1. nitrusreigns

    nitrusreigns Adventurer

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    Hey All,

    I’m a new member on this forum despite having lurked and used resources and guides and whatnot for a few years.

    I had a 89 KX125 for a couple years that I rode trails on (and took to the dunes once - not a great idea). I sold that in the spring and have been looking for a deal on something with some more power and some more versatility. I was really hoping to get something road legal (or at least road ride-able that I could make road legal) so that I can just ride to nearby trails instead of always having to trailer it.

    Anyway, last night I picked up a DRZ400 for $850! That’s about half of the best price I’ve seen in 2 years of looking around! It’s not super pretty and needs some new wiring for a few things, but it’s not bad at all.

    Here’s the requisite new guy picture:
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    Now to business, would anyone be able to direct me toward a free manual and some wiring diagrams for this bike? I’ve searched a bit and not come up with much (at least not much that I’m sure won’t give my computer a major virus...). If anyone has a trusted location to grab that stuff, I’d appreciate it.

    Looking forward to learning from all of you and becoming a part of the community.

    Cheers
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  2. kyjenkin

    kyjenkin Squatchy

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  3. nitrusreigns

    nitrusreigns Adventurer

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    Thanks a ton! I’ll read through that before asking more questions that might already be answered there
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  4. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    Thumper Talk.... Great forum for Dizzers. You can get a factory workshop manual from a Suzuki dealer for about $60. It has EVERYTHING in it!
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  5. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    What part of MI?
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  6. nitrusreigns

    nitrusreigns Adventurer

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    I’m from Grand Rapids area. Safe to assume you’re a yooper?
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  7. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    :thumb
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  8. BlueHeart

    BlueHeart Been here awhile

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    Check out the DRZ thread. There's a few of us in MI. I'm north of you in TC. Also check out GLDS for organized dual sport rides.
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  9. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    And I am from Branch, MI right near Ludington.
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  10. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    Another DRZ owner (among others) checking in from Pinckney. Also a GLDS member. Join the club, it's $10.00 bux a year. You can recover that in free beer on your first meet.
    Welcome to the asylum.
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  11. oldmanron

    oldmanron Skeptical Otimist

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    Welcome! I'm down the road a bit in Allegan. I'm currently on my fourth Drz, and I like to bargain hunt, but I've never been able to score one for even twice what you got that one for. Is it an E, K or S? I'm no expert mechanic but I do have allot of experience working on a d upgrading these bikes so if you need a hand don't hesitate to p.m. me.

    Sent from my P00A using Tapatalk
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  12. Wootykazoo

    Wootykazoo Adventurer

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    Hello fellow Michiganders. I just joined ADV and then GLDS. Just picked up a BRP (Big Red Pig) and have the urge to explore again. I maybe new to this forum but I assure you, I am no noob, 100K+ miles so far.
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  13. nitrusreigns

    nitrusreigns Adventurer

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    I greatly appreciate the generous offer of assistance - I may indeed need that at some point given that I don’t know much about these bikes.

    As for my bike, I think it’s an E model, but I actually have yet to confirm that via the vin.


    Wow! You are far far more experienced than I! And I’d love to learn some things from you if I get the chance sometime!
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  14. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    Looks like someone put a supermoto front wheel set up on it. You might want to consider a 21 in. wheel if you are going to ride sand up here. Also you want a skid plate. Thumper Talk makes a good one for a reasonable price as well as some side cover protectors. The cases are magnesium and can get holed pretty easily. Put a Twin Air air filter in it especially if it still has the stock one. That is a good start. You can probably get the wheel on EBay.
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  15. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    Nitrusreigns..... Then carb work. Has the 3x3 square hole been put in the airbox? Establish which carb you have , the 36 mm or the 39 and think about a jet kit...especially with that muffler on it. I would go back to accordion boots on the front forks. Not as "cool looking" as those seal covers but a lot more protective! Suzuki seals have a habit of leaking and wearing fast if not kept clean. You want hand guards. Those levers are very$$$ from Suzuki. Acerbis makes one called the "X Factor" that you can buy in many colors, work well and are about $110. Check those out. Looks like bike was used on street. Maybe check it for very hi street gearing as well. The S series is 15-44 stock and the E is 14-44,47. A lot more to learn as well. Changing oil is a messy PIA and there are 2 places to drain it and fill it.... frame and engine. Fun.
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  16. nitrusreigns

    nitrusreigns Adventurer

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    Thanks for the thoughts. I definitely won’t be riding this on the dunes - I’ve been to silver lake a few times on other bikes and would probably get a more dedicated off-road bike if I were going to do he dunes.

    This bike is going to be a somewhat more manageable bike to ride around the rural area I live in since my primary is a sportbike. I hope to be able to ride this on some trails and stuff as well as just ride it around in the country.

    I’ve got the TT skid plate on order, and am hoping the wife will be getting me some case covers for Christmas - I’ve hinted pretty heavily :)

    I’ve got some hand guards and case guards picked out that I’m hoping to get for Christmas. It has the 3x3 mod done, but I don’t know which carb it has or whether it’s got a non-stock jet kit (I assume it does tho since it runs really well).

    I haven’t checked out the gearing yet or changed he oil, but those are both on the to-do list for the next couple weeks. I also have some wiring that needs to get sorted out.

    I’ll definitely be looking to learn from the knowledge base on this site and others. You guys know a lot more than me and I’ll be eagerly picking up all the tips you can give me!
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  17. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    Can't see carb in your picture but.... The 36mm is a vacuum op Mikuni and the 39 is a conventional or pumper Keihin. Try not to remove the carb to work on it. Just turn it sideways with bowl to the left.Then back to the right to remove the slide and needle. All the jets should be checked out on one that has been sitting anyway. I like JD Jetting which is very well respected by DRZ owners.
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  18. Branchbuster

    Branchbuster Been here awhile

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    Another item that you would really like is a Kientech external fuel adjust ment needle. Check those out. Also grease that swingarm, wheelbearings, dogbones and heim joints and steering head . If it is an E it has adjustable compression adjustments as well as rebound. Depends on the year how sophisticated an S bike is. Only the later years have rebound adjustments. Fork springs are a common change to make them handle better. The stock ones are really soft. If it is 5 or more years old you might also want to change the rear shock oil and recharge the Nitrogen as well. Watch the nuts and bolts for loosening...especially the rad shrouds and seat bolts! LocTite is your friend .
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  19. nitrusreigns

    nitrusreigns Adventurer

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    Anyone know if I can take a wiring harness from an SM and fit it to my E? Both are 2003 if it makes a difference
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  20. Strypes

    Strypes I'm on a boat!

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    Welcome, new peeps!
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