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    Including, but not limited to dirtbike & mtn. bike riding, kite & windsurfing, white water kayaking

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  1. Shredjim

    Cycra Power flow JUNK!!!

    The white spacers come in the Unabiker hardware kits. They are necessary to make the STOCK radiator shrouds work with the Unabiker rad braces. Without them, nothing will line up appropriately. However, as I posted above, with the CYCRA power flow shrouds, they are not necessary. The airplane nuts are the nuts that also come in the Unabiker hardware kits. These nuts have nylon to keep them from coming loose while riding. I have found the Unabiker rad guards to be outstanding for a very reasonable cost! If you are that disappointed with the Cycra plastic and it looks that bad, I would take pictures and send them to Cycra. Talk to their customer service and they will probably work with you and determine a resolution. Another good company from what I have seen.
  2. Shredjim

    Cycra Power flow JUNK!!!

    I have run the Unabiker rad guards on 2 250 FX's and several bikes before. I can tell you that with Unabiker rad guards, to get the stock radiator shrouds to fit on a FX, you will have to use the white plastic spacers that Brian provides in his kits. Sorry to hear you are experiencing difficulty, but you may have read the reviews and watched youtube vids that most riders and several of the magazines report the same thing as I have found - that the Cycra plastic is excellent quality and fits well. Radiator guards of any kind are going to make shroud installation more difficult, in that you have to fiddle with getting the longer bolts provided in Brian's kit through the bolt holes of the guards, spacers & shrouds and line it up to receive the airplane nut. It is a PITA for sure, but gets better with practice.
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    Cycra Power flow JUNK!!!

    What plastic parts are you talking about? I have the power flow radiator shrouds and like them a lot. A bit thinner and it fits well without needing the plastic spacers I have to run with the stock shrouds to clear the Unabiker rad guards.
  4. I've never felt the need to have a steering stabilizer on my FX's, like on my previous bikes. I like the quicker steering response and less weight.
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    '17 YZ250FX high idle problem..

    No need to leave choke on except to get it to fire, then take it off. If it won't idle on its own with no choke just after it fires, you may have ethanol related issues in your fuel injector. Sounds like you may have been letting it sit for a while - and that will do it if you have been using fuel with ethanol in it.
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    '15 YZ250FX

    I think it is a pity how used Yamaha dirt bikes sell for such low prices, when they are clearly a better more reliable machine and should therefore carry a higher resale value. It is crazy how quickly the orange bikes sell and the prices people are getting for them.
  7. How does it sound with the Lexx end cap compared to stock?
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    '15 YZ250FX

    Good price, then sell the Rekluse on eBay for $500 and you will be laughing!
  9. When getting the 17 after the 15 FX I momentarily thought about this, but the FX's e-starter and electrical system are solid. In 4 seasons of riding one, I have never needed a kick start. Plus, I don't believe in slipper clutches so I could always bump start if required. Because the electrical system turns itself off when no activity, I have never needed a trickle charger over the winter either.
  10. I've owned both a 15 and now the 17 and ride a lot. Except for the slightly louder exhaust, they the same bike. Everything works the exact same, ie maps etc. - no difference! If you are a pro level rider who races every weekend then maybe the 17's additional oil squirter could make a difference in longevity, but otherwise they are the same bike!
  11. Shredjim

    Trade 2017 250 xc for Yz250fx?

    I've had 2 FX's now (15 & 17) and really like the bike and especially the lack of fixing problems like I had on my previous KTM 450XCW. I had all kinds of motor issues on the KTM that were a pain in the a......, and the suspension sucked. When dialed (for me - lowered, new fork & shock springs, new ICS springs) the KYB suspension platform is fabulous. All this being said, I just rode a friends brand new 2018 300XCW whose weight is near mine and that is easily the best bike I have ever ridden, buy a lot. The 300 smoker motor has way more power and revs to the moon. It also seems like KTM got their act together with suspension too - because this bike was plush. I really do NOT want to go back to KTM, but Yamaha seems to have their head in the sand in regards to making a 250 smoker with a button. I'm 58 and have bad hips, I just can't buy a kick start only bike. Come on Yamaha, whats up?
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    FMF Q4 question YZ250FX

    You made a good decision to wait. Lets face it, a WR used muffler in good condition is worth about $150. I read that you have a good reason to buy one, but the thing is a pee shooter, ie, heavily restricting flow and therefore performance.
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    FMF Q4 question YZ250FX

    Believe it or not much of the noise you are hearing comes from the intake. Since the FX has the airbox in the normal gas tank position, you hear it much more than when the airbox resides down low in front of the rear wheel as on most dirt bikes. I do agree with the above posts whereby the 2015 + stock WR pee shooter exhaust will be significantly quieter than most exhausts you can find. Plus I bet you can get one cheap used in your area if you look around because so many guys dump them when they upgrade to the GYTR WR ECU performance kit that the FX does not need.
  14. Lowering links change the geometry to the negative. Consider getting it professionally lowered 1 inch at a suspension tuner in your area (usually not the yamaha shop where you bought the bike) that has a lot of experience with KYB suspension - they are around. You will need new fork springs (1" less length). Factory connection sells them. Your tuner should also put a spacer in your shock that lowers it 1". For your height, no more, no less than 1" Any more and you loose too much suspension, any less is not enough difference. If you weigh less than 170lbs, you will need new less stiff springs anyway, unless you ride a lot of motocross on a track. I feel your pain. I'm 5'8" with 29" inseam, 165lbs no gear. I have had the last four bikes lowered 1" and when I did - I always said to myself, wow, what a difference. I can touch the ground for a necessary dab, and not so many tip overs.
  15. Shredjim

    Stock 2017 Yamaha YZ250FX What fuel?

    I would start out by asking your favorite power sports store where you can buy no ethanol premium near where you live. If they say it is not sold in your area, you might need to dig deeper. Then ask a well known and respected gas station. Someone will know if and/or where it can be purchased. If all fails on no ethanol premium, go to a small airport (only private planes) and bring your 5 gallon jug and buy AV gas. It is even better than no ethanol premium, but it costs more and in my area harder to get, although my friends say that the small airport in our area has a self service pump! I hate it when my buddies are burning AV gas in their 2 smokers cause it smells horrible!!