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  1. creeky

    What year/model is my XR 250 Baja?

    I had two '85s over a period of 5 years. The digital speedo from the 1st one is on the XR400 in my garage, still works like it should.
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    XR600R Upgrades

    I had an XR628 some years ago that the stock forks/shock redone by Factory Connection, also a bone stock XR600. The 628 handled varied terrain with aplomb, the stocker rode like a jolt wagon in comparison.
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    XR600R Upgrades

    Spend the first money on suspension upgrades, you won't be sorry.
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    XR650L Dying When Warm

    Check the pulse generator. Resistance should be 360-440 ohms. If it is shot, Honda part # is 30300-MY6-671
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    1985 XR350R - a

    Just to clarify, the '83 and '84 350s were wet sump and had dual carbs. The '85 engine was upgraded to dry sump, 14 more cc.
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    XR600 seal Identification needed

    The brown one appears to be a used one.
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    Good Problem to Have

    My son rode a DR350 for a while. It was a booger to start sometimes, clutch went out twice in 2 years, it is heavy and the suspension is tolerable at best. He was never satisfied with it. He bought a '96 XR400, had the suspension done by pro action and promptly rode it in the '96 Alligator enduro placing 1st in the 4 stroke class. The XRs are extremely reliable and economical to own. No, I have no affiliation with Honda.
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    race tech fork emulators 86 xr250

    I also agree that USD is an improvement for motocross, etc. However, the stock forks can be made to do OK racing too. Not bragging, but in '96 I placed a class 5th at the Alligator Enduro on a '94 XR280 with stock forks with mods that I did myself.
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    Exhaust Help

    It looks a lot like a Pro Circuit that we had on an XR600 about 24 years ago, it also had a Supertrapp end on it like yours.
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    race tech fork emulators 86 xr250

    The old damper rod forks are not worth the effort IMHO. "Cartridge" forks from a '96 or later 250 are much better, 400 forks better yet.
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    XR400R Head

    Not unusual on an RFVC head, practically every head I have removed that had a lot of use on it had the scuffing. I have installed heads that were worse than yours with no problems. I suggest that you replace the bearings.
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    xr600r fork swap

    I bought a used '94 quite a few years ago. The stock forks had been revalved/resprung by Factory Connection, they worked great. Only beef was the fork underhang.
  13. Test the pulse generator.
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    XR400 Hanging Idle

    I have more than once seen the o-ring seal on the carb adapter where it bolts to the head go bad and cause an air leak.
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    Which tires for sand and rock?

    '96 XR600 with many miles on it, no problems with it. The tire did great, good traction on all surfaces. We encountered a couple of dry washes where traction was at a minimum, but I got through it by keeping it pinned and maintaining momentum. The tires on bikes of the other riders were in much worse shape than the 760, some needed new tires before the end of the trip. I know, some will say that I was not on the throttle but I never fell behind riding with much younger guys.
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    Which tires for sand and rock?

    I used a Cheng Shin C760 on a Baja ride several years ago. It worked very well on all terrain that we encountered and survived 900+ miles, still had most of the knobs left with minor chunking.
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    I have no clue how that happened. I do know that metal shards flying around in the engine can do a lot of damage. I would think that a complete teardown is in order to inspect for more damage elsewhere in the engine.
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    Is an XR 400 right for me?

    Only dirt bike I have now is a '96 XR400. It does the job, but I could do better on my XR280s (an '89, a '94, and a '96) and it was more fun.
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    XR650L Blown Out Two Cylinder Base Gaskets

    Silicone on the base gasket is a sure path to failure. Put it on clean and dry. Correct torque on the cylinder bolts is important. Torque them, let it sit for while and retorque.
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    Is an XR 400 right for me?

    The old XR250 is a great trail bike, light enough to manage, low maintenance, just enough grunt to go just about anywhere. Modifying the stock suspension makes it even better.
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    XR250 vs XR400 pulse generator

    I have had two XR250s and one XR600 that had pulse generator failures. At first, the bikes would start right up cold. After a few minutes of riding, the engine would misfire for a very short time then quit altogether. After the bikes cooled off a bit, they would start right up and again and do the same thing.
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    Honda Xr 250r 2001 low compression and won't start

    Are you SURE that the valve clearances are OK? These bikes are famous for soft intake valves that sink into the seat and remove the valve clearance to the point where the intake is not seating.
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    Know a good machinist? (Piston Problems)

    This was caused by lack of oil. Stock bore is 97 mm. yours has been overbored to 100 mm. The cylinder looks like it might be damaged to the point where resleeving is necessary. 100 mm is as far as you can go with the stock jug. I have a Wiseco 102.4 piston kit (resleeving necessary) available if you go that route. Take a hard look at the cam and rockers, they might be galled too.
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    Torque Specs

    I torque the cylinder retaining bolts the head bolts, clutch basket nut, flywheel and drive gear. All others, wrist torque. Be especially careful with the 6mm screws, they are easily snapped. Before reassembly, run a bottom tap into the threads and blow out with compressed air. Assemble using anti-seize on the screw threads, this will eliminate electrolysis between the screw and internal treads. When disassembling, rock the screw back and forth a very small amount. This will usually loosen the screw enough to prevent thread stripping. On stubborn screws, use a drift and smack the head smartly and this usually do the trick.
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    Piston and ring time

    First thing, pull the head and check the piston for bore size, manufacturer part number and compression ratio. Pistons are available for bore sizes 100-103mm for 628 and 629cc. Wiseco has a piston kit in 100mm part #4577M10000. XRs Only also has a JE 100mm kit http://www.xrsonly.com/je-pistons-honda-xr600r-piston-kit-629cc-100mm-10-5-1-compression. I have a new-in-the-box Wiseco piston kit 102.4mm. If you can use it, PM me.