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  1. dhuber

    Getting a tag for a 400E in NC

    To bad you don't live in WY. You would take your bike to the sheriff. He would inspect it and give you an affidavit saying it is street legal. You would then be on your way to the court house for your license.
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    Tires for new DRZ400S

    I've been keeping my eye out for, I know one of these days I look in some valley and it will be full of abandoned Trail Wings.
  3. I just installed my blue IMS 3.2 gallon gas tank last night on my DRZ 400s. The right rear brass insert is sticking out slightly more then the left causing the tank to kink to the left causing my petcock to touch the motor cylinder. To compensate for this I just bent the tab up a little. The petcock is no longer touching the cylinder. 1. The left tank and petcock are probably a ¼" inch and the right side of the tank is probably 3/8" from the upper cylinder sides. This seems close do I need to worry about plastic melting and fire? 2. I had to file down on the big plastic hook on the bottom of the seat to get it to slide into place. I didn't file to much just enough to put the seat in place with difficulty. I'm afraid if I file to much the seat will be loose if I put the metal tank back on. 3. My stock plastic radiator shrouds bolted on to the tank but I had to use longer bolts. The lower part of the shrouds where an inch out from the radiator. I just flexed the shroud in an inch and bolted them to the radiator. Is this normal or do people replace there shrouds when they change the tank? I haven't started the bike yet. I have to go to the store and buy a 1" longer fuel line and vacuum line to fit between the petcock and carburetor. At this point I'm not too impressed with the tank fit. I bought the 3.2 thinking it would fit better than the 4 gallon. Maybe I'm too fussy. I will say it appears to be built beefy!
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    IMS 3.2 or 3.1 gallon tank install on S

    Yes I removed the spacer. IMS included shorter screws for the petcock with my tank. I also did some research on TT. I found an excellent post that said us silicone spray on the rubber pads on the seat before putting it on. I didn't have silicone spray but I had silicone grease and the seat slid right on. I will eventually replace the petcock. I'm still not impressed with the fit, but it's on and it will work.
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    manual cam chain tensioner question

    If it's under warranty don't mess with it. I have a 2001 DRZs with the original ACCT still installed . Someday I will change it when I get around to it. I'm probably the only one on this form with this attitude, but you can't make your bike 100% bullet proof. The only reason I see to buy a new bike is so if it breaks you can take to the dealer and say fix it!
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    01drz400s Stiffen the stock rear shock?

    I bought a completely stock 2001 DRZ 400S a month ago. The person I bought it from weighed 225. I weight 180. He told me he had the rear set as stiff as possible. It's to stiff for me and I will be adjusting it. The front fork is just right.
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    New "S"

    Hi Gary I bought a completely stock 2001 DRZ 400S a month ago. The S is with 15/44 sprockets is geared way to high for trail riding. I just ordered 14/47 sprockets, but I might have to go with 13/48. I also have a bigger tank on order so I should be ready for the trails as soon as the snow melts. My next purchase will probably be tires. I'm 37 years old and like you I don't ride hard like I used to (it just hurts to much when you go down). My last dirt bikes were YZ 125 and YZ 250 which I raced some. Anymore I just want to trail ride and have fun. Power on this bike is not as much as an issue as the weight is for me. I've been shedding as much weight off the bike as possible. Enjoy your bike!
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    Considering a new DRZ400S...

    I bought a completely stock 2001 DRZ 400S a month ago for $3100. It had only 600 miles on it and looked like it came fresh of the show room floor. No visible wear on the tires, chain, or chips or scratches on side cases, exhaust pipe or anything! I would definitely look for a used one. At the time I bought this bike I did not realize the Carburetor, Cams, and Exhaust are smaller on the S than the ones on the E or K Model. I might of looked around a bit more for an E or K had I known what I know now. I would think a lighting kit would be cheaper than replacing the Carburetor, Cams, and Exhaust. The S also weighs around 291 I think the E & K are around 260 with the K being lighter yet. The S is with 15/44 sprockets is geared way to high for trail riding. I just ordered 14/47 sprockets, but I might have to go with 13/48. The trail wing tires will have to be replaced if you want to get into serious hill climbing. I've been commuting to work for the last month on this bike and I'm getting 50 miles to the gallon. I doubt you will get that kind of milage with the E or K. I also have a bigger tank and 14/47 sprockets on order so I should be ready for the trails as soon as the snow melts. Over all I like the bike. It will get up graded over time. No matter what model I would have bought I would of had to modify it. I just think the E & K would be cheaper
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    How much?

    I bought a 2001 DRZ 400S a month ago for $3100. It had only 600 miles on it and looked like it came fresh of the show room floor. No visible wear on the tires, chain, or chips or scratches on side cases, exhaust pipe or anything! I would offer him $2500.
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    My new IMS tank

    I've been looking for the blue tank. All I ever see is yellow, white, and transparent. Where did you buy this?
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    Air filter cleaning question - Burned/?

    wow! am I the only one that uses dish soap and water, dry, saturate with motor oil, ring oil out.
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    3X3 DynoJet Mod Manual

    This is the best post I've seen on TT. Thanks!
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    Battery

    I don't like the whole electric start issue. The problem I'm guessing is these are gel cell batteries not water flooded batteries. The gel cells are great for weight and low maintenance. But there is no way you can get any life out of them like you get with a flooded cell. I just bought a used 01 model that had 625 miles on it. The previous owner bought it new in 02. He replaced the battery in 03 and when I looked at the bike in 04 the battery was bad so for part of the deal I had him throw in a new battery. I'm guessing this is going to be an annual deal. My next DR will be a 400k model with no battery.
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    DRZ Opinions/Info

    It sounds like the perfect bike for your father. I just bought a used 01 DR Z400s a month ago with 625 actual miles. The only reason I bought this thing was the price and the condition it was in. Its looks like it just came off the show room floor. This is the perfect bike if all you want to do is ride easy trails, mountain roads, and commute to work etc... I like the head light, the speedometer, and the helmet holder. I don't like: The metal tank, the exhaust system, the rear tail light, the electric starter (un needed 10 pounds), the anti pollution garbage, the gearing (geared way to high), the tires, or the fact is has a smaller cam and carburetor than the off road model. If I could do it over I would by the DR Z400k off road model. I would put on an after market exhaust system, and UFO tail light, and perhaps a beefier head light and be done with it.
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    DRZ Kicker

    This is a good question. I would like to put a kicker on my 2001 DRZ400s. I went the Suzuki dealer in Cheyenne last week, after telling me "why would you want to do that" as to infer only an idiot would do this, they told me it has to be a 2002 or newer. If anyone has done this mod to a 2001 or earlier let me know.
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