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Old 01-04-2013, 11:36 AM   #16951
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Thanks to those who kind of swayed me to the DRZ side of the equation!
As I read a billion articles on this topic, I guess the summation is the DR is basically for the road, and the DRZ is basically for off road...

Is there a way to stiffen up the back suspension on each, like an off road spring or something? It seems both need suspension work if you are taking it off road, but how much and how expensive is this endeavor?

Thanks DRZ folks!
If you go to the racetech website they have a spring calculator that will tell you what weight springs you need for your bike with you on it. Just changing the springs and adjusting the shock/fork is adequate and will cost you a little over $100 per end for the springs. If you want it to be ideal the forks and shock can be revalved too. Not sure what that would cost.

Suspension work is the most cost effective performance modification you can make. Getting the springs right and the sag set right is the 1st step. Having it set up right will make the bike handle better on and off road.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:10 PM   #16952
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If you go to the racetech website they have a spring calculator that will tell you what weight springs you need for your bike with you on it.
I would advise caution with the calculator on RaceTech's site. I've had it make recommendations that turned out to be several spring rate increments too stiff, and therefore don't use it anymore.

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Old 01-04-2013, 12:14 PM   #16953
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Sorry if this has been answered before. I am new to the list and am struggling with the search feature .........

Looking for a bolt on cover for the muffler that keeps my Gears bag from resting against the exhaust.

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This is probably the best thing you'll find for the money. Can't beat $55.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Suzuki-DRZ40...e1ebfc&vxp=mtr
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:20 PM   #16954
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Sorry if this has been answered before. I am new to the list and am struggling with the search feature .........

Looking for a bolt on cover for the muffler that keeps my Gears bag from resting against the exhaust.

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Wrap an old tag in chicken wire and bolt it to the muffler, under the plastics. It will reduce the meltage and heat on your leg a ton. Then put racks on
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:57 PM   #16955
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This is probably the best thing you'll find for the money. Can't beat $55.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Suzuki-DRZ40...e1ebfc&vxp=mtr
Indeed that is a deal! Even at $84 at the website it is a good price. And should I want to go to hard panniers - I have something to mount to. Thanks a ton.
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Old 01-04-2013, 04:48 PM   #16956
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DRZ 400 S plastic.

Good evening. Replacement plastic is available everywhere. BUT, what I want to do is just replace the front and rear fender from yellow to white and have a totally white bike. Specifically where is the best place to buy quality plastic that will be the same as OEM. Or should I just bite the bullet and go to the Suzuki store? I'll prolly replace the signals at the same time. All suggestions welcome. Or should I buy one of those kits that have all the plastic?
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:24 PM   #16957
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I would advise caution with the calculator on RaceTech's site. I've had it make recommendations that turned out to be several spring rate increments too stiff, and therefore don't use it anymore.

Regards,

Derek
Agree
Procycle also have a guide. I considered both guides to develop an understanding of how the rates vary with load and riding style. As the range i was considering was going up a several notches from standard anyway, within this range i erred on the side of soft, figuring i would have an improved ride anyway. In the end I just made my best guess, but have been happy with the outcome.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:07 PM   #16958
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This is probably the best thing you'll find for the money. Can't beat $55.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Suzuki-DRZ40...e1ebfc&vxp=mtr
I have these and they are brilliant, mine arrived and got fitted in 20 minutes with NO adjustment needed. The guy that makes them does a Good Job.
Also they do the job their made for with minimum weight, I have a Giant Loop bag installed on mine.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:30 PM   #16959
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I would advise caution with the calculator on RaceTech's site. I've had it make recommendations that turned out to be several spring rate increments too stiff, and therefore don't use it anymore.

Regards,

Derek
Worked spot on for my rear springs, and missed the mark on my fork springs. ???? Go figure
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:02 PM   #16960
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Sorry if this has been answered before. I am new to the list and am struggling with the search feature .........

Looking for a bolt on cover for the muffler that keeps my Gears bag from resting against the exhaust.

TIA
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http://www.robinsonsfoundry.co.uk/bu...-29f00-068.htm

Link above is for a European spec DRZ400SM optional muffler guard. I bought one of these & put it on my 2009 DRZ400S. Took a little dremel work to get it to fit, but it was worth the effort. Looks factory stock....

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Old 01-04-2013, 07:06 PM   #16961
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* The wiring for the speedo changed to 3 wires in 2005, so it'll depend on what year cluster you got.
Amazing the amount of info on here, I've just fitted a 4 wire speedo to a three wire loom and was baffled by the missing wire. Just ignore the Gray one.
The diagram was handy, thanks!
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:38 PM   #16962
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:46 PM   #16963
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Worked spot on for my rear springs, and missed the mark on my fork springs. ???? Go figure
My guess is that the RaceTech calculator fails to take into account differences in rake angle. I think it assumes some "average" rake angle, so that two different bikes that had the same laden weight would get the same fork spring recommendation, even if their rake angles were different.

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Old 01-04-2013, 09:02 PM   #16964
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:40 AM   #16965
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Nice bike, where can i get that TOOL TUBE you have on there? i have seen a few of them, but cant seem to find one.
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