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Old 03-26-2013, 08:03 PM   #34216
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Yes - Stock springs are .47, Racetech recommends .42 for her weight.
Might try the 5 weight oil, maybe 15 oz in each fork, compression all the way out counter clockwise & rebound maybe 5 or 6 clicks in from all the way out, before replacing the springs & see if it's any better?
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Old 03-26-2013, 08:06 PM   #34217
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Stock oil is about 5 weight, IIRC.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:24 AM   #34218
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:13 AM   #34219
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Stock oil is about 5 weight, IIRC.
That's true.

If you see the need to soften the front fork for low bucks, you can:

1) Go to a fork fluid of less than 5 wt., like a 3 or 2.5 (they are out there).

2) Simply lower the oil level, as this increases the amount of air trapped up above the oil inside the fork.
This is known as the "air gap" or "air spring" or "air spring effect".

Air spring?

When the fork compresses, the air also is compressed, and if there is less oil and more air in there, the larger volume of air will compress more easily.
This is quite noticable, and is why it is a BIG factor when a suspension guy dials-in your suspension.
The Yamaha Service Manual will give specs for what the minimum allowable amount of fork fluid is.

3) A combination of the above.

Important:

If you do anything to the fork involving the fork fluid (I even do it if simply pulling the spring out), be sure to bleed the air out of it and measure the fluid level as shown in the Service Manual.
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Old 03-27-2013, 04:59 AM   #34220
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Does anyone have a similar setup as me that recommend good fmf settings?

Uni air filter
AIS removed
Powercore 4 (stock header)
I have not modded the flapper or airbox.

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Old 03-27-2013, 06:11 AM   #34221
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Hello All,
I am going to look at a 2008 WR250R on sat.
The bike has 7000 mi on it, an fmf pipe, and previous rider is about 260lbs.
He claims to have ridden the bike off road a lot and it has been dropped.
Any suggestions on what and where to look for possible issues?
Will be the first one I've looked at. He wants 3500 for it.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:29 AM   #34222
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Hello All,
I am going to look at a 2008 WR250R on sat.
The bike has 7000 mi on it, an fmf pipe, and previous rider is about 260lbs.
He claims to have ridden the bike off road a lot and it has been dropped.
Any suggestions on what and where to look for possible issues?
Will be the first one I've looked at. He wants 3500 for it.
Thanks in advance.
I was bored and stirred the pot yesterday....................... but this is relevant.

If the po ran the bike with the intake and exhaust opened up and no programmer it will have been running lean which is hard on the valves and top of the piston. If it does have a programmer you will have no idea if his settings were correct. Bad settings can hurt a motor too.
7000 miles is plenty of time for damage to occur.
I would say that is fair spring price for a clean stock 2008. The miles, mods, and honest assessment that the bike has been ridden pretty hard off road makes it worth $500 to $750 less.

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Old 03-27-2013, 06:29 AM   #34223
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Hello All,
I am going to look at a 2008 WR250R on sat.
The bike has 7000 mi on it, an fmf pipe, and previous rider is about 260lbs.
He claims to have ridden the bike off road a lot and it has been dropped.
Any suggestions on what and where to look for possible issues?
Will be the first one I've looked at. He wants 3500 for it.
Thanks in advance.
If you are worried about the "dropped" part just look for broken and bent external parts like you would on any bike. Crashing the wr doesn't harm it worse than any other bike, they are pretty tough. Plastics are likely scraped up, etc, but easily replaced if it matters. 7 k miles is not much. How it runs and rides is the best test.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:31 AM   #34224
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my advice is buy it befor i do i like to have a second one lol
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:32 AM   #34225
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Hello All,
I am going to look at a 2008 WR250R on sat.
The bike has 7000 mi on it, an fmf pipe, and previous rider is about 260lbs.
He claims to have ridden the bike off road a lot and it has been dropped.
Any suggestions on what and where to look for possible issues?
Will be the first one I've looked at. He wants 3500 for it.
Thanks in advance.
7K miles is nothing on this bike. Mine is at 22K and has been ridden hard on and off road and dropped several times and I've had zero issues. These bikes aremeant to be ridden off road (and dropped from time-to-time).

I'd think $3,500 is a very good price if there are no major issues, especially if the PO has already added the usual farkles like hand guards, bash plate, pipe, AIS and EXUP removal and opened up air box. New ones are almost twice that price and this mileage is just getting broken in.

I'd say check for any oil leaks and check the rubber chain slider on the underside of the swing arm. This is a known issue and if not caught in time the chain can wear through the slider and into the metal on the underside of the swing arm. If nothing else could be a price haggling point.

The only other items I can think to check are the steering head bearings for notching and/or wear or play and the fork seals. Some have reported wiring issues at the tail light from the wires being rubbed through but I've not seen this on mine.

In fact, I've not had one mechanical issue with mine and would say it's the one of the most bulletproof and reliable bikes I've ever owned.

Good luck!
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:52 AM   #34226
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Hello All,
I am going to look at a 2008 WR250R on sat...
...a visual inspection and a 10 minute ride should tell you all you need to know.
$3500 is a good deal.
Not to screw with Bob again but, I'd bet at 7K even with poor fuel settings there'd be much real damage if any.
These are super hearty motors. Even if there was any deterioration, a do it yourself valve job would be relatively cheap.
Take it thru the gears, rev it like it should be.
You'll know if it's a turd or not.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:00 AM   #34227
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"... honest assessment that the bike has been ridden pretty hard off road ..."
"pretty hard" was not stated.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:04 AM   #34228
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Not to screw with Bob again but,
Take it thru the gears, rev it like it should be.
You'll know if it's a turd or not.
It's all good!

Wear hearing protection!
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:15 AM   #34229
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LOL....it is a 250 four stroke...it is only gonna be so loud.

Try doing a track day and pitting across from a guy with a Duc 999, and trying to tune it was no exhaust cans on...now that is obnoxiously loud.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:58 AM   #34230
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Hello All,
I am going to look at a 2008 WR250R on sat.
The bike has 7000 mi on it, an fmf pipe, and previous rider is about 260lbs.
He claims to have ridden the bike off road a lot and it has been dropped.
Any suggestions on what and where to look for possible issues?
Will be the first one I've looked at. He wants 3500 for it.
Thanks in advance.
$3,500 is pretty much the going price now days. Anything less & I would be skeptical of the bike unless the owner was desperate!
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