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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => Suzuki DR & DRZ => Topic started by: letsgofishing on December 14, 2007, 06:05:45 pm

Title: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on December 14, 2007, 06:05:45 pm
Right, as I mentioned on another thread, I put on some Maxxis 6006's, handlebar risers, Protaper bars, Cycra hand guards and foam grips.
Now the first parcel has arrived from the US of A!

This is the standard bash plate... sorry its out of focus.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/q13.jpg)

..and this is my new bash plate from Thumpertalk...5mm thick ally.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/q4.jpg)
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/q3.jpg)

And here it is fitted...
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/q6.jpg)
Cool!

Here you can see the side covers... they're made from magnesium (so is the camshaft cover...who was asking why  a DRZ costs more than a DR650? ;)) They're pretty thin and can be broken in a fall and are helluva expensive to replace.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/q5.jpg)
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/q7.jpg)

So I ordered a pair of ally protectors for them...
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/q12.jpg)
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/q10.jpg)

Still waiting for the 16L Acerbis tank...

I also quickly built a rack from ally (going to the Breede bash ;D)
I think the design is pretty god as the rack is incredibly rigid and very, very light... but the welding is TERRIBLE! n(no, I didn't do it!)
Any ideas on how to get this done properly ??? :-[
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/q2.jpg)
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/q1.jpg)

You can also see the tool tube I made from some PVC pipe.

The blinging WILL continue!
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on December 14, 2007, 07:52:03 pm
Looking good and it seems you really smaak your DRZ. The foam grips is it for comfort ? Asking cause when my bike was still a 400 it had almost no vibration through the bars. That bashplate looks the business, how much ?
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Poffmuis on December 16, 2007, 10:45:36 am
good stuff. also how much for the engine protectors?
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Captain Zef on December 16, 2007, 01:59:10 pm
Looks good
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: LeonDude on December 16, 2007, 03:16:21 pm
Looks good.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on December 18, 2007, 07:42:21 am
Looking good and it seems you really smaak your DRZ. The foam grips is it for comfort ? Asking cause when my bike was still a 400 it had almost no vibration through the bars. That bashplate looks the business, how much ?

There's a lot of vibration through the bars - was from the first day I got it - will check out the head bearings this week. So yes, the foam grips do reduce the vibration and really help on long distances.
The bash plate was $78 and postage about $60  :o - no import duty, just VAT.
Still for about R1060, I don't think it's too bad!
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on December 18, 2007, 11:03:49 pm


There's a lot of vibration through the bars

Should check your doohickey  >:D Seriously there should be almost zero vibes  ???
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: topbox on December 18, 2007, 11:37:59 pm
Mike,
just check your tool tube is not too secure or consider shortening it.
it should either not be exposed or pop off when you lay it down

with forward motion, it could pull your carrier and subframe or if the roll bends, damage anything in it.

my 2c thinkin aloud
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on December 19, 2007, 07:31:25 am
Mike,
just check your tool tube is not too secure or consider shortening it.
it should either not be exposed or pop off when you lay it down

with forward motion, it could pull your carrier and subframe or if the roll bends, damage anything in it.

my 2c thinkin aloud

Good point Topbox - I'm going to make 2 shorter ones and mount them on the sides of the rack.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Beemer Man (RIP) on December 19, 2007, 08:09:26 am
 Eeich Mike you are right that welding is well... the solution to the welding is get someone who has a remote clue, dont let your job be the first thing in his life he has ever attempted to weld ;D ;D hope he did not charge you!! ;D ;D

P.s I dont like those bikes coz there's nothing to Autosol!! ;D
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on December 19, 2007, 05:16:50 pm
Eeich Mike you are right that welding is well... the solution to the welding is get someone who has a remote clue, dont let your job be the first thing in his life he has ever attempted to weld ;D ;D hope he did not charge you!! ;D ;D

P.s I dont like those bikes coz there's nothing to Autosol!! ;D

He's a "professional" welder :o R70!

I Autosol the key daily ;D
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: bobnob on December 19, 2007, 05:28:04 pm
Eeich Mike you are right that welding is well... the solution to the welding is get someone who has a remote clue, dont let your job be the first thing in his life he has ever attempted to weld ;D ;D hope he did not charge you!! ;D ;D

P.s I dont like those bikes coz there's nothing to Autosol!! ;D

He's a "professional" welder :o R70!

