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  1. Robert Thetford

    drz400s Any thoughts on this?

    Just put some new tires on my DRZ400S. This was my first time to take the wheels off. Everything went together fine. Had it up on a motorcycle jack and made sure my chain was not touching anything and the wheel and chain spins freely while up on the lift in neutral. The chain and gears seem to be well clear of everything. I lined both chain tensioners up exactly the same and the chain seems to be tensioned correctly. I decided to start it up and put it in gear to let the motor turn the back wheel slowly while idling while up on the stand. The chain started hanging up like it had a rock or something in the chain. It even bound up and lugged the motor down and killed it. Yet when the motor was off and in neutral it will spin free as a bird no hang ups at all. Could this be because the suspension was hanging all the way down? I was fearful of trying to ride it yet cause I don't want to bind up under power and break something. I did lower it down and rolled it around in neutral and no hang ups. I am wondering if I may have something wrong.
  2. Hello all, i just purchased. A new DRZ 400S yesterday from Johnson county Suzuki in Burleson Texas. Excellent people to work with and they know how to treat a customer right. I will pick up my new toy tomorrow and waned to get some good advice from th forum experts on some topics I want to know more about. I have been reading up for a few weeks so I have already learned a lot. When I got home yesterday I ordered a set of case savers and RTV to install these as soon as I get it home. Now I have some questions on the skid plate. What skid plate is recommended for this bike or is the factory skid plate enough? There seems to be less exposed to than on my 2013 CRF450x had. Is there a brand or design that s best that won't interfere with later pipe or muffler change outs? Hand guards? Any preference? How do the cheap ones last compared to the $75 type. I have used th cheap ones before, but not the expensive ones. What about the rack? What rack is favored? I won't be hauling a mountain of stuff like I see some of the r gulags on this site, but it will be hand to haul my cooler or jacket or v n metal detector. THis is us all of th questions for now. I hope you have time for some good advise for me. Thanks
  3. I have a 2004 drz400s motor and cdi that I put into a drz400e frame and wiring harness. This motor ran before I switched frames and harnesses but now I can't get it to start. I grounded the black wire with the yellow stripe coming from the cdi so I have spark now. The clutch switch is bypassed, the neutral switch coming from the motor is not connected to anything, and there is no kickstand switch (I believe that's why you ground the black/yellow wire). When I press the start button it turns over but never catches. It's made a loud "pop" from the muffler a few times. Jetting, muffler, intake are all stock (minus k&n air filter). I've rebuilt the carb and still nothing. I even tried putting the carb, starter coil, and spark plug wire from my other 400s (which runs great) and still nothing. Where do I go from here? Electrical? Valve clearance? I checked the timing, it's good. Any help would be appreciated!
  4. Alright im going to try and be as detailed as possible. Last road my 2001 DRZ400S in september, did an atv dirt bike ride with a group and it was about 40 miles of nothing but off road. crashed a few times and broke left rear turn signal. replaced the left rear signal, didnt get the chance to ride it since due to military stuff and leave. let the battery die on it and tried to jump it, jumped it and after a 5-10 minutes of cranking trying to get it running it finally kicked on but it ran very rough. lots of popping and back firing and would only stay running if i held the throttle half open and still connected to the jumping vehicle. came to conclusion that the battery was done. ordered new battery (BikeMaster TruGel MG7B-4). Got it in put it in the bike and tried to fire and it would just turn over and over but wouldnt start. exhaust