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RatherBriding

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    WR250 Rebuild?

    I ride a 97 WR250, great bike. Ride it in the woods and at the track. Been very reliable. Don't think you would be sorry. Bob S
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    Repair, or replace wr250z forks

    Adam, message sent, Thanks! Bob S
  3. I have a 1997 Yamaha WR250Z. Heard a strange clanking sound comming from the front forks. Took the forks apart and found that there is some damage to the internals on the right fork leg. Evidently the damper rod came loose from the fork cap and the threads on the fork cap and rod are messed up. The short push rod that fits inside the damper, at the top, is mangled. Also the plastic spring guides and collar had broken into little pieces. So any way, I am left with either repairing what I have, OR possibly buying a set of used forks from ebay or somewhere else. The cost for OEM parts will be almost $400.00 I have seen some used sets of forks on ebay for less than $300.00. I think I am leaning towards going the ebay route, but have not seen any forks advertised specifically for the 1997 Yamaha WR250Z. So I guess what I really want to know is can anybody tell me if forks from another model, or from different years, or other bike sizes, or even a different brand of forks might bolt onto my '97 WR? How do you know what will or will not work? I have seen forks advertised for similiar years YZ's, but they look a little different where the front axel and brake calliper bolt. Will these work? Will the callipers bolt pattern be the same? - What do I need to look at to see if the forks would be compatible with my bike? - Would I need to replace the tripple clamps, or will I just need to make sure the tube diameter is the same? - How about the bolt pattern on the brake caliper, is this pretty standard, or will I find some differences? - Axle length and spacers to the wheel hub, anything to be aware of here? Thanks for your help! Bob S
  4. Newbie looking for a little help and advise. I have a 1997 Yamaha WR250Z. Heard a strange clanking sound comming from the front forks whenever they would rebound all the way up. Took the forks apart and found that there is some damage to the internals on the right fork leg. Evidently the damper rod came loose from the fork cap and the threads on the fork cap and rod are a mess. The push rod that fits inside the damper, at the top, is bent. Also the plastic spring guides and collar were broken into little pieces. So any way, I am left with either repairing what I have, OR possibly buying a set of used forks from ebay or somewhere else. The cost for OEM parts will be almost $400.00!!! I have seen some used sets of forks on ebay for less than $300.00. I think I am leaning towards going the ebay route, but have not seen any forks advertised specifically for the 1997 Yamaha WR250Z. So my question is, can anybody tell me if forks from another model, what different years or other bike sizes might bolt onto my '97 WR? I have seen forks advertised for similiar years YZ's, but they look a little different where the front axel and brake calliper bolt. Will these work? Will the callipers bolt pattern be the same? Thanks for your help! Bob S
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    Tech: Testing compression?

    I finally broke down and bought a compression tester. Read up on the proper method for testing, warm engine, throttle WO, kick until gauge reached max PSI. Have 2 bikes at home, both were bought used with unknown history, so no baseline PSI to compare to. Bike 1 is a '97 WR250Z (2-stroke) - got a reading of 210 psi, thought that sounded pretty good, even higher than I expected.... does 210 sound close to spec? too high?? I have been hearing a little pinging on hard acceleration, using 93 oct pump gas. Bike 2 is son's "03 YZ85 - got a reading of 150 psi. This is low compared to the WR, but I don't know how it compares to a healthy 85cc. Anybody know what spec is on a YZ85? Thanks for any help! Bob S
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    St Louis KTM Jr Supercross Challenge

    We will be there with the whole family and will be chearing him on! Congrats! ratherBriding
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    97 Wr 250 Z

    I have a 97 WR250Z, been great on single track, also ride it at some local MX tracks. Has great low and mid range power, which is great for an old fart like me. Haven't had any issues or problems to speak of. Depending on condition, you are probably in the $1500 to $1800 range. good luck, RatherBriding
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