yz 250 handling issue

I picked up a 02 yz 250 a couple days ago. I took it out for the first time yesterday to a local track and this thing handles terrible. The rear wheel has tons of wheelsping which I understand is normal on a 250. My real issue however is the front end. It feels like I'm riding on ice. The front tire won't stay in rut and it wants to wash out fronm under me with the slightest amount of turning and brake application. To give you some background, I've been riding and racing for about 3 and a half years. I currently own a yz 125 and I used to own a crf 450 until the rod decided to exit the engine via the front of the cases. On my 125 I have jm racing suspension that works like a dream. I figured I was going to hop on the 250 and it would feel just like the 125 because of similar geometry. Boy was I wrong. I. I don't want to cough up the money to get the suspension done on the 250 if its not going to fix my issue. Any ideas on where to start? I thought about slapping my 125 suspension on it and see what happens.

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