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Cercious

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  1. One week for me. Bought it brand new, but didn't do any off road stuff until my dad bought his a week later. Thought I was being cool taking the "easy" route. Turned out there was a 4 foot drop that I didn't see in time. Inexperience (Never ridden off road before I got this bike.) and the tires didn't make for a pretty landing. It's cool. I knew I'd drop it eventually, and as big of a drop as that was pretty much made me unafraid of stuff like that.
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    Turning to the dark side ...

    It's not the difference in opinions that bothers me. It's the insults. Thick skin, or not, as a community we need to try not to insult others in order to grow our community. For all we know, throwing those insults around might even cause someone to think that anyone who rides a DRZ is like that, and in turn decide they don't want to be seen like that so they choose not to ride a DRZ. I'd much rather someone make that choice based on the bike options, not the community in the forums.
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    Turning to the dark side ...

    This thread is the only thread that I've come across that's made me feel shame for being a part of this community. There's so much judgement and name calling against this person. If you don't want to do it, fine. Don't do it. This person likes it, and has shown they can be safe doing it. Leave it at that. I know someone personally who runs a car tire on their Valkyrie. They can afford BOTH the bike and the motorcycle tires. In fact, they run regular motorcycle tires on their other Valkyrie. Which makes me wonder why everyone seems to be jumping to the "must not be able to afford motorcycle tires" conclusion, or like another poster, calling them a "cheap A##." Maybe they enjoy it? Like the feeling? I've ridden his Valkyrie with the car tire from Dallas to Ft. Meyers Florida, and on many other trips. Yes, it handles different. Of course it will. But did it ever make me feel unsafe? No. I drag the foot pegs in the twisties the same as when I ride with a regular motorcycle tire, and never feel like it's going to lose it. But seriously, if the majority of you guys are willing to sling insults and judgments around insulting the person in that link (And other people like myself and people I know who do the same thing.), then why should I bother even trying to give back to this community? Or stay? If I hadn't read any other thread on this forum, I might be inclined to close the browser, and never visit here again. In turn, I'd miss out on all the help I've received from this forum for my DRZ. Think before you post. Your post may be the one that makes someone ignore this helpful forum.
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    Installing DRC Edge 2...do I cut these tabs?

    I kept mine, but they're hidden by my side crash bars/saddle bags.
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    Has anyone tried this jetting method?

    For me, I removed the clip first. Then I was able to push it down from the top. It's on there pretty tight. When you put it on your other needle, be sure to push it ALL the way to the clip. It will be tight on there, too. I just did the jetting on my '14 S last week.
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    3x3 mod thread is a frustrating

    Honestly? I thought of doing it that way since that's the way the kit instructions say. I opted to take it completely out, though, since I'm clumsy and have butter fingers. Didn't want to lose something and have to search around for it. Just easier to put it on the work bench and do everything there on paper towels. Nothing bounces out into Wheretheblankdiditgoville that way.
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    3x3 mod thread is a frustrating

    I'm not sure what it is you need, either, but I'll try to help out. I just did the 3x3 mod and used the JD Jet kit on my '14 S model that's otherwise stock. If you follow the instructions in the kit, it's literally that easy. My bike runs great, throttle response is better, and seems to feel better at the low speed stuff. Really, the hardest part is taking out/putting in the carb. Best advice I can give for that, though, is split the frame some, and push the airbox boot back as much as you can to give yourself more room when you're installing it again. The extended fuel mixture screw is probably a good idea. I got it for mine, and it's easy to get to when the carb is on the bike. I followed that video as well, even though he uses a different kit than I did. The steps are there, in order, and if you get lost and need a reminder it's all right there. It's seriously easy.
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    SM to Dirt spec conversion

    Alright, thanks for the response. I'm not so worried about it, then, since I don't plan on doing too much sandy stuff. The price difference and my inexperience with off road I don't think I'll be giving that MT21 a try, since it's almost as expensive as buying both front and rear K760's. For now, anyways.
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    SM to Dirt spec conversion

