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Old 04-23-2013, 05:54 PM   #61
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Nice report. I have two newer E start bikes but still like my Old school XR 400.
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:28 AM   #62
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:12 PM   #63
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I bought a 96' Xr250R about a month ago. It's in like mint condition all except on how bad it smokes.. its mostly blue smoke like a 2stroke. I changed the oil an still smokes if not worse. My questions really are how do you know what needs replaced? An how do you know it's not already been rebuild. It runs amazing but I wanna catch the problem before it blows
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Old 12-08-2013, 02:52 PM   #64
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I bought a 96' Xr250R about a month ago. It's in like mint condition all except on how bad it smokes.. its mostly blue smoke like a 2stroke. I changed the oil an still smokes if not worse. My questions really are how do you know what needs replaced? An how do you know it's not already been rebuild. It runs amazing but I wanna catch the problem before it blows
Hey green bean, had the same bike. Other than top end job, mine turned out to be valve stem seals. On tear down, you could find the culprit by looking at which port had the most carbon buildup. I couldn't find a problem with piston/cylinder, so valves were lapped, stem seals replaced and was put back together. Sold it to a fella from moab. That was in March this year and it still is running great. Good luck.
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:40 PM   #65
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Love the thread, I have the same bikes as you. I have had my 1996 XR250R for about 10 years now with a 284 kit with stainless steel valves. And no my bike is not a purple dinosaurs any more. The bike is mostly stock beside handlebars, and a skid plate. And my 1997 XR650L which I have had only for 2 years. Just simple mods like handlebars, skid plate, and desmog. Best bike combo XR250R for the trails, and the XR650L for gravel roads. Don't sell out and get a newer bike.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:43 PM   #66
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Like the XR man! I just got done doing a similar think to my 92 XR600R. These bikes are awesome machines and well worth keeping IMHO. So how do you like the USD's? I haven't been able to put much time in on mine yet.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:06 PM   #67
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Nothing to add, other than I love this build. I had a 2004 that I bought new and really enjoyed. Wish I would have kept it and done something similar.


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