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Old 08-30-2011, 09:57 AM   #10336
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Model year doesn't matter, but the BLUE ones are faster.

I kind of like the yellow ones myself. Thanks guys.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:02 PM   #10337
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So guys what year is the best DRZ? Has to be factory road legal.

What's the lowest milage / newest one that you can find and/or afford?

(Btw, I'm thinking about selling my 06..., but Nebraska is a looong way from NC.)
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:24 PM   #10338
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Use a petcock off a Raptor 660.
Installed the raptor petcock, looks good, works good - only problem I had was the fuel line had to be routed out of the petcock, over the top of the air intake and around under the bottom of the intake and into the carb, not a big deal. But the angle was too tight to go straight from the petcock barb to the carb. I've kept the fuel line away from the engine, so it should stay cool. Capped the vacuum port on the carb and I should be good.
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Old 08-30-2011, 01:59 PM   #10339
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I never knew what that extra 10mm bolt was for so I hacked that off
It holds down one side of the passenger "grab-strap" that goes over the seat.
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:26 PM   #10340
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It holds down one side of the passenger "grab-strap" that goes over the seat.
Thanks, Its much cleaner now. I went dremel happy for 2 days and cutoff the sidestand switch mount/ helmet lock/ that mount pictured/ chain guard mounts. That stuff has to add up to a bit of weight and the bike looks and builds much cleaner without that stuff.

I still want to ditch the fork lock, and shave the frame but am gonna wait until the winter to do that.I use a Krypto Lock on trips.

Since NC doesnt require turn signals I removed all of that stuff and the stock headlight. I think I may have removed
over 17 lbs of weight when considering the Shorai Battery as well. I am hoping to be around 290lbs prepped to ride, but really just wanted to clean the bike up a bit. Weight Savings is definitely noticeable so far. I will weigh it once completed.

I kept the passenger peg mounts and upper mount holes so the subframe will accept the Happy Trails Side Racks for soft bags or Panniers depending on what I decide. If I end up with Giant Loop bags I will cut those extras off as well.
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:42 PM   #10341
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E model For Sale in the "greater" Denver area

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=719918 - In the flea market

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Old 08-30-2011, 05:01 PM   #10342
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Handguard question..

Does anyone know if Suzuki markets a set of handguards for the DRZ's that look identical to their VStrom handguards?


These ones.......









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Old 08-30-2011, 05:19 PM   #10343
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What's the lowest milage / newest one that you can find and/or afford?

(Btw, I'm thinking about selling my 06..., but Nebraska is a looong way from NC.)

Not ready to buy right now anyway. No money!
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:34 PM   #10344
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Ballistic Battery

I recently bought a 2001 E model with very low miles. After about 4 months the battery isn't holding a charge. I have not idea how old the battery was. I just replaced it with a Ballistic Evo2 4 cell. While I was hoping for a great big weight reduction, the old battery didn't really weigh that much. Maybe it was dry? I didn't look that close.



As you can see the new one is much smaller. It's actually a little taller though and if the leads were long enough I would have put it on it's side (still might). I had to grind a little of the battery box away to make clearance for the charging port and add some closed cell foam to hold it in place. Doesn't weigh anything and the bike fired right up. Definitely cranks good.

I couldn't find much info on the Ballistic so I figure I'll just have to try it myself.
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:02 PM   #10345
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I recently bought a 2001 E model with very low miles. After about 4 months the battery isn't holding a charge. I have not idea how old the battery was. I just replaced it with a Ballistic Evo2 4 cell. While I was hoping for a great big weight reduction, the old battery didn't really weigh that much. Maybe it was dry? I didn't look that close.



As you can see the new one is much smaller. It's actually a little taller though and if the leads were long enough I would have put it on it's side (still might). I had to grind a little of the battery box away to make clearance for the charging port and add some closed cell foam to hold it in place. Doesn't weigh anything and the bike fired right up. Definitely cranks good.

I couldn't find much info on the Ballistic so I figure I'll just have to try it myself.
I went with the Shorai battery, and I cant remember but I think I lost 6 lbs by switching to it. I want to say 7bs but cant remember for sure. I thought about using the Ballistic and mounting it in between the CDI and the seat. But I I am not there yet, as thats the next step on my list. I would like to completely eliminate the battery box if I can. I may have to notch the seat pan.

Regardless of the mounting method used the new generation of batteries are unbelievably lightweight. Off to the garage.
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Old 08-31-2011, 05:45 PM   #10346
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Those are the screws that hold the chain guard on.

Dingdingdingding.... You're right, now where did those 2 bolts come from that WERE holding the chain guard on? Duh. I gotta be more careful.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:17 AM   #10347
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Vstorm handguards are good for wind and rain cover but not for protection once you drop the bike.

I had it on my other bike and handguards fly away everytime the bike fall, so eventually switched to barkbusters.

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Handguard question..

Does anyone know if Suzuki markets a set of handguards for the DRZ's that look identical to their VStrom handguards?

These ones.......


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Old 09-01-2011, 04:48 AM   #10348
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Vstorm handguards are good for wind and rain cover but not for protection once you drop the bike.

I had it on my other bike and handguards fly away everytime the bike fall, so eventually switched to barkbusters.
The Highway dirt bike handguards are the gold standard, no others are even close as far as quality & protection.

http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_Shop/

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Old 09-01-2011, 06:48 AM   #10349
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The Highway dirt bike handguards are the gold standard, no others are even close as far as quality & protection.

http://www.highwaydirtbikes.com/HDB_Shop/

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Ya know I'd seen their stuff before but didn't quite look close enough....now that I'm doin the DRZ to KLR fork swap and adding a Vapor...this is looking fricken gooood! They've got a nice set up and I could get the Vapor right up in my face at the top clamp...
I like it maaan Thanx for taking me back down that road...and my Cabelas card thanx you too
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:58 AM   #10350
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Concerning the handguards, what I am asking is this..........


Has Suzuki ever marketed those VStrom handguards (shown in the pictures I posted) for use on the DRZ models?


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