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Old 01-26-2011, 08:58 AM   #6901
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Need some opinions.

I'm looking at two bikes, both '98s.

One has serious starting problems, a larger tank, and an aftermarket seat, with 6800 miles, $1200.

The other is completely stock, 4800 miles and supposedly runs well, $1600.

The difference is $400 more for the stock one, but a bike with no issues.

A used CDI unit has been ordered for the one with starting problems.

I know you can't make the call for me, but just curious which you would choose with those parameters.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:38 AM   #6902
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Sweet, just what I was looking for and a Canadian source no less.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:03 AM   #6903
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Ordered one of the Pro Moto racks this morning for my DR350. I purchased number 4 of 7 they had on hand, only 3 left and then no more. Great ADV discount!! Thanks JHGR!!! This is a great site.
I picked up #5! Thanks again guys for passing this on.

One question that I discussed with Will at PM, but couldn't quite get cleared up: the pannier protectors that they offer for other more recent racks require 2 holes one each side of the rack support arms. Will confirmed, as do the pics earlier in the thread, that the DR350 rack lacks these holes. However, it would be possible to tap the DR350 rack to install this great additions.

So, this being the case has anyone done this? Is there enough clearance under the DR350 rack support arms (between them and the rear fender) to fit the pannier protectors? Which of the 3 PM rack pannier arms sets might be most appropriate for the DR350 fender and pipe flare?

Here is the PM page with the pannier racks listed:

http://www.promotobillet.com/catalog...hp/cPath/24_84
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:34 AM   #6904
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Need some opinions.

I'm looking at two bikes, both '98s.

One has serious starting problems, a larger tank, and an aftermarket seat, with 6800 miles, $1200.

The other is completely stock, 4800 miles and supposedly runs well, $1600.

The difference is $400 more for the stock one, but a bike with no issues.

A used CDI unit has been ordered for the one with starting problems.

I know you can't make the call for me, but just curious which you would choose with those parameters.
If another CDI comes with the $1200 bike, there's not much else that is likely to cause starting issues, except a valve adjustment and the carb. The extra $400 will pay for a new pumper carb from Keintech. For the same price as the stock $1600 bike, you'd have a big tank, aftermarket seat, and pumper carb.

Easy choice, unless you don't like to work on bikes. If that's the case, buy a car instead.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:48 AM   #6905
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I've yet to see a CDI actually go bad. I'm sure it can and does happen, but it is extraordinarily unusual. Much more likely would be a carb/fuel issue, wiring issue, bad coil, bad stator, mechanical fault, etc (in about that order).
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:22 AM   #6906
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I've had four starting issues with my DR350. They were, in order

1) faulty ignition contacts in the key switch
2) bad coil
3) bad kickstart safety switch.
4) Overheated on a nasty technical hillclimb alone in the desert, bike flooded as it was dumped on it's side, unable to start until plug dried out. Just about drained the battery and stranded myself in the middle of nowhere.

Can't do much about #4.

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Old 01-26-2011, 11:56 AM   #6907
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Appreciate all the responses and great experience based insight.

I'm looking to upgrade from a Yam XT225, and I'll go with the majority and get the hard starting one and give it a going over.

The big tank and Corbin seat are sort of irresistible.

What's required to install a kick starter? I did a search but no result.

Will just the kick start lever and internals from a regular kick start only model work, or is it something special to convert an e start model?
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Old 01-26-2011, 02:57 PM   #6908
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Does anybody know where to get a new ignition barrel and key from?? I cant find it in the OEM sites exploded pics anywhere.
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:48 PM   #6909
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Appreciate all the responses and great experience based insight.

I'm looking to upgrade from a Yam XT225, and I'll go with the majority and get the hard starting one and give it a going over.

The big tank and Corbin seat are sort of irresistible.

What's required to install a kick starter? I did a search but no result.

Will just the kick start lever and internals from a regular kick start only model work, or is it something special to convert an e start model?
I just put a kicker on my 96 se. I found a cheap shaft fully assembled off of fleebay and put it in. besides the whole kickstart assembly you need a gear and spacer from the transmission schematic. # 30 and 31 off of bike bandit. All an all it was fairly cheap to do with some used parts, but new parts might be a different story. I have all of the part numbers somewhere but I cant seem to find them right now.
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Old 01-26-2011, 03:51 PM   #6910
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Does anybody know where to get a new ignition barrel and key from?? I cant find it in the OEM sites exploded pics anywhere.
Procycle has an aftermarket one on their site under the dual sport tab.
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Old 01-27-2011, 06:47 AM   #6911
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Appreciate all the responses and great experience based insight.

I'm looking to upgrade from a Yam XT225, and I'll go with the majority and get the hard starting one and give it a going over.

The big tank and Corbin seat are sort of irresistible.

What's required to install a kick starter? I did a search but no result.
I know you've decided, but here's my 2 worth anyway.

A Acerbis tank is about $230 from justgastanks. It's a way better tank than an IMS or Clarke. I've used all three and presently have bikes with Acerbis and IMS fitted.

It takes a Corbin ass to fit a Corbin seat. I've got one on my 97 and it is no more comfortable FOR ME than the "Sweet cheeks" I sometimes use on the other bikes. You may be a better fit.

Also, 100 miles on the street with either of the stock seats can lead to discomfort (slight understatement there). 100 miles an a bad dirt road is not a problem with a stock seat.

My 95 DR350SES has 45K miles on it and I don't ever remember wishing it had a kicker.
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Old 01-27-2011, 07:34 AM   #6912
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I know you've decided, but here's my 2 worth anyway.

A Acerbis tank is about $230 from justgastanks. It's a way better tank than an IMS or Clarke.
Can you elaborate on this? What makes it better?
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:06 AM   #6913
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The general consensus on tanks is that the IMS or Clarke are hit and miss, some like them some don't, and the Acerbis is the best tank, and comes with 2 petcocks to help get all of your fuel out.

So is a 4.60-18 rear tire wide enough for the DR? Stock calls for a 110/90 which is calcualted to be the 4.60, so thats what I bought for my new tire, but the irc gp110 i pulled off was a 5.10-18.... does it really matter either way?
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Old 01-27-2011, 09:50 AM   #6914
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Appreciate all the responses and great experience based insight.

I'm looking to upgrade from a Yam XT225, and I'll go with the majority and get the hard starting one and give it a going over.

The big tank and Corbin seat are sort of irresistible.

What's required to install a kick starter? I did a search but no result.

Will just the kick start lever and internals from a regular kick start only model work, or is it something special to convert an e start model?
Where is the other bike located? I know it's a long shot, but if it's somewhere far enough south I may take a look at it.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:17 AM   #6915
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The shape of the acerbis is also really nice - very slim between your knees then flares out just a bit in the front. End result is a slim, nimble feeling bike that still carries plenty of fuel. Also, on the freeway the wind doesn't try to splay your legs as it does with the stock tank because the tank seems to direct the air around the knees just enough.
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