Drz400 Thread

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

  1. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    Quite right. I'll report back with my views once I have something sorted.
  2. ginslung

    ginslung It'll take.

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    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.
  3. Psycho18th

    Psycho18th Been here awhile

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  4. Adrian V

    Adrian V Been here awhile

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    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? :ear

    Cheers,

    Adrian
  5. Muddler

    Muddler Been here awhile

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    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)
  6. jackpiner57

    jackpiner57 Moto-Racks.com

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  7. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Long timer

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    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?
  8. TIGERRIDER007

    TIGERRIDER007 North GA RAT

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    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!
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  9. DR650SEDDY

    DR650SEDDY ride2discover

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    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.
    http://www.motoz.com.au/shop_proddetails.asp?prodID=97
  10. ohgood

    ohgood Just givver tha berries !!!

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    Very little changed from first to 2013.
  11. ptgarcia

    ptgarcia Huh?

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    The suspension on the S model was upgraded in 2002.
  12. Piet93

    Piet93 DR650

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    Hello, Im piet and im new to this awesome website:thumb

    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?


    Piet
  13. DR650SEDDY

    DR650SEDDY ride2discover

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    Welcome, i'll try 15/47 first it's great for both. Vapor tech are cheap on ebay,
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  14. Piet93

    Piet93 DR650

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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..
  15. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

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    Bullet key :D

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  16. Adrian V

    Adrian V Been here awhile

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    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?

    Cheers,

    Adrian
  17. Gadget678

    Gadget678 Long timer

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    I've used the Trailtech Vector for years now........ never any problems with water.
  18. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    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.
  19. Gadget678

    Gadget678 Long timer

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    If you do cover the radiators, one of these might keep your mind at ease: (Copied from the Trailtech website)

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    • 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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  20. ThumperDRZ

    ThumperDRZ Bouncing off Rocks!

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    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" :lol3

    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.