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Offline Brinkman

Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #60 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
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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #61 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:
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #62 on: January 06, 2020, 09:43:56 pm »
 :3some:
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #63 on: January 06, 2020, 09:44:28 pm »
In progress
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #64 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
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #65 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
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #66 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.
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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #67 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
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #68 on: January 06, 2020, 09:55:22 pm »
 :ricky:
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #69 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 😊😊
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #70 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!
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #71 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.
 

Offline Ri

Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #72 on: January 07, 2020, 08:13:28 am »
That header looks great after the polishing. I had mine black ceramic coated - looks bedônnerd too.

That is one super sexy beast :drif:
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #73 on: January 07, 2020, 10:39:44 am »
That header looks great after the polishing. I had mine black ceramic coated - looks bedônnerd 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:
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #74 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:
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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #75 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:
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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #76 on: January 07, 2020, 01:09:34 pm »
@Brinkman, where do you buy the DRC products or are you importing them?
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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #77 on: January 07, 2020, 01:23:14 pm »
Read the whole process just now.

What a great bike you have there!!

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #78 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
 

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Re: The tale of the Suzuki DRZ400 Super Motard
« Reply #79 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: