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Old 04-03-2013, 10:54 PM   #75451
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Spring is here and I'm finally going to set up my DR for some longer rides.

So, which tank should I get, the IMS or the Acerbis? The IMS is only 4.9 gallons where the Acerbis is 5.3 gal.

Anyone have any opinions on which is better (mounts easier, works with stock seat better, etc...)?
One of the differences is the surface finish. The IMS is smooth and shiny, which may be easier to wipe clean. Although I've never seen one, anytime someone's photo catches the glossy surface, it isn't very even, sorta like a poor paint job. IMO

The Acerbis has a matte finish with a light surface texture, which may be harder to keep clean. Mine took exactly 5 gallons to fill, right up to the base of the fill neck. I'm still on the first tank so I don't know if it will expand as it ages. I don't care, 5 gallons gets me past the 'crap, I need gas again'. The stock location of the turn signals won't work, but are easy to relocate using the stock brackets.

My Suzuki gel seat fits both the stock tank and the Acerbis. My stock tank Corbin also fits against the tank nicely, although I'll have to move the brackets back about 3/4".
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:33 AM   #75452
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I was very unhappy with my IMS,stained too easy, cap leaked, too much gas remaining in right side. I am extremely please with my Safari tank. Stock, Sargent, and Seat Concepts all fit Safari well.

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Spring is here and I'm finally going to set up my DR for some longer rides.

So, which tank should I get, the IMS or the Acerbis? The IMS is only 4.9 gallons where the Acerbis is 5.3 gal.

Anyone have any opinions on which is better (mounts easier, works with stock seat better, etc...)?
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:41 AM   #75453
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Race Tech Gold -rear shock

I'm looking at upgrading the rear shock to something that actually works.

I would love to get a cogent rear rebuild but money is a bit tight. I've noticed on Procycles webiste I could buy the Race Tech Rear Shock Gold Valve kit for $159.95 plus delivery.

I'm sure cogent would be the best, but would this be a decent upgrade for the rear shock in comparison to the poor performing stock shock??

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Old 04-04-2013, 01:20 AM   #75454
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Warp 9 levers!!!

These are awesome. I just put on the brake side and i'll work on the clutch side later. These have that very high end feel to them and provide that much needed lever position adjustment. Warp 9 includes a new perch replacement bolt plus a sweet new end cap for the brake assy clamp on the bar.

The lever is all CNC'd alum. and has a lot of attention to detail. The lever even folds back in case of a crash. Warp 9 has done a great service by producing these when no other option was available. IMO a must do for every DR owner!

I've adjusted them perfect for my shorter fingers for effortless 2 finger stops. If any of you have use high end Shimano or other MTB brake levers, these have that 2 finger perfect control feel to them. They are also shorter than stock for those handguard clearance issues.

http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/dr650.html#controls

I have a pair of these and also like them very much. One small improvement IMHO would be some mild knurling at the finger contact face. I find that my gloves have been worn smooth on the fingers and the lever is also smooth. I have wrapped some elastoplast type fabric surgical tape around the fingers of mine to provide a bit more grip. It works well but looks a bit crap.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:43 AM   #75455
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I've noticed on Procycles webiste I could buy the Race Tech Rear Shock Gold Valve kit for $159.95 plus delivery.

...........would this be a decent upgrade for the rear shock in comparison to the poor performing stock shock??
I am very new at suspension stuff but valving may not be your only need. Depending on your weight, a new spring may be in order, too. This bumps you into the "Shock Solution Kit" which is $290. I did both front and rear kits and it made a world of difference.

If you've already adjusted the suspension for you (sag, etc) and you're still not happy, read on and ask away! Jeff at Procycle spent a few minutes on the phone with me to help with the choice. Even after the kit install, I rode it without setting the sag for a bit....then did it...which made things even better.

Take a look at the instruction link on PC's site if ya haven't to make sure you're up for it. Not difficult, but I just read everything twice and took it slow. The second one I did on a friends bike went much quicker.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:09 AM   #75456
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Spring is here and I'm finally going to set up my DR for some longer rides.

So, which tank should I get, the IMS or the Acerbis? The IMS is only 4.9 gallons where the Acerbis is 5.3 gal.

Anyone have any opinions on which is better (mounts easier, works with stock seat better, etc...)?
I've had both. The Acerbis is heads and shoulders above the IMS.
It is just as easy to clean. In fact it keeps the new look better where the IMS being a shiny, smooth surface, gets kinda beat looking.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:59 AM   #75457
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Spring is here and I'm finally going to set up my DR for some longer rides.

So, which tank should I get, the IMS or the Acerbis? The IMS is only 4.9 gallons where the Acerbis is 5.3 gal.

