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Old 08-07-2008, 03:44 PM   #1291
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Tank question

I can only search this site, and Tumpertalk so long before I surrender.

I'm ready to purchase a "slightly" larger tank for the DRZ, 3 to 4 gallon range. I like the look of the IMS best. But I'm reading there might be fit issues with the stock seat. Some people have problems, some don't. The Clarke is my other option. I can't find any real complaints about the Clarke, just the crappy gascap. To those that have installed. Which tank is the easiest to install? I also have unibiker radiator guards to go on too. Any advice is mucho appreciated!
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:01 PM   #1292
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I can only search this site, and Tumpertalk so long before I surrender.

I'm ready to purchase a "slightly" larger tank for the DRZ, 3 to 4 gallon range. I like the look of the IMS best. But I'm reading there might be fit issues with the stock seat. Some people have problems, some don't. The Clarke is my other option. I can't find any real complaints about the Clarke, just the crappy gascap. To those that have installed. Which tank is the easiest to install? I also have unibiker radiator guards to go on too. Any advice is mucho appreciated!
I love my clarke. no issues. dropped right on. took less than an hour for the swap. the new gas caps are fine. no issues there either. don't forget to order a vent tube for the cap.
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Old 08-07-2008, 04:07 PM   #1293
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Selaznog - the Acerbis rear fender is for the offroad model only - they don't make it for the S model. Yes, you can cut a few well placed holes and run the wiring harness throgh it as well as fitting it on the S subframe. There's a thread either here or on the TT forum giving dimensions for the cuts. I'll see if I can locate it.

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Old 08-07-2008, 04:09 PM   #1294
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Love my DRZ!

Clarke tank, no problems with fitment or gas cap.
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:06 PM   #1295
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I can only search this site, and Tumpertalk so long before I surrender.

I'm ready to purchase a "slightly" larger tank for the DRZ, 3 to 4 gallon range. I like the look of the IMS best. But I'm reading there might be fit issues with the stock seat. Some people have problems, some don't. The Clarke is my other option. I can't find any real complaints about the Clarke, just the crappy gascap. To those that have installed. Which tank is the easiest to install? I also have unibiker radiator guards to go on too. Any advice is mucho appreciated!
I have the IMS 4 gallon.. it took about 45 min to install.. well, 30 minutes and 15 cussing it Seriously, not to difficult, just a little bit stubborn to line up the spacers on rads (dont' tighten them down until all of them are threaded). Other than that, it's was a cinch..

i'll post a pic in a few min..
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Old 08-07-2008, 06:37 PM   #1296
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Like the fine setup that Judas posted, I too started out wanting a nice hard luggage option for extended backcountry riding and camping. I took slightly different route, using pannier racks from www.moto-sportpanniers.com along with their pannier mounting hardware. I didn't like the weight (or cost) of the Pelican boxes, so I found that Doskosport all-weather x-large pistol cases to be similar in size, structure and o-ring tight, but much less weight and cost.

...manners.

Wow, you go through bags like mad!

...I really just ought to buy some from you.

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Old 08-07-2008, 10:42 PM   #1297
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I'm ready to purchase a "slightly" larger tank for the DRZ, 3 to 4 gallon range. I like the look of the IMS best. But I'm reading there might be fit issues with the stock seat. Some people have problems, some don't. The Clarke is my other option. I can't find any real complaints about the Clarke, just the crappy gascap. To those that have installed. Which tank is the easiest to install? I also have unibiker radiator guards to go on too. Any advice is mucho appreciated!
Pics just above show my DRZ with the 3.9 gallon Clarke.
Actually holds a bit more than 4 gallons, dunno why they call it a 3.9.
No issues with it.
The choke knob is a bit harder to get at than with the stock tank.
Install was easy.
I have the Unabiker rad guards, too.
I bought the hi-bling aluminum cap & vent cap; no probs there, either.

