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Hi Guys, 

I have an XR 250, i brought in asia, i need to check the valve clearance, but i dont know the year of the bike.

Frame number: MD30-1401519

Engine number: MD17E-1901533

Can anyone tell me the year and what the valve clearance should be set to? 

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Hey   peripatew   is from Cambodia and has the same model bike  in Australia  its called a xr250l  from 2006  he is looking to get parts  find the thread and check it out might be the same bike??? worth a try

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thanks for replys, the md series only have 11 digits, my problems is a '95' clearance would be 0.05 and 0.08 whereas '96' 0.10 and 0.12, i have not set the valves before so i dont want to make it worse.   

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Hey there I found this on another forum hope it helps?????

Re: 11 digit VIN: how to decode?

From 1979 to 1995 Honda had a 11-digit VIN

e.g. RD023600883
R: cc (A=up to 50, D=up to 70, H=up to 80, J=up to 125, K=up to 150, M=up to 250, N=up to 400, P=up to 600, R=up to 800, S=up to 800)
D: type of motorcycle (B=kids bike/ATC, C=Street, D=Enduro, E=OHV/Offroad bike - not street legal, F=Scooter)
02: internal production number (here NX650 Dominator)
3: version
6: series
00883: serial number

From 1996 on Honda has a 17-digit VIN

e.g. JH2RD07ABTM000992 or JH2RD07A1YM417129
JH2: country of production (JH2=WMI Honda Japan, 1HF=Honda America, ZDC=Honda Italy, VTM=Montesa/Honda Spain)
RD07A: type (here Africa Twin)
B: version
1: control number (1-9 or X)
T: year (T=1996, V=1997, W=1998, X=1999, Y=2000, 1=2001 ... 6=2006)
M: factory (M=Hamamatsu/Japan, K=Kumamoto/Japan, A=Ohio/USA, F=Atessa/Italy, E=Barcelona/Spain
000992: serial number

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yeah i read that before, but then my friend has 2001 xr250 (motard) MD 11 digits.   

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Do you have a local Honda dealer in Cambodia???? it seems the Asian market get different imports to the rest of us  if you have a local dealer best to ask them they would know better than any one  good luck with it and if you get a result please post so we can all lern form it cheers

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yeah we do have them, but they are full of honda dreams, went for parts for the xr once, and they just looked at me funny lol. and yes i will do if i here more. thanks for your input. 

 

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So I hope iv dun the right thing. I have emaild Honda support and gave them your vin and engine no they rang me today and confirmed the numbers and are going to send some emails of theyr own. they told me they will get back to me about it. I will post what they say as soon as I get it. I hope I have not overstepped by doing this and hope that it helps cheers

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no problem at all, thank you for helping, lets hope they can crack the MD30 mystery. 

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Hi sandbags I got a reply from Honda today they say is is ether a 2001/2002 model. they have asked me for a pic of the bike to definitively say the correct year!

can you supply a picture of your bike please so I can get back to them......cheers

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great thanks again, the decals were added later. also it has a steel fuel tank, electric start and a digital speedometer. dirtbike.jpg.8b04b29e3f537627be3c839d20c74090.jpg 

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thanks for the pic il send them another email and will post the results. glad to help

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Look at the brake line, it should have a date on it, that can be a close approximate.

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On 7/2/2017 at 5:29 PM, sandbags said:

Hi Guys, 

I have an XR 250, i brought in asia, i need to check the valve clearance, but i dont know the year of the bike.

Frame number: MD30-1401519

Engine number: MD17E-1901533

Can anyone tell me the year and what the valve clearance should be set to? 

It's a 1998 model. 

The VINs go like this:

MD30-100... (1995)

MD30-110... (1996)

MD30-120... (1997)

MD30-140... (1998)

(there was no MD30-130... series)

As far as the valves, they are all the same from 95-06. (.10mm intake valve, and .12mm exhaust valve).

 

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great thank you so much. 

 

ive got the valves set and the bike is running and starting great. 

 

Thank you for all your help 

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I concur.  Your photo shows the late model head with the 2:1 rocker ratio.  The intake valves on those are soft so keep an eye on intake valve clearance.

Also, small diameter spark plug can loosen up.

 

Edited by Baja Rambler

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to true if you can try track down a workshop manual for your bike would help a lot with the maintenance in the future.  not a workshop manual but better than nothing.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HONDA-Genuine-Used-Motorcycle-Instruction-Manual-XR-Baja-XR250-MD30-/282592909305?hash=item41cbd997f9:g:vE0AAOSwxDNZfoag

good luck with it all I hope iv helped.....cheers

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