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Old 07-06-2013, 10:10 AM   #19441
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I just had my stator and battery replaced and I am still not able to keep a charge. I have very limited mechanical skills so if anyone has any suggestions for what can cause a new stator from charging the batter I would appreciate it.
Do the "free power mod". You can find info on ThumperTalk. It is common for the connectors between the stator and battery to have too much resistance, which prevents the battery from charging fully. I was constantly replacing batteries and components until I learned that simple mod. I haven't had any trouble since.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:12 PM   #19442
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1. The rear shock has 2 adjustments, my friend who has a DRZ was showing me how to turn the larger nut in and out, and while doing this he backed it way out and a little fluid leaked out, not good right? the shock still seems to work fine after screwing it back in.

2. What are the adjusting nuts/ screw features, what does the nut do and what does the little screw do.



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The Larger nut should not be touched (it's there to disassemble the rear shock when necessary), if it leaked oil most likely air went in, this happened to me last year. I had to rebuild my rear shock don't take the risk and ride it this way. It might be good for you to rebuild the rear shock after all.
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2. What are the adjusting nuts/ screw features, what does the nut do and what does the little screw do.
The top screw is the compression adj. the bottom one is the rebound. I set them up hard setting when riding on sand/soft terrains etc... and soft when doing rocky stuff or hard terrains. U can also find a compromise setting that can work for all around riding (See Clymer manual for better understanding the adj. process).
To adjust the setting u should first start by close the screws (top & bottom) all the way by turning them clockwise. For example the compression screw (top rear shock), if you wanted it too soft u must turn the screw 15 clicks or more counter clockwise. Ride it a little to see if it's to ur satisfaction and so on.
Prior to do that it's highly recommended to set the sag to ur height & weight accordingly. I posted some video from youtube in a previous posts on how to do that. Good luck and have fun with ur new ride.
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:19 PM   #19443
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:17 PM   #19444
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unless your a great rider or racing don't worry about the suspension


Now that is piss poor advice!

The suspension adjustments are more important to a novice rider than an experienced rider when it comes to control confidence.Regardless of skill or ability the suspension adjustments are the first thing someone should learn to understand. Suspension can make a poor bike great or screw it up and can make a great bike unrideable. Set up the sag first for your weight then make little adjustments to one component at a time, fine tune after finding your sweet spot on each adjustment. Don't just jump in and make changes to compression, rebound, sag or damping all at one time. Change one thing at a time until you have improved the ride then move to the next component. Start with the sag and move on from there.

Just say'n..............................
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:26 PM   #19445
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1. The rear shock has 2 adjustments, my friend who has a DRZ was showing me how to turn the larger nut in and out, and while doing this he backed it way out and a little fluid leaked out, not good right? the shock still seems to work fine after screwing it back in.
Parts are dirt cheap for these things find a used front end.

You need to take that on the TAT...

BTW- traditionally these bike are sprung on the light side, you might need to change springs too.
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:28 PM   #19446
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bill crap

i have owned a lot of bikes over the years

the adjustments are very nice to have but not that important for the average rider.
i had drz400s forks on my drz250 for a year or so and never missed it
the rm forks i later put on it, has a broken adjustment screw dont miss it

learn to ride what you have the way it wants to be ride'n

stiffer springs will help if needed. re valving the shock is not needed in most cases. worth it if you have the cash.

a dr200 is good bike no adjustments short of spring preload, never missed the adjustments either.

get the bike and go ride it find out you need
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:23 PM   #19447
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bill crap

i have owned a lot of bikes over the years

the adjustments are very nice to have but not that important for the average rider.
i had drz400s forks on my drz250 for a year or so and never missed it
the rm forks i later put on it, has a broken adjustment screw dont miss it

learn to ride what you have the way it wants to be ride'n

stiffer springs will help if needed. re valving the shock is not needed in most cases. worth it if you have the cash.

a dr200 is good bike no adjustments short of spring preload, never missed the adjustments either.

get the bike and go ride it find out you need

Apparently you've never ridden a properly set up motorcycle before..........
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:24 PM   #19448
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unless your a great rider or racing don't worry about the suspension
You must be slow as hell and weigh 140 lbs.

Take a break from giving suspension advice.
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:27 PM   #19449
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Who needs suspension

Or tires, steering head bearings, brakes, use rope for your chain.
It's just your life, don't sweat it.
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:35 PM   #19450
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I have got to get my suspension dialed in. I've been trying to really work on lofting the front wheel up and over obstacles/potholes in the trails, and I feel like I've got the concept down but the front shocks don't seem to be working with me. I'm not weak by any means, but when I preload them they don't seem to have much pop in them. Real squishy like. I'm sure that makes zero sense...

I'm 215 lbs give or take a few depending on breakfast.
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:58 PM   #19451
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i'm about 280lbs at my best a b rider

and with an ego that is under control

adjustable suspension is a good thing to have but you DO NOT NEED IT!!

you can spend more time dialing in a suspension than riding .

get the bike and ride it !! don't let the lack of an adj screw stop you from riding a bike.

when you are getting 100% out of what you have then start looking for more
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Old 07-06-2013, 03:59 PM   #19452
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Parts are dirt cheap for these things find a used front end.

You need to take that on the TAT...

BTW- traditionally these bike are sprung on the light side, you might need to change springs too.
Richard, thanks, i will look around for a newer front end, next time you want to get out and ride these parts let me know.

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Old 07-06-2013, 04:00 PM   #19453
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I have got to get my suspension dialed in. I've been trying to really work on lofting the front wheel up and over obstacles/potholes in the trails, and I feel like I've got the concept down but the front shocks don't seem to be working with me. I'm not weak by any means, but when I preload them they don't seem to have much pop in them. Real squishy like. I'm sure that makes zero sense...

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Hope this will help...
Shock Spring

DRZ400 all





$109.95

Race Tech shock springs in a wide range of spring rates to dial in your rear suspension to suit your weight (stock spring is 5.5 kg/nm). Recommended spring rates:
Rider weight w/gear (lbs)
Spring Rate
100 or less
4.6
100-124
4.8
125-149
5.0
150-174
5.2
175-199
5.4
200-224
5.7
225-274
6.0
275 +
6.3


Front:
Fork Springs

DRZ400 all





$99.95

A pair of Race Tech fork springs to dial in your front suspension to suit your weight.
Fits all DRZ400 models with conventional forks (not for SM)
Recommended spring rates:
Rider weight w/gear lbs.
Spring Rate
90 or less
.42
90-119
.44 (stock)
120-150
.46
150-180
.48
180-220
.50
220-250
.52
250+
.54


More info if u decided to get different springs/shocks...
http://www.procycle.us/bikepages/drz400.html#suspension

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I'm 215 lbs give or take a few depending on breakfast
Same thing here 180 + a heavy breakfast burrito make that 185 lbs
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:01 PM   #19454
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that's the spirit or just get what you have serviced

fresh oil in the forks and shocks does a wonder
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Old 07-06-2013, 04:28 PM   #19455
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adjustable suspension is a good thing to have but you DO NOT NEED IT!!


I'll have to disagree with u here tdr, If there's anything to pay attention to, or to improve ur ride on a DRZ is tires and suspensions.
It also help keep the shiny side up in the rough stuff.
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you can spend more time dialing in a suspension than riding .
After reading the Clymer manual (suspension chapter), it took me 1 min. to adjust the whole front and rear. (just few clicks back & forth).
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