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  1. Try Sudco. They've been fantastic to deal with.
  2. I have a couple of the small levers as well as a No-Mar tire tire changer and its associated levers. I have used all sorts of old and new-schoole spoons and levers, but I always seem to do best with a pair of the ones pictured and a "yellow Thing" from No-Mar, whether it's street or dirt tires.
  3. I lowered my wife's '02 YZ125 4 inches and mounted 110/90-19 to an dirt track wheel I had laying around and put a 150/70-17 on the rear with a spare supermoto rim. She always wanted a "bike with fat-looking tires" so I figured I'd indulge her. It seems to work just fine so far for SoCal desert riding.
  4. 2002 YZ250 (smoker) has been on flat tracks, road race courses, kart tracks, and the desert. Never an MX track though.
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    Trail Bike Appreciation Thread

    What hippie nightmares are made of.
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    Durelle Gel Seat or SDG Seat?

    I put an SDG standard-height/thickness seat on my YZ and it is more comfy than the stock one............to me. I can't offer any opinions on a gel - haven't tried one.
  7. Not sure about the factory, but not all shops are created equal..........and neither are mechanics for that matter. Whether it's ignorance or laziness, any given maintenance procedure isn't guaranteed - in the manual or not. The maintenance manuals (presumably) are written by the mfr, not KYB, et al. The mfr may not not spec them with grease packed in the seals, but can recommend it during service.
  8. +1 I do it to every set of forks to go across my bench. My 2002 YZ250 (smoker) still has the stock seals. I have used Spectro and now Maxima waterproof grease. No reason for the switch other than convenience.
  9. Worst ride? Any ride involving buggies and beer.
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    Chain - How to degrease and keep clean?

    I believe kero or stoddard solvent is usually recommended for o-ring chains. I generally buy non-ring to simplify cleaning enjoying the possibility of using whatever may be more effective/handy for whatever may be on there. I clean mine in a parts washer with a grunge brush using stoddard solvent, then drip dry, then a soaking in a shallow tupperware tray with 30 or 40 weight. Granted, this may be more work than you want to do, but my chain is going 3 years now. With an o-ring chain, it still goes through the parts washer with a less vigorous brushing, then a wipe-down with WD-40. Gear lube is probably best if you're going to soak it in something, but it's too stinky for me. +1 on the PJ-1; sticks to fenders, wheels, subframes, airboxes, tires......chains - not so much.
  11. Something has certainly changed at Motosport. Did a lot of business with them and for years they were fantastic..........and there were some problems, but they were extremely gracious and generous in how they handled them. I haven't ordered from them in a full year now (do 99% of my biz w/ TT now) because for about a year before that they were the exact opposite of gracious and generous. Sure, one might argue that the economy makes it hard to take care of the customer, but it doesn't cost anything to just acknowledge a mistake. I had a couple of similar experiences as the OP. RMATV is great, but TT has been rock solid with calling and addressing *anything* out of the ordinary, i.e.: out of stock/discontinued/backorder status etc, etc.
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    Front Brake Spongy (Brembo)

    Umm, also, be sure to clean your pistons as well as you can before shoving them back into the seals.
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    Front Brake Spongy (Brembo)

    Be sure to crack your banjo bolts and bleed them too. You can run gallons through and still have air trapped in the banjos. Also try unmounting the caliper as mentioned above. The highest point of the caliper may NOT be at the bleeder when mounted. All of the advice of pushing the pistons in to force fluid back up the line is good too.
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    Lowered 250 or Big Wheeled Mini?

    I was going to say that a lowering link *might* help as a quickee bolt-on solution, but they generally only give you an inch. If you were 200+ the link *might* soften up the rate enough that the shock could still have a spacer thrown in without too much tail-chasing on the valving. Of course, the forks need some spacing too if you go over an inch, and you're too light to simply cut your stockers and still have them be an acceptable rate. Just some thoughts. If you're happy with the 250 otherwise, I think your money is best spent on it rather than a 150, despite my admonitions on the potential rabbit-hole of tuning.
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    Lowered 250 or Big Wheeled Mini?

    How much do you weigh?