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Old 05-17-2013, 03:04 AM   #18811
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You're posting on the ADV Rider forum brother, being able to change a tire on the trail with trail tools is a required skill for adventure riding.

With you on that one. Can change tires on both rims in under 30mins on a good day.

On a bad day, well I leave it for the next good day
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:06 AM   #18812
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My 2000 S plastics need a bit of a refresh. Any idea how well Plastidip would hold up on dirt ? (not woods or single track riding)

I could go the new plastic route, which I want to, but thinking plastidip could work out well.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:13 AM   #18813
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Anyone running a 38 rear sprocket? I have a short 150/60/17 rear tire on my SM setup on my 400E. I am running 15/44 and I can't go 70mph to keep up with traffic unless I'm pinned.

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Old 05-17-2013, 11:42 PM   #18814
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My New DRZ400

Hi Guys

Just thought I'd post up some pics of my new DR-Z 400E. When I got it the other day it had 760KM on it. I just did the first oil change today. I was so eager to get back out for a ride after doing the oil change that I forgot to put the force bash plate on before taking these pics.

I'm going to put a after market muffler on it and have decided on the a Yoshi RS-3, that will come a few weeks from now.

Any how, here's the pics















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Old 05-17-2013, 11:54 PM   #18815
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Nice tank bag Mark, and the safari 17ltr's are perfect for the DRZ's

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Hi Guys

Just thought I'd post up some pics of my new DR-Z 400E. When I got it the other day it had 760KM on it. I just did the first oil change today. I was so eager to get back out for a ride after doing the oil change that I forgot to put the force bash plate on before taking these pics.

I'm going to put a after market muffler on it and have decided on the a Yoshi RS-3, that will come a few weeks from now.

Any how, here's the pics

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Old 05-18-2013, 12:54 AM   #18816
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Nice tank bag Mark, and the safari 17ltr's are perfect for the DRZ's
Credit to you BygDaddee, the tank bag works a treat and fits in well, thanks for the hand-me-down
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:27 AM   #18817
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I am changing front and rear wheel bearing. Any idea what to get if I want upgraded bearings? Or just to stay OEM bearings? Any advise or links will be appreciated!!!
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Old 05-18-2013, 07:53 AM   #18818
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I am changing front and rear wheel bearing. Any idea what to get if I want upgraded bearings? Or just to stay OEM bearings? Any advise or links will be appreciated!!!
I order from vxb bearings in Cali. You can get 3 full set for around $30. When you get then just repack them.

Most times a spec bearing is just that a specification. You can go spend $10 a bearing and they come out of the same bin as the 5 for $10.

Vxb is easy to order online from ship fast and have good bearings. Every set on the DRZ has outlived OEM
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:26 PM   #18819
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chain issue advice needed

I just replaced the chain on my DRZ 400 tonight. I bought this bike in December and have ridden it next to none. Chain was rigid and bad. Bought a new one from an inmate here. It seems like it does not want to roll off the sprocket teeth easily. Like the teeth are too long. That makes no sense I know. The old one said
TYC 520H
the new one is a D I D 520 VT2. I haven't had a bike with a chain drive in ages. Do I need to replace the sprocket too? I really need some help form you drz chain maintenance pros. Please. Thanks in advance. The sprocket is in very good shape I think.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:07 AM   #18820
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You should always replace the chain and sprockets as a set. A worn sprocket will wear out a new chain.
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:40 AM   #18821
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I am changing front and rear wheel bearing. Any idea what to get if I want upgraded bearings? Or just to stay OEM bearings? Any advise or links will be appreciated!!!
This article may be of help: Choosing wheel bearings for adventure bikes
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:55 AM   #18822
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Bearings

Interesting read ADVGD.

With my bearings: swingarm & shock linkage = OEM, for everything else I just knock the bearings out and take them to my local industrial bearing supplier & ask for replacements.
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:00 AM   #18823
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You should always replace the chain and sprockets as a set. A worn sprocket will wear out a new chain.
I noticed that's your first post.... Welcome.

What part of the world are you located in?
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:30 AM   #18824
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This article may be of help: Choosing wheel bearings for adventure bikes
That's a nice advertisement. While partially true not completely. Paying 5-10 times the price does not ensure quality. Bearings are rated for speed and load. Spend lots and install the wrong rating they will crap out quickly regardless of who made them.

Bearings require proper service. Adding good waterproof grease does wonders. It also helps to get sealed bearings. The thrust bearing in a DRZ rear hub isn't. It may be one side at most.

Most bearing houses carry good bearings. Your market will not tolerate failures. In some areas the local northern tool or farm supply shop has what you need for a fraction of the OEM.

The bearings I've got form vxb were Russian. Not say any given order is. If the order comes from Kowloon worry. Don't let $ alone scare you.

OEM bearings can also be a funny size. Suzi likes 13mm. Standard are 12 mm. The only difference? Suzuki is the only one who'll sell you a 13.

Finally given the average life expectancy of DS tires you should be checking them every tire change. If they are not perfect change them. That's a no brainer when you have 2 more sets in the toolbox.
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Old 05-19-2013, 09:55 AM   #18825
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I just replaced the chain on my DRZ 400 tonight. I bought this bike in December and have ridden it next to none. Chain was rigid and bad. Bought a new one from an inmate here. It seems like it does not want to roll off the sprocket teeth easily. Like the teeth are too long. That makes no sense I know. The old one said
TYC 520H
the new one is a D I D 520 VT2. I haven't had a bike with a chain drive in ages. Do I need to replace the sprocket too? I really need some help form you drz chain maintenance pros. Please. Thanks in advance. The sprocket is in very good shape I think.


Never mind, took mine off, they are shot. I can see it now. ordered new. As you were!
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