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Title: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 11:02:11 am
Hi Ladies and gents.

Once again I am doing a thread to track the progress of a new bike that I worked extremely hard for to ecquire.

The feeling of satisfaction i get from prepping/modifying and improving bikes makes every cent I spend worth it a million times over. There has been a ßHIT TON of cents that has gone into my lovely duds I bought over the last few years.

I sold my KTM 200 XCW a month ago and has been desperately searching for a neat Suzuki DRZ 400 super motard. I finally found one but it was 1350km away all the way in Vereeniging.  After thinking long and hard if I should take the chance, I decided to put some faith in humanity and do the EFT.

I really wanted to get back on road  and I couldn't think of anything more fun than an off road bike with 17inch sticky tyres as mountain passes was the type of riding that in the past really gave me buterflies and kept depression at bay. 10 years ago I was all into 300km/h superbikes, but having a bike that is not so intimidating makes riding much more fun, also keeps my butt out of jail.

I Organised Rothwinds Couriers, whose service was top notch! Best price and lowest turn around time as well. Landing two days earlier than what was promised! The bike was securely fastened on a very neat trailer and the guys that delivered it gave such a proffesional service. Great sense of humor as well.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: eberhard on December 22, 2019, 11:47:27 am
This sounds very exciting. :thumleft: Throw us a few pitchas please.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 12:42:01 pm
The day it was picked up.

The Rothwind guys was sitting outside the sellers house at 5AM waiting for him to wake up  :deal:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 12:47:51 pm
This was a rare buy where the bike looked exactly like the Gumtree photos.

I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived.

But like all second hand bikes there will always be stuff to do.

Even though it will get the magic wand treatment, this is still an amazing blank canvas to start off with.

All the bolts are standard and looks to be untouched. The bike is also stock standard with all the emission bits still in place except for the Cycra Pro Bend hand guards and aftermarket silencer.

Attached is the Gumtree photos.  :o :o
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: chopperpilot on December 22, 2019, 12:58:28 pm
Looks stunning on the GT pics!

Congratulations with your acquisition!

Year model and kms?

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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 01:22:32 pm
The first 2 problems popped up as a faulty rectifier/regulator and the clock deafaulting to MPH. The total odometer reading is also in Miles and not in Kilometers. But I checked with 2 Suzuki dealerships and this is not a grey import. According to Thumpertalk it was UK models that was imported into SA.

2008 model with 17500 miles on the odometer.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 01:32:04 pm
I started with a deep clean and replacing the air filter with a Putoline one as the OEM filter was not in the best shape.

Next up was the headlight not working which turned out to be the starter button. Stripped and cleaned the contacts and that solved the problem completely.

The bike caught my dads attention and from here on out he has been by my side helping where my knowledge and skills lacked.

A numerous amount of tests was done to make sure it was in fact the Rec/Reg that was stuffed before going out to Startlne to get a new one.  Electrical plugs swopped around and just like that the battery is charging like it should.

Next up was the dash that did not keep time and and kept on reseting to miles when the ignition is turned off.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 01:55:18 pm
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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 01:57:01 pm
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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Welsh on December 22, 2019, 02:13:37 pm
Looks like a good deal so far.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 02:45:39 pm
I stripped the dash off the bike while my dad got out the soldering iron, silicone and magnifying glass.

With the help of a post on Thumpertalk a very small diode was stripped off the circuit board and soldered onto another place. The diode is probably 1mm x 1mm. I still can't believe my dad got it swapped.

This is what Suzuki does to default the units to Miles or Kilometers for different countries.

The best thing is the odometer and trips changed over to Kilometers as well. But it is adding in kilometers onto the existing 17500 miles.

He also soldered the red power wire so the dash can keep time as well as sealing up the locating pins on the rubber button strip. This seems to be a design fault letting water into the dash and corroding the circuit board. 
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 02:56:00 pm
The bike was really plugged up in its standard form so it was time to liven it up a bit.  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

I ordered in a Dynojet stage 2 kit, a #25 pilot jet and cut a nice big 3X3 inch hole into the top of the air box.

The parts replaced in the carb was the needle, pilot and main jet and the slide spring.



Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 03:01:10 pm
To compliment the Jetting kit I also repacked the silencer with some yummy FMF 4-stroke exhaust packing at the same time.

I was completely shocked as the people that made or repacked the silencer was really stingy. There were two small 5cm donuts in there, one on each side of the baffle.

Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 03:03:23 pm
Pic of the hole in the airbox.

