DR350 Thread

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

  1. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    I'll let you know.

    I'm still baffled as to why it started running like shit then quit all together. Not sure if you'd want to buy this unless you don't like your friend.

    More than likely it will get turned into a parts bike if anything. The brand new Acerbis tank with mounting hardware and my luggage rack with boxes will be going up for sale first.
  2. heirhead

    heirhead Been here awhile

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    Hello,

    Wish it had a sight glass.



    Thanks,

    Heirhead
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  3. MadChap

    MadChap Been here awhile

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    So, for the newb's let me quote Gregory Bender:

    I never check the oil when the engine is cold because it will not tell me anything useful. Instead, I check the oil *EVERY* time I *return* home from a ride. When I return from a ride, I know the engine is fully warm and the oil is where it is supposed to be. I shut the engine off, pull off my helmet, grab a rag, and check the oil.

    Unless your bike is extremely hot....Do follow his advice. :deal

    Do not screw in the dipstick to check the level, just place it down in the opening without screwing it in.

    Yes the bike should be on the side stand.

    No you don't need to wait three minutes, I always do mine within a minute.

    Yes the bike takes 2 full quarts with an oil and filter change.

    Yes there are two drain plugs, one on the bottom of the motor and one on the down tube of the frame.

    Yes there should be a small O ring between the filter and the motor.

    Yes you should stand the bike up straight to get all the oil out of the motor and filter housing when changing.

    Should you change your filter with every oil change.....do you love your bike?:ear Remember it's an air/oil cooled motor without an oil cooler, it runs at fairly high rpm's ( I do anyway) and it only has two quarts to do it's job. All clutch matter is trapped in the oil filter. You do the math.

    Checking the oil after the bike idles for a few minutes from a cold start will not give you a good reading. If you follow Greg's advice you bike will always be ready for a ride.

    Hope that clears this question up. Let's move on now. Please feel free to refer others to this post in the future. If I got anything wrong, prove it to me and I'd be glad to edit my post.

    Tim
  4. heirhead

    heirhead Been here awhile

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    Hello,

    Thank you for your response.

    Heirhead
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  5. BigD_83

    BigD_83 Adventurer

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    What happened when you got it all buttoned up again?
  6. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    Out in the middle of a ride on the trail, I would add oil as needed and keep checking. I would not worry too much about overfilling a little bit - I would be much more concerned with running too little oil.

    Once I was back home, I would drain it all and put in 2 quarts of fresh oil.

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  7. markk900

    markk900 Been here awhile

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    Well, actually, if you are trying to be the definitive source, according to the Owner's manual, in the maintenance section, under Engine Oil Check (p 28 in my copy), it says:

    "7) Holding the motorcycle vertically, reinsert the dipstick until the threads touch filler neck, but do not thread the cap in."

    Not sure if that's enough "proof"....

    Oh, and BTW that bolt that fell out is the "oil loss bolt"....strictly speaking its a bad thing to run the motor when its cold if no oil comes out of that hole with the bolt removed, however a) when the motor is hot there isn't that much oil in the crankcase, and b) its too late anyway, so just refill as Greg suggests and ride away.
  8. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    dibs on the tank, and racks
  9. tonusmaximus

    tonusmaximus maximus

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    im guessing there will be big interest in Rugged parting with the tank and boxes. called dibs on em a week ago!!!!
  10. heirhead

    heirhead Been here awhile

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    Makes sense.Just thought it would be great to have someone in the know answer this question so many more peeps do not add 1.8 qts to top off oil as many have seem to have done on this bike


    Thanks again,
  11. heirhead

    heirhead Been here awhile

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    Rugged,

    24 more minutes till phone call.
    ARE YOU READY!!!!!!
    GLWBUY
    OOPS, Forgot about time difference. Are you on your way??

    Heirhead
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  12. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Been driving for 2 hrs already. They have one on the floor ready to go.
    I'm starving and keep seeing billboards fast food... Can't stop to eat, I'll just throw in a pinch of Skoal to keep me going.

    If the DR hadn't taken a giant shit on me, i wouldn't be in this situation.

    For everyone pining for the parts off the DR, I'm going to try and assemble it tomorrow to see if it still runs.
    Bullitman281 is coming down next month for our yearly motorcycle trip and since he is a genius with bikes he will fiddle with it too. So you guys may have to wait until April to start scavenging.
  13. heirhead

    heirhead Been here awhile

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    Rugged,

    Buying in AZ. and reg in NM no problem?
    Can't do that in Cali. Must have 7500 miles and DMV is STRICT on that one.
    Make sure to wipe all the froth off your mouth as to not seem to anxious, maybe you can save $7-8 or
    have them throw in a goodie or two.

    We are EXCITED for you.
    None of those pesky oil change questions either.
    Have an exciting time buying as that is fun. Yeah!!!!
    Time to ride and not be Columbo anymore.

    Heirhead
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  14. Hotmamaandme

    Hotmamaandme Wishing I was riding RTW

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  15. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Not to be shitting on your mechanic skills, but I think that you simply missed something small. You've taken the entire bike apart when something you over looked is cuasing all the grief. Trouble shooting gets tougher when you have fiddled with everything. Not that I know what is wrong with your bike.

    But it could have been something like a piece of debris clogged in the fuel line when you put on the new tank, and have been reusing the same fuel lines. Or had a clogged jet, took the carb apart to clean. Cleaned the jet but readjusted the floats to the wrong hieght, due to an incorrect refference??

    Don't know, but it will be sad to see you and your DR go. Don't part it out!!!
  16. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    I will 2nd the claim on the the 7500 mile thing. This is true for all vehicles. Nothing for a car, but substantail for some bikes.

    I don't know what the fuss is all about with the oil level deal either. If I see oil on the stick, it's good. No oil on the stick: add oil.

    I don't get a huge difference if the bike is cold or one minute after the engine has stopped running, I get about the same reading. My DR does burn some oil. I think that my oil ring is stuck. I have read of this happening on several DRs. I need to add a small dollop of oil with about every other fuel up.
  17. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    has anyone done surgery to tachometer to run LED lights on the inside?
  18. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    should be plug and play. The instument cluster sucks a ton of juice. There are many bulbs that can be swtiched out. They are of the mini wedge variaty. The Tach uses a 3watt buld. The speedo: 2- 1.7W bulbs. Each of the indicators are a 1.7 wat bulb. Once you remove the cluster, the bulbs are held in place by little rubber boots.
    http://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/miniature-wedge-base/
  19. KonaTheHusky

    KonaTheHusky Adventurer

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    No gawd awful rattling or clunking. Phew.

    Thanks for the heads up on overfilling. I'll be wary of that moving forward.

    You guys have been immensely helpful - much appreciated.
  20. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Bullitman281 will be coming down from Colorado next month and will fix it while he's here.
    He can fix anything.

    To help with my grieving:
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