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Old 11-22-2012, 05:18 AM   #13651
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I've been on the hunt for a rear rack for my son's DR, I found this.

http://www.partscanada.com/app/webro...en/#/72/zoomed


I plan to order one.




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i have the rack, it works great in my opinion..carried a case of brews on it for my friend. (i dont drink) He wasnt happy about my detour i made though..LOL had to let it settle before he could drink them! BAHAHAH!
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:08 AM   #13652
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Personally, i wouldnt waste MY time on the DRZ after owning and riding the DR350. Thats SOLELY my opinion though, so you'll have to make your own as well. lol As for WHY i feel this way, you may be wandering? As another rider said, the biggest thing for ME, is the 6spd transmission...LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOVVVVEEEEEE it! Wide range of gearing that can be fully changed, adjusted via sprockets, and made to fit your riding style. THAT is the biggest for mechanical reasons in my opinion. AS FOR MY BIKE, it has the CV carb on it and 60+ MPG is EASILY achieved when i ride or play. i dunno about the newer ones, might have pumper on them? Mine is Kick only as well, another plus...batteries go dead, or crap out at most terrible times...with a manual kick start...no sweat bro! lol (Pop starting works too, but its tougher) i think someone said the DR's are lighter too? probably not by a whole heck of a lot, but still...it adds up when your laying on your side...(it'll happen...we all fall down, and the older we get...the worse it feels when ya do! lol). Air Cooled, No rad juice to leak out when ya got busting through the brush and jiggly weeds. (this happend on some Badass Western PA rides with a few liquid cooled bikes...its SUCKED bag!)

I could go on and on, and on....and on, BUT im not, everyone here will says "Put a sock in it wagz..lol" As i said, these are SOLELY my opinions as to why i love my DR and wouldnt trade it for a DRZ...not to mention...the DR seats are way more comfortable..i have problems with not getting comfy on seats..lol

The Decision is yours sir, but if i had the money, and a 99 was sittin close by with low mileage at that price....itd be sittin next to my 93 that is currently nestled warmly into my garage! Either way, i hope you enjoy whichever bike you purchase!
Preach it, brother Zac, preach it!

I love my kick start only 1993 DR350 dirt model for the same reasons (I've upgraded the suspension). I was at an invitational DS ride in Nevada this past September and I had the oldest, least technically advanced machine there (by far). I rode it 550 miles each way to the event on pavement and then had a blast running right along with everyone else (everyone else trailered in). My friends asked me what machine I would pick if someone were to give one to me. I told them I would get another DR350! Sure, there are many better machines on paper. But the DR350 is just a dream at accomplishing everything I want to accomplish. Is it a magic pill for everyone? No way. But it is really great for me.

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Old 11-22-2012, 06:35 AM   #13653
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Preach it, brother Zac, preach it!

I love my kick start only 1993 DR350 dirt model for the same reasons (I've upgraded the suspension). I was at an invitational DS ride in Nevada this past September and I had the oldest, least technically advanced machine there (by far). I rode it 550 miles each way to the event on pavement and then had a blast running right along with everyone else (everyone else trailered in). My friends asked me what machine I would pick if someone were to give one to me. I told them I would get another DR350! Sure, there are many better machines on paper. But the DR350 is just a dream at accomplishing everything I want to accomplish. Is it a magic pill for everyone? No way. But it is really great for me.

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I share both Greg's and Zac's sentiments, get the DR350.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:25 AM   #13654
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+1000

I share both Greg's and Zac's sentiments, get the DR350.
+3. We had a DRZ400S, it was a nice machine but really a pig. Not more powerful than a DR350, transmission was worse, suspension was a bit better but had to tell with the extra weight. I have a street legal 99 dirt model DR350 now, I get to ride it once in a while but it's my wifes dual sport/desert machine. She can start it in one or two kicks and loves the bike. The only thing she misses from the DRZ is the magic button.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:41 AM   #13655
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Dr350... Air cooled, 6 speed. Older, simple.
DRZ400... Water cooled, 5 speed. Newer, more complex.
The deciding factor for me was the gear ratios on the DRZ. It really needs another/higher gear. If you are not going to do much pavement, it's probably not a factor. I'm a dirt rider, but it seems there is always a good bit of tarmac on every ride I do.
On the '99 DR350se you can add a kicker, if you want to.

BTW you can get a wide ratio gear set for the DRZ....It's a little pricy and would be a little work....

http://www.novaracing.co.uk/suzuki-drz400-wr.htm

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/914...range-gearbox/

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Old 11-22-2012, 10:11 AM   #13656
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Thanks Pablo and the others!

