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About RedMesa

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    Trail running, Mountain biking

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  1. Fork options http://bit.ly/2I60Tle Shock options http://bit.ly/2M8Zo76 Hope this helps
  2. I would respectfully suggest your largest smiles come from building and riding your own unique bike, utilizing massive skills and time. (And thank you for sharing so much with us.) Lacking these resources most people just head for the Beta or KTM dealer. They have big smiles too but for different reasons. One may be, riding extreme performance without any mechanical skills or time commitment beyond maintenance. Another, the bargain that a $10000 offroad moto is when you consider what you get for that money. If you don't believe this, take a look at mountain bike prices. Different torques for different rotors, to paraphrase.
  3. Wow. You have the holeshot on this topic of interest. Thank you for posting. Not good news.
  4. RedMesa

    Original CRF/F Builders

    Great historical thread, thanks for reposting that. I will read it in detail. I have added a new section to the Shop Notebook: "How did we get here? History of CRF230F modding" A core always loves the 230F but at some point writing for or trying to sell to a passionate but small audience gets old. The drumbeat of big bikes and big horsepower is overwhelming. And so people fade away as they focus on more popular areas. I think this is why FJim has shifted his work in different directions. The 230F got him started and he has put a huge amount of work into documenting it. But at some point he looks at his YouTube numbers and.... the audience is asking for other stuff.
  5. Thank you. I've run Seal Savers on 230F stock forks, and two transplanted forks: 150RB and 400R. I had kind of mixed up the two conventionals and the one USD, so thanks to everyone for getting me back on track. Please take a look and see if the new version is better: http://bit.ly/2VLHdum
  6. Key question: What kind of condition was it in before it went into storage? Beat and not maintained or not ridden much and taken care of? That's what matters because it forecasts what the next few years are like after you get it running. Another question... do you primarily want to ride or wrench and learn? Could be a good starter project, as you say Here is a guide to buying a used CRF: http://bit.ly/2BjGPxc
  7. Finally figured out that fork Seal Savers don't solve a problem I have. On the other hand, they don't protect against a problem I do have (stanchion impact protection) and cause a new problem (stanchion grinding right in the seal zone). Pic here illustrates the issue: http://bit.ly/2VLHdum Once again, BTR made a few comments that made me start thinking... why am I using these things? Done with them. Back to conventional boots.
  8. Good PSA, thank you for posting. I use "This Forum" every time and it is essential for finding stuff. There is also an index, basically, in the Shop Notebook. Just about every 230F component is listed by this point and there is a lot of sifting and cleaning up of threads: http://bit.ly/2gMezcr
  9. I've ridden a 450X on singletrack. Very impressive in its way. Later a guy explained, if you want 45 horsepowders in your bike and you ride every weekend for at least 8 months of the year.... you are on a KTM or Beta two-stroke. Otherwise the maintenance hours and parts cost will drown you. I went, oh... I get it.
  10. Will it still need a new piston every hundred hours or will it be "improved" to pancake thickness thus requiring 50 hr replacement?
  11. I like it, for tight steep loose technical trails. 12T / 50, the stock rear, uncorked bike. Top "cruising" speed on-road is about 45, with bursts to 50. I rarely ride roads and am usually on the shoulder (plated bike) waving drivers around so not concerned about top speed. Recently was on some AZ 12-inch singletrack: loop-out steep in spots with cobbles, baby heads and even a few bowling ball rocks. Even at 4 mph with 400R forks and Fox shock, I was bouncing all around, Breathing hard and sweating because if I slipped off the trail it was loss of bike and likely medevac. And it seemed like I was flying along. When I got a second, I would check to see if I was in second gear. No, first. It just felt fast. Unfortunately I like these trails, but I have blacklisted a couple: one ride and never again. So now thinking about going to a 51 rear for an even deeper stump-pulling first. Technical crutch for limited skills, but whatever works. I can just see BTR cringing now.
  12. So people say. Mine has almost 5000 miles on it, lubed every couple hundred miles but always dirty, and my chain and sprockets do not seem unduly worn. You have laid out the options... it all comes down to riding conditions and personal preference so just make a best guess and try it.
  13. RedMesa

    Exhaust Flange Stud

    Removed my head pipe and one of the "joint stud bolts" (Service Manual, p. 2-7) came out of the head. I held the stud with needle nose vise grips and the rusted joint nut would not budge. Applied Liquid Wrench and it came off. One of the most impressive uses of Liquid Wrench I have seen, I think. Anyway, based on the above thread it sounds like I should just put anti-seize on both ends of the stud? BTW, I just got a pair of genuine Irwin needle nose vise grips, the one type I have never had before. Made in China, but very good quality. These are really the only way to hold a stud and faster than the two-nut trick. Have already used them on fork studs and now this exhaust stud.
  14. The manual says to check valves every 600 miles. I try to be diligent about maintenance but in this case there was a slight... lapse... and there were 3700 miles on the clock. Oops. Anyway I checked and adjusted. Highly recommend the Bikers Choice tool. Details and pix here: http://bit.ly/2Rp70Kc How often do people check their valves and what do you find in terms of gaps?
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    Fork options for the 230F are listed here http://bit.ly/2I60Tle