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  1. Hello Thumper Talk Community! This is my first post here, just created my account a few minutes ago. I apologize if I violate any type of forum rules or formatting, but I'm sure I'll learn as I go. To begin with: I've been riding dirtbikes since I was 8. I am currently a 19 year old University student in upstate NY, and I am riding a 2006 Honda XR650L that I bought myself when I turned 16. I've attached pictures of it (taken today, as I wrote this post) to illustrate the condition it is in, what it looks like, etc. While I have been riding for an extremely long time, and consider myself a safe and competent rider, I have a very limited mechanical knowledge of motorcycles. My dad introduced me to bikes and taught me to ride, but my riding experience over the years has been on my own, and my mechanical knowledge is self-taught and basic maintenance of my bike at best - nothing fancy whatsoever. He and I don't really speak anymore, and therefore I don't have any type of guidance or reference points when it comes to bike mechanics (or mechanics of any kind, for that matter). Nevertheless, I am very interested in modifying and improving my bike and possibly beginning a project to convert it into a café racer or scrambler-esque bike. I rarely go off-road anymore and use my XR as a daily driver, but I find the traction of off-road tires to be favorable and have never had street tires. Therefore I'm debating whether or not to keep my off-road tires (or get different ones), making the bike more of a scrambler - or to use street tires making it more of a café racer. If I'm using terminology wrong and have no idea what the f**k I'm talking about, then please always feel free to correct me. I am using Daniel Peter's custom XR650L café racer, and Ready Moto's brat/cafe racer as inspiration. I think both are beautiful bikes/rebuilds, and want something very similar as my final product. However, I think Daniel Peter's bike is tricked out in a very expensive (and unnecessary to me) way (i.e. antelope seat, c'mon dude). I also want to preserve my passenger seat and pegs, if possible. I have absolutely no idea where to start, and have no current access to welding or fabrication machines of any kind. I'm asking for a full walkthrough and as much help as you all are willing to give me. Because I'm in school, I have a very limited budget. Basically, I'm willing to do my short term modifications and enhancements, and probably put the conversion project on hold until the spring. This is particularly dependent upon the advice I get. I don't need the bike as much in the fall, because I live on my college campus, but it's nice to have around in working condition (I know the project would require pulling it all apart and not riding for a while). So if any part I need for this is expensive but necessary, I will save up for it and make it happen. If there are cheaper, reasonable alternatives to achieve the same goal, then I will do that. I'd appreciate all advice along those lines. I just replaced my battery two weeks ago, and am going to attempt to replace the brake pads (a simple job, I know, but with luck/mechanical ability like mine, it can be quite daunting!) The chain is new, the frame has been reinforced at certain points, but everything else is stock! What I Want Out of This Bike (Short Term) 1. I'd like to put the battery underneath the seat. 2. I want to clean it up, particularly the rusted parts, and possibly repaint/replace them to make sure the bike looks better. (Need guidance for this, as I'm unsure how to remove rust/how to go about repainting parts - why I posted pics, so hopefully this community can identify where my "problem areas" are on this bike). 3. Learn how to properly winterize and maintain bike. Currently I check oil regularly, fill it with premium gas, lube the chain once or a week or more, and wash it (probably not enough) and spray WD-40 on various pieces. If I'm an incompetent fool, tell me. 4. Replace footpegs, throttle, handgrips. 5. If feasible with my current bike, put in a circular (brighter) headlight instead of the stock square one. Am willing to get rid of red plastic housing, or find an alternative. What I Want Out of This Bike (Long Term) 1. A full café-racer type conversion, styled similar to what I linked above. My dream "bought brand new" bike currently is a Triumph Bonneville converted to a scrambler (provided a pic) to let y'all know what I'm interested in, aesthetically. 2. Switch out stock carb (40mm) with a 41mm Keihin FCR-MX flat slide. I've been doing lots of reading, and it looks like this will drastically improve bike performance and throttle response in many ways, not limited to AFR and starting. 3. Repaint the sucker! Sorry for the giant wall of text, I appreciate those who have read this far. Please ask any questions, give comments, critiques, advice, anything! I look forward to hearing what the TT Community has to say. Cheers! John
  2. I know this isn't an XR but there isn't an area for XL's so here goes. If there's any better place for or other places to post this please let me know. ANYWAY, I have recently taken up the project of making a rack for my XL600R to mount a helmet box and some custom Pannier boxes, out of a shopping cart. Yes, a Walmart shopping cart. Currently I have cut the hand-hold of the cart down to be the base and to attach to the frame (kind of looks like a Foot box wheelie bar), and two pieces of flat from either side of the cart. Pictures should be attached.