    I'm in the opposite position as everyone in this thread. I'm riding a '14 S model, and looking for a spare set of wheels for quick/easy swapping from road to dirt. This is my primary bike until I find a V65 Magna I feel is worth jumping on, so it will be seeing quite a few road miles. The price of wheels for the DRZ is what's made me decide to start getting good at mounting/shade tree balancing. My question, though, is about the K760 front tire you mention. I just bought a set of Kenda Trakmaster K760's front and rear for my S, but I haven't put them on yet. Still running the stock Trailwings. My dad has the K760 rear on his bike and that thing grips like crazy, even on wet pavement, so I decided to try them both. At $102 with free shipping, I figured why not. Anywho, what is it about the front that's so awful? I've never ridden dirt before this bike, and so I've never dealt with dirt tires. I have found the limits of the Trailwing front tire, thus earning the nickname "Slip'n'Slide" from a co-worker, but that's about it. Is the awfulness of the K760 front tire something someone like me who knows nothing of off road riding will notice fairly easily?
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    RotoPax

    Thanks! We still have a few months of planning/prepping. We're not going until later in the summer. Whenever I do stuff like this with my dad my friends always say "Man, I wish your dad was my best friend."
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    RotoPax

    It's been a plan of ours for quite a few years. My dad and I have been riding buddies the last 10 or 11 years, but on 2 Honda Valkyries. I've never done any dirt riding until I bought my DRZ back in October. On one of his road trips up there, he ended up camping next to a couple of guys who were doing the dual sport riding, and had the brilliant idea that we needed a vacation with 2 bikes each where the only problem is waking up in the morning and having to decide if we want to ride pavement or dirt. This trip is just going to be the DRZ's, though. We'll do the road bikes next time.
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    3x3 mod on stock bike

    Keep me posted on that exhaust, and be sure to let me know what system you go with. I'm torn. For power, I want to do exhaust and stage two hot cams and I think I'll be happy. Well, I'm happy with the stock power, honestly, but I love to tinker even though I'm almost always broke. The thing with the exhaust is my dad's running Two Brothers slip on with a silencer on his '08 and the thing is monstrously loud. The stock exhaust is loud to me, so I might be a bit biased. As for the carb, I did separate the frame, and Sacrifice is right. Pushing the airbox boot back gives you room, but man that thing is stiff and doesn't want to budge. At least mine is. From what I'm seeing in your posts in this thread and your rotopax thread I'm starting to think you're where I was a couple of weeks ago. Anyways, I'm doing my 14t sprocket and mounting/balancing my Trackmasters later today. For now, I head to bed. I'll share the results with you.
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    3x3 mod on stock bike

    I literally just got back from test riding my bike after doing the 3x3 mod and rejet. The throttle response is much improved. My bike is a stock 2014 DR-Z 400S. Using the same JD Jet Kit that I got off this site, I went blue needle with the clip in the 3rd position, 155 Main, 25 pilot. Fitted the extended fuel mixture screw, too, since I'd have the carb off. Get that. Seriously. Anyways, as to the bike and how it feels. It feels more responsive. Picking the front tire up is a little easier than it was before the rejet. Should be better, again, once I fit my 14t front sprocket. As for pavement riding with the 14t, my dad did his a couple months ago, and we did some 80mph highway riding to family's place about 50-60 miles away. He said he felt comfortable with the bike at that speed, and as far as gas mileage goes, he got the exact same as me. I wouldn't worry about the 14t being inappropriate for highway. He did go to the 47 in the rear and said he's going to avoid highway riding now. So there's that. Sorry, long post, I know, but you're in a similar place to me, and just trying to help out. One thing people don't say too much in their posts about rejetting/3x3 mod is that the carb is hard to get out of there and is a female dog to get back in...
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    RotoPax

    My dad's doing all the planning, but I do know we'll be staying in Lake City. That'll be our base of operations. Most of our rides will be just day rides, but he's planning a two or three day excursion that should prove to be pretty interesting. Most of the mods I'm doing to my bike have all been to get ready for that trip.
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    RotoPax

    Well, it's longest will be front to back. That's how I mocked it up, anyways. I was originally thinking about going side to side with it when I was waiting on it. Once I finally got it, I realized the base plate wouldn't work with my rear rack like that. Mocked it up front to rear, and then sat on the bike, and had a couple inches of room between my rump and the plastic. I'm not really going to mount it until my Colorado trip comes up. Won't be using it on my OHV outings.
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