DR350 Thread

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

  1. haggeo

    haggeo Been here awhile

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    the key was drilling the holes just a tiny bit larger than the socket pins then using a hammer to gently tap the socket in. laying the bike down and standing on the wrench was also key, otherwise the socket will just slip out of the holes. mine was really screwed in so tight there is no way it would have come off without the added pressure of my booted foot. good luck!
  2. Spad

    Spad Been here awhile

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    Worked on the bike this weekend a bit, though I haven't found a good oil gauge yet (harbor fright sells a possible candidate). On the off chance there's a supply problem, are there any usual failure points/assembly errors that could affect the oil pump? The top end just sounds dry.

    - Spad
  3. cwc

    cwc Been here awhile

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    When I get a recalcitrant one like that I use a ½" flex bar with a short extension pipe slipped over the handle. That gives you the ability to apply lots of torque in a very controlled manner so you don't have to hammer or jerk on the wrench and can concentrate on keeping the hex key or socket properly seated in the plug. :wink:
  4. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    I'm glad you got it out! It is amazing how much time and effort can be spent on a single stubborn fastener. As other have mentioned, be sure to use anti-seize on reassembly. I've also found that replacing the o-ring is very helpful, too (same on the dipstick). Yes, I sell o-rings for the DR350, but that isn't what this post is about. After a while, the o-ring will tend to "take shape" and then when the plug is tightened, there seems to be more "metal-on-metal" contact where a fresh o-ring will prevent some of that. I know, I'm not describing it very well. All I know is that the plugs come out a little easier with fresh o-rings.

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    Gregory Bender
  5. FireDog45

    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    This is exactly what happened to my DL1000. The O ring became a little smashed, oil started weeping past and the PO attempted to stop the leak by tightening the plug. A couple of these cycles and there was no way you could remove it without damaging it.

    Moral of the story: if you have a small oil leak at the plug check the O ring before cranking the plug down. It will save you a bunch of headaches later!
  6. travis789

    travis789 Been here awhile

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    And his prices are dirt cheap with fast shipping
  7. haggeo

    haggeo Been here awhile

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    thanks, i didn't know about your site, good to have another source for parts.
  8. nikitino25

    nikitino25 Been here awhile

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    I have a '99 SE model dr350 and did a search because I need some rear passenger foot pegs but couldn't find much. Did these bikes come with rear pegs? I see on my frame where it looks like a bracket or something for them could screw in but I can't even find anywhere to buy them or know what all I need (brackets etc.)? Anybody got some rear pegs w/assembly to sell me or know where I can get some; preferably with a parts diagram so I know what all I would need?
  9. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    My '96 SE has passenger pegs. Looks like you can still buy them new, but they're going to cost you a little bit: https://suzukipartshouse.vnexttech.com/oemparts/a/suz/50d3ab88f8700220d0b7227f/footrest Probably best to find some used ones, hopefully someone on here can hook you up.
  10. nikitino25

    nikitino25 Been here awhile

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    Yeah I found that site above and the same page but I'm pretty sure those parts are the front pegs only, I can't find the parts for the rears anywhere......If anybody has some to sell, let me know...
  11. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    Check it again. It's for the front and the rear.
  12. haggeo

    haggeo Been here awhile

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    i have a 94 DR350SE and just found a rear shock off of a 1996 DR350SE for sale, it says OHLINS on the reservoir. would this be a worthwhile swap or is the stock shock on mine similar to the 1996 model?
  13. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    Looking at the link, parts 1-10 are the fronts. The rest are the passenger's - oh sorry - pillion's
  14. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    If its really an ohlins, yeah it would likely be worth the swap. I think the Suzuki shocks were the same for those years but you could check the part numbers at WWW.mrcycles.com to make sure.
  15. haggeo

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    thanks, i'll check on that.
  16. travis789

    travis789 Been here awhile

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    Is a corbin seat worth it? I have to ride quite a ways to even get to trails and the stock seat is a little uncomfortable. Anyone have any success with other seats? I know there are some build your own places and places you can ship your seat to and have it redone.
  17. MrPulldown

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    Saw that a couple of days ago. That is NOT an Ohlins shock. The jack ass of a seller is trying to fool you. That is the worse shock made for the our bikes. 96+ SE. You might already have an upgraded dirt shock seeing how the PO of your bike seem to have upgraded alot of stuff.

    I was very confused about all the different shocks that came stock on the DR350. After I did some learning I wrote this:
    http://www.maximum-suzuki.com/forums/index.php?topic=85682.0

    Read it all, as the first few post of mine was part of the learning curve.
  18. haggeo

    haggeo Been here awhile

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    i had a corbin seat on a KLR650 and liked it, did a 3000+ mile trip to the copper canyon from oakland. of course i liked it as much as i did because i bought it on craigslist for $80-90 and it was in almost new condition. i don't think i would have bought the seat for the new corbin price. i'll probably get the seat concepts foam and cover for my DR, $189 or so shipped.
  19. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Some swear by them others say a corbin is too wide and interfers with offroad riding.

    Seat concents is another company that makes replacment foam and covers. Never heard anything bad about them. They are chepaer than corbins too. Their is a mail yours in option as well. I would like to get one of these seats.

    http://seatconcepts.com/products#!/~/product/category=1671358&id=7268174
  20. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    In my opinion, a Corbin seat would be a mistake on the DR350. Corbin makes their seat bases out of very thick and heavy material and their foam is also very dense, adding substantial weight to the bike. The Seat Concepts seat (and others) add significant comfort without undue extra weight and cost a fraction of what Corbin is asking. Downside is that you build the SC seat onto your pan. If this was a problem for you, I'm sure you could pick up a cheap used seat and still be saving lots in comparison to Corbin. In full discosure, I own two Corbin seats (One is on my GTS1000 and the other, for my R1100GS, is sitting on the shelf) and two Seat Concepts seats (One on the DR and one on the GS.) No afiliation to either company.