Anyone have any opinions on which is better (mounts easier, works with stock seat better, etc...)?
As others have said the IMS finish is smooth, I would not call it shiney, but mine is very uneven. It just looks beat from day one.

I think the Acerbis has a better shape - it only took them 15 years to produce a tank for the DR-SE. Wish it had the brass inserts for petcock screws like the IMS instead of forcing screws into plastic - seems like they cheaped out there.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:46 AM   #75458
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I'm looking at upgrading the rear shock to something that actually works.

I would love to get a cogent rear rebuild but money is a bit tight. I've noticed on Procycles webiste I could buy the Race Tech Rear Shock Gold Valve kit for $159.95 plus delivery.

I'm sure cogent would be the best, but would this be a decent upgrade for the rear shock in comparison to the poor performing stock shock??

I have the Cogent upgrade and it works very well. That said the Race Tech upgrade will do everything needed for the type of riding done with a 400# dualsport bike. Unless your Buubba on the supercross track the Cogent is overkill, yet what a pleasant overkill. I find that most people can't ride well enough to actually use the advanced upgrades on dualsport mototrcycles. As nice as it is to have these suspension improvements, really, unless you were pretty good on the race track the average person can't tell the differrence.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:51 AM   #75459
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I have used the IMS for my 2008 DR sine it was new with no complaints at all. In fact it seems to have stretched out to a little more than 5 gallons. I would chooose only based which one you think looks the part on the DR. I do like the angular lines of the Acerbis, but the IMS looks smaller to me. I have never needed more fuel than the IMS provided and actually would not want a tank that held another gallon or so for the extra size it would impose, unless I lived in Australia.
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:52 AM   #75460
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Wish it had the brass inserts for petcock screws like the IMS instead of forcing screws into plastic - seems like they cheaped out there.
7,100 miles so far. No issues.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:00 AM   #75461
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How are the mid 90's DR 650 for reliability. I am looking at what i think is a 1995 DR 650 at a local auction and might bid on it. Looks decent and seems to be ussable know or with a little TLC. Has about 5000 miles on it.

I had a xr 650 L and currently have a XR 400. Thought i might try another large dual sport to scew around on and electric start is nice for following the kids around trail with lots of starts and stops.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:05 AM   #75462
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How are the mid 90's DR 650 for reliability. I am looking at what i think is a 1995 DR 650 at a local auction and might bid on it. Looks decent and seems to be ussable know or with a little TLC. Has about 5000 miles on it.
Any DR from 95 back is whole different animal from 96 onwards. Not necessarily a bad bike, but it does have a balancer chain and a few other things to worry about which the newer ones do not. Pre 96 is a bit heavier, and does not have the reams of accessories you can find for the later ones.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:05 AM   #75463
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The Acerbis is said to be of better quality and fit.
That's hearsay..........
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:21 AM   #75464
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That's heresy..........
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I have had my IMS for 10K now. Fit was spot on. Only problem I had is when they started using ethanol the rubber in the gas cap came apart. Called them...they sent a new one in 2 days. I even use the IMS petcock with no problems. I have the clear one and it has stained a little where my knees rub it. It is a DR- not a show bike.

I will say I like the look/lines of the Acerbis better- but I think it looks huge on the DR.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:58 AM   #75465
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IMS VS Acerbis

I have tried both and they both have there issuies but i finally went with the Acerbis.

IMS pros and cons
. smooth finish that cleans up easy with a magic eraser
. the natural color quickly went brown in 3 months
. I really had to push it towards the neck to get the mount bolts to go in without cross threading
. cap threads on easier
. pet cock sets more inboard
. comes with black fuel line
. seams are hidden on bottom/inside of tank so they are not visible
. brass inserts for petcock mounting screws
. seat concepts seat fits perfectly

Acerbis pros and cons
. little more fuel capacity
. texured finish is a little harder to clean even with magic eraser
. the tank seams are facing outwards and they were a little rough for my liking so I smoothed the seams out with a file
. mounts up with no drama and the bolts align easily
. hardware is slightly better
. appears larger than the IMS tank
. petcock is placed further out on the tank, and while it doesnt appear it will contact the ground in a tip over it does make me wonder
. I like the angular lines vs the rounded lines of the IMS (personal preferance)
. comes with clear/pink fuel line
. petcock screws thread into plastic. mine threaded up solid but i think you need to be somewhat careful not to strip the plastic holes out
. my seatconcepts seat does leave a slight gap


bottom line both are good tanks, it just boils down to looks and if you want the ever so slight amont of more fuel. I think mine has now swelled as I can get 5.4 gallons in the acerbis.

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