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Technical Section => Make / Model Specific Discussions => Suzuki DR & DRZ => Topic started by: Ratsalad on February 27, 2008, 05:03:24 pm

Title: DR650SE - Servicing
Post by: Ratsalad on February 27, 2008, 05:03:24 pm
Just started servicing my bike and I thought I had everything, but now the seat, tank etc is off I can't find my really big allen keys.
Can anyone tell me what size allen key the magneto cover takes so I can go and buy one!
I don't even have a screw driver with a wide enough tip to use.
Title: Re: DR650SE - Servicing
Post by: lecap on February 28, 2008, 09:20:19 am
Must check at the workshop but I think the big plug over the flywheel bolt is a 10mm and the smaller one for the OT mark is 8mm.
The bigger aluminium plug usually seizes if it's tigtened to anything more than girlie handtight. If it does not want to come off don't use excessive force as this will ruin the plug and leave you with problems. Rather put bike into gear and turn crank via rear wheel to set to OT and do valves.

Another tip: Get the special tool to hold the tappet screw from Suzuki. I paid something like 80 bucks and it makes your life much easier.
Title: Re: DR650SE - Servicing
Post by: Ratsalad on February 28, 2008, 10:01:28 am
Thanks LeCap - you're a great help as always.
I gave up this morning and rode at to the local bike shop and they managed to get it loose for me after a while.
Title: Re: DR650SE - Servicing
Post by: Ratsalad on February 28, 2008, 09:47:03 pm
Man this bike is quick and easy to service!
After sukkelling with the magneto cover - the biggest job was taking the seat and tank off, and checking the valve clearances. They were in spec (20000km).
The plugs (x2 :o) was easy and changing the oil even easier!
Total cost:
2 x plugs R235
4L Shell Advance R308
Oil filter R45
R588
now it just needs a chain and sprockets.
Had a nervous moment when I realized theres 2 plug wires and couldn't remember which one came where then decided it's the same piston so can't be that important!
Title: Re: DR650SE - Servicing
Post by: IceCreamMan on February 29, 2008, 07:39:54 am

Had a nervous moment when I realized theres 2 plug wires and couldn't remember which one came where then decided it's the same piston so can't be that important!

Brilliant deduction watson  ;D
Title: Re: DR650SE - Servicing
Post by: lecap on February 29, 2008, 09:11:21 am
Same piston and still important on some bikes! See: BMW F650 Twin Spark engine.

Lucky us the DR is as simple as a stone axe  :cheers:
Title: Re: DR650SE - Servicing
Post by: Ratsalad on February 29, 2008, 10:48:58 am
Yip, me and the DR was made for each other!
Title: Re: DR650SE - Servicing
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on March 08, 2010, 02:10:31 pm
Why on earth are the DR 650 spark plugs so expensive? OEM Suzuki parts?
Title: Re: DR650SE - Servicing
Post by: RobC on March 08, 2010, 02:44:24 pm
Why on earth are the DR 650 spark plugs so expensive? OEM Suzuki parts?
:eek7: That is steep! I find that a lot of spares places no longer stock the more esoteric bike plugs. Shame on them.
Title: Re: DR650SE - Servicing
Post by: lecap on March 09, 2010, 07:23:52 am
C type (CR10E) small 10mm tzhread more expensive than the "ordinary" 12mm thread plugs.
Title: Re: DR650SE - Servicing
Post by: Ganjora on March 09, 2010, 07:27:51 am
that's insane pricing.
i got 2 NGK CR9E plugs from Runner for R80 each.