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Hey guys, I've decided to buy a little project over the winter that would be either an 02 and up KX 125 or 250 2t. I've ran into 2 offers so far.

1 is completely seized. The other is going to need crankcase seals. There both 02's. I went and looked up prices on bottom end and top ends for the 250 and its not nearly as expensive as I thought. about $300 for bottom end and $230 for top without a sleeve which is about $80 on ebay.

But, why I'm really posting is I need some guys opinions on these 2 models specifically. (The ad specifies any 2t 125 or 250 2002 and newer but mainly I want a kx). I have heard that the 125 kx is a bit disappointing for power until 03 and 03 and beyond they are resally good bikes..Is that right?

How about the 250? Hows the suspension, the power, the powerband, the responsiveness blah blah blah. Basically anything I should know about that may put me off a specific year.

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I know a little bit about he 125... The 2000 - 2002 were the same bike and they weren't that hot. It wasn't until 2003 that they got a lot better both in the motor and more importantly the suspension/chassis department.

I mean if you were going to waste your winter building a kick-ass 2 stroke, I'd probably focus more on something a bit newer, but thats just me! 👍

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I know a little bit about he 125... The 2000 - 2002 were the same bike and they weren't that hot. It wasn't until 2003 that they got a lot better both in the motor and more importantly the suspension/chassis department.

I mean if you were going to waste your winter building a kick-ass 2 stroke, I'd probably focus more on something a bit newer, but thats just me! 👍

Wheres the fun in that...you don't see people restoring a year old mustang

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1 is completely seized. The other is going to need crankcase seals. There both 02's. I went and looked up prices on bottom end and top ends for the 250 and its not nearly as expensive as I thought. about $300 for bottom end and $230 for top without a sleeve which is about $80 on ebay.

FYI - a decent aftermarket top/bottom kit can be had for ~$420:

http://www.motosport.com/dirtbike/product/HOT-RODSWISECO-COMPLETE-TOP-BOTTOM-END-KIT/?id=108726&sMMY=KAWASAKI;KX250;2002

JayC

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Wheres the fun in that...you don't see people restoring a year old mustang

This is true, but you dont see very many 1965 fastback daily drivers either. The bike would be ridden, not sitting in a garage as a classic car would be. Its a completely different scenario.

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Wheres the fun in that...you don't see people restoring a year old mustang

Well heh, I'm restoring my 07 125SX right now... LOL 👍

I mean how much 'restoration' does a modern 2 stroke dirt bike really need? Suspension work, new bottom/top end and maybe a set of sprockets/chain. We're talking about a grand worth of parts and if you can do all the labor yourself, thats even better. Its not like you found a 1985 CR125 in the garage with a rusted frame and a totally ceased motor. To me a REAL restoration would be taking that 85' and building it back up to be a race bike in the vintage class.

Maybe your looking at too new of a machine?

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Well heh, I'm restoring my 07 125SX right now... LOL 👍

I mean how much 'restoration' does a modern 2 stroke dirt bike really need? Suspension work, new bottom/top end and maybe a set of sprockets/chain. We're talking about a grand worth of parts and if you can do all the labor yourself, thats even better. Its not like you found a 1985 CR125 in the garage with a rusted frame and a totally ceased motor. To me a REAL restoration would be taking that 85' and building it back up to be a race bike in the vintage class.

Maybe your looking at too new of a machine?

Nah I'm looking for the CDI but a neglected bike, and to be fair alot of kids at my highschool do drive around restored cars as a daily drive

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Nah I'm looking for the CDI but a neglected bike, and to be fair alot of kids at my highschool do drive around restored cars as a daily drive

Yea, CDI is gonna be late 90's for sure. I have a friend who really likes his 99 KX250, its been good to him.

I like kids taking the initiative to restore older vehicles, very kool. We need more of those kinda people in our world today.

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Yea, CDI is gonna be late 90's for sure. I have a friend who really likes his 99 KX250, its been good to him.

I like kids taking the initiative to restore older vehicles, very kool. We need more of those kinda people in our world today.

Oh true I didn't know that....learn something lol. swear I learn more in here than I do in school, I also picked 02 because we're coming up on the '12 season and I didn't want anything older than 10 years just cause..idk I'm weird that way.

Tbh, I like rebuilding engines and this will be my first real restoration on my own..usually my dad helps, we did a whole 1984 xr 100 that was a roller. I want to get one and strip it down, do frame and powdercoat it do engine do forks and polish the pipe and then rebuild the engine and an exhaust then rims, plastics and graphics.. Thats the plan anyways

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Yea, CDI is gonna be late 90's for sure. I have a friend who really likes his 99 KX250, its been good to him.

I like kids taking the initiative to restore older vehicles, very kool. We need more of those kinda people in our world today.

Oh true I didn't know that....learn something lol. swear I learn more in here than I do in school, I also picked 02 because we're coming up on the '12 season and I didn't want anything older than 10 years just cause..idk I'm weird that way.

Tbh, I like rebuilding engines and this will be my first real restoration on my own..usually my dad helps, we did a whole 1984 xr 100 that was a roller. I want to get one and strip it down, do frame and powdercoat it do engine do forks and polish the pipe and then rebuild the engine and an exhaust then rims, plastics and graphics.. Thats the plan anyways

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