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Old 07-16-2013, 01:54 PM   #16711
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I'm adjusting my valves for the first time on the DR350 with the hopes of helping this beast to start more quickly.

I'm attempting to measure the valve gaps according to the procedure in my manual, but they are all super tight... to tight to gauge. I've been searching through this thread for tips, and I'm confident that I'm on the compression stroke when I'm measuring, but the rocker arms just don't get loose. In fact, I couldn't find play in the rocker arms at any point of the stroke while I'm turning the engine over by hand. My other bike has shim adjustment, so this is really the first time I've done this...

Is there a way that the decomp lever can interfere with the adjustments? Any other tips?
If you are absolutely sure you're measuring on the compression stroke, just loosened them up to spec. No wonder its hard to start.
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Old 07-16-2013, 02:05 PM   #16712
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Good to know, thanks!

Also the cut in the top of the air box makes putting in the air filter wing nut so much easier. Seriously, don't attempt to put back in without it. I am not sure how the heck anyone ever accomplished this feat!
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:09 PM   #16713
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Let us know what you end up with. I'm in a similar situation right now with my bike and am in the middle of a carb rebuild.
Will do as I now have a jet kit on order.

I will say that my big question was if the jet included in this kit would play nice with the stock exhaust. Jesse assures me it will which makes sense if you follow the instructions on the air box mod page to adjust your mixture.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:22 PM   #16714
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Note that Jesse tends to suggest rich jetting. Get a selection of jets. Start with his suggestion and work your way down .
140 main seems to be what he always reccomends
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:27 PM   #16715
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140 main seems to be what he always reccomends
That's what comes in the kit along with the extended fuel screw and adjustable needle.
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Old 07-16-2013, 03:44 PM   #16716
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If you are absolutely sure you're measuring on the compression stroke, just loosened them up to spec. No wonder its hard to start.
A combination of poor lighting and inexperience was working against me. I was trying to slide the feeler gauge into the wrong spot. I watched a youtube video on adjusting the valves in a dr650 and noticed my error. The valves were indeed tight once I figured it all out, so I hope it'll start easier after the upcoming carb rebuild...
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:51 PM   #16717
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A combination of poor lighting and inexperience was working against me. I was trying to slide the feeler gauge into the wrong spot. I watched a youtube video on adjusting the valves in a dr650 and noticed my error. The valves were indeed tight once I figured it all out, so I hope it'll start easier after the upcoming carb rebuild...
Don't feel bad. I had my new bike all apart last week and adjusted the valves at TDC exhaust.

Wouldn't start.

Luckily I just naturally assumed I was an idiot and rechecked the valves at TDC INTAKE this time. Fired right up.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:38 PM   #16718
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Or a raccoon chewed it's way through the air box. Seriously, why do people ave such trouble cutting a square. Mine looked the same but was a little smaller so I was able to clean it up.
Well, to my surprise the plastic melted quite quickly when I was cutting my box years back - so no shock to see some funky cuts!
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:15 PM   #16719
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Look what followed me home.



So I gave it a home and tucked it in for the night.



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Old 07-17-2013, 12:20 AM   #16720
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Nice. Details? I'm guessing '97.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:49 AM   #16721
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Yep, '97, street model, acerbis tank, 2200 miles, with brand new Pirelli Scorpion tires front and rear, and Xtrasoft suspension.

I had a DRZ400 for a while and, overall, I think I'm liking this 350 better. The 6th gear makes the difference. It doesn't seem as vibey on the highway but it falls flat on its face over 8k rpm's. I'd say it has a "flat spot" but the whole powerband feels flat compared to my pumpkin. I figure it's just the nature of the beast.

PO said it had never been off road and it was clean enough for that to be true. However, I remedied that within minutes of owning it.

Now I need suspension, bar risers, lower pegs, and basic power mods.

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Old 07-17-2013, 10:00 AM   #16722
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Hi, I am in need of some parts for my 1990 dr350s and I am having one hell of a time finding them. Never realized how hard it is to find stock motorcycle parts lol. Note to self, never buy incomplete motorcycle. So maybe you guys can help?

I need:
-Sprocket cover, case saver, and related hardware.
-metal chain guard that goes on swing arm. (actually this is plastic, woops) :)
-Also if the price is right a stock gas tank, stock muffler, and rear rack/bar thing that is over rear fender.
I can PayPal.

Sprocket cover that I need:



Chain guard I'm talking about:


Thanks in advance

-Dave

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Old 07-17-2013, 10:07 AM   #16723
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Hi, I am in need of some parts for my 1990 dr350s and I am having one hell of a time finding them. Never realized how hard it is to find stock motorcycle parts lol. Note to self, never buy incomplete motorcycle. So maybe you guys can help?

I need:
-Sprocket cover, case saver, and related hardware.
-metal chain guard that goes on swing arm.
-Also if the price is right a stock gas tank, stock muffler, and rear rack/bar thing that is over rear fender.
I can PayPal.

Sprocket cover that I need:



Chain guard I'm talking about:


Thanks in advance

-Dave


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Old 07-17-2013, 10:07 AM   #16724
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Chain guard on swingarm is plastic, not metal.
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Old 07-17-2013, 10:08 AM   #16725
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Hi, I am in need of some parts for my 1990 dr350s and I am having one hell of a time finding them. Never realized how hard it is to find stock motorcycle parts lol. Note to self, never buy incomplete motorcycle. So maybe you guys can help?

I need:
-Sprocket cover, case saver, and related hardware.
-metal chain guard that goes on swing arm.
-Also if the price is right a stock gas tank, stock muffler, and rear rack/bar thing that is over rear fender.
I can PayPal.

Sprocket cover that I need:



Chain guard I'm talking about:


Thanks in advance

-Dave
PM sent about a gas tank.

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