DR350 Thread

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

  1. Schneiderman

    Schneiderman Adventurer

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    I was trying to remove the case saver bolts in order to re-install the front sprocket guard that the PO had removed, but included with the bike when I bought it. The lower case saver bolt snapped... Upper one did not give me any problem.

    Is there anything important I need to know about that lower bolt before I take an ez-out to it?
  2. Greg Bender

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    That all depends on the ATV trail. I've seen some that are quite easy. Others extremely steep and nasty.

    On my 1993 model, I can get away with 15/41 for pavement and fairly mild dirt hills. I'll drop a tooth or two on the counter sprocket for the more gnarly stuff.

    I've had really good luck with the inexpensive Primary Drive brand of chain and sprocket that Rocky Mountain ATV sells. Here are some links to consider:

    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/43/53/222/957/-/-/1263/

    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/43/53/222/957/-/-/1385/

    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/43/53/222/958/-/-/35559/

    Don't forget a spare one of these:
    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/43/53/222/958/-/-/35566/

    I hope this helps!

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  3. Greg Bender

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    No, although - personally - I would never, ever use an easy out. Instead, I would weld a nut onto it and remove it that way. In my experience, an easy out is a good way to make a bad situation much worse. YMMV.

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  4. 2old2Bbold

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    I agree with Greg. That bolt is a 6mm. If you break off a small easy out in there, your screwed. If there's not enough left to weld on a nut, try drilling it out. Be very carefull to get the hole in the center. Lay it on it's side and go slow. If you have a reverse twist drill bit, sometimes the bit will unscrew it as you drill. Use progressively larger bits untill you get very close to the alloy, then try a 6x1 mm tap. Sometimes the little bit that's left will come out. Be careful, easy outs and taps are brittle. Big trouble if it breaks off. If all else fails, you can get it tig welded, and redrill and tap.
  5. MrPulldown

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    Did not have very much luck getting the spare bike running this weekend.
    About two months ago I got the bike started by rolling it down the street and popping the clutch. Start after the engine turned over only once. Got it home and was able to kick start it. Great, went and parked it.
    Friend was over this weekend so we tried to get the bike rideable. New cables, fixed flat tires, grips, fixed the kick stand rub, levers, buttoned down the seat and gas tank, speedo cable, decomp lever and cable, checked the valve clearance (lose so I am getting full compression). Try to start it but it would not. Took about half a mile of bump starting it before it would go. Towing behind my truck up the hills so that I could bump it going down. Ran horribly when it did. Would buck so hard in the begining it would almost throw me off. Would run better with the choke on. However the chcok would not stay in place. All stock airbox and jeting for a 250 (as far as I could tell). It really pissed me off. We never did get a motorcycle ride in together.
    Now I am scratching my head wondering now what.
    I still can't figure out how to top out the kick starter to get a full stroke out of each kick.
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  6. rubberband

    rubberband Will ride for tacos

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    For Airvent...and the rest of you....couple of shots from a recent trip to Deals Gap & surrounding areas. Killboy shot later...

    Stock SE suspension....check
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    Top of the Cherohala Skyway
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  7. Airvent

    Airvent Been here awhile

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    NICE! :freaky:freaky
  8. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    Do you have the manual decompression lever?

  9. Richklr650

    Richklr650 Been here awhile

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    hey gang what are you guys using to replace the stock vacum valve on a 93 350s thanks as soon as i get this thing up and running like it should ill post some pics thanks Rich
  10. cwc

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    Greg,

    Do you keep records of how long the chains last?

    I've been using RK chain with JT sprockets and generally average 8K miles from a set.
    The chains usually develop stiff spots that I might be able to ignore, but I put on new if going on a trip of some length.
    Most of my use is on really bad dirt roads in northern Mexico with river crossings and polvo that submerge the chain and paved and gravel road use around home.
  11. Anonawesome

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    Sounds like a timing issue. Has it done this since you got it? Or have you done any top end work? It's easy to not put the cam back in the right position.

    The kickstarter issue is because the spring that pulls the lever back up is set up improperly. I did the same thing to mine when I took the kickstart mechanism apart because the "ratcheting" mechanism was not properly catching every time. I just stretched out the spring a little. Unrelated to your problem, you need to figure out what will wind up the spring a little more. I still haven't fixed mine, but I'm sure it can't be that difficult to troubleshoot it.
  12. Greg Bender

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    Hi Charlie,

    I have not kept careful track. When I take day rides, I just lube and go. I never clean the chain other than whatever indirect blast it might get when I wash the bike. So, I really have not been trying to get the most out of a chain. Like you, I ride a lot of dusty, rocky, really bad "roads" here in Arizona. I don't see much in the way of submersion in river crossings, but I do get them splashed pretty much every ride.

