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2002 YZ 250. From the grip of death, to the gift of life!


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Picked this bike up last month, more of a piece of shit than I originally thought.

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Pipe only had one spring holding it on. I'm guessing years of 2 smoke snot all over the pipe. Took a wire brush to it got it looking good!

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This is what I used for the frame

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Motor looked good I was really planning on seeing a need to rebuild, but I guessed he didn't lie about the newer piston and cylinder. Still has the cross hatching in the cylinder,

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Replace those PV screws and the ones on the ignition cover and while you`re at it the ones on the float bowl too. Great work you`ve done thus far!

However, my 98 CR was/is more clapped than that!

Why do you say to replace the screws? They are not stripped out.

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Can't wait to see her done. I would be curious to here how much you have into it at the end. Don't worry I wont tell your wife.

I got the bike for a grand, suspension was almost 900. The forks were assemblied ass backwards, and missing about half the shims. Another grand in parts, spent about 1000 more than I wanted too.

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They`re just awful to get out as time goes by. It`s a cheap fix now vs. extraction later. If you don`t replace now then you could just get by with anti-seize to the threads.

I already did the anti seize. Thanks for the reminder though.

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I got the bike for a grand, suspension was almost 900. The forks were assemblied ass backwards, and missing about half the shims. Another grand in parts, spent about 1000 more than I wanted too.

I am sure that is not the end of the spending. You will find something else. Looks like it is going to be sweet when you are done though.
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A year ago I bought a 2001 YZ 250. I paied $1700 for it. It was the only one available within 3 states. I needed one now. I ended up dumping nearly $700 on new main bearings, piston, fork rebuild, shock rebuild, rear wheel rebuild, plastics, USFS silencer, cracked case repair, front brake pads (oil leaks from the forks ruined that), and replacement of all of the hardware store fasteners with stock fasteners. Since then, the bike has blown a clutch, a front master, needed chain and sprockets, now it just got a new cylinder, crankshaft, 2nd piston, rear brakes, and a new seat cover. I didn't even know it was possible to ride a bike into that bad of condition. At least I know what I've got now, a brand new 2001 YZ 250 that looks 11 years old.

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I have a 99 that i rebuilt from the ground up. It seems like it never ends but at least when your done you know what you have. I could have spent the same amount of money and had a bike a few years newer but it would still need work.

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