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  1. Zach7018

    Another big bore question

    In all honesty I have no clue about weight, I can tell you a few things, I really like them, they're a good bang for the buck and everything I need them to be. If you do a lot of off-road and don't ride with motocross boots you will surely want to start because planting a foot for any reason can quickly result in a pannier smacking the back of your leg and without boots and I think there is a potential for injury there, (you can run soft bags easily if you're planning some real hard off-road). You have to fit the mounts to the boxes yourself, not too large of a task, and just a tiny bit of layout/fab knowledge and you can get them both level and in line with each other easily... and as for weight..... this is my first set of hard panniers so maybe in relation to others they're not bad, but I think they're a little heavy, I also carry A LOT of tools and gear(been stranded before so I pretty much pack a mechanic shop) and I'm also not making the horsepower that you are and I'm sure ten more ponies would change my opinion quite a bit.
  2. Zach7018

    Another big bore question

    Doing some reading on it I think you just saved me a couple hundred. Seems like the CVK40 is pretty comparable to the fcr, way more available and a lot cheaper. It doesn't seem like the fcr would be a major issue but riding in Southern California as you the elevation change is just insane if you go anywhere worth going so I would rather not deal with a fussy carb. Thanks for steering me in that direction!!
  3. Zach7018

    Another big bore question

    On my last trip, my altitude varied from -231ft up to 4200ft, and often I find myself going higher than that. I am moving soon so that might not be the case anymore but I have heard that the stock S carb does better with elevation changes than the FCR39, can you or anyone elaborate on why that is and what the improvement is with the CVK40?
  4. Zach7018

    Another big bore question

    So do you think with 14/47, ACT and cam, carb, and exhaust I'd still be wanting the big bore kit after a while ?
  5. Zach7018

    Another big bore question

    I didn't really think about that at all to be honest. Good thing I only put 300 miles on it like that. 200 is a price Im willing to pay to be able to ride while I build my new Motor.
  6. Zach7018

    Another big bore question

    I was just reading Eriks post on compression tests, I think Ill start there. You really think 15/42 is that rough on my clutch? I figured it oughta be safe since the sm uses 15/41. I used that online gearing calculator and at highway speeds I can't remember exact numbers but I think it dropped me close to 500 Rpms at 70 in 5th. I agree if I'm going that far it would probably be easier to buy a second motor and then when it takes me a month to finish I can still ride. But now we're talking another thousand... any idea where to hunt one of those down ??
  7. Zach7018

    Another big bore question

    I was thinking about the ACT, which might solve my current issue actually... I went to 15/42 gears to bring my highway revs down because I have to crunch a lot of miles to get to where I want to go. But with 15/42 it has the potential to stall in tight spots and doesn't have a lot of low punch. I guess with act gears I could run 15/44 and still keep low highway revs. Wouldn't save me any money but I guess at this point I've gone so far I might as well go all in. Ive been looking at the Athena kit and the Cylinder works kit. I think FCR, Cams and Exhaust with 15/42 would probably accomplish my goals but I need a top anyway as it seems to be drinking more oil these days, about $200 for a stock bore rebuild or $525 for a BB kit. I probably could throw cams, carb and exhaust at it and see what it does before I do the top end and then decide which one I need. I'm just worried more CC's = More problems
  8. Zach7018

    Another big bore question

    So Ive decided its time to pull apart my favorite machine and freshen it up, and I'm looking to make some improvements in the process. I already have a 3x3 mod and a JD jet kit done and it seemed to have changed the world. The stock bike just plain sucked and now its a lot better. I never expect 450 race bike power here but I know there is a little more and I'm wondering if the juice is worth the squeeze. I already plan to add a header and exhaust, an FCR39 carb and stage 1 hotcams. After some research it really seems like those places are where the gains actually come from, so would it be worth it to throw a 434 big bore kit at this bike or just stick with what I already mentioned and a new stock bore top end??? Also my rides are often solo and pretty isolated,how much of a reliability headache can I expect with these mods?
  9. I've been riding my 2002 400s with stock 15/44 gearing for a while now. Unfortunately I find myself having to do a lot more highway than I would like to, to get to where I want to ride the dirt. I'm building the bike into a light adventure bike and I don't ride any super technical trails (I don't want to completely lose that ability though) but I do like some so-cal mountain trails. I anticipate a lot more highway miles in the future in order to reach the trails I'd like to ride, also meaning I'll be adding a little weight, camping gear etc.( I am a 150lb rider) I saw a 43t rear sprocket available, would 15/43 make any noticeable difference in my highway rpms (65-75) and how much damage would it do to my abilities on the trail. I would also like to know the same for 15/41 and if anyone can let me know what changes in chain would need to be made. This will be my first time experimenting with a gearing change on any bike that I have owned. Bike has 3/3 mod done, stock exhaust and a JD Jet Kit.
  10. Zach7018

    DRZ BURNING OIL!!!

    I check it after running it for the prescribed amount of time and letting it sit for the prescribed amount of time. However after an oil change when the level is correct, the oil wont even really register on the stick when the engine is cold. Now it is at half with a cold engine (I checked cold just to see how much I actually added yesterday), which will only rise when the bike is hot, so its overfull, is this a problem or nothing to worry about?
  11. Zach7018

    DRZ BURNING OIL!!!

    Final question, after I added oil to get it to show full on the stick while it was hot, (probably not a good solution) it now is half on the stick when its cold. I assume this is overfull. If its not actually burning oil will this be a problem?
  12. Zach7018

    DRZ BURNING OIL!!!

    Yes it is still there and to my knowledge unaltered. From what I'm reading in other topics on here, it sounds like the amount of oil that is lost to move the level on the stick from full to half is very very small. Another question that I'm sure has been visited before, if I'm in warm enough environments would it be better to run 20-50 and would it reduce oil burn on long highway stretches. I'm building this bike into a light adventure bike and there is some longgggg highway stretches in its future.
  13. Zach7018

    DRZ BURNING OIL!!!

    I'm going to do an oil change and measure as soon as a get a chance, as for the smoke, there was a little white smoke when I fired it up last week but it had been sitting for a month (tank was drained but maybe a little old fuel in the carb bowl) that went away after about a minute. yes it does have the oil vapor recovery box.
  14. Zach7018

    DRZ BURNING OIL!!!

    I have a 2002 drz400s that just hit 11,500 miles. I've owned it about 1000 of those miles and they were done some highway, some urban street and some trail. I had an issue a while back with the float needle seat o-ring letting fuel into the oil, changed the o-ring and that seemed to be the end of it. At first the bike wasn't running great but after fixing that carb issue, a 3x3 mod and a JD jet kit I'm in love with this machine...which is why I'm very concerned about her drinking oil!!! Ive noticed over about the last 300 miles or so it has gone from full on the dip stick to about half. This morning I took her around the block to get her all warmed up and check the oil and it was about 3/4 of the way up the stick. This afternoon I did about 40 miles highway and 20 miles trail and came back and checked and it was half. I decided to dump a little oil in there until it read full on the stick. I"m confused because the bike is running pretty well and if it was drinking that much oil and had bad rings I would think this would be noticed. There are no leaks on the floor of my garage or any signs on the engine thats its leaking, also no sign of oil in the exhaust. So ...What could it be, is it immediately serious, and can I just keep adding oil and get another 1000 miles out of it before I have to rebuild her?
  15. Zach7018

    DRZ 400 idle/jerky throttle problems?

    I Pulled it out again and it may be ok, but then again...probably not, I just went for it and ordered a new one. 50 bucks but if it makes the bike run its worth it.
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