would thump as the engine turned. pulled the spark plug and it was black, changed the plug to a new one, gapped right, checked for spark and got it put that in and it would still just turn over and over and not fire, still thumping from the exhaust. drained the carb, new gas. pulled the plug again and it was dry, put some gas on it and tried to fire again and same result. decided to pull the carb, jets were all junked up changed them out with MSR Carburetor kit from motorcycle superstore, only jet i didnt change was the secondary air jet that the diaphragm and needle sit on as it was clean, put the carb back together following the specs in the manual. put the carb back in the bike and same result, it would turn over and over, same thump from the exhaust but would not fire but there were times where it sounded like it was about to start (turned over faster and sound changed) but it never started and would only turn over. checked the plug again and it was still dry, still got spark, put more fuel on the plug again and same result. not sure what else to check but i hope one of yall out there can give me some advice to fix this. weather is too nice not to ride.
  5. 2003 Drz400s with just over 17k miles on the clock. Over the winter I replaced the clutch basket with a lightly used one, also the plates, springs, and friction plate. Had the bike checked out by a local shop when I jetted the carb and he said everything worked as it should. I took the lever off a few days ago to powder coat it and messed with the cable. I put the lever and cable back where I thought it was adjusted to and now it feels clunky. Can someone tell me how to properly adjust a clutch cable with two points of adjustment on it? Is the nickle trick best for this bike, still feels like it clunks into gear. For some reason I've been having trouble with this. Thanks for any input!
  6. My DRZ has been very slowly becoming harder and harder to shift into neutral. Sometimes it just won't. I shift all the way down to first, and try to half upshift into neutral, and it's like i'm pulling my foot up on a solid object. I just cannot get it to upshift no matter what. When i'm rolling it seems to shift easy, but stopped is a NO GO. I just did a fresh oil change today. (Somebody said an oil change fixed his no-go neutral bike). Can somebody please help me out here? Give me some ideas maybe from 'Probable the issue' to 'could possibly be'. And i'll go down the list and try to get this solved. Thanks in advance peeps.
  7. What do you guys think of this guy's conclusions?
  8. I know this topic has probably been covered hundreds of times but my 2005 DRZ-400S original petcock started leaking and I need to replace it. That Yamaha Raptor petcock option seems like a good solution but I am wondering if it will fit with the Clarke 3.9g tank I have on the bike. More than that I am wondering if there is a better option that maintains the vacuum/open function of the original petcock? Searching the forums and the internet in general gives conflicting answers mostly from 5+ years ago so I'm wondering if any of you good folk could give me more current and sound advice... I thank you for your time.
  9. Just thought everyone should know what i went through encase they are considering motion pro clutch cables. Needed to replace a clutch cable. Bought motion pro cables off of amazon. They needed to be tightened down all the way with no slack on the line just to pull the clutch off enough to change gears. Even then the clutch was crazy heavy and hard to pull in. Decided to buy oem clutch cable. The difference was night and day. slack in the line still could change gears and the clutch felt like a feather. So if your in need of a new clutch cable stay away from motion pro at all costs.
  10. Hey everyone, I’m new to my drz 400 and have now spent a couple hundred dollars getting it to where I want it to be. Now I’m at the point where the only thing I need is a exhaust with a good flow, and was wondering if it would be possible to fabricate my own header and pipe , and simply attach the stock muffler on the end ? Thanks!
  11. NewEngland400

