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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1420 on: March 15, 2011, 11:33:22 pm »
Anyone with MRD pipes locally ? How would you rate them ?

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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1421 on: March 16, 2011, 08:22:24 am »
DS bikes - XR250, DR250, KLE 500, DR650, DRZ 400, KTM 525. Spent the most time on the DRZ and still rate it as best of the lot. The DR650 was a real dissapointment after the DRZ.

Ah, ok. I've just noticed your technical knowledge (and experience) on bikes is extensive.

I went from DR650 to DRZ and LOVED the change!

Are DRZ cases magnesium or allu?

Grego; where do I get polycarbonate?

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Magnesium - light but brittle when hitting a rock - that's why you need the case savers  ;
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1422 on: March 17, 2011, 08:46:07 am »
Anyone with MRD pipes locally ? How would you rate them ?

I haven't heard of anyone with an MRD pipe in SA (not that I know that much), but reading from the interweb it looks like the best pipe available for the DRZ. I seem to remember they are seriously pricey though.

Where is the stock mounting point for the ignition key on a DRZ? Mine is next to the right hand side indicator. I have seen SM's with the ignition on top of the tripple-clamps.
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1423 on: March 17, 2011, 08:50:34 am »
Guys

My speed/odometer cable broke  >:( (Suzuki SA doesn't have stock and can't give me date when they'll have because of the problems in Japan :'( ) Anybody with ideas or know of somebody that might have a spare that will be willing to sell. My DRZ is a 2006 Model E
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1424 on: March 17, 2011, 09:00:20 am »
Anyone with MRD pipes locally ? How would you rate them ?

I haven't heard of anyone with an MRD pipe in SA (not that I know that much), but reading from the interweb it looks like the best pipe available for the DRZ. I seem to remember they are seriously pricey though.

Where is the stock mounting point for the ignition key on a DRZ? Mine is next to the right hand side indicator. I have seen SM's with the ignition on top of the tripple-clamps.

One of our forum members ordered a MRD - can't remember who though.

The ignition key normally sits at the top of the bars. Many people including me moved it to the side out of the way.
As for your case cracking, make sure you file down the gear lever - standard it is shaped like a can opener - perfect for opening magnesium cans.

Here are some photos of my ex-DRZ. The original place for the ignition, after I relocated it and my filed down gearlever.
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1425 on: March 17, 2011, 10:13:14 am »
Guys

My speed/odometer cable broke  >:( (Suzuki SA doesn't have stock and can't give me date when they'll have because of the problems in Japan :'( ) Anybody with ideas or know of somebody that might have a spare that will be willing to sell. My DRZ is a 2006 Model E
Any cable / hydraulic place can make up the cable if you take them the sleeve.

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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1426 on: March 17, 2011, 11:31:11 am »
Guys

My speed/odometer cable broke  >:( (Suzuki SA doesn't have stock and can't give me date when they'll have because of the problems in Japan :'( ) Anybody with ideas or know of somebody that might have a spare that will be willing to sell. My DRZ is a 2006 Model E
Any cable / hydraulic place can make up the cable if you take them the sleeve.

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Thanks I was actually thinking of trying to weld the inside wire, but I am going to try Centurion Hydraulics first
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1427 on: March 17, 2011, 02:32:22 pm »
nice one, think I will replace mine while im rebuilding
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1428 on: March 17, 2011, 04:43:43 pm »
nice one, think I will replace mine while im rebuilding

Once your bike is rebuilt, give me a shout, you've been without a bike so long I worry you will sit on it the wrong way round.
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1429 on: March 18, 2011, 08:32:27 am »
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Get some good quality bearings though: SKF, FAG, Nachi, etc.

Yep. Good reason to go to Bearing Man as they only stock quality. Might cost a few bucks extra per bearing though but not enough to make it hurt.
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1430 on: March 18, 2011, 09:56:45 am »
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Get some good quality bearings though: SKF, FAG, Nachi, etc.

Yep. Good reason to go to Bearing Man as they only stock quality. Might cost a few bucks extra per bearing though but not enough to make it hurt.
Quality bearing manufacturers:
Jap: Timken, NSK, NTN...
EU: FAG, SKF

Stay away from Eastern block & China bearings. They are made from recycled T34's :D

No sir, they are made from cheese  :D
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1431 on: March 18, 2011, 11:02:19 am »
Happily I will be use all balls or NSK bearings.

However I was a little surprised/worried at how much oil my bike has used over the last little while. though apparently that's fairly normal on a Zook. made an unplanned visit to Midas and bought some of that castrol actevo, R60/liter!!!
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1432 on: March 18, 2011, 11:53:11 am »
Happily I will be use all balls or NSK bearings.

However I was a little surprised/worried at how much oil my bike has used over the last little while. though apparently that's fairly normal on a Zook. made an unplanned visit to Midas and bought some of that castrol actevo, R60/liter!!!

How many km? My Z did not use a drop.
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1433 on: March 18, 2011, 11:56:33 am »
How are you checking the oil? Drz's got a spesific way, otherwise it looks like it's empty, or over filled
 

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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1434 on: March 18, 2011, 12:12:20 pm »
How are you checking the oil? Drz's got a spesific way, otherwise it looks like it's empty, or over filled

Yes...............this is very important.

In the beginning I made this error and overfilled.
 

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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1435 on: March 18, 2011, 02:24:23 pm »
How are you checking the oil? Drz's got a spesific way, otherwise it looks like it's empty, or over filled

Yes...............this is very important.

In the beginning I made this error and overfilled.

So how should it be done ?
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1436 on: March 18, 2011, 04:28:37 pm »
You should be changing oil every 1 000km's
 

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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1437 on: March 18, 2011, 05:06:41 pm »
You should be changing oil every 1 000km's
thats too soon, the oil wouldn't have broken down by then
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1438 on: March 18, 2011, 05:12:01 pm »
Please dont tell me that oil levels on the DRZ is a black art...like on the BM 650's ???
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Re: The DRZ Thread
« Reply #1439 on: March 18, 2011, 10:57:22 pm »
You should be changing oil every 1 000km's

Manual says 5000km so I am doing 3000km  :thumleft: Will recheck oil-level tomorrow. I am a mechanical pleb.
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