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Old 01-06-2012, 09:55 AM   #11986
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Sweet!

Found this http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...hting-Kit/TUSK

This takes care of the horn and mirror issue as well. I don't like the tail light on the bike either so I was going to change that later.

Thanks for the info!
You're welcome. This is exactly what I put on my DRZ. For a headlight, I upgraded to an HID.

Be warned, that the rear turn signals on the Tusk kit are largely decorative. Being a bullet type, they really can't be seen well.
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Old 01-06-2012, 10:46 AM   #11987
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Thought you guys would like this

The Charlotte NC police department have a number of DRZ's. Pretty cool to see them painted in the blue and white police Charlotte Mecklenburg colors. Saw a pair today at lunch time. Funny, every time I see them, the officers have a big ole grin on their faces. I'll get a pic next time I see them.
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:13 PM   #11988
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The Charlotte NC police department have a number of DRZ's. Pretty cool to see them painted in the blue and white police Charlotte Mecklenburg colors. Saw a pair today at lunch time. Funny, every time I see them, the officers have a big ole grin on their faces. I'll get a pic next time I see them.
Yes, pics please

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You're welcome. This is exactly what I put on my DRZ. For a headlight, I upgraded to an HID.

Be warned, that the rear turn signals on the Tusk kit are largely decorative. Being a bullet type, they really can't be seen well.
The HID is a planned upgrade too. I was reading another Inmates DRZ build and she posted comparison pics. Sold me.

As far as the blinkers go.... meh. I would rather have them close to the fender and staying on the machine then left in the woods somewhere and no longer on the bike. Michigan doesn't require them and since I have to get handguards yet anyway I will go with the Tusk kit with the indicators in the handguards. I am more worried about people coming at me knowing where I am going then I am the people coming up behind me. They, need to know that I am stopping
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:19 PM   #11989
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thanks NAQ

appreciate that info.....
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Old 01-06-2012, 01:25 PM   #11990
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The Charlotte NC police department have a number of DRZ's. Pretty cool to see them painted in the blue and white police Charlotte Mecklenburg colors. Saw a pair today at lunch time. Funny, every time I see them, the officers have a big ole grin on their faces. I'll get a pic next time I see them.
Victorian Police have had them for years, Ambulance services too. They come in various trims; some, like in the photo, basically just have a sticker on them, while others have LED flashing lights and all. They are a regular attraction at the bigger rallys- rapid response in emergencies... they can ride well too.

This photo was taken at the Stockmans Rally in the Victorian High Country. Inmate Wild0's bike in the foreground. In the background are members of the DSE (Department of Sustainability & Environment) conducting (optional) noise testing on entrants.

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Old 01-06-2012, 01:49 PM   #11991
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The bikes on the trailer didnt pass ? ^^^^
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:09 PM   #11992
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The bikes on the trailer didnt pass ? ^^^^
Thay probably wouldn't. Apparently all of the DRZ's, even with original baffle, test a touch high.

Truth is, they'd just arrived and hadn't unloaded yet.
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:25 PM   #11993
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Thay probably wouldn't. Apparently all of the DRZ's, even with original baffle, test a touch high.

Truth is, they'd just arrived and hadn't unloaded yet.
False. I tested my DRZ last summer. Stock exhaust: 87db.

Remove the baffle: 98db

The stock DRZ muffler is extremely quiet.
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:34 PM   #11994
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False. I tested my DRZ last summer. Stock exhaust: 87db.

Remove the baffle: 98db

The stock DRZ muffler is extremely quiet.
Model & Country?

The DSE guy had been doing testing at rallys for years- it was his observation that standard DRZ's weren't as quiet as expected. Some of the DRZ's that went through on the day with standard systems were about 93db (It is a field test though- so I believe that there is room for some error.) My Staintune has a factory stamp that says it is 92db- I think it measured 96 on the day.

I may be wrong, but I think they're also reading at different (higher) RPM to what they used to. Does 4500rpm sound about right?
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Old 01-06-2012, 05:49 PM   #11995
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The bikes on the trailer are the police bikes, being pulled by the police vehicle. I must be a couple of beers behind you.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:34 PM   #11996
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I'm down in Costa Rica and purchased a 03 KLX 400 and I'm not real familiar with some of the basics. I was hoping to get some info.

Also, I do not see a coolant resevior on this bike. The bike overheated yesterday and the coolant in the radiator is low. Do I just add a 50/50 (coolant/water) mix directly to the radiator?

Also, what is the stock gearing on this model?

Thanks guys.
Do Not add regular automotive 50/50 coolant to your DRZ. It is not good for the Aluminum radiator.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:42 PM   #11997
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Here's how I check oil:
Warm bike to operating temp.
Make sure it is on level ground and vertical. (not leaning on the kickstand/wall/tree etc...)
Wait a moment for oil to settle.
Remove dipstick and wipe with a clean rag.
Reinsert dipstick without threading it in.
Remove dipstick and check oil level against the markings.
I double checked my service manual and it said to "install the oil filler cap" which I assume means screw it all the way in when checking the oil. Now, I've never owned an owners manual, but I'd like to know if I've been checking my oil wrong or if this is bad info.
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Old 01-06-2012, 06:44 PM   #11998
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Thay probably wouldn't. Apparently all of the DRZ's, even with original baffle, test a touch high.

Truth is, they'd just arrived and hadn't unloaded yet.
Testing a touch high is okay. There is a 5dB wear limit on the placarded maximum noise level. My S for example is placarded at 86dB @ 3800 rpm so would fail at 91dB.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:16 PM   #11999
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I double checked my service manual and it said to "install the oil filler cap" which I assume means screw it all the way in when checking the oil. Now, I've never owned an owners manual, but I'd like to know if I've been checking my oil wrong or if this is bad info.
According to the manual the oil level is checked 3 minutes after shut down. Dipstick is screwed in.

I fitted one of these: http://www.animalhousedesigns.net/products.htm

After installation add the correct measured amount of oil, go for a 5 minute ride, give it a couple of minutes to settle and mark the frame behind the oil sight tube at that level. Every time I stop the bike I give it a couple of minutes to settle and check the oil level at a glance.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:24 PM   #12000
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this is my DRZ oil checking procedure...

step 1: put in 2 quarts of oil.

step 2a: periodically note that there is no oil on the ground under the bike after it has been sitting.

step 2b: periodically note that there is no visible smoke coming from the exhaust

step 3: after about 1,000 to 1,500 miles or so, drain oil. note that somewhere relatively close to 2 quarts comes out.

return to step 1.

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