    The previous chain I used was this one with the primary drive sprockets:
    http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/43/53/222/958/-/-/195432/

    I do have purchase records: I purchased the RK chain and sprockets Aug 16, 2010. I purchased the replacement Primary Drive chain and sprockets Aug 13, 2012. That RK o-ring chain lasted me right at 2 years...about 12,000 miles at my current 6,000/year usage. When I was riding home on a long trip, that RK chain was spent and loose. I used it up good and proper.

    I suppose that is pretty good mileage for a mistreated chain. I'm sure street riders would scoff, but since I ride shaft drive Guzzis, I have no idea how long a street chain is supposed to last. For the cost of a replacement chain and sprockets, I'm honestly not all that concerned about getting more than 10 - 12 thousand miles out of it.

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  13. 2old2Bbold

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  14. mustangwagz

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    Holy cow, called yesterday to speak with them about jetting suggestions, janet told me EVERYTHING i wanted to know, plus stuff i didnt know. haha. So thats great customer service! order my longer fuel screw from them, once gregs o ring kit gets here, and my carb rebuild kit, ill be tearing into the bike to install the 140 main jet and the adjustable needle...

    Now for yinz's help...my aftermarket needle that came with the parts carb has 6 positions...currently in the 4th from top position. Keintechs has 5 notchs... they run in middle she said. Anyone got suggestions for me? Janet said leave it in 4th postion and try it..was just curious if anyone else had run into a 6 position needle along their way?
  15. rubberband

    rubberband Will ride for tacos

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    If you read your post....you answered your own question...
    Run it just like J &J Kientech says...you'll be happy.

    I always thought it was Yunz...my grandparents lived in Pittsburgh.
  16. FireDog45

    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    +1 Start where Jesse/Janet suggest and go from there. I was having some hot start issues after rebuilding my carb with Jesse's kit. Called him up and found out I had mis adjusted the idle mixture screw. Reset it and so far so good.
  17. Dirtmonkey8

    Dirtmonkey8 VA is for Riders

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    Hey guys. I just got my 99' DR350SE running after buying it a year ago. Only 2,900 miles on it and I also own a 90' DR350S and a 08' DR650SE. This 99' 350 has the dirt model's suspension and I have far too much preload in the cartridge forks. Jesse sent me springs with 2-5/8" and 3" PVC spacers so, with a friends help a couple of days ago, I squeezed the shorter 2-5/8" spacers in there. There is too much preload. I called Jesse today and he suggested going with an 1/8" or 1/4" of preload- meaning cut the spacers to where they are 1/8" to 1/4" longer than they have to be to just touch the cap. I have always thought it had to do with rider weight and aiming for the suspension settling at 1/3 of its travel with rider on bike and not just a general one size fits most setting. I have other spacers i can cut to length and have ready for when I can get a friend to help. More importantly I can take them to work and cut them on a saw used for PVC and not have to slowly and carefully hack saw it by hand like I did with the 90' DR350's spring upgrade. Does anyone remember any lengths or discussions on spacer length for CARTRIDGE style DR350 forks??

    I have owned the bike for over a year and finally really drove it for the first time today after getting it inspected. I rode it on the road and on some power line trails. I was disappointed, but I know I have too much preload front and rear right now. There was also a very noticeable shudder that oscillated on and off and i hope it too is suspension related. I put a pumper carb on she runs strong and starts easy. Man that magic button sure is nice coming from the 90' model. i hope you guys can help me out. i am trying to get her ready for a friend to ride in the mountains this weekend.
  18. Chiknmunky

    Chiknmunky Been here awhile

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    I would cut the spacers to fit just like Jesse said.
    As far as your shudder,If it feels like its drive line related, could be you need a new chain.
  19. Dirtmonkey8

    Dirtmonkey8 VA is for Riders

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    I pulled the chain and sprockets form the 90' DR which only have about 500 miles or less. I am running some big knobbies and maybe they are causing it. Thanks for the help.
  20. Dirtmonkey8

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    Too late now, but i think you leave the case saver in place and install the cover using other holes. No? Not sure where to get reverse thread drill bits, but i would start looking for them. I snapped a fork tube pinch bolt off in the triple and got it out with an easy out. I was nervous as hell. Use lots of PB Blaster along with it. Maybe heat as well. Try to use a punch to make s spot for your drill bit to get started in. You may need to start with a smaller bit and work up. Just don't let anything break off in there. If you ride off road that cover will get jammed up with crap.