I Autosol the key daily ;D

here is a small trick i use (pssst dont tell anyone)

take some pratley steel and cover up that shitty welding...

once the pratley steel is nice and dry use hamerite paint - it will look the business  ;)
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on December 19, 2007, 07:27:13 pm
[qoute]

here is a small trick i use (pssst dont tell anyone)

take some pratley steel and cover up that shitty welding...

once the pratley steel is nice and dry use hamerite paint - it will look the business  ;)
[/quote]
Now that's just wrong !
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Welsh on December 19, 2007, 08:57:48 pm
[qoute]

here is a small trick i use (pssst dont tell anyone)

take some pratley steel and cover up that shitty welding...

once the pratley steel is nice and dry use hamerite paint - it will look the business  ;)
Now that's just wrong !
[/quote]

I agree, a weld should be good, good welds should never be ground, you  just weaken them, fille to pretty them is just :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on December 21, 2007, 12:37:21 am
[qoute]

here is a small trick i use (pssst dont tell anyone)

take some pratley steel and cover up that shitty welding...

once the pratley steel is nice and dry use hamerite paint - it will look the business  ;)
Now that's just wrong !

Yes but I was replying on my cellphone which makes it tricky  ;D Hijack GSJoe said the seat went AWOL.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on December 21, 2007, 08:01:36 am
I reckon I'm just going to remake the whole thing and find a decent welder in George who can show me examples of his work!
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on December 21, 2007, 09:09:35 am
I reckon that guy used a normal arch welder with a aluminium rod. The best will be to find someone with a tig welder.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on December 27, 2007, 08:52:13 am
My Acerbis fuel tank arrived on Saturday! It holds 16L so at dirt road cruising speeds, I should get nearly 400km ;D (OK, maybe 350!) ;)
It was fairly straight-forward to fit, but for some reason, the sides are not symmetrical at the back of the tank, so I had to trim the RHS side panel a bit. I managed to remove the decals from the original tank and re-apply them to the new one. One unexpected bonus, is that the plastic is transparent enough so that you can see the fuel level in the tank.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000576_tn.jpg)

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000577_tn.jpg)

Also received my Wolfman Enduro tank bag - it's only about half the size of my KTM tank bag, but is big enough for the camera, (small) bottle of water, snacks, tyre presuure guage etc.
It's specially designed for bikes with sloping tanks and fits really well.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000581_tn.jpg)

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000582_tn.jpg)
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Eisbein on December 27, 2007, 09:38:47 am
Very nice!

It is real nice that you could manage to salvage the decals (not that you would have a problem making new ones ;)  )

I like the way the DRZ gets better and more suited to your needs as time goes on.

That added fuel range really opens up some awesome options!

Thanks for the regular updates.

W.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on December 27, 2007, 11:05:57 am
Looking good LGF just keep an eye on the decals. Plastic tanks have a way of bubbling stickers. The correct ones has some small holes to let the gas vapour escape through it. I got around 380 km on my 15 l Clarke. If you have the FCR carb it will decrease slightly.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Captain Zef on December 27, 2007, 12:15:59 pm
Baie netjies
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on December 30, 2007, 11:06:16 am
The work continues - fitted the Dakar screen Topbox very kindly brought along to the Breede bash - gives courier service a whole new meaning ;D
I cut some ally tubing to act as spacers between the cowl and the screen. Made the top ones longer so that the screen "stood up" more, giving me a bit more protection. Still need to get some SS hex head bolts. Since these pics were taken, I've shortened the lower spacers even more which help, angling the creen up even more. The screen takes all the wind off my chest when on the tar and there's hardly any buffeting around my helmet at all. It does shake a bit on badly corrugated roads, but I dont think it will break the mounting points.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000579_tn.jpg)

By mounting the screen away from the cowl, I've created a space between the 2 that allows some air to flow between them and I think this is what creates the lack of buffeting.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000580_tn.jpg)

Also fitted the GPT rev counter - really easy to do.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000578_tn.jpg)
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Eisbein on December 30, 2007, 06:59:54 pm
That looks cool!

Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Trailrider on January 01, 2008, 10:10:50 am
You are not going to stop torturing me with this bike until I've got one too are you? >:D
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Major Tom on January 01, 2008, 10:48:01 am
LGF - is that still a DRZ or has it got a new name yet ;D ;D ;D

Seriously though - looks great.  Where did you get the engine protectors from? Looks like they are definitely worthwhile.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on January 01, 2008, 11:33:09 am
The engine protectors are from Thumpertalk in the States, you can order them online.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Watty on January 07, 2008, 01:10:44 pm
Here is a very interesting link on 4Strokes.com.  On this site there are quite a lot of upgrade info, which I am sure you will find useful, if not informative:

Suzuki Tech: Suzuki DRZ400S Upgrades (http://www.4strokes.com/tech/suzuki/drz400su.asp)
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: malJohann on January 07, 2008, 02:53:22 pm
Try to order the plastics for the (France only) 2006 Suzuki DRZ400SM √?dition Limit√©e and add a carbon fibre Devil pipe while you're at it.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v142/malJohann/Bike_Photos/DRZ400SE_1.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v142/malJohann/Bike_Photos/DRZ400SE_2.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v142/malJohann/Bike_Photos/DRZ400SE_3.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v142/malJohann/Bike_Photos/DRZ400SE_4.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v142/malJohann/Bike_Photos/DRZ400SE_5.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v142/malJohann/Bike_Photos/DRZ400SE_6.jpg)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v142/malJohann/Bike_Photos/DRZ400SE_7.jpg)
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on January 07, 2008, 05:37:13 pm
Now THAT is a set of good-looking plastics and pipe ;D
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Poffmuis on January 08, 2008, 08:08:09 am
I actually do need new plastics, where do I go. Suzuki wants a fortune for the plastics. I tried to look on the net, but couldnt  find a kit from acerbis or polisport. Will the RMZ plastics fit??
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on January 08, 2008, 08:24:08 am
Try the ThumperTalk store. Here is a "page" from their catalogue:
http://shop.thumpertalk.com/catalogs/Tucker_Rocky_Offroad_2007/default.asp?p=258

oh and here: http://shop.thumpertalk.com/catalogs/Parts_Unlimited_Offroad_2007/default.asp?p=673&s=2
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: ktmmer on January 08, 2008, 08:50:39 am
My few cents worth. I think that your screen mountings are to close together (top and bottom) and with time either the screen will crack or the cowling around the headlight. All off course as a result of vibration.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Poffmuis on January 08, 2008, 08:55:25 am
My few cents worth. I think that your screen mountings are to close together (top and bottom) and with time either the screen will crack or the cowling around the headlight. All off course as a result of vibration.

I agree, I had mine setup like this and the headlight plastics take too much punishment. I bought some handlebar screen mounts from topbox and now it's solid as a rock. Will see if I have pic somewhere

And thanks for the link for the plastics.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Poffmuis on January 08, 2008, 09:14:16 am
I dont seem to have a very good pic of it, but see what you can make out here. the little support arms also give me place to mount my ashtray  ;D
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on January 08, 2008, 11:27:18 am
I've been aware of this and am thinking of making up 2 ally arms to stop the movement.
Thanks for the feedback.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: SlŠinte Mhaith on January 08, 2008, 12:28:47 pm
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Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: growweblaar on January 08, 2008, 12:36:03 pm
I see you have no crashbars - what happens when the bike falls over? Do the plastics handle a fall that well?
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on January 08, 2008, 08:38:20 pm
I see you have no crashbars - what happens when the bike falls over? Do the plastics handle a fall that well?

Not much, just scratches. Just make sure you have good radiator protection. The rest of the bike is built for the occasional fall  ;D

Eina !!!  >:D

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z46/Trailrider_album2/Ride%20Reports%202008/Moordkuyl%20Extreme%20012008/P1050166.jpg)
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on January 09, 2008, 09:00:48 am
LGF, ...regarding the luggage rack

There is a welding product for aluminium which is somewhere between a weld and a glue.
You use a normal butane torch and I presume it is similar to brazing.
Any dogs have more info on this and if it is worth it?

Half slots in all of the beams of that rack will give it some initial strength and then keep it together with the weld/glue.

Thanks for the heads-up Slainche - will try to find it.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on January 09, 2008, 09:05:32 am
I see you have no crashbars - what happens when the bike falls over? Do the plastics handle a fall that well?

