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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by klxrdr, May 13, 2007.

  1. BC1

    BC1 Been here awhile

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    Has anyone made or found a flap to mount below the airbox, to protect the shock from dirt? It is completely exposed and could use something there..
  2. Trailrider200

    Trailrider200 Long timer

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    I used a piece of stair tread and attached it to the fender attachment bolt. I wrapped it half way around shock and put the one end down btwn the shock and swing arm. 5k miles later and still there. https://www.homedepot.com/p/M-D-Bui...4-in-Black-Vinyl-Stair-Treads-75556/207096069
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  3. Trailrider200

    Trailrider200 Long timer

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    also think about replacing the OEM spring. I replaced the OEM spring with a Yamaha XV500 Virago shock spring. Direct fit. usually $15-20 on ebay.
    u can search for my posts, reviews and others reviews who followed my change out.
  4. BC1

    BC1 Been here awhile

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    Yes it is on my list, bike is getting a winter overhaul. Ive never seen the spring separate but its still cheap enough
  5. Dalotel

    Dalotel Been here awhile

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    Hello to everyone

    I need some advice regarding the clutch of the DR200 engine, I’m planning to replace it with an aftermarket EBC CK3319 which is supposed to be for this engine type.

    the problem that i found is that there’s supposed to be a notch on one or more on the clutch plates but on the EBC ones there’s any. I tried to contact EBC regarding this but they didn’t gave me any response.

    does any one had any experience with this clutch?

    Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

    regards to all

    daniel

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  6. kostikos

    kostikos Adventurer

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    The notch is not important. It does not touch anything, this part of the disc is outside the basket. In theory, you are supposed to align the notch to a mark on the outside of the basket.
    EBC is an old and reputable company, you are safe.
  7. Trailrider200

    Trailrider200 Long timer

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    manual pg 3-44 states that the oem plate with a notch is the "drive plate" and installed first into basket and other plates without notch as "driven plates". many times this indicates the plates have different friction materials. later testing by oems to make clutches stronger holding power all plates became the same. I know this is the case with the 88-96 Goldwings different plates. '97 till the end of the GL1500 engine they went to all the same material due to the Valkyrie. can see here different plates. https://www.partzilla.com/catalog/suzuki/motorcycle/2007/dr200se/clutch
    so if all have notch indicates all plates are the same and better friction material. As Kostikos stated it doesn't touch anything either way.
  8. BC1

    BC1 Been here awhile

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    The DR got a cousin...
    Needs a little love

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  9. packerbacker

    packerbacker Been here awhile

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    i put the virago shock on mine and i highly recommend it
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  10. CoachellaValleyCD

    CoachellaValleyCD n00b

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    Hello,
    First post here to the forum. I bought a used 2013 DR200 about a year ago. It has about 2500 miles on it. It's been working great. But I did a long ride today and noticed some oil leaking. I attached some pictures. Not sure if this is common? Maybe someone could help me figure out where it seems to be leaking from? Advice??

    Thanks!

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  11. BC1

    BC1 Been here awhile

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    Not sure, the common leak is the valve cover. Try and find the source, a pooled spot or wettest?
  12. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Supporter

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    You could wash the engine thoroughly and then take it out for a short ride and see where the leak is starting. Looks like you have a California model with the emissions gadgets.
  13. CoachellaValleyCD

    CoachellaValleyCD n00b

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    Alright, thanks for the responses. I cleaned it up and took it for a short ride, about 8 miles. The leak is not looking like it did after yesterday's ride, which was about 60 miles. But it looks like this seam/gasket area is wet. Thoughts? Thanks for everyone's help!

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  14. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Supporter

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    I can't be really sure from one picture, but it looks like the base gasket is leaking.

    Does it matter? It might not be worth fixing. Our two DR650s had major base gasket leaks that were too big to ignore. New bi-material base gaskets fixed that. Both of our (me and my wife's) DR200s have minor oil leaks. The problem is not worth putting any effort into. The oil loss is negligible, and the mess is small enough that we rarely wash the bikes. Like once every five years or so. They are both over twenty years old. Mine has 16,159 miles on it. My wife has 20,178 miles on hers. (I have more motorcycles than she does)
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  15. Trailrider200

    Trailrider200 Long timer

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    you could try re-torquing the cylinder base nuts. DR200 is not know for the OEM gasket to leak. only early the DR650 was know for that until suzuki changed the gasket being used.
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  16. Desert Denizen

    Desert Denizen The least interesting man in the world

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    Checking the torque of all 12 Head/cylinder fasteners is certainly a good place to start. Torque in this order: 4 cylinder head bolts under the valve cover 19.5 ft/lbs (diagonally), lower cylinder head nuts 7 ft/lbs., cylinder base nuts, 7ft/lbs. Another possible cause of the leak is excessive crankcase pressure due to a restricted crankcase breather. Check the rubber hose that connects the crankcase to the airbox, the little mice love to nest in those confined areas. Because of the dusty area we live in, minimizing oil leaks helps keep the bike a lot cleaner. Lastly, insure that the crankcase has not been overfilled.
  17. CoachellaValleyCD

    CoachellaValleyCD n00b

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    Thanks everyone! I'll act on this and let you know if it makes a difference!
  18. CoachellaValleyCD

    CoachellaValleyCD n00b

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    Cool, thanks. Yr in 29 Palms? you ride much out here? Always looking for trail advice...
  19. Desert Denizen

    Desert Denizen The least interesting man in the world

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    I have pretty much retired from trail riding due to age but I have ridden a couple of very interesting trails in Joshua Tree National Park. Probably the most memorable one
    is the Geology Tour Road/Berdoo Canyon one. It starts (or ends) at Park Boulevard and GTR and heads generally south through the Park and becomes Berdoo Canyon Road, eventually ending at Dillon Road. The Berdoo Canyon section is rocky and very steep downhill going south in spots. Inside Joshua Tree NP, there are no dedicated M/C trails
    but some of the best are 4wd or m/c only. MY DR200 did not have the horsepower with me on board (250 lbs.) to make the uphill sections but was a kick southbound. The sand is pretty deep in spots, a great skill builder. Carry plenty of water, I use maps.me on my iPhone, very accurate and has always kept track and located my position very quickly. Have fun!
  20. CoachellaValleyCD

    CoachellaValleyCD n00b

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    Awesome, ya I've gone short distances on some of the dirt roads in the park in the past. Skill builder is right. I hit a lot of deep sand and got plenty of practice trying to keep it straight while fishtailing, lol. I'll definitely check out Geology/Berdoo. Thanks for the tips.