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Old 04-23-2013, 09:26 AM   #61
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:59 AM   #62
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Why didn't you go with the XR400R fork swap? I did it to mine, great upgrade to the stock XR250R forks and really not much work involved in doing so.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:09 AM   #63
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:42 AM   #64
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Why didn't you go with the XR400R fork swap? I did it to mine, great upgrade to the stock XR250R forks and really not much work involved in doing so.
The 400 forks are a big improvement, and easier to install. However, the Showa Twin Chamber forks have more adjust-ability and rigidity. If you spend the time to dial them in, they work well.

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Old 04-23-2013, 04:54 PM   #65
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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, 08:28 AM   #66
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:12 PM   #67
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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, 01:52 PM   #68
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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, 06:40 PM   #69
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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, 06:43 PM   #70
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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, 07:06 PM   #71
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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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Old 12-09-2013, 07:47 PM   #72
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The bike is a blast, and the USDs are great. They were set up by Bill Bell at Precision Concepts, and they work much better than the revalved USDs on my 650L. He knows quite a bit about the Showa USDs.

I like it too much and have too much invested to trade it for something else. That said, there are a few things that still need improvement.The stock carb floods the bike when it falls over. Planning on changing it for a 34mm Mikuni flat slide. Also, the power delivery is strong at the bottom but falls off quickly. I want a longer power spread and a little more up top, so I may try a cam. Finally, with the short WB, the bike needs a steering damper. Still, it works well on ST. Super fun, quick, easy to ride, forgiving, reliable.

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Old 12-09-2013, 08:10 PM   #73
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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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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.
CPAT is probably correct. That said, if you can, get a JE 277cc piston in it. The displacement bump is minimal, but the extra compression really changes the power.

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