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Old Yesterday, 09:35 PM   #1
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DR350SE project

I bought my first motorcycle a few months ago. I wanted a bike that is highway speed (bigger then 250) but loves offroad (not a 650). And cheap. My money goes for engineering tuition. I got this DR350SE for 1500$! 3000 miles on it and its in great shape. It has cool extras too. November is the best time to buy bikes!
This is my first post. I have bought stuff to add a kick starter as well because roll starting a motorcycle on soggy tundra is something I hope I never ever have to do. Peace of mind and all. I have a few questions to ask about what parts I still need to get. I will put some pics and stuff up 2mro. DR350's are great!
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Old Today, 08:02 AM   #2
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Old Today, 11:35 AM   #3
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Welcome also. Be sure to check out the DR350 thread.
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Old Today, 11:55 AM   #4
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what to do depends on usage. most would find the stock gearing is so so at best for offroad work.

I would always recommend some sort of handguards, like cycra or ?

Immediately replace the factory strong as a wire clothes hanger handle bars with some Renthal or pro-taper bars. Taller is better for any kind of riding while standing....

suspension is mush, so at a min, re-spring for your weight if needed.

other than that, just ride it and learn the shortfalls.
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Old Today, 12:33 PM   #5
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Kick Starter Gears

Kick starter gears seem to run around 50$ on Ebay, but I got this one for 20$ with free shipping because the bolt had broken off inside.
It says I can only upload one image, do image hosting sites work?
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Old Today, 12:59 PM   #6
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Unstuck threads

So I got the broken bit unscrewed! Barely. It took half an hour. I was putting most of my force on it which almost broke the little grabit thing before it broke free. A cool trick is to put oil into the little hole below the broken bit so its lubing from both sides. Jam a fine point air compressor tip in/on the hole and hopefully force some oil down in the threads. I saved 30ish by doing this.



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Old Today, 01:01 PM   #7
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does this work

I have the above piece now. I need the gear it runs with. It was hard to find and is expensive new, so I bought a transmission/internal gears deal off Ebay for 40+17$ ship. It was a great deal. Just the gear I want new is 43+ship so I basically got the whole transmission for free. The light colored square is the part I want.

Extra parts is never a bad thing, right? It came from a dirt version so there might be some different sized trans. gears or something. Anyway, the piece looks like this now

On the bikebandit.com website http://www.bikebandit.com/oem-parts/...9218#sch245442 it looks like all i need now is a clutch cover gasket, kick start lever(on the way), and parts 17,10,2, and 6.
I think someone said that http://www.bikebandit.com/oem-parts/...9218#sch239766 parts 32,33,34,and 35 are in the engine already? So I don't think I need these. Part 31 is already in the gear pictured above right?
Am I missing something? This is turning out to be cheaper+easier to do than I thought. Thanks guys

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Old Today, 01:02 PM   #8
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If you want to have a reliable bike leave it alone. DR's are super reliable when left in stock condition. If you do want to farkle only change the suspension parts.

I'd put a stock muffler back on if it was my bike. After 20K miles and nine years of service my 96 DR has never let me down.

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Old Today, 04:20 PM   #9
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Exhaust+Header

My bike came with a larger header pipe probably from keintech and a DR650 FMF2 muffler..?!?? I thought it looked a bit large. It seems quiet and probably gives good gas mileage so i'll tolerate the few extra pounds. I need a heat shield for the header pipe so I don't burn my leg but I cant find one on Ebay. I don't intend to overfarkle this bike up, reliability is #1. Up next I am moving the taillight and turn signals and adding a back fender rack
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