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  1. I have the HF 90 amp 110v flux core and even my welder can weld that thickness. If you don't have the manual of your welder, you can download it for free from HF.com (the manual says the maximum thickness you can weld). If that is mild steel, you should be able to weld with no problem (I don't know about other types of metals) Prep is very crucial. You want to have everything very clean and try to cover as much as you can from the bike. You know that flux core shoots big sparks everywhere and the will stick to any plastic (and some thick paint) like nothing. And I would confirm that disconnecting the battery is enough to prevent any electrical damage. If you are out of practice, grab scraps with similar thickness than what you will be welding and put them at the same angle. It is very easy to weld a flat joint of same thickness material but when you have a tab and a thinner frame with 90 degrees angles and welding at an awkward position, things go wrong pretty fast. Good luck and post pictures. And remember, if you grind a weld, most likely is not a good weld (it is not allowed to grind welds of car roll cages). And lastly: don't forget to wear pants or at least underwear when you weld...trust me... Willy
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    Best fun bike for a third world country.

    my brother lives in Cancun, Mexico, which is six hours away from the middle of Belize. He bought in Cancun a mid-2000 KX 125 practically new (original tires) for 1500 dollars. He has been able to find all the parts for his bike at a very reasonable price. He has been showing me the prices of bikes and they are definitely cheaper than in here, Seattle area (dirt bikes and street bikes are cheaper; dunno why). Maybe you could even buy a bike in Mexico and take it to Belize. Being Belize such a small country, I can imagine that it is common for people to go to Mexico to buy stuff. I would do some research about buying online from Mexican stores and get parts delivered to your new place. You could also buy some spare parts and bring them with you just in case. I also know many US bike part stores ship internationally. If they ship via USPS the shipping price would not be a lot but then you need to be sure that the Belize mailman does not like to take your mail. DHL or Fedex are your other options but they will be way more expensive. I think that the 2 stroke revival we see in the US is not happening in other countries. You might be able to buy a two stroke in Belize for a very good price if nobody cares about 2t enduro/cross bikes down there (yet).
  3. If a person asks me if they can ride my bike, he is not a close friend. My close friends would tell me "ok, now it is my turn". If the bike breaks when they are riding it, I know it would have happened to me as well. BTW, I have only a couple of friends, the rest of the world are acquaintaces.
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    Am I too big for a yz125?

    I am 6'1" 180lbs and test rode a yz250 and a yz125 in a little trail that a Yamaha dealer put for test rides. The 125 felt it had more than enough power for the task. I stalled it in the middle of a steep hill and using the clutch I was able to climb it with no problem (it was a very short climb but steepish hill). As soon as I hopped on the 250 I realized that it was a bike I would not enjoy as much as the 125 because of the amount of power it had.
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    Parts for oldish two strokes

    thank you very much for all that good info. I will keep you updated with my search for a bike. Willy
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    Parts for oldish two strokes

    thank you all for the replies. I am not planning on going to the MX track; well, maybe sometimes to be the slowest guy riding... rpt50: do you see your 03 having 5 gears instead of 6 as a disadvantage? Since I am planning on using it for trails, I wonder if I want that 6th gear. Having said that, I am not that concern about top speed. My plan is to buy something cheap and start spending money little by little. When I say cheap, I am thinking about 2k. I know that sometimes it is better to buy a more expensive bike because you end up getting a newer bike but I want to start riding soon. Thank you, Willy
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    Parts for oldish two strokes

    Hi, I am searching for a two stroke and wondering about 2 stroke KTM parts availability. I would like to get a yz125 because of personal preference and because I think that it is very easy to get parts but I am open to buying a KTM if the price/condition is good. Do you know if parts for 125s and 200s from the early 2000s are readily available? Thanks Willy
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    Branch made a hole in my gas tank

