Nice write up on your ride melsman!
It's to bad you have to replace the Hondamatic on these things if something major goes wrong, instead of being able to fix one.
One thing I've found with these small engines that use the same oil for everything is how much metallic particles get past the oil filter. It's mostly clutch material I've found, and it's made me change the oil that much more often because of that.
I found that a magnetic drain plug wasn't enough to catch all this material from floating round and round in our engines. What I did find was that a magnetic ring that sticks to the back of your oil filter does a really good job of getting the particles out of the recirculating oil.
I change my bikes oil at around 1000 miles, or less if in allot of dirty riding conditions, and the ring is covered with tiny metal clutch particles, and probably from other places also. I think if available an oil filter magnet would be a great thing for all of us on our atv's to help with long term reliability, especially with those expensive Hondamatic tranny's. I found one on ProCycle.com for my motorcycle, and maybe it would fit our atv filters also, or a search to find one that would be made to fit our atv's.
I'm doing my oil change on the bike here in a week or so, and I'll share a pic of how much sludge, and metal parts are floating around in our engine's. It sure shows on how simple maintenance, and routine oil changes goes a long ways on our machines longevity.
EDIT, this oil ring appears to fit your machine by the description.
05 Suzuki DR650, Mikuni TM40 flatslide pumper carb,JE 10.5:1 piston,stage 2#190 Webcam,open airbox, Twin Air,full FMF system,Pingel fuel valve,Ricor Racing rear shock, Ricor Racing fork Intiminators, Progressive springs, Sargeant seat,DRZ250 tailight,custom plate,LED's,GPS,sumo fender,PT bars,Cycra brushguards IMS lowered pegs, aluminum skid,bearing chain roller,Pirelli,tank bag(gone)
06 Zuk KQ700, Kenda Bearclaw HTR radials Warn RT25 w/ syn. line, 1.5mm clutch shims
Last edited by stu5969; 03-12-2012 at 10:21 AM.