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Old 01-18-2014, 07:44 PM   #20401
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When I was a kid, I seriously blistered up my right leg on a friend's XR75, so wrapping the header on my daughter's quad was a no-brainer.

After melting a couple holes in my riding pants, I finally wrapped the header on my '94. And I like it so well, I wrapped the headers on my other bikes also.

The only real downside is having to run the bike for a few minutes to cook the water out of the wrap after washing the bike. Otherwise the moisture will eventually cause the pipe to rust out.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:41 AM   #20402
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this is my number one complaint with wrapped pipes. Since I professionally restore classic bikes, removing the wrap and finding rusted and heavily pitted unobtainable oem head pipes is not very much fun.

A DR is a different situation, hardly a classic but...........

I made an extended heat shield for one of my NX650's, the reduced heat on my leg was dramatic and well worth the time spend fabricating the shield.

I may do the same for my DR.
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:50 AM   #20403
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I made an extended heat shield for one of my NX650's, the reduced heat on my leg was dramatic and well worth the time spend fabricating the shield.

I may do the same for my DR.
That is still on my To Do list for my DR, as well. I've destroyed one pair of Aerostich pants...and I'm not buying new pants until I fix the cause :>

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Old 01-19-2014, 06:22 AM   #20404
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When I was a kid, I seriously blistered up my right leg on a friend's XR75, so wrapping the header on my daughter's quad was a no-brainer.

After melting a couple holes in my riding pants, I finally wrapped the header on my '94. And I like it so well, I wrapped the headers on my other bikes also.

The only real downside is having to run the bike for a few minutes to cook the water out of the wrap after washing the bike. Otherwise the moisture will eventually cause the pipe to rust out.
Does this just transfer the heat downstream? Do you end up trading melted pants for melted sidepanels?
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:07 AM   #20405
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Sorry, I misread your original post and replied thinking both bikes were "S" versions.

The street and off-road models are similar but have many differences. The best source for this information is the Suzuki service manual since it is structured with complete descriptions and procedures for the '90 models (both S and off-road) and each successive year is an addendum addressing only those changes from the previous year for each model. You can download a PDF manual here.

Here's an off-the-top-of-my-head list of similarities and differences between a '91 S and a '93 off-road DR350

Wheels - different but interchangeable, the off-road has rim-locks and the off-road has a solid sprocket mount instead of the S models cush hub
Brakes - the same
Frame - different - no mounting tabs on the off-road for signals, switches, etc
Swingarm - different but interchangeable - the off-road is not drilled and tapped for the larger chainguard
Shock - different but interchangeable - the off-road has both rebound and compression damping, the S only compression
Forks - the same
Triple tree - lower clamp and stem is the same the upper clamp is different
Instruments - different not interchangeable
Lights and electrical harness - NOTHING electrical is interchangeable
Voltage regulator - not interchangeable unless everything electrical is swapped
Stator and Rotor - different but interchangeable (175 watt DC system for "S", 75 watt AC on off-road)
CDI - different, the S model will run with an off-road CDI but will have no tachometer signal or neutral sensing circuitry. Makes a good backup for emergencies though
Exhaust - the same
Fenders and right side plastic - the same
Left side plastic - different not interchangeable
Rear "subframe" - different
Engine - the same internally, as noted rotor and stator are different
Carburetor - different - S model has single pull BST33, off-road has push/pull TM33
Intake - airbox is the same but the boot and snorkel are different
Fuel tank - same capacity but plastic with manual petcock on the off-road, steel with locking cap and vacuum petcock on the S
Hand controls - clutch, brake and perches are all different
Seat - the same

I've used the engines from a couple of off-road models in my "S" chassis. All kickstart, off course but it's a great way to keep your aging DR350 going. I actually have two complete backup engines in my garage now. Both have some miles on them and need refreshing but when the time comes, I'll rebuild one of those and just swap it into my rider with very little downtime.

Wow thanks for your excellent response. Very much appreciated!
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:25 AM   #20406
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Hey guys! Been reading alot of your bikes, and decided to show you mine.
Alltought im middle of building it, heres some specs:
Its -91 DR350S that had some minor problems ( Stator was F*cked up, all the wiring was badly done etc, no lights, it dont have TM33 etc...

Posting some pics and telling what i am doing to it.


This is pretty much where i started with it...



