. If I can snare the one on there I'll send it out as soon as it arrives
I guess it it got removed after I posted about it? It was there when I posted the link, honest!
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:50 AM   #63287
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:45 AM   #63288
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OK, I tested the pick-up coil resistance. Service manual says 170-256 ohms is the within spec range. Mine tests at around 600 kohms, and 950 kohms if I reverse the probes. So I guess my pick-up coil is bad. Suzuki sells it combined with the stator at hundreds of dollars, but these guys sell it separate for $39 + shipping: http://www.regulatorrectifier.com/ca...up-Pulser-Coil

Good write-up on replacement procedure here: http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/604...-pick-up-coil/

Based on research, I'm pretty sure the lead colors on the replacement unit are reversed. Will also order a Suzuki magneto cover gasket.

Now I wonder if my perceived vapor lock problem wasn't really the pick-up coil going bad. Bike would just cut-out sometimes on the highway, but start again after 10-15 minutes, during which I would inevitably open the gas cap and think that had solved the problem.
Just had that problem. And it the wires were Red to Blue and White to Green to make it run.

And do not forget a new gasket. I thought I might be able to reuse it, but the removal of the wires makes it nearly impossible.

BTW, how many miles on your bike? Seems close to 24k is the magic number for the Pick Up Pulser Coil.
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:37 AM   #63289
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Sandwash & GC8 & ER70S-2 - thanks for posting up the pics. Part of the enjoyment is seeing other parts of the world occasionally without bouncing to the RR threads.


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Old 04-23-2012, 08:40 AM   #63290
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Just had that problem. And it the wires were Red to Blue and White to Green to make it run.

And do not forget a new gasket. I thought I might be able to reuse it, but the removal of the wires makes it nearly impossible.

BTW, how many miles on your bike? Seems close to 24k is the magic number for the Pick Up Pulser Coil.
Thanks for the info on wiring. My bike has 10k miles, so on the low side for this problem to be appearing.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:52 AM   #63291
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Just had that problem. And it the wires were Red to Blue and White to Green to make it run.

And do not forget a new gasket. I thought I might be able to reuse it, but the removal of the wires makes it nearly impossible.

BTW, how many miles on your bike? Seems close to 24k is the magic number for the Pick Up Pulser Coil.
Interesting, mine crapped out at 25K miles... (Changed the coil, and had the same issue with the wiring color code.)

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Old 04-23-2012, 09:55 AM   #63292
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File four notches in the fender for the metal clips to rest in. I even safety wired the clips to the fender too. Solid as a rock.


Thanks. I read that in the instructions, but I thought that was to prevent the bag from sliding forward. Since our fender is wider in the front, sliding shouldn't be an issue.

How did you safety wire? Underneath the fender, side-to-side?

I thought about bolting through the fender, but aside from preferring no holes in the bag or fender, it's not really convenient, as I don't need the bag on all the time.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:18 AM   #63293
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One of the screws that holds my oil filter cover on is slightly weeping oil, and I cant seem to tighten it all the way, I'm guessing its starting to strip out?
Anyone have this experience? I was wondering is a time-cert or heli-coil would be appropriate, but didn't know if there was enough metal to do this. any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks
Years ago, I fixed this very problem for a friend with a Yamaha XT 650

Loctite makes a 2 part thread restorer. Its an epoxy that you put in the stripped hole and then put a release agent on the screw. After the epoxy hardens, you can unthread the screw because the agent prevents the epoxy from sticking to the screw. Worked great.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:37 AM   #63294
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Is anybody using a Tusk front fender bag like this?



I put one on this weekend in anticipation of an upcoming trip. It looks good; aside from the 2 tire irons, it holds all the necessities - spare 21" HD tube, valve stem fishing tool, valve core tool, a little plastic vial of dish-soap, a tube patch kit, a rag, and a MSR 15' tow strap.

Wondering if this thing will stay put on and off road, and whether anyone puts a tether of some sort on in case it comes loose. I'd really have to lose it, but I would especially hate to crash because it slipped and got tangled in the front end.
I run a simple version of the Tusk. No tire irons or other stuff in the pouch.
I keep an eye on mine, making sure pull straps are cinched down tight. They loosen up over time. The notching idea might help ... but check them, especially riding off road. My pack stays on all the time.

I don't carry a heavy duty tube, just a standard tube. Years ago I used to put lots more in my fender bags, but found it affected handling off road. So now I run the minimum. The stuff you are carrying is EXCELLENT! Especially the valve fishing tool (I have yet to buy one of these!) soap, the valve stem tool! Must haves!
My cinch straps usually stay tight, but I check and re-tighten. After a year or so, check your tube. They can degrade over time, (wrap in plastic if possible) abrade and rub a hole.

I use a 3 liter Camel Back, it has zipped pockets/pouches to carry lots of odds and ends, like the small tire tools and more: (not levers) Lighter, patch kit, tiny telescoping magnet, LED headlight, rubber gloves, Simple Green, Epoxy, Super Glue, Zip Ties, Instant Skin, and lots more.

I carry my levers in my skid plate, and an extra in my tail bag. I also carry a spare rear tube in my tail bag and nut and bolt kit.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:46 AM   #63295
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Thanks. I read that in the instructions, but I thought that was to prevent the bag from sliding forward. Since our fender is wider in the front, sliding shouldn't be an issue.

How did you safety wire? Underneath the fender, side-to-side?

I thought about bolting through the fender, but aside from preferring no holes in the bag or fender, it's not really convenient, as I don't need the bag on all the time.
I have the much larger Moose Fender Bag. I also carry a set of Aerostitch Jumper Cables. I never had to receive a jumpstart, but have saved several others from a long push or tow.

