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GettingThere

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    Texas
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    Dirt biking. Cars, trucks, and almost anything with an engine. Used to live to snowmobile but hard to do now that I'm in Texas.

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  1. GettingThere

    2003 YZ125 Top and Bottom End Advice

    Gotcha. It did take a bit of time for all those bubbles to form. It is a very slow leak and did not drop to 0 PSI for many hours.
  2. GettingThere

    2003 YZ125 Top and Bottom End Advice

    OK, thanks for the heads up/ idea. You thinking cylinder or cases? I guess I'll figure it out once I get a chance to pull it back apart and lay a straight edge across it.. Thanks again!!
  3. GettingThere

    2003 YZ125 Top and Bottom End Advice

    Finally had time today to do a leak down test today. Glad I took the time to do one. Had to make a small change to the setup I rigged up earlier this year. Used my compression tester hose with the Schrader valve removed. Then added an air line quick-connect with reducer fittings to a Home Depot Gas Test Gauge. 1st found a small leak at the reed block. Skim coat of Yamabond solved that. All I have left is a very slow leak around the base gasket. Lost 1 PSI (from 6 down to 5 PSI) in 59 minutes. Then only dropped about 2 PSI over the next few hours. I guess I am pulling the top end back off. Do you guys recommend a skim coat of Yamabond or is High-Tack a better option? This was a new OEM Yamaha base gasket. I wonder if a couple of heat cycles would help this to seal up but probably not worth the chance of it not?
  4. GettingThere

    Best YZ250 model years?

    I bought this one earlier this year and the guy had just moved from Vegas to East Texas. I have pictures he sent me of the bike out in the desert. I also have the Nevada registration and inspection paperwork it looks like you guys need out there.
  5. GettingThere

    2003 YZ125 Top and Bottom End Advice

    Piston kit showed up late yesterday. Had some time today to get the top end on. Buttoned up most of the bottom end last Sunday. New OEM crank, bearings, seals, and pretty much all seals in the cases. Have about the same amount of piston protrusion out of the cylinder as with the old cylinder and Wiseco piston. Picture is not too good. Did two squish tests and got a consistent 0.98 mm for all four measurements. I guess we will see how this performs on pump gas and stock timing? Will have to make adjustments if needed. Need to finish up a few things and then do a leakdown test before getting it back in the bike. I'll keep you guys posted and thanks for all the help.
  6. GettingThere

    Clutch Help

    Yes, you are correct. The push rod needs to have the teeth (Yamaha calls it the rack) facing the rear of the bike (that part is loose/floppy with the cover off) and then that will engage with the teeth/splines at the bottom of the shaft in the clutch cover. Once you have that back together what I was referring to before is adjusting the teeth/splines on the top of the shaft where the push lever goes. You have to take the circlip off the top of the shaft to be able to lift the push lever off of it. You may get lucky putting it back together this time and not need to move it. You can also just keep trying different splines on the bottom teeth with the push rod but I find it easier to just put in back in and adjust with the top splines. If you do the top then just lift the push lever (part the clutch cable hooks to) off the shaft and drop it back on (make sure you have the torsion spring on the push lever in the correct orientation). See how that feels to if it has resistance and in the correct location on the case alignment mark. If not lift the lever back off and go one spline forward or backward. After a couple of tries you will have a good feel for it. Once you get it make sure you reinstall the washer and circlip and then reattach the clutch cable and adjust it properly. Yamaha recommends replacing the circlip new each time just a FYI. Don't get frustrated as it just takes a little fiddling.
  7. GettingThere

    Clutch Help

    The splines are on the teeth on the shaft the clutch push lever goes on to. Hope that makes sense. See the teeth (splines) in the below picture?
  8. GettingThere

    2003 YZ125 Top and Bottom End Advice

    For sure....come on over Unfortunately property values are getting sort of crazy where I am at currently but we keep looking to move further out but so are alot of other people. They are trying awful hard to turn Texas purple or blue also. I keep eyeballing Oklahoma if that happens. Oklahoma should stay red for a while? They have an income tax but property taxes are much lower and land is not too crazy yet.
  9. GettingThere

    2003 YZ125 Top and Bottom End Advice

    Thanks for the heads up. I did not look into it but figured something like that must of happened. It was nice while it lasted. I put the items in my cart at Partzilla and it appears they are not charging tax but have to get to $149 before you get the free shipping. The honor system is on the state income tax form if I remember correctly. We had to do that in NY but in Texas we do not have income tax so no state return. I have actually been able to write off sales tax on my federal return since moving to Texas where you would normally write off state income tax becuase it would be more.
  10. GettingThere

    2003 YZ125 Top and Bottom End Advice

    That would be awesome. I'll keep my fingers crossed
  11. GettingThere

    2003 YZ125 Top and Bottom End Advice

    Yep, for sure. I guess it will be interesting to see if it works out just fine or needs further help for detonation? I'll get the piston kit ordered tomorrow and hope to get the rest of the bottom end buttoned up tomorrow as well.
  12. GettingThere

    2003 YZ125 Top and Bottom End Advice

    Yep, I measured it before and had readings between 0.93 mm and 0.97 mm. I will get a good measurement again once I get it back together. I don't mind backing the timing off if needed. I really don't want to have to blend race fuel if I can help it. I appreciate all the help.
  13. GettingThere

    2003 YZ125 Top and Bottom End Advice

    I hear you about having a point of reference would be nice. Thanks for all the ideas. I think I just need to get it assembled and see where it is at. I would prefer not to run race fuel since it is just a trail/ woods bike. The previous owner was a pilot and said he used aviation fuel so who knows if he had the head shaved at all??
  14. GettingThere

    2003 YZ125 Top and Bottom End Advice

    Ok, sounds good. I was just under 1 mm before I tore it apart. You think wait and see before doing anything else? Thx
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