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Hey everyone!!! New dirtbike rider here in Northeast PA region! Been roadracing for over 9 years, streetriding for over 18 years, and offroad riding for just a little over a month. Picked up quite the project. Little did I know at the time that this 2002 YZ 125 was going to need a full teardown and rebuild but after riding one weekend the motor crapped out on me. After a top end rebuild I took her back out only to discover I had some serious tranny issues (hard shifting, getting caught between gears, and a good deal of knocking from the gearbox). So now I have her completely apart and waiting for parts. I figured while I'm at it I might as well do it right and strip her right down to the frame. Just cleaned and sandblasted it yesterday so she'll be getting a proper powdercoat of satin black this evening. I'd be happy to share the progress pics but this is what I have so far. I've learned much but I have much to learn.

 

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A few missing teeth...

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Aaaaand...my other love (besides my kids of course).....

 

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and lastly, I thought this meme was almost poetic, lol...

 

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great job... love watching the progress of complete restorations!

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Frame powdercoated. Now on to the motor rebuild and reassembly. It's not going to be a total restore as I want to get it together and salvage what riding season I have left before cold weather sets in. But at least I have the frame done. The rest can be worked on, cleaned up or replaced over the winter.

 

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Congrats, I came off of superbikes as well and felt the transition into motocross difficult, I feel it's much easier going from mx to sbk then vice versa. I still catch myself leading with my head from time to time.  For awhile I felt I wasn't able to grip the bike properly either.  I only practice on tracks now no trails for me, I totally love it at age 37.

Enjoy my friend I get to practice way more now for a lot less and completely appreciate how physically demanding mx is over sbk in my opinion. 

Good luck with the project! 

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OK. one week later and here's the progress so far...

 

Since this is a budget build and my funds are running low I've decided to make do with the parts I currently have on hand. I just tried to clean up as much as I could.

 

Most importantly though, I changed out all of the wheel bearings, shock, linkage and swingarm bearings so now the chassis is pretty much sound. I will eventually do the steering head bearings but for right now they're not too bad.

 

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Waiting for the UPS truck to arrive today with my 3rd Gear Wheel. Then I'll wrap up the motor.

 

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This ended up being a project in and of itself but it sure helped out pressing all the bearings in.

 

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