DR350/250 Picture/Mod Thread!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by BikePilot, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    If you've got a DR250 or 350 post up your pics and mods!

    Here's my recent acquisition, a 1994 DR250SE, all stock save bars, handguards and gearing.

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    I just got it Saturday. Really like the little bike and don't intend to go crazy with mods but....a bigger, plastic tank would be nice, taller/firmer seat and perhaps stiffer suspension. I see Acerbis and Clarke make 4.2 gal tanks for the bike, any opinions on them? Is either noticeably slimmer than the other?
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  2. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    I had a 1991 DR350S that I loved. I went crazy with mods though, trying to make it as good as my freinds street plated XR600R at the time and after about 3 grand in mods Ill list, It was about as good speed wise as a well prepped XR250R, but didn't handle as well off road....any where near as well. It was fast as youll see in the mods list it was very triicked out.

    Acerbis 4.5 gal plastic tank rating 10
    Acerbis desert plastic fenders 10
    Neet seat cover 10
    Cycle gear magic airbox 10
    Poweroll 420cc kit, 11.5:1 compression 10+
    Mikuni flatslide carb, 38mm 10
    porting 10
    Cobra exhaust 10
    front and rear suspension revalved and springed for my weight and riding style by Racetech, great improvement, but not as good as I expected rating, 8
    Perelli MT21 tyres 12+ GREAT FOR THIS BIKE.
    Baja dual headlights and re-wound stator to 210 watts, 20+ awesome to have 150 watts of light off road
    Excell blue anodized rims, stainless spokes, anodized the stock hubs black, again awesome, but bling and streinght only...still worht every penny.

    I must say where Im going with this, Still after doing all this to my DR when Id trade bikes with my freind who had the XR600R with only a pipe and jetting I could run away form him when he was riding my DR n the dirt, and he would run away from me when I was on my own bike.

    As a pure dual sport though it was great and I truely wish I still had it. It was a bitch to start though, more so even than an XR600R!
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  3. BikePilot

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    Wow, that is a majorly tricked out DR!
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  4. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    Here's another good place to start: http://www.kientech.com/

    And this place: http://www.maximum-suzuki.com/ibf/index.php?

    I have two DR350SEs (1997 & 99) and I bought a '93 DR250SE for my wife. Lots of fun, easy to mod and they seem to run forever. I read your ride report. You're a brave man to ride from Newburgh, NY to Virginia on that bike. Glad you made it home safely.
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  5. BikePilot

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    Thanks, I'm a member at max-zuke and have drooled all over the kientech site:clap

    One thing I've been curious about, with the big bore kits are the larger pistons somehow the same weight as the stocker? The thing I probably like most about the little DR is its super low vibration levels. Anyway, its just a curiosity, I don't plan to go as far as a big bore any time soon.
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  6. yater

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  7. Sniper X

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    The piston I got with the big bore kit was probably within a few grams of the stocker. I remember asking about ballance, vibration and what not before buying the piston kit. They told me it didn't matter anyway as the DRs have crancshaft counterbalancers that would take care of the difference in a few ounces not just mere grams. Oh and on my list of trick parts I did cams too. That thing was fast. OH, and mine seemed smoother with the big bore kit in it. I guess because it had so much more power.
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  8. BikePilot

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    Good to know - thanks:evil
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  9. creswellelkhunter

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    Mine with the dualsport quick change fender removed,ready for serious off-road. This is a off-road version DR.
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    Ims Tank, Big Gun exhaust, RMX 250 swingarm(easy conversion), bored to 35mm Pumper carb, Wiesco piston and standard air box mods.
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  10. levity

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    Here are a couple pics of DRxDR's bike: 435cc kit, oil cooler, heavy springs, IMS tank for range.
    DRxDR is full size (6'4", 200 lb) so he makes the bike look smallish, but it hauls his heavy a$$ around pretty well.
    (Death Valley ride report is here.)

