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Old 09-18-2009, 09:06 AM   #91
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Does anyone out there know if the clutch cover from a '86 up XR250
will bolt onto a '86XL250R ? I want to add a oil cooler to my XL and
rather than try to locate and machine the proper fittings, I thought
it would be simpler to just use an XR clutch cover plate.
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Old 10-03-2009, 12:11 PM   #92
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Does anyone out there know if the clutch cover from a '86 up XR250
will bolt onto a '86XL250R ? I want to add a oil cooler to my XL and
rather than try to locate and machine the proper fittings, I thought
it would be simpler to just use an XR clutch cover plate.
Not sure of that, man! Head over to Thumpertalk and check out the XR250/XR400 forum, you will find knowledge more specific to these bikes over on that site.

My mono shock has been rebuilt and I took it on a short ride just the other day. It made such a huge difference in handling that I will tell anyone with old, neglected shocks that if they are the least bit serious about riding they should stop the neglect ASAP! This is the first shock i've had rebuilt and the difference is amazing.

I'm hoping to ride and snap some pics next Monday and Wednesday....
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Old 10-08-2009, 04:41 PM   #93
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My buddy recorded this video of me yesterday...
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:31 PM   #94
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I know that hills never look steep in photos and video, so I can imagine that is steep. I don't know how experienced your are, so please don't be offended...but is there a reason you did not try this hill standing up and with more momentum? These XR's will climb about anything..until you stop (or fall)..then often times, it's just better to go back down and take another run at it. Momentum is your friend..and pick a line and stick with it...for better or worse..

Glad you are out enjoying that bike..looks like great fun!!
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Old 10-09-2009, 08:07 AM   #95
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Yeah, I know it doesn't look steep but the hill is long and steep. It starts out with a curve and lots of loose rocks so it's really hard to keep your momentum up. I got about 3/4 of the way up and hit a bump and ended up sideways, probably should have turned around and started over but I was so close to the top already I just wanted to try anyway. Oh well, it was a fun day !
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:07 PM   #96
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:48 AM   #97
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It's time...

..to bring this thread back to life. I am going to be refurbishing the wheels of the mighty XR250 this winter. It has been below 20 degrees for the last 5 days so I don't expect to be riding the XR any time soon - great time for some much needed maintenance. Most of the spoke nipples are rusty, not bad enough that they need to be replaced but I don't want them to get worse. I'm also going to be applying anti-seize to all the threads to avoid any problems with them freezing up in the future.

I've started already by taking a brass brush and brushing away.





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Old 12-08-2009, 10:22 PM   #98
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Can I send mine down to you??

I'll throw in a case of Keystone Light!!
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:07 AM   #99
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Are you gonna take the wheels apart ? Whats your plans for a finish ? Paint or powder coat ? If paint what kind. Prep ?
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Can I send mine down to you??

I'll throw in a case of Keystone Light!!
The Keystone is only used for beer pong. If you want me to do a good job you better send me some microbrew!
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:49 AM   #101
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Are you gonna take the wheels apart ? Whats your plans for a finish ? Paint or powder coat ? If paint what kind. Prep ?
Not really taking them apart fully, i'm taking out each nipple and getting rid of all the rust on them, then applying some anti seize on the threads of the spoke so they don't freeze on there. So far i've done 24 spokes/nipples and have only found two that are frozen solid. I'll let those soak in some PB blaster for a few days then give them another try. I'm never going to paint another set of wheels on a dirt bike again. Waste of time and money if you ask me!
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:11 PM   #102
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The Keystone is only used for beer pong. If you want me to do a good job you better send me some microbrew!

Well...we do have some of the best beer up here
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Old 12-31-2009, 01:33 PM   #103
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It's been cold and icy so that means it's time to tinker. I adapted this XL600 (could possibly be from another model - i'm not sure) speedo/tripmeter to my 250 last week using a little bit of kydex.





Getting new tires next week. Looking like i'm going to try a Pirelli MT43 for the rear and i'm going to keep using the Michelin AC10 on the front. Both wheels and spokes are rust free, trued and ready to go!
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Old 12-31-2009, 02:39 PM   #104
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Ah man,,,i got a XR250R speedo off my old 1988 in the flea market for $35!!
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Old 12-31-2009, 02:49 PM   #105
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d00d! Just sent you a PM. I'd been looking for one of those for a while....
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