DR350 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by leonphelps, May 16, 2007.

  1. tntmo

    tntmo Oops, I did it again.

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    The inside links look really close to the case saver. I think we're going to flip the front sprocket and double check everything.My DR has the sprocket with the shoulder inboard, has been that way for a long time with no issues.
  2. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    I also have mine mounted to the inside. I don't think I put more logic into it than "more surface area for circlip". Never had any issues.
  3. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    Also check to make sure both axle adjusters are keeping the wheel straight. You might be able to look down the length of the chain like a gun sight and see any misalignment.
  4. DaveNev

    DaveNev Been here awhile

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    After reading Mondo Enduro, check yr sprockets front and rear ! and the chain, and know how to set chain tension. And a couple of spare chain links...
    Tubewise, maybe heavy duty tubes and/or that anti-puncture poo, if anyone knows a brand that works...
    and maybe new tyres?
    Dave in NZ
  5. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Great first post!

    I will share a little with you.

    Lowering your bike sucks. Kobota links are expensive. If you really want to lower your bike try dialing down the preload on the shock first. Also drop the forks lower in the clamps. I know people will say it is not the proper way. Low pre load sucks, blah blah blah... But it is free. If you really want a K link PM me, I will sell you the over priced chunk of aluminum.

    See that the bike has no turn signals, or tail light at all. Adding these things to missing wiring might be difficult. LEDs add their own set of problems. Read the vendor ad linked in my sig line. Gives you a lot of info on running LED turn signals.

    For the tail lights LEDs are not as much of an issue. The tail light is also the brake light. Make sure you have a 3 wire assembly/bulb.

    The headlight bulb on these are H4, not 9003. They might make drop in upgrades. Most that really upgrade do so with a HID.

    For an inexpensive good street tire do not overlook the Shinko 244. Even the 700 something version though I have no experience with those.

    Luggage rack. Most will bolt to the rear grab bar. Yours looks bent. Assumed some one flipped the bike wheeling and broke off the tail light, turn signals, and bent the grab bar. YOu are going to need to bend that back or replace. When replacing know that their are two varieties. You have the steel street model with the turn signal mounting tab. The other is aluminum off the off road model. Not ideal for supporting a rack and missing the turnsignal mounts used to mount some of the racks.

    Below the grab bar there is a rear fender support. Your is most likely missing. Without it supporting the grab bar it was easily bent. The support is there mainly to hold up the license plate bracket which you don't have and most delete, but IMO it is an integral part in supporting the grab bar if it is to be used as a rack mount. Tons of these available on e-bay, or PM me, I have several.

    Welcome to the world of DR. Much can be learned from this thread alone.
  6. vonreckless

    vonreckless Adventurer

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    Bought new signal lights for my "97 DR350SE that the PO had removed. As I went to install them, I discovered I was also missing the stays (errrr). Anybody got a set of these at a reasonable price? I live in BC, so the closer you are the better (for postage). PM me. Thanks.
  7. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    If you would just like to get them on asap, I drilled and mounted mine to the headlight/wiring cover thing (see pics in sig). It's just a tad tight and I have to stretch it over the headlight now because of the length of the bolts, but it looks clean.
  8. vonreckless

    vonreckless Adventurer

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    Hey, great idea. I have only one concern: I expect I will crash my bike now and then ('cause I wanna have fun). The signals look like they may be a bit more prone to damage in a crash being further out there and less protected by the handle bars. Any thoughts on that?

    There are some great innovations on this thread.
  9. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    I suppose if you ran into a tree at the right angle it would get in there, but then again even at the stock locations that would be hard to defend against. But as far as dropping or anything else, the way the tire and handlebars hit the ground, they're pretty far away from being touched. I've lowsided a few times and nothing even got remotely close. The bar-end mirrors are a different story though. :lol3 I just fold them in and they are tough so they usually only need a re-tightening.
  10. feetchermancj

    feetchermancj Adventurer

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    After driving from Bend Oregon to Reno Nevada, I'm left with this pearl for $1600. Bike has 6k miles and is super clean. Came with both, stock and after-market acerbis tank, DG exhaust, Sunline bars and risers, Cycra hand guards, Heated grips, LED lights all around, Eibach forks springs and rear spring, kouba lowering links,extra rear tire, and rear rack but going to be replacing that with a custom rack. Also has the airbox mod and is jetted accordingly. The headlight is either an HID or a really nice H4 bulb, I'll have to do some investigating. Super happy with this bike so far!

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  11. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    The rear signals however are VERY exposed and although somewhat flexible they are easily destroyed. I've fabricated new mounts to move mine more inboard.
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    This bike has taken many dirt maps with no broken signals.
  12. swoody126

    swoody126 Been here awhile

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    does your state require turn signals?

    Texas does not

    however, if they are there, they must be functional

    therefore, mine have been removed, until i see a really good solution, pictured & explained w/ part numbers... Someplace like on this thread



    my friend, who rides a klr650 has done the "TAT" and a substantial portion of the "CDR" w/ stock turn signals and he is still on the original signal lenses

    like you said, the rascals are tucked way back in that little space and the flex stems sure do a good job

    i am using a set of folding DS mirrors, i got off fleabay for under $20, which fold over the top triple tree, when single tracking



    what a jewel!!!

    I drove 250± miles and paid way more than you did for my 99sex and thought i had "cut a fat hog"

    my hat's off to you & your searching skills:clap

    there are still a few of them out there butt... they are fewer & farther between

    btw: I found that the tail light lense from a ¿2004? Drz400 fits our tail light bases and it comes with the clear bottom for a license plate light, when you directly bolt the plate to the rear fender, under it

    that is how i got rid of the truck mud flap/plate light & holder...

    sw
  13. biggsxr

    biggsxr Adventurer

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  14. swoody126

    swoody126 Been here awhile

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    OUCH!!!

    $256 for a set, incl the relay:eek1

    just THOUGHT i wanted to venture into the 21st century

    looks like this cheapsteak/old man will keep on using HAND SIGNALS:(:

    sw
  15. AleksTheGreat

    AleksTheGreat Been here awhile

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  16. tntmo

    tntmo Oops, I did it again.

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    Wow, I guess the $10 set of four I get from China can be replaced 25 times at that price.

    A riding buddy mounts his signals to a thick piece of rubber, like a semi mud flap. Then mount the rubber piece to the bike, it gives a lot of flex and the signals last a lot longer.
  17. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    The site isn't clear, but they are sold in pairs. So, about $120 for the lights and then I bought the flasher and diode kit from MrPulldown:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=920826

    No, they are absolutely not the least expensive turn signals a person could buy. I've got them mounted in front, but haven't gotten around to mounting them in back. They seem well made, but I have not "tested" them yet ;>

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  18. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    I hear ya...I better not have to replace them! :>

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  19. swoody126

    swoody126 Been here awhile

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    you guys are really tempting me, now

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  20. plugeye

    plugeye dreamer

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    heres a solution. ebay LED scab-on turns. under $20 and $10 for new relay. no change to front turns.