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  1. E85 isn't suitable for most cars it can only be used in those that are specifically built for it (flex-fuel cars and performance cars modified to accept it). It is a great fuel for turbo cars. For example converting to E85 on a Ford XR6T with a custom tune etc will provide an easy ~50kw increase.
  2. It's an '05 KTM 525 with about 6500km on it now, I've owned it 2.5years I think and don't ride it that much (that'll change now I've just got the motard wheels sorted ). Seat is standard and I don't have problems with it but no it's not comfy after a while on the road it starts to feel like sitting on a plank of wood! These RFS motors are proving to be quite reliable, KTM engines had a bad rep from the models before RFS but I think they're just as reliable as any other engine now. As Romie said people are getting 20,000kms+ from them. I've also seen a few people saying the RFS engine is more reliable than the newer XC4 engines in the 07 onwards. I haven't had any major dramas with my bike so far in 2 years of ownership, only wear and tear. This is what I can remember: Had to resolder a cracked solder connection inside stator Fork seals twice Wheel bearings 3 times Chain and sprockets Constantly breaking front indicators (about to install flush mount ones on the headlight shroud) Rebuilt hydraulic clutch master cylinder Replaced split hydraulic clutch hose Replaced split accelerator cable Replaced corroded indicator/headlight handlebar switch I service it meticulously though, oil change every 3rd dirt ride or 400km and replace the two filters every 3rd or 4th oil change, I use Caltex Delo 400 diesel oil which is cheap, ~$90 for 20L and I'll get 16 oil changes out of it. Performance wise I love everything about it, it has more power than my DRZ kicker did, it's lighter and it handles better. The 6 speed also makes highway riding more tolerable. IMO everything is better than the DRZ except: seat comfort price of parts lack of ignition key. It does have a steering lock but I don't use it because I have insurance, GPS tracker and use two disc locks. I've also been considering the upgrade to a 500EXC soon
  3. I have a blue SM tank laying around that I was going to throw away. It's in 'ok' condition, has some slight scratches etc but can have it for free if you want to pay postage. It doesn't include the cap. Craigs tank would probably be easier for you so if anyone else wants it send me a PM. I'm located on the Gold Coast. BTW seems everyone in here is converting to KTMs lol. I sold my DRZ over 2 years ago and am team orange now but still check in here from time to time.
  4. Anybody happen to know of any DRZ motors for sale? Or does anybody know of a good DRZ engine guru based in Gold Coast/Brisbane? I'm asking on behalf of my mate, his engine is in pieces and I'm trying to encourage him to get the bike back on the road.
  5. Not needed anymore thanks
  6. Thanks for the replies so far. Is it possible to inspect the rear guide without removing the clutch etc? Is it visible with the valve cover off?
  7. Hi, I recently had my cam chain replaced by a workshop on my DRZ400 kicker motor, it's been making a loud ticking noise ever since so I purchased a MCCT and have found that it can be wound all the way in! Therefore offering no adjustment of the cam chain. So I'm now wondering is there any difference in cam chain lengths between the kicker motor and a normal one? Is it possible the workshop has put on a longer chain (non OEM perhaps?). Are they the same concept as a drive chain where links can be removed or added? Cheers
  8. I use a Battery Tender, which is what most Americans probably use as it's pretty popular over there.
  9. Ouch Greg, sucks to hear about the accident hopefully your bones and the bike are ok. I spent Saturday up at Glasshouse again with the girlfriend on her DRZ250, it was still a bit muddy in places and the girlfriend well she had a lot of problems keeping the bike upright lol. It's all still a huge learning experience for her, we've been trying to get the bikes out as much as we can lately
  10. A buddy helped me make this rear rack. It still needs to be painted.
  11. I've ordered a Garmin Dakota 20 from US eBay (about $230 delivered for refurbished "like new" units) but it hasn't arrived yet. Also ordered the RAM mount setup and holder for around $35 delivered all up. Keep in mind I'm in Australia so delivery was a fair bit of the total. I'll let you know how it goes, the Dakota 10/20 doesn't get much recognition on these forums but on dirtbikeworld (DBW) forums there's a fair few people using them with good results.
  12. A friend of mine is looking to buy a DRZ400 frame (needs to have compliance plate) Let me know if you know of anyone wrecking a DRZ. Cheers
  13. 17" wheels are standard on road bikes, so naturally you have a larger range of performance oriented tyres available to motard with. Dunlop Q2 Bridgestone Battlax Michelin Pilot Power 2CT etc
  14. The cheapest method would be to buy some CBR250 wheels off ebay that have already been converted to fit the DRZ. They're usually around $500-900. Here is a set for sale in VIC however I think the price is a bit excessive when you can import a brand new set of spoked 17" wheels from USA for around that much (without tyres). http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SUZUKI-DRZ-400-SUPER-MOTARD-WHEELS-17-inch-tubeless-/140581669764?pt=AU_Motorcycle_Parts_Accessories&hash=item20bb520b84#ht_500wt_922 If you haven't already, check out this site http://home.exetel.com.au/bkm/cast-wheels-motard-drz/drz400-cast-wheels-cbr250-cheap.htm It has instructions and dimensions to make the kit using the CBR wheels.