Didn't try an IMS on this bike, however I did have an IMS on my old XR (avatar).
It rubbed on the head & wore a hole about 60% of the way through the tank.
I tossed it before it started to leak.
Not to say this would happen on the DRZ, but it was enough to send my money to Clarke.
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Old 08-07-2008, 11:15 PM   #1298
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Wow, you go through bags like mad!

...I really just ought to buy some from you.



No kidding, eh. The soft pannier bags tend to wear some on a long dual-sport ride like the TAT. Not much remaining value there. The soft bags were all swap meet finds. The hard panniers I built look nearly new, as they were not subjected to any real rough riding. These are sort of large boxes and can swallow a lot of camping gear and bike stuff.

My luggage options all revolved around the moto-sport pannier racks for a couple of reasons; That's where I started and they stand the luggage off the bike body work and muffler very adequately. The pannier racks also offered some crash protection. With the pannier racks and luggage, if I biffed in a sand wash, for instance, it was easier to extract my leg out from underneath the bike with the luggage supporting the bike.


The Dirtbagz available today look like an attractive option also, tho their mounting is less structurally secure.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:31 AM   #1299
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I can only search this site, and Tumpertalk so long before I surrender.

I'm ready to purchase a "slightly" larger tank for the DRZ, 3 to 4 gallon range. I like the look of the IMS best. But I'm reading there might be fit issues with the stock seat. Some people have problems, some don't. The Clarke is my other option. I can't find any real complaints about the Clarke, just the crappy gascap. To those that have installed. Which tank is the easiest to install? I also have unibiker radiator guards to go on too. Any advice is mucho appreciated!
I have the Clarke on and had no real problems with the install. I did trim and round the tab that holds the the seat on before hand though. I had read that somewhere on here. Also bent in the wiring harness "keepers" that are welded to the frame in front of the tank. They were touching the tank. Total time involved with the install including the triming was only about 35min. I also run the UNABIKER gaurds with no problem. I have had no problems with the gas cap either. Sweet tank
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:39 AM   #1300
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Any PORTLY DRZ owners?

I wasn't really sure how to search this out .. I tried "fat guys on a DRZ" and got nothing.

Are any of you a little on the larger side (5'10", say 230ish)? I have a Wee and now I want a DRZ, but I am worried that it won't haul my fat ass around very well! I have sat on one, and while it feels small compared to the Wee, I am pretty sure I look "OK" on it. Maybe I am fooling myself .. comments from the bigger kids on the block please!!

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Old 08-08-2008, 07:50 AM   #1301
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It will be fine, I was 230 when I bought mine and it still hauled me around, no Im 205 and its alittle faster.. Ive got friends in the upper 200's and it still pulls them around
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:51 AM   #1302
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Cool NS! .. thanks for the vote of confidence! That's all I wanted to know.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:01 AM   #1303
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Sorry ... one more thing. Sounds like the "E" model has a little more going for it. What's involved in turning it into an SM?? expensive??
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:21 AM   #1304
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I have an '02 DRZ400s. Also have a Wee. the DRZ400 is lots of fun. I'm about 230lbs. The suspension is made fore about 170lbs. so need some tweeking. The bike is very heavy for an off road bike, but a good playbike. Single track gets old real fast because of the weight. The "S" model has significantly less power thatn the "E" or "K" model unless you are in Kaliforny, the all bets are off. Yhe early "S" model had less suspension than the '01 and later. The gearbox sucks. Too closely spaced, and no 6th gear means you can't have it both ways. You either gear for slow speed tight trails, and buzz to death on the street, or gear for the street, and have no off road 1st gear. There are volumes written about the dRZ on thumpertalk. All and all a great bike. But know what you getting in advance. It's no KTM300EXC, but also no Strom.
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Old 08-08-2008, 08:43 AM   #1305
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Thanks oldman! .. I will take a look over there. I am a novice dirt rider, lots of street riding under my belt. Just thought it would be something fun to goof around on .. a little dirt, a little street. At my skill level in the dirt, I think it would suffice to keep it more street oriented. The Wee is a great bike on gravel roads, but it would be nice to have something lighter to take out and learn more about the dirt. Over to Thumpertalk!
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