We used a small saw blade and torch to cut the hole.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Welsh on December 22, 2019, 03:08:54 pm
Probably the packing was blown out and that was all that was left.  :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 03:20:51 pm
Probably the packing was blown out and that was all that was left.  :biggrin: :biggrin:

I would have hoped so  :biggrin:

I could see exactly where the 2 donuts was cut with very sharp edges.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 04:05:45 pm
I started with a deep clean and replacing the air filter with a Putoline one as the OEM filter was not in the best shape.

Next up was the headlight not working which turned out to be the starter button. Stripped and cleaned the contacts and that solved the problem completely.

The bike caught my dads attention and from here on out he has been by my side helping where my knowledge and skills lacked.

A numerous amount of tests was done to make sure it was in fact the Rec/Reg that was stuffed before going out to Startlne to get a new one.  Electrical plugs swopped around and just like that the battery is charging like it should.

Next up was the dash that did not keep time and and kept on reseting to miles when the ignition is turned off.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 04:19:16 pm
I assembled the bike and discovered that the carb really is such a pain in the ass as the people said on the Thumpertalk forum

I have never seen a carb with so many connections and hoses. Combined with the small space it has to go into plus getting the boots seated if you can't see a thing.

Throttle cables was then cleaned and lubed up ready to go  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

The difficulty level of removing and installing made it so much more crucial that the carb works perfectly on the first run.

I ended up Following Dyno jets instructions except with the addition of the bigger pilot jet as per Thumpertalk.

Specs as follows for those that hasn't unplugged the DRZ and want  to give it a go.

SPECS

#155 DJ main jet
#25 Mikuni pilot jet
Dynojet needle on 2nd clip from above
Dynojet lighter big needle slide spring
Pilot screw 2.75 turns out from fully seated
3x3 inch hole in air box
Very close to sea level

Below is how gunked up the throttle cables was. The throttle stuck when the bars was turned to the right and they tightened.

I used a cable luber and some Q20 and flushed the cable housings. Oil forced through the cable housing until it came out clean on the other side. 

 
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 04:42:24 pm
The bike started up 2nd swing and all the circuits feels as close to perfect as I can imagine it.

This was 100% worth it, added a ton of power and a big boost to the throttle response. I can now bring up the front wheel in second gear without the clutch. Even with my limited skills.

Wheelie training will commence once I have done everything I need to do.  O0

 :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

First photoshoot to follow . . . . . . . .
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 04:46:54 pm
 :ricky:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 04:48:32 pm
Got to love a spotless gold chain  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 04:50:10 pm
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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 22, 2019, 04:51:21 pm
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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: GravelFox on December 22, 2019, 06:29:38 pm
Looks super neat. A 21Ē front wheel even be more neater and people will drool over it!


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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Kobus Myburgh on December 22, 2019, 06:35:00 pm
This is sweet Brinkman!  Hang on to this.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 25, 2019, 11:13:30 am
I have been doing research on the DRZ night and day and there seems to be a few problems that the factory neglected at assembly. This was probably not necessary, but for complete peace of mind I decided to double check the stator and starter clutch bolts. As there has been tons of cases on Thumpertalk where these bolts backed out and caused a lot of problems.

I was pleasantly surprised that everything was in spotless condition. I just felt all the bolts for tightness and the ones that moved and broke the locktite I took out, cleaned, reapplied locktite and snugged down good and proper. The only ones that tightened more  with moderate torque was the ones holding the stator coil.
 
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 25, 2019, 11:14:08 am
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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 25, 2019, 11:32:40 am
I decided to replace the JIS phillips bolts on the starter Bendix cover as they were prone to rounding off.

I borrowed an impact screw driver from a mechanic at work, to loosen the bolts. My dad was burning to test it out as it is a Snap-on one. I walked into the garage while braai-ing and as I came around the corning I just heard "Dit is 'n groot fokk@p!"

While he was loosening the 3rd bolt the Snap-on bit snapped and rounded the head of the bolt.

The next day I asked the mechanics at work if  they have a matching one and in all their buckets of bolts there were just one that was a little bit too long. Got home and my dad pulled out the dremmel to shorten it. Bolted into the vice and there the 10000rpm dremmel disc grabs in to the bolt and catapults it into Neverland!
I doubt he has ever had such bad luck in the garage before!!

3rd try was the charm as I went to source some allen head bolts from the bolt buckets again.

Found these 3 perfect condition manly looking bolts. They just need to be shortened.

