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This is my RMX 250. My brother got it in early 94, it was supposed to be a new '91 DR350, but the dealer was extremely shady and "mistakenly" let the other bike go and sold him this one, but it was all for good in the long run. My brother washed the bike so much, that he got water in the engine and that was that, I was given the bike on Christmas 1995 and had to replace the mains about 6 months later. I was 14 when I got this bike and 142 pounds, stepping up from my 95 RM80, which will be my next restoration. Anyway I lived on a 55 acre piece of land and got to ride my own trails all the time, it was nice. I last rode the bike in 2000, before I joined the Navy. My brother took the bike apart after he spent a year in Iraq and never put it back together. 

 

 

The bike still has the original tires that it came with from the dealer.  

 

Here is how she sat for about 10 years.

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Getting it all gathered up!

 

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Homemade widde foot pegs, courtesy of Trail Tips in 90's Dirt Rider Magazine

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All packed up!!!

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Good bikes. Love my 96, it is a very capable bike!

No chance you could have washed it before dismantling? I wont wrench anything that messy.

No, I didn't wash it. It was in such exposed shape any water I felt would be bad.

That was in July.

Here is now getting washed at car washed.

All powder coated!

135 dollar shipped entire engine bottom end for spare parts and a 40 dollar shipped nice tank.

Swing arm cleaned up, flushed bearings and greased.

I bought some forks that I thought were like mine, but turned out to be early dual chamber forks, I used the outer tubes off of them, and will rebuild the dual chambers after setting them up for off road, they have stiffer springs too.

I have what I think is a good OEM crank, but not sure till I feel it out, but appears to be good.

Going to get the suspension assembled and have a rolling chassis before continuing. Gotta clean out the suspension linkage.

Don't think I'll be done for our 20 year anniversary though.

 

Just ordered me some Surge Soda, man I love that stuff, I had ordered some last year and couldn't believe how much better it was than remembered. Been compiling my 90's playlist of music this bike brings to mind while looking at it also. Good times!

 

I had been on a search for a late 80's CR500 to restore, but once I realized I HAD my dream machine with plenty of context to go with it, I was sold. 

 

All the plastic is pretty much hopeless, with the exception of the rear fender, but once I get the rear suspension cleaned and relubed, I'll feel much better and move onto the engine. 

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Very nice job, why does the frame powder coat look dark gray in some pic's but black in another?

 

One last thing "keep your brother away from this bike!!"  I like his choice in rides, but his mechanical skills .... not so much.     :naughty:

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Very nice job, why does the frame powder coat look dark gray in some pic's but black in another?

 

One last thing "keep your brother away from this bike!!"  I like his choice in rides, but his mechanical skills .... not so much.     :naughty:

 

Lol, this was the dealer's choice, they sold the new '91 DR350 he was trying to buy and slipped this "sold for 1 day and returned" RMX. I'm glad they swapped it out too, I wouldn't push a DR350 off a cliff. I have an XR600 project I'm working in too. It's my perfectly good XRL turned Frankenstein, great trail bike. Yea I'm the only one in the family that has mechanical knowledge.

 

 

 

The frame color is a darker grey than the OEM color, Osborne Black is pretty much spot on when it comes to powder coat color to match the 25k Charcoal Grey or whatever the OEM color is. The Osborne Black isn't UV stable though, so I went with this color. It looks very good with the yellow too.

 

Rear swingarm and linkage in place and now torqued.

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I put all kinds of stickers on this bike when I was a teen. They used to sell sticker sheets at the dealer with all kinds of brand names on them. I went crazy with stickers on my stand the other day, but it's from Harbor Freight and I had to make it stand out, lol.

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Getting everything super clean. Even the brake pads look new and the discs have no grooves.

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Just ordered 175 bucks worth of seals, washers, bolts, bearings and O rings to get the engine back together, also a 20 dollar tube of 1211.

 

I have a nice OEM crank, but don't know if I want to have it rebuilt, as it feels perfect. 

 

I do need to find a really set of nice shrouds with '93 graphics, a headlight with the plastic piece around it and a front fender. Might go back with the OEM silencer, or find a quieter spark arrestor alternative to the Pro Circuit "Factory Sound" silencer I received for my birthday in '96. I still have the Pro Circuit pipe too, but it is the Platinum Series and has surface rust, I'd like to restore it too, out of sentimental reasons, but will probably just buy a new one. 

 

 

The hubs are a little chalky, I have been trying to find a way to clean them to a nice raw condition without taking the rims apart. I can build a wheel and have a balance stand w/ dial indicator, but do not know how to disassemble an old rim with possibly a few frozen spokes without cutting them off. I tried to unlace an old XR600 rim one time, but it didn't go so well.

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I had a 92 DR350S, was a great bike for me! I went a lot of places on it with good tires of course.

Nice brake caliper mount, a lot of them wear on the groove that makes to the swingarm. Yours looks new.

I cleaned hubs with a sodablaster, or some wheel cleaner with a scrubbie pad. A little hard to get in there but good results

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