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Old 09-16-2013, 01:56 PM   #7396
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Hope I didn't fry anything

To install a power wire for the GPS, I had to disconnect the wire from the red battery terminal. As I was loosening the nut, the spanner touched the rectifier thingy. A big spark ignited and I almost fell off the stool. The spark burnt a bit of paint off the recitifer. Bike still seems to run and start good. Please tell me I didn't do damage to the rectifier or the electrical system.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:12 PM   #7397
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To install a power wire for the GPS, I had to disconnect the wire from the red battery terminal. As I was loosening the nut, the spanner touched the rectifier thingy. A big spark ignited and I almost fell off the stool. The spark burnt a bit of paint off the recitifer. Bike still seems to run and start good. Please tell me I didn't do damage to the rectifier or the electrical system.

ALWAYS disconnect the black ground wire from the battery first!!!

Lesson learned, hopefully. Now get a voltmeter, connect it to the positive (red) terminal, and a ground, and measure the voltage with the bike running. It should not go below 13 volts, and should be in the area of 13.5 or more when you rev the motor.

Good luck.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:59 AM   #7398
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To install a power wire for the GPS, I had to disconnect the wire from the red battery terminal. As I was loosening the nut, the spanner touched the rectifier thingy. A big spark ignited and I almost fell off the stool. The spark burnt a bit of paint off the recitifer. Bike still seems to run and start good. Please tell me I didn't do damage to the rectifier or the electrical system.
The case of the rectifier is grounded, so when you hit it with 12 volts there was a big spark. I don't see how you could have done any damage, current just goes through the mounting bolts to ground. I bet it works fine but test it as andy says if you are worried.
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:41 AM   #7399
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Took my DR out for a ride today after having the bf install new tires. Everything was going well until the ride home when I looked at the speedometer and it was reading a speed of 60km when I know I was doing at least 90 km. I eased off the throttle and the needle climbed up to 90km. By the time I got home the needle was stuck at 80km mark even tho the bike was parked. The BF checked the wheel cog linked to the speedometer cable and everything was fine. The odometer still works fine.
Anyone have this problem and/or a suggestion as to what it may be and how to fix it?
Thanks!
Is it possible that the speedo cable just needs a little bit of lube?

If it's the speedometer itself, I recall it's only about $200. It should be very easy to replace yourself. I had to replace the case on mine; it was easy.
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Old 09-17-2013, 10:21 AM   #7400
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Hey north south when you are push starting the bike do you have the choke on? Cold start with no choke would need some throttle babysitting but should eventually smooth out as it gets warm. Maybe set the petcock to prime and open up the float bowl drain with the hose end aiming up. That will let you see the fuel level in the bowl. Have you checked the valves? Air filter clean?
honestly, I've tried both - I'll roll start with the choke on or off...whichever gets her to start firing

thanks for the tip on the petcock - but the OEM one started to leak when I got it, so I swapped it for a manual one. Valves - never checked, but it's due in the servicing, and air filter was new about 500 miles ago.

so I swapped the starter relay, and it still wouldn't work with the start button. Then I remembered I had some of the wires apart behind the headlight for the "clutch switch jumper mod" we've been talking about, and sure enough, I connected the wrong wires. I got it connected right, and buttoned her back up, and BAM! the starter works again!

who knew a starter relay would fail with <1,000 miles on the clock...

so it starts with a little extra gas, and runs normally except for the idle - still won't idle strong and smooth. going to find someone with an ultrasonic parts cleaner to get my carb into and see if we can get that sorted out!
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Old 09-17-2013, 08:54 PM   #7401
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How many turns out on the mixture screw? Spark plug color? Spark plug gap?Dirty air filter? air leak at the boot? Premium fuel? Air leak at your unused carb port. Stock PJ? I don't know if these bikes have a cali model but if they do there should be some extra sort of idle ruining parts that I'm not thinking of to check.
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Old 09-17-2013, 09:32 PM   #7402
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I love my DR

I've recently purchased a 2008 DR200 with 1700 miles. It is my first motorcycle. I trolled this thread for a while then made the leap. I now have 992 miles of road experience. Thanks to this thread I've made a few simple mods to my bike to make her look great (to Me). I'm apparently one of the brave souls willing to push the speedometer to the limit on the highway. Every time I find anything off road I attempt it. So far so good. Thinking about performance mods next. Well I just wanted to introduce myself and say thanks for all the good info. Here are some before and after pics
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Added new Acerbis Supermoto Fender, Fly Handlebars, Mini Stalk rear lights, Pro-taper grips, and added some stickers.
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:01 PM   #7403
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Stalling issues on my 99

Just took my 99 DR out for a spin. Having a few issues. A little hard to start and then the idle seems to stick on high - it eventually comes down. After riding it for about 10 minutes I stopped and it would not hold an idle. Just sputtered and died. Got it restarted and hit another stop about 5 minutes later and it died again. This time it would not restart until it sat for about 5 minutes. I don't recall these issues before. I just recently rebuilt the carb and cleaned everything out. Put in a new free flowing air filter recently. Too much air? Any ideas?
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:18 PM   #7404
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Put in a new free flowing air filter recently. Too much air? Any ideas?
Did you readjust anything after putting in the filter?
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Old 09-18-2013, 04:40 PM   #7405
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No - in the carb now. I drilled out the pilot screw plug and got access to the screw. What is base turn out on the pilot screw?
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:06 PM   #7406
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I guessed one turn out. That seemed to work. I adjusted idle with idle screw. Now running and idling.
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:07 PM   #7407
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2 1/2ish turns.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:29 AM   #7408
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I went with one and adjusted the idle adjustment on side of carb to get a steady idle. Started up fine even without the choke. Ran fine and kept a steady idle when stopped. I'll try turning it out to 2.5 ish and see what happens. I am guessing I will compensate with the idle adjustment on side of carb.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:39 AM   #7409
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I went with one and adjusted the idle adjustment on side of carb to get a steady idle. Started up fine even without the choke. Ran fine and kept a steady idle when stopped. I'll try turning it out to 2.5 ish and see what happens. I am guessing I will compensate with the idle adjustment on side of carb.
Tune it until it runs the best, don't go for someone else's number.

But I think you were talking one turn out from where it was, he may be talking 2 1/2 turns out from seated. Different ideas, but could be the same screw setting...

If it started fine cold without choke you are probably a little rich, unless you are in hot weather.
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Old 09-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #7410
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The adjustment at the bottom front of the carb (in the well which is plugged from the factory) is the idle mixture adjustment.

Unless we are talking about another carb than mine, the adjustment on the left side of the carb is the idle speed (curb idle) adjustment which does not adjust the idle mixture. The idle speed adjustment simply stops the throttle from closing. Turning the screw cockwise has the same effect as opening the throttle by turning the bar grip.

As tkent02 stated, if your engine starts and idles with no choke while cold, you have a rich mixture. Some engines are more tolerant of mixture variations but a richer mixture is required for a cold engine to run effectively. You should not benefit from a richer than ideal idle adjustment.


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I went with one and adjusted the idle adjustment on side of carb to get a steady idle. Started up fine even without the choke. Ran fine and kept a steady idle when stopped. I'll try turning it out to 2.5 ish and see what happens. I am guessing I will compensate with the idle adjustment on side of carb.
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