DR350 Thread

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

  1. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Thats what I ended up doing.
    here is the thread if you need some idea on where to start.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=824069&page=4
  2. O'Hooligan

    O'Hooligan Ken Dodd's dads dogs dead

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    Anyone have a CDI unit they want to sell? Or where to find a reasonably price one? I have a 96 DR350SE, but I believe any 94-99 SE model will work.
  3. ctjohnson

    ctjohnson Adventurer

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    Thanks Greg. Install was easy and the new boots look great.
  4. tntmo

    tntmo Been here awhile

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    I don't think the E-start engine has a decomp cable and lever. The 94+ dirt models have the same auto-decompression cam and have a decomp lever, even though you don't really need to use it.
  5. Bonerov

    Bonerov Damned dirty ape

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  6. TopDeadCenter

    TopDeadCenter Been here awhile

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    That is what I was thinking. The guy I bought it from is supposed to get me a box of parts for the bike including a skid plate and a sprocket cover. I will see if there is a lever in there.

    The code list doesn't differentiate between engine codes just frame VIN. At least the frame VIN matches the year and my title. That's a plus.

    TDC
  7. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    If you end up needing a skid plate, let me know. I've got a couple I'm selling cheap:

    http://thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/for_sale_parts_dr350.htm

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  8. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=dr350cdi&_sacat=0&_from=R40

    Dang I did not know that CDI's were that expensive. I jsut keep my eye out on ebay. Someone will come by with a part out and sell all teh parts for 20 bucks each.

    A DR250 will kind of work. According to Pablo, it will run the bike. Has more aggressive timing, spark advance, rev limiter (not sure exactly what all those mean). Says his bike will ping at lower elevations with the DR350 CDI.
  9. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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  10. WSobchak

    WSobchak MoTard

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    Be careful swapping CDIs... some won't swap. My buddies 93 DR350 dirt model didn't fit my 95 street model.
  11. heirhead

    heirhead worlds worst mechanic

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    Hello,

    I'm in.
    The 2 people with 5 and 7 buys seem to be bidding against each other, way to soon for that, great for seller.
    A Corona says neither will get it and over $2400.00. Hope the Armorall doesn't fade by then.

    Heirhead
  12. VooDooDaddy

    VooDooDaddy Been here awhile

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    Not gonna bet, but I'll tell of my DR buying experience. I have that exact bike. A '99DR350SE. I bought mine from a figherfighter in Des Moines in the fall of 2011. The bike was completely stock, without a scratch, and just a tick over 5800 miles. I paid $2000 without batting an eye. Was it a steal? No. But Zooky isn't making them anymore, and I didn't have to drive 10 hours to get it.

    While that bike may go for $2400, I wouldn't pay that much. I check www.bikefinds.com almost daily, and I have spied several low-mileage '99s for sale at or below $2000.

    Here's what my $2000 got me; the day I picked it up:

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    And @ about 11,000 ft. on a mountain in Colorado this past June:
    [​IMG]

    And I just bought a nice 2000 DR650 with 10k miles for $1500, so for me, anything over $2000 for any DR is too much. But that's just me?
  13. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    Yep, there are definitely differences between the years and models. Make sure the one you are buying has precisely the same number and color of wires as the one you have (I don't think comparing numbers printed on the CDI - under the rubber mount - is sufficient).

    When I wanted a spare CDI for my DR350, I just kept looking on eBay til I found one. I don't hear of them going out very often (neither coils nor voltage regulators nor stators, either). But I have all of those bits, just in case.

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  14. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Single Track Noob

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    That bike looks to be in good shape, but there are a couple things that just don't seem right. Why would someone go to the trouble of armouralin the piss out of it, but not get the engine very clean? That chain looks like it needs to go. I wonder how many winters that has been sitting outside?

    Not a bad example, but that's a lot to pay for an old bike you've only seen in pics. I picked up my 99SE for $.10 a mile with 14,000 miles on it and it was in great unmolested shape.
  15. Stretch67

    Stretch67 Mad Scientist

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    Regarding the used parts hunt:

    My Regular / Rectifier had gone bad, charging the battery at 39.5 volts! I kept riding the bike on single-track (Elec. Start, lights long-gone) with the R/R disconnected from the battery, then charging the battery for a couple hours when I got home. I had been doing this routine since I got the bike last May. Last week I finally found a Regulator / Rectifier on eBay for $20 shipped. You just have to keep searching... sooner or later your parts will turn up. :clap
  16. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    In my opinion, that's a little too much for that bike. By comparison, I just picked up a very clean '99 SE about two weeks ago. Mine had just over 1800 miles on it. It still had the original tires on it, so you could say that it needed tires (which I've already ordered). My bike will also need the fork oil, brake fluid, air filter, etc. changed, just because of age. I knew all this before I bought it. I gladly paid $2300 for the bike. Why? Because I got the best year DR350SE made, and it's a model I've been stalking for two years. The P.O. was a very nice guy, and he threw in a nice bag for the rear rack, a tank bag, a new cable lock, and an inexpensive bike cover.
  17. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    Here's a pic of the new ride:
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  18. MrPulldown

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    The price of that 99SE might end up going for more than what it is worth (to you), but it does represnet a national market price (even though it is pick up only). Prices on these thing really fluctuate based on the area. I check Craigslist Reno, Sacramento, and the San Fransico Bay Area. DR350's prices in the City are consitantly 20-40% greater. It is all about what people are willing to pay.

    And really what is a couple of hundred bucks in the grand sceme of things. Esspeically when you are talking about the best motorcycle ever built, which is no longer available new.
  19. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    Oh, I agree - a bike's worth what the market will bear. The region definately makes a difference too. There's a California plated '95 SE on Bike Finds right now, that's going for $2750. It has 6000 miles on it too. Would I pay that much? No, but someone probably will, therefore it must be "worth it" to someone.

    I also agree with, "what is a couple of hundred bucks in the grand sceme of things?" If it's exactly the bike you want, and it's in good shape, what's another $100-$200? A day's take home pay, or maybe two?

    Just to illustrate prices in the Michigan dual-sport market, I recently bought an absolutely pristine 2005 KLR250, for $2150. It had 900 miles on it. A year or so ago I sold an absolutely pristine '08 CRF230L for $2400. It had brand new tires, and 2100 miles on it. These might not seem like reasonable prices to some, but they're perfectly reasonable for this area. You can get some very nice bikes in the Detroit area for sub-$2500 if you keep your eyes peeled.

    That's part of the reason that Ebay DR doesn't appeal to me. You can get a better bike for less money in my market. Last summer I screwed up, and passed on a '97 DR350SE with 6800 miles on it, for $1600. It had brand new tires on it, and it ran well. If another one comes up at that price, with low miles, I'll snatch it up.
  20. MrPulldown

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