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    DR350S Shifting and clutch issues

    I lubed the cable well with PJ1 cable lube before installing. I'm certain it's well routed as it acts strange with with out the bars being turned but will look over it all. It must be the clutch arm or something with the clutch itself. I've read that if you don't replace the thrust washer you can get inconsistent operation of the clutch but I've never seen it first hand so don't know what I would be seeing with that.
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    DR350S Shifting and clutch issues

    I have a weird problem with a new to me DR350. For the record the previous owner told me he paid a shop to install a new clutch and clean the carb before he listed it for sale. The first ride on the bike the shifting was very "tight" and hard to find neutral. As a first step in troubleshooting I’ve installed a new Tusk brand clutch cable to try to address a tight sifting problem where I couldn’t get it into neutral. Now the bike is acting like the clutch cable is too tight with out enough free play, and then a few minutes later like it’s too loose and won't disengage the clutch so I can't stop with out the bike stalling. I’ve never seen any thing like it. Currently all slack is pulled from the cable and I can't get the clutch to disengage and maximum lever pull. I'm thinking the clutch arm that the cable attaches to at the bike needs to be moved back on it's splines to allow more clutch pull but that it a complete guess. It’s almost like the cable routing it getting tighter and looser at different times. I’ve never seen anything like it and not sure how to troubleshoot the problem. Any ideas on what to do besides just start replacing clutch parts?
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    With in the last month or so, I bought two DR350's for my son and I to dual sport together on. I agree that they are a great bike. FYI with stock gearing they will cruise on the highway at 65 with out struggling or over revving. You can run lower, more trail oriented gearing and still cruise at 55 comfortably. I know these bikes go for many miles, so I can't speak to the miles so much. The high mileage could be a positive because for myself I would rather own a well maintained bike with alot of miles racked up than a bike that sat neglected for a decade. That said after looking for a few months, being patient and being wiling to drive several hours to pick up the bike I found a 98 and a 99 with 6,000 and 10,000 miles on them. I spent $1,600 and $2,200 on them respectively. Check out the DR350 thread on ADVRider. There are tons of posts spanning the last ten years or more. Good luck! https://advrider.com/index.php?threads/dr350-thread.230695/page-2836#post-35598300
  4. Hello everyone, I did some searches and found many old threads but none of them had photos. I'm also wondering if there is a newer choice out there that might be available. I am the proud new owner of two DR350's that we picked up a few weeks ago. One of the bikes was laid down on a gravel road at speed and I'm in the process of replacing the plastics on it and cleaning up it's wiring in the process. I was thinking of ordering a Maier rear MX style fender for the bike but don't know if the Acerbis dual sport tail light that is on it will mount onto the fender cleanly. Does anyone know of a good tail light choice for the Maier fender if the Acerbis light doesn't mount well? Is there a good LED tail light available that would fit nicely? The bike now has the Suzuki rear rack that is on the '98 in this picture. Pic to show the bikes on our first ride. The bike getting the TLC is the '99 with the sexy Guts seat. (It's ok to admit your jealous of the flames.) It's left side touched down at some point in a previous life and needs some TLC. Note the exposed wiring on the tail. The tail light needs to be rewired and doesn't light up properly. Thanks for any assistance!
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    Value of a 1982 YZ250J?

    I'll try to get some pics from him. I forgot to mention that it is a special "Wrangler Edition" model. Apparently it has a set of special plastic and seat to make it a limited edition.
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    Value of a 1982 YZ250J?

    I'm asking for a buddy and hope this is the right place to ask. He has an old 1982 YZ250J that is clean and was running well before being parked in the garage for 15 years. He was thinking of listing it on Craigslist. He said it won't currently start, but has spark. I imagine the carb needs gone through. What should be be asking for the bike? He has the title and the bike is original and clean and trail ridden. Thanks for any guidance here.
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    07 yz250F cant keep up! Upgrades?

    keep in mind your comparing an MX tuned bike to a detuned trail bike in what sounds to be a drag race. That said, a big bore kit and Hot Cams might make your bike pull the way you want. I'm in the process of installing a big bore kit in 2007 WR250F that I picked up from Race Rabbit. If it's not enough I will add hot cams as well down the road.
  8. thanks looks like Fastheads is a good way to go.
  9. Title pretty much says it all. I'm in the middle of a DIY home project and don't have the time to learn how to do it myself right now. Does anyone have a reputable shop to send the head to? Thanks for any advice.
  10. We put a new clutch into my son's 2007 WR250F over last weekend and I noticed quite a bit of aluminum "slurry" in the clutch and oil filter. We buttoned the bike up and put fresh oil and filter in it and I told him to go put around for short time and then we would change the oil again. He didnt listen and was horsing around wheeling the bike left and right and heard what he described as a "pop and a ticking sound" and the bike stopped running. The bike has compression when it's kicked over. Does anyone have suggestions on where to start to look into what's going on? We are new to this bike and have only owned it a month or so. I had not been able to check the valves in it yet. Thanks for any info. Duane
  11. Same here. Get those pics STAT!
  12. MatthewMCRepir, I actually just found your video yesterday. Thanks for making that!
  13. Don't look back. My son and I own WR250F's and love them in the woods, but when the riding opens up we talk about if we should have gotten 450's! Each bike is a trade off, more power for more weight. Dont regret your 450. It's a great bike, just a different tool for type of riding your doing. Embrace your new bike and conciously learn to ride to it's strengths. The modern 450's are incredibly light when compared to what a 4 stroke trail bike used to weigh with that much power. Think if it that way. These were suggested before but is wortk mentioning again: If your in doubt about too much power and getting surprised by the bike before your used to it, look into a tamer ignition map and/or a G2 Throttle tube. The G2 tubes are very high quality.
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    WR250F sprocket size?

    I know this because I own a stock 2007 with the origional chain and sprockets on it.
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    WR250F sprocket size?

    Stock is 13/50 so 13/52 is pretty low gearing. We ride some steep technical stuff and I wouldn't want to go lower than 13/50 with being sure that's what I wanted to do.