Here is a Suzuki build you've never seen

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9/8/2020 5:32 PM

After building my "Works" XR75 that came out way too nice to actually use as a pit bike, I figured I'd build something super cool ,but usable . Since I'm almost 6'2" and the XR''s are a little cramped anyway for me, I picked up a rare one that's a bit bigger, an 03 Suzuki DRZ 125. I got it in mostly one piece ,but was in ridiculously bad condition, zero maintenance had been done, wouldn't run, every seal and gasket were leaking profusely, rust everywhere,you get the picture. Anyway,since I've always loved the Team ECC Suzuki's from the early 2000's ( and I'm close to completing my 06 ECC RM 250 for next season) I figured I'd make a "mini me" match to that bike. Not a highly modified engine, just a little higher compression wiseco, stock cam, stock ignition, obviously new seals, gaskets, new Sudco Mikuni, found an old FMF slip on that I refurbished, Mika bars, polished and anodised ProWheel rims with new Pirellis, a lot of powder , Anodizing and a good bit of Burnt bronze cerakote make the bike "snappy" lol. Obviously the biggest element was to convince the new N-Style people to recreate the old N-Style ECC graphics and seat cover. I think it came out pretty damn cool. And I won't panic if I get this one dirty Photo
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9/8/2020 5:35 PM

Nice! Let’s see the before pic!

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9/8/2020 5:35 PM

Nice👍

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9/8/2020 5:36 PM

Definitely cool. Good job!

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9/8/2020 5:49 PM

Very slick. You have talent sir

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9/8/2020 5:55 PM

yak651 wrote:

Nice! Let’s see the before pic!

Thanks-- I very rarely take "before" pics. Not sure why actually, just never seem to remember and I get too excited and start ripping into stuff ,lol,and usually it would be just pics of rusty parts in old milk crates. At least this one was a rolling chassis.. I do have some "befores" of my 77 Husky 175GP that I just finished and raced last week, and took some of my matching numbers 74 YZ125A that sat out in some Canadian backyard for 35+ years. but after 2 years of off and on work its still a good 6 weeks away from being done. . I'll be posting a bunch more of my projects in the coming weeks, including my super rare CH Industries Honda Cr125, my FMF Rm125, My 203lb YZ250G Hannah bike , and hopefully my Pro Circuit/Anaheim Husky Cr250 will be completed before Thanksgiving

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9/8/2020 6:17 PM

That thing is the best looking 03 drz for sure... well done

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9/8/2020 6:52 PM

Nice! I love "big minis" like yours and my KLX140l. I'm just too old and stiff to get comfortable on a 110.

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9/8/2020 6:55 PM

Swift!

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9/8/2020 8:31 PM

good job!

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9/8/2020 8:47 PM

That is awesome! We have an old 07 DRZ125 and that bike is indestructible. My kids have done some very bad things to it and it just won't die! Very cool build.

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9/8/2020 8:59 PM

Tell me more about that shift lever? Stocker has a linkage.

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9/8/2020 10:38 PM

racinstation wrote:

Tell me more about that shift lever? Stocker has a linkage.

Looks like a moose or ims shifter for an xr50 or one of those other minis. I’d be interested to find out what he used as well.

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2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

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Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

9/9/2020 7:02 AM

racinstation wrote:

Tell me more about that shift lever? Stocker has a linkage.

mattyhamz2 wrote:

Looks like a moose or ims shifter for an xr50 or one of those other minis. I’d be interested to find out what he used as well.

Good morning guys. Sorry I usually hit the sack around 10-1030 EST which would be 7 ish out your way,lol. Anyway, good eye on noticing the lack of linkage. I sent a pic of that for those that aren't familiar. So I really couldn't understand why Suzuki would utilize such a Rube Goldberg-esque type of set up using 2 heim joints, adjustable rod, multiple pivot points etc. The one in the picture was the one on my DRZ, and had so much slop and play, I decided to just eliminate it. It was an issue finding a shifter that worked, as the shift shaft is an odd size (11mm approx) . I have probably 15 shifters hanging on my wall,but none were the right splines.I order a good bit of parts from my buddy (who's owned a motorcycle service shop for 35 years) and he's a WPS and Tucker dealer, so the shifter definitely isn't a Moose (parts unlimited) it's either an IMS or possibly a Bike master. I'll research that a bit and see if I can track down a part number. But even so, the shifter that I used was straight and hit the ignition cover, so I had to "enhance" it with a little dogleg bend for clearance. The only reason I see for that goofy linkage,was so they could use a longer shifter for more leverage?? But it certainly shifts smooth and clean enough without that craziness Photo

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9/9/2020 7:50 AM

racinstation wrote:

Tell me more about that shift lever? Stocker has a linkage.

mattyhamz2 wrote:

Looks like a moose or ims shifter for an xr50 or one of those other minis. I’d be interested to find out what he used as well.