Drank some beer last night and decided to shorten them and make some progress with the bike. Got out the steel HAND SAW this time and assembled.

The left hand side bolt in the picture is the standard bolts. The second picture is the really nice looking allen head bolts and then installed.

Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 25, 2019, 11:33:25 am
This is sweet Brinkman!  Hang on to this.  :thumleft:

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: Thanks!
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 25, 2019, 11:34:35 am
Looks super neat. A 21Ē front wheel even be more neater and people will drool over it!


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Thanks! What would look even sexier is a good quality sticky new 17" front tyre  :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: sidetrack on December 25, 2019, 11:51:10 am
Nice bike, best mod by far is fitting a FCR carb ! My DRZ -S really flew after I fitted one.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 25, 2019, 12:26:31 pm
Nice bike, best mod by far is fitting a FCR carb ! My DRZ -S really flew after I fitted one.

Decided to not go the FCR route just yet. I know that was probably a mistake, but I could only get a second hand one for R2500 and then I still don't know in what condition it is in.

The 3x3 mod and jetting kit really livened it up. But I have to pull the carb again as the solenoid on the carb is not a fuel shut off valve as I thought. This stupid bit of electronics limits the slide from lifting fully open in the first three gears.

That will be happening today as well as installing the new diaphragm slide today. As I broke the old one when installing the needle holder!!!!! I was so pissed off with myself.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 08:21:57 am
Morning and merry belated Christmas!!

I've been making some progress to get the bike where I want it.

I did an oil change with some Motul 7100 10w40 as I want to keep this bike in tip top shape. I did not do the frame oil strainer this time around but I will do it in the next 3000km when I do a service again. I did not have the copper washers for the bottom oil line banjo bolt and neither the strainer's. Also lacking the deep 24mm socket.

I used some Yamaha drain washers, one 12mm sump crush washer and a 10mm copper washer for the frame

Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: LoopSoosStroop on December 26, 2019, 08:35:40 am
Sies maar hierdie bike is lekker!
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 08:44:58 am
Sies maar hierdie bike is lekker!

 :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 08:50:32 am
This morning I woke at at 5AM and got the urge to pull the carb again and do the necessary mods/repairs.

First up was swapping the Diaphragm to the new slide and installing the needle and holder into the damn fragile slide. This was the part I was dreading most and did it first thing just to get it over with.

Bike stripped and photo of the two broken needle holder tabs on the old slide.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 08:52:37 am
Diaphragm coming off. The ring that holds it into place is quite flexible to my surprise. All went 100% in the romaval
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 08:57:32 am
Needle and bits swapped over. The needle holder installation went according to plan. I applied some grease on the oring of the white needle holder and pushed it in with a twisting motion keeping an eye on the amount pressure applied.
The first two attempts it seated a bit skew, but the third time around it slipped in and the tabs grabbed hold of it. 
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Operator on December 26, 2019, 09:02:37 am
Ruan........... Dalk is dit ek, maar daardie ronde ball-shape flicker lights en die Std taillight op die DRZ het nog altyd gelyk of dit nie ůp die bike hoort nie.

Miskien vervang met aftermarket taillight en tail tidy lig.
Dit gaan die bike baie cooler laat lyk.

Hier is my ou DRZ met Edge taillight en Oxford led indicators
(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/bikes4sale/100_1583.jpg)



Lyk my jy het 'n mooi speciman gekoop  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 09:06:54 am
Ruan........... Dalk is dit ek, maar daardie ronde ball-shape flicker lights en die Std taillight op die DRZ het nog altyd gelyk of dit nie ůp die bike hoort nie.

Miskien vervang met aftermarket taillight en tail tidy lig.
Dit gaan die bike baie cooler laat lyk.

Hier is my ou DRZ met Edge taillight en Oxford led indicators
(http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u98/topbox/bikes4sale/100_1583.jpg)



Lyk my jy het 'n mooi speciman gekoop  :thumleft:

More more. Jy get my gedagtes gelees. Klaar pryse gekry op die smoked Edge 2 unit. Sodra ek by kosmeties kom gaan dit op saam met n stel DRC LED flikkers vir voor en agter :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Operator on December 26, 2019, 09:14:37 am
Maak net seker jy het spaar boute as jy die Edge lig installeer.......... Of maak seker dis vas deur locktite te gebruik.
Myne het enkele kere los vibreer.......... maar bygesÍ myne was die E model met aggro knoblies en het obviously meer vibreer as wat die SM sal vibreer
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 09:18:25 am
Maak net seker jy het spaar boute as jy die Edge lig installeer.......... Of maak seker dis vas deur locktite te gebruik.
Myne het enkele kere los vibreer.......... maar bygesÍ myne was die E model met aggro knoblies en het obviously meer vibreer as wat die SM sal vibreer

Dankie vir die raad. Sal maar bietjie blou locktite gooi
  :ricky:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 09:22:34 am
It was time to tackle the solenoid.