With new front forks and rear shock, these are bolt on, with an SHC ( Suzuki Height Controll). Pretty sweet setup so far.

Will be adding pictures more , when i get them from my camera. Just ordered the TM33 for it, RMZ 450 -08 Rear fender and plastics etc...

Plans are to paint the whole bike to black and polish the aluminium parts.

Here is the headlight i am planning to use on it.

http://www.mpt.fi/published/publicda...29.090_enl.gif

That awfull exhaust is coming off, allready bended from stainless steel an new exhaust, also bought little bit better silencer ( From Ducati).

Alot to be done, installing parts etc...
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:58 AM   #20407
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Welcome aboard - thanks for the pictures. Is the rear subframe/fender mount original (ie. with the hand grip on both sides of the bike) or is that something someone fabricated? I like that (mine has no handle on either side).

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Old 01-19-2014, 01:33 PM   #20408
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Yeah, thats an original. Got few of those in the garage!

Planning to get the bike running next week with new carb, will be posting then new pictures etc, perhaps an little sneak peek of how we handle winter here in Finland!
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:26 PM   #20409
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Hello friends,
Please advice on a chain and sprockets for my 1997 DR350SE.
I would like to set the bike up more for off road and maybe 20-30% on road.
I am a mechanical newbie and really don't know what will fit.
thanks
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Ice Fishing, anyone?
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:02 PM   #20410
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Looks like stock is 15F/41R gearing. I'd drop to 15F/43R with a nice DID or similar o-ring chain. Top end rpm will come up about 300 at 65 mph, but low end grunt should be improved. The Gearing Calculator shows you would need a 108 link chain.

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Old 01-19-2014, 04:24 PM   #20411
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Looks like stock is 15F/41R gearing. I'd drop to 15F/43R with a nice DID or similar o-ring chain. Top end rpm will come up about 300 at 65 mph, but low end grunt should be improved. The Gearing Calculator shows you would need a 108 link chain.

http://www.gearingcommander.com
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Is this junk or okay? http://www.ebay.com/itm/121245624635
The rear is only 41 teeth sprocket.
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ps please provide a link where I can get what you are suggesting. Thanks again.
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Old 01-19-2014, 06:09 PM   #20412
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Hello friends,
Please advice on a chain and sprockets for my 1997 DR350SE.
I would like to set the bike up more for off road and maybe 20-30% on road.
I am a mechanical newbie and really don't know what will fit.
thanks
Simba

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Sounds like you are ready for more off road there Simba! You'll have a blast.

On my 95, I went first with a 14/43 combo, mostly because mine came with a 43 tooth rear (stock is 41). It was OK on gravel roads and double track, but not low enough for single track and tight woods, which I love. So for that I carry a 12T front and that gives me great off road. However, cruising above 50mph feels wrong!

So you really need to decide what you want to do. Sprockets are relatively cheap, and if you keep everything in good shape you can swap back and forth until you decide what you like.

It looks like you're set up with the box and windshield, so I assume you want to do some forays into the woods/trails but not necessarily do the really technical stuff yet. So 15/43 as recommended by Sleazy, or 14/43 would be good.

I'd buy first off a name site like bike bandit or pro cycle, just to be sure you get a quality product. I'd not worry about steel vs. alloy, just go steel for now for durability and price.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:08 PM   #20413
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It was an absolutely gorgeous day today, perfect riding weather, so I hit up some trails with my dr350 buddy. My roommate ended up getting a dr350 as well so soon we will be 3 strong.

showing off the new helmet, afx fx-41 (Love the helmet)


nice easy gravel trails


though steep at times


added some rok straps to the top of my felican case, loving this thing more and more


nice warning


but my kung fu is strong


finally got all my gear together, dubinky pants (love the vents), oneal mx boots, troy lee 5450 knee pads, and a faux fox armor vest. Still getting used to shifting in huge boots, but I'm getting there.

and as always, the dr350 doesn't fail to put a smile on my face. Love this bike.
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:22 PM   #20414
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How about a quick helmet review. I've been on the fence about ordering one, but most of the reviews I've seen have been positive...

Thanks and ride safe
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Old 01-19-2014, 08:23 PM   #20415
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How about a quick helmet review. I've been on the fence about ordering one, but most of the reviews I've seen have been positive...

Thanks and ride safe
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=947973

made a thread with my thoughts a couple days ago in the equipment forum.
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