I need a new DR 650 frame

Discussion in 'Australia' started by Phreaky Phil, May 3, 2013.

  1. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    After finding this on my last trip I'm looking for another DR 650 frame.
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    Anyone out there got one. ?
    I know I can get this one welded, but I wouldn't mind starting off with a better one.
    Cheers,Phil
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  2. PRITCH139

    PRITCH139 Been here awhile

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    Ah I've seen that happen before...


    Try show and go motorcycles SA they had a few when I was looking.
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  3. atgreg

    atgreg Africatwinarama

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    look in the fleamarket
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  4. Sean-0

    Sean-0 straya carnt

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    yep 1 in the fleemarket ... good things them DR's when your suspension reach's it limit the frame then takes up the slack :huh
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  5. Big Willy

    Big Willy two dementional

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    That's horsepower that does that mate :clap

    I've got a burnt 06 frame that's on the stat writeoff register though if it's any good to you.
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  6. Phreaky Phil

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    this is whats made it crack.
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    See the gap between the swingarm and frame ? when you tighten up the swingarm bolt it pulls the side of the frame in and has stressed it until it stared cracking. That gap should be shimmed so there is no stress. The othere side of the frame is much thicker so the left side cops it ! With it cracked I can see the crack open up as I tighten it up :eek1

    I have found the one in the flea market. Will be looking into Freight cost.
    Should jump on one of those cheap flights for a weekend. To big for carry on luggage !!
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  7. boulder

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    Over tighten swingarm bolt does it too!!:evil
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  8. Phreaky Phil

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    How badly burnt ?
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  9. 0405canvet

    0405canvet Been here awhile

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    One hour welding time and added plate on the outside. This will be stronger than stock. No worries.
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  10. 0405canvet

    0405canvet Been here awhile

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    When you weld all day on things that really need to be welded perfectly, like pressure pipe, then small mild steel jobs with low stress become an easy fix.
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  11. Big Willy

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    It's straight but would need a bead blast and a repaint.

    I'd be inclined to agree with the others' thoughts and repair yours though.

    I've wondered whether an overtight drive chain could contribute to this btw. Something has to give if it's too tight.
    KTM's and Yamahas normally crack the back hub.

    Just saying.
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  12. Sean-0

    Sean-0 straya carnt

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    Yes i see the problem ..i was just taking the piss ....they are a good thing no doubt about it

    i would follow the others leads and plate the frame .....maybe a fix is needed b4 it breaks for those who own the DR

    hope it turns out well for you and you get her back on the rd in short time
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  13. robmoto

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    Do you have the 2 thrust washers or are they missing .
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  14. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Yes, the thrust washers are in place.
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  15. robmoto

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    If you get a new frame , or that one fixed, if it was me I would add 2 more they are very thin so that may over come winding the frame in a bit that's my thoughts .
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  16. Phreaky Phil

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    Exactly. I will make a shim to suit and also make sure the engine mounts are shimmed as well.
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  17. Eddywoodgo

    Eddywoodgo two wheeled nomad

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    Dr frame in aussie flea market
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  18. DR Steve

    DR Steve Been here awhile

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    As others have mentioned, I'd just repair it.
    Depending on how much ability you have yourself or how much you are prepared to pay someone else, you could easily reapair that to be far stronger than it ever was.

    How does the swingarm look in the area that some of them crack ?
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