So through July it's going to be the hottest time of the year here, which makes riding absolutely horrible. I have been riding my bike (2006 yz250f) hard for about a year now, and overall about 1.5-2 years. I've never done any major maintenance to it (tires, chain, oil, filter...basics) and it's run strong. But I'm thinking it's time to do a check-up and do a run-through of everything since it's not really worth riding at the moment anyway. I'm debating painting my frame while in the process. It does have the alum frame, so I had an idea to go with on the frame a white background with a tribal design (I know a few people who are just good at making designs...) in black over the top. Just the frame for that part. Then plastics, I will either buy new ones (broken radiator shroud, messed up fenders, etc) or replace what I must. Then sand down existing plastics, primer, paint, etc with same idea of what I plan on doing with the frame with a little more to it. So a lot of this is for looks, mainly because I plan on taking the motor out anyways and will have the frame sitting there and just kind of advanced from there. If I'm doign all this, it might as well look good right? I've talked with some people about how to go about painting the alum frame, and will likely make sure to talk to some guys I know who paint cars and such for a living for advice on how to best make it stick, including on the plastics. Will I be doing all this work then have the paint worn off and looking bad in 1-2 months, or is it possible to get it to stick well enough that it's worth the time, money, and effort? The other thing would be... if I'm doing this what are some things to check as far as motor and bike goes... Valves (probably going to put titanium or SS) top end (replacement likely) clutch inspection (replacement necessary?) Suspension revalved/resealed/readjusted new brake pads + new dot4 cam chain seems popular thing to do What am I missing? Is it worth cracking open the case to look at the bottom end? By the way, I plan on getting a clymers manual to assist the service manual that came with the bike--not paying a shop a bazillion dollars to do it for me. I have noticed that it's getting harder to shift, hoping it doesn't mean bottom end is messed up or anything (ugh). Like I said, wanting to tear it apart and make sure it's going to last me another few years and do some fun aesthetic additions while I put it back together! So suggestions welcome PS: Plan on documenting it when/if I do it not only to show up my hard work, but so when I screw up I can go back and look at big pics on laptop and realize what I effed up! PSS: Why can't I find the clymer manual for 06???? All I've found anywhere is 01-03 yz250f and wr250 manuals! will these work fine?