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Old 04-14-2010, 09:30 AM   #31
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Other than installing a new oil cooler and manual choke the bike is assembled, starts easily and runs OK (the choke seems to hang so it runs rich) and is begging to go for a ride this weekend. one minor issue the tail light does not work. Blinkers ok, brake light ok, headlight ok, tail light :-(.

Here is what I have done and invested so far.

Bike 1999 craigslist DR650 bike in a box $500.00 (everything but the engine had been torn to pieces, hacked apart and thrown in a big box) I was very worried at first and thought I had made a mistake. After buying an e-service manual and parts book everything became a game kind of like a 3d jigsaw puzzle.

New tank Acrbis 6.6 234.00 oemcycle free shipping
FMF header and Q4 exhaust 430.00 oemcycle FMF sale
tires 40.00 craigslist
new wiring harness, air box, battery box 65.00 ebay
air box mod, dynajet carb kit 49.00 ebay
skid / bash plate 125.00 sw-motech
oil cooler 18.00 ebay
14 tooth sprocket 16.00
seat mod, rhino liner on fender and side plates 30.00 myself
manual choke 22.00

roughly 1000.00 for a total of 1500.00 I am pleased with the cost and how everything turned out.


Still to come front fork springs, rear shock spring 230.00 Kientech
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Old 04-14-2010, 09:52 AM   #32
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Looks great! I can see how it might have felt overwhelming at the start, but $1500 total for a low mileage 99' is a steal.
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Old 04-14-2010, 10:11 AM   #33
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Steve,

You forgot a line in your price breakdown:

"Two weeks of frenzied labor and busted knuckles...... Priceless"

Your bike looks great!

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Other than installing a new oil cooler and manual choke the bike is assembled, starts easily and runs OK (the choke seems to hang so it runs rich) and is begging to go for a ride this weekend. one minor issue the tail light does not work. Blinkers ok, brake light ok, headlight ok, tail light :-(.

Here is what I have done and invested so far.

Bike 1999 craigslist DR650 bike in a box $500.00 (everything but the engine had been torn to pieces, hacked apart and thrown in a big box) I was very worried at first and thought I had made a mistake. After buying an e-service manual and parts book everything became a game kind of like a 3d jigsaw puzzle.

New tank Acrbis 6.6 234.00 oemcycle free shipping
FMF header and Q4 exhaust 430.00 oemcycle FMF sale
tires 40.00 craigslist
new wiring harness, air box, battery box 65.00 ebay
air box mod, dynajet carb kit 49.00 ebay
skid / bash plate 125.00 sw-motech
oil cooler 18.00 ebay
14 tooth sprocket 16.00
seat mod, rhino liner on fender and side plates 30.00 myself
manual choke 22.00

roughly 1000.00 for a total of 1500.00 I am pleased with the cost and how everything turned out.


Still to come front fork springs, rear shock spring 230.00 Kientech
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:23 AM   #34
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I also got my new SW-Motech Bash plate. It was the most expensive one I found (125.00) but for the protection it will provide I think it is the best on the market. It attaches to the frame and protects like it should.

You get a new FWD lower engine mount bolt.


Don't want to piss in your cornflakes but that plate is actually one of the worst, it's too thin to provide real protection. I have seen a busted case where a rock punched through the aluminum, which doesn't happen with the other skid plates on the market.

Other than that, nice work on the bike. You definitely got more than your money's worth!
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Old 04-18-2010, 10:30 PM   #35
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Don't want to piss in your cornflakes but that plate is actually one of the worst, it's too thin to provide real protection. I have seen a busted case where a rock punched through the aluminum, which doesn't happen with the other skid plates on the market.

Other than that, nice work on the bike. You definitely got more than your money's worth!
Well I feel foolish. Looks like I will need to get another aluminum plate welded to it to beef it up. Just looked to cover much better.
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:00 AM   #36
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Well I feel foolish. Looks like I will need to get another aluminum plate welded to it to beef it up. Just looked to cover much better.
That is exactly what the other guy did after he punched through his. The pictures are somewhere in the long DR thread.

If you are going to ride it in the rocks it might be worth doing it now. Definitely a lot easier than fixing a hole in your cases.
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:27 AM   #37
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I also have the SW motech plate on my DR 650, it is the only one that I thought was mounted properly. I do feel that the aluminum is a little thin and the older design falls short in that the rear mounting bolts head stick out where I mush them. The Newer SW plates address this I have been told. These are outstanding plates for flying debris damage and even for medium groundings on most any object. Hard smashes to sharp rocks would be a problem. My last plate was thicker and attached with clips to the frame tubes. The plate worked but my frame rails we flattened. Depends how you use your bike. The SW motech plate is very well engineered.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:56 AM   #38
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Well I feel foolish. Looks like I will need to get another aluminum plate welded to it to beef it up. Just looked to cover much better.
No need to feel foolish, many people ride their DR's using this skidplate with no problems. But if you're going to even moderately off-road your DR, then I suggest you beef up the plate. Take a look at what I did to mine... http://www.advrider.com/forums/showp...ostcount=20666
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:47 PM   #39
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My rear shock is going to Kientech this week for an overhaul and new Eibach rear spring. Also getting Intiminators and Eibach front springs to match for the forks, seal savers, AMP engine guards and an oversized pro taper handle bar kit with 2" bar risers.
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Old 05-21-2010, 02:44 AM   #40
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Finally finished

I have finally finished my bike, except for the oil cooler, and am very pleased with the outcome. All in all it has been a steal for 2150 total investment. The new oil cooler will arrive next week, I will install it and take the bike out for its first ride in 9 years.

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Old 05-22-2010, 12:30 AM   #41
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Looks fantastic Steve - congrats!

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I have finally finished my bike, except for the oil cooler, and am very pleased with the outcome. All in all it has been a steel for 2150 total investment. The new oil cooler will arrive next week, I will install it and take the bike out for its first ride in 9 years.

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Old 05-28-2010, 11:08 AM   #42
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TM-40 Pumper Carburetor

I broke down today and bought a TM-40 Pumper Carburetor today from Kientech. This should take care of everything I want to do. I will get the pumper next Friday and get it installed. The only thing left is a cam and big bore kit which will have to wait until I can justify it.

http://www.kientech.com/TM-40Pumper.html
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Old 05-28-2010, 12:12 PM   #43
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I really like your build. Very well thought out and looks great too.

Did I read correctly that you got 2 new tires for $40 on craigslist? I never thought of looking there for tires.
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:31 PM   #44
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I really like your build. Very well thought out and looks great too.

Did I read correctly that you got 2 new tires for $40 on craigslist? I never thought of looking there for tires.
Yes you can get almost anything on craigslist.
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:29 PM   #45
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DR650 build complete

After 4 1/2 months I have finished my DR650 build. I took the bike out today and it is sweet. I think it looks great also. Here is the final results.







But riding tonight the exhaust got red hot. Is this common? Airbox mod, FMF header and exhaust, Pumper carb. Runs sweet and starts very nicely.


It was 8:30 and darker than the photo shows.
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