Hi Everybody My first post here on TT, been reading lots over the last few days and learning as much as I can, but I still have a few questions. I just recently bought a 2003 WR250F which needs some TLC, the last owner has owned it for 5 years and said that in the last 3 years he has probably ridden the bike 10 times. The bike looks OK for the most part, but I want to strip it down to repaint the frame as it has rust showing up in a lot of places, nothing major at the moment, but I can't leave it like that. I plan on checking the valve clearances, replacing oil & oil filter, flushing the radiators and brake system. Will also strip the rear linkage and check and re-grease everything, I'm pretty sure nothing like this has ever been done to the bike before. And the carb needs a service. 2 things I didn't count on when I bought the bike and only noticed them when I got it home, was the Fuel tank is cracked badly underneath the radiator shroud and although the shocks looked fine when I test drove the bike, when I got it home they were leaking badly, I've never packed a bike into the back of my pick up before and tied it down really hard (Did I blow the shock seals because of this?). I've bought a new shock seal kit to sort this out as well. I've downloaded the service manual for the bike (The link courtesy of a TT member on one of the threads, thank you) and will carry out all checks and servicing required. What do I do about the following: 1. Do I pull the head off to check the piston and change the rings? it's seems to run pretty strong, but I have no reference point to compare to, it's been 15 years since I owned a bike and I have never owned an Enduro or Motorcross bike. 2. I've read that the fuel tank can't be repaired by plastic welding or glueing - I have a lot of experience with fibreglassing and epoxy laminating - Could I possibly cover the entire tank in real Carbon fibre? I live in South Africa and a replacement OEM tank is like $850 and an aftermarket is about $400. I can't find a second hand tank locally and I can't import a 2nd hand tank from Ebay because of our import regulations on 2nd hand parts. 3. If I find a YZF tank for it, do I need to change the seat as well or will the stock one fit in a fashion? 4. What else should I do apart from the basics? 5. Although the exhaust looks standard it is really loud and sounds a bit rattly inside, do I just need to repack it? I'm not really too worried about trying to get more power right now as I have a lot of learning to do and I'm sure lots of falling to do. I want to keep it as stock as possible, but just bling it up a little. (I will do the throttle stop change though). Thanks in advance for the assistance! Pics before I bought it.