Drz400 Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Britmick, May 4, 2007.

  1. SuchesRider

    SuchesRider Just Do It!

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    Thanks for the advice regarding the POS stock petcock. I have a Raptor 660 on order and hope to have my DRZ back in commission this weekend. :wink: SR
  2. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Thread Derailleur

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    I don't suppose someone could tell me the diameters of the 2 balls?I'm thinking an aftermarket mirror aftermarket metal pivot joint may be in the future!:wink:
  3. Badjuju

    Badjuju Biker Billy

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    Alright. You've convinced me I'm gonna have problems eventually with the stock petcock. Does that Yam part # also fit the OEM tank? Thx--Bubbba
  4. Rainshadow

    Rainshadow Been here awhile

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    Yes, but it doesn't line up the way it does with the Clarke tank. It's a perfect straight shot from the Clarke tank to the intake, but the stock tank is a couple of inches shorter. You have to make some pretty sharp corners with the fuel line to get it to the intake and then it kind of covers the choke. I haven't had any problems with the line kinking under load yet, but I'm running a piece of heavy automotive fuel line so that it won't kink. I have to hold the choke out when first starting the bike or the fuel line will push it back in. Still better than having the cylinder hydrolock with fuel/oil mixture.

    Don't forget to turn it off when you stop!
  5. blaster11

    blaster11 Some days.....

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    Just picked up a used DRZ400S this past weekend and am in the process of modding it a bit to suit my needs. I can't say that I have read the entire thread but I have read a lot and have searched it for many ideas and fixes. :D

    I saw this and was wondering if anyone has it or can provide any feedback on the battery kit?
    http://www.happy-trail.com/DRZ400S/Battery-Box-DRZ400S-All-Years.aspx
  6. ptgarcia

    ptgarcia Huh?

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    I have had this kit with a genuine Yuasa on my bike for several years now and its still going strong.

    http://epicmotosports.com/sisnerosspeedworkssuperstartkit.aspx

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  7. blaster11

    blaster11 Some days.....

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    Glad to hear that since I just ordered one. Mine has a bad battery and I had no luck sourcing it locally so I figured more power and a more common size would be a good thing since I was ordering anyway.

    Also is there a list somewhere of upgraded, larger, gas tanks and what works with no mods....I have found a lot of information and pictures but it is pretty widely scattered and I would like to order one in the next month or so.
  8. ptgarcia

    ptgarcia Huh?

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    I run an IMS 3.2 on my S (there are other sizes available from IMS, also), but Clarke, R&V Aqualine (Safari Tanks), and Acerbis all make tanks for the S.

    JustGasTanks.com has a good selection and pictures you can use to compare.
  9. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    Instead of putting a bigger and even heavier battery in the bike, I'd go with this one. It's much lighter, a little smaller and has had good reviews. Might even be cheaper than buying a bigger battery box and lead acid battery. http://www.amazon.com/BALLISTIC-PERFORMANCE-LITHIUM-EVO2-MOTORCYCLE/dp/B005KLOYYC
  10. Danielmoben

    Danielmoben Adventurer

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    This is my new (for me), drz 400. 2004 year, only 5000 km. Still pending to add some extras. For the moment, drz 400 E plastic tank, GPS,competition exhaust and aluminium handguards.

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    www.mobenmotorcycles.blogspot.com
  11. blaster11

    blaster11 Some days.....

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    Sorry, but the one thing I am not a fan of is lithium batteries in my vehicles. I don't honestly need the weight savings since this bike is way lighter than I am used to and I could lose far more weight than what advantage the battery will ever provide. Also I am under the distinct impression that the manufacturers are still not quite there with making the battery rugged enough or making it compatible with the current charging systems....which seem to have enough problems as is. Thanks for the information though.
  12. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    Not to start an argument on this topic, but I have gone through two 'traditional' batteries (one Yuasa and one off-brand) since 2007 for my '07 DRZ. Even though I put a kickstarter on my bike, I was frustrated by the short battery life I was experiencing. A few weeks ago I picked up a new battery from an inmate here and installed it before this past week's WMRS rally. The battery performed better than expected. Do yourself a favor and take a look at his thread here before you make any decisions; http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=629665

    I can understand your feelings about not needing the weight advantage, but you will be adding a ton of weight with a big tank and other farkles.
  13. blaster11

    blaster11 Some days.....

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    Two motorcycle batteries in 5 years...doesn't sound like a problem considering the abuse that they take. A guy I used to ride with put a un-named Lithium battery in his 650 prior to going on the CDR this year and it shook a part internally and left him in a lurch part way through. I have enough things to worry about than questionable batteries.
  14. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    I understand completely, and my advice to use a lithium did not come from experience as I've never had one.

    What I can say about lead acid is that it's a better known technology and when they do break, sometimes you can fix them. Either way, good luck in whatever you decide to do!

    Here's a post I put on ridedualsport.com in their MacGyver thread:




    Last week I dumped the bike on the left side and a rock punched a hole in the left side cover. I filled it with JB KWIK and was on my way. Luckily only a little bit of oil had leaked out.

    A little while later, I noticed the LCD display flickering and stopped to investigate. I guess when I dumped, the negative battery terminal broke loose inside the battery. I was at a convenience store so I borrowed some aluminum foil and wrapped it around the terminal and stuck it back into the battery. It worked good enough to get the bike started and got me home.


    Broken off terminal.
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    Since I didn't have the funds for a new battery, I figured I'd bring it into my dual sport luggage rack fabricating shop and see what I could do. I cut away the plastic with a razor blade and saw the broken post.
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    So I cleaned up the lead on the terminal and the battery post and put the terminal back in place and drilled a hole down through to accept a screw.
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    Then I roughed things up and put the JB KWIK to it. I made sure to get it into all the voids and under the plastic cover to lock it all together.
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    Then I ground down the screw head so it would fit into the battery box.
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    Not a brainy MacGyver, but a dependable repair.
  15. blaster11

    blaster11 Some days.....

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    That is an awesome repair!!!! :clap
  16. bobbed06

    bobbed06 Cavalera Conspirator

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    Is this the KLR thread???? :rofl
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    This is the Shorai Lithium Ion I have.....Saved 4 lbs over the SSW Super Start sized batt and cranks my big bore extremely fast.

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  18. 211john

    211john Been here awhile

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    I bought the "Better folding mirror with mount" from Procycle. They say it's similar to the KTM. Looks a little different to me, but it has the same hinge joint so it folds out of the way. It seems to not hold it's position, but I can't tell if that's the mirror or me (haven't had it long). It is long enough to see around my arm which is nice. I primarily use my DRZ for off road so this is good enough. For commuting I would want 2 and I would like them to be more solid.
  19. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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    Thanks blaster, it's holding up good and I'd swear it has more starting power now.

    No, but I'm just as frugal as those guys. I'm from Vermont after all. My neighbor is an old woman who uses ear wax for lip balm. :lol3
  20. bobbed06

    bobbed06 Cavalera Conspirator

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    No, but I'm just as frugal as those guys. I'm from Vermont after all. My neighbor is an old woman who uses ear wax for lip balm. :lol3[/QUOTE]

    :D