DR350 Thread

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

  1. khead

    khead Adventurer

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    Here's a thread on adding a kickstart:

    http://www.maximum-suzuki.com/forums/index.php?PHPSESSID=13a1dad7078e741a5b5b5d65fb7c99b1&topic=42065.0

    The 98 and 99 street models have the same suspension components as the dirt models.

    I have a 98SE which I'm real happy with as a practical one bike solution for transportation and good trail performance. It's at its best in eastern style, tight, gnarly type of trails. Seriously needs stronger springs in the front, and a revalve in the rear for more than casual speeds offroad. Frame flex will limit it if you want to do high speed riding in more open areas.

    I'm real happy having the e-start - worth the extra weight for me.

    I've just been stripping off all the street crud that I don't really need.
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  2. yater

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    Yes, I'm talking about the baja designs kit. The two bikes are different...the dirt model is a better dirtbike and the pumper is a huge step above the cv. The dirt model can easily be made into everything the se is on the road....but not the other way around.

    As for the kickstart on the se....you don't need it. I've killed my battery while charging an ipod overnight (passed out with the thing on)....it bumps right up in the morning (push start). I'm not the least bit concerned about being stranded with a dead battery on these little bikes....or a 650 for that matter
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  3. BikePilot

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    The pumper can also be put on the street model with minimal work and I can verify it makes a HUGE difference in throttle response:evil

    I normally would be biased toward the off road models as they are lighter and I really value that. However, I chose street model DR's as I mostly ride on the street and commute with my DR's and a legit title, key, e-start and all the other street goodies (that are worthless off road) suddenly make a lot of sense for such utilitarian purposes. If the bike is purely for recreation I would have gone with a dirt model I suspect. With the exception of E-start and perhaps title a dirt model can be made a street model without terrible trouble and vice versa, but doing either would probably cost more than it would to sell one and buy the other. However if you find you need the street goodies and want something close to the performance of the dirt model a pumper carb and a bit of suspension work go a long way imho:)
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  4. snare

    snare sittin and breathin

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    Thanks!

    I saw your post on your 350. I am hooked. Just trying to find one I can afford that best meets my needs. Can't wait.

    Anyone know for sure when the cartridge forks first appeared on the dirt models?
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  5. BikePilot

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    If it helps any there were two types of cartridge forks. The first type had cast aluminum loweres and looked just like normal conventional forks (cartridge or otherwise), visibaly not much different than the damper rod forks on the older models or say the cartridge forks on an XR650L, XR600 or late '80s CR250R. Then in I think '98 both the dirt model (which had normal looking cartridge forks and the street model which has similar looking damper rod forks) got updated cartridge forks with what look like machined lower tubes pressed into cast axle clamps. They have a lot less underhang, but to my knowedge have no other benifit other than looking cool. They happen to look a lot like the DR650SE forks on 96+ models, only as it happens the DR650SE forks while cool looking have damper rod internals.
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  6. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    I finally got my 350 running. Still needs finishing touches (blinkers, acerbis tank, heated grips, aluminum bars, handguards etc) but its come a long way.

    From this
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    To this
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  7. Se7en

    Se7en Been here awhile

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    I have had this for about a month and I love it :D
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  8. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Sweet! Post up a pic:)
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  9. Se7en

    Se7en Been here awhile

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  10. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Picasa doesn't allow remote hosting I think, but with a normal photo hosting site all you need to do is either copy the image tagged URL from there to here, of if its not provided put the following around the URL. I use www.postwhore.biz and www.photobucket.com

    [*img]http://www.yoururl.com[/img*] only without the *, I just stuck that in so you'd see the code rather than a red x:)
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  11. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    Is there any "bolt on" taillights that work for the 350?
    I put one from a DR250 on my DR650, plug and play, bolted right up.
    But,
    It doesn't appear that it'd work on the 350.

    FWIW, 97 DR350SE.

    Thanks
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  12. BikePilot

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    The DR250 and DR350 have the exact same tail light (but it may be different from the DRZ250). There are probably quite a few that could be mounted, but I have no issue with the stocker at all. I'm told that a DRZ400S/SM tail light is also identicle, but with a clear botom which is handy if you wanna move the tag up to the fender:)
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  13. togordy

    togordy "better than I deserve"

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    I am looking to replace the HUGE front turn signals on my 99 DR350SE; can anyone make recommendations on smaller more flexible ones that would fit?

    THANKS
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  14. gyver1980

    gyver1980 gyver1980

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    I just got a 1990 Dr350S and a Dr250SE from a friend that I did work for. I have most of the parts needed to make one bike. Just for the heck of it I am installing the everything from the 1994 250SE in the 350 frame. Seems easy enough. I already got the battery box mount 90% done.

    What I want to know it what can I do to make the bike really standout. I already shaved the mounts off the frame for the rear footpegs. I heard alot about air box mods. I wish I knew what everyone is talking about.

    I also want aluminum and plastic brushguards but dont know what kind to get. I wish I had pics of how each brand looks on DR's.

    Hopefully someone here can help. Thanks
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  15. leonphelps

    leonphelps TAT/Prudhoe Bay

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  16. electrolite

    electrolite Wanderer

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    What size tires are you all running on your 350's?
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  17. Bronco638

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    I have 90/90-21 (front) & 120/80-18 (rear) on my '99 SE. That's for both on-road (Dunlop 601) and off-road (Pirelli MT-21) sets of tires.
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  18. Suzuki Phil

    Suzuki Phil Been here awhile

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    If all goes well on Sunday I'll be picking up a 96 DR350SE. The bike is in perfect condition with 4600 miles on it. I test drove it last night and it rides great.

    Can't wait to start dual sporting :)

    SP
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  19. leonphelps

    leonphelps TAT/Prudhoe Bay

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    put some pics up when you get it.....electric start??
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  20. blackbirdzach

    blackbirdzach Daily Adventurer

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    90/90/21 MT21 front and a 110/100/18 teraflex rear

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    Started as a stock 1993 "S" with 2500 street miles....

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    added a 3.5 gallon tank

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    Tall Protaper bars and one inch risers

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    New grips and bark busters...I'm sure I'll test them out shortly. :eek:

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    Type 1 Teraflex. It has 22 lbs of air in it in the picture, but it will get aired down tomorrow. I got new tubes and want to leak test them first.

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    Front MT21. I'm not sure if I'm going to like the MT21, I might switch to something more aggressive.

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    Correctly jetted Mikuni Pumper Carb and I chopped the air box up a bit.

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    I still have to add my new pegs and shifter and I'm also at a loss of what to do for graphics. :ear

    Anyway, its' at least ready to ride. Oh, and it now starts on the first kick. Guh, I hated kicking that thing over when it was hot.

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