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Old 08-28-2013, 08:19 PM   #20131
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Just picked up a new to me 2005 drz400sm with about 7400 miles. I know it's not a very good picture but I haven't had time to do anything but make a parts list and unload it from the truck. I think I did pretty good on it, ended up trading it for a shogun that I had(worth$600) $150in.

Here is my parts list.

Tires
Chain and sprockets
Front light and blinkers
Coolant reservoir
Clutch leaver
Back brake line
Basic wiring
Battery
Oil and air filter
Carb rebuild kit

I figure I'll probably buy/fix a few other things that need to be done as I find them.

The poor bike has been left out in the weather for a few years with no one to ride/love it. It's really a terrible story. The last owner had even lost the title so I'll have to apply for a lost title and hope that it's a clean one. I don't think it'll be a problem though.


I'm thinking about selling my yamaha rt 180 to pay for all this. I should get enough out of it to at least pay for half of the stuff.

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Old 08-28-2013, 08:27 PM   #20132
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So I'm kinda new to the drz. What are some of the necessary modifications?
I'm talking about trying to make it more reliable not so much as superior.

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Old 08-28-2013, 09:03 PM   #20133
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So I'm kinda new to the drz. What are some of the necessary modifications?
I'm talking about trying to make it more reliable not so much as superior.

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Bear Archer, similar to my first pic of my 03. It was setting on the truck as we prepared to take it home. Congrats on your new (eventual) ride. Luv to see an unloved bike make it back to the living. Keep us posted.
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Old 08-29-2013, 03:52 AM   #20134
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Just picked up a new to me 2005 drz400sm with about 7400 miles. I know it's not a very good picture but I haven't had time to do anything but make a parts list and unload it from the truck. I think I did pretty good on it, ended up trading it for a shogun that I had(worth$600) $150in.

Here is my parts list.

Tires
Chain and sprockets
Front light and blinkers
Coolant reservoir
Clutch leaver
Back brake line
Basic wiring
Battery
Oil and air filter
Carb rebuild kit

I figure I'll probably buy/fix a few other things that need to be done as I find them.

The poor bike has been left out in the weather for a few years with no one to ride/love it. It's really a terrible story. The last owner had even lost the title so I'll have to apply for a lost title and hope that it's a clean one. I don't think it'll be a problem though.


I'm thinking about selling my yamaha rt 180 to pay for all this. I should get enough out of it to at least pay for half of the stuff.

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The PO can apply for a lost title, you can not. It would cost him $2 to apply for it.

http://txdmv.gov/motorists/buying-or...-of-your-title

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Old 08-29-2013, 04:30 AM   #20135
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Ok thanks, but I didn't get the James Dean kit, I got the Dynojet...I guess I'll see what size the stock main jet is, it better be smaller than 136!!

So if I want to go more rich, I move the clip closer to the pointed end??
Stock main jet is 142.5. The dynojet keys are smaller cause the needle is smaller.

Why don't you follow jetting recommendations that were supplied with the kit?

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Old 08-29-2013, 05:31 AM   #20136
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I like to use vice grips for this, much better bite.
I've used them also. The problem I had was I tightened them up a bit too much and it crushed the washer THE WRONG WAY. It was a pain to get it off then. Maybe if I wasn't so ham-fisted sometimes that wouldn't happen.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:52 AM   #20137
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I've used them also. The problem I had was I tightened them up a bit too much and it crushed the washer THE WRONG WAY. It was a pain to get it off then. Maybe if I wasn't so ham-fisted sometimes that wouldn't happen.
Righty tighty, lefty loosy........
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:26 AM   #20138
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Man I am sure lucky with the DRZ I got. I live at sea level, and it runs great. With temperatures above 50 F doesn't need the choke to start and idle, and not a problem just jumping on and riding right after starting. Good engine response, lugs well, which is what I really care about once I'm in the woods. Has more than enough top end for the fire roads, and when I gain elevation the jetting and HP are still right on. Kind of boring I know not to have to cut and spend money. My riding buddy has a fully modified intake and exhaust, and he doesn't go anyplace I can't and the big difference is when we plan a trip into the high country he has to lean out his jetting and hope it won't fry itself before we get there.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:46 AM   #20139
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Stock main jet is 142.5. The dynojet keys are smaller cause the needle is smaller.

Why don't you follow jetting recommendations that were supplied with the kit?

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Aah, ok that makes sense now! Yes, I should have read the instructions... I've been posting from work, while the kit sits at home....Forgive my ignorance!

BTW, aside from being too lean, the bike has run great since the new cam chain/valve adjust back in spring!!

I guess I didn't need that top end rebuild after all! I just completed a 7400 km round trip to Inuvik and back home, no problems except some bad gas on the way back!!

I will hit 50,000 kms in the next few weeks!

Here's the link to my RR for that one... Still in progress... Inuvik Or Bust!
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:14 AM   #20140
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So I'm kinda new to the drz. What are some of the necessary modifications?
here:
http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/540...s-should-read/

read the rest while you are there, lots of good to know info
enjoy the trip
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:00 PM   #20141
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Took the DRZ for a ride at the Dam...



For those interested in fork/shock revalves... another member and myself started a thread about suspension revalving, theories, stacks and damping plots (shim restackor).

http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/103...commendations/

Myself I've gone through two iterations of fork stacks and it has really transformed the bike (I already had it sprung for my weight). In stock form, the forks are terribly soft (clickers don't help) and really limit your riding potential and confidence. Now that the forks are working much better, the shock is lacking in damping.

Just an FYI, trying to get the info out there and share people thoughts and experiences. For me, revalving the suspension transformed the bike into a usable off-road machine (unless you just put-put around on fire roads) more so than just changing the springs for my weight.
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Old 08-30-2013, 02:57 PM   #20142
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Righty tighty, lefty loosy........
Oh, come on now...I'm not that bad..
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:42 PM   #20143
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Moved the bags I usually use on the KTM's crashbars over to the DRZ.

Looks like the straps will provide a solid mount...guess we'll find out tomorrow when we head out for a couple hundred miles of fun





Other side holds tool kit, air pump and a few other items...
(bags are 6x10 tactical gear bags from 5.11)
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:03 PM   #20144
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Question KLX400R conking out.

Hi all,

Amongst my fleet is a KLX400R. Bike experiences intermittent cut-outs.

It's been to my mechanic a number of times. It always behaved for him, but recently he took it for a lap of the MX track and it cut out, with him almost going over the bars.

it will conk out, particularly after the front has lifted off a bit of a jump or a bump on a track, or when going up a steep slope. When it happens it's like it's run out of fuel.

Then it'll turn over but won't fire. However if you leave it a while it'll often start again.

So far the bike has had an engine rebuild, within the last couple of months. On its last trip to the mechanic the carby was overhauled with new jets.

Given that even my mechanic is struggling to isolate the cause I thought I'd throw it out there and see if anyone can help.
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:15 PM   #20145
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