First off was taking the side hose off and removing the copper hose fitting from the carb.

Then unbolting the solenoid from the opposite side

Easy enough  :imaposer:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 09:24:08 am
The carb looks so much better without all the wiring and extra hoses
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 09:29:53 am
Along with the solenoid the original vacuum hose that runs from the solenoid to the top cap was cut and blocked with a nice tight fitting bolt covered in black RTV silicone.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Operator on December 26, 2019, 09:32:44 am
Nog 'n cosmetic upgrade wat baie goed gaan lyk op die SM is om die exhaust header te laat ceramic coat. Dis beslis die moeite werd.
Doen later, spandeer nou eers jou geld op die belangriker goed
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 09:33:15 am
Doesn't look half bad.

The feed hose that comes from the air box was also blocked off in the same way.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: chopperpilot on December 26, 2019, 10:44:42 am
@Brinkman

The pipe running to the airbox, is that not a breather, that needs to be open?

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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 10:49:53 am
@Brinkman

The pipe running to the airbox, is that not a breather, that needs to be open?

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Not at all. :ricky: It is the hose that feeds the solenoid so needs to be blocked off so dirt doesn't get into the intake boot.

When the solenoid is removed it does not serve a purpose
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 11:21:57 am
Here is the Thread on Thumpertalk.

https://thumpertalk.com/forums/topic/518525-euau-pair-valve-solenoid-removal/
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: eberhard on December 26, 2019, 11:30:52 am
Thanks for the detailed feedback. Quite a few interesting and different aspects touched upon. I enjoyed reading it and viewing the pictures. Well done! :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 26, 2019, 12:13:23 pm
Thanks for the detailed feedback. Quite a few interesting and different aspects touched upon. I enjoyed reading it and viewing the pictures. Well done! :thumleft:

Thanks Eberhard :biggrin:

Even though it's a Super Motard it's still more relevant to this forum than my KTM 200 thread I did :thumleft:

Going to take a nap and then battle to get the carb back into the bike  :xxbah:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: chopperpilot on December 26, 2019, 02:48:52 pm
@Brinkman

The pipe running to the airbox, is that not a breather, that needs to be open?

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Not at all. :ricky: It is the hose that feeds the solenoid so needs to be blocked off so dirt doesn't get into the intake boot.

When the solenoid is removed it does not serve a purpose
100%



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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 27, 2019, 09:34:42 am
Woooooooowieeeeeee! Lifting the front wheel in second gear is a breeze now! Just getting to the sweet spot in the rev range in second gear and pulling back on the bar. Without clutch
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 29, 2019, 04:26:22 pm
Damn near impossible to keep a broom stick mounted Gopro smooth

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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: BliknÍrs on December 29, 2019, 04:49:26 pm
Pragtige bike!
Dankie vir al die moeite met die fotos en beskrywings dis lekker om te lees!
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on December 29, 2019, 06:00:53 pm
Pragtige bike!
Dankie vir al die moeite met die fotos en beskrywings dis lekker om te lees!
. Dankie Blikners! Maak dit lekkerder as mense van dit hou
 :ricky:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:31:37 pm
 This is only the first few weeks of ownership so I will keep it updated going into the future.


Next up for the bike is as follows

*DRC Edge 2 smoked rear light

*DRC led indicators

*Michelin Pilot street radial front tyre to match the rear

*Valve clearances/inspection at the Yamaha dealership where I work

What else would you guys recommend?
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:32:35 pm
Buying myself a bit of hard work in a form of a full system restoration project :)

I'm literally on Thumpertalk all my free time, just searching, but there is so many conflicting view points.



The latest head scratcher......

My bike did 148KM/h when it was stock with just a slip on.


Did the 3x3 mod and re-jetted and now the bike is flat up top with a top speed of about 132KM/h. That right there is just sad. But I will give it some proper attention with the new exhaust.  :dousing: :dousing:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:36:20 pm
 I found a Facebook post from someone in Cape Town advertising a MRD SSW full system.

