DR350 Thread

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

  1. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    I know the Acerbis tank comes with it's own front mounts that use the top motormount bolts - but you still need the stock metal plate for the rear.

    Only $210 at justgastanks.com Says for "S" only - but having installed one, I don't think it matters. Heat shield interference?
  2. redleger

    redleger Horrible Mechanic

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    and if you call clarke or IMS direct, they will make you a tank to fit your bike of whatever color you want. Since I have blue plastics on my DR350SE, they will make a Yami blue tank! Now I just gotta get the money :(
  3. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    Might have to do with clearance of throttle cables/linkage. Left side on the S model (BST33). Right side on the off-road (TM33)
  4. Friedom

    Friedom Opposable Thumbs Up!

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    You've installed one on a dirt model? Where does the acerbis mount on the front? The picture does not show a bracket going up to the screws below the oil fill. And on that picture, there aren't any screws there. That leads me to believe that it mounts on the rubber circles that my bike is missing, else I could use my street tank. :norton

    I think I'm going to get out the dremel and carve a notch into a piece of rubber pipe to make it fit into the heat shield slots.
    Or I could actually drill a hole and mount something there.. Oh the possibilities!

    Meanwhile, I'm waiting for some seriously smelly epoxy/plastic weld to set on the tank now and see how it does. No luck with the water weld stuff. couldn't get it to be workable enough. Mind you, I'm trying to fix a 9"+ split :):rofl
  5. Wadester

    Wadester Rides a dirty bike

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    Here's some pics:

    DR350 dirt
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    You can see the threaded boss for the dirt tank mount - and you can see that raised round bit - where a street bike would have a post for a rubber bumper

    Here's a hack to put a street tank on a dirt bike (using an acerbis rubber bumper):
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    Here's a street bike:
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    You can see no threaded boss, just a raised round bump where the dirt bike had a threaded post - and you can see the post where the rubber bumper should be.

    Oh! Oh! And here's both an Acerbis mount - and the street rubber bumper!
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    And the other side:
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    And another
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    Here's the back mount for a street bike - I think that's a Clarke, but Acerbis is similar - plate screwed to plastic tank, attached to original frame bracket - horns hold front of seat.
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    And here's a gratuitous pic of my DR
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  6. Friedom

    Friedom Opposable Thumbs Up!

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    There's the money shot! Wait! They're all money shots. Major gratis for the dr350 gas tanks 101 course! :clap

    I love mods that aren't permanent. This is excellent.. Now to find some rubber bumpers. Think I'll borrow em off a "donor" bike. :D

    Cheers man, that made my life a while lot easier! :clap

    I might print out a pic of your ride and tape it onto mine.. :eyes
  7. tominboise

    tominboise Been here awhile

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    My street model, with CV carb, has a wee bit of a choke problem. When I start it cold, the choke knob tends to open by itself and then the engine dies. I have to hold the choke closed until the engine warms up. Any thing I should look for next time I'm in the carb?
  8. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    The "choke" is technically an enrichment circuit. The are little ridges on the shaft that hold it in place in the on and half-on positions. The entire assembly can be removed and replaced or maybe repaired. I've seen small zip-ties used around the rubber dust shield to make them snug on the shaft.
  9. mwilliamshs

    mwilliamshs Been here awhile

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    Does the DR faithful have a preferred clutch/brake lever replacement? I've searched and found EMGO, Motion Pro, MSR, Moose, blah blah etc. Forged, cast, snapback, with molded in grips, black, polished...long lists. I'm looking for a simple lever that fits correctly, feels okay, and that will neither break the bank nor the first time I dump the bike. I have sturdy handguards and ride cautiously but hope to only buy new levers once. I have broken (but usable) stockers for spares. Also I've seen some curled up ends, wassup wif dat?
  10. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    I'm back! w00t! So excited to have a DR again. Here's the 99 I picked up today:

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  11. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    My new to me 99 also has a broken brake lever. What say you collective?
  12. parttime rider

    parttime rider in the woods

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    anybody looking for a stock tank? give me a pm its off a 98se.
  13. Friedom

    Friedom Opposable Thumbs Up!

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    Will that fit a 90 dirt model? I'm still learning my DRs.
    So, I'm all about it!
  14. rubberband

    rubberband Will ride for tacos

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    Nice bike,congrats! Enjoy it!
  15. mwilliamshs

    mwilliamshs Been here awhile

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    Friedom, read the last 2 pages. Excellent lesson in gas tank compatibility, including pics. I sent a pm about the tank btw. Couple hours ago.
  16. redleger

    redleger Horrible Mechanic

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    That is a good looking well cared for physically bike. Enjoy it.

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  17. mustangwagz

    mustangwagz Been here awhile

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    i too have the stock metal tank from a STREET version 93 dr350s (kick only) its gotta big DINGE in it though. id part with it, its collecting dust and taking up space. lol

    STill has stock decals on it too!
  18. Friedom

    Friedom Opposable Thumbs Up!

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    I'm getting the idea that everyone upgrades their tanks and has the ol' stockers laying around?

    Where in western PA are you? I used to live in Eighty Four(where the lumber company comes from) and still have family there.
  19. Thanantos

    Thanantos Ride hard.

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    Thanks for the compliments on the new ride guys, but I have two more questions for tonight.

    #1. I need a new gas cap for my 1999 S model. Are these standard or do I need a specific cap?

    #2. Can anyone recommend a place to get a factory service manual for this little beast?

    Thanks in advance.
  20. mwilliamshs

    mwilliamshs Been here awhile

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    Searching works. "DR350 manual" will lead you to:

    The Great Greg Bender has a manual on his thisoldtractor site. Download it and include him in your bedtime prayers.

    Gas cap should be keyed to your ignition. If you'd like to remainlremain lockable you can buy a cap and pay to have it rekeyed. You can buy a cap and ignition keyed alike. You can buy a cap and key and add a key to your ring. You can buy a non-locking cap too. Your call. Ebay is an easy place to find all this. Others sources are a google away.