  3. I looked around the forum and couldn't find anything on this. I'm buying another 125 or 250 2 stroke project bike but this time I might buy one in boxes instead of still mostly put together. i was wondering what/how I should check if all or most of the parts are there, should I just dig around the boxes and go through a check list? The other thing was should I expect to pay a bit less for it as there's a possibility parts are missing? Thanks!
  4. Recently picked up a brand new YZ250x 2017 and this is my log on why i think this is the best Motocross and Endrocross 2 stroke out there! Currently the bike is all stock! I've made a few adjustment for my carb such as a 172main and a 48 pj. right on the mark for main jetting in Colorado. Power is nothing but smooth and predictable one of the best 2 stroke iI've ever rode! As time goes on i will add parts to this bike and keep you guys updated on what they do! hope everyone's excited! If you like to sponsor the bike or have a product you like tested please contact me at tatmanjosh@gmail.com
  5. Recently picked up a brand new YZ250x 2017 and this is my log on why i think this is the best Motocross and Endrocross 2 stroke out there!
  6. Hi, I have a 1997 cr125, I had gotten my cylinder repaired, plated along with a new power valve kit. I also bought a wiseco piston and ring with it. I was very very happy with how it turned out. I assembled the engine and read about 160-165 psi for compression, I ran the engine for about 6 hours riding it through trails and steep muddy hills, I'm pretty rough on the engine holding it wide open most of the time. rolling down a hill i lost compression and it died, would only start for a few seconds then bogging in the high rpms. until I rolled it to the top of the hill and bumped started it on the way down, after that, it ran just fine and got home to take a look. Took a compression test and it read 140 psi but the engine ran how it was supposed to. So I took it back on the trails and it died again, bump started it and this time again it ran very boggy in the high rpms, had to shift up to keep it running to make it back home. I took the head off and the cylinder looked good except for vertical wear lines, faint and unable to feel with my finger nail and I wondered if it's just the ring seating or if there's something else going on. After trying my best to do some research I can't find a solution so my thought is to put a new ring and head gasket in. What are your thoughts and what may the issue be? I'm only 15 years old so its likely I half-assed something into not working. Some slightly important details may be that I mix my gas 50:1 and I was missing a power valve cover and I made one temporary while the riding season is coming to an end. I NEED HELP
  7. Hey everyone, I have a stock 2018 crf250l and Im ready to dump money into it. I’m thinking of FMF exhaust with mega bomb headers, seat concept seat, warp9 wheel and tire setup, and a EJK. Just wondering what the best sprocket setup would be? I just want the most out of the bike I can get for fun street, wheelie stuff. Also, do I need to stiffen the rear shock?
  8. Hey guys, this is my first post but I have been reading threads from this forum for a long time. Good to finally join! So, I bought a real project bike, a 2001 Suzuki RM125 that is already torn apart. Had a good condition Hotrods crank but it looks to have the original Koyo bearings still in it. The left side case has a small hole and crack in it, that I am working on repairing, and the crank bearing has some surface rust but doesn't seem to be in bad shape. Also, the previous owner bought the number 3 shift fork to replace one, but I believe he really needed number 2. I am trying to keep costs as low as possible on this bike while still doing it properly. With that said, if you were me, what would you absolutely have to buy and replace and what can be salvaged? Thanks guys.