    Just Wanted to Introduce Myself.

    Hello fellow riders, My name is Scott, I live in Massachusetts, I'm 28 years old. I've always had a love for motorsports, specifically dirtbikes and more recently motorcycles. I remember around age 10 I wanted a go-kart very badly. My mother would buy me a copy of the "Want Ad" and I would skim the listings for any new deals, fantasizing about the thrill of driving a motorized vehicle. The go-kart phase matured into the mini-bike period of my life around age 12. My mother told me stories of how her brother had a little mini bike when they were younger, he would drive it around Woburn, MA where they grew up. My mother said that she was on the back of her brothers mini-bike one day, and they were racing down a dirt path, they went over a large bump, and the lack of rear suspension made her "ass kill" haha! My mothers a pissah! This story along with many others intrigued me and fueled my passion for two-wheeled vehicles. I've grown up in a household where I never felt deprived. However, things like go-karts and mini bikes were not seen as necessities. I must have talked my parents ears off from age 10-13 regarding how badly I wanted a motorbike of some sort. I did all sorts of extra chores, gave my parents foot massages, I mean really kissed major ass just for a chance of sitting on something with an engine. Finally, after years of me verbally assaulting them with redundant dirtbike information, my father brought my brother and me down to the local dealer and we checked out some bikes. I think my dads inner child came out that day because it wasn't long after that he purchased two brand new little 4-strokes for us. Two little Honda XR-70's, with a clutchless 3 gear shifter. Man-o-man did we enjoy those things. My brother (who was into motorsports, but not as much as me) and I outgrew the little honda's within a few years. So, we traded them in for two brand new Kawasaki KX100's. Now these bikes were truly race inspired. My brother and I had many years of fun on these 2-stroke screamers. Eventually, we outgrew these bikes as well, to which a hiatus took place. I didn't ride a Powersports machine for about 6 years after we sold our Kawasaki's. Then the itch to ride hit me again around age 22. I purchased a 2001 Honda Cr-250 (2 stroke), like the ones I grew up watching Jeremy Mcgrath ride in twisted metal. The thing was a beast to say the least. After 3 years of riding the 250cc machine, I decided to move into the motorcycle world. I sold my 250 for $1,200...could have gotten more looking back, it was in great shape. I then went onto craigslist and searched out motorcycles for around $1,500. I found a nice looking 1994 Kawasaki Vulcan 750, went and talked to the guy, he started it up, I loved it and bought it. Come to find out, the bike needed $2,000 maintenance. I'm not mechanically inclined so I paid for it to be done, disappointed to say the least, but I wanted to ride on the road so bad. The motorcycle lasted me for the summer of 2015 and then stopped running on the side of the road one day. I gave up on it, I didn't have the money to repair whatever was wrong with it this time, and honestly I didn't care. The bike was old, heavy, didn't break well, and gave me anxiety every time I went to start it because it had left me stranded many times before. I parked the bike in my shed and thats where it still sits today. Fast forward to now, the motorsports bug has bitten me again. I've decided I want another attempt at owning a motorcycle, however, I don't want a big heavy machine like my original road legal tank (Vulcan 750) was. I miss my dirtbikes, simple machines built to take whatever you throw at them. This is why I've purchased a 2017 drz400s. I put the down payment on it about 2 weeks ago, the dealer just received delivery of it a few days ago. Now I'm just waiting for the snow from the blizzard we just had to clear up so I can ride it home. I want to start a profile here on TT because I anticipate I may need help with something someday and I don't want to be the new guy in the forum with 0 posts asking questions. Can you guys give me any tips on what I should post in order to get my profile going? Maybe pictures and stories of how my intro into dual-sporting is going..? My first modification I am contemplating is replacing the stock trail wing tires. It seems everyone hates them or isn't to impressed by them, but I've yet to read a good review regarding them. I am going to be riding an even 50/50 road/dirt I believe. Do you guys think I should just break the bike in on the stock tires? The only thing I'm afraid of is turning on a loose patch of dirt to sharp and crashing the brand new bike. The reviews of the tires make it sound like your asking for trouble if you ride the trail wings. Any input would be appreciated. Well, I'll be popping on here as often as I can, hope to make some friends and potentially riding buddies if anyone lives in the central Mass area.
  12. Ok guys well my bike isn't running right at all here some info on whats going one. About 3 weeks ago i was riding my bike and everything was fine shut it off and when i restarted it is stareted to run like crap. It pops and boggs at most throttle positions. I have removed the carb and made sure is was clean and good to go. I have been into it 3 tims in the last 2 weeks and i even cleaned it in a sonic bath. still same exact problem. I have checked for leaks while running by spraying carb cleaner around the entire carb and boot etc, no changes. My bike: -2006 DRZ400s with a stock Mikuni BSR36 Carborator My mods are: -CW BBK -Yoshi RS2 full system -K&N air filter I have the JD carb jet kit. the jets are: -Main Jet 155 -Pilot jet 25 -Starter jet 62.5 -Using the blue needle with the clip in the middle position So I installed the CW BBK about 3 years ago and along with the exhaust and the jet kit so it has about 9,000 miles on it and it ran MINT the entire time until now. I have also linked a video to this thread showing me slowly rev and hold throttle from idle,1/8,1/4 and 1/2 throttle. the rattling in the video is from my lift i use just fyi. The stator was replaced last season due to non charging and was replaced with a new OEM unit. Just for shits and giggle I have another known good stator so i swapped it out to see if that was a problem and still have the same issues. So any idea would be appreciated! Thanks guys
  13. Does anyone have the Trail Tech 8" Ralley Light (DOT Approved Version)? It's a $440 dollar kit: http://www.dualsportarmory.com/products/rally-light-trail-tech-8-race-light-w-h4-bulb-ballast-plat-brake-line-clamp.html Also, I'm not very familiar with my options for headlamp/light upgrades. What have some of you guys done when upgrading from factory lighting and how were the results? If I could somehow plug a different bulb into my factory socket that'd be ideal for me, but, like I said, I'm not exactly sure what my options are. If anyone could explain some options from simplest upgrade on up, that'd be much appreciated. I'm mainly seeking overall better lighting/visibility for nighttime road riding. I also need to pass my yearly state inspection.
  14. Hello friends, I have seen some discussion about DRZ400 (DRZ400S, etc) vs whatever other bike, when it comes to power. My riding buddy and I threw down some good old drag races this morning on the way back home after some adventure in the forest. I own/ride a 2002 KLX300R. We ran two heats, one on gravel, then one one asphalt. Who do you think won? See below:
  15. Surfman1

