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02 RM250 "Freshening Up"

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Its time for me to clean up my bike a bit. I plan on powder coating the frame, replacing bearings, bushings, and replacing what I can afford. In addition to the "bling", I'll also be rebuilding the suspension, fixing the dent in my pipe, and hopefully purchasing new reeds. The motor has a brand new Wiseco piston and the top end looks good but I have never cracked the cases on this, or any bike before. Runs fine.

 

Anyways, I have a couple questions for the experienced on cleaning this bike up. First, how can I get rid of that gross rusty dirt buildup? It is easily seen on the bottom of the case. Second, is there a trick to breaking tight bolts? Cant get anything loose on the linkage. Heat?

 

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Lastly, did Suzuki weld their frames like this or is a previous owner trying to cover something up? Assuming it is stock by the way its painted over.

 

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A soda blaster would be best but scotch bright/toothbrush would clean it. Put some lubricant on the threads of linkage bolts

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A soda blaster would be best but scotch bright/toothbrush would clean it. Put some lubricant on the threads of linkage bolts

 

I'll pickup scotch bright and a toothbrush tonight. Got the bolts off with a torque gun and patience. Replacing springs and I'm getting the frame powder coated gloss black Wednesday.

 

I removed the bottom end of the rear shock to swap the springs. I didn't realize there was pressurized shock oil on the other end :facepalm:  What a mess that made!

 

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I thought about powder coating the frame too instead I bought a cheap gun did a couple of covers and did a little freshening up my self  this is my 02 250 25edf804-d778-45a8-a70d-b4f084154ce6_zps

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I thought about powder coating the frame too instead I bought a cheap gun did a couple of covers and did a little freshening up my self this is my 02 250

Beautiful RM. Makes me so eager to get mine back together.

 

A soda blaster would be best but scotch bright/toothbrush would clean it. Put some lubricant on the threads of linkage bolts

I built a homemade soda blaster and had some fun cleaning the carb. After taking the picture, I took it apart again and blasted it for a second run. Missed some dirt.

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Has anyone soda blasted the whole case before? I imagine I'll need a makeshift plug for the coolent holes and something to block the

driveshaft.

Otherwise I'll just scrub it.

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