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post #1 of 5 Old 05-22-2019, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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New to me DL 1000 2003

Hi all am picking up my new to me 2003 DL 1000 tomorrow. Has only 55000 km about 30000 miles. is there anything i should be looking for or should be upgraded to it. I will be riding it more enduro gravel roads etc planing a big bucket list Alaska and Yukon trip

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post #2 of 5 Old 05-22-2019, 10:17 PM
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Congrats. Definitely pull the case cover sooner rather than later to take look at the rotor/stator magnets; they like to come loose and cause havoc. If it hasn't been done already, JB Weld between them will hold them in place.

Seems like most early V's have a noisy clutch/tranny "chudder", this takes care of most of it:

https://www.werksparts.com/

Have fun with the new ride.

Edit: Find the LED thread and pick up the headlight bulbs from Ebay, make a huge difference in brightness and use a lot less draw than stock.

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It looks great I have the same year and color. I am doing trips in the states this year but would love to make that trip some time.
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This bike will serve you well. I've put about 50k miles on mine. One member has over 400k miles on his.

All the issues are small ones. Read this forum and be proactive with small repairs that could leave you sit.

Starter switch, big white connector, kill switch, chain upkeep. Other things to look at, rear wheel spacers, LED headlight replacement, Cush rubbers, TBS, TPS, intake boots, Power Commander. Hit all the electrical connections with dielectric grease. You'll want crash guards and a skid plate.

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Yep, I'd get some protection on there ASAP.

The radiator is stupidly vulnerable. Without crash bars, a hotel parking lot tipover is likely to end your trip instantly.

A skid plate (to protect the oil filter and oil cooler) and radiator protection are good to have as well. A lot of crap has banged off my bike's skid plate in 99.99% street riding. To be fair, the stock plastic skid plate does offer some protection for this. There are several cheap ways to add some sort of screen in front of the radiator to protect against rock hits; I'd consider this an especially good idea since gravel roads are on the menu.

A "skid plate" is sort of misnamed; what you need is protection from objects kicked up by the front wheel. You're not going to be rock hopping or sliding over logs on a DL1000.

The 2002-2003 models have a different, slightly lower capacity stator and rotor, and are somewhat less vulnerable to the rotor magnet drift issue. Still, can't hurt to look and squish a little epoxy in there (I found that the iron in JB Weld was problematic because it tried to creep along the lines of magnetic force). And make sure you clean and inspect all the electrical connections and take some voltage readings. A volt meter might not be a bad thing.

Mainly, like any older bike (especially Suzuki), I would carefully go through every last electrical connector and check for corrosion and overheating. Clean/repair as needed. For example, there's a stupidly unprotected, undersized connector in the left fairing "cheek" that feeds the headlights and is guaranteed to fail on every DL. Get ahead of this.

I'd also definitely do the external fuel filter bypass modification if this hasn't been handled already. This bike will soon start to suffer from restricted fuel flow if it isn't already; the stock fuel filter (the fine filter buried deep inside the fuel pump, not the external strainer "sock") is about the size of a small pack of gum and inevitably clogs.

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