  9. XR400EX

    XR400EX

    Alright guys, so I am new here so before I get started I just wanted to make a few opening remarks... *If this post is in the wrong section I apologize and if it's possible to move please do so and I know this topic has been brought up before somewhere but I can not find it so here it is again...and hopefully gives more information on this build. Also if anyone has questions about this ongoing project I should be able to answer them. The reason I have decided to finally make this post is because I have finally got it all buttoned up (engine wise) and seems to be running well...aside from a few complications which maybe some of you can help out with. Lastly, my apologies for the long post I felt that I should include most things I did because in my own research, this project is not talked about much at all it seems. So here it is, I have been working on this project for around 5-6 months now and, mind you, it started as a basket case so it doesn't look great cosmetically by any means and most of the plastics are either gone or damaged but mechanically, all parts appear to be there and it working condition. What I have done is exactly what the title says, placed a 400EX engine into an XR400 frame. Now, most people that do this start with the XR400 and find a 400EX engine to put in, but I was given a frame and engine with a buck of extra bolts, nuts and clamps. After two years of sitting in my basement I decided to test if the engine turned over, great news, it did. SO, that motivated me to put it in the frame and it DOES fit, but the bottom frame mount is too far up to be used, but with three other mounts tightened down, it was fine. BAD IDEA, turns out the engine had ZERO compression and needed a new top end because whoever had it last put the piston in backwards and bent the intake valves. After a couple weeks I found the time to get the engine bored out 1mm over and changed the valves. *REBUILD* Got the 400EX taken apart and slowly starting to find the issues associated to ZERO compression According to the piston, two intake valves were coming in contact with the piston itself, luckily this appeared to be a fresh rebuild...otherwise it may have detonated and caused many other issues.. And just as expected...bent intake valves...which mean possible cracked or damaged valve stems... Clearly, these are the culprit for no compression...to the left is the PVC pipe valve spring compressor I used to get the valves out, but not in I will show that tool later on. Further investigation revealed build up of some sort on the piston wall, so after attempting to hone this away I quit and took it to get it bored out. Knowing that I had bent the valves, I decided it was best to check the timing chain and low and behold...it was slapping all over the place inside the case when it "started" for the first time I assume... Removed both inner and out clutch baskets, oil pump gear and drive gear to get to chain and found out that the oil pump does not need to be removed to get to the chain(rookie mistake) and also discovered that the springs behind the outer clutch basket move freely which is not what they are supposed to do I am guessing...so that will be replaced. New chain in and clutch baskets are torqued back down with a new piston on top...another rookie mistake...make sure to put the piston on BEFORE putting the jug back on...yeah felt like an idiot after I did that... Very hard to tell but from my measurements...the original chain(left) was stretched by half a link I believe Also found out that at some point the crank was replaced....just hope that whoever put the piston in backwards didn't do anything wrong here... Seated new valves(ended up going back through a few more times after I took this picture) Valves and springs put back in the head and retaining clips in...I'd like to think I saved myself some money by making a compressor tool in the upper right corner Used a clamp and I duct taped a copper crush washer on the other end to help protect the head....the thinking was that the copper would dent before anything else would And finally all back together...but keep in mind this motor still hasn't been started in 4 years at the least.... **Starting** 1/15/17 Bike officially started today, but it is really cold here so it was running lean with a high idle and slight back fire when revving...will try again when weather warms up... 2/19/17 Had a nice 50 degree day and decided to take it out and try to start it again and she still comes to life...but the idle was still high in this video...I was able to get it adjusted to a nice even idle....the only problem was that it had to be at full choke...vacuum leak? I figured since I am running an XR400 carb right now it probably won't run the best anyway...but full choke shouldn't be necessary regardless...if anyone has any tips or suggests feel free to let me know...willing to try out other carbs without the insane price tags.. Of the four available engine mounting locations on the XR400 frame(I think) I only used three but have plans to move the bottom one down to put that to use.. Closing remarks This is my first post and I did learn a significant amount in the process but keep in mind this is by no means complete so I will still be figuring more things out as I go...and as I said I have not many posts...(one really) about this project being done and the details of fitment. The most I saw were people guessing that it would not be possible to fit this machine, but I believe that I can say it is "fitted" now but a few more kinks just need to be straightened out...other than that I am looking forward to finishing it up and going for a ride...one day!
  10. So I’m finally going to contribute with my winter project instead of just creeping other people’s posts. It’s a 1978 Ke250 that I got for the stellar price of free. Take a gander at what I’m starting with. The harness has been cut up and all the lights/gauges pulled off (to make it faster because weight reduction!)
  11. Okay its not a new subject Im sure. But I want to release the power from this old 2005 Japanese spec Xr400 Motard. Where I live in the world its hard to get a dirt bike on the road and there is next to no XR's to choose from. The Motard came up for the right price and its in great condition. So I have decided to make the best of what I can with it. I need to find out if I can swap parts from the R version on to the SM version. From the info I have read the SM has smaller valves and lower compression. Will R barrel and head be the right direction to go? Stage 1 or 2 cam ? Pumper carbs and opening the air box is a no brainer I assume. And of course the exhaust will need replacing to match the the R exhaust port. Please if you know about the R or the SM chime in and give me some advice.