    Drz 400sm backfiring problems

    Hello all, first time poster. Just bought this bike a few days ago it’s an 08 drz 400sm and am starting to notice it has a strange backfire at idle. I understand a little bit at decel might be normal, but at idle too? It appears to have been jetted already, judging by the fact it has a jd jetting sticker on the bike itself. I know that it’s not an exact indicator it has but it could be. Has an FMF exhaust, it looks like a full system rather then a slip on but not entirely sure. A buddy recommended I mess with the air and fuel screw, haven’t done that yet. Just wanted to see if there was any other tips I should try.
  16. Supermotofool

    DRZ400S VS DRZ400SM

    Now that I am rebuilding my 2001 DRZ400S due to a crash.. I want to be sure that when it happens again the bike will not be completely totaled. I cannot find any axle sliders for it because it does not have hollow axles. The only thing I have been able to find are engine guards that mount to the frame so I will for sure be getting those. So I just have questions on how to get axle sliders mounted on my bike, and I also will probably be getting a handbrake sometime in the near future. Would I be better off just swapping to an SM swingarm? I wish there was a document listing all the spec differences between the SM and S models. Any help would be great. Best regards.
  17. Supermotofool

    DRZ400 Handbrake

    I totaled my DRZ400S last year, did a good bit of work to it and finally got it running.. I want to turn this into my full stunt bike. I have read before about people buying a 2nd stock rear caliper & bracket - then cutting and welding it to the existing bracket, then just running a handbrake master, and a hose to the 2nd caliper. Has anyone done this before? Defiantly seems to be the cheapest route to go (staying away from the junction valve / 1 master cyl. & 1 caliper setup.) Looking for opinions, pros/cons, and info if anyone has gone this route.. If it seems too much of a risk or hassle I guess im gonna have to spend the $500/$600 to get a legitimate setup any and all comments are appreciated - except trolls.. you better be funny as hell if your gonna troll. Thank you all! - Brad
  18. tplayer100

