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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Britmick, May 4, 2007.
Quite right. I'll report back with my views once I have something sorted.
Good thinking. Your bike is out there, and it's worth waiting for it.
I bought one a month ago that was a good price, and I'm learning it's a mild basket case as I slowly tear it apart (missing fasteners/some 'creative' wiring solutions, etc, etc, etc). I'm too impetuous sometimes.
On the other hand it helps to know that any/everything you need to know is here or on TT...and in my case I'm used to working on a KTM 950 so anything in comparison is straightforward, logical and the manuals aren't written in Germanglish.
Ride report from a great Arizona ride I took on my DRZ yesterday. Here's a couple teasers.
I have a 400E and I am trying to decide what rate springs to get. I weigh close to 100kg (220lbs), have a 28l tank and want to use the bike for fanging through the bush and Oz desert trips, when I will need to carry extra fuel and water as well as my gear (though I pack light). I tried the Racetech calculator, but the categories seem somewhat arbitrary, and I am getting a range of different results.
I am thinking 0.50 or 0.52 kg/mm front fork springs and a 0.57 kg/mm rear shock spring might be the go, but I would welcome thoughts on this and what rates other people are using in similar situations.
Previously I have always sent my forks off to be revalved, but I am also wondering how good the Type 1 and G2R Gold Valve fork kits and the G3-LD Shock Gold Valve kits are?
I am 95kg and a steady rider. Like you I have a 28l tank and carry panniers etc for trips out along the Holland Track etc. I found the decision on rate tricky, I ended up using the Racetech vs the Procycle calculater for alternate ends (can't remember which way around). I ended up going for 0.5/5.7, the intent being to err on the side of soft as I didn't want it to be too harsh when going slower and my back ain't what it used to be.... I'm happy with the outcome, should I have gone stiffer? I'll never know!
PS. You doing the Bremer ride? (SoEx)
I have a Baja ride coming up and I was thinking about trying these out. I am going to be riding alot of beaches on the gulf side, pebbles, rocks, deep sand. I am sure they will work on trails and dirt roads. aslo Will a 140 80 18 fit?
DRZ owners, a quick question: when did they upgrade the DRZ? Is there a big difference between a 2001 and a 2006?
I was checking into a 2001, but don't want to get an older model if it's not worth it...
thanks for the information!
I heard it's a good tire and it should fit. Talking bout tires i just pick up a new to me Motoz Tractionator Enduro I/T (120/90-18 Autralian made). The Distributor & friend of mine said he got great feedback from Baja riders that used it. It sticks to all terrains & it's a DOT tire too. I still love the Maxxis Desert I/T though.
Very little changed from first to 2013.
The suspension on the S model was upgraded in 2002.
Hello, Im piet and im new to this awesome website
Afther a couple dirtbike's RM125, CR250 and a RMZ 250 i bouth my first road legal bike.
2001 DR-Z 400S, original, but has brand new dirt tires one it.
Has no speedometer, and 2 blinkers are broken. technical in good shape, and still has original plastic on it.
Want to make it a real offroad bike, but stil use it one the road to.
i just got the bike, and have to make it ready for safety inspection.
Bike got now 15/41 sprokets, and i dont like it at all. its not powerfull, and i feel sorry for the clutch...
I got another set with the bike, 14/44 and i probely try that.
I dont like the stock tail light and blinkers at all, and probely go for the edge 2 tail light and some led blinkers.
any one use the edge tail light offroad?? no mud flying up your back?
and for speedo i probely go for the vapor trail tech, but i heard that the are not realy waterproof. any one using it all year arround??
oh im from ontario canada, any one know's a good online store?
Welcome, i'll try 15/47 first it's great for both. Vapor tech are cheap on ebay,
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47 / 15 = 3.13333
44 / 14 = 3.14285
Thats pritty much the same, so home that works for me!
yea i like the vapor tech, but i heard that the are not good in rain/ water.
Probely get the speed pickup thing out the wheel?? i dont know if you can get something for that tho..
New front fender
difference between em
Muddler and Numbers, thanks for the replies on suggested spring rates. Muddler, I'll have a look at the procycle calculator, but I'm thinking 050/5.7 might be the best compromise for me.
I'll check out the Bremer rider, I think I still have the details for soex somewhere. You going on the Israelite Easter run?
I've used the Trailtech Vector for years now........ never any problems with water.
Well, My newest farkle aint pretty, but so far, it seems to be working!
I've been having real problems with my 04 S (36000Kms) dying in the cold after start up, and upon stopping on a highway light up to 15 minutes after starting.....The rain makes it worse as well.....
It's becoming a bit of a pain when trying to leave work at midnight in January in -2C, so I did what I've seen done to many cars and trucks around northern BC, and I put cardboard in front of my radiators!!! I attatched it to the stock "guards".
Didn't die stopping at the light tonight, so if I notice it helps enough, I might make something a little better out of plastic or aluminum.. I'll keep an eye on the fan to see if it comes on, but I have my doubts it will, since It still gets airflow at the ends, and one side is still exposed.
If you do cover the radiators, one of these might keep your mind at ease: (Copied from the Trailtech website)
Engine, water, or air temperature
Sensor options for all standard radiator hoses, oil lines and spark plugs
User selectable display: 30-500°F or 0-260°C
Measures current and maximum temperature, resettable
Spinning-arrow activity icon
Flashing dot indicates 6 second sample rate
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Peel-n-Stick or Bolt-on
Cam chain tensioner was upgraded in 2003
Buy a manual CCT or one from a 2003 and up.
Suspension was upgraded in 2002 as mentioned.
There are also torque value changes but other than that it's been the "Bold New Graphics"
Make sure you go on Thumpertalk to learn all of the tricks on a DRZ. Main thing is to check that front sprocket nut. These must be installed with red loctite or they come loose. Then the oil seal behind them will weep.