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  1. ScurveyJoe

    Puller for Swingarm Bolt

    I serviced mine about a month ago. Probably the most difficult thing I have tackled on the DRZ. What seemed to have worked is heat gun, laying bike on side and penetrating oil, and fashioning a brass drift from brass pipe and cap ends, and hitting with a 3 lbs hammer. Using a large diameter drift allowed me to hit it with some good strikes. Thanks to all posters for giving me ideas and the gumption to tackle it. BTW, took 2 weeks for that long cylindrical spacer you see at far right, OEM suzuki. I chose OEM instead of aftermarket because I was not comfortable with the source provider and I did not want to do this again prematurely. And while I was waiting I checked the valves. All within specs for 9K, DRZe.
  2. I also have the E and picked up some stock SM wheels last year. I was originally thinking about buying an EBC bracket and 320 rotor, but instead just used my stock E rotors. The bike brakes well compared to dual sport knobbies. I don't track but can pass an hour through long sweeps and tight bends in the mountains. I am happy with the stock rotors as I believe it stops as well as my Triumph Tiger 1050, likely because it's such a heavy bike with less engine braking compared to the DRZ. One thing is that I did have to cut the chain down, 2 links I think from the stock E sprocket (47 teeth?) I love the grip and the extra tire width seems to soften the ride compared to dual sports knobs. And, I feel more secure at stops with the lower seat height. Have fun!
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    will an electric torque wrench remove valve-shim stack

    Thanks all for the input, especially the shim stack link - that is truly Gold!!
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    How old is too old to SuperMoto ?

    Remember, the ones giving you advice here are Alive, the Dead or Maimed would say something different. I temper my excitement with the part of my brain responsible for self-preservation. 43 is relatively young and yes, you likely only have about 10-15 more pain free riding years. But, your body & brain will not heal or recover as well as a 25 year old or 35 year old. Have fun, but remember you've lived to 43 and that should not be undervalued. You have loved ones that probably depend on you, not just as an income earner but caretaker and passer-on of knowledge and wisdom. Take out some life insurance and take your high risks to the track. Live long and Prosper!
  5. i am gonna replace the oem fork valve and shim stack. i do not want to disassemble shock from top. will an electric torque wrench remove valve-shim stack/piston. for those that used an air wrench, what torque setting did you use t0 remove and install. thx!!
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    Lowering drz400 tall seat

    I've had the Seat Concepts low height for a year now and I would give it a "B" grade compared to the "C-" for the Gel seat and "D" for the OEM cushion seat. Regarding installation, I tried stapling myself with various manual staplers and various staples. I was unable to bury the staples into the curves of the thick seat plastic, no problem on the straights. For $20-30, I was able to get a local upholster who does the custom jobs at Tesla Motors. Well worth it if you don't have a staple gun. Cons: the Seat Concepts is a little wide up front and digs into your leg at stops. I hear the new one is more narrow. I actually like the shape of the gel. My ideal seat would be a narrow seat concept with a pommel shape and thin gel insert, added to reduce vibration.
  7. Alright, all good information, especially taking out the base valve with an air impact. That's so much simpler than separating the tubes with the special hex tool and socket wrench at the other end. The time is ripe for me to add an air compressor and impact wrench to my quiver then. 3 times before I have considered buying one. First, I remember how very difficult it was removing my drive sprocket with a breaker bar and neighbor sitting atop. Second, it was dissappointing not being able to properly staple my Seat Concepts cover. Third, I had to put my forks & Stanley bench into an Indian scissors wrestling lock while simultaneously extending both arms to the sides to hold the hex tool and socket wrench (and inside a long pipe for leverage) - I wish I had taken a picture. I will read up on air compressors and impact wrenches then head over to my Ace Hardware for further advice on brands/features. I will be using the air compressor and wrench mainly on the DRZ. What pressure levels do you guys recommend, oil or oil less and your preferences for gun brands/models, too?
  8. Thank you all for sharing your ideas, specs, graphs and trials. It is encouraging enough that I plan to give it a Go. I have already replaced the fork springs and seals, which in itself has given me some confidence in tackling the base valve. Question: 1. I take it that I don't need to replace the new oil seals every month I pull the shock apart to try the various stacks. 2. Can I reuse the fork oil if I don't see significant changes in color or viscosity? Maybe run it through a coffee filter if I see contaminants. 3. Are there any short cuts to taking the base valve out? I remember that step being toward the end of complete disassembly. You guys must be using an air wrench which might preclude taking the oil seals out. Thanks!
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    03 drz buzz/vibration question

    I have had my E for a year now and have accepted the buzz on the Freeway. I try to keep it to 60 mph. For me it's the down side of the DRZ. In contrast, my Super Sherpa 250 has a 6th gear and still purrs smoothly at 65 mph. Probably has better counter balancers, too.
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    Dunlop 606 or Pirelli MT43

    I just recently replaced my rear 606 with a MT-43. I was looking for a smoother road surface tire that would also grip better on single track trails. I have not had a chance to hit the dirt though, but I am very pleased at its road handling characteristics on the freeway and wet asphalt canyon roads. Since the tire has a tall side wall, it has a little more cush which my lower back appreciates. I was a little concerned about its narrow 4.0 stated width, but its wider than my 4.1 270 Kenda on my Sherpa. I am running 18 cold psi (heated to 20 psi) on the street and have not observed any chunking or premature wear in its first 150 freeway miles. A small benefit is that the E is a little less buzzy at 60 due to the larger tire circumference. I was impressed by this tire when I buddied up with KTM 530 with MT-43's and me with 606. For 2 hours, we rode over hard pack, loose dirt and loose rock nuggets mixed with dirt and he was fine. I briefly traded bikes and I didn't feel a difference, but again, this was moderate to advance trails and not hauling "Butt" around a track. BTW, there was a small amount of lateral creep I noticed on a particular rough asphalt road around 40 mph, at first. I chalk it up to the soft compound and tread pattern. I don't seem to feel it anymore. I trust that MT43 will live up to its trail reputation, but I won't be going back to the 606's since I am about 60 dirt/40 street, and on that street part, I am looking for more comfort. That's my 2 cents. Everyone is different. Good luck. I write more when I get a chance to hit the dirt.
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    Seat Concepts 1st Impressions

