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  1. Hey guys, I just bought my 3rd YZ-250, a clean, stock, low-hour 2007 YZ-250. My other 2 bikes are a 2001 (what I've been riding for the past 3-4 years) and a 2002 (apart right now due to a grenaded cast-AL piston a while back). I've never had "primo" suspension on a dirt bike. Before I bought my 01 and my 02, the original owners supposedly sent the suspensions to Race Tech and had them tuned (re-sprung, re-valved), and I just left them how they were. It was OK, since most of the riding I did when I lived in the Memphis area was on flat stuff that wasn't very rough. When I would make an occasional trip to Westpoint in middle Tenn. or over to the Ozarks in Arkansas where there were rocks, it was adequate, but not great. Now that I've moved to the Nashville area, and met a new group of riders, I'm riding gnarly, rocky stuff on every ride. We rode Brown Mountain, NC. not this past weekend but the weekend before. Did 50 miles Friday and 25 Saturday, and it was epic - some of the best riding I've ever done. We hit a ton of single track up there, and all three of us had a bad case of baboon ass! I was on my 01 YZ, and it beat me to death. Anyway, one of the main reasons I bought this 07 is because I know it has a great suspension out of the box. But I want it to be "primo." The bike is, as I said, all-stock, and has very low hours, so it's worth spending the $ on. I'm looking for plushness over the sharp-edged rocks and step-ups, and for the rear end to be able to put the engine's power to the ground without hopping all over the place and spinning like my 01 does. BTW, I've already ordered a Tusk 18" rim and spokes, so that will help. I'm looking for the fork to absorb hits and not deflect all over the place when I'm going fast down these 4-wheeler-wide trails that have loose softball and volleyball-sized rocks and washouts, etc. I'm looking for all that plus great handling, and for the bike not to feel like a La-Z-Boy when I get on some awesome, flowing singletrack that's not necessarily so rough. Anyway, who tuned your suspension? Did you re-spring shock and fork, or just shock, or either? Are you happy with the result? What do you weigh and how tall are you? What's your ability? I'm 6'2" 190 lbs in street clothes and I'm a mid-pack "B" rider (on a good day, lol). My buddies here use Marc Hilton at Motovations in Hickory, NC and they rave about him. Some guys back home say Factory Connection is the only way to go. Trying to make an informed decision. Thanks guys, John Nashville
  2. slow hand

    Brown Mtn. has officially opened back up!

    BTW, 9 was still on fire when we were there. Some guys told us about Brushy Mountain while we were there. We want to go there next!
  3. slow hand

    Brown Mtn. has officially opened back up!

    Funny you should call it that...me and 2 buddies rode Brown Mtn. not last weekend but the weekend before, and all 3 of us had a bad case of baboon ass!
  4. slow hand

    About to do top end on YZ250.

    That happened to me on my 2002. Back of the skirt broke off. In addition to screwing the crank and every bearing, it knocked a hole btwn the tranny & crankcase. That's why I'll never run a cast piston again.
  5. slow hand

    Year Differences: 2006-and-up YZ-250

    Thanks Maniac!
  6. slow hand

    About to do top end on YZ250.

    Only 50 hrs...you can probably skip the re-plate at this point...but I would still want proper P-B clearance. Measure the bore with a telescopic gauge in 3 different places and average your 3 results. Then, see if you can find measurements on "A" "B" "C" and "D" cast-al pistons and go with the one that will provide P-B that falls in the middle of the range that Yamaha specs in the manual. Maybe when it gets 100 or 150 hrs, splurge and have the jug replated and throw in a forged aluminum slug, sized properly to the hole.
  7. slow hand

    Year Differences: 2006-and-up YZ-250

    Hmm... That much better huh? Also, I'm sure you are faster than me, my friend! Brakes...such a drag... LOL
  8. slow hand

    Year Differences: 2006-and-up YZ-250

    Woodsweapon, if you could ride my 01 YZ whose front brake is worn slap-out, you'd understand what a big upgrade the brakes on this 07 are for me. He'll, I almost knifed the front end when I pulled the front brake lever for the first time test-riding it in the guy's yard! Believe me I have plenty of buddies who ride orange and I know the power of the brakes KTMs come out of the factory with. I think this brake is going to be plenty powerful enough for the 1-track riding I love. But...I'll humor you... What sort of front brake setup would you run???
  9. slow hand

    Year Differences: 2006-and-up YZ-250

    Thanks man! Yeah, I figure either the pipe's been painted or, more likely, he had a different pipe on it altogether. When I look at the spring mount on the jug, there is a rust stain where it looks like the spring was mounted different for a time. Radiators are straight as an arrow, no gouges on frame, swingarm, forks or wheels, so it may have some hours on it, but it hasn't been crashed hard or abused. It's been washed and put away a few times without having WD-40 sprayed on it, judging by some minor surface corrosion (mainly on fasteners), but that can be scotchbrited or blasted. Overall, I'd say his estimate of 30 hrs probably isn't far off. Motor felt fine, started on first kick, tranny was butter, the bike ain't hurt. It's a Yamaha. All I've ever owned. This will be my 4th, and I still have the other 3. Now y'all help me decide on some good mods for woods!
  10. slow hand

    Year Differences: 2006-and-up YZ-250

    Just bought me a creampuff YZ! All-stock except for the Hurricane Hanna plastics (and aftermarket chain & cogs). Not even a scratch on the pipe! Three grand.
  11. slow hand

    About to do top end on YZ250.

    You need to measure the cylinder bore. The manual lists the piston to bore clearance range. How many hours does the jug have on it? If it's a bunch, it's safe to say you're gonna need to send it to Langcourt or Millenium to have it re-plated. You can buy your piston from them and they will size the bore properly for you. Or you can send them your piston with the jug.
  12. slow hand

    Year Differences: 2006-and-up YZ-250

    Dude came down to $3000. Going to look at it tomorrow... If it's a cherry, like he says, I'm gonna go on and pick it up.
  13. slow hand

    Year Differences: 2006-and-up YZ-250

    Buick, ha ha, cool! In Nashville, so, middle of the state. I'd drive pretty much anywhere for a good bike at the right price.
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