DR350 Thread

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

  1. redleger

    redleger Horrible Mechanic

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    question:

    My plastic tank was painted by the previous owner. I am looking to change the look of my DR350SE but I am thinking of going a different route than buying a new tank. I am thinking of buying one of the seat/tank cover combos off of EBAY.

    I do not know if the cover will fit the plastic tank, as it is bigger than the metal ones i believe. Here is the link.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/321063609251?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2648

    I am thinking this would be better than buying a new tank, and still change the look without the need to buy decals.
  2. shootmymime

    shootmymime Adventurer

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    what can i put around the exhaust pipe to keep my leg from getting almost too hot to ride? how well do the cloth wraps hold up to mud dirt and power washers?
  3. ADV BUM

    ADV BUM Been here awhile

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    Use the fiberglass header wrap. After wrapping coat the wrap with DEI silicone spray. The spray will make the wrap last much longer and will repel dirt and water. It seems heavy when you first do it, but after it cooks it gets very light. It will smoke like crazy and stall the bike at first.
  4. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Obviously not highly abrasion resistant but should be ok and can be washed. You should not be power washing your bike anyway - or at least already taking care to avoid chain, seals and any other vulnerable bits so being carful around a bit of exhaust wrap shouldn't be an issue.
  5. wawarides

    wawarides where's Laura0107?

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    I didn't see where anyone answered you. I got rebuild kit #14146 from motorcyclecarbs.com for my '96's CV carb, which turned out to be a Keyster eCO2 Ace K-583 kit. Be sure to get all the (likely) varnish off the pilot jet hole with the right sized jet cleaner wire, guitar string, etc.
  6. CCook82

    CCook82 goob

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    Yo guys, trying to get a 94 DR350 up and going. Looking for side panels on the cheap. any suggestions?
  7. Chicken Helmet

    Chicken Helmet I'm A Stumper™

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    I have my old ones. They're intact but looks like they have been sanded. $25 shipped for the pair. Spray some Krylon white on them and call them new.
  8. Cool_Hand_Luke

    Cool_Hand_Luke n00b

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    Hey Redledger,

    If you just want to change the color or even try making your own designs out of stencils, I hear that PlastiDip is good for plastic tanks. I saw a thread about it somewhere...I guess it comes in a spray can and it is a paint that doesn't bubble/fade from the heat/chemicals you get from the gas tank. I just purchased an old tank off a fellow ADVrider for my '99 DR350se...there is some yellowing on it so I am going to try this stuff out and see how it goes. Let me know if you want me to tell you if it works (maybe I can post a before/after pic or something)

    Luke
  9. slimy

    slimy Wanabe Adventurer

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    Luke
    Please post how the PlastiDip works on the plastic gas tank. I am sure many will be curious how it works..... :ear
  10. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    I had one hell of a misadventure yesterday,
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=864189

    and I had to steal the front tire and tube off the DR350 to get to work this morning.

    Anyways, I had to ride about 25 miles through awful terrain on a front flat. Its a brand new Metzeler Sahara tire, 90/90-21. Upon removal the tire seemed pretty flimsy, but intact. There are slight wear marks (smoothed out areas on the inside) but everything seems fine other than the tire being pretty soft.

    I had to get creative swapping out tires/tubes since my motorcycle jack is 2 hours away in my shop and I had nothing to prop the bikes on...
    [​IMG]

    Has anyone else ridden this far on a flat and still used the tire?
    Do you think this tire will be alright on the DR?
  11. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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  12. dav_dman

    dav_dman Been here awhile

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    thats what i would do. I'll pm you a link to get a new pair for 60, but i'd buy chkn helmets and krylon them with plastic krylon paint.
  13. dav_dman

    dav_dman Been here awhile

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    krylon makes a plastic parts paint..home depot or autozone.
  14. Chicken Helmet

    Chicken Helmet I'm A Stumper™

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    It doesn't adhere well to plastic gas tanks because of the Gases released through the plastic. I've been down that road already.
  15. redleger

    redleger Horrible Mechanic

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    Yea, thats the problem with the current one. It looked amazing when I bought it, 3 weeks later it was all bubbles, then white spots from where the bubbles popped from rubbing or riding. Basically I can repaint it, over and over, buy a black tank since I can't find a fitting blue one to match the rest of the bike, dye it after I sand it down, which would look like shit, or buy a tank cover.

    Just wondering if anyone had experience with those tank covers.
  16. redleger

    redleger Horrible Mechanic

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    Yes please let me know if it works. I would be interested in this.
  17. dav_dman

    dav_dman Been here awhile

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    then clean and dye time. what a pita this looks like

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6yYHnVcAJA
  18. markk900

    markk900 Been here awhile

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    Yes, but on an off road only, lower speed trials bike....which normally ran under 10lbs as the standard pressure.

    Depends what you want to do. If you get the DR running again and are still giving it to the better half to ride, then invest the $50 in a Kenda trackmaster or something and be sure its OK.

    Mark

    ps. You have the damndest luck don't you! I'll be the DR let the air out of the Husky tire....
  19. mustangwagz

    mustangwagz Been here awhile

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    YUP, Ill put 50 bucks and a case of beer on this bet as well!!
  20. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Ha! The DR may have had something to do with it.

    As for now, the it runs, but not well. I will probably order a gasket kit and let Bullitman281 help me trouble shoot it further in a month.

    There is no real rush to get it going. Just found out last week the wife is preggers so no dirt bikes for her for a while.
    But I would still like to have it running so I have an actual dirt bike to run around the ranch checking coyote traps and raising hell.