I picked up a pair of DRZs at the start of June. Ryan’s black SM and a blue S (Shane’s). I thought I’d use this (long) post to cover the story of the SM rebuild.
I’d heard about the bike at least a year earlier from Karl. “DRZ SM with a knock”. Ryan and I had exchanged messages, but I figured I’d likely need to replace the crankshaft at least some of the bearings, rings, and get a valve job done. The numbers didn’t look great. A year later, mention of the bike came up, and the price had dropped.Continue reading “400 SM rebuild (Ryan’s old bike).”
I’ve been beating myself up because I haven’t been getting things done, and sorting out the charging system on my DRZ was one of them.Continue reading “2020/07/17 – Free power mod (Greasy Fingers)”
So, I’ve been waiting two + weeks for the bottom end bearings so I can put the 400S back together. My impression is that it was not worth it. I would have been quite a bit better off to order name brand bearings.Continue reading “2020/07/03 – Hot Rods Transmission bearing kit TBK0090”
Just wanted to make a note that the pivotworks bearing kit kicks the all-balls kit. It comes with a real thrust washer instead of just a teflon ring, and the shoulder washers are similar to Suzuki’s instead of the confusing big flat washer and spacer ring in the all-balls kit.Continue reading “2020/06/30 – greasy fingers – +1 pivot works swingarm bearing kit – DRZ-400”
I did up some pix for someone on FB who had dropped his bike and cracked the clutch side cover with his brake lever… apparently knocking a chunk of metal out on the inside.Continue reading “Greasy fingers – DRZ crankcase – where stuff falls.”
Yeah, I haven’t written up the interior ride yet, partly because my head is wrapped up in fixing the bike. I lost the rear brake (master wouldn’t hold pressure), that was easily fixed by swapping in the master from the kick-start bike… but the motor is more of a problem…
Notes on mechanical work. Started with the trashed stator in the DRZ and continues. Most current updates at the top. Continue reading “greasy fingers… (updated)”