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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by klxrdr, May 13, 2007.
Thanks for the great story, Squirrelly!
Looks like you're getting to know that bike inside and out Heretik. Not a bad thing.
Yeah! Sure it can be a pain in the ass when stuff stops working, but after I fix something I'm always pleased with myself. The more I learn the better, and there is nothing better to learn with than my 97' DR200.
JB Weld should do the job. You might try Ace Hardware for the Marine Tex, the local ones here have it. It works really well for that type of repair, as well as a lot of other stuff.
BTW, congrats on finding the electrical bugaboo. They can be tough.
Not to add insult to injury , just for another option for others out there. I use a petcock for a DRZ400 Ronayers part# 44300-29F10.
Bolts right in with no clearence problems with the valve turning, it does however have a longer main shaft which leaves you with a few options:
1. Leave it alone, and you will have to switch to reserve faster.
2. Run on reserve all the time and keep track of your miles.
3. This is not as bad as it sounds, removed the screen(pops off), use a Dremel to cut it shorter( also band saw, hack saw will work). Be sure to blow it out with some air after you cut it. Put the screen back on. Then install.
Now you will notice that the part where your hose goes on is larger diameter, don't panic, the fuel hose will fit over it with a little work. And don't forget to cap the other hose off, no longer used. Before you install on to the carb( if you choose option#3 ) run some gas through the hose into a can or something to make sure no metal flakes left in the line. Then you should be good to go.
And the most important, don't forget to turn the valve to off when your not riding for awhile, hence the whole point of changing the petcock
I can take a pic for anyone that wants to see what it looks like on the bike.
My DR200 has a worn chain and a badly worn rear sprocket. I'm thinking of replacing both sprockets and chain. Everything is original stock. I would like to get a smaller rear sprocket to lower the rpm's at low highway speeds.
I have checked out most of the sites listed on the dr200 forum, but was a bit overwhelmed with the number of products. Would someone suggest a good (inexpensive ) replacement for both sprockets and drive chain?
Saturday I entered my 06' DR 200 in a raliability run during the Ohio Valley BSA Owners Club meet. The event was held at Cables Campground near Toronto, Ohio. The event consisted of a timed run of 55 miles through the woods, mountains and streams averaging 24 mph. It rained the night before and caused many of the routes to become muddy and deeply rutted. Our group of three went off near last and I had just installed GP-1 80/20 street-dirt tires which weren't good at all for any mud. The bike held up well and made all the water crossings and every muddy hill execpt two. Once my tires filled with muck it was like a racing slick. My friends Yamaha TW 200 with those fat tires and low gears missed only one steep muddy hill . We did 65 miles but finished outside the time limit so it was a DNF for three of us but we all had tons of fun and had huge amounts of mud on us that once it dried you had to hammer it off! Everyone was surprised at how well the 200 held up and ran. They are having another one this fall and I'm switching my gears and knobbies and I'll do just fine. Had pictures but dropped camera in watery muck which ended it's life.... Wardie
I ran my 200 around Lake Erie last year in a Cannonball Run. In order to make it around in a reasonable amount of time I re-geared from 15-45 to a 15-40 for speed. My bike can hit 71 mph (GPS verified) on starightaways but like everything else what you get on one hand you lose on the other. When you hit any grades if you haven't made a run for it you'll end up downshifting because you don't have enough of a motor to pull the gear.
Hope this helps. Wardie
Sorry for the late response - I went to my local ace hardware and they had MarineTex. It worked great! No leaking anymore. I threw on a big glob of the stuff so I will probably end up sanding it down a little to make my fix a little less unsightly. Thanks for the recommendation.
I just got the same tires a few weeks ago(IRC GP-1 80/20 Dual Sport "Trials") and I haven't played in a lot of mud but they hold their own in some pretty tough off-road conditions. I was surprised at how aggressive the tread is, considering these are an 80/20 tire.
I got my spare muffler back from Kientech. WOW. Jesse did an AMAZING job. What was an old rusty muffler now looks brand new after the sandblasting and new paint. Truly fantastic.
Since I got the Kientech jet kit a few weeks ago, I've been putting off installing it due to my total lack of carb experience. Then, just the other day, I had a revelation. I had forgotten about the extra carb that the previous owner threw in with my DR200! I just dug it out of a box and I'm going to see if I can send it to Kientech. This way I can continue riding while the jets are being installed. :)
I also got some new high quality sprockets and an X-Ring chain that I have not installed yet. I'm in no rush, I've just been keeping an eye on my chain for a while as it is becoming progressively more worn...
+1 on Kientech's work.
Jesse worked on the muffler and carb and the little DR seems like a different bike. Most of the time I "steal" it from the wife instead of using my KLR
It really is really, really easy to put those jets in there yourself. I could talk you through it easy.
Thanks for the sprocket ratio ideas wardie!!
... um, yeah. It's really not that big of a deal. Bolts come off, parts follow. Then they go back on. It's all brass and aluminum on the inside so just snug the jets, don't over tighten them. A little carb cleaner and common sense. It's pretty simple.
Hmmm... I didn't realize it was so easy.
I actually had an extra carb from the previous owner, so I sent the extra carb to Jesse for cleaning along with the Jet Kit. I opened up the float bowl before sending it, and was surprised how bad it looked in there. All kinds of brown/white nasty crud... Probably from the sitting gas. I hope Jesse is able to clean it up... lol
Jesse said he would replace O-Rings, etc., so I figured it was a good move to send it to him - I would have not only the jet kit installed but a fully serviced carb as well. :)
Btw, for those who have had trouble with the super tight float bowl screws, I was able to get them off with very little trouble. I put the carb down on a table with the float bowl facing up, and I pushed down with the screwdriver first, and then turned the screwdriver. The trick here was applying downward pressure on the screws while turning them. No impact driver nessecary! :)
I don't know about a smaller rear sprocket, but I can help you as far as replacing sprockets and chain with the original ratio(15/45). The first time I purchased sprockets and a chain, I purchased each component seperately on eBay. For a front sprocket, a rear sprocket, and a chain(Non O-ring) - I paid about $65.
I put a ton of wear on my chain and sprockets because I love to do wheelies. Recently I picked up on eBay a full RK set that included an X-Ring chain and both front and rear sprockets. Here is the link:
RK CHAIN KIT & SPROCKETS SUZUKI DR200SE DR 200 96-07
Cost was $87.99 plus shipping. I figured this was a fair price for high quality components.Good luck, hope this helps.
For those who are curious, here are the CycleRacks.com Rear Rack mount points.
My messy workshop
Front shot of bike with view of Knuckle Covers and Slipstreamer Windshield
Clean up that workbench *before* starting in on the carb.
I've read this whole thread in doses, so forgive me if this has been hashed yet. Any of you fab up a center stand to work on these bikes? Something from a GSXR or Ninja or something? Thanks, Brent
I have been fairly successful with the milk-crate-on-a-couple-pieces-of-wood solution.
i tried to fab up a wood platform that rolled back like a center stand, but ended up using my lift and a jack stand for support.
if i want to get the bike more or less straight up for an oil change, i just put the side stand on a board or two.