Suzuki DRZ400 Engine rebuild- where in Bangkok or Pattaya ?

Discussion in 'Technical' started by bill, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. bill

    bill Ol'Timer

    A friend and I both have DRZ400's in Cambodia and want some major engine work done.

    Wondering if its worth a trip to Thailand.

    My friends bike is as new and he wants a stroker crank fitted. He's got the crank, bearings and gasket kit. Already has near new big bore kit and hotcams.

    My bike needs a new crank/rod/bearings assembly fitted, possibly valve seats recut and new valves/springs/collars fitted, and any tranny bearings etc replaced as required.
    I have new crank/rod/crank bearings assembly, full engine gasket and seal kit, big bore kit , hotcams, and new timing chain.
    Gearbox bearings etc, if required, I would hope to source aftermarket in Bangkok.

    Looking for recommendations for dirt-bike workshops in Bangkok/Pattaya area from gt-rider members that have had this type of work done successfully.

    The two that crop up in google searches seem to be Red Baron and Dirtshop, but not much specific info (in English) on their reputation/ability.
     
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  3. Azoulay

    Azoulay Ol'Timer

    Hi Friends,

    I would highly recommand you RED BARON Bangkok and Mr Vikrom, I bought them a DRZ 400 2005 and they use to maintain it mint conditions. Vikrom and his staff knows this bike (among othjers) perfectly and they can easily source genuine parts from Japan (I hope still today) within a very short time being in permanent contact with RED BARON Mother Company who is established in Japan.

    For the address just look at the web site REDBARONBKK...

    I am very positive about this shop even if I allways pay the price.
     
  4. bill

    bill Ol'Timer

    Azoulay
    Thx for the info.
    I read somewhere that there is an initial membership fee at Red Baron.
    If so, how much ?
     
  5. Changnoi1

    Changnoi1 Ol'Timer

    As far I remember I did pay that "initieel membership fee" when paid for the first spare-part that I did buy with them. But be aware that they only will don maintenance on 100% legal bikes. They will check your paperwork before accepting your bike.

    Chang Noi
     
  6. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Khun Vikrom and Red Baron are by far the most honest and capable big bike shop in Bangkok. The membership fee thing seems to be on a case-by-case basis. If they know you and you've bought parts from them then it seems that fee is waved. Dirtshop is a good honest shop but I do not believe they are equipped to rebuild an engine.

    Khun Boy at Chicane is an amazing mechanic but specializes in sport bikes, Ducatis and BMW's and I'm not sure how familiar he is with the Suzuki DRZ400.

    Red Baron might cost more than some, but if you want the job done right that would have to be my recommendation.

    Ride On!

    Tony
     
  7. bill

    bill Ol'Timer

    The bikes are 100% legal in Cambodia and would be entering Thailand on temporary import permits issued at the border.

    Whoever does it would need the tools/expertise to recut valve seats (3 angle job) and check/adjust the lobe centers on adjustable hotcam camshafts. I reckon splitting the cases/replacing bearings etc is basic nut and bolt work and any required pullers etc could be fabricated if they didn't have them already.

    Not keen on a membership fee for a one off job given we reside in Cambodia.( I read numbers of between Bt10k-20K on various chatrooms)
    Will attempt to email/phone them after Songkran.
     
  8. Franconian

    Franconian Active Member

    Anyone experience with Dynamic Motors? Many people recommended this shop to me. It is specialized in BMW, but can work on Japanese bikes too.
     
  9. Azoulay

    Azoulay Ol'Timer

    Hi Friends,

    Going through all the latest posts I am quite surprise to hear about the membership fee at Red Baron, new practice since I went there (last X'Mas) ???.

    I think Chang Noi is right they will only work on a legal bike, thus this membership is maybe a kind and polite way to avoid working on bikes they don't want to.

    For my side I support them on Japanese bikes, maybe not on all bikes BMW (Dynamic Motor) has its specialists as Ducati (Boy at Chicane) as other clustered brands.

    I never heard that DirtShop was good at repairing bikes, I saw them much more as a dirt bike part dealer than a garage even if they have a tiny workshop to change tires and small maintenance.

    Now that' s also depend of what you are looking for in terms of work to be done, still convince that Red Baron is by far the best to work on Suzuki DRZ 400, a bike they know by heart and that they have the link to get the missing or needed parts from Japan.
     

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