I couldn't believe my luck! This is the most sought after system ever made for the DRZ400. Made in the USA and the owner does all the welding by hand. It truly is a work of art and gets the most power out of the DRZ

It looked really bad on the photo's so I made a Low ball offer of R1800 but we settled on R2000. Their asking price was R3000.

Below is the Facebook ad pics
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:37:53 pm
 I bought some exhaust packing and a tube of Autosol metal polish on Friday in preparation to get the exhaust.

 

I drove through Sunday morning to go and collect it. Also stopped and picked up some steel wool
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:43:18 pm
It looked a little sad when it got here.  But if it didn't I would not have gotten it for such a good price  :ricky: :ricky:


I saw some serious potential :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:43:56 pm
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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:44:28 pm
In progress
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:45:35 pm
After some intense elbow grease it is mostly done. I will go on with with buffing while the system is on the bike
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:47:23 pm
I had a bit of a pucker moment thinking after all this work it would not fit but it slipped on like a glove, to my relief.


Below is the mounting process.

I am very much smitten. The bike looks so mean with the beefier header pipe
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:50:26 pm
While I was at it I changed the main to a 160 as per post I found from Thumpertalk.

I couldn't get the sleeving off the MRD to replace the packing. Damn but that thing is tight fit. Packing still looked okay so I'll do it with my next service.

Now I have to wait to start the bike up as my petcock is always flowing even on ON. Stripped it and found the little smiley face had a tear in it. So will be picking that and the oring up from work.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:52:45 pm
I assembled the bike completely but could not test it as my vacuum fuel tap was not shutting off.

Below is the bike assembled
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:55:22 pm
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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:55:56 pm
 I'm hoping the full system and the 160 main will fix that top speed problem.

I will be taking a short break from doing mods, but the gent I bought the exhaust from bikes bottom end went so he has a LED tail light that he wants to sell. Just waiting on pics.

I can't wait to take it for a ride 😊😊
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:56:35 pm
 I couldn't wait to go to work today to get the Smiley face and o-ring for the petcock.

I was extremely relieved when I got there and saw we have stock. I bought the Yamaha spares and installed it after work.

It is sealing perfectly with not one drop when in the ON or RES position!
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 06, 2020, 09:58:30 pm
 Filled it up with petrol and off I went on my first test ride.

I can only say WOOOOOOOOOW!!!!

The mods completely transformed this bike from the standard puppy dog type of power to an exploding beast!

And the MRD sounds soooooo good! It is not even funny just how incredible it sounds. Loud on wide open throttle, but it is a deep sound so it doesn't hurt my ears at all. On idle is way quieter than what the slip-on was.

My top speed problem has also been solved as I think the mixture is much better now with the 160 main and thicker header.

I reached a whopping 152km/h and it still had more to go. The MRD has extended the bikes legs so to say with much more power up top, pulling stronger for longer.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Ri on January 07, 2020, 08:13:28 am
That header looks great after the polishing. I had mine black ceramic coated - looks bedŰnnerd too.

That is one super sexy beast :drif:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 07, 2020, 10:39:44 am
That header looks great after the polishing. I had mine black ceramic coated - looks bedŰnnerd too.

That is one super sexy beast :drif:

Thanks Ri!

My body is smashed from spending 5 hours buffing. So from last night I do like 5 minutes of buffing per evening. In another week it will look like new  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Black_Hawk on January 07, 2020, 12:30:05 pm
Well done on a awesome find and making good progress and improvements  :thumleft:

This bike is something to drool over  :drif:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: sidetrack on January 07, 2020, 12:53:01 pm
FCR, 440 big bore, Hotcams etc. so many things you can do to this bike then go ride a stock KTM 525 and you will cry yourself to sleep  :biggrin: Following your build  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Black_Hawk on January 07, 2020, 01:09:34 pm
@Brinkman, where do you buy the DRC products or are you importing them?
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Grunder on January 07, 2020, 01:23:14 pm
Read the whole process just now.

What a great bike you have there!!

 :ricky:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 08, 2020, 10:13:21 am
Well done on a awesome find and making good progress and improvements  :thumleft:

This bike is something to drool over  :drif:

Thanks for the positive feedback! :biggrin:

I ordered the DRC edge 2 tail light, led flicket unit and DRC LED indicators this morning. Should be here by Friday.

I got them from Langston Motorsport in JHB
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 08, 2020, 10:15:25 am
Read the whole process just now.

