DR350 Thread

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

  1. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    1993 Suzuki DR350 / brand new pumper carb, and a shitty loud exhaust.
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    It really needs a better exhaust! It's very clean for 93.
  2. heirhead

    heirhead Been here awhile

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    Hello,

    The bike in question, 99se, was taken off Fleabay by owner.
    Oh well, we will never know, who cares. Was very clean and sparkley.

    Heirhead
  3. MrPulldown

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    Looked like it was a shop that was selling it. They must have had a walk in customer who bought it.

    On another note:

    Last winter I did a fork swap on my DR350. I put in a pair of dual chamber 49mm Showa conventionals off a 98 RM250. Fork works great but it needs some servicing: new oil, seals, maybe bushings. I have never done this job before. Local shop quoated me a $150 in labor. I could buy the parts or he could. He is basiclly jsut a dude out of his garage.
    I have done oil changes on the stock dampener rod forks, and serviced FOX mountain bike forks before when I worked as a bike mechanic. I know that I will need a seal driver, but I think that I could get away with standard garage tools for the rest. Should I tackle this job myself. The DR is jsut sitting for the winter and will sit for another 3 months.
    Anyone have any experiance with these forks. All the write ups I have read do not cover chagning the oil out of the inner chamber, or the bleeding part. I have the DRZ manual. All dual chamber reference have been for USD forks.
    Thoughts?
  4. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Is the RM250 front the same as an RMZ250? Did you have to fab up any parts (bushings) for the steering head?
    Is the RMZ250 a better choice than the DRZ400?
  5. MrPulldown

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    It really depends on what years you are talking about. I can think of 5 different forks which were on the RM250 over different years. I know knowthing of the RMZ's I think you wanted USD forks which is not what I have. RM250 fork history of what I know. Early 90's they used some USD forks. Was told they were terrible. USB forks were cool. in 96-97 they had 49mm showa coventionals. Our are 43mm. Alot of places say these were dual chamber. But I think they were just single chamber or cartridge forks. I beelieve that these are the same as the DRZ400 forks. in 98 the used a dual chamber 49mm conventional. These are the ones I have. Picture of of the fork caps can be found here.
    http://www.maximum-suzuki.com/forums/index.php?topic=86066.new#new
    99+ they used a USB dual chamber showa, the sliders were still 49mm. Later they dropped the sliders to 46mm(?).

    The DRZ250 forks are the same as the 97-99 DR350 forks.

    I swapped out my steering stem to make the swap happen. The good thing about using suzuki stuff is the the bottom press fit dimension of the steering stem seems to be the same on all their "dirt" bikes. You have to swap the stem and can not simple get bearings to make the RM triple/stem work for the DR. The OD/ID combo you woudl need not one that exist. However I recently learned that ALL Balls makes an adaptor kit, which they claim will make a RM stem work in a DR. Must have larger bearing races. . You have a dirt version which makes things a little easier as the indexing roll pin causes issue wtih the pressing of the stem.
    Some info and pics on the steering stem/bearing swap
    http://www.maximum-suzuki.com/forums/index.php?topic=87152.0
    http://www.maximum-suzuki.com/forums/index.php?topic=87152.0

    "the bushing". I found that a 3/4 copper pipe coupler is almost the exact size needed to take up the extra space between the RM top triple and DR stem. I was going to shim the rest of the space with a sliver of beer can material. However I could not even get one wrap of beer can shim in there. I did slide a .25" sliver down length wise.
  6. RuggedExposure

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    Sounds like its a bit more complicated than what I want to mess with right now.
    I may end up buying one of those Husqvarna Terra 650's next year and keeping the DR350 the way it is now.
  7. RuggedExposure

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    Got the Acerbis tank installed...
    they forgot to include the Y fitting for the fuel lines, but I was planning on replacing them anyways with some other line. I can't wait for that Shinko rear tire to wear out and get a real knobby back on there. That stupid $40 tire has 4k miles on it and just wont die.

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  8. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    wont be too long. when it starts to wear out, it goes fast
  9. mustangwagz

    mustangwagz Been here awhile

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    FWIW, and FYI, im in love with your bike..LOL sorry dood. I think i may have to replicate the look if im allowed. haha. The black on white looks awesome, and that giant CYCLOPS Light its bitchin man. Good job at maintaining and Creating an awesome looking bike!
  10. zilla

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    My 91 has a Supertrapp IDS2 on it and it's WAY TOO loud for me. I picked up a stock muffler I plan on sending to Jesse at Kientech to have open it up.

    Once I ever get the bike put back together that is.
  11. RuggedExposure

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    Thanks, I based the look of this bike off another one I saw on here.
    Here's the build thread if you have any questions, or want to see what it looked like originally
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=824069
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    Did you have any issues with the bark buster clamp hitting the top of the Acerbis tank? Can't tell under the hippo hands, but I had to do a lot of fiddling and some filing to ensure the inside clamp didn't hit the top of the tank at full lock.

    Bike looks great BTW - mine has a Preston Petty round light/number plate on it - not anywhere near as large but I do prefer a round light on the DR....
  13. inroads

    inroads Wimberley,Texas

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    My Acerbis cleared my barkbusters on my DR.Shoo-goo a penny on your steering stops if your close. BTW Where can I get one of those Cyclops lights? Is that an 8" light?
  14. philp38

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    Would the chain guard off of a 1991 DR350 fit a 1996? I looked on bike bandits website and the part number is the same for both bikes.
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    Yes.
  16. RuggedExposure

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    Its a Trail Tech 8" race light. You can fit a Hella plastic cover over it to protect it. If you look close in my pic you can see that I have one on there protecting the glass.
  17. RuggedExposure

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    Thanks, I didn't even think to check for that. I'll check when I ride it today.
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    Thanks tntmo...
  19. MrPulldown

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    I have a 3/4 or 1" bar riser on my DR and the barkbusters do not hit my acerbis tank. i think a rised bar is a must on a DR for riding standing up. Maybe if you have ape hanger for arms, that or I have tyrannoauorus rex arms.
  20. RuggedExposure

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    Could there be a difference between the SE and dirt models on bar height? I ride standing up most of the time and I don't have any issues. But I do have the bars tilted up slighty and I am 6'2" so I do look similar to a bear on a tricycle with this bike...