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Old 04-07-2009, 07:26 AM   #2716
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But I purchased an Acerbis 4.25 gal tank ..... What's the deal with the vent tube, and do I actually need it?...
Anybody?

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Yes, you need it... if it gets plugged or kinked, fuel will cease to exit your tank, and the bike will sputter and die.

If you want to get really trick, check out these breather valves from BJ Motorsports:



I had one on the DR, and I'm gonna pick one up for LDF's DRZ since her tank bag occasionally kinks the tube, and when she tips it over, there's no valve, so gas spills.

OTOH, having a length of fuel line as a vent means that you will always have some spare fuel line if you need it for a repair on the trail.
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Old 04-07-2009, 08:43 AM   #2717
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Or... you can get an Acerbis locking gas cap!
I like the locking gas cap. It is vented and thief types can't take your fuel. I have the Acerbis cap and it fits my IMS tank perfectly.
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:33 AM   #2718
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I'd recommend the JD kit, and I got the 411 from Eddie on TT for 4000-8000 ft. jetting for our 2 DRZ's using that kit.



Hope that helps.
Or just rip the carb out of there and swap in an FCR39. Prepare to go through a bit more gas though.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:08 PM   #2719
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I had one of these on my Clarke cap and it departed somewhere on the trail.



How is the BJ Breather valve held to the cap?
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:56 PM   #2720
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Yes, you need it... if it gets plugged or kinked, fuel will cease to exit your tank, and the bike will sputter and die.

If you want to get really trick, check out these breather valves from BJ Motorsports:



I had one on the DR, and I'm gonna pick one up for LDF's DRZ since her tank bag occasionally kinks the tube, and when she tips it over, there's no valve, so gas spills.

OTOH, having a length of fuel line as a vent means that you will always have some spare fuel line if you need it for a repair on the trail.
Well, I installed the Acerbis tank, with ZERO problems. It went on so easily, it was to good to be true .....



And as you can see, there's the vent tube ........

Then the next day went on some hard pack BLM roads. Unfortunately nothing too muddy, so the bike didn't get that dirty .......

But it'll happen soon ......

Here's a pic of just getting back to some pavement .....





Like I said, it was pretty much all hard pack, with some puddles here and there ....



Stopped for one more photo shoot before hitting pavement again .....



And I gotta say YFFs ...... that bike was / is awesome! I do not know why I didn't get one sooner ........

Rain in my area is coming back, so perhaps this upcoming weekend I can get her all dirty like, and then report back some more .......

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Old 04-07-2009, 02:07 PM   #2721
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How is the BJ Breather valve held to the cap?
Self-threads the plastic nipple the first time you screw it on. It's not going anywhere unless you unscrew it.
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Old 04-07-2009, 02:26 PM   #2722
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:19 PM   #2723
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Barely edged out that scooter in the second pass.
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Old 04-07-2009, 04:31 PM   #2724
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Last Summer I rode my DRZ 400 by Interstate highways from central PA to Montana to meet a friend to ride the Continental Divide Trail. I did a 1000 mile day the first day and didn't stop until Mitchell, SD. It's perfectly capable of Interstate speeds with stock gearing. Once broken in, high revs won't hurt this motor. Vibration just keeps one awake and helps blood flow. Mini highway pegs I made and mounted to the front of the bash plate prevent leg cramping, Air Hawk seat helps the butt tremendously. The hard, narrow off road seat is the only really uncomfortable thing about long days in the DRZ saddle.
I have gone from a DR650 to a DRZ400S. I initially thought that I would be adding a DL650 to the stable later. The more I ride the DRZ, the more I like it. Starting to see it as a longer distance bike. I had a Corbin on my 650 and liked it a lot, expect that the dizzer will get one too. It's good to know that others are having good experiences with their 400s. My favorite riding is twisty fire roads. My favorite pavement riding is twisty roads that are best traveled below 60 mph anyway. This is such a sweet bike for those kinds of riding! Have a look at a recent ride. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y2e-jAMgrI
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Old 04-07-2009, 05:23 PM   #2725
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Scoots,
I would look around thumpertalk before you pull the trigger on a corbin. I have read several posts saying the corbin isn't that great on the DRZ...

Just thought you should look around...

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Old 04-07-2009, 05:49 PM   #2726
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Corbin is okay with me

Hi Chet, I have had several Corbins before, most recently on my DR650 and was very happy. However, I'm getting ready to go to Peru in two weeks for a ride down there and that leaves no buck$ to buy farkles for a while. Check out http://www.wellspring-outreach.org/ We are riding XR600rs from Lima to Moqugua by way of Cusco to go see the kids.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:00 PM   #2727
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I'm looking for a DRZ400 for my GF as a first bike. We found one that was converted from a DRZ400S to a SM, I thought it would be great for her because of the lower seat height due to the 17" wheels. After riding it that handling seemed very strange, I have never ridden a Motard type bike, is it normal to have such hard steering? It seemed it took a lot of effort to keep it riding straight, by the time I get back I felt like my forearms just rode a motocross. What is the difference between a S model and the SM?

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Old 04-07-2009, 07:22 PM   #2728
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Something is wrong with it.

I've never ridden anything that handles easier/better/lighter/more predictably than my 400SM.

Ride a factory SM and compare them, or some other converted S bike.

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Old 04-07-2009, 08:13 PM   #2729
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Are the cables all stock also or do you have to lengthen anything?
I put these on last night....the only problem I had was i had to relocate the ingnition. I will post pics later.
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:22 PM   #2730
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I'm looking for a DRZ400 for my GF as a first bike. We found one that was converted from a DRZ400S to a SM, I thought it would be great for her because of the lower seat height due to the 17" wheels. After riding it that handling seemed very strange, I have never ridden a Motard type bike, is it normal to have such hard steering? It seemed it took a lot of effort to keep it riding straight, by the time I get back I felt like my forearms just rode a motocross. What is the difference between a S model and the SM?

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If it has steering dampner, back that off.
How are the tires? Pressure OK?
Otherwise, sounds like your steering head bearings are shot.
Not difficult or expensive to replace.
If you haven't bought it; look very carefully at the rest of the bike; chances are more problems are lurking (swing arm brgs can be a bitch).
Or, use the brg problem as a bargaining tool to reduce the price.
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