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Upgrade to newer model DRZ before dropping $$$ on mods or keep the 2005?

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Would you guys recommend I upgrade my fairly stock unknown km 2005 drz400 to a newer ('11-'13) model and THEN start dropping money on cams, big bore, etc (paying an extra $1500 for the difference between bike prices in my area) or would you stick with the 2005? I know these bikes are reliable but things like frame, forks, hoses, etc have unknown history for me...What would you do?

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You know your bike probably. Is there anything you're worried about? If no then I would stick with it. Except if you can buy a modded one. That would be the most cost effective, because you can't usually sell modded bike for the price of unmodded + price of all the mods. Ofc if you can find one with mods you would have. 

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The 2005 is the best base for mods. It has the best graphics and will be the fastest in the end. Ask anyone who has built a 2005. :ride:

 

(Condition of the bike and budget are the two biggest factors)

 

 

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What's so good about 2005 apart from gfx if you don't mind me asking?

 

I've only been doing oil and filter etc - would you guys recommend replacing any major components that may be prone to age damage as a preventative measure or just wait until something dies and upgrade etc etc?

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55 minutes ago, Bonza said:

What's so good about 2005 apart from gfx if you don't mind me asking?

 

I've only been doing oil and filter etc - would you guys recommend replacing any major components that may be prone to age damage as a preventative measure or just wait until something dies and upgrade etc etc?

Kidding you on the year. Since 2002 there have been no noteworthy changes. Why wouldn;t you keep your well maintained bike and mod it?

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Because i've had it 3 months but who knows the history etc it is pretty rough seeming - seeign as there's no noteworthy changes as of late I think i'll stick with it unless a newer tastefully modified one comes up for cheap.

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