DR350 Thread

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

  1. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    +1 It's up on top for a reason. That's why I won't even to the 3x3 or whatever mod. I enjoy the insurance of the raised snorkel.
  2. vmcrcr

    vmcrcr Been here awhile

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    Speaking of Acerbis, anyone have a 4.2gal tank to fit a 1993 S model? I am under the impression that the Clarke tanks are dirt model only, but having looked at how they mount I could make one of those work as well. What I'm willing to spend will depend on the condition of the tank.
  3. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    Acerbis's are 4.2. I can't speak of the Clarke tanks, but I doubt that's the case.
  4. vmcrcr

    vmcrcr Been here awhile

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    Just looking for more capacity than the stock tank. Having to fuel the bike 2-3 times a week during the summer when you don't pass any on the commute to work is a hassle.
  5. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    Clarke makes tanks specific to either the dirt model or the street model. The Clarke dirt model tank will not fit the street model DR350. Likewise the Clarke street model tank will not fit the dirt model DR350.

    If anyone wants a Clark tank for a dirt model, let me know as mine is still for sale (along with some other parts):
    http://thisoldtractor.com/gtbender/for_sale_parts_dr350.htm

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  6. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    Oh yeah, try 1200 miles while filling up every 50-60. I know how that feels.
  7. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    It's possible to adapt an S or SE frame to use a plastic offroad tank but a bit of welding is required. I've done 3 or 4 of them. To do so one must add a "bung" to the frame for the front attachment points like so:
    [​IMG]
    And one needs the rear attachment bracket from the offroad model:
    [​IMG]

    It's also necessary to cant the BST33 CV carb slightly so that the linkage clears. The TM33 linkage clears without a problem.
  8. Greg Bender

    Greg Bender Long timer

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    Sorry. I did not mean to imply that one could not be adapted to another, only that they are not bolt on interchangeable from Clarke.

    Glad you've had good success adapting them.

    Regards,

    Gregory Bender
  9. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    http://www.spcoating.com/Ceramic.html ....The place is a couple of blocks from my house. A small two man operation. I think they charged $15/ft. The header and mid pipe was ~ $100 inside and out, which I thought was a fair price. I don't know if they do mail order(there might be someone in your area), but if they don't, and you want something coated, send it to me and I'll get it done for you.
  10. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    with stock flasher and everything works fine. I think its the stock flasher.

    Now, after the football game here (MSU vs. Michigan) will tackle the Acerbis.
    It seems on dry fit the new tank does not want to sit on the 'round rubber tank mounts' on either side well. But if I take those rubber mounts off its easy. I may just need to use a little force to get the new tank to slide in there.

    I will try to take pictures as I go along so i can do a little write up. I am planning to use only the stuff that came with the tank. The instructions were pathetic, but I think its supposed to be very easy.

    Thank for all your suggestions so far,
    Simba
    Go State.
  11. markk900

    markk900 Been here awhile

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    Yup....you can always put a little wd40 on the rubber.
  12. thump!

    thump! Adventurer

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    Is rust a problem? That is, can they coat over mildly rusted pipes?
  13. 2old2Bbold

    2old2Bbold was 2bold2getold

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    I think they bead blast it clean before coating. Didn't look like rust/old paint was a problem.
  14. skelethon

    skelethon Been here awhile

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    Awesome! Thanks a lot for the info and links. I got some of the China stuff on order.
  15. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    I use armoral on all rubber on the bike, tank rubber bumpers as well as where the number plate snaps on at the top.

    So today I got a 1998 DR350 SE... it's a little rough, but needs a gas cap.
    Suggestions anyone??
  16. simbaboy

    simbaboy Lansing MBS

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    All Done.

    After struggling because I could not mount the Acerbis tank on the bike I called my wife for help. She asked for the instructions to which I replied "they are lousy instructions and of no help". She insisted and noticed that the Acerbis does not mount on the stock rubber mounts but new rubber mounts have to be installed on the engine mount and are also 'staggered'. (picture 1 below)

    The rest was fairly easy. I will fuel up the tank tomorrow and see how every thing works. I followed the hints and advice I got here.

    Thanks All,
    Simba

    pic1:
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  17. markk900

    markk900 Been here awhile

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    I'll bet you were hangin' your head after that! Glad it got done, and darn those significant others when they are right.
  18. Anonawesome

    Anonawesome Scenic Rider

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    A big rubber cork with a hole drilled through? :lol3
  19. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    Prolly not, but you still get the bonus points for the first response. :clap

    So as I was saying before my GF took me away for awhile, I got a good deal on the DR, and it was on my short list of DS bikes. I want more dirt capability than street, street being the necessary evil to get TO local riding areas. If it's over 15 miles, I'll truck the bike.

    [​IMG]

    Anyway, I removed the old gas cap and found it was pretty busted up on the inside. Someone had forcibly removed it and broken away the locking parts on the inside. So I need to replace it, but the only ones I'm seeing on ebay either come with the gas cap, key, and ignition unit at a high price, or with a complete gas tank at a high price.

    I don't care if the cap ever locks again or not, but I do want it to fasten securely and stay attached when the bike goes down, as it certainly will.

    I've heard that this year has 3 different caps- a twist off for the dirt bike, a double pawl for the cali model, and a single pawl for the 49 state version- which is the one I have.

    So there has got to be a better answer for this. One of the major reasons the DR was on my short list was parts availability- they've made millions of them. I'm sure others have faced this issue as well.


    [​IMG]


    One more question.. I believe the DR250/350 tanks and seat are all interchangeable?
    If so, there's a really nasty 250 tank on ebay that would solve my problem as well as furthering my cause against the imminent zombie apocalypse.
  20. mwilliamshs

    mwilliamshs Been here awhile

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    i've got both bikes. a 93 and a 99, respectively. yes tanks, seats, side panels...basically everything external to the motor will interchange...with the exception of year-to-year changes like suspension, electric start bits, wheels, etc.