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Old 03-01-2011, 03:44 PM   #166
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I'm pretty disappointed that I originally ordered the Clarke tank instead of the Acerbis, so I recently ordered an Acerbis too, but I just read a review of the Acerbis that said it also holds unusable fuel (well almost). It said the right side is lower than float bowl, so if you need to use the last of the fuel in the right side you will have to close the left petcock and blow in the breather tube to build pressure and force the gas into the carb. Is this true?
After installing the Acerbis I can see that none of the tank is below the float bowl. I'm not sure what would have caused this concern.
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:23 PM   #167
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After installing the Acerbis I can see that none of the tank is below the float bowl. I'm not sure what would have caused this concern.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:13 AM   #168
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What's this black plastic piece that came with the tank?



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Old 03-02-2011, 10:04 AM   #169
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The only thing i could figure is it goes on top of your cap and held in place by a vent tube... to cover the "racing" fillup system. I kept mine off
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:40 AM   #170
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The only thing i could figure is it goes on top of your cap and held in place by a vent tube... to cover the "racing" fillup system. I kept mine off
I noticed it would fit there too, but what would that do for you? Does the race cap sometimes leak? It also seems weird that the Acerbis logo would face down when installed.
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Old 03-05-2011, 04:21 PM   #171
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Well here she is... the 440. I took her for a short ride today.



Here are my first impressions:
Overall performance is real difficult to judge when the back wheel is spinning everywhere because of snow and slushy ground, but power (low end torque in particular) seem to be just fine for the kind of trails I plan to ride. I'm coming off a WR426, so I know I won't be seeing that kind of power, but initially the bike seems to have enough power to pull me up every obstacle I've attempted in the past.

The tranny is not as crisp as a CRF or WR, but the gear spacing is now much more natural with the wide ratio tranny, and the modified clutch works much better. I can actually find neutral while idling (I used to have to kill the engine first).

The rear end feels more predictable, but the front still wonders (I really need a fork clamp). I still need stiffer springs up front. I'll probably go with .47's.

I like tall bars so I installed Fly Alu ATV bars (150mm rise). They are a real comfortable height for me (6"-1"), but it turns out they are narrower than normal bike bars which is too awkward, and they might be a hair too high, so I'll be changing to something in the 130-140mm rise range.

The tank is great. I've ridden a few bikes with oversized tanks and you usually really notice it when you try to hold the bike with your knees. I did not notice that at all with the Acerbis tank.

The larger foot pegs are very comfortable, but the kickstart lever is too small and a big-footed person like me ends up nearly catching the large footpegs while kicking the machine, but I won't do anything about it unless it becomes a problem.

The shift lever is made for someone with a size 6 shoe. I'll be lengthening it soon.

Overall weight on the bike feels slightly heavier than a CRF450R (250lb), but slightly lighter than my WR426 (270lb). I'll put it on a scale soon to see how close I am.

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Old 03-05-2011, 04:54 PM   #172
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looking good man!!!!!!!!!

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Old 03-05-2011, 08:02 PM   #173
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what's that white stuff around the ground?
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:21 AM   #174
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what's that white stuff around the ground?
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:48 PM   #175
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New bars are in: Protaper SE ATV low. The height is great. The width is awesome, but they might be a bit too wide, we'll see, but I can always cut them.

I got some Cyrca Probends. I am very happy with them. They fit well enough with a set of Cyrca ATV mounts.

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Old 03-10-2011, 09:16 PM   #176
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License plate holder

I've had many problems with loosing license plates on the trail. I've also ridden with many people who lost their plate. I know the most secure option is to bend the plate so it wraps directly around the fender and bolt it in place, but I really want a more professional looking option. I've tried a number of solutions on the WR and only one of them worked so I've made another for the DR:

start with some aluminum:


cut to the shape of the plate:


Drill some holes for rivets. And matching holes in the plate and fender. And more larger holes for coolness.


Rivet it all together.


My WR plate has a similar bracket. It has been severely mangled several times, but has not fallen off yet.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:31 PM   #177
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Now that I have handlebars and a plate, I can take the bike for a spin. I love the new handlebar setup, it's very comfortable. I also love the low end torque that the big bore kit provides. With the stock exhaust, the bike is still very quiet, which I also like.

I took it down the highway for a short stint. I think I'm running 14-49 gearing right now. The speedo indicates 60mph at 5500 rpm in top gear, but that needs to be verified with a GPS.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:34 PM   #178
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Here are some weight measurements I took with some cheap bathroom scales. The first column is front tire weight, the second is rear and the third is total.

98 DR350___121__137__258
91 DR250S__126__165__291
difference____5___28___33
With a couple gallons of gas in the tank the bike weighed 276lb (133 on the front, 143 on the rear). I need to weigh it without gas so I have a better idea of what I've done with the weight. I should also probably drill a lot more holes in things to make them lighter.
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Old 03-11-2011, 01:49 PM   #179
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Starting issues

The bike runs great after it's started, but I can't get it started without starter fluid. I've had the carb apart and been trough the choke circuit twice and everything seems to be operating normally, but she still won't fire on her own. Any advice?
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:43 AM   #180
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I got the starting issues worked out. I'm starting to get the two bikes confused. I'd been through the choke on the 350 a couple times, but hadn't opened it on the 350 (now 440). There was part of an old O-ring stuck in the circuit.
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