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Suzuki DR-Z400E

Suzuki DR-Z400E Questions & Answers

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16 questions from our users

mark s.
mark s.asked

My DRZ400E started weeping oil from head cover gasket, and I notice the frame oil tank is slightly overpressured. The head cover has 2 hoses to it. Hose A is at the middle right, goes to oil separator tank. All clear, not pinched, blows through to atmosphere. Hose B (10 on suzuki diagrams) goes to the frame oil tank. It does NOT blow though into the head cover like I expected. What is in the cover at this hose? Should it just be open?

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mark s.
mark s.

Forget all that - both hoses go straight into the head cover, no restrictions. Turns out the problem was a kinked hose from the oil separator box to atmosphere (below the bike)

Travis_w
Travis_wasked

Hi, I have a 2014 drz400e which needed inner clutch cover to be replaced and now putting new one on I have noticed that the old one had a washer come away with it and I have no idea where that washer goes. Can anyone help me please? Not sure how to upload photo if even possible sorry.

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Luke B.
Luke B.asked

Hi, I’ve put my after market slip on back on my 2009 Suzuki Drz 400e (non Ca.)and was hoping to find a stage 1 jet kit to suit but can’t find any references for the E model. Only s /sm. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Tony
Tony asked

Just bought brand new drz400e 2020 model,only done 400km ,tiny bit of black sludge noticeable on engine seal,front end of bike above crank case,I think,is this normal?

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NT B.
NT B.asked

My DRZ lost power doing 85km/h then would not go lower than 45 -50 km/h. It would throttle up but not down lower than 45-50. Pull the clutch in and bike would just high rev. Got the bike stopped and when I started it again it would just high revs again. Any ideas?

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The Gill Man
The Gill Man

Best to post this on thumpertalk in the DRZ section.

Eli
Eliasked

Why is Suzuki only selling the E version nowadays?

Is the DRZ400E of 2018 the same as the one from 2012? Can someone explain this to me please?

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The Gill Man
The Gill Man

Suzuki make the DRZ400E Dual sport and DRZ400SM supermoto versions for the Australian market.

The DRZ400E came out in 2000 and is largely unchanged in 2019.

Thumper talk has a lot of information in this model.

Paul
Paulasked

Good bike but a cold starter, need to choke it in central queensland and still takes a while to warm up after choke is taken off, let sit for 5 or so hours have to use choke again. Is this normal? What are my options?

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Phillip
Phillip

Hi Paul, it depends.

I use the choke when starting it if I've left it for more than a few hours, but my idle drops back down after a few seconds (maybe 5-10) back to normal.

If I leave it overnight or a few days, it takes a minute or so but I leave it for another 30 seconds or so to warm up so the throttle is reliable.

Chris P
Chris P

Yes Paul it's normal because of electronic ignition mapping and /fuel injection. It's the way they're set up. Turning off an engine kills it. Hotter oils probably won't make a difference and neither will short rides. .

Phillip is correct. It should fall to idle almost immediately. Air cooled singles don't operate that much hotter than other configurations but they use less oil. So after you turn them off a breeze can cool them. If the bike has an oil cooler then it runs cooler quicker.

If you got a carby engine
1) run choke on full for 30 seconds then lower to half for 30 then turn off. If it idles run for 30 seconds see if motor revs freely.
2) run full choke then lower to quarter - so it will idle then ride off. Turn choke off after a kilometre.
3) try starting it without the choke. Give it a couple of throttle twists and hit/kick the starter. Good for XRs .

ronin
ronin

how much horsepower the engine

Cam
Camasked

Hello, would anyone out there know the exact weight of the DRZ400 engine?

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David Clift
David Clift

No, nothing in the owners manual, but in the supplementary owners manual the curb mass is 138kg ~ 304lbs.

David Clift
David Clift

On the Drz400, there is no mention of the weight on the engine only the mass weight of the whole bike.

Cam
Cam

Yes you are. Irrect

suzuki
suzukiasked

I have a 2005 drz400 and have cracked 3 sets of cases, any ideas? Are these bikes known for this?

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Bungle
Bungle

Yes, they have weak cases. Search for 'drz400 case protectors' or 'drz400 case guard' on eBay. You should be able to get them for about $40 delivered. Glue them on with a liberal dose of some high temp RTV silicone, let it sit overnight and you should be ok next time you drop it. Also, check the back of the gear shifter and rear brake lever for anything pointy and file it down flat as these can pierce the cases during a drop too.

suzuki
suzuki

Right case cracks on the inside behind the kick start idler gear shaft.

David Clift
David Cliftasked

How to get more power?

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Geoff B
Geoff B

Quality aftermarket pipe, DJ jetting kit, iridium plug, remove snorkel off top of air intake box.

David Clift
David Clift

Thankyou for letting me know, David C

Tim
Tim

The Z400e comes with the keihin carby, you can get it re-jetted, add on a pipe and play with a sprocket kit.

