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Hi. Will be looking at a '01 DRZ400E for sale. What are the differences in the early E models compared to the '03 on models? I would be dualsporting it if I buy also. Any help greatly appreciated.

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At some point on the early models they upgraded the suspension...other wise the 06 was that last yr with the FCR/Cams/Etc....in 07 the E was basically a lighter S

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the E always had all the good parts up until later in the U.S. the early E had a slightly different radiator but otherwise was awesome...

otherwise all the E's are identical

the early S models had the crappy forks (00-01), and I read somewhere that the late model E's in the U.S. had the S carb, not the Slant FCR of the early Es

be sure to check into the ability to plate the E, Es were never street legal from the factory. Some states you can plate them, some you cant.

-Zach

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the E always had all the good parts up until later in the U.S. the early E had a slightly different radiator but otherwise was awesome...

otherwise all the E's are identical

-Zach

nope early Es (00-01) only had comp and rebound on th erear shock 02 and newer had comp rebound and hi speed rebound adjustments.

that plus a few cosmetic differences

so 02 -06 Es are the same

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nope early Es (00-01) only had comp and rebound on th erear shock 02 and newer had comp rebound and hi speed rebound adjustments.

that plus a few cosmetic differences

so 02 -06 Es are the same

I was unaware of the rear shock differences, I will have to compare to my two buddies who have later models. I knew the front forks on the S were non-adjustable though. EDIT: just found a post by E. Marquez confirming this.

the "cosmetic differences" in the early E's are different headlight and different color plastics (darker yellow) the shrouds are white and not color matched as well.

I have a 2000 E, my buddys have a 02E and a 04?S

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It seems like the 2002-06 are the U.S. sweet spot - betters suspension than the '00-'01, better cams than the 2007 on. From my understanding, the Australian models never toned down the E's after 2006 like the U.S. models did. Do all the E's have the slighly larger header?

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I was unaware of the rear shock differences, I will have to compare to my two buddies who have later models. I knew the front forks on the S were non-adjustable though. EDIT: just found a post by E. Marquez confirming this.

the "cosmetic differences" in the early E's are different headlight and different color plastics (darker yellow) the shrouds are white and not color matched as well.

I have a 2000 E, my buddys have a 02E and a 04?S

yup the 02s on have a blue high speed adjustment nut on the rear shock the 00-01s have what looks like a nut but its just molded in not a huge deal but it is an improvement

re: header size at least the 00-06 have the larger header IDK about 07 on

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Aussie Es still come with the FCR, cams and larger header. We can still fully register them in all states and territories. Get the newest one you can find that can be registered. Also don't forget the BOLD new graphics that updated the bike from year to year.:smirk:

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Ron,

I recently plated an 04' E in PA. I had an MC title in my hand in about 16 days from my enhanced inspection. If you need any advice let me know. The 400E rips rather well as a dual sport. I have the "Durty Dabbers" ride next weekend, can't wait.

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Thanks for all the info. So basically '01 E is same except for the rear shock high speed adjustment. I am trying to get out and look at the bike soon. It is a distance away from me, about an hour and 45 minutes. Thanks volkoff, I'll be in touch if I purchase. Also can anyone tell me what to check for wear on this bike besides the usual stuff. I've read here about the ACCT, does that really need changed? Other mods or suggestions?

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ACCT is suspect on all years, puts too much pressure on cam chain.

and dont fret about the shock, it's the forks that make the most difference.

nothing unusual as far as wear goes, the stators seem to have a habit of failing around 20k miles, but there is nothing you can do about that.

mandatary upgrades are

Locktite fixes

Case Savers

MCCT

Rad guards (unabiker) if you can afford them, then ride the piss out of it!

-Zach

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