DR350 Thread

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

  1. djpreston

    djpreston Adventurer

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    Hi guys,

    I need some advice, my '93 DR350S (36300 miles) tends to miss, it feels as if the bike is braking, when going downhill, it always happens when I'm off the throttle (not accelerating, just cruising), any advice?

    My DR is fitted with an aftermarket muffler, don't know what brand as it has no markings. She also tends to back-fire every now and then.

    Any advice/help would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dale
  2. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Go up one size on the pilot jet
  3. dentvet

    dentvet Long timer

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    I measure the spoke nipple to be .250 inch on the cush drive dr350s. I wonder if the dirt model and later models have thicker spokes/nipples meaning that the rims would have different sized spoke holes.

    Do the later models have .320 nipples?
  4. heirhead

    heirhead Been here awhile

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  5. trailraat

    trailraat Adventurer

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    I am looking for a source for bar risers in Canada. I have searched on google with little luck, I did try a link in a previous post from the US, however, it seems a little ridiculous to me to pay $30 shipping on a $20 set of bar risers. I was hoping someone could give me a suggestion?
  6. markk900

    markk900 Been here awhile

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    I know it sounds funny but check your local dealer - I was in this past weekend at mine and happened to notice a couple of sets hanging on the accessory wall....if they don't have what you want they can order (and no shipping!).

    Alternatively, try Royal Distributing.....
  7. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Well, I'm going to pick up a '96 DR350SE this afternoon. I wasn't really looking for a DR350 specifically, I was actually about to make a call about a nice-looking XL600R, but this one popped up on craigslist just down the road from me for a great price and it seems that it will fit the bill for commuting and trying to expand my riding from street-only to a bit of off-road.

    At the price the seller is asking, I'm going to get it regardless of issues unless it's completely bombed out, but it only has about 7,000 miles on it so I'm assuming it won't be too bad. I am curious, though, about how the DR350 does on freeways. I have read some conflicting information, some people saying it's just fine thanks to the 6-speed transmission and some saying it doesn't have the power. Of course, I've also read that the XL600R wouldn't be great on the freeway either... Heck, I've even been told that my CX500 would be a danger on the freeway.

    So I guess I'll ask a more objective question - does it have the power to cruise for a few hours at a time at 70mph, with a little left to spare for passing and evasive maneuvers? And is that going to damage the engine or shorten its lifespan unreasonably?
  8. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    Yes, it does have the power, though you will be pushing it pretty hard to maintain a 70 MPH speed. Of course, you'll need to swap out the sprockets from stock to achieve this - neither difficult nor expensive. Expect to slow down if going up hill and you will not have much extra for passing.

    Personally, I like to keep it between 60 - 65 MPH for long days. I've pushed it harder than that, but fuel economy suffers and it just isn't fun to wring it out like that for extended periods of time.

    As long as you have oil in the engine, I do not believe you are going to damage anything nor reduce the lifespan unreasonably. I've done some very long days on the DR without any perceptible problems whatsoever. Just keep oil in it. Check the oil immediately after each ride and at every fill up while pulling long days.

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  9. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Thanks! I don't plan on being on the freeway for hours with a bike like this but it may be necessary from time to time to run a hundred miles or so at speed. Good to know it can do it if necessary.
  10. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Can a newer DR200SE be converted to 350 by using some of the 350 parts? Suzuki has really screwed the pooch by not making a newer DR350.... I don't consider the DRZ400 a successor, by any means.
  11. redleger

    redleger Horrible Mechanic

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    I have a 1996 DR350SE and it is bored to 449. I have used it on the free way in WA state for many miles. The above post is correct. If I were you however I would also look into the big bore kit. More power. I also have an FMF SLIP ON. With those I have few power issues.

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  12. KonaTheHusky

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    Threw the new bolt in earlier this week and topped up the oil. She took almost the full 1.8qts. Seems to run fine with no loss of power. Perhaps because I'm listening for it I can hear the engine strokes; makes me nervous, but I suppose I'll find out this weekend when I really get to ride.

    Thanks again for the help.
  13. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Nope, not the same bike at all. If it was an older 250: yes. You might be able to bore out the cylinder.
  14. brianjonesphoto

    brianjonesphoto Single Track Noob

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    I'm going to guess you over filled the oil if you put an additional 1.8 qt. the bike bike only holds 2qt with a filter change. If you topped it off reading the dipstick cold you have way too much oil in it.


    Typos and nonsensical words courtesy of fat fingers on a make believe keyboard.
  15. shearboy2004

    shearboy2004 KIWIINUSA

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    + i

    If damage was done you would hear some godawful rattling and clunking coming from the top end .
  16. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Well I should have been picking up my Terra tomorrow, but the dealership in El Paso says it wont be in until March.
    I have already put money down on this bike... :cry
    Husky keeps setting the delivery date back on this bike and I have the haunting feeling that they are cutting off shipments already.

    When I get off shift tomorrow morning I am going to be calling various dealerships in AZ and the one in Albuquerque to see if they have any on the showroom floor.

    If any of these dealerships have one in stock, I'll drive the diesel over and pick it up tomorrow.

    El Paso can stick it. :fyyff
  17. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Why dont you call Husqvarna America and find out where the closest bike is... or use one of the search engines? http://tinyurl.com/apnwp26
  18. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Thanks for the link, didn't even think of that.
    I was planning on attempting to put the DR back together when I got off tomorrow morning, but now it looks like I'm in for a road trip. According to the site, Tuscon has one in stock. Their phone will be ringing at 8:59 am.
  19. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Let me know if DR is for sale? Have a friend looking.
  20. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    Well, it's in the garage now. Someone gave it a terrible half-assed paintjob but it does start and run with no unseemly noises. Stalls as soon as you try to get on the throttle but I plan on cleaning out the carb just as SOP with every "new" bike I get. Any recommendations for a quality rebuild kit if it comes to that? :ear I'll try to post up a picture tomorrow, it was too dark for a decent shot when I got it home today.