  12. Looking to get 17" front and rear Supermoto rims for my 2005 CR85RB. I was just going to get the rims and spokes and lace them up to the stock hubs, does anyone know what width and where I could buy the rims/spokes. Thanks
  13. 2002 rm250 just purchased. Was told the rear brake would need to be fixed since the bracket or mount that keeps it stationary is broken. In the picture where my pointer finger is there appears to be a piece of it broken off. I was told it was a piece that is actually welded to the swingarm where my other two fingers are located in the picture with the wheel off. And it does appear that there is a welded section broken off there. I do not have the broken piece and when I look at oem diagrams they do not show anything welded to that side of the swing arm. And the diagram that shows the brake bracket/mount only shows that my broken bracket is missing a small little section. Someone please help me because I can’t figure out what is missing or how to fix it. I was told I can buy an adapter piece that will bolt onto the swing arm but can’t find that online either. Thanks
  14. had some fun this winter, since i hate it soo much, and had my first go at trying to "rebuild" my kx250 that i got right before winter.. had some minor issues when i started that i knew of but once i got into it i found some major ones. for one the guy probably never cleaned his air filter so it was as dry as a bone and falling apart. when i took apart the carb i actually found a piece of the foam filter wedged in the air whole, a cracked pipe and im not sure the piston had ever been changed. either way i was impressed by the bottom end of the bike. so i really wanted to make her trail worthy and got her some nice trail mods. one thing im missing though is a kickstand. i know there is that one that attaches to the swing arm but i would rather not have one then have that thing. i swear i saw someone with a nice kickstand on here but cant find it anymore. any thoughts would be awesome rebuilt forks new tires clarke tank fmf gnarly pipe, brake pads handguards clutch cable air filter rebuilt top wisco piston and rings rocky mountain atv mc number plate graphics Sorry bad lighting on the last one but thought the white handguards looked better so that what i got on there now
  15. Hey guys, So I’m about to go to college in the fall, and I’m not ready to give up dirt biking. Since I will have to buy my next bike = very slim budget, I’m thinking about buying a blown out (or running if I could find one) yz 250 and converting it to an enduro bike. Has anyone done this? If so, are there other bikes I should be looking at? I feel that for the price of a used off-road bike, I could potentially have a converted Mx bike that is taylored to my likings. And riding that ex Mx bike may make me a better rider if I learn it correctly. I’m coming off an xcw-f 350, so I’m not entirely new to riding, but I still have a lot to learn. Another plus to this is that I will learn my bike well (from a mechanical aspect). So what do you guys think? Is it worth the time and money? Thanks for any input you can give
  16. Does anybody have some jettingchart/map for 510 husqy, or any facts to help me adjust my carb.
  17. Hey All, Made an original post on this forum that is a bit wordy, so giving a condensed summary here for those willing to read a bit more (pics are also in that post), and help me out. 19 year old with very little mechanical knowledge, fairly proficient rider, looking for advice on proper bike maintenance and how to get started on converting my bike into a café racer/scrambler type of bike. In OP (and here) I included pictures of what I want the bike to look like more or less, and many other details. My bike has around 27,000 miles on it, and I've let it get a bit too rusted - so advice on the pics in that post and whether I need to replace certain parts or just get to polishing/scrubbing away rust with WD40. Any and all tips are appreciated about this bike and project - thanks! John
  18. Hey All! Reposting my first post from touring/adventure touring - thought this forum would see more activity. Here it is: 7/18/17 Hello Thumper Talk Community! This is my first post here, just created my account a few minutes ago. I apologize if I violate any type of forum rules or formatting, but I'm sure I'll learn as I go. To begin with: I've been riding dirtbikes since I was 8. I am currently a 19 year old University student in upstate NY, and I am riding a 2006 Honda XR650L that I bought myself when I turned 16. I've attached pictures of it (taken today, as I wrote this post) to illustrate the condition it is in, what it looks like, etc. While I have been riding for an extremely long time, and consider myself a safe and competent rider, I have a very limited mechanical knowledge of motorcycles. My dad introduced me to bikes and taught me to ride, but my riding experience over the years has been on my own, and my mechanical knowledge is self-taught and basic maintenance of my bike at best - nothing fancy whatsoever. He and I don't really speak anymore, and therefore I don't have any type of guidance or reference points when it comes to bike mechanics (or mechanics of any kind, for that matter). Nevertheless, I am very interested in modifying and improving my bike and possibly beginning a project to convert it into a café racer or scrambler-esque bike. I rarely go off-road anymore and use my XR as a daily driver, but I find the traction of off-road tires to be favorable and have never had street tires. Therefore I'm debating whether or not to keep my off-road tires (or get different ones), making the bike more of a scrambler - or to use street tires making it more of a café racer. If I'm using terminology wrong and have no idea what the f**k I'm talking about, then please always feel free to correct me. I am using Daniel Peter's custom XR650L café racer, and Ready Moto's brat/cafe racer as inspiration. I think both are beautiful bikes/rebuilds, and want something very similar as my final product. However, I think Daniel Peter's bike is tricked out in a very expensive (and unnecessary to me) way (i.e. antelope seat, c'mon dude). I also want to preserve my passenger seat and pegs, if possible. I have absolutely no idea where to start, and have no current access to welding or fabrication machines of any kind. I'm asking for a full walkthrough and as much help as you all are willing to give me. Because I'm in school, I have a very limited budget. Basically, I'm willing to do my short term modifications and enhancements, and probably put the conversion project on hold until the spring. This