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Old 04-04-2013, 04:52 PM   #34456
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I change mine oil a bit more often than is necessary, every 2,500 - 3,000 km, and prefer to use Yamaha filters, but only because it is cheap, easy, and makes me feel good to do so.
I'm getting ready to perform the first oil change on my WR.

Besides getting oil, a filter, oil and crush washer, should I be replacing anything else like 0-rings or other seals/gaskets? Are there any really good online sources for these items? Does anyone recommend an aftermarket oil filter over the Yamaha filter?

I also plan on washing the machine, checking tire pressure, and spraying off the chain, degreasing it with chain cleaner then using an off road chain lube, then adjusting the chain, if necessary.

I have a used skid plate and hand guards to install also.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:07 PM   #34457
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My bike is pretty much done. Installed the HDB guards & Moose skid plate most recently, then today went and got the title switched over and my Utah plate. Heading down to the Mesquite area in a week for some dirt & poker touring :)

Almost forgot, I also installed a Trailtech Voyager on my dash. I have the ignition and wheel sensors installed, but don't think I really need water temp - may put that one in later. Since the OEM ODO has to be connected, I just mounted it to the back side of the dash. Really nice piece of kit which solved two problems for me; the inaccurate main computer (speed - ODO), and I wanted a hard mounted GPS.

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Old 04-04-2013, 06:54 PM   #34458
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As I write this tonight it has been SNOWING again for the past 5 hours or so. I don't think I'm ever going to get to ride my new toy . I've been able to put 50 miles on it since I bought it almost 3 weeks ago, and had about two hours to futz with familiarizing myself with it and lowering it between work, family obligations, and the unrelenting snow/rain/cold weather!

But I still love it! I've been researching the Hatfield-McCoy Trails and Burning Rock Recreation Park in West Virginia, just a couple hours West of my home. Can't wait to go exploring!

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:37 PM   #34459
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My bike is pretty much done. Installed the HDB guards & Moose skid plate most recently, then today went and got the title switched over and my Utah plate. Heading down to the Mesquite area in a week for some dirt & poker touring :)

Almost forgot, I also installed a Trailtech Voyager on my dash. I have the ignition and wheel sensors installed, but don't think I really need water temp - may put that one in later. Since the OEM ODO has to be connected, I just mounted it to the back side of the dash. Really nice piece of kit which solved two problems for me; the inaccurate main computer (speed - ODO), and I wanted a hard mounted GPS.
Looks good! The dual beams up front are a nice addition -- that's a look I liked on my boulevard barge.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:54 PM   #34460
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>"anything else like 0-rings or other seals/gaskets?"

There is an o-ring on the oil filter cover... it should be good, I'd just take a look at it. Probably time to look at the air filter too.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:58 PM   #34461
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As I write this tonight it has been SNOWING again for the past 5 hours or so. I don't think I'm ever going to get to ride my new toy . I've been able to put 50 miles on it since I bought it almost 3 weeks ago, and had about two hours to futz with familiarizing myself with it and lowering it between work, family obligations, and the unrelenting snow/rain/cold weather!

But I still love it! I've been researching the Hatfield-McCoy Trails and Burning Rock Recreation Park in West Virginia, just a couple hours West of my home. Can't wait to go exploring!

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Old 04-04-2013, 09:24 PM   #34462
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I'm getting ready to perform the first oil change on my WR.

Besides getting oil, a filter, oil and crush washer, should I be replacing anything else like 0-rings or other seals/gaskets? Are there any really good online sources for these items? Does anyone recommend an aftermarket oil filter over the Yamaha filter?

I also plan on washing the machine, checking tire pressure, and spraying off the chain, degreasing it with chain cleaner then using an off road chain lube, then adjusting the chain, if necessary.

I have a used skid plate and hand guards to install also.
The manual says to replace the O rings every oil change but I just inspect them. I haven't replaced one yet.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:04 AM   #34463
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I'm getting ready to perform the first oil change on my WR.

Besides getting oil, a filter, oil and crush washer, should I be replacing anything else like 0-rings or other seals/gaskets? Are there any really good online sources for these items? Does anyone recommend an aftermarket oil filter over the Yamaha filter?

I also plan on washing the machine, checking tire pressure, and spraying off the chain, degreasing it with chain cleaner then using an off road chain lube, then adjusting the chain, if necessary.
If you are servicing your machine with washing and lubing, you also need to get in the habit of servicing the air filter a lot, especially when riding off-road.
Lots of riders ignore this because it's tucked away inside of a plastic box out of view.

Buy the proper filter cleaner and foam air filter oil for the job and learn how to do this important maintenance item.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:54 AM   #34464
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I looked at numerous vendors for the oil filters and struck out. Where do you guys get them? Also is there a favorite stand that works well for servicing the bike? I have the high tech milk crate with plywood top....
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:58 AM   #34465
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>"anything else like 0-rings or other seals/gaskets?"

