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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Britmick, May 4, 2007.
Money spent on suspension is like money spent on your Mom. Good things will come from it.
oil change is a must at least once a year
Yeah, that's for sure on the to-do list. I'm leaning towards fluid change and respring the rear (front sag is good...suspect a previous owner fitted stiffer springs up there) and spend some time setting clickers and see where I stand. She really wanted to swap in the whoops a few times and over-rotate coming off berms so upping rebound screws is on the list for next time.
I'm lucky, I have a really good suspension guy damn near right next door. ZR1.
I'm a big guy, 240ish, and I talked to him. He said that the valving on the DRZ is pretty good from the factory, but it's hampered severely by being undersprung in almost all cases. I dropped my bike off, and for $400 he resprung it, changed the oil/seals, and basically did a very thorough suspension service.
It really did transform the bike. I can't say enough good things about it. I used to have a LOT of front end chatter on corners that weren't smooth, now I can cut through corners wih whoops, rocks, ruts, whatever, no issues. The bike hooks better, turns better, just does everything better.
A revalve will only make a difference if your riding is outside the type/speed of riding that the bike is valved for from the factory. But proper spring rate, and oil weight, will make a big difference, because it will allow the factory valving to work how it is supposed to.
If you guys are really interested in doing revalves
there is a LOT of good info/knowledge, shim stacks, plots, etc
for both the forks and shock in this thread: http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1035004-drz-fork-revalve-shim-stack-discussion-recommendations/
Personally I've tried and developed a few of those recommended stacks. With each successive revalve, the bike feels better and better
When I first switched to stiffer springs for my weight, I didn't feel a big difference in the suspension's performance. However following the first revalve :eek1 The stock suspension is good for moderate trail use at moderate speeds. Pick up the pace, hit whoops, high-speed obstacles and the DRZ will leave you on the ground without confidence.
Has anyone installed one of these on they DRZ? I'm thinking this would be a great thing for those of US that load the electric system down with heated grips,vest & Gps.
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We get a bit of snow, even in the desert.
This is up north of Crown King.
That thread is partially what prompted the question. I think I may give it a shot on the forks but not sure I have the desire & equipment to do the shock. I've never felt like my forks are too bad (but maybe that's because the shock is underperforming?). I really need to tear into them and see what I'm working with. I may try some of the shim stacks in the forks and send off the shock for a re-stack.
Yeahhh, I can see getting sucked into this. Guess with the time change I've got a bunch of nights after work to play with fork oil in the garage...
I have it on my bike, easy install and works fine. Just remember that you can't run larger than a 120 tire with this or it will rub.
No experience with that particular battery, but I've been using an 8-cell Ballistic Evo2 for about two years now, running heated grips and a GPS with no issues, never dipped below 13.5v. Haven't touched a battery tender since I installed the Ballistic, but I also ride year-round. Adding heated sock liners to the mix this winter, so we'll see how that impacts things.
Does this battery fit in and stock position? and where is it available?
Thanks for the heads up about the tire size restrictions.
DRZ ride report. (Not Me, but I wished).
110 days of off road to Central Asia
<HR style="COLOR: #575757; BACKGROUND-COLOR: #575757" SIZE=1><!-- / icon and title --><!-- message -->Earlier this year my wife (Kim) and I (Seb) went on an adventure ride from Belgium to Mongolia and further to Central Asia for 110 days of offroad mayhem. We were both riding DRZ's 400E and still grateful to Walter Colebatch for some of his Sibirsky Extreme tracks for Kazakhstan and Russia.
No, this is not a copy/paste or a hoax of Walter's and Terry's last ride, but an adventure of it's own since our final destination had nothing to do with Magadan and in the end we did only parts of Walter's tracks.
We didn't prepare too much in advance, only all our visa and some off road tracks and off we went, direction East for almost 4 months.
This is what I'm talkin' about! Makes my lame attempts at ADVenture seem... lame. Good on youse guys for taking it on the back track.
It fits and then some; I used some of the foam it was shipped in to keep it in place:
Most of the big-name MC parts suppliers carry it, but I would just google for the best price around
I use a small light weight maintenance battery as well and it came with foam spacers. Trouble free and saves a few pounds. Cant remember name but I'll check when I get home
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i thought about something like that for a drz400 enduro bike and something like this for the drz400 rally bike
There's this one it's a Shorai Lithium light weight and space saver.
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I have the same one in Phantom brand. Something like this one. (Different cca, Ah).
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I was just thinking about batteries the other day. I need to get something better than the standard batteries. Mine keep dying and I never seem to have luck with them, a year at best.
So I was looking at the Turn Tech batteries, specifically the 2.5 Ah version. Only issue I see is that the terminals are reversed from the standard battery.
Anyone use these and know how they hold up? The owner of TurnTech told me the DRZ400s is bad about draining and killing batteries and this could affect his as well. What do you guys think?