DR350 Thread

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

  1. DualDog

    DualDog Been here awhile

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    The replies really help out so much.

    I guess I am going to get the reapir manual very soon in order to get the procedure to check the valves and replace those oil sealing cam washers.

    Thanks again.
  2. mustangwagz

    mustangwagz Been here awhile

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    On the note of windshields/screens, that slipstreamer company has alot of cool looking windshields that i feel would fit the DR350 rather nicely. I think i'm going to purchase the universal one, as it is rather tall and i like the idea of gettin the turbulance UP over my big ole funny shapped head....rather than whipping it around like a weather balloon. lol They do have an intersting "Fairing" looking style windshiled that i bet would fit but i'd like to see it on our style of bike before purchasing it just to see how it looks for sure. however, it is tempting to buy it and do a write up on it. lol Thanks Kobukan for giving me the info on the site, i'm sure before to long ill have one on the front of my ole girl!


    ANOTHER question for yinz guru's out there, Does a more powerful charging system exist for the DR350? I was contemplating on making this bike my "Cold weather" bike as well, and i was kickin around the idea of some additional power sources for possible heating devices? For example, heated grips? or maybe a heated coat? Was curious if one existed so that a coat, per say, could be plugged in without CONSTANTLY draining the battery and straining the alternator system.
  3. _CJ

    _CJ Retrogrouch

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    I guess we'll see how much my mileage varies.

    Just received delivery of some Moose Racing Expedition bags ($99.00). Plan to do the cutting board rack / side bag deal (~$25.00), and use the top surface for mounting of either a duffel bag or a cooler. The cooler setup will be for local fishing trips.

    Something like this:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16075727&postcount=4

    :1drink
  4. auto

    auto Adventurer

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    Can't wait till I retire and get to read the entire thread.Anyway,the problem was the needle had popped out of the slide and was not going into the jet.This caused the over rich mixtuire.Back to starting right up.Thanks for your imput.
  5. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    I know a lot of people like the slip streamer. Personally, I was unable to find a spot on my DR350 that did not produce buffeting. I took it off and have much preferred riding in clean air sans windshield (plus I don't have to worry about smacking the shield when I crash in the dirt! :>). I may have endured the buffeting if I lived in a cold weather place. But, I don't - so I sold it to another inmate.

    Other people are obviously pleased with their set up and they may have it angled differently, fit a different model, etc. I have a long torso and that really puts a heavy burden on a windshield.

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  6. BigBob

    BigBob Been here awhile

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    Found a new instrument cluster to replace the beat up one on my wife's 1995 DR350.

    How the hell do I get the key switch out? Parts fiche is no help.

    [​IMG]

    Thanks!
  7. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Flip the unit over. The key switch is round and fits into the circular portion of the cluster via a couple of locking tabs. Take a small screw driver or pick and pry the locking tabs in while pushing the unit out (up is out, if the cluster is mounted).
  8. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    GOt more info. THe link is ok but pics are hard to see (wont upsize). What size did you get for the DR350. Think that I woudl fill the bottles with gas for extended range!!
  9. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    Here is an updated link, seems they just changed:
    http://cycle-analyst.com/sweetcheeks

    I bought the one that accepts 2 liter bottles (it was the only style available at the time). I've only ever used water, though I think fuel might work (I've never tried). I bought size 7 and I think it works very well with my seat. Photo below of my DR350 loaded up for the initial pavement ride up to Mexican Hat, Utah were we began the UTBDR (and I changed tires to start out nice and fresh). That is as clean as my DR350 ever gets. Almost always it is covered in dust and dirt and mud remnants :> :> :>

    http://thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/dr350_images/utbdr_1.jpg

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  10. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    You can buy this stuff in 4 X 8 ft sheets, or cut to size. http://www.interstateplastics.com/N...0.250&qty=1&recalculate.x=89&recalculate.y=24 I've been making
    skid plates out of it sense the "70s.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=18558249&postcount=2806
  11. smc5735

    smc5735 Adventurer

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    hello everyone,

    just joined the site because I picked up a 97 dr350se. Its all stock except for a white brothers e series exhaust. I'm in the process of registering it because I'll be riding about 50/50 for on/off road.

    I just ordered a new speedometer gear, a Pirelli MT43 front tire and a heavy duty tube to be paired with it.

    how hard is it to put on a new tire and tube? Have never done it on a dirt bike before so I'm sure I'll find out soon. Do I need any special tools?

    I'll be adding pictures soon
  12. MadChap

    MadChap Been here awhile

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    Welcome to the DR350 world. I ride the same year as you.

    Tools: You'll need a couple tire spoons and I found this item makes tire changes much easier on the knuckles:

    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/48/-/256/726/-/18288/Tusk-Valve-Stem-Puller


    Watch this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFg44gjjDLA
  13. mustangwagz

    mustangwagz Been here awhile

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    When you get your tire spoons, check the ends and edges for any burrs or shape edges. maybe run em on a rubber wheel or polish them up nice and clean somehow. lol
  14. _CJ

    _CJ Retrogrouch

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    Is there anything better than a used low mileage DR350? Really? ~$1500, 70mpg, simple, reliable, does damn near everything you could ask it to do. The combination of affordability, durability, and performance are really just unmatched as far as I'm concerned.

    :1drink
  15. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown Rubber Duck - puttin' the hammer down

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    This is my stance on this machine also. 'Cept I can't squeeze 70mpg out of her!
  16. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    Nice video! On the link to Rocky Mountain ATV, there are a couple of videos, too (under the "Videos" tab down the page a bit). They demonstrate a similar technique. I've found these methods to be much easier than other methods I've tried. Good stuff!

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  17. GaThumper

    GaThumper Road Less Traveled

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    Hard to beat, for sure, reliable, easy to maintain, great bike, I've really enjoyed mine. But if your looking for more fun and comfort on the street and less hard core off road, give her big sister a ride. The DR650 is very similar to DR350, just more power and a little heavier. For dirt roads, forest service roads, jeep trails, and twisty pavement, I'll take my DR650 hands down. But for the more agressive off road, I'd rather be on the DR350. I'm glad I have both to choose from!
  18. _CJ

    _CJ Retrogrouch

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    And they cost $1000 more while getting 20mpg less. While it might be superior on high speed pavement, it loses in the overall....IMHO.
  19. GaThumper

    GaThumper Road Less Traveled

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    I definately wasn't knocking the DR350, I LOVE mine! I had a DR650 first, then sold it and got the DR350 and have now bought my second 650, so I've got a lot of seat time on both bikes. It really is a personal preference. Get a Suzuki, get a DR, choose your size!

    I don't think there's a loser between the two DRs, just two different sizes, and they are very similar bikes. If you want smaller, lighter, less power and better fuel economy, get the 350. If you want more power and you're willing to pay a little more, deal with an extra 50 pounds, and the fuel cost, get the 650. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with either one.

    BTW, in my experience, the gas mileage is not 20 mpg different. I know some owners report getting 70 mpg with the 350, but mine get's closer to 50. and my 650 is about 45 so not much difference in mpg for me. I've still got the stock CV carb on the 350, but have rejetted it with an FMF exhaust and open airbox while the 650 has a pumper carb, DG exhaust, and open airbox, so a pretty fair comparison.

    Happy Trails!
  20. Spad

    Spad Been here awhile

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    I've used it too, in theatrical applications as a glide and as a shelf liner on a piece of fire apparatus. It seems to expand a lot with temperature, to the point where the shelf liner (4'x6') moved enough to pull fasteners. Have you had this problem using it as a skid plate near the engine and headers?

    - Spad