DR350 Thread

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

  1. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    Did you check the O-ring that holds the valve seat in? Many folks have had issues with that O-ring getting old/hard and not holding.
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    12 is the float valve/seat "assembly" - but you can see the O-ring. I was used to automotive types where the seat screws in - in this carb it is held by O-ring pressure/friction. This is the CV, but I recall the pumper is the same.
  2. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    If you want to try replacing that o-ring, let me know. I just purchased a bunch of these for selling as part of my DR350 o-ring kits. Test fitment off the bike looks good, but I've yet to test one in the carb. I'll mail it to you for free if you check it out for me and report back :>

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  3. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Check to be sure it didn't fill the crank case with gas and thin out the oil. I've seen em fill all the way to the top. Usually doesn't hurt much if you catch it soon enough. It'll sure pump that mess into the intake if it gets bad enough. Sometimes you can smell it in the oil and the oil will look funny/thin. Also if it popping back through the carb/intake from lean condition or ?, it'll soak the air cleaner with an oily mess.
  4. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    It looks the same on the pumper.

    Thanks, I'll PM you my mailing address.

    Its definitely popping from the tailpipe. And its started leaving soot marks on the rear fender. I doubt its running lean.
    Thanks for the heads up on the oil, I'll check that out too.
  5. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Reading further it says :

    I guess I'll order the #1.8. Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to do that.
  6. markk900

    markk900 Been here awhile

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    +1000 - this is what I was suggesting.....BTW - make sure you get gas resistant O rings - don't ask why I said that....
  7. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Why did you say that?


    OK, found this website, they have the new float valve for $25.89 here: http://www.jetsrus.com/individual_parts/007_502_su.html

    And they also have this for $28.95: http://www.jetsrus.com/individual_parts/025_661_su.html
    ...
    uh...

    Why would anyone not spend the $3.06 and get the full kit?


    On a side note, I need a dual sport for my 1hr commute to work. Every carb'd bike I've owned has given me fits. I just get this DR350 setup how I want it and its giving me problems. I am seriously considering selling the wife's bike ('03 TTR 250) since its built like a tank and too heavy for her; giving her the DR350 to ride around the ranch, and flying to Tuscon to get one of these: http://husqvarna-motorcyclesna.com/product.php?pid=64&cid=24
  8. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    That Husky looks good, but I think I'd look for a good low miles "08 or "09 TE610 (pretty hard to find). I can't get past those two mufflers. Or Yamaha and Honda both have 250 size FI legal DS bikes now that might work if you don't load em down to much and stay below 6k ft.
  9. mustangwagz

    mustangwagz Been here awhile

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    sup boys/gals

    Ok, puttin out a WANTED note in here, if anyones SELLING a set of WHITE or ALuminum Frame guards, please contact me. Thanks much!
  10. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    You gotta remember, I live in the middle of nowhere. Not only does no one ride motorcycles around here (other than mid life crazies with harleys), but I'm 4 hours away from anything. Its a real geographical oddity. I have a better chance of finding DB Cooper having lunch with Jimmy Hoffa than finding one of those bikes.

    I don't wanna buy used, and this thing is getting great reviews.
    Don't get me wrong, the DR has been a sweet bike for the few months I've had it, and I've been through hell getting it street legal (http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=824069), but I need something more reliable than a carb powered project. I wouldn't dare take the shiny Husky Terra on rough trails, and I'd still use the DR for romping around the ranch. Maybe when I get my tax return I can fly out there with cash and ride it home.
    It seems like you have more bargaining power when you go to a stealership with a roll full of 100's.
  11. heirhead

    heirhead Been here awhile

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    Hello,

    Recently got a 95 350 and really like bike. 650 to heavy when I fall.
    The rear brake pedal is to far down. Tried to adjust up, loosened lock nut and turned. The rubber turned with the nut,I don't like the sound of that!!.
    It was getting squished so I stopped, it moved a little. The part that the brake pedal goes into seems oblong so when you push brake it goes down over 1 and 1/2" before it pulls down on rod for brake. Is that for play or is it worn out. My foot doesn't flex that way enough to put brake on hard. Am I missing something? Of course I am!!

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    Put a few goodies, luggage, on it. Tank, bars, Ricors were on bike when I bought it. Can now hold kitchen sink.
    TCI Sequoia, used off?, cut and welded so sides can be removed, Kouba lowering links, 4.25 Acerbis, big pegs, Ricors front, huge Wolfman Expedition tank panniers, Giant Loop tank bag, Orlieb waterproof rear bags, 40" quad rack mounted on top of TCI rack with Rotopax 2 gal gas (yellow), 1 gal water, tool box with huge North Face waterproof bag on top. Symtec grip heaters, Nuvi 500 ProTaper bars, folding mirrors and my fat ass. Ordering HEAVY rear spring tomorrow.
    Hope I get out of town. Would put in pic but am tech stupid.

