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  1. TLRDoug

    Cant decide: DRZ400S or DRZ400SM?

    I have both. I think the S with less agressive tires makes a nice street scooter. But, the SM with better tires, brakes and handling is actually better. That said, stock for stock you cannot go wrong with either. My SM has big cams, FCR, Big Bore, lots of suspension work and a big ass Brembo front brake caliper. So I tend to favor the SM for anything over 60 mph. Below that either is fine with a Seat Concepts seat.
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    Positive thoughts for bronco78

    Great job, Erik, thank you for your service, sir.
  3. TLRDoug

    Idle Speed

    Here is a better one, I think I misread the add Try This I have one that functions like this, the one I posted before is a photo or laser tach. Not what you are after. Prices are pretty low for this one, though. I think I paid about $75.00 or so for mine about 13 yrs ago.
  4. TLRDoug

    Idle Speed

    My handheld you have to tell it if you are 360 degree firing, 180 I think or 270, but that is easy to figure out. I hold it near the spark lead, with my Gixxer Coil it works fine. But you can also wrap a wire around the plug wire and another one to ground and it works well. It is very fast and goes to 19 K or more. I highly recommend the handheld so you can use it on all your scooters without a Tach. I am not sure what brand mine is, but when I get home today, I will post up a pic or two.
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    Idle Speed

    Handhelds are under $30.00 on ebay, for example this one.
  6. TLRDoug

    Is Suzuki ever going to updat the DRZ?

    Until they quit selling them, I wouldn't expect an update, I would assume they are almost pure profit at this point.
  7. TLRDoug

    Pick up / Signal coil testing HOT

    Nice work, you hate to just up and change things when they seem good. I had the pulser sensor on the baby bandit fail intermittently, but when cold it was fine. Happened to pull the cover off and found the dodgy connection in the rubber that surrounds the wires as they pass through the case. That annoyed me because they had just twisted them so it was almost random failures and it varied the symptoms a bit. But in my case, the stator was on the other side, so it was a pretty easy job once I worked out where to look.
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    Edelbrock DRZ carburators?

    I had one, ended up taking it off and selling it to a fella in England, he loved it. I had the steady throttle issues. Here is a Link to my album of Edelbrock pictures, it might tire you out. The FCRMX39 is at least 2X the cost BECAUSE it is worth every penny. I kind of felt the thing was "too adjustable". Very hard to leave it alone. You also need a manual to learn to adjust it.
  9. TLRDoug

    Big Bore and Stage 2 Hotcams Questions

    I have the old stage II cams 2003 in and ex. I had the head rebuilt by APE. I have an FCR39MX from TT, a full MRD pro exhaust, I love it the thing pulls from the bottom up AND I use it at the race track. I put in an E CDI, rev limiter is about 9850 according to mister trailtech vapor. I routinely bang off of it when riding and at the track. Revs fast, very nice, also you can get the front up pretty easy at low speed. I have an SM. I also have a stock S, that may get a set of E cams that I have stashed. As to breaking it in. I do 3 heat cycles at idle. Let it run until the fan comes on, then shut her down and cool back to ambient. Then I go ride her like I stole her. Never an issue, I have good ring seating. I know this because last time I had a poor job done on my head and a valve spring failed. I did learn via Erik that there is an exponentional increase in load on the valve springs for those extra few hundred RPM. That said, when I pulled her apart, I replaced everything in the cases except the balancer and tranny gears/shafts. I installed a new crank, rod, piston, and big bore kit. I am happy with her now, I think my valve spring had been going for a while. The motor now is awesome. I should have listened to Erik, I should have done this rebuild the first time I did the big bore so I would know the condition of the engine I am about to modify/spank. All that said, I did it the way I did it, so YMMV, I am just pointing out an alternate method which may not work for everyone. I do recommend the big bore and cams. I do not want to discuss break in, I am pretty sure nowadays there are several choices. The plus on the current stage II cams is the decompressor. My cams do not have that and sometimes it has a little trouble rolling the motor. Of course it normally starts in less time than it takes me to let go of the button. Be sure and let us know what you did. P.S. I used assembly lube and changed the oil at 100 miles. I had zero metal and I put Royal Purple in if anyone wondered.
  10. TLRDoug

    trackday on the DRZ

    66 and 62. I Will be 60 this year and I still have my Gixxer 750. It is 12 yrs old, but it rocks at the track. I am a member at Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, TX. So I get to go ride when it is convenient for me. I have learned that I need a DR-Z400 around, so I have 2 now. I also have a spare motor I may build as a Kicker/SM motor and play with that a while. I think that bang for the buck a DR-Z is a great value. I first joined the track when I had a new 2005 SM. I love them, I spent a lot of money on suspension for mine (plus BB-FCR-SSW-Brembo, etc.) and it probably is the best handling track bike I have. I have dropped a valve in her once, now she has a basically new motor with a big bore and 2003 cams. Very nice.
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    Drz400 seat upgrade

    I personally think the Seat Concepts is the only good choice. Quality is excellent. Great support and low price. I have dealt with Corbin in the past and I will never deal with them again. The guy said I could modify the brackets, I couldn't expect a custom seat to fit perfectly! So, I can dispute their statement. The Seat concepts seats are extremely well made and fit perfectly. I have had 3 or 4 on various bikes. Love them. Stop looking, buy the seat concepts.
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    trackday on the DRZ

    I agree, I just bought my first S and 5th DR-Z, 6th if you count my 70. I have a lot of money into my SM and it is pretty dang awesome on the track. I should spoon on some slicks. There isn't much more fun.
  13. TLRDoug

    Trail Tech Vapor reliability

    Nice scooter, I am amazed you ride distances on the stock seat. Of course, since I have dropped 50-ish pounds it isn't quite as bad. I love my seat concepts. Whose wheels are those? As to Vapor, I have been running one for about 8 or so years and love it. I am about to put one on my DR-Z400S, and remove all the relays and such.
  14. TLRDoug

    Introduction and Opinions on my SM

    Only takes 2 liters of oil, filters and o-rings are cheap, peace of mind is priceless
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    Introduction and Opinions on my SM

    My motor was pretty well abused and was still pristine inside. If I hadn't dropped a valve in there, I would still be running her at 22k miles or so. These things are pretty hard to beat reliability-wise as long as you do the work.