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DRZ400E maintenance?? 7 years, 8 months ago #1504

Hey guys,

Not long had my DRZ and i think its time to start getting on top of maintenance!! I grew up riding 2 strokes but havn't had a bike for about 8 years now so a little out of the loop. I bought the bike to save some money on fuel commuting as well as a trailie for the weekends. Turns out ive been primarily using it for dirt!!!

How often do you guys change your oil in between oil filter change and services? Also, i think its time to get the WD40 out!! which parts do you guys lude with this and how frequent? What do you guys use to clean the plastics and the engine? I used to use WD40 for my rims and tyre shine on my plastics for my 2 stroke...

Hope these questions weren't too annoying :)

Any suggestions/ideas on how you guys keep up the mainenance on your DRZs would be much appreciated.


Re:DRZ400E maintenance?? 7 years, 8 months ago #1505

  • ct7scott
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500kms oil and filter, plexus for plastics, airfilter once every lunar cycle

Re:DRZ400E maintenance?? 7 years, 8 months ago #1506

  • Roy
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After washing it thoroughly with soap and then degreaser, I WD40 absolutely everything metal except the discs after every ride (I only ride off-road). I keep spraying till it's dripping off the bike. It smokes like a bitch when I start it again for a couple of minutes till it burns off the exhaust but it does protect the bike overall really well. Mine's a 2008 model and I've had people think it's still spanking new :P .

I also change the oil after every two or three rides depending on how far/hard I've ridden. I read somewhere that it's best to change it often on the DR's. Even though they hold more oil than most bikes, it's better to be safe than sorry.

Cleaning the air filter really depends on where you ride and the weather on the day. I think it's a good idea to atleast check it after each ride.

I also re-grease all the rearsuspension links after every ride. Suspension linkages/bearings can be incredibly expensive to replace so the small investment in a grease gun and the grease is well worth it in my opinion.

The only other thing is to get your valve clearances checked. I've only had this done once but am probably due for it again.

Perhaps I'm a bit OTT with all this but I actually enjoy a bit of time tinkering with it after a ride and perhaps having a few 'froffie's' in the process ;)

Re:DRZ400E maintenance?? 7 years, 8 months ago #1507

  • Wally
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Mr Sheen works wonders on plastics

Re:DRZ400E maintenance?? 7 years, 8 months ago #1512

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I check my air filter after each ride, which usually means it gets cleaned every 2nd ride.

I change my oil at around 1500km, as I do more k's on the road. I look at the colour and that usually gives me an idea when to change it. Once it morphes from that nice honey colour to brown - I change it.

I haven't even had my valve clearances looked at yet. It still fires with the slightest touch of the button, and runs sweet at all rev ranges. When they start popping and getting hard to start book them in straight away. If you can afford it, get them checked as preventative maintenance rather than symptomatic.

Re:DRZ400E maintenance?? 7 years, 8 months ago #1518

  • the doc
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Couple of things to keep an eye on are Suspension bush where the rear shock mounts doesnt have a grease nipple all the other bushes do, also the nut retaining the front sprocket can come loose, I carry a spare lock washer and replace it when I change sprockets.
Also carry a spare fuse or two just in case.
The Doc :cheer:

Re:DRZ400E maintenance?? 7 years, 7 months ago #1662

Dont forget to lube the chain mate, I do it after every clean if she's only been on the road or every off road ride (which works well as it gets cleaned after being off road anyway).
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