OldPro277 wrote:

Good morning guys. Sorry I usually hit the sack around 10-1030 EST which would be 7 ish out your way,lol. Anyway, good eye on noticing the lack of linkage. I sent a pic of that for those that aren't familiar. So I really couldn't understand why Suzuki would utilize such a Rube Goldberg-esque type of set up using 2 heim joints, adjustable rod, multiple pivot points etc. The one in the picture was the one on my DRZ, and had so much slop and play, I decided to just eliminate it. It was an issue finding a shifter that worked, as the shift shaft is an odd size (11mm approx) . I have probably 15 shifters hanging on my wall,but none were the right splines.I order a good bit of parts from my buddy (who's owned a motorcycle service shop for 35 years) and he's a WPS and Tucker dealer, so the shifter definitely isn't a Moose (parts unlimited) it's either an IMS or possibly a Bike master. I'll research that a bit and see if I can track down a part number. But even so, the shifter that I used was straight and hit the ignition cover, so I had to "enhance" it with a little dogleg bend for clearance. The only reason I see for that goofy linkage,was so they could use a longer shifter for more leverage?? But it certainly shifts smooth and clean enough without that craziness Photo

I have the same bike (KLX125) and did the same thing. A shift lever that will work from a DR125 or DR200 will bolt right on. I got one off ebay but broke the spring on the tip and then just ordered a tusk one and worked fine.

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9/9/2020 8:45 AM

Killer!

Wait, you built an XR75 which was too clean to ride, so you built THAT??? How rad is this XR75???blink blink

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9/9/2020 9:02 AM

Yup, shifter from DR125 works fine. Put one on mine, along with VM22 carb from a KX65, forks and triples from RM85 and shock from a CR85. Everyone has fun riding it. Mine's not as polished as yours though. Always liked the team ECC kits.

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9/9/2020 10:05 AM

Falcon wrote:

Killer!

Wait, you built an XR75 which was too clean to ride, so you built THAT??? How rad is this XR75???blink blink

Look up the thread somewhere on here.i can't seem to find it ,but I'm trying from my phone,so....but here's one pic of itPhoto

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9/9/2020 11:30 AM

Nice! Here's an RMZ I built about 4-5 years ago with the green!

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9/9/2020 11:35 AM

AgentOrange wrote:

Yup, shifter from DR125 works fine. Put one on mine, along with VM22 carb from a KX65, forks and triples from RM85 and shock from a CR85. Everyone has fun riding it. Mine's not as polished as yours though. Always liked the team ECC kits.

I'm curious if that shifter will work on a TTR125 as well. I'd love to ditch the linkage system.

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2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @hamdaddyof2 & @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

9/9/2020 11:58 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/9/2020 11:59 AM

Linkage system, at least on DRZ, seems purely for a bit of leverage for little feet. DR125/DRZ200 doesn't use it with same transmission.

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9/9/2020 3:24 PM

The RM85 front end and CR85 shock make for a nice upgrade if you ever decide to dive deeper! Spectacular work as always cool

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9/9/2020 4:05 PM

Nice work! 👍

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9/9/2020 5:13 PM

Joyner41 wrote:

The RM85 front end and CR85 shock make for a nice upgrade if you ever decide to dive deeper! Spectacular work as always cool

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What year CR85 shock is it? And does it bolt up or need some work to make it fit? I have a KLX125 with the KX100 front end and would love to do that shock setup.

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9/9/2020 5:25 PM

Joyner41 wrote:

The RM85 front end and CR85 shock make for a nice upgrade if you ever decide to dive deeper! Spectacular work as always cool

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JW884 wrote:

What year CR85 shock is it? And does it bolt up or need some work to make it fit? I have a KLX125 with the KX100 front end and would love to do that shock setup.

I believe any CR85 shock works, 03+. Just need to cut the lower shock mount and tap new threads for the lower shock bolt. Use the CR85 bottom bolt, DRZ top bolt with washers for spacers in between. There is a thread in another forum documenting such a build if you do a quick google search.
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9/9/2020 5:36 PM

Awesome thanks! I thought I saw it on one of the forums when I originally did the front end but wasn't sure.

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