    fcr39 400s adaptor

    I got a fcr39 recently and bought a adapter kit off ebay. The air box adapter however looks like its a little off and some of the o ring is exposed, as seen in the attached photo. Think this will be a problem or should i ignore it. Was also considering just putting some sealant over it. Thanks.
  19. 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.
  20. Hey Guys! I'm brand new here (and to riding in general!) so if i'm breaking the rules or if there's a sticky i should have read, Sorry!! Just tell me where I need to go! If not, I'm looking at a 2008 DRZ-400SM with about 20k miles on it, and the guy wants $3699 for it. Actually it's a powersports dealer (good or bad??) that seems to have a good reputation around here and it comes with a 12 month/unlimited miles, limited warranty (no idea what the fine print says). It's just impossible to find a used DRZ400! I want one to take offroad and i've read you can swap the wheels really easily, plus i'm just starting to ride so maybe it'd be a good bike to learn on? Correct me if i'm wrong! Any help you got!
  21. Hi everyone, I have a 03 DRZ-400s, and since ive bought it ive had the same problem after many tries and successes at fixing. Basically when ever it feels like it(it has to be cold) it will decide not to start and will most of the time just let out huge ass backfire 3 or 4 times while trying to start her. I have cleaned out my carb about 8 times now, with 2 different bike "experts helping me". It seems as if everytime i clean the carb it will the work- sometimes for months and sometimes only for hours and then BACK to the original issue of not starting and only backfiring... (when she does run though she runs beautifully and when trying to start her IF she doesnt backfire she will start on first swing everytime.) I have checked valve clearances and are within tolerances. ANY SUGGESTIONS??
  22. Got a 2005 DR-Z400S with only 2500miles on it a couple of days ago. It's in really good condition appearance wise and runs fine for the most part, has supposedly been sitting barely used for a few years. Will run fine for several miles at a time, but will suddenly begin surging and stuttering, as if throttle is cutting out momentarily, then if I release the throttle the engine usually just dies and refuses to start up without dying again within a few seconds. If it's sitting idle at the time the problem occurs, I can hear the engine begin to drop revs and sound less consistent, then it usually dies after about 10 seconds even if I try to keep the revs high. While this is going on the throttle also feels less responsive. If I then just wait at the side of the road for about 5 minutes, it'll usually then start right up first time and I'll be on my way for another couple of miles until it happens again. The distance I've managed between compulsory stops has varied between about one mile and ten miles. It's happened when the bike's idle and when I've been doing 70mph on the motorway, which was great fun. Any thoughts on what the culprit could be? Thanks a lot
  23. Hey guys, had this 2001 Suzuki DRZ400S for a while now and have close to 40k miles on it. It has been running great as far as I can tell, but yesterday I went out on a ride and I was told by 2 different people that my valves need to be adjusted. Is it possible that they could be able to tell just by hearing my bike idle? I was told by another shop that he looked at the valves and they looked fine. Anything else it could be? Here's a video of my bike idling, any help is appreciated!
  24. Supermotofool

    DRZ400S Aftermarket Exhaust

    I have my 2001 DRZ400S I have converted to a supermoto, and now I want to start doing performance mods. I want to do the 3X3 mod, along with a jet kit, and a pipe. As of now my personal choice is going to be the Yoshi RS2 Full system, a Dynojet jet kit, and a K&N filter for the 3X3. I am posting this to see if anyone would disagree with this setup, or have any recommendations on what might be better or worth doing along the way. (I do not want to wait 4 weeks for the MRD exhaust or I would go that route) Any comments or recommendations are greatly appreciated, Going to do this in about one week. Thank you, Brad
  25. I have been researching light upgrades for my DRZ400s. I am still a little confused in regards to the smartest most efficient upgrade process. I want more road visibility at night, at least double the stock configuration (I make due fine with the stock setup now). I rate my current factory headlight output at a 5/10 satisfaction, I would be happy with a 7/10, 8/10 would be perfect. I figure these are my options from easiest to most involved: 1. Replace the factory bulb with a better quality H4 Halogen bulb: https://www.amazon.com/HELLA-HLA-H83140101-12V-Halogen-Bulb/dp/B000CO7NGI 2. Replace the factory bulb with a H4 LED Upgrade kit: https://www.cyclopsadventuresports.com/3800-Lumen-H4-LED-Headlight-bulb-_p_83.html or https://www.amazon.com/OPT7-Fluxbeam-Headlight-Clear-Arc-Beam/dp/B00VNBEJ1G or http://www.jnsengineering.com/product/suzuki-dr650-drz400-led-headlight-kit/ 3. Replace the entire headlight housing unit: http://www.dualsportarmory.com/products/rally-light-trail-tech-8-race-light-w-h4-bulb-ballast-plat-brake-line-clamp.html 4. Or then then there's this option which I like: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018V7GXCW/ref=ox_sc_act_image_2?smid=A33Q7YWPTF2HR0&th=1#customerReviews But, is it easy to hook these external LED's up to my electrical system? And will they just be ON all the time? Or will they have an on/off function, how will that operate? I'm very confused on the best way to improve my night time driving lighting. I would very much appreciate some feedback from people. Budget isn't an issue, the cleanest, most efficient light upgrade is my main goal. Thanks in advance for replies.