What a great bike you have there!!

 :ricky:

Thanks Grunder. Doing the tail light and indicators this weekend  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 08, 2020, 10:17:17 am
FCR, 440 big bore, Hotcams etc. so many things you can do to this bike then go ride a stock KTM 525 and you will cry yourself to sleep  :biggrin: Following your build  :thumleft:

Valid point, but I'm done with KTM. After seeing the built quality on my 2 stroke I had I will never buy orange again. Plus the added maintenance on a 525 is no go for me :ricky:

I want to ride, and not wrench more than I have too
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Black_Hawk on January 08, 2020, 10:19:47 am
Well done on a awesome find and making good progress and improvements  :thumleft:

This bike is something to drool over  :drif:

Thanks for the positive feedback! :biggrin:

I ordered the DRC edge 2 tail light, led flicket unit and DRC LED indicators this morning. Should be here by Friday.

I got them from Langston Motorsport in JHB

Thanks for the reply  :thumleft:

I'm busy restoring a 1982 XR 200R that was put on the road with a very butchered roadworthy kit and the wiring is a mess. I see that DRC have a very nice "plug and play" roadworthy kit that I'm considering.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 08, 2020, 11:29:50 am
Well done on a awesome find and making good progress and improvements  :thumleft:

This bike is something to drool over  :drif:

Thanks for the positive feedback! :biggrin:

I ordered the DRC edge 2 tail light, led flicket unit and DRC LED indicators this morning. Should be here by Friday.

I got them from Langston Motorsport in JHB

Thanks for the reply  :thumleft:

I'm busy restoring a 1982 XR 200R that was put on the road with a very butchered roadworthy kit and the wiring is a mess. I see that DRC have a very nice "plug and play" roadworthy kit that I'm considering.

I've never bought any DRC products so hoping it is at least good quality. Spent a sh!t ton on lights now. Kind of feel guilty and a little stressed because this month is still so long.  :eek7: :eek7: :eek7: :eek7:

But this is the last thing I want to do to the bike for now. Otherwise I am extremely happy with how it looks.

So from end of this week I will start building up my savings again...
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Black_Hawk on January 08, 2020, 11:37:20 am
I'm sure that the quality of the DRC products are good.

There is a thread whee DR BiIG750 gave a 1996 KLX 300 a make over and he fitted the road worthy kit.

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=243936.msg4372261#msg4372261

Mayby @DR BIG 750 can give his opinion of the quality of the DRC products.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: sidetrack on January 09, 2020, 08:55:26 am
DRC products are very good, Japanese company although some of the parts are made in China but DRC won't allow sub par quality.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 11, 2020, 01:55:31 pm
We have loadshedding so I might as well use this time to post sonething. What a &%$#@! up, atleast the router is running on the UPS.

The newest edition to the SM arrived today. I got myself the DRC Edge 2 tail light in red, smoked indicators front and rear, the flasher relay and front indicator brackets to replace the stock ones. 

The supplier didn't have 2 sets so I organised that I can go and pick up a set tomorrow morning at a bike shop in Cape Town.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 11, 2020, 01:57:58 pm
The first impressions was that this DRC stuff is quality. Included is perfect instructions and everything you need.    :deal:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 11, 2020, 01:59:16 pm
Example of the crappy work people do, not even half a sense for routing cables. 
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 11, 2020, 02:00:34 pm
This is the butt ugly poop scoop coming off the back of the SM!
I will never understand why anyone would design and produce such cruelness, but on the other hand it is still not as ugly as some of the other countries
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 11, 2020, 02:02:46 pm
To my surprise the bike actually sports a very nice looking Aluminium sub frame  :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 11, 2020, 02:06:02 pm
Spent the evening cutting the plugs off the existing tail light and indicators and soldering them to the DRC kit.

The IC Flicker relay was a bit of a head scratcher. First tested and then soldered. The DRC IC relay needs to be used in conjunction with the OEM flicker unit.   
 
BEWARE, first put the wires of the indicators through the brackets, put the nut on and then solder! 
One of my many mistakes
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 11, 2020, 02:07:15 pm
My routing of the cables with a really nice "pocket" underneath the numberboard I tucked the wires into
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 11, 2020, 03:18:50 pm
I drove through to Cape Town this morning to go and collect the front indicators.
They are really so perfect for the DRZ!!! 
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Ri on January 11, 2020, 07:30:22 pm
Looks great, very neat work!
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 12, 2020, 09:26:53 am
Looks great, very neat work!