I secured mine by drilling a tiny hole and using tiny ZipTies.




very clean and easily removed and replaced again.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:53 AM   #63296
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Tedred... Thanks for the reply and tips. The insight about the cylinder base gasket being changed after 2004 is exactly the kind of DR-specific advice and intel I'm trying to educate myself on. Any other year or model-specific insight you folks can advise on?

Also... thanks for the general advice when giving a potential purchase a look-over. I was curious about and assumed alot of folks probably changed the speedometer to an aftermarket digital alternative... good advice... if a bike has a low mile, shiny, original speedometer and is an otherwise worn out machine I'll steer clear... Thanks!

I like the DRZ400 too as a potential first bike... but believe the 650 would better serve my intended riding scenarios and style. When buying used I'm hoping this a plus in my favor... I'm hoping and assuming that when comparing the 650 and 400 there are more 650's out there with gentle miles (commuter, FS roads, etc)... I know that if I had the DRZ400 it would have more abusive miles!

Thanks for responding... Any other tips or sound advice out there?
I would begin reading this thread ... after a few months you'll know about everything to know.

The DRZ would be good if your emphasis will be Off Road. The DRZ is a bit lighter weight, better off road suspension. Many here have owned both ... like me.

It's child's play to disconnect the DR speedo ... but as discussed, they are lots of "tell tales" to determine type of use/abuse. The under side of a bike can tell you a lot. I would keep a look out for a nice low mileage bike, 2004 or newer. Seems we have about one or two new owners show up here per week. That's been going on for three years. So big group or DR650 riders.

Someday we'll have to organize a DR650 Rally! The V-Strom guys did this very successfully ... This from the first Reno rally in around 2005.


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Old 04-23-2012, 11:06 AM   #63297
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I guess it it got removed after I posted about it? It was there when I posted the link, honest!
That's okay. You are one of the people who gave me the idea to buy the used shock so I got a friend with a Fleabay acct to buy one to pay me back for a Radeon 6970 Video card I had lying around.

I'll send that one to Cogent and let them do their magic on it while I continue riding my bike on the stocker.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:49 AM   #63298
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Very nice!
Thanks Diver.

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Is anybody using a Tusk front fender bag like this?



I put one on this weekend in anticipation of an upcoming trip. It looks good; aside from the 2 tire irons, it holds all the necessities - spare 21" HD tube, valve stem fishing tool, valve core tool, a little plastic vial of dish-soap, a tube patch kit, a rag, and a MSR 15' tow strap.

Wondering if this thing will stay put on and off road, and whether anyone puts a tether of some sort on in case it comes loose. I'd really have to lose it, but I would especially hate to crash because it slipped and got tangled in the front end.
I like the notched idea.

A short lesson in physics:
Heavy, really, really, really........................heavy. Fookin' wind gust. A guy can't even pee in peace.


I drug it over to the bank and it was still heavy. (I carry one of those 6' ratchet straps and use it over my neck and shoulder, so I can lift with my legs). So using a lesson I learned on ADV, I used my tire irons to dig two holes under the tires. Luckily there was a fresh layer of road base and it was easy to dig. And the reason for the physics lesson, now you can see how my fender bag is bungeed. My forces are under hard braking in the downhill rough stuff, this keeps the bag under the head light. I will be looking into the notch idea. There are two tubes, nothing else. My 16" tire irons are in the tailbag. Replacing a tube is a PITA, there's no reason for getting home and having to put the correct size tube in.


Valve core tool, one on each wheel, hard to lose, always have a spare.


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Sandwash & GC8 & ER70S-2 - thanks for posting up the pics. Part of the enjoyment is seeing other parts of the world occasionally without bouncing to the RR threads.

Still lovin' the bike setup, Goodcat8.
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Old 04-23-2012, 01:47 PM   #63299
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Hello, does your bike have 17 X 4.25 rear and 19 X 2.5 front. If yes did you have any interference issues? I like that set up and think it would work well around here.
Your bike looks great glad to see your back on a DR650.

Regards
It's a 17x5 something rear, and a 19x2.25 front.
150 rear x 120 front.

Zero clearance issues. Setup works great for me. Only complaint is the TKC's melt like butter on the pavement, but that was expected. Worth it once I hit the dirt. She's a ripper!

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Old 04-23-2012, 03:31 PM   #63300
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I run a simple version of the Tusk. No tire irons or other stuff in the pouch.
I keep an eye on mine, making sure pull straps are cinched down tight. They loosen up over time. The notching idea might help ... but check them, especially riding off road. My pack stays on all the time.

I don't carry a heavy duty tube, just a standard tube. Years ago I used to put lots more in my fender bags, but found it affected handling off road. So now I run the minimum. The stuff you are carrying is EXCELLENT! Especially the valve fishing tool (I have yet to buy one of these!) soap, the valve stem tool! Must haves!
My cinch straps usually stay tight, but I check and re-tighten. After a year or so, check your tube. They can degrade over time, (wrap in plastic if possible) abrade and rub a hole.

I use a 3 liter Camel Back, it has zipped pockets/pouches to carry lots of odds and ends, like the small tire tools and more: (not levers) Lighter, patch kit, tiny telescoping magnet, LED headlight, rubber gloves, Simple Green, Epoxy, Super Glue, Zip Ties, Instant Skin, and lots more.

I carry my levers in my skid plate, and an extra in my tail bag. I also carry a spare rear tube in my tail bag and nut and bolt kit.
Good stuff. Thank you. I'll unpack it and put the tube in a heavy ziplock with maybe a wrap of duct tape for abrasion resistance.

After this trip, I may consider a switch to a reg duty tube, as the HD is expensive and heavy. But I suck at changing tires, so went HD thinking at least I won't have to do it again right away.

Wife and I can share tubes, so I have the 1 spare for both of us. After that, it's patches.
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