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Old 01-24-2010, 11:05 PM   #226
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A little ride yesterday. Hard to believe I live in a city of a million people and stuff like this exists just outside of the city with nobody else around. What are people doing??
Never owned a XR250 or 400 so not sure why I'm here... But that is a sweet picture!!!
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Old 01-24-2010, 11:34 PM   #227
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@calrider :

What you should have done is the bolt itself. Notice how the swing arm bolt is hollow. You drill three small holes , two where your swing arm bearings are and one in the middle where it goes threw your engine case. Tap and plug one end and zerk the other. Then when you load it up with grease you will hit the swing arm bearings and the critical spot where it seizes , the middle of the engine case.

Like this :




Here are some (blurry) pics from a TT user doing the mod.
(thx prwler)








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Old 01-25-2010, 08:24 AM   #228
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Just joined the xr250 club

Just bought a 03 xr250r last night. One owner bike and in very good condition. I took it for a test ride and was suprised at how light it felt - and adequate power. I have seen a few with the baja designs kit so may make it street legal. Bike will get light trail use and doinking around my house. Look forward to watching this thread for any tips, suggestions, etc. I will post a pic soon.
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Old 01-26-2010, 12:08 AM   #229
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@calrider :

What you should have done is the bolt itself. Notice how the swing arm bolt is hollow. You drill three small holes , two where your swing arm bearings are and one in the middle where it goes threw your engine case. Tap and plug one end and zerk the other. The when you load it up with grease you will hit the swing arm bearings and the critical spot where it seizes , the middle of the engine case.

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Dohh! thanks r00t4rd3d. I don't remember mine being hollow, but I'll definitely take a look at it next time I'm down at my friend's shop. Nice elegant solution.
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Old 01-26-2010, 01:20 AM   #230
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I'm glad to see this thread is alive. Sadly my XR is for sale. Replaced it with a tw200
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:20 AM   #231
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Anyone have a picture of a 250's stator , the front and back with a good shot of the wire connections on the stator ?
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Old 01-28-2010, 05:09 PM   #232
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XR250L swingarm

I have a pristine '92 XR250L and the swingarm comes standard with multiple Zerk fittings. Not sure it it would fit the post '96 XR250R's, but it might be worth checking into.

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After reading all the horror stories about seized swingarm pivots, I decided to bite the bullet and try taking mine apart.
Got the bike up on a stand and then loosened the nut. Thankfully it moved. And even better, once it was backed off the swingarm a touch, it turned the bolt. Definitely a good sign. If the bolt's turning, then chances are it isn't badly seized.

So I got the nut off and the next step was to try moving the bolt out with a few sharp hammer taps on the end of the bolt through a brass drift pin. It MOVED! It was no problem getting it out.

So I loosened all the various bolts and pulled out the swingarm and suspension linkage and gave everything a good greasing. I also decided to put grease nipples into the swingarm pivot points.

The first step was to use a centre punch to mark where I'd be drilling:

You can see the two little centre punch marks on the pivot points.

Once the holes were drilled, it was time to tap them for the grease nipples.

The tap on the right is in the first hole I tapped so that I could eyeball and line up the second one with the first one.

Once the holes were tapped, I thoroughly cleaned out the aluminum shavings from the insde of the pivots.

A bit of blue loctite on the nipple:


And there they are, ready to make life easier for me:


Then I greased everything and put it back together again:

There you can see the fitting on the right side of the swingarm. My buddy Doug who's shop I'm using didn’t have any 90 degree grease nipples, but I'll probably replace these with 90 degree nipples at some point so it's easier to get a grease gun on them.
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Old 01-28-2010, 09:56 PM   #233
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I have a pristine '92 XR250L and the swingarm comes standard with multiple Zerk fittings. Not sure it it would fit the post '96 XR250R's, but it might be worth checking into.
Yeah, the older XR250's had zerks. Seems odd that they eliminated them.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:22 AM   #234
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Tire choices

New 03 xr250r owner. Need to replace the tires. Looking for something that is a 50/50 tire. Have used TKC80's in past and like them. Cant seem to find the size to match what is on the bike. Any suggestions on what will fit that I can also ride on the street? Thanks.
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:15 PM   #235
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had my XR250RW since 2'98
the only thing original on it is the owner
haven't ridden her in a while

just recently aquired a 91 XR250L
one owner, original 3183mi, still had the original tires

since I am to lazy to read my way thru 100 web pages:
can you please help me uncork the poor thing?
it is bone stock
even to the original smog block

the poo'lil bike says 'thanks'
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:18 PM   #236
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New 03 xr250r owner. Need to replace the tires. Looking for something that is a 50/50 tire.
the dreaded Kenda 270 seems to be a fairly good choice for a light and mild bike like the XR250
put one on my 250L and anticipated all the bad behaviour people complained about in the Kenda 270 thread here
nothing bad happend during my first 200 miles on&off
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Old 01-30-2010, 06:48 PM   #237
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my 'little one' in action


after she turned blue


and my "(little) two" the first time out together
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:56 PM   #238
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fiep you want to read this for the uncorking :

http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=37645
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Old 01-30-2010, 09:05 PM   #239
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had my XR250RW since 2'98
the only thing original on it is the owner
haven't ridden her in a while

just recently aquired a 91 XR250L
one owner, original 3183mi, still had the original tires

since I am to lazy to read my way thru 100 web pages:
can you please help me uncork the poor thing?
it is bone stock
even to the original smog block

the poo'lil bike says 'thanks'
Try 3 pages. The Ramsey mods. Here is a link to but one of the many locations it is available online. If you don't like this one, google "ramsey mods" and you can find it on other sites.

http://www.4strokes.com/tech/honda/mod25rl1.asp
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:04 AM   #240
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I'm glad to see this thread is alive. Sadly my XR is for sale. Replaced it with a tw200
For shame, why replace it with a TW200?
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