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Old 02-11-2013, 02:03 PM   #14701
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Speaking of graphics, found some left overs on Ebay from when Dualsport-fx did custom DR-350 stuff. Hope this helps people with some project somewhere.

http://www.ebay.de/itm/DUALSPORT-FX-...ht_4616wt_1163
those look awesome! Damn! to bad i cant read all that crap, or figure out what they cost!? lol
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:20 PM   #14702
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oil change question

Hey all,

Did an oil change on my new to me 97 dr350se. I changed the oil filter, as well.

I put one quart in, started the bike up, turned it off, put the other quart in. It says '1700ml' on the frame but is that for just the frame and I need more for the crank case?

Because when I run the bike for 3 minutes, turn off, wait a minute and read the dipstick (by not screwing it in) it reads 'L' or Low.

Two quarts is around 1892 ml.. thats obviously more than 1700 ml.... any ideas?
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:41 PM   #14703
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2 quarts with a filter change is the right amount. The dip stick is terrible on the DR. You have to hold your tongue just right, stand on one foot, close your right eye 3/4 of the way and humm Camptown Races to get an accurate reading.
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Old 02-11-2013, 02:48 PM   #14704
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2 quarts with a filter change is the right amount. The dip stick is terrible on the DR. You have to hold your tongue just right, stand on one foot, close your right eye 3/4 of the way and humm Camptown Races to get an accurate reading.
Amen! Forget that 3 minute routine - it never worked for me. Put in 2 quarts with a filter change and if it ain't leaking on the floor, you are good to go. I have a very strict habit of checking the oil immediately after each ride or when I stop to refuel on long trips. I always get accurate readings then. Best of all, I don't have to go through some ridiculous checking-oil-routine the next time I want to ride the motorcycle.

Lack of oil is the easiest way to toast the otherwise very reliable DR350. Check it every time :>

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Old 02-11-2013, 02:54 PM   #14705
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Good place to mention this again

Re: lack of oil


Get one of the screw-in thermometers that replace the dipstick. I ordered one on eBay, cost about $30 shipped from Germany.

I've had one on my bike for a bit and I usually see about 80-120C depending on ambient temperature and how quickly I'm moving. I mainly use the gauge as a way to make sure I've got enough oil in the bike. If it doesn't rise above 40c after a few minutes of riding, it probably needs to be topped off.
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:19 PM   #14706
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Ghostyman, I closed my LEFT eye instead of my right, that's it !

Thanks for the responses guys I appreciate it. I guess I'll just be checking my oil more regularly than normal. As long as its 2 quarts I should be good to go.

thanks again !
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Old 02-11-2013, 03:47 PM   #14707
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Re: lack of oil


Get one of the screw-in thermometers that replace the dipstick. I ordered one on eBay, cost about $30 shipped from Germany.

I've had one on my bike for a bit and I usually see about 80-120C depending on ambient temperature and how quickly I'm moving. I mainly use the gauge as a way to make sure I've got enough oil in the bike. If it doesn't rise above 40c after a few minutes of riding, it probably needs to be topped off.
where'd ya get one of these at? lol

the time is upon me to start getting the bike ready for rippin shit up. The rear of the bike is good to go! (SHAKE AND BAKE!!) the front it my main priority here..pretty much from handlebars down! On my list of stuff i have: New front tire, bearings, Tube, Brake pads, Rotor, oil change, Throttle tube, grips, and some plastic covers for my brush busters. (also need to mount my "headlight crash cage" that i bought, but doesnt fit real well with the brush busters...) If anyones got suggestions on Rotor/pad combos, let me know. Also suggestions on a good front tire that'll hold its ground on the road, and on the dirt...gonna run my 606 rear for a while this year till everything dries up then ill switch over to my Kenda to finish it off and replace this fall. so...if anyones got good links on tires, brakes, rotors, hit me with em! Thanks boys!! Woooot!
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:25 PM   #14708
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What's needed to improve the front brake feel? Mine feels like grabbing grandma's ass -- all mush and no push....
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:55 PM   #14709
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What's needed to improve the front brake feel? Mine feels like grabbing grandma's ass -- all mush and no push....
Tell her to do some squats.

And flush your brake fluid. A lot of people report better feel with stainless steel brake lines (immediately followed by a post from someone saying that they make no difference in actual braking. How are your pads?
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:21 PM   #14710
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Oil change with filter I also do 2 quarts

I just flushed my front brake that almost pulled to the bar. With new fluid it's nice and firm.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:10 PM   #14711
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those look awesome! Damn! to bad i cant read all that crap, or figure out what they cost!? lol
It cost $144. plus shipping, pretty pricey. theres vinyl wrap for half the price but have to fit it yourself
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:28 PM   #14712
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Re: lack of oil


Get one of the screw-in thermometers that replace the dipstick. I ordered one on eBay, cost about $30 shipped from Germany.

I've had one on my bike for a bit and I usually see about 80-120C depending on ambient temperature and how quickly I'm moving. I mainly use the gauge as a way to make sure I've got enough oil in the bike. If it doesn't rise above 40c after a few minutes of riding, it probably needs to be topped off.

Got a order source where you got your oil temp gauge?
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:11 PM   #14713
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Amen! Forget that 3 minute routine - it never worked for me. Put in 2 quarts with a filter change and if it ain't leaking on the floor, you are good to go. I have a very strict habit of checking the oil immediately after each ride or when I stop to refuel on long trips. I always get accurate readings then. Best of all, I don't have to go through some ridiculous checking-oil-routine the next time I want to ride the motorcycle.

Lack of oil is the easiest way to toast the otherwise very reliable DR350. Check it every time :>

Regards,

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Hello,

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Old 02-12-2013, 12:03 AM   #14714
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Got a order source where you got your oil temp gauge?
Current eBay auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/180498178219...219%26_rdc%3D1

and here's a German info page: http://www.rr-motorsport-ries.de/motorrad/produkt.htm

Here's a pic installed on a DR350 (not my pic):


The bottom of the probe is at the midpoint of the hash marks on the dipstick. When the gauge stops registering over something like 60C, check your oil.

Look like it's gone up in price since I got mine. About $48 shipped from Germany
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:46 AM   #14715
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Current eBay auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/180498178219...219%26_rdc%3D1

and here's a German info page: http://www.rr-motorsport-ries.de/motorrad/produkt.htm

Here's a pic installed on a DR350 (not my pic):


The bottom of the probe is at the midpoint of the hash marks on the dipstick. When the gauge stops registering over something like 60C, check your oil.

Look like it's gone up in price since I got mine. About $48 shipped from Germany
I've been thinking about putting one of these on my 98DR350SE.
Here's a link to another current seller on Ebay; not sure of your conversion rate but it looks a bit cheaper?
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2309279761...84.m1423.l2649

There's also some useful info on oil temperature gauges from Pablo, back on Page 20 of this very thread....
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...php?p=17041816
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