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Thoughts on 07' 250xcf-w

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I have the chance to pick one up for around 3K.

Anything in particular to look for or beware of on this model.

Seems like it was taken good care of, at least the owner is knowledgeable.

It's got all the standard add on's as far as protection and comfort.

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Their value is based on engine hours and condition. Somewhere around 100 hours, give or take, the jug should be pulled and ring gap checked. Most will put a new piston in. Valve checks need to be done regularly and monitored for change. Once they start changing they should really be re-done. Most are reporting 200 hours plus before they start to wear. It's cheaper to rebuild the head before the valves actually fail and take out the whole top end. Neither of these jobs is overly expensive if you can do some wrenching yourself. If you're paying a dealer it's expensive.

By now an '07 is past due for suspension service if it hasn't alread been done - figure $4-500 if you're not changing the valving or spring rates. Either end can be re-sprung for about a hundred an end. Critical to hve the right rates for your weight, and the linkless rear is more finicky about being right on.

Also, the 07 model is on the 04-06 SX chassis, the '08 went to the 07 SX chassis and has updated suspension and plastics. The newer models are updated making the older model less desirable. If you're a trail rider it's not as important as if you just have to have the latest technology out there.

check the airfilter, if it's filthy then walk away. check for crushed frame members under the engine - if it is walk away.

Thing that you can see that need replacing can add up to a lot of money - like chains and sprockets, tires, plastics, etc. If you add maintenance onto that it's easy to see a great deal can turn into a money-pit.

IMO, street value on them is around 35-3800. Again, depending on hours and condition. A low-hour model in great shape can bring $4-$4400. A 150-200 hour bike in worn condition should be down in the two's, but they're probably asking $3000.

Let us know how it goes.

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A used 250 XCF-W like this could be a good starting place for a big bore project since the engine will likely need attention anyway.

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How hard is a 300 kit or just a top end kit to do. On a scale of 1-6 with 1 being someone who can barely operate a screwdriver and 6 being a pro-level mechanic, I'd say I'm a 3.

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Well I got the bike today. I've been going completely thru it. It's a little hard to start and I think I hear a little valve noise, so I'll be checking them quickly. Everything else seems to be in good shape. I do have a popping on decel, I think it's the JD Kit settings..I'm searching that info now.

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the popping is the KTM header design. It s not sealed well and they suck air, goes lean in the pipe and pops on decel. Use Permatex exhaust muffler paste, 2000* rating, at the header and silencer connection, high temp silicon burns out in a few minutes.

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Mine has always popped a little from time to time. No biggie.

Thread-jack...

MikefromFresno - talked to you about 200EXC's, went and looked at a junker, decided to just get a new bike. Picked up a leftover '08 WR250F for my son. Cool bike, doing all the mods to make it a real offroad machine. He's on the yam, switching to all white plastic, custom graphics and black rims, I've got the XCF-W.

Going to Flagstaff and Prescott in a couple of weeks, then to Idaho in August. Looking forward to some quality single-track. :banana:

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