Not much, just scratches. Just make sure you have good radiator protection. The rest of the bike is built for the occasional fall  ;D

Eina !!!  >:D

(http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z46/Trailrider_album2/Ride%20Reports%202008/Moordkuyl%20Extreme%20012008/P1050166.jpg)

That's another big change from the KTM - when you drop the it, you don't get that sick feeling in the pit of your stomach that comes from thinking: " Oh sh*t, how much is this going to cost me!"
Yeah, the plastics get scratched a bit, but some time spent with water paper and finishing off with Farecla polish removes a lot of them.

DD, do you reckon rad guards are essential? - don't the plastic ones on the bike help?
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on January 09, 2008, 05:01:58 pm
Not at all, they only stop small rocks and goggas from damaging the rad finns. You need side impact protection. You must see how my one rad is bent from a fall before making my own guards  :o Tanks that replaces the shrouds also help. New radiator is R3500 a piece.
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: growweblaar on January 09, 2008, 05:42:57 pm
No 3rd party crashbars available?

Does Touratech and the like only home in on big, expensive bikes?
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Poffmuis on January 09, 2008, 05:48:43 pm
You must see how my one rad is bent from a fall before making my own guards  :o Tanks that replaces the shrouds also help.

I only had a small drop wiff da dr and the radiator bent even wiff the big tank.  also make some protectors I must
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: sidetrack on January 09, 2008, 06:07:15 pm
My diy's from the pooratech thread. Works great and no overheating problems.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v640/SuzDRZ/rad.jpg)
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on January 15, 2008, 09:41:23 am
I'm still waiting to sort out the "grid" rack I posted earlier in this thread. In the mean time, I made a flat rack from 5mm ally plate. First, I fabricated some U-shaped brackets that I attached to the rear subframe, to give support to the rack. The middle bracket is original and is the one the small tool pouch attaches to. The top one was straight-forward, but on the bottom one I had to make 2 spacers from ally tubing to clear the subframe.

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1010019.jpg)

I then got the ally plate cut to size, drilled and filed the slots and attached it with s/s countersunk bolts.
Total cost about R80 and 4 hours work. I bought some 50mm PVC tubing and end caps, 4 s/s hose clamps and attched them to the sides of the rack. As per Topbox's suggestion, I think this is a better solution than having the tube across the rack and sticking out at the sides. In the event of a fall, they will not tend to try and pull/twist the rack from its mountings. The tubes carry all my tools, 3 tyre levrs, CO2 bombs, Pratleys Steel etc etc.

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1010020.jpg)

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1010021.jpg)

I then decided to move the ignition switch from the "dash" as I always thought it looked untidy. Found that I could reroute the wiring to the side of the headlight cowl. I used the existing bracket to mount the switch to the cowl mounting bolt. I then drilled and filed a hole in the side of the cowl to accomodate the  key.

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1000578_tn.jpg)

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/P1010022.jpg)

(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n287/letsgofishing2/Biking/p1010024.jpg)

The radiator protectors and other bits should be arriving in the next 10 days!
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Eisbein on January 15, 2008, 10:02:24 am
Nice!

And now you also have two tooltubes instead of one.

Nice job on the ignition move.
I'm always paranoid about having the key hang off the side out of sight, so I took a lanyard and rapped it around the TTR's bars and hook it onto the key. I'm scared to loose it. Even if you have a branch or something weird break your key, the remainder will be attached to the lanyard...

Just thinking out loud - I don't even know if its in the way or and issue on your bike.

Looks really cool. I also like how you've added support for the luggage plate.
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: letsgofishing on January 15, 2008, 11:25:55 am

I'm always paranoid about having the key hang off the side out of sight, so I took a lanyard and rapped it around the TTR's bars and hook it onto the key. I'm scared to loose it. Even if you have a branch or something weird break your key, the remainder will be attached to the lanyard...

Just thinking out loud - I don't even know if its in the way or and issue on your bike.


That did cross my mind - but I would have to ride THROUGH a bush for that to happen - it's in line with the headlight  ;D
May add a lanyard when doing the really "rough stuff" to be sure!
Title: Re: Blinging my DRZ
Post by: Eisbein on January 15, 2008, 12:01:28 pm
:thumbsup: