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  1. Burned, you helped me tune this carb up back in 2004 with a JD kit and it's been great. I had the 2003 DRZ400S setting on the charger with fuel valve off for so long the carb dried out. Without taking it apart, have the bike idling but crack the throttle and it dies. Fuel squirt is working. Question: There is a cap at the bottom of the carb on the fuel bowl that looks like a 10 mm wrench would unscrew. Is this access to the needle valve? I was hoping to avoid a removal and tear-down if possible, thinking I might be able to push the needle valve up with a paper clip or such to loosen it. Is this possible? I appreciate your thoughts, or others of the group, on this question. Best, tom tipps
  2. Willilam1, many thanks for your advice. It has been years since I had that carb apart getting the jetting right and I could not remember if I had to remove it to get to the needle valve. I'll follow your advice! Thank you.
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    So what does your DRZ weight?

    Okay, I suck. I thought I had my bike fairly (more or less) trim. After weighing in at 331 pounds I want to know how heavy everybody else is weighing in at. Come on you braggerts, what's your heft?
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    Foots Raptor Mod--ride report

    Just returned from a couple of fun rides in Carlsbad, NM. Friday, rode the old MX track there and some 9 miles of single track in mostly deep silty sand and then on Sunday, 42 miles of single track arount Avalon dam and Brantley dam that was a mix of technical rock climbing, jumping, river crossing and cool trails. I rode the first day with the original ProCircuit unrestricted spark arrestor. Plenty loud. The bike was extremely crisp in all gears. Great fun. Next day, installed the Raptor insert. Get this: NO DIFFERENCE! I really expected to feel something especially since I was riding much more difficult terrain and boggin on some of the climb-outs. Rode like the day before! I highly recommend it as a solution to quiet down the ProCircuit T4 pipe to almost exactly stock db's. Note one other thing: my jetting is perfect, no backfire, no bog in any gear. Also I installed the PowerNow plate and I think it helps with partial throttle response on the climb-outs. Anyway, that's my opinion. Happy trails...
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    Airbox question

    Yes, still have the same '03 DRZ400S with all the mods. Don't get out hardly at all, so I flipped the Deathwings back on and cruise the neighborhood a couple times a year. Pretty boring but that's life. Nice thing though, bike is still like new! Except for all those scratches and broke off stuff. Low miles, I mean to say. Last I remember you were installing hot cams and I think a big cylinder kit.
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    Airbox question

    Hey Bronco, how about that? Must be a few years since I was last here and thought I'd drop in to see what's new. Good to see you still around, as moderator no less! Last time we chatted you were in Washington. Take care! tom
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    Airbox question

    I removed my airbox and replaced it with a Kientech box. As I recall, the rear tire came off, seat off, and two frame bolts so the rear frame would swing up out of the way. Same procedure as if you were getting into the carb to rejet it. Hope this helps! tom
  8. I would really appreciate anyone sending me pics or posting them here of any rides down Black Bear Pass into Telluride. I made this ride recently but had no camera. Started raining just as I got on the switchbacks and made riding them challenging as it was my first time out. Thanks! ttipps@attglobal.net
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    Sprockets

    According to Camster, it will fit. I am using a 13 front 48 rear Renthal with the result of most climbing in 3rd gear, dropping to 2nd on occasion. I really never use 1st except to putt around. I was warned not to go to a 12t on the front because the radius was too small and could cause chain problems. Never had issues with this setup. I think the 54t is the largest you can go to but wow, my top speed is about 60-65 mph. Can't imagine the 54 tooth. If you go to http://www.supersprox.com/usa/catalog.php?sel_drecno=23, you will find they offer up to a 52 tooth. Check out the gearing chart near the bottom of the page at http://www.supersprox.com/usa/static.php?files=maintenance. I notice that my setup of 13-48 give a final ratio of 3.69. What is cool is that you can come up with an alternative sproket setup that will get the ratio you are looking for. For instance, if you are looking for a 14t primary and 54t rear, they give a 3.86 drive ratio. You could achieve the same ratio with a 13t primary and 50t rear (3.85 ratio). Good luck, tom
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    just put knobbies on

    Depending on the knobbies, you will have a much different feel on the roadway. I went from death wings to 606's then to a Kenba front and Terraflex rear. The last feels like the bike is all over the place on nice, smooth pavement. Scares me actually. On the dirt, its extremely stable. I think what you experience is the difference between street and dirt tires. Just curious, but have you tried varying the tire air pressure? I run 10psi front and 6 in back. Can make a difference depending on the road surface.
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    What is this for??

    I have an '03 S and don't have this. Must have been welded on for an accessory of some kind, crash bars maybe?
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    Riding in sand

    Don't forget to drop your tire pressures. Makes a HUGE difference.
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    Is It Okay to sit In corners

    I am not a fast rider so I find myself setting far forward right up against the tank in sharp turns without a lot of speed, elbows up. If I am going left, my left shoulder is down and right is up with my right elbow way up. This plants the front tire and the rear will follow. If I am heading down on a switchback, this works very well with one additional remark: most switchbacks have a "high side" cut into the mountain so you can ride up a little into the top of the switchback and then severely cut back to the trail to make the sharp turn easier. Main thing is to keep the front tire on the trail!
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    letting out air in tires

    I agree. Let out some air. Here are the issues: wheel spin and pinching tubes between the rim and tire when you get into rocks. If you don't have the rim lock on the rear tire, be careful how low you go. You don't want to spin the tire on the rim. I ride with about 9.5 pounds in the front and that feels about right. Experiment.
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    Scott Stablizer and Clark tank?

