DR350 Thread

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

  1. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    Just thinking about total wattage. Headlight - 60, taillight - 5, miscellaneous - maybe 10, heated grips - 35, electric vest - 55. In truth I've never run the vest on maximum output but it's a cycling controller so when it's on, it's on. So, that's 165 watts. Don't know how much more capacity remains but at riding speeds, it will hold 13.5-14 volts with all that stuff on.
  2. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    I have a '99 dirt model converted to street legal. I'm running the stock AC electrical system - no battery. It runs a Vapor speedo and all the necessary components to be street legal; high & low beam headlight, turn signals, tail light, brake light, plate light, horn. I also wired in a Powerlet outlet to run heated gloves and it works well. I almost never ride at night so I run a 35w headlight to save power. At idle it just barely generates enough power to run things, but it works. I've occasionally thought about getting a street version, but for my purposes I like the dirt model - it's simple and weighs about 30 lbs less than the street model.

    Here's mine
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  3. haggeo

    haggeo Been here awhile

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    thanks for the info, i've been wondering about this and not finding good info. i had an 8" race light on my XR650R and loved it, so did my riding buddies at night, i'll probably put some kind of brighter light on my SE.
  4. Storyteller

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    Out the 1993 trail dr350. All was pretty well....not a garage queen, until I noticed a glistening around the front left set of cylinder fins. Appears some oil is "weeping"..aka leaking from around the front left bolt/seam by the oil vertical oil hose....looks like the base of the head -

    Maybe a dumb question....would that most likely be the head gasket?
  5. Storyteller

    Storyteller Adventurer

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    And what would expect to pay for a "pumper" carb to put on a 93 street model?
  6. cnj

    cnj Adventurer

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    THIS. No more street plated dirt bikes in CA since '04. If you did happen to get one through, you are on borrowed time.
  7. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    Nice rig! How'd you get the wolfman bags mounted, what rack do you have. Hows the windscreen?
  8. Suzuki Phil

    Suzuki Phil Been here awhile

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    If your DR is a California model and has a CV carb look on the right side (clutch side) of the carburetor. You will see two ports that have to be plugged. One is ported vacuum and the other has vacuum all the time. If these are not plugged your bike will run like crap just as you describe. I'm not sure if the non California bikes had these ports or not.

    Good Luck,

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  9. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    I'm impressed! Just to confirm, your heated grips and vapor speedometer operate on A/C power (*not* converted to D/C). Correct?

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  10. kobukan

    kobukan almost gnarly

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    Wolfman bags are mounted on a TCI Denali Rack. This rack has proven to be much stronger than it looks - very durable. It's kind of a big rack so if you like to run without bags sometimes it may not be a good option. It doesn't really seem to weigh much, it just sticks out more than you might like without bags on. I leave bags on my bike all the time so it works for me. A great rack for dual sport touring on the DR350 imo, but they aren't cheap!

    The windshield is a Slip Stream S06 Spitfire. It works well for me. I like that it can be removed/reinstalled in about a minute. I take it off in the summer unless I'm going any distance at speeds over 50 mph. Below 50 mph the wind doesn't seem bad on the DR350, but much over 50 mph and it's horrible - I feel like a human parachute. The windshield makes a huge difference. They're relatively inexpensive - about $75 or less.

    No heated grips - Powerlet outlet to run heated gloves. Gerbing G3 gloves and Vapor speedo both running on A/C - not converted to D/C. I've put about 15k miles on the bike since I got it a few years ago. The Vapor has been on it for about 10k miles, and I wired the Powerlet outlet in a couple years ago.
  11. travis789

    travis789 Been here awhile

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    There is an oil galley in there that takes an o-ring, I recently read about a guy who forgot to put the o-ring in and it filled the cylinder with oil. Are you sure its not the oil line fitting? It would seem a more likely culprit. If it does require removing the cam, head, and cylinder, would that be within your capabilities? It shouldn't take more than 8 hours if you've done it before, provided you have all the new gaskets you'll need and don't run into problems. do you think it might go away by removing the cam cover and retorquing the head? The clymer manual recommends doing this pretty frequently.
  12. haggeo

    haggeo Been here awhile

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    i was all excited to get my exhaust back from getting modified at Kientech until i saw UPS had a go at it too:splat


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  13. SFC_Ren

    SFC_Ren Been here awhile

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    There are no O-rings between the block/cylinder/head unless somebody did some aftermarket machining for super high compression. I just tore my entire motor apart and put it back together, as well as I just checked the parts manual and there are no mystery o-ring's on the engine itself or in the parts manual anywhere between the cylinder and block or between the head and cylinder. Maybe, you're thinking of the steel inserts that are referred to as "PIN" in the parts manual because they do act as oil galleries between the block/cylinder/head around the bolts for pressurized oil to go from the pump up to the head to lubricate the camshaft area. If those "PINs" aren't installed a "LOT" of high pressure oil will be going places it shouldn't be.

  14. jackanory

    jackanory I am Jack's wasted life

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    joined the club. Picked this up yesterday. 1990 350s with 4600 miles. Needs some TLC but for the price I couldn't pass it up.
  15. travis789

    travis789 Been here awhile

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    you're correct, that's what it was, the guy left the pin out. sorry
  16. travis789

    travis789 Been here awhile

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    Nice score! Welcome to the club, you'll love that bike.
  17. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    That sucks. But I am sure it will bend right back into shape with a crecent wrench. Fill a claim, bend the lip back, get the cash, enjoy the exhaust. Hope jetting isn't too much of a bear.

    This might be true, but not worth buying the bike to only find out more is involved.
  18. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Does anyone know of a write up for converting the RMZ250 forks to a DR350? I know several people have done it.

    I just picked up the forks, triple, brakes, and wheels from an RMZ250. I believe the donor bike was an '04...
    I think I need new bearings and an axle. I'll get pics up when I can.
  19. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    If it is anything like the Rm, then you will need to press out your steering stem and press it in the lower triple of the rmx one.
  20. RuggedExposure

    RuggedExposure Now with more rugged

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    Right. But if I remember correctly, something needs to be shimmed?