is particularly dependent upon the advice I get. I don't need the bike as much in the fall, because I live on my college campus, but it's nice to have around in working condition (I know the project would require pulling it all apart and not riding for a while). So if any part I need for this is expensive but necessary, I will save up for it and make it happen. If there are cheaper, reasonable alternatives to achieve the same goal, then I will do that. I'd appreciate all advice along those lines. I just replaced my battery two weeks ago, and am going to attempt to replace the brake pads (a simple job, I know, but with luck/mechanical ability like mine, it can be quite daunting!) The chain is new, the frame has been reinforced at certain points, but everything else is stock! What I Want Out of This Bike (Short Term) 1. I'd like to put the battery underneath the seat - what are the benefits/disadvantages of this? To my knowledge it'll just slim the profile of the bike when I take off side paneling and prevent the battery from getting wet or as damaged in a drop. 2. I want to clean it up, particularly the rusted parts, and possibly repaint/replace them to make sure the bike looks better. (Need guidance for this, as I'm unsure how to remove rust/how to go about repainting parts - why I posted pics, so hopefully this community can identify where my "problem areas" are on this bike). 3. Learn how to properly winterize and maintain bike. Currently I check oil regularly, fill it with premium gas, lube the chain once or a week or more, and wash it (probably not enough) and spray WD-40 on various pieces. If I'm an incompetent fool, tell me. 4. Replace footpegs, throttle, handgrips. 5. If feasible with my current bike, put in a circular (brighter) headlight instead of the stock square one. Am willing to get rid of red plastic housing, or find an alternative. What I Want Out of This Bike (Long Term) 1. A full café-racer type conversion, styled similar to what I linked above. My dream "bought brand new" bike currently is a Triumph Bonneville converted to a scrambler (provided a pic) to let y'all know what I'm interested in, aesthetically. 2. Switch out stock carb (40mm) with a 41mm Keihin FCR-MX flat slide. I've been doing lots of reading, and it looks like this will drastically improve bike performance and throttle response in many ways, not limited to AFR and starting. I know nothing about AFR...or carbs. 3. Repaint the sucker! I've read online various opinions, the main camps seem to be either (a) don't do it yourself, have a professional do it or (b) you can do it yourself very carefully. Sorry for the giant wall of text, I appreciate those who have read this far. Please ask any questions, give comments, critiques, advice, anything! I look forward to hearing what the TT Community has to say. Cheers! John UPDATE 07/22/17 I replaced both front and rear brake pads because I had irresponsibly been using very worn-down ones, and the friction subsequently wore down my rotors. Not bad enough to replace rotors (thank goodness, I'm too cheap for that right now), but still negligent on my part. Started taking the most rusted bolts out and WD40+steel wool scrubbing them, then putting grease on. I don't have any never-seize, but I'll get some at some point. For now, grease should suffice. Going to wash the bike soon, scrub everything down and then get to polishing up....everything!
  19. Thought I would share my bike rebuild I did on my 2001 CR125. The bike was in a rough shape when I bought it. Here is the only pictures I have when I bought the bike. I didnt take before pictures. The picture does not do enough justice on how bad this bike was. Sorry about the quality it is the picture the guy send me and he had a filter on it. Got the bike back and started working on it right away. It would start only by bump starting and would not go into the powerband so I started to tear the bike down.(I did a compression test and it was at 60PSI cold) after i pulled the motor I found the cylinder to have a crack in the exhaust side and pits all down the cylinder. It had a Wiesco piston and crank. The pits down the cylinder, the walls were scored. The steering kept grabbing while turing so I tore apart the steering stem and found the shape of the bearings... Took the dremel and cut out the bearing it would not break loose due to being rusted bad. On the frame and swingarm I took the sand paper to and sanded it down from 600 grit to 800,1000,2000,3000 grit. Then on the pipe it is a pro circuit pipe that was black and I took a sandblaster to it then sanded it down. I used a torch on the seams to give it the blue tint. Have the bike completly tore down cases were not split this time the crank seemed fine no slop in it move freely figured it would be fine for awhile... front and rear shocks were rebuilt no shock oil was in either front or rear shocks, soaked the chain in gear oil for 2 weeks and let air dry for 2 days, cleaned up the case halves with wd-40 and a scotch brite pad. I wish I would of took before pictures of everything the cases were caked in cow manure and grass took a long time to get the stains out of the cases and swing arms. Was time to put the bike all back together piston and cylinder came got a oem cylinder and wiesco piston. I did not put in a new crank more to that later. Got the bike back together did not buy any plastics or look good things yet I planned within a month after the build to get all the plastics and graphics. I wanted to focus on all money going in to the bikes motor and more important things. Went to do a break in cycle on the bike ran great had no signs of anything going to fail started first kick, clutch worked great after I used it a bit but then was riding down a gravel road still during the break in cycle and the bike locked up on me that ended the break in cycle. Took it back and started to pull the motor and found that the crank locked up on me. Split the cases pulled the crank and decided to split the crank apart to see out of curiosity what it was and found the big end bearing to be shelled. The marks on the crank were from splitting the crank used a air hammer to split it. Ended up going with a OEM Crank and another Wiesco Piston. scored the piston bad with the chunks of the bearing, cylinder was fine no scoring. Big mistake not replacing the Crank after the crank locked up I looked up wiesco cranks and they say they do not last at all. Got new plastics, seat cover and graphics also and finished up the bike project. I spent plenty of time on the bike making it look good and cleaning it up. It was my first bike rebuild I ever have done.