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  11. davorallyfan

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    Loved mine almost a motocross bike!
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  12. sixer

    sixer I suffer from Ainrofilac

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    Cool pictures, almost looks like another world.
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  13. Sniper X

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    I must say I am happy to see other DR350 lovers out there! I thought for years I was nuts to put so much inot mine and I was alone as the only DR350 lover on the planet!! Heres to ya guys!!:1drink
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  14. BikePilot

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    As of tomorrow I will have owned the DR for a whole week. I intend to change the oil and give it a good once-over, but also have to do a water pump seal on the sport bike and fix the wipers on my wife's cage so probably not a lot else will get done on the DR...
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  15. Twistir

    Twistir Must have plow experience

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    Okay, here's my new dr350s I bought less than a month ago..

    Day 1:
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    Extra lighting....

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    Aux. Power...and 1 inch bar risers installed....

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    New seat cover, 1 inch foam added....

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    Next comes the rear rack from happy-trails and either a tailbag or case from JCWhitney.
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  16. BikePilot

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    Looking great:thumb

    I like what you did with the seat, I need to do something similar to mine. Did you replace the entire foam section or add another layer to the top of the stock stuff?

    Thanks,


    Josh
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  17. Twistir

    Twistir Must have plow experience

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    The foam came from the local fabric store. Its a dense foam used for seat cushions.
    I took that and the exisiting seat foam...sprayed them both with adhesive and got a good bond. Then I just trimmed off the new foam to match the seat.
    The difference is night and day, I have not had any saddle sore yet :D

    The seat really does not sit much higher, but for me having long legs it still helps. That combined with the bar risers make for a comfortable ride.

    Nice ride report BTW!
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  18. BikePilot

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    Awsome, I might have to look around for some of that dense foam myself. I'm not worried about adding height, in fact I'd like to (I'm used to MX bikes that are a good bit taller) add a bit of seat height to make for a bit less of a bend in my knees.
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    Twistir Must have plow experience

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  20. Rotor-head

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    Long time lurker and now finally joined so I can chime in on some of this fun stuff.

    Several months ago, I decided to look for a DR650 to join my Weestrom in the garage. After searching for what seemed like forever and only finding old worn out bikes or ones with top dollar prices I was about to give up on an inexpensive dual sport. Just then, I stumbled upon a '97 DR350SE with low miles and a brand new set of tires for really cheap. Seems that an older guy bought one for his married daughter to ride with him, but unfortunately he passed away, so the bike was pushed into the garage and hadn't been riden in the past 2 years. Price was low so I bought it and took it home. Needless to say it really didn't run too well. Carb was gummed up and the gas was old.

    I decided to tear the bike down short of removing the engine from the frame and clean, lube and replace as required as much a I could. It was actually kinda fun doing all the work and witnessing the change in the bike. Here is what I did:

    1. Kientech carb (new main jet, needle and idle screw) and muffler mod, absolutely the best $100 spent on the bike!!!
    2. Opened up the airbox and new filter to go with 1
    3. 14T countershaft sprocket
    4. EBC brake pads and flushed the brake system
    5. Pro Taper bars with Tag grips
    6. Acerbis ralley guards
    7. Seat recovered in black Carbon FX by Sargent (they did a great job and price was good, about $100)
    8. Sandblasted the muffler after Kientch did the mod and painted it with high temp stove paint-black
    9. Rebuilt the forks with 15wt oil and new black boots
    10. Removed the stickers from the side plates and cleaned all the plastic
    11. Luggage rack from the guy in Ohio (Brian S) who mods the stock fender support - nice work...
    12. Cleaned and lubed everything that moved including the cables
    It is now back on the road and running great. The carb and muffler mod are a must do, the bike repsonds much quicker and smoother to throttle inputs and muffler is still civilized. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! I bet the DR250 will benefit from this also.

    Not sure how to post pics yet, but if I figure it out I'll post before and after pics.

    Must go out tomorrow for a little shakedown ride......
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