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Old 07-06-2013, 05:39 PM   #19456
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i agree suspension is the best place to spend your money

most folks will never notice

what i am saying buy the bike and ride first

i have seem more than one person spend 10k on bike to ride trails
then spend another 2k on the suspension before they even ride it, because some magazine or web page said too

that is bs !!

and oil change in the suspension every year will net the best gains

i still laugh every time i recall the customers that dropped all that cash on the bike then rode it once or twice if at all before selling it

hours of seat time on the bike is the best money spent is all i'm saying
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:06 PM   #19457
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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.
Remember you have to include your gear too when deciding on a spring rate. I put race tech springs (5.7 front & .52 rear) and it makes a huge difference.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:07 PM   #19458
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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.
thanks for the advice.
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Old 07-07-2013, 01:59 AM   #19459
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i still laugh every time i recall the customers that dropped all that cash on the bike then rode it once or twice if at all before selling it
ssssshhhhhh..... I LIKE that people spend lots of money on a bike and then sell it for a bargain.... GREAT for the second hand market!
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:40 AM   #19460
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i agree , but would rather see them ride
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:15 AM   #19461
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ssssshhhhhh..... I LIKE that people spend lots of money on a bike and then sell it for a bargain.... GREAT for the second hand market!
doh! I'm about to joint that special club!
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:20 AM   #19462
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I went with a 6.3 on the rear and it seems just right. 215 for me and about 65 lbs. for gear. Front seems about right
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:27 AM   #19463
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How to disable clock

Anybody know how to disable the clock so it doesn't draw battery juice with the key off but leave the rest of the speedo functions working?

Bike is a 2000 S model.

Thanks.

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Old 07-07-2013, 11:05 AM   #19464
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A couple of weeks ago I ordered a Garret GT1241, throttle body, uS ECUs, LT-Z toothed flywheel, a couple of low compression pistons and a pile of other bits for the 462. Nothing crazy. Hopefully I'll see that lot in another week or two.

Holy crap... thats giving me some ideas...

What did the GT1241 set you back?
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:42 AM   #19465
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I mounted a larger version for taking longer trips. I'm headed for Utah and Colorado on Monday to ride the Backcountry Discovery Routes.
Did you mount the Rotopax mount to the lid of the Pelican? How well is that holding up?
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:58 AM   #19466
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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


Same thing here 180 + a heavy breakfast burrito make that 185 lbs
I advise you to pick one step lighter on spring rates than this chart recommends.
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #19467
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howdy DRZ400 owners. I am new to this thread and I am selling my DR350Se bored to a 440 for a new bike. I am stuck between the DR650 and the DRZ400. My question for you DRZ riders is this:

How do you like the dual sport aspect of the bike? I know plenty who use the DRZ400 for their trail bike. I know it is not a true lightweight trail bike, but neither is my DR350 and I used to take it into the woods all the time.

How do you feel about 30-60 min on highway doing 65+? Is this doable? I know the DR650 will do it, but is way big for any real wood time.(even though many do it)

I have a woods bike, but I like sometimes riding to nowhere and just going offroad, and versatility is why I ride a dual sport. I will also be taking it to work. I need to put racks on it to hold boots, uniform and misc army gear.

Thoughts and recommendations would be helpful. Thank you. I have been pondering this for 2 weeks, and just want to make sure I know everything before I make a decision.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:07 PM   #19468
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Wicked DRZ400 longer rides

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How do you feel about 30-60 min on highway doing 65+? Is this doable? I know the DR650 will do it, but is way big for any real wood time.(even though many do it)
I just bought a 2001 drz400e converted to street and I can go 3 hours relatively easy @ 55-60mph. Granted my bike has nice suspension, but if I changed my gearing towards the top end it would be even more comfortable. Hate taking it on the highway or anywhere that has 70mph speed limit but on a stock z400s I could push it to 78-80 for short spurts but was really about it.

Short answer yes it's perfect to ride three hours and then hit the trails hard for three more!! Not that hard to throw around a little if you're the man.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:13 PM   #19469
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is there a difference in road riding with the SM and the S? I know there are street tires, but that is easy enough to fix.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:26 PM   #19470
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The SM that I bought was completely built for dirt with only country road style on-roading. The S I previously road had slicks and could top out at 80ish. The SM is the way to go plastic tank more simple dash (kinda miss the S digital dash) but lighter weight and less emission BS

Depending on your state-- start at trail mode with the drze and modify to your preference.... Or get a v-twin and a motocross bike and have the specialists
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