    Low seat from Seat Concepts for 49 year old, small gluteus, 5'8", 195 lbs, occasional rider, once per week, own a Super Sherpa (stock seat) and the DRZ 400E (OEM cushion and gel seat). Customer Service: Excellent. Personable. They helped me choose the right seat height and were able to tell me the fine differences in fabric choices. Installation: Had an auto/moto upholstery shop finish the job after I stapled in the bow and stern, which was easy because of the large flat surface. The seat looks nice - symmetrical, smooth aesthetic design, and cover finish. It had to be stretched tight, so I can see a two lateral spots where the vinyl is stress tearing at the staple. I think a manual stapler might still work if the staples weren't so thick like the T50's. I'm glad that I tried to do it myself first and at least got the job started. It makes me appreciate the skills of a pro. $20 to install at King Covers in Fremont, CA. They also do some work for Tesla Motors. I will go back to them for future works. Fit: No problems with install. Cleared my stern rack. The bow seems to have a slightly more gap between the tank and seat than I remember, but few things fit better than the factory stuff. Looks: It really sweeps nice with the DRZ lines. Ride, 1st Impressions: 30 minutes on freeway, no stopping and 1 hour on the street (approximate seated time range about 5-10 minutes before stop light interruption). The cushion is firm. It transmits noticeably more vibration from the upper RPM range than my OEM gel seat. I also seem to feel road irregularities more. However, the firmer cushion contours better to the (ischia) sitting bones, soft tissue and muscles. This distributes the pressure points more evenly. I found myself wanting to stand up less to relieve gluteus discomfort compared to similar rides with my OEM gel seat. At stops, I can feel the lateral parts of the seat press into my thigh. Not comfortable, but tolerable. Anthropometric wise, I am probably slightly more narrow at hips than the average, but more than average thigh musculature. Normally, after a ride, my lower back senses that I have been "riding." But, I did not feel that after this first jaunt. That's good. Overall 1st Impression: I think it's good to start with a baseline. The stock seat is a 1.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. "1" being uncomfortable, "3" neither uncomfortable/comfortable and 5 comfortable. The Gel seat is a "3." The Seat Concepts "4" to "4.5." A significant improvement over the gel. Improvements & thoughts: There is always room for improvements. I have found the best comfort with the Gel Seat and the "Ergo Mat" seat cushion bungied on top. I going to experiment and make a "Frakenseat." By going with a low seat, I am giving up some cushion compared to the standard height seat, but I like getting one foot flat at stops in asphalt and dirt. I think an air bladder or gel transfer from stern to bow would be my ideal to adjust to the type of riding. For me seat comfort is a function of compression/vibration transmitted to the body, as well as fit to the body; for sitting, stopping, standing and maneuvering. Development in these key areas will help improve and extend our riding time & years. I'll probably do a follow up after a month since I believe seat comfort is integral to improving the quality and ergonomics of "riding, straddling and sitting." I have yet to hit the dirt on the SC saddle.
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    seat concepts install difficulty

    Installation: Had an auto/moto upholstery shop finish the job after I stapled in the bow and stern, which was easy because of the large flat surface. The seat looks nice - symmetrical, smooth aesthetic design, and cover finish. It had to be stretched tight, so I can see a two lateral spots where the vinyl is stress tearing at the staple. I think a manual stapler might still work if the staples weren't so thick like the T50's. I'm glad that I tried to do it myself first and at least, get the job started. It makes me appreciate the skills of a pro. $20 to install at King Covers in Fremont, CA. They also do some work for Tesla Motors. I will go back to them for future works. Excellent personable, customer service from Seat Concepts!
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    seat concepts install difficulty

    Received a low seat cushion and cover from Concepts. Front and back went on OK with Arrow T50 Red stapler since it was a flat surface, but the side fabric (even heated) is too tight for the manual staple gun, meaning 1/4" off the edge of the seat pan is too convex for the staples to bite into. Would be nice to have some extra side fabric so I could staple it onto the flat surface like the OEM material. I'll take this to a professional upholster tomorrow. A bit frustrating since the instructions say that heavy duty manual staple gun is an option.
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    Best seat DRZ400

    I have another Opinion on Suzuki Gel Seat. I have been riding with the Gel seat and went back to OEM foam to experiment. IMO, the Gel seat is more comfortable. I'm 200 lbs, 49 years (less butt muscle and disc cushion) and spend about 30 minutes to 1 hour on the street. Of course, on the dirt, it doesn't matter too much since my weights on the pegs more during a 2 hours dirt ride. However, I did order low Seat Concepts today and can't wait to see if it's more comfortable than my most recent make-shift seat, which is a Gel seat with a an ergokneel pad bungeed on top. Aesthetically kludge but Man, did it feel cush!
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    Good bye to my DRZ Pic heavy

    How does the ride quality compare on the street between the 2, specifically comfort over bumps and road irregularities? Thanks and I can somewhat empathize with losing the DRZ soon. Like an old Girlfriend who has been good to you!
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