    Hey gcvt. I am looking at the Scotts handlebar/triple clamp/stabilizer package and a Clark tank as my next step. I see you installed the bolt on stabilizer. How is it? Do you wish you installed the welded one instead? thanks, tom
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    Best bike?

    What can I say? I have my DRZ400S modified almost to an E model and it is really a pleasure to ride. Does not matter if I am riding at a slow pace or really cranking and jumping, it goes without difficulty. I have ridden up to 145 miles in a day riding extremely hard (including some rain) and still got up the next day to do it over and over again---It is a really comfortable bike. The more I ride, the better it gets too. But this is after about 800 miles that I am truly satisfied with my abilities and the weight of the bike (I think it is a wee bit heavy ). I am 5'8" at 183lbs so I find the bike on the ground a lot because my feet just don't reach. Otherwise, its a keeper!
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    Preschool question

    Okay, I went out. I did chicken out and ride around the first time. Came back downhill through them taking my sweet time and it was no big deal. Problem is uphill, momentum, picking the line and trying to keep it all is still challenging. I decided to take it a piece at a time. Next outing, I'll take another stab at it until I get there. By the way, I come off two 4 ft rock drops and was so impressed that the bike simply rolled right off and hit bottom as gentle as she pleases. I was expecting a crash. So each time it gets better. Thanks again for all your support.
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    Preschool question

    I hate to ask this question but I don't have anyone with experience to ride with who would probably know... My first outing with my bike took me up a dirt hill climb that was well worn by 4x4 trucks and the like. It made a curve to the right so I could not see what was coming until too late.. huge cupped out holes from the 4x4's slipping and digging in. When I hit them, it was front tire in, front tire up, rear tire in and tom goes off. Scared the confidence right out of me as it was rather steep to turn around and go back. I simply avoided the stuff after that. Since then I run across these cupped out areas (I don't know the dirt bike riding terms for these holes) I look for a line on the rim of each cup to ride through. But I have a new challenge getting to an area I want to ride and found I have to pass through a relatively difficult section of these cups to get there. They are about 1 to 1.5 yards across and about 2 ft deep and I can't see a clear line to cut across the sides. These are on a really smooth dirt road at the top of the hill and I suppose I could ride around them but I wonder what you all do when you hit these things? thanks, tom
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    Riding question

    I posted this in the off road riding technique but not getting much play. Since I have the DRZ400, I'll ask here too. Original post: I hate to ask this question but I don't have anyone with experience to ride with who would probably know... My first outing with my bike took me up a dirt hill climb that was well worn by 4x4 trucks and the like. It made a curve to the right so I could not see what was coming until too late.. huge cupped out holes from the 4x4's slipping and digging in. When I hit them, it was front tire in, front tire up, rear tire in and tom goes off. Scared the confidence right out of me as it was rather steep to turn around and go back. I simply avoided the stuff after that. Since then I run across these cupped out areas (I don't know the dirt bike riding terms for these holes) I look for a line on the rim of each cup to ride through. But I have a new challenge getting to an area I want to ride and found I have to pass through a relatively difficult section of these cups to get there. They are about 1 to 1.5 yards across and about 2 ft deep and I can't see a clear line to cut across the sides. These are on a really smooth dirt road at the top of the hill and I suppose I could ride around them but I wonder what you all do when you hit these things? thanks, tom
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    Riding question

    Okay guys, I appreciate all the advice! I go out tommorrow to try it out and I will take it easy at first and try try again until I get the technique and confidence up. Let you know later how it goes.
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    Preschool question

    You folks are the best! I go out tomorrow to check it out. I decided to go slower at first. Attempt it a few times and then just ride on for the rest of the day. Next outing, try some more. Can't afford an injury because I owe, I owe. Thanks for all your advice!
  22. Question for those that might know. I have been riding a 4:1 ratio to get my confidence up for more speed. I am ready to change. Question is if it is better to make the front or rear sprocket larger and second question is whether you can feel a difference between going bigger on the front vs. the rear? I am no engineer, but I was curious if the transmission ratio is altered when you change the front or rear sprocket sizes? Maybe I am thinking too much? thanks, tom
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    Sproket changing--front vs. rear

    Like that "tippsalot"? Nickname from Steve Hatch. I guess I earned it. I am going to experiment with the 13 and 14 tooth since the rear is a 48. I think I'll like the 13 best. Thanks for the reply!
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    Preschool question

    I know you are correct about this as everything I read is the same.. speed. And it does take confidence. I was thinking about it last night and I do the same thing for smaller obstacles, just hit them with speed and you really skim over them. I was on a ride in Colorado with Steve Hatch and some others and I remember him saying how they would simply "jump over" many of the 20 odd feet of obstacles on the trail. I think I now understand better. They ride really fast so I guess that is it. Speed and keep the front light.
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    Riding question

    I appreciate all the replies. Barton recommended the same thing basically, suggesting to keep it under control and perhaps wheelie-ing into the first one. He called my cupped out road "ruts" so I'll go with that. I have always had a fear of gassing the bike to go over because my speed is usually too slow to matter, gassing was not necessarily good. But I do have very low gearing so I'll give it a try. Thanks!
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