Drz400 Thread

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

  1. Fixnfly

    Fixnfly Not found on the book of faces

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    It may just be the seal behind the shifter, easy fix.
  2. mwitt08

    mwitt08 Adventurer

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    I’m not sure which I’d prefer. I thought they were similar enough in the broad spectrum of ADV bikes to be equals. Maybe I’m off base there.

    I have a KLR650 now and find it heavy and awkward. So I’m selling it.

    I’m 5’ 11” and 200 lbs.
  3. NorskieRider

    NorskieRider Long timer

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    I'm familiar with the S and E but didn't realize there was an SE ? Or was that a typo?

    Which year is it?

    Either way, $1000 for something that usually sells for > $2000 and only requires a $20 part is fantastic.

    I'd go with the DRZ400, it's much more bike than the DR350. But we don't know how you plan on using it.

    Or the crankshaft seal, also an easy fix. Hopefully these shaft seals aren't masking a bigger problem.
  4. mwitt08

    mwitt08 Adventurer

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    After looking in depth, it’s not a S (SE was a misquote by me using dr350 naming conventions).

    It’s actually a 2001 kick start model.

    I would need to mod it to have the S rear sub frame as I’d want it set up for ADV.

    It’s already been plated and has a Baja light kit installed.

    Any big issues with the early year runs of the DRZ?
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  5. Dutch idiot

    Dutch idiot Crazy, not stupid

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    Maybe take a look at the cam chain tensioner. This automatic one is often changed by later models or manual ones. Leaking needle in carburetor, along with leaky vacuum pet-cock (often changed by manual - off/on/res. one) can cause gaz in oil. Front forks of later model drz's are better constructed. Just a few things.
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  6. kenstone

    kenstone worn out

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    That would be a "K" model...
    :clap
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  7. Fixnfly

    Fixnfly Not found on the book of faces

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    The K models are noticeably lighter that any other version, kinda rare.
    $1000 is a damn good deal even if it needs a little work!
    Leaking oil is no big deal as long as someone kept checking the level.
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  8. NorskieRider

    NorskieRider Long timer

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    Does the K get the E goodies (FCR39, higher compression, bigger header) ?
  9. NickSoOr

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    Yep all the goodies. Just no Estart.
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  10. Bt10

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    K is the decade of mfr. There are 3 motors - kick dirt, electric dirt, and slightly lower compression electric street. ‘04+ cam chain tensioner is better. ‘02 forks are more adjustable.

    Edit to add: Street cams and carb are less as well.
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  11. Fixnfly

    Fixnfly Not found on the book of faces

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    How many years was the kickstart only model made ?

    Looking through parts diagrams it seems like only
    01,02,03 ?
  12. NickSoOr

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  13. Honda_Power

    Honda_Power I'd rather be riding

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    Wow an extra 30lb.s between the E and S is surprising. I wonder how much weight you can easily shed off of an S or SM...

    13 lbs for the e start is a lot. Might have to ditch it
  14. Desertskyy

    Desertskyy Always looking for an adventure

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    Using a lithium battery helps with the weight

    Plus removing that elephant trunk rear license plate holder and tail lights. Move to a light weight LED type brake and blinker set up

    Good luck
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  15. NorskieRider

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    The 'S' subframe and metal gas tank are large contributors to the weight difference.
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  16. Green Mtn Rider

    Green Mtn Rider Husky Rider

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    My 03 400 S with a 3.5 gal plastic tank full of fuel with all the protection installed ready to ride 340 pounds on the scales.
  17. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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    15/47 on the S model doesnt like chug along technical trails.. where the E with 14/47 seems to do it with easy.. is it the gearing or the pumper carb that helps the E vs S?
  18. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager Supporter

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    ...probably both.

    Also, stock gearing on the "S" model is 15/44
  19. dazz

    dazz Falling off motorcycles for over 50 years.

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    KTM or DRZ? Kaw KLR? How about a DR350? BETA. 500cc of bad ass KTM. You're going to have to realize that to be happy you need more than one bike. So make a choice. One bike does NOT do everything good. It may do everything, but not as well as the specialized machine.

    I sold my 450 KTM EXC to get the 2000 DRZS. I had to search for the older model with the wimpy forks and constant velocity carb. The 450 was too racy for me in the woods. Tired me out. Suspension hurt my back.

    But all you guys come from different parts of the world. The sand is different. Mud is NOT the same. Woods are not the same all over this country. Riding in Florida does not compare to Arizona! Fat boys and skinny boys need different bikes! Young guys (40s and 50s) can do stuff more mature men can't do. Short and tall, etc.

    Don't forget this is the internet !!!!

    Happy trails to you.
  20. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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    @Marco Moto i regeared the rear sprocket on the S to 47 because i like the feel of the E's torq.. But i got lazy and impatient and left the 15 CS..
    i ll swap the 14 over to see if thats it.

    Thanks guys
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