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Old 05-24-2012, 01:55 AM   #11941
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Yep, my $400 '95 just turned 4k yesterday. Hooray for good deals!
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Old 05-24-2012, 06:52 AM   #11942
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There's definitely a learning curve. Just starting to get the hang of mine. When I bought it, 100 kicks and major frustration followed by starting fluid was the norm. Now I'm down to about five on a good day. Adjusting the valves definitely helped.

My procedure now:
-turn petcock on (I installed a full manual petcock)
-make sure the bike is in neutral
-pull out choke
-pull clutch lever and hold
-pull decomp lever
-slowly move kicker down until the de-comp pops out.
-bring kicker back to top
-give it 1/4 throttle
-give it a full kick
-repeat

For some reason, mine won't start unless the de-comp pops back out without sticking and/or needing to move the kicker. Like I'm getting a real full cycle on it or something. I also don't have a battery, just a capacitor, so I usually hold the de-comp in and give it a few kicks until I see the neutral light and headlight start to blink with each kick. That way I know the capacitor is charged and I'm getting a good spark.
Just curious, why are you pulling the clutch lever?
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:10 AM   #11943
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Just curious, why are you pulling the clutch lever?
Mainly just as a safety in case I knock it into gear by accident, but it also seems to start more easily with it pulled.
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:32 AM   #11944
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This may have already been asked but is it the factory carb?
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Old 05-24-2012, 07:34 AM   #11945
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For comparison my new to me dr starts with no choke and little throttle pretty quick.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:38 AM   #11946
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What is a fair price for a 1998 DR350 SE with 2k original miles in excellent condition? I would appreciate and help!
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:03 PM   #11947
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What is a fair price for a 1998 DR350 SE with 2k original miles in excellent condition? I would appreciate and help!
$1800 to $2500 ball park
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:20 PM   #11948
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Paid 2k for a 99se with 6k on the clock, bark-busters gel seat and rear rack and renthals. Somehow with low miles the clutch cable snapped trying to ride off from the dealer, and my throttle cable snapped and was full of brown sludge lastweek.

Still I'm looking forward to beating the hell out of it

Edit - I bought it two months ago
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:28 PM   #11949
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$1800 to $2500 ball park
Thank you! I cannot wait!
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:28 PM   #11950
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Paid 2k for a 99se with 6k on the clock, bark-busters gel seat and rear rack and renthals. Somehow with low miles the clutch cable snapped trying to ride off from the dealer, and my throttle cable snapped and was full of brown sludge lastweek.

Still I'm looking forward to beating the hell out of it

Edit - I bought it two months ago
Thank you for the comparison! How do you like it so far?
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:01 PM   #11951
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I haven't gotten around to too much dirt yet but although a tad on the heavy side compared to my prior xt225 this bike is definitely a keeper. I'm 6' so perfect size and working on it appears pretty simple so far. I'm gonna start messing with sprocket sizes and somehow shave a tad off the a washer in the clutch basket since it doesn't like neutral.

I have every intention of riding this until it turns to dust, I highly recommend it.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:07 PM   #11952
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I have a friend with a 93 DR350. We've done some carb work and it seems to run OK, but not as smooth as I'd like. I see a vent hose hanging down which I don't remember removing when we took the carb out. It runs from the frame downward and has a sharp crook in the end, but all the vacuum ports on the carb are plugged and it has an aftermarket petcock.

Could this be the tank vent? And could a disconnected tank vent hose cause the rough running?

If so, where does it hook under the tank?

This is all made worse because we're unable to find the key for the tank - so I can't check for a vacuum situation in the tank to see if that makes it run better.

So, my second question - is there another source for the tank key?

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Old 05-24-2012, 01:17 PM   #11953
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Thanks for the tips, fellas! The decomp lever has been demystified!

The carb has a dynojet kit installed. Once I get her started she purrs like a kitten and it is easy to start when hot, just one small kick.
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Old 05-24-2012, 01:51 PM   #11954
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So, I put a 440 kit in my dr350 and got it all put back together today and idling. The engine seems like it's extremely hot, both the clutch side cover and magneto cover are hot enough where I can't leave my hand against them for more than a few seconds. I don't remember if this is normal or not... I may need to get an oil cooler.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:50 PM   #11955
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So, I put a 440 kit in my dr350 and got it all put back together today and idling. The engine seems like it's extremely hot, both the clutch side cover and magneto cover are hot enough where I can't leave my hand against them for more than a few seconds. I don't remember if this is normal or not... I may need to get an oil cooler.

It will take a little while to run in so i wouldn't worry too much about the heat .

All the same how long did it take to heat up ? Was this after a ride or just from idling ?
Don't run it in on the side stand , get it moving , these are air cooled engines and require air flow to get rid of heat .
Take it for a good ride varying the throttle position and revs , you will love the 440 .

Of course you have checked the oil level?
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