  20. *This is my first time posting on any forum* About a month ago I bought an rm125 as a project bike and I was only givin a bill of sale. I rebuilt the bike but now I’m having trouble getting the ownership. The problem is that I can’t find where the bike was last registered or by who. I bought a vin checker to make sure it wasn’t stolen when I bought it, and it says it was last registered in 2018 at a U.S dmv but doesn’t tell me what state or by who because of the DPPA (Drivers Privacy Protection Act). When I bought the bike, the guy gave me a bill of sale from the guy who sold him the bike who allegedly was the last person to have registered it (sorry if that was a little confusing), but of course, I’ll never know because his phone is on dnd and he hasn’t responded to my texts or calls 😐. What can I even do at this point? Service Ontario has no record of it as it hasn’t been registered in Ontario, and being from the U.S Is it even possible to write an affidavit and get the ownership that way?
  21. Hey guys, I am really needing some good advice here from anybody who has ever owned or rebuilt classic Yamaha 2 strokes (1989 - 1994). I live in South Africa, and bought a little farm thumper while on holiday this past weekend. It was advertised as a DT175 which is a bike that is easy to get parts for down here. It has been cosmetically customized and looks pretty darn cool... and lets face it, all the old classic Yamaha 2T engines look the same at a glance! So I genuinely thought it was a naked DT. The bike had no papers, and was used purely for the farmer to putt around on his farm. The only things needing attention was the stator cover which had snapped in half - this was visibly noticeable, and a little leak from a badly resealed gasket (both generally easy and cheap to fix here). The bike was still running and idling fine, started first kick, and I had a little ride around the farm before loading the bike up onto my pickup and heading off, thinking I could fix this thing up nicely in no time for next to nothing, and have what we call down in SA "a nuwe speelgoed" (A new plaything) for the weekends when I am not riding my beloved and reliable DRZ400SM. SO, I get home and decide to contact our local Yamaha branch, out of interest, to find out the history of the bike before I start fiddling (Don't ask me why I did not do this all before I bought the bike - It was a spur of the moment purchase, and was sold to me for dirt cheap!). I send off the VIN and engine number. Comes back, and this little freakin' turd turns out to be a 1989 TDR180!! WHAT. But now I am stuck as we do not really have TDR's down here - and I have never even seen one myself. Long story short - What alternative could I use as a stator cover? Do any other old Yamaha 2T model stator covers fit the TDR or share similar engine parts? Ordering from Ebay is so expensive thanks to my country being in junk status due to a junk president. So the shipping costs more than the actual item does, and our customs is a joke too. Yamaha has also advised me that this stator cover has been discontinued. I have put up local ads looking for parts, contacted FB 2T groups, and local shops. Nothing for TDR's has come back yet. Any advice or sharing of experience is welcome! 🙂
  22. Hello all, I have a 2005 crf230f im wanting to modify my bike as best as possible for a sumo style bike. My first thought was an engine swap. Has anyone done an engine swap on this bike before? If noone has what engine would be the best fit to do so? The 230cc engine desnt have enough umph to really be a daily driving unless taking backstreets all the way to work so im trying to see what i can do to make it have the umph. Some of the mods ive done include the airbox mod, a lighting kit, sprocket change (i believe i have a 42 and 13 but cant rememebr), and a jetting mod where my dad took the stock jets and drilled it out just significantly enough to make her kick as much as she can. Im looking at doing handlebar risers, an airbox mod on the right side of the bike for even more airflow, cr500 shock if possible. I am absolutely in love with the turning radius and nimbleness this bike has. I have ridden my dads BRP and my brothers crf450r and they just cant skirt around the world like my bike can so im trying to get the power (hopefully) of a bigger bike in the body of my bike. Im not looking to have to completely tear the bike down to modify the bike, but if need i can make it happen. Before i am forced to modify the frame to accept another engine, are there any straight swaps that can happen? Are there any other performance mods that can be done to get that speed a little higher without sacrificing too much reliability?