Sounds like for me at this point if it aint broke don't fix it. I did the cir clip and the clutch dos'nt drag and neutral is easy to find. I'm just going to go for it!


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I know I'm a little late on this one, but I though I'd add my two cents anyway. There are two common issues that can cut a trip short on this bike:

First is the circlip issue that has already been discussed.

Second is the shift drum bolt.



I've owned two DRs and this bolt was so loose it was ready to pop out on both bikes. A friend of mine lost the bolt entirely and couldn't shift gears. Jesse prefers to remove the bolt and tap out the hole for a bigger one, but I've been able to secure it successfully with Locktite red.

The clutch drag issue can be very annoying , but it's not something that will end a trip. This issue is caused by wear on the clutch collar and washers. Your bike might have this kind of wear but not experience clutch drag because the clutch nut has never been re-torqued.

So here's the catch: in order to Locktite the shift drum bolt you have to remove the clutch which will then have to be re-torqued and may cause the clutch drag issue to start on your bike.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:15 AM   #13657
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Need help im in death valley and my DR won't start . getting gas but no spark? any ideas! 97 350s. we were coasting down hill then would not start!

Hi Gerri! I hope you guys get it started but more importantly the Turkey Dinner at PSR is awesome! Tell the wife we said hi


Post up what the issue was. Maybe side-stand or power connection?
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:25 PM   #13658
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That wire is a brown and black pair terminating in a plastic connector. The brown is ignition controlled and the black wire is a ground. I cut off the plastic connector and crimped on bullet connectors to plug in my GPS. There is tons of room behind the headlight shroud to conceal a cigarette lighter style outlet

Has anyone wired grip heaters to this brown wire and used the black for ground? The wires are very small gauge, I wonder if they can handle heaters and maybe an accessory plug for GPS?
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:32 PM   #13659
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A GPS would be fine, but for heated grips it would probably be best to use that wire to trigger (terminal 86) a relay, which would then energize the higher-draw accessories such as heated gear (terminal 87)...



The relay is essentially a high-capacity remote-controlled switch that bridges the gap between the Battery (terminal 51) and the accessory (terminal 87)
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:04 PM   #13660
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A GPS would be fine, but for heated grips it would probably be best to use that wire to trigger (terminal 86) a relay, which would then energize the higher-draw accessories such as heated gear (terminal 87)...



The relay is essentially a high-capacity remote-controlled switch that bridges the gap between the Battery (terminal 51) and the accessory (terminal 87)
I think I get it, that is if a relay is something I buy and hook up like the diagram above. Is there any special relay I look for at a parts store or do I just ask the guy at NAPA for a 12v relay?

Thanks for the helpful info!
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:16 PM   #13661
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I found automotive relays are cheap, like less than $10 including a plug on harness, so that is what I will go for. The grip warmers package states that they draw less than 3 amps so maybe a relay isn't necessary but maybe someday I'll want a heated vest or something and the relay might come in handy.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:01 PM   #13662
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Sorry for the late reply... been feasting with the fambly.

Yes, as you've seen, relays are cheap. Any auto parts store will have a 20-ish Amp auxiliary lighting relay for less than ten bucks. I think I paid six or seven dollars each a couple years ago when I wired a 12-volt air compressor in my Jeep.

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Old 11-22-2012, 09:16 PM   #13663
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Thanks again and have a happyThanksgiving and Holidays yourself!
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:33 PM   #13664
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Well went thru all the wiring checked out the connections on the side stand and clutch switches that were removed. Decided that it was either the coil or the cdi unit was the suspect. Luckily there was another inmate (Marty) in the campground with a 99 DR and he let me swap out both his coil and cdi, one at a time and the culprit was the cdi...arrgh, not fixable here so our weekend riding is finished Anyone have an extra cdi they want to sell?

So just hiking for us then. Thanks for everyones help.

Cory: the PSR TG meal was excellent, they had over 400 people show up for it, a lot more than were camping here!
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:50 AM   #13665
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Has anyone wired grip heaters to this brown wire and used the black for ground? The wires are very small gauge, I wonder if they can handle heaters and maybe an accessory plug for GPS?
Yup, I wired a pair of grip warmers (purchased from Cycle Gear for $20) to the brown/black pair of wires about a week ago with no ill effects so far. I thought about adding a relay, but installing the grip warmers was already almost too much work for me, so I just went for it with the skinny wires. It's run for a good long while on both high and low settings and still works.
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