There is an o-ring on the oil filter cover... it should be good, I'd just take a look at it. Probably time to look at the air filter too.
Yeah, +1 on the air filter. I grew up riding/racing dirt in New Mexico and learned early on that a nice clean filter is a real performance boost. Plus, if you live in the country like we do, this can happen:



The ferking mice loaded up the airbox on my 1150GS with about two cups of dog chow. I marvel at how industrious the little bastards are; the air intake on that thing is a couple feet off the ground, it sits on it's centerstand, so they had to make how many trips up and over and around and into the intake to get it packed up like that. That would be like me climbing El Capitan 200 times in succession. And how the fook did they find this spot in the first place?? Little turd factories must roam EVERYWHERE relentlessly searching out hidey-holes. I left a toolbox open one night and the next day had a cup of chow in the bottom compartment, nicely piled in one corner. Like an idiot I once stored some unused grain for beer brewing in the same vicinity as my ski boots and look what happened:



So yeah, check your air filter for "foreign materials" often!

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Hatfield McCoy is awesome.
It looks like it from a few RR posts I've looked at, and the Burning Rock park is even closer to me. I'd love to explore these places but I am a little leery of riding technical trails alone and don't know any other dirt riders in this area. I think I'll start at the Rattlesnake ORV area near Glasgow, VA (where the Blue Ridge Parkway crosses the James River) and see how it goes. Theres also another ORV area near Eagle Rock, VA that looks promising. Both are just 20 to 25 miles from home so I can ride the WR there and back.

This is a different world than I'm used to after living most of my life in the Rocky Mountain west - unlimited off-road riding on all kinds of public land. A friend of mine called last week and said he and his brother were headed to Moab for a week to ride and wondered if I wanted to come along. Well, yeah, DUH, but it's a 5000 mile round trip just to get there! Fookers are there right now. If you've never been to the Moab area to ride (bicycles or motorcycles) it should be on your "to do" list before you die, it is simply unbelievable.

Anyway, better get to work. I've got next Monday off (and my wife is working ) and it's supposed to be mid-70's, so I will finally get to try the WR250R out for real!

Happy Friday, all.

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Old 04-05-2013, 06:49 AM   #34466
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I looked at numerous vendors for the oil filters and struck out. Where do you guys get them? Also is there a favorite stand that works well for servicing the bike? I have the high tech milk crate with plywood top....
I normally get mine from Rocky Mountain ATV... Might not be the cheapest, but when ordering other items, I'll add some oil filters and other consumables to get up to the min $$ for free shipping.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:08 AM   #34467
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I looked at numerous vendors for the oil filters and struck out. Where do you guys get them? Also is there a favorite stand that works well for servicing the bike? I have the high tech milk crate with plywood top....
There is a little weirdness going on with some of the aftermarket oil filter numbers for folks like me with a 2008. Yamaha had a different number the the 2008 and the 2009 up, then they changed the numbers to the same for all years. The last time I looked the Hi-flo web site still had different numbers.............. anyway I find the best deals on Hi-flo brand filters on ebay. If you buy 3 at a time it gets pretty cheap.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Yamaha-YFZ45...278e9e&vxp=mtr

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Old 04-05-2013, 07:12 AM   #34468
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Yeah, +1 on the air filter. I grew up riding/racing dirt in New Mexico and learned early on that a nice clean filter is a real performance boost. Plus, if you live in the country like we do, this can happen:



The ferking mice loaded up the airbox on my 1150GS with about two cups of dog chow. I marvel at how industrious the little bastards are; the air intake on that thing is a couple feet off the ground, it sits on it's centerstand, so they had to make how many trips up and over and around and into the intake to get it packed up like that. That would be like me climbing El Capitan 200 times in succession. And how the fook did they find this spot in the first place?? Little turd factories must roam EVERYWHERE relentlessly searching out hidey-holes. I left a toolbox open one night and the next day had a cup of chow in the bottom compartment, nicely piled in one corner. Like an idiot I once stored some unused grain for beer brewing in the same vicinity as my ski boots and look what happened:



So yeah, check your air filter for "foreign materials" often!
Helpful hint #1:Put dog food and grain in mouse proof containers. #2 Put moth balls around your bike tires and side stand.
I hear stories like this all the time. I have lived on a grain farm all my life but it ain't ever had happened to me. I also put moth ball around the tires and jack on my camper, it sets in a barn all year and never had a mouse get in it, and we have large amounts of grain and seed stored here.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:42 AM   #34469
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Oil filter numbers

Yesterday, I went to the Springfield Mo dealer and he said 2008 was the only year for HF141 and from then on HF140??? I thought the bikes were unchanged from 2008 on. It took me 25 minutes to get one oil filter and one plug. Apparently the WRR is an odd duck to them despite the fact that they have one on the floor.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:14 AM   #34470
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i would get an R & just run 2 sets of 21/18's, easiest swap out you can get. i did get my wheels from forest @ wheeling cycle supply, OEM hubs (the deciding factor for me) laced to some sweet black rims with street oriented rubber's for the road, non-DOT treads on my stock rims for off-road bashing. if i had it to do all over again, i would do the exact same thing.
That's a good idea too. 17"'ers will help if he's inseam challenged though.
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