Thanks Ri, I've always appreciated your feedback over the years :thumleft: O0
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 12, 2020, 09:31:28 am
 I finished this morning and did a quick photo shoot. I wanted to do it yesterday but the light conditions was not the best.

Just to refresh the memories of what the bike looked like before. . .
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 12, 2020, 09:32:47 am
And now for the big reveal!!! I have purposely not added a full view of the light in the in progress photos to make this moment bigger 😎

 :useless:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 12, 2020, 09:33:30 am
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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 12, 2020, 09:34:10 am
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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 12, 2020, 09:35:05 am
 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 12, 2020, 09:35:53 am
 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Ri on January 12, 2020, 09:46:46 pm
Er. Ma. WEEERRRRDD!! How on earth do you ever get it over your heart to ride that thing, and tarnish it with dust even on tar?!!  :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:

That is a thing of beauty indeed. WELL. DONE.

Faaaark steaks ... :drif: :drif: :drif:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Black_Hawk on January 13, 2020, 09:20:55 am
Well done Brinkman  :thumleft:

That tail tidy makes a huge difference
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: LRFan on January 14, 2020, 07:05:50 am
Baie mooi DRZ, waar het jy jou Dynojet kit vir die Carburator gekry, will een vir my DR650 kry?
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 14, 2020, 07:44:18 am
Hi LR. Ek het dit by Dynojet gekry in JHB. Dynojet.co.za. Kyk net, vir die DRZ400SM doen hulle 2 kits. Stage one vir standaard airbox en stage 2 omdat ek die 3x3 duim gat im die airbox gesny het.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on January 14, 2020, 07:48:36 am
Ek het gisteraand weer die bike gery en uit die 15 bikes wat ek al besit is die SM my gustelling ooit. N lekker windgat kinderlike oomblik gehaad, verby 2 pragtige meisies gery, gelukkig in 2de rat toe gee ek vet en lig die voorwiel lekker hoog op :thumleft: :thumleft: dit het my week gemaak O0 O0
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Ri on January 14, 2020, 07:53:03 am
   :laughing4:

Mooi so man, geniet die SM :ricky:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Grunder on January 14, 2020, 03:45:39 pm
Vaderland kan een bike so mooi wees.

Great job  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on February 10, 2020, 08:36:17 pm
 .... UPDATE....

Sundays are the absolute best. I have some time today so just a small update.

 

The bike is running like a beast and still the best symphony of sound ever produced.

 

I came from work the other day and realised my rear brake is a bit wonky.

It took a deep press to get the bike to brake. It would take very deep down and then it would lock up. I inspected it when I got home and found the master cylinder reservoir completely buckled and without fluid.

 

The first thing that popped into my head was the new shiny heat gun I used to apply the decals on my KTM. 
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on February 10, 2020, 08:37:27 pm
 I got out the vice grip then heated it good and proper. I softened it quite a bit and used the vice to hold it in its original shape.

 

While held in shape I let it cool down completely. It still took 2 or 3 runs to get it to a shape I'm very happy with.   :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on February 10, 2020, 08:38:20 pm
 Payday has landed so I invested in a new road lid.

 

I decided on the Airoh Valor. Must be the cheapest 5/5 SHARP rated helmet
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on February 10, 2020, 08:39:30 pm
The plan is to get a blacked out visor to compliment the black bike and be anonymous ??? 8)
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on February 10, 2020, 08:40:37 pm
Got to love Summer time in South Africa
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on February 10, 2020, 08:56:10 pm
Sometimes you just get that feeling inside yourself that you need to stop and admire the beauty :ricky:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on February 10, 2020, 08:57:30 pm
Gravel roads is absolutely nothing for the SM
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on February 10, 2020, 09:00:22 pm
 The DRZ has been treating me wholesomely! Been riding the SM more and with hard handed testing in the back roads it gave me 19.5KM/L

I went to go and visit my sis and brother in law as they bought their first house. Short vid I made from the commute. Very much short shifting and trying very hard not to get a ticket I can't afford. The city is full of speed cameras

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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Operator on February 10, 2020, 09:01:33 pm
Got to love Summer time in South Africa

Peperboom straat se krag pale?
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on February 10, 2020, 09:10:18 pm
Mag dalk wees. Naby die boom strate, nie seker of dit peperboom is nie :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Ri on February 11, 2020, 07:53:20 am
Aaaaaargghhh :drif:

As jy nou klaar gefarkle is aan hierdie pragtige monster van jou, kan ek nie my DR650 by jou kom parkeer nie? Ek is seker jou oog vir detail gaan 'n paar foutjies vang, en jou OCD gaan jou aanhits om dit reg te maak :imaposer:

Dit lyk stunning, baie mooi gedaan :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on February 21, 2020, 12:42:35 pm
Aaaaaargghhh :drif:

As jy nou klaar gefarkle is aan hierdie pragtige monster van jou, kan ek nie my DR650 by jou kom parkeer nie? Ek is seker jou oog vir detail gaan 'n paar foutjies vang, en jou OCD gaan jou aanhits om dit reg te maak :imaposer:

Dit lyk stunning, baie mooi gedaan :thumleft:

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Dankie Ri. Jou komplimente beteken altyd baie
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on March 06, 2020, 08:19:07 pm
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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Dirt Junkie on March 06, 2020, 08:25:28 pm
Nice looking bike
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on March 11, 2020, 09:54:40 am
Morning ladies and gents.

Went to Rooi-Els this past Sunday to get my mind free from STRESS>>>

The SM did really well and I'm extremely happy with the complete package than ever before.

I finished editing the Gopro footage and I'm not going to lie it really takes time to cram all that footage into 8 minutes.

See below and turn up the sound to here that MRD exhaust system, I really wish the Gopro could replicate the real life sound

Also turned my chicken snchitzels into tiny chicken strips  :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: :lol8: :ricky:

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:VIDEO IS DOWN, BUSY UPLOADING VERSION 2.0 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Ri on March 11, 2020, 11:07:15 am
 :laughing4: :ricky:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Black_Hawk on March 11, 2020, 11:40:32 am
Clarence Drive is altyd 'n lekker pas om te ry om so bietjie te de-stress
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on March 14, 2020, 09:43:47 am
More gents/ladies.

Re-uploaded the video. Chopped and changed on the edit and I'm happy with it now.

Below is the new one.

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Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Ri on March 16, 2020, 07:29:30 pm
More gents/ladies.

Re-uploaded the video. Chopped and changed on the edit and I'm happy with it now.

Below is the new one.

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Very nice editing, and some judicious shading out of your speed, haha! Engine sounds great :thumleft:

Really is a beautiful ride but please beware, a friend recently wrote of his KTM and almost himself when a car swerved into a lookout area in front of him, without indicating.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: sidetrack on March 18, 2020, 02:12:59 pm
Check this SM as well, converted to 18/21

Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on March 27, 2020, 08:57:34 am
Check this SM as well, converted to 18/21



Looks awesome! I wish I could get a white one in SA. Blue also looks great
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on March 27, 2020, 09:00:14 am
21 days to get some work done. I don't have that much to do to be honest, so I got some grey sealant from work and a shim kit from my dad so I will have my first go at adjusting valves with underbucket shims.

Had a look at a bunch of Youtube vids and I have the manual so all should be fine.

21 days is so long, I might just as well undo 1 bolt everyday
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on March 27, 2020, 09:02:06 am
Anyone working on their bikes during this lock down period? And the most important question, who is using their bikes to go the the shop?  :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on March 27, 2020, 09:26:38 am
I have a few updates regarding the life of the DRZ.


But first two photo's  O0
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on March 27, 2020, 09:31:15 am
The bike had a really crappy worn down front tyre on it, so had a new Michelin Pilot Street Radial fitted just before the Rooi-Els video earlier in this thread.
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on March 27, 2020, 09:39:03 am
Apologies, a bit out of order. I removed the "spoke straws" a while ago as I have never been a big fan of them, but after some time I really regretted the decision as I missed the "blacked out look".

So with that and a ton of swear words I battled to get them back on
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on March 27, 2020, 09:41:12 am
Front wheel done and the second pic is the complete look back to how I like it  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Brinkman on March 27, 2020, 09:46:01 am
About a week ago I adjusted the tension on the neck bearings as they was a bit on the loose side. No tank slappers, but wobbled a bit through sweeping corners as can be seen on the Rooi-Els Youtube vid.

First I made it too tight as I didn't take into consideration that when the top nut is torqued town it tightens every up a lot more.

I can tell you too tight is much worse than too loose. Snaked all over

Perfect at the moment  :drif: :thumleft:
Title: Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
Post by: Ri on March 27, 2020, 10:43:39 pm
I've never been a spoke straws fan, but I agree, the blacked out look is kick-ass. Looks great :thumleft: