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First of all, not only am I new to the DRZ 400s (I just bought an '09), but two months ago is the first time I ever sat on a bike (which I had a lowering link installed). I wanted to put out a Huge thanx to the TT site in general, Eddie Sisneros and Matt Tiede especially. Matt's quick link to the most popular items bought and talked about is where I started ALL of my research. And Eddie, your word is like gospel. My motorcycle education consists of your post's and the Suzuki service manual I ordered for the bike. Secondly, I did all the mods myself, which I'm kinda proud of since I've never done more than an oil change for my truck. As for everybody else (especially the other newbs) I basically did one big order from TT to make my mount combat ready:

K&N Air Filter - Eddy likes them (I'm going to wear out the stock one first)

MSR Extended Shift Lever - I don't have big feet, just seemed like a good idea. Got 20 ft from my house when I realized I put it up too high and couldn't upshift - oops.

Kientech extended fuel screw - Must have in my opinion. Gives you so much more control.

TT case savers & skid plate - Waiting for them to dry as I type (and the last mod I made). The skid plate came with 1 clamp that had a star shaped screw - yea, I replaced that with a hex bolt.

JD jetting Kit - Top priority mod. My mount is like a completely different animal. I just followed the instructions - Blue needle (clip came on the 3rd notch) 155 main jet, 25 pilot (came with it), I unscrewed the new fuel screw almost 3 turns and it's a monster. I was actually a little worried I over torque'd the jet's. The hardest part was getting the carb out.

Clarke 3.9 fuel tank - 100 miles just wasn't cutting it. After I Seriously debated doing a Bunch of mods to make the bike race worthy I decided the cost would justify buying a race bike and detract from the whole reason I got a dual-sport.

Sunline foot pegs - Yea easy to replace Except for the fact that the rear brake lever Totally blocks removing the holding pin. Guess what, I don't have the tool(s) to remove that brake lever so I only have one of them on. It's probably the only thing I'll have to take to a dealer for.

My second order will be for handlebar's, maybe a scotts dampener, and maybe riser.

Unabiker Radiator guards - Pretty easy to install. Like most of the stuff - follow the directions.

The $17 ATV seat cushion from walmart - omg is it difficult to get that seat back on. I mean really, Really difficult and I don't think it's just the pad. I have a custom seat from Renazco coming in December so for now it's what I got.

My next purchases will probably be handlebars and/or riser's. But definantly some real off-road tires.

Here's some pics of my new, almost dirt worthy mount:

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Oh a couple of things I forgot to mention. #1 I really don't like the way that rear rack attaches to the seat bolts on the frame. That's why I only have the two bolts thru the fender on at the moment. I think i'm going to get a hole drilled thru the bar that came with it and bolt it to the rear "sub frame" underneat the fender - that seat is so God awful to get on, I'm not going to go thru trying to get a spacer on it as well, it takes me over an hour to get it back on every time. Secondly, for whatever stupid reason, I opened the air box a tad more than 3 x 3. I basically cut it out from the computer posts on down. Probably not the best idea, especially after seeing Eddy say it more than once "it's the 3 x 3 mod not the 3 x whatever mod". I'm probably hurting my mount by leaving it, so I might drill something to make it more 3 x 3...but it's running so well. I can't wait to learn how to do a wheelie. The other thing is, I live in Port Angeles WA and I'm totally looking for people to ride with. Most of my friends are way more interested in cruisers and I really don't understand why considering where we live and how awsome the DRZ400 is but anyway, Victoria Canada is just a ferry ride away so I hope some of the riders in BC read this, I've always wanted to go to another country.

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Very Cool. You will like riding the DRZ. I have a 2000 that I bought new.

One thing I would add, is to toss those TrailWings, (AKA DeathWings), and buy a better tire if you are going to be running off road. Those TW's are horrible off road.

Keep us updated.

Greebe

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I'm kind of on the fence about the tires at the moment. Being inexperienced I'm probably going to get more miles under my belt before I do anything, but I'm really leaning towards getting a whole set of rim/tires for swapping between on and off road. Will probably pay for itself in the long run.

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Congrats on the new ride 🙂

If you keep the deathwings on there, you will definitely gain experience :banana:

I bought my 09 new in November, and with the bike, ordered some Pirelli Scorpion Pro FIM's. While I waited for them to arrive, I did some riding in the dirt and some deep sand on the Trailwings. I didn't go down, but it wasn't what I'd call comfortable.... Definitely got experienced! When I put on the pirellis about 2 weeks later, the difference was night and day! I kept the trailwings in case I want to remount them in the event that I start doing more road. Right now, I only use roads as a way to get to dirt.

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Yep the DeathWings give your knuckles a work out on the trails, white knuckle that is.

I just put a set of Dunlop D606's front and back on my DRZ. They even seem better on the road than the TrailWings did.

I am the same as tdhart, I use the roads to get to the trails, so a good performing off road tire is a must.

Greebe

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