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    Differences with Australian E model

    I think we get the 'S' brakes on our E's as well. Different master cylinder sizes.
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    Sidestand for FSE450

    Hi Guys, Time to replace the sidestand on my FSE. Does anyone know if an aftermarket stand is available? The Gas Gas one is kinda crappy. mal
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    Online resources for GasGas parts?

    Are you looking for something in particular or just browsing? I have spent way too much time looking around the interweb and might be able to put you in the right direction. mal
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    Sidestand for FSE450

    Thanks for that mate. Went to the site but couldn't find the article you mentioned - any chance of a link? Thanks Again, mal
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    2003 Gas Gas FSE 450-Comments/Reviews

    I have an '06 and can't say much specifically about the '03 but yes, the bike has a barometric sensor and automatically adjusts for altitude. Incidentally, I love my '06 - great bike. I do understand there were reliability issues with earlier models though. mal
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    Gas gas Pampera 400

    This months ADB mag has a review. Basically, great bike on sub-standard suspension (no clickers front or back!). mal
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    gas gas sm450 impressions

    OK. I came off a DRZ400E so I can also give you a comparison. The first thing you will notice about the bike is the quality of the finish. Everything from the Ohlins shock to the Domino controls just screams quality. The suspension on mine is still set to stock and is too hard for me but of course there's ample adjustability (I think theres something like 55 compression clicks on the shock). Compared to the DRZ, the FSE feels much, much smaller and lighter. As a result I got an immediate burst in confidence after getting on it. Where it really comes in to it's own though is the steering. It steers easily and goes exactly where you point it. The engine is very strong. Feels much more like (say) a 525 than a DRZ. Lots of low down power and a nice mid-range. Not much up top but that's pretty typical for a big four stroke. The real bonus comes with the EFI. It gives you a degree of precision that's completely unlike any dirt bike I've ever ridden. For a less than average rider like myself that just adds to the feeling of confidence and control. The slipper clutch is awesome. The effect is much more subtle than I expected but it works a treat. Now for the bad. Some people have problems getting them started and mine is in the shop right now due to a clutch problem. Apparently it's not common and most people seem to have reported no siginificant reliability issues with the later models. Also, the fuel tank (on the Austrlian model at least) is a piddly 6.7litres. Hope that Helps, mal
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    gas gas sm450 impressions

    I've got an FSE450 - are you interested in hearing about that or just the SM model? mal
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    Looking for upside down forks Australia

    Try Joe's in Canberra. I believe they're meant to be pretty good with this sort of stuff. Ph: (02) 6280-6223 mal
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    Thanks TT and Goodbye....

    Hi All, I am about to start a new job and this was probably my last opportunity to upgrade my bike for a long time. So, despite the fact that my DRZ was only a year old, I took the opportunity to upgrade. I've been on this forum since before my original purchase. At the age of 35 this was my first dirtbike. The amount of help, support, advice and laughs you guys have given me is incalculable. This forum is truly the closest thing to a true online community that I've ever experienced. So thanks for everything. There's too many people to list individually that I'd like to thank but I have to mention bronco (thanks for the speedo) and Harry - you make me laugh. So what did I end up getting? Well look below: mal
  11. Hi Guys, I'm in the process of selling my DRZ and would like to pretty it up a little. The bikes in great condition generally but there are a few scratches on the swing arm I'd love to get rid of. I've heard it's possible to sand these out with wet and dry. Is this true? And if so, what grade paper should I use? Thanks Guys, mal
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    Sanding scratches out of swing-arm

    Thanks for all the replies guys. At this stage stickers appear to be the answer. And as for three stooges, I KNOW it's a dirtbike - it's the weiner potential buyers who complain - god knows what they think you're meant to do with one I like the 'little old lady' idea though.... mal
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    Rad. guards in Australia

    Like the other guy said - B&B. They have definitely saved my radiators on more than one occasion. The best AND local! mal
  14. Hi Guys, Thought some of you might be interested. TrailTech have updated their web page and say the Vapor tach will be shipping this month! Still no details on the site though. mal
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    An open letter to Suzuki.

    The difference is that, for the most part, the E model is not road registrable over there - hence the popularity of the 'S'. mal
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    Case Saver Issue with 15 tooth Sprocket

    I asked the same question a little while ago. I was advised to just grind down the case saver. I ended up getting an aftermarket one from SRC, but it had to be ground down too. mal
  17. I had my suspension serviced on Monday by one of the top guys over here. On almost all DRZ's he does, he puts a 20mm spacer at (I think) the top of the shock shaft. He says it quickens the steering and stops your 'arse sliding off the back of the seat'. I know nothing about this stuff, but if it sounds like it may be of use, I can ask him this week about the details. mal
  18. SRC make an aftermarket case saver - mine arrived last week. You'll need to take to it with a grinder to accommodate a 15 tooth sprocket https://secure.srcinc.net/prodpage.cfm?Cat_Selected=2&SubCat_Selected=5&Product_Selected=0205&StartRow=1 mal
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    Online Parts Fiche Web-Site

    This one aint half bad either http://www.alpha-sports.com/suzuki_parts.htm mal
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    Rear Sprocket

    Hey Ferret, As mentioned, one up on the front is the go. Two mates and I just did this to our DRZ's and it smooths out the whole ride - no continual gear changes. If your really riding a lot of open stuff you might consider going down just one on the back as well. mal
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    BigDR Risers for my 2004DRZ400S

    Well for the benefit of Australian E owners, I'll chime in and say that the spacer kit is way too short - I also needed to buy much, much longer bolts and trim the headlight shroud. Not that this is any way a criticism of Andy or his product - I consider the risers as probably the most worthwhile mod I've done to my bike and you couldn't ask for better service than Andy gives
  22. Hi Guys, Sorry about this - I'm at work and need to pick up a socket for this nut at lunch time. Can anyone tell me the size? It will be much appreciated. Cheers, mal
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    S wiring hack job

    Man those shot's are cool - utterly unlike any of the riding around here. There's talk of my wife going to do some study in the US - if that happens, you've got to take me for a ride out there!! mal