    Heirhead
  12. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Just checked mine. My brake pedal moves about 1/8" (at the forward end) before it starts to move the adjuster rod. Sounds like yours is worn. I think that rubber on the master cylinder is just a dust seal. Lube it a little and the rod should turn in the seal. Sounds like it's set up quite well for travelin.
  13. OldUKBikerGuy

    OldUKBikerGuy Cultural Attaché

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    Just before Xmas, I took my 98DR350SE on a 'Mistletoe Run' charity bike ride, here in the UK.
    With my girlfriend on the back, we set off for the rendezvous point, but soon became aware of an ominous noise from the bike. It was harsh and metallic, and I immediately suspected something like the cam-chain or its tensioner. Although the bike still seemed to run and idle OK, we stopped twice to investigate, but found nothing obvious.
    Unwilling to abandon the ride, and bolstered by the DR's 'bulletproof' reputation, we carried on regardless, completing the fifty-mile trip noisily, but thankfully without mishap.

    Having previously read the entire 900+ pages of this forum, I recalled someone discovering a similar noise was due to the skid plate resonating. This made sense, as before my trip, I had changed the oil which meant removing the plate.

    Confident of success, I took the plate off again and went for a test ride. No noise! Woohoo!

    A few days later, with my girlfriend back on the pillion, we went into town....and the noise was back.
    Bummer.
    At least this proved the issue was suspension-related, rather than a problem with the engine.

    Checking online, there were similar discussions about the noise, blaming the chain roller, especially on the DR650 forum.
    Once I focused on this area, the problem was obvious. The upper chain roller was almost completely destroyed and the chain was now eating its way through the mounting bolt. I had thought the roller was miles away from the chain, but obviously the combination of a passenger's weight and lowering links brought things into conflict, as hopefully you can see here:

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    As the DR650 boys had urged everyone to simply ditch the roller, rather than replace it, I did likewise, and have just returned from a wonderfully quiet two-up ride with no problems at all!
    It prompted me to share my experiences, in case it helps somebody else out in the future.

    (Incidentally, I can find no trace of the second lower roller; did my model only ever have the upper one fitted?)
  14. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    My 1998 DR350SE has both upper and lower chain rollers. Wow, the flash sure makes it look corroded, or maybe my eyes are worse than I thought.

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  15. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Like your solution for carrying tire irons. Have you ever lost one from this location?
  16. 2old2Bbold

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    Nope. Got em taped together and secured with two stainless steel geared clamps. Seems solid.
  17. OldUKBikerGuy

    OldUKBikerGuy Cultural Attaché

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    Many thanks to 2Bold2GetOld for the prompt response and great photos!

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    Now I can see that a PO has already removed my lower roller, but as he also fitted the much-sought after plastic frame guards, they obscured the mounting point. Everything seems to work fine without either roller now, so I think I'll just stick with that for now.

    While I'm here, I just thought I'd show you the problems we have off-roading here in the UK.
    Never mind dogs and shotguns - here they keep you out with battle tanks! :D

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  18. markk900

    markk900 Been here awhile

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    If you are mostly road and smooth off road, then I can't imagine not having the rollers will make much difference. However, any more aggressive off road and you might want to reconsider. Without the rollers you will have a potentially much larger variance in chain angle and could experience derailing.

    Do you set your preload higher with a passenger? If not, setting it much higher when two-up might take care of the issue with the roller being in contact.

    ps. love the picture......
  19. 2old2Bbold

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    Interesting.... We've lost a lot of riding area that was available back when nobody seemed to care much if you rode on railroad and power line right of ways etc and we all took it for granted. We still have a lot more area than you guys over there, I'm sure, but it's constantly changing. Non of us should become complacent. Back years ago, they used to have (I don't know, maybe still do) an Enduro on Fort Hood. A really large, even for Texas, Army training base. I didn't get too far in it, the ignition screwed up on my "72 Ossa Pioneer, but I remember guys telling stories about getting lost and actually coming face to face with a Tank on practice manuvers, and seeing them blow the hell out of a target on a near by hill with the BIG gun. Made quite an impression by all accounts....Also noticed your "98SE has the early forks ?
  20. OldUKBikerGuy

    OldUKBikerGuy Cultural Attaché

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    Yes, that makes sense! Virtually all my riding is on tarmac, and we have the preload set about mid way which gives a wonderfully smooth ride under most conditions.
    I can't see me ever derailing the chain....but I better not tempt fate.

    Glad you liked the picture....it was cold (for us softies) out there today, but it gave us new admiration for all you hardcore DR riders that know what REAL cold feels like!