DR350 Thread

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

  1. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I have only run the bike with the modified muffler in the garage so far, where it sounds noisier. But my impression is that, while louder, it's not too obnoxious.
  2. johnnyandjebus

    johnnyandjebus Been here awhile

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    I did the Jesse style exhaust mod on mine and it does increase noise levels but not enough to be even close to the 94 db cut-off level. I would say that while it make the bike noisier it also makes a change in tone, deeper I would say. When compared to my brother in law's stock KTM 450 it is much quieter even with the mod.

    John
  3. trxcr

    trxcr Been here awhile

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    That's what I wanted to hear !
  4. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    New to me '99 DR350SE. When I first looked at it, I thought that the tail light was re-located. On closer inspection, it looks like the rear subframe is bent.

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    I think I can bend the subframe back, if not then the subframe is listed for $87-100 on the online Suzuki dealers. It looks like it needs a carb clean out and a battery (been sitting), other than that it looks to be in good condition and all stock. I'll be taking it apart to check the valves, clean the carb, and inspect everything. I'll probaby do the T-Vent mod also. I was wondering if there is anything that is known to break or fail early on these, or anything special to look into while I take it apart?

    Thanks
  5. johnnyandjebus

    johnnyandjebus Been here awhile

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    RandyM

    Nice looking bike.

    I was wondering if there is anything that is known to break or fail early on these, or anything special to look into while I take it apart?


    No not really. The bike is pretty much bullet proof, with that said consider doing the following;

    Check the chain and sprockets for wear.
    Replace brake fluid.
    Replace fork fluid.
    Clean rotors.
    Consider bypassing the clutch and kickstand safety switches, ask here for more info.

    If you are going to pull the carb you might consider opening up the air box and re-jetting while you are in there. http://www.kientech.com/ has more info on that mod, or just ask here.

    If you have money to burn, stainless steel brake lines will help with braking, about 75-100$ worth it IMHO


    Enjoy,
    John
  6. RyanE

    RyanE Rocket Surgeon

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    I wonder why the P.O. bent the subframe like that? I'm assuming they wanted a more *modern* look? The license plate seems to be mounted in an orientation that suggests this was done deliberately?

    I'd definitely try bending the subframe back to it's original shape. The part under the back of the fender seems pretty flimsy and should bend okay if you remove it and use a vice/heat if needed.

    In addition to J and J's excellent suggestions, you might want to check the valve clearances for good measure. Can't hurt to start out with them in spec.

    Enjoy your DR! I love mine......
  7. procycle

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    That doesn't look like a bent subframe. I think the PO replaced the stock rear fender with a Maier MX style fender and then stuck the stock taillight on it.

    Toss that stock taillight and get one that mounts under the fender. Something like this:
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  8. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I was planning of checking the valves and changing the brake fluid and hoses also. When I get to the forks, I think I'll replace the yellow boot with a black one.

    I just ordered an Acerbis 4.25 gal tank from Justgastanks. They told me that the Acerbis tank was discontinued and they have the last two tanks coming in this week.


    It's actually bent - and that is the stock fender complete with the original stickers on it. It's buckled just rear of the bar that goes on top of the fender. It looks to be bent up about 30 degrees. I think the Lic plate bracket was made from a cut off original. Looks easy enough to bend back, I'll give it a try this weekend.

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  9. kdscoates

    kdscoates Long timer

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    does anyone have rear rack option???
    i want something big enough to tote camping stuff and a change of
    clothes?? on the 350. i like the 650 one i see on ebay but i wonder if it will work on the 350?? and i wonder how easy it would be to remove??anyhelp would be great!!
  10. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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  11. Pumpkinhead

    Pumpkinhead Professional Azzhole

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    Hey Randy where did you find a subframe? I didn't see anything when I searched online. I thought the subframe is welded on. Is yours different?

    Dave
  12. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    My subframe is bolt on.

    http://www.cyclepartsnation.com/

    Click on OEM parts, enter brand, year, model, and then it is on the page for "rear fender" item #3.

    SKU: 63120-14D11
    REINFORCEMENT, REAR FENDER

    It's listed for $86.55 but I have not called to check if it is really available.

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    I bended mine back into place easy enough with a few wood blocks and a 2x4. The funny thing was that the plastic fender was even harder to bend back than the frame.
  13. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Does somebody need a subframe? PM me.
  14. kdscoates

    kdscoates Long timer

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    that turbo city rear rack looks pretty good, anyone using this?
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  16. panzerphil

    panzerphil Freelance Adventurer

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    Hi, I'm currently working my way through this thread (I think I'm about a 1/3 of the way).

    I've just bought a 1998 SE with a Laser Venom pipe which I pick up on Monday so I'm just browsing & drooling over your photos.
    I'm currently riding a 1200GS so this 350 will be my 'toy'.

    Ain't seen any photos of black DR350's posted yet so here's mine.

    Speak to you all again soon.

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  17. RandyM

    RandyM Less talk, More ride

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    Great looking bike. Was that originally a dirt or street model? It looks like there is a grab bar on the rear frame suport bar (just behind the rear turn signal), I have not seen that on the US bikes.
  18. panzerphil

    panzerphil Freelance Adventurer

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    Yea, that's std on the 1998 model here in Europe.
  19. SeaBass

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    1994 with 3700 miles for $750!
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    Did the T-Vent and kickstand switch mod last night. Thing is Cherry! The PO was a little lacking in the height dept. so he preferred his Harley over the DR.
  20. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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    Thing freak'n swheet!!!
    It must not have been posted on craigs list or the wantadd.If it was your lucky i missed it!!!!:D