DR350 Thread

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

  1. boardforever

    boardforever Been here awhile

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    I would be interested. PM sent.
  2. Hammerspur

    Hammerspur Long timer

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  3. GaThumper

    GaThumper Road Less Traveled

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  4. P@vlos.B

    P@vlos.B Stuck in an Island

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    Hi!
    Many times during off road riding the bike stops, so I have to find neutral, which is a pita (I must change the thrust washers & do the clearance yet..), to start it once again. When on gear, the starter is dead. So I would like to know, what should I do, to be able to start the bike with the gear on (clutch pulled obviously!).
    I can do it with my 2008 F650GS,and I can't with my 98 DR350SE:bash ... I have already eliminated the kick stand switch if this is of any interference.
    I presume I must connect some wires together etc, but which?
    Thanks!
  5. Hammerspur

    Hammerspur Long timer

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    Recently acquired my '98 DR350SE, only test rode it so far.
    Planning to spend tomorrow getting my hands dirty with maintenance, etc. in preparation for a warm day.

    My questions pertain to the reusable OEM air filter:

    - Factory manual advises to wash in "solvent"...? Would that mean gasoline or maybe kerosene?
    - Manual states to re-oil by soaking in motor oil and squeezing excess out before reinstalling.
    Is this the method to use for re-oil or are spray on filter oils also used?

    I've years of experience (decades actually) servicing K&N's, cleaning, re-oiling but this reusable type is new to me.

    Any thoughts?:ear
  6. rubberband

    rubberband Will ride for tacos

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    I clean mine in gas, and use a large zip loc bag once it has dried to re oil it with a spray on filter oil ..like Klotz. then evenly distrubute the oil by squeezing it around in the bag. Careful not to over oil, and i usually let it sit over night before running the bike.
  7. Hammerspur

    Hammerspur Long timer

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    I just re-read the service manual entry which states to clean the element in "nonflammable cleaning solvent."
    What the Hell is a nonflammable solvent?! :huh
  8. WSobchak

    WSobchak Long timer

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    Gas without a heat source near it. :D
  9. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Kerosene is combustible but not flammable (by commonly accepted technical definitions). Diesel also but it is better not to get it on your skin. There are quite a few others you could probably pick up in any good hardware store.
  10. rubberband

    rubberband Will ride for tacos

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    bingo! don't over think this.....
  11. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Do not, repeat, do not use gasoline. It is incredibly explosive and toxic.

    Get yourself a jug of mineral spirits. Wash the filter. Let dry. Then wash again with a strong detergent (like simple green). Rinse well and dry.

    I would suggest that everyone have a few spare filters on hand. That way you can do all of your messy washing just once a year.
  12. Hammerspur

    Hammerspur Long timer

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    Filter is drying from gas wash, waiting for re-oil while I attend to other stuff.
    Like when you get it on your face and in your mouth while siphoning some from your truck so you can clean your air filter? :puke1
    That I already have... right next to the lacquer thinner, acetone, xylene, denatured alcohol, charcoal lighter fluid, paint stripper, etc. [​IMG]
    :eek1 WOW, thought I was anal! :zilla
  13. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    The proper term is Anal-Retentive. Don't forget the hyphen.

    :rofl
  14. shearboy2004

    shearboy2004 KIWIINUSA

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    I use Dawn dish washing detergent , forget all the other stuff it works well .
  15. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Should be able to. Your kick stand needs to be up. Kickstand safty prevents it from starting in gear with it down. You should bypass that switch anyways. Causes issues when ridden hard.
  16. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    +1

    Same thing I clean the rest of my bike with.
  17. Teeeeeemu

    Teeeeeemu Been here awhile

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    Hey, I bought a -91 DR a week ago, and its a bitch to start. You should know :deal
    Its "street legal", though was used in the countryside so no mirrors, blinkers, battery, passenger pegs. Which is good, so its lighter. I have no idea of the mileage, cause it has no speedo, just and aluminum plate with an on/off switch where the speed should be. No key either :D I got a plate...
    It has plastic tank in white, black frame, painted over the stock yellow. Seat is also black. Stock is yellow? Im planning on getting a black or white RMZ450/250 plastic kit and fitting the doctor with new fenders and number plates, and some new headlight to replace my current orange... Should get rid of the old look. Maybe even forks from RM (some years/cc/rmz should fit without mods?)

    It has pumper carb, some laser slipon and 80mm wiseco piston. Pistons should last like 40000 - 50000km (or miles?) So either it was changed to replace the new, or just changed for fun. If it was to replace, it would mean maybe 40-50k km mileage imo. The owner didnt know either...

    When I finally get it started, it has pretty noticeable rattle. From what I know, rattle comes from the cam chain? Of course some rattle comes from every dr? But I can hear mine fine while on idle, even with the not-the-quietest-exhaust.
    So the question is, is rattle bad?:huh
  18. Hammerspur

    Hammerspur Long timer

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    Check this post for good tip on checking your cam chain tensioner:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18094376#post18094376
  19. Chicken Helmet

    Chicken Helmet I'm A Stumperâ„¢

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    Just removed the Kouba links from my DR350, anyone interested in buying them and the shortened kickstand? $40 shipped and you send me your stock, in good shape kickstand. I believe they are 2" lowering links.
  20. TheOtherBart

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    Dibs! PM incoming.