    For metal gas tanks, even if super clean they can explode if heat is used to patch it (don't ask me how I know). As snowmule said, kayak repair shop could repair it unless the material is too brittle due to age. If I was the repair person, the only way I would fix it (if I was using heat or fire) is filling up the tank with water to avoid any fumes to make the tank a Fourth of July firecracker. Willy
  9. I don't have any science background to back up what I think but my experience tells me that carbon fiber does not hold hits very well. Carbon fiber has been part of windsurfing for over 30 years (I had a board made in Germany in 1989 that had part of the structure made out of CB) and today all sail masts are made out of CB (the more pricier, the more carbon content). Every single brand offers their high-end boards made of composite (CB with kevlar and many other "fabrics" all bonded together with resin). Although masts and boards hold pretty well to the torsion and bending exerted on them while sailing, just dropping a mast or board from the roof of the car to the ground could lead to a future catastrophic failure. Most windsurfers are very careful while handling their CB products because a simple ding can be the beginning of a big problem. On dirt bikes, one crash can damage the handlebars in a way that the internal structure becomes weak and a future snapped bar is very possible. Although a very interesting product, I am not sure if I would ever trust a CB handlebar. I know, almost totally off topic... Willy
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    Sheared bolt removal

    Hi, I wonder if you used a smaller easy-out than the recommended. Believe it or not, you can drill through easy outs, or at least I was able to drill through one once. Good luck, Willy
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    Stripped oil drain hole - KTM 125sx

    Hi, if you watch videos about Timesert installation, I am sure they recommend to use loctite. The last few threads in a timesert are machined "shallow" so when you put a bolt on, the bolt presses the timesert against the original thread (actually the original thread is gone because the previous owner most likely rethreaded it). It is possible that the screw (or bolt) to drain the whole is not long enough to expand the timesert; it is also possible that the part of the timesert that expands might not be in contact with the engine case. Anyway, you might want to check that the thread in the aluminum case is the proper size for the timesert and it is not damaged. Call timesert, their engineers are pretty cool and they will call you back within a day or two. As for how to remove the timesert from the bolt, I have no idea but whatever you do be sure that that insert is in perfect shape or it can lead to more headaches (probably a new timesert might be the way to go). Willy
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    Going to Washougal National. Any tips?

    Thanks all! Willy
  13. Hi all, I am going in July to the Washougal race. I am wondering how far in advance I should buy the ticket. I am also planning on camping one night with my 2 1/2 y.o. son. Should I pay the 60 dollars camping fee and camp right there or I should camp somewhere else? I can imagine the night might be wild and the kiddo would want to sleep... Any other tips? Thanks, Willy
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    06 YZ125 Oil Drain Plug Hole Stripped

    I have a honda civic and I stripped the thread in the block for the timing belt tensioner bolt. After a lot of research, I decided to use time-sert. I have used heli-coil in the past but I wanted to use the best thing out there (or at least the product I thought was the best for the task). If I was you, I would rethread (dunno how much material the case has but I guess there is enough to do it) or use time-sert because you will be taking it out and putting it in many times. This is my thread with a little explanation: http://www.civicforums.com/forums/36-mechanical-problems-vehicle-issues-fix-forum/366899-help-i-stripped-tb-tensioner-thread-solved.html . You can put it with locktite and it will stay there forever. I hope it helps, Willy
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    Drain bolt stuck

    Hi, I've dealt with several hard to remove bolts in bikes and cars and I have used two different approaches. The first was, as someone suggested, to use a grinder (preferably a dremel) to make two "sides" of a bolt head on that rounded head (what you are making is a very rustic and primitive new head....) and then use a wrench to remove it. In my case, I used a crescent wrench that I put very tight so I would not ruin the "new" bolt head. If that doesn't work, what I would do is use a bolt extractor like this: http://www.irwin.com/tools/screw-bolt-extractors/spiral-flute-screw-extractors-534524-series that you can buy anywhere (ACE hardware sell them individually) In that case, I recommend to grind the head to have a flat surface, use a center punch (or a sturdy nail) to mark the center of the bolt and use the drill bit the bolt extractor manufacturer recommends. The problem with the second method this is that you will have oil falling on your drill unless you take some precautions. I never used the nut bolt extractor sockets but they seem to be pretty cool. I hope this helps and good luck! Willy