Goofy
Goofyasked

Would this bike be suited to sand dune riding and steep single track? i am 6' 4'', would this bike be the right size for me

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Geoff B
Geoff B

Yes, I am 6' 3" and it will be ok providing you get a DSG tall seat and raise the bars up by 40mm... and get proper weighed springs as the std one's are only good for riders up to 70kg with all riding gear on! The DRZ400e's are one of the best bikes for steep single track in my view.

Sanchez
Sanchez

Im 6'2"..98kg's..bought a drz400e 2010 on gumtree for $2900..came with all the mods..had the rear suspension adjusted by a mate with a hammer n flat head screw driver. It doesnt bottom out now. He checked the jetting.. Australian DRZ400e's come with the 165 jet !!! Ive had KTM's before. Too much maintenance (horrible valves) . Drz's come with grease nipples(made to last not like the throw away KTM's) DRZ's = torque monsters !!!! KTM = ATM. constantly pulling out cash to keep em running

Chesty
Chestyasked

Just bought 2012 drz400e and in the market for a slip on exhaust any recommendations because i can only find fmf or staintune for my model

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BigBertha
BigBertha

Hi Chesty
I have a Pro-Circuit system on mine, including the header. I have heard good reports of Staintune. Depending on where you are, Vince Strang in Inverell, NSW, is a DR guru, and carries a lot of stock, check out his website.

Tim
Tim

personally I'd go with staintune can't beat them for price and quality, aussie made and all that. Yoshi make one their dearer danmoto make one its chinese and made for the dry s and sm so I'm not convinced that it will fit straight on.
for the moment i drilled the crap out of the spark arrester baffle, still loud but not as bad as taking the arrester out all together either way anything more than a 15 min ride you will want ear plugs

Bryn
Bryn

You can get gpr exausts off ebay there great and get a bomb header aswell holy crap it will be good

wally
wallyasked

Want to replace standard muffler! Recommendations please?

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Tim
Tim

Mate Barrett have slip on muffler for $450 no real gain in swapping out the header pipe, either that or a staintune for about $650 Yoshimura are great but cost more

Loren seidel
Loren seidelasked

Where is coolant coming from out of the spark plug drain hole. No trace on the piston top .has been leaking compression into cooling system

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GaryGlitta
GaryGlitta

Leaking compression? hmmm that's a tough one.

Loren seidel
Loren seidel

I found some body had relocated the coolant overflow tube end to under the coil when it pressurised it ran down plug lead n out the drain hole

Sunil7
Sunil7asked

How good is it to use everyday on the free-way , doing 100K everyday ...?? Pls let me know ...?? compared to DRZ450 ?? Can I replace its petrol tank to 15 lit capacity ??

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goodie78
goodie78

The 650 is a better choice for that type of riding but the 400 can do it provided you change the gearing to whats used on the s or sm model. Clarke make a 16 litre tank i think which is a good option as its not to bulky. The 400 has more grunt than the 650 but the 650 revs less which makes it a bit nicer at high speeds.

Sunil7
Sunil7

one question pls ... would you mind telling me about the gear ratio ( front and rear sprockets teeth )

that I should change to ...plzzz??

Rgs ,

Sunil,

DEREK660
DEREK660

Purely offroad ; F-14....R-47. Will cruise happily at 75-85 km/h. Great for offroad! Offroad/town riding ; F-15.... R-47. " " 85-95 km/h. Good offroad compromise. Open dirt roads/country roads ; F-15....R-44. Sit On 110km/h all day.Stay out of the tight stuff offroad.
Purely road ; F-15....R-41. Wanna ride across Australia?

zingerrj
zingerrjasked

Bought the 2010 DRZ400E after not having been on a bike for 20 years. Its bullet proof alright!!!
What do I need to do to it so that I can take it on long road trips?(>500kms) It is stock standard.

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goodie78
goodie78

I would look at at least 15/43 gearing and a long range tank. Me, I wouldn't go over 17 litres as the extra weight would make it a pig off road. A gel seat or at least a lambs wool cover wouldn't go astray either.

Don't expect to do those distances on a good knobby tyre, you will need to find a more road biased dual sport tyre to cope with that sort of work.

tcrawley89
tcrawley89

For long road trips you could look at changing the gearing so it will have better top end.. a safari long range fuel take go up to about 30 litres if your need..For bitumen maybe look at less aggressive tires, which will improve better wear and better traction. Honestly though, you could really get away with bare minimum, great bike that hardly needs servicing! have fun mate!

DEREK660
DEREK660

Not built for distance work unless you're hardcore. Best gearing would be F-15,R-41 for 500k+ travelling. Just don't get into any tight situations offroad, OK! Avon Gripster tyres, 32psi front, 36psi rear.( Drop 10psi per tyre for extensive dirt road use.) The original tank should be good for at least 200Km, (You should get around 22Km/L on the open road.) Bullet proof bike? Certainly! Gonna need a bullet proof behind to do 500K's though, on that seat, balieve me, Ive tried!

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