  23. Hey guys I'm pretty new to the forum although I've visited frequently for research purposes. I apologize in advance for the lengthy post but I'm sure it could be an entertaining read for some 2T members. I have a nasty habit when it it comes to impulse buys of firearms and toys in general but needless to say I bought my first bike a couple months ago on cragislist. I grew up riding four wheelers and I've tinkered with a couple mopeds here on campus but I felt a need to get into the big boy stuff. So I picked up what I thought was a 1996 KTM 360. I knew the moment I bought it that I was probably in over my head but I've only ever made money off two wheel purchases to this point so I thought it couldn't hurt. Plus there was something about this thing that just oozed sexiness so I couldn't resist. Maybe it was the orange and purple combination. The story behind the bike was this guy only had it for about six months but it was too big for his son so he wanted to sell it. Supposedly all he did was install a new air filter. This is her loaded up for the trip back: I didn't really have a checklist of things to look for when I bought it which is my fault but I knew it wasn't in great condition and probably needed some work. The front tire had some serious dry rot, the grips were disintegrating, the clutch and brake levers were broken off on the ends, and the plastic was in rough shape. The bike definitely took a couple tumbles by the look of it but that comes with the territory. It started up first kick every time so I was happy with it. I took it home and rode it around a little and to my surprise I didn't hurt myself considering that was my first time on a two stroke bike. I started researching maintenance for this bike and it was then that I discovered this thing was basically a unicorn and impossible to find info and parts for online. Apparently this bike was only made in '96 and '97 so I started to get a little worried (yes I should have known this when I bought it) . I took her on some trails behind a house I used to live at off campus and everything went pretty well. I started it up and took it for a little spin at least every other day to make sure everything was okay with it. I started working on some cosmetic stuff here and there. I took the front wheel off and bought a new tire. Fast forward a couple weeks and I was taking for a spin around the block when it died out on me in second gear. I wasn't able to get it started again that night but the following morning it kicked over and revved for about a minute but died again when I went to put it in gear. I had a feeling it wouldn't be long before I started having problems with it. I figured I should begin troubleshooting with the carb because every time I tried to start the bike it seemed flooded. After some research I took the bottom bowl off and unscrewed the jets. It didn't appear to be extremely dirty or anything but there was some tarnish in the bowl and around the jets. I attempted to clean them but I'm not sure how much good I did because I only had some seafoam to use at the time. I put everything back together and tried to start it again with no luck. I tried bump starting it down my driveway a few times and on my last attempt it fired and ran for about fifteen yards but died out again. At this point, frustrated, I took the bike over to the suzuki guys because the local KTM dealer wouldn't touch it. After sitting there for three weeks, they told me that it was a compression issue after looking through the exhaust port. He wanted about $800 to resleeve the cylinder and drop a new piston. At this point, I had plenty of time to do some more research so considering he hadn't even started breaking it down yet, I went ahead and picked it back up to put in a new piston by myself. So I ordered a new piston for a KTM 360 and began the process of tearing it down. It took forever because every step of the way I had to clean off layers of caked on dirt and grime because apparently no one had cleaned the engine area of the bike before. I discovered the "coolant" was basically rusty pond water. The power valve and covers were pitch black and oozed thick carbon sludge. Upon removing the cylinder I didn't see anything too alarming. The only thing I noticed was some wear on the very top edge. I compared that spot to the piston to see if it was causing any damage but I couldn't really see any correlations. So I went to put in the new piston and realized it was bigger than the original one. I should have looked at it before ordering a new one. Apparently I bought a 1996 KTM 250 EXC instead of a 360. The piston I needed was a 67.5mm instead of the 72mm or whatever that I ordered. I'm sure it would be obvious to most people but I really had no idea and I had never ridden anything else of that size to compare. I don't think the previous owner tried to sell it as a 360 on purpose. I was pissed for a while until I realized the 250 is a much more common bike and parts are about half the price. I am currently waiting for the right piston to get here but in the meantime I'd appreciate some opinions on the piston/cylinder or advice in general on this dinosaur. I feel like I owe it to the bike to get her back running again. Go Tigers
