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Old 05-25-2010, 07:26 AM   #2596
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I've been to Moab on my pedal bike and can't wait for the chance to do it on my little DR, it sounds like a pile of fun
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:49 PM   #2597
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....then *before* loosening the bottom clamps, break loose the top fork cap bolt. It's easier when the fork is still clamped in the triple tree, but loosen the top clamp first as it can pinch the bolt.

Once the forks are out just unscrew the top cap bolt. It'll probably pop out because of the pre-load on the spring and you might find it easier to turn if you keep pushing it down as you unscrew. Be careful starting the top cap bolt, it's got very fine threads and easy to cross thread, again keep pressure on the bolt as you screw in, you should be able to screw in almost all the way by using downward pressure....
The DR200 forks do not have a top cap bolt they have a sort of plug that is held in with an inside retaining ring. To open them up you need to push down on the top plug real hard with a small metal bar or Phillips screw driver and then grab hold of the retaining ring and pull it out. Not an easy task and best done with three hands and while the fork tubes are tightly clamped in the triple clamp. After that they are a pretty standard dampening rod forks.

While you got it apart you might want to consider throwing in some stiffer springs. They made a big difference on my wifes.
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:53 PM   #2598
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My wife and I just returned from 4 days in Moab with our bone stock DR 200's...what a blast. The little bikes performed perfectly. I was afraid they might be a bit challenged in the performance department but they were more than up to the task. I took my DR 650 as a backup and only put 30 miles on it ...the DR 200's were too much fun to mess with the bigger bike!






What a beautiful place to ride. I gotta make a trip out there some day. Just gotta get my wife comfortable on her DR200.
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Old 05-25-2010, 11:06 PM   #2599
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...snip... The petcock will fail at some point...just replace it.

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thats my normally philosophy. We dont have the same petcocks as you guys i think. The standard is on/off/res type no vacuum pipe or anything....snip...
You lucky Africaner's get a better petcock? Cool!

Just FYI for any stateside owners, when the petcock on dagowife's DR200 failed, I found the manual petcock from one of our Yamaha TTR-125LE's fit perfectly. You just need to remove the vacuum line from the carb and put a cap on it. Suzuki wanted north of $70 for a replacement, the Yamaha unit was $10 bucks.
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Old 05-26-2010, 05:09 PM   #2600
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Petcocks

Is there any reason (Cost/Availability) why you can't fit the Suzuki non vacuum petcock as used on the UK and Japanese DR200's

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Old 05-26-2010, 05:36 PM   #2601
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While you got it apart you might want to consider throwing in some stiffer springs. They made a big difference on my wifes.
Which ones did you put in?
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Old 05-26-2010, 05:40 PM   #2602
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Is there any reason (Cost/Availability) why you can't fit the Suzuki non vacuum petcock as used on the UK and Japanese DR200's

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I imagine you could, but availability is a problem here. There's no reason to pursue it if a Yamaha petcock fits well.

I replaced my petcock with the original vacuum operated model just for the convenience of not having to turn the petcock off all the time. The DR200 experiences constant use with many short trips.
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:17 PM   #2603
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Adjusting the Valves

Has anyone adjusted the valves on their DR....
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Old 05-26-2010, 06:29 PM   #2604
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Has anyone adjusted the valves on their DR....

Yes, a very easy and convenient process.
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Old 05-26-2010, 07:13 PM   #2605
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Yes, a very easy and convenient process.
Do you know a forum i can look at to guide me through the process?

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Old 05-26-2010, 08:36 PM   #2606
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Do you know a forum i can look at to guide me through the process?

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There may be one in this thread...I can't remember. Have you ever done valves before? It's a matter of taking the valve covers off, turning the engine to get the piston in the right place, (intake valve opens then closes and mark on flywheel lines up with the inspection port) and then measuring the clearance between the rocker arm and tappet. It's really easy to do with the 200.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:48 PM   #2607
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Which ones did you put in?
CRF150F springs from BBR. Go back to page 163 and see post #2440.
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Old 05-26-2010, 11:20 PM   #2608
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Is there any reason (Cost/Availability) why you can't fit the Suzuki non vacuum petcock as used on the UK and Japanese DR200's

According to the dealer, it wasn't available in the US from Suzuki. The Yamaha petcock fits perfectly and works just fine. For 10 bucks!
The same dealer sells Suz, Yam and Honda bikes and parts. He didn't give a hoot what I used the petcock on.
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:46 AM   #2609
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There may be one in this thread...I can't remember. Have you ever done valves before? It's a matter of taking the valve covers off, turning the engine to get the piston in the right place, (intake valve opens then closes and mark on flywheel lines up with the inspection port) and then measuring the clearance between the rocker arm and tappet. It's really easy to do with the 200.
No, This will be my first valve adjustment on any bike.
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:01 PM   #2610
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No, This will be my first valve adjustment on any bike.

You might need a little help, but the 200 is perfect to learn to adjust valves.
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