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Old 02-20-2015, 12:16 PM   #1
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Help me spend my money.

Alright denizens of the thumper realm, today is the day I start planning out my DR350SE's new lease on life.

In July of last year I was in an accident on my DR350SE, hit somebody who pulled out in front of me. Not fun.

Miraculously, the bike came out in better shape than I did, and I managed to keep the bike. (It was either keep the bike and get cash, or scrap the bike and keep $200.00 extra) I'd really like to build this bike with enduro in mind - I'll take a break from riding on the street for a while, I think.

My resurrected DR, code name "Lazarus" ;) comes with:

- No Seat,
- no bars,
- no bark busters
- no pegs
- nothing from the forks forward,
- a salvaged title,
and the happy note:
- $700.00 for mods!

I'll be getting new armor and a helmet separately.

I should have the papers returning the bike to my legal ownership within the next month and a half. So... Who wants to help me plan out my budget DR350SE rebuild? :)
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:36 PM   #2
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sounds like fun.
get some pics up & lets get this thing launched.
i have a cheap front wheel for 90-97 models
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Old 02-20-2015, 01:27 PM   #3
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Thanks plugeye, it's a '96.
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Old 02-20-2015, 03:11 PM   #4
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Lazarus LIVES! After not running since July:



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Old 02-20-2015, 05:37 PM   #5
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I would make sure the frame is straight before putting any money into it. A bike that pulls one way and can't be fixed is very annoying.
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:44 PM   #6
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I would make sure the frame is straight before putting any money into it. A bike that pulls one way and can't be fixed is very annoying.
How do you recommend I do that? It looks pretty straight... I guess I figured it must be straight because the frame is oil bearing, or I figured if it isn't leaking it isn't bent enough to have seriously damaged the frame.
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Old 02-20-2015, 07:52 PM   #7
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Does anyone know if I'll have figment issues with a '78 CR250? I found a complete front end with a new tire, just had new seals etc for 250 with brakes and triple clamp. Any reason not to?
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:04 PM   #8
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How do you recommend I do that? It looks pretty straight... I guess I figured it must be straight because the frame is oil bearing, or I figured if it isn't leaking it isn't bent enough to have seriously damaged the frame.
On the web you'll find a lot of pages on doing it with pieces of string, tape measure, etc. I would at least do that first to see if anything is obviously wrong. But if it passes that test, I think you should still consider having it done professionally by somebody with a jig.
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Old 02-20-2015, 08:46 PM   #9
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On the web you'll find a lot of pages on doing it with pieces of string, tape measure, etc. I would at least do that first to see if anything is obviously wrong. But if it passes that test, I think you should still consider having it done professionally by somebody with a jig.
Thanks for the advice! I don't plan on ever streeting this again, except to my local trails.

This forum rocks! I missed this place. Everybody is so helpful.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:23 AM   #10
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If it were me and I wasn't in a hurry I would compile a list of what you want and save some ebay searches for those items. If you are not in a hurry there are some really good deals on ebay you just need to be patient and creative in your searches.
Example: I finally got a pair of KTM rally pegs for one of my bikes but it took 6 months until a pair came up at a price I was willing to pay, I got them brand new for $75 shipped.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:31 AM   #11
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No way I would graft on another front end from a 78 CR 250?

Why not fix the fork legs that are on it?
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:46 AM   #12
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i have an extra set of 96 dirt forks if you have interest
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:46 AM   #13
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There are multiple sets of forks for a DR350 on ebay for 40-100 shipped.
There is also a complete set with triples for a bit more. I would look into what other people have swapped onto the DR for your best option, I would guess some MX bike forks would be a good upgrade.
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:14 AM   #14
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Definitely get forks and triples from an rm mx bike. I believe it's a well documented mod. If you want to keep your triples a set of xr400 forks and front wheel would be a nice upgrade and will slide right in.
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Old 02-25-2015, 10:34 PM   #15
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Okay. Today:

I took the front end off, and started doing various cleaning and maintenance while I have it apart.

I'm thinking about putting some new paint on the frame, as it's been rubbed down to metal in places, and is showing some thin rust. This is probably the best time to do this. I'll go blue again for the frame but go all black on the plastics.

Can anyone tell me if a plastic tank from a newer DR will fit a '95? I don't know if I can justify the cost of a Clarke or Acerbis tank now that I'm only riding dirt. But the heavy and dent prone DR tank probably needs to go.

Speaking of which, tomorrow I'll be taking some methanol and BB's and cleaning out the tank. Not looking forward to it.

I also ordered a shorter front sprocket and bought a D606 for the rear.

Does anyone have a good, budget tire they recommend for the front?

I also took apart the petcock today to clean it. The petcock wouldn't pass any fuel at all on "RUN". Happens after they sit for 6 months I guess. I'll get it back together tomorrow. I also replaced the lines on either side of the fuel filter with generic clear fuel lines instead of the black lines, might as well.

I also got a new spark plug because the one in there was pretty fouled, and I may replace the coil too, because it's pretty fouled inside too.

Will '92 forks be identical to the '95?

Thanks all, stay tuned!
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