  24. Hey gang! First post here. I wanted to start a thread for my bike build. I have some know as to what I want to do, some stuff I can't decide on, and other stuff I don't know about that I'm searching for answers for. This first post will serve as a background for where my bike stands, what I plan to do, and the questions I currently have that I'm looking for answers for (also to be search/posted in the area dedicated for them). If you want to follow along on this 2021 build, you've joined the right thread. The history: I started off on a Ninja400. Loved that bike for the short time I had it. Rode it hard, took a few classes with it, and added new levers, clip-ons, frame sliders, tail kit, windshield, and some other small odds and ends. I zipped around hard on that bike. After my second riding season with it, I decided it was time for something else. I would give myself a horrible headache every time I rode it, my legs always felt cramped, I consistently broke the speed limit by far, and knew I would end up hurt or in trouble before too long. Being around friends and family that off-road a dual sport was in order. I could sumo it and keep 21/18s for the off road. I dug into google to uncover my desires. Made spread sheets of data, read and watched reviews, analyzed all major dual sports from every angle other than riding them. I found a nice wr250r that came with sumo wheels that got sold out from under me, checked out a crf250l that felt hella under powered compared to what I was used to, and google told me the DRZ400 was the best all around option with some of most annoying draw-backs. So there I was, trying to find my big, heavy, slow, pig. I found her, I had to buy a hitch carrier and drive all the way across the state but I got her. I only got a chance to ride her probably 3-4 times before hell froze over for the winter. My initial thoughts of the DRZ400s: Heavy, tall, *@!^ 5 speed transmissions, 50/50 tires aren't smooth, and it doesn't turn like my little Ninja. But boy oh boy, something about it is perfect. That brings us to where we are today, winter of 2021 planning and budgeting for winter upgrades. I will outline my plans and questions below to start the journey off. Suspension: First thing I noted was how freaking soft it is. I sit on the bike and it sinks. So I will be upgrading springs. Racetech 5.7kg in the rear, and 4.7kg or 4.8kg in the front with an obvious oil change. I will be trying to tackle this myself. Rear is no issue as I have had the shock out before, but the front will be tackling new territory ripping those out. Videos make it seem fairly easy to replace oil and springs. The 4.7/8kg front and 5.7kg rear seem to be a good compromise according to RT for someone who plans on riding 90% street with the occasional fire roads. Just have to decided if I want the slightly softer .7 or slightly stiffer .8 front spring. Headlight: There is an LED light in it already, but I have come to love the big round baja style light. Do I need to spend $600 on a new headlight, no. But do I want to? yes, yes and more yes. Talk me out of it. I don't need it but I really want it. Will it look silly if I get sumo wheels? Maybe. Do I care? Not really. Wheels: Currently have two sets, one with DOT knobbies, and another with 50/50s. Probably doing to sell the 50/50s and get sumo wheels for it. Where I live there is 0 off roading within 2 hours or so. It doesn't make sense to keep a set of 50/50s on it when I can easily ride paved road and then swap wheels and transport 2-4 hours to get some light off road action. So I am keeping an eye out for stock SM wheels or Warp9 wheels to buy for $600-$900. Just unsure of the breaks which I will cover below. Breaks: I have decided I want the larger front rotor. Either stock SM size (310 I think) or the warp9 (320 I think). It will be easy enough to remove and re attach the caliper relocation bracket if I want to swap wheels out. Or I can buy a larger rotor for the off road wheels. The rear is where I'm confused. Apparently the S has a 220mm rear disc, the SM has a 240mm rear disc. If I get stock SM wheels with a 240mm rotor, what else do I need to change for the rear break to work? A whole SM caliper assembly? Or do I just swap out the 240mm disc with a 220mm? Choices and questions I am still unsure of. Also, reading online it sounds like there is a different bolt up pattern on the hubs. 4 vs 6 bolts. Levers: Clutch level has to much vertical free play it's unreal I will probably be replacing both levers with the cheapest ASV ones. Had those on my ninja and loved them. Performance Mods: Currently have a full yosh exhaust, and some sort of jetting kit. The guy I bought it from wasn't sure which kit it was but he said he never had issues. So I will probably leave it alone and not do the 3x3 mod. Drive-train: I will probably start with the 14/44 setup I have, but possibly look to switch to a 14/39 or 14/41 for more street oriented use. My off-road set has a 50t in the rear so I get all the up hill torque. Stay tune for more pics, more info, and my winter build giggles.
  25. Hey guys! My name is Andrew and I'm new here from Northwest WI and just got an early Christmas present. My boss had an old CR500 in his dad's barn in WA that nobody could get working. I ended up getting it from him for free for a favor. Flew out to WA for work, bought a 2001 F350 7.3l dually (rust free unlike stuff from WI), threw the bike in the back, and drug it home to WI. My plan is to completely restore it (with small modifications) this winter. I've already started making progress and will add more as I get time. Just wanted to start a project thread so you guys can motivate me to finish it!
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