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Old 03-19-2013, 12:31 PM   #16
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Good writeup except I can't see any pics till the last post. that is on IE & Chrome..
wot he said

Show us the piccies
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:39 PM   #17
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Yeah, wot they said.


Ridge Tracks eh?
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:05 AM   #18
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Damn it, I can see the pics but it seems I have the album locked up, will get it sorted.

Well when riding from Picton to Port Underwood, at the saddle above the Port is a track off to the left that is the access track for the powerlines.
Plenty of sidetracks, easily accessable and frequently there are other trail riders/4x4s up there.

Trails lead out through the forestry and with the right set of keys, all the way to Tory Channel

Lots of the forestry roads are unlocked over that way anyway, and on weekends make a great ride handy to home.

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Old 03-20-2013, 01:45 AM   #19
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Good writeup except I can't see any pics till the last post. that is on IE & Chrome.

We've got a bach in trevalli Bay & I rode the tracks across to Opua Bay etc.
Fixed now mate

Hey nice spot out there, I grew up out Lochmara Bay and used to travel into Oyster bay a fair bit and have camped in Ngaruru a LOT
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:06 AM   #20
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good stuff...........
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:06 PM   #21
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good stuff...........

yup


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Old 03-20-2013, 01:14 PM   #22
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Well done, the luggage is great.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:13 PM   #23
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yes, nice write-up.

all pics are visible to me.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:30 PM   #24
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DIY mods FTW Good stuff!

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Old 03-23-2013, 01:46 AM   #25
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excellent journal of your experience with the reliable little XT225 and some great mods made with Kiwi ingenuity - onya!
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:12 PM   #26
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I was happy to see you finally changed that rear tire.

The panniers are great.

I installed the larger foot pegs and really like them. You should think about adding them to your DIY project list.

Thanks for sharing all the mods & the great scenery of NZ. I guess it's winter there now.
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Old 07-16-2014, 02:48 AM   #27
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Well it's been a while since I posted here, the bike was running real good with a daily commute of 70kms and some big rides around the toip of the South Island.

Then a few weeks back after having dinner with the Marlborough ADV lads and on the way home it developed a very noticable vibration in 6th gear about 5km from home.
Damn, changed down to 5th and it smoothed out again so I made my way home then parked the bike up for the night.

The next day I drained the oil and the filter was nearly clogged with filings.

So it was rolled into the carport and work began.






It was suprisingly easy to get the engine out:
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Old 07-16-2014, 02:59 AM   #28
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Thanks for great report and pictures!
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:09 AM   #29
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Starting the tear down:


I was surprised at how good the bore looked, the quality oils I've been feeding the beast seem to have been doing their job as there was absolutely no vertical scoring and even some cross hatching still:


Once I got to the flywheel I ran into a problem, I've never taken a flywheel off a bike engine and the service manual was not that clear.
So I got talking to Kiwibul who had offered to help.
I took the cases in to his cool workshop one night after work and he already had the right bolt out on the work bench ready.
10mins later the flywheel was off, damn that is easy when you know how.
A shine with a torch down the piston hole gave an inkling of the problem.
So we spent the next 45mins shooting the shit and checking out his VMX bikes.

Once some more stuff was pulled off, I was able to split the cases this evening and get to the heart of it:




Yuppers, thats 6th gear missing 3 teeth and the rest are pretty damned rugged:


The rest of the gear set looks perfectly fine, I'm thinking this is due to the fact I commute and spend the most time in 6th gear, it's probably done 80% of the 80,000+km the bike has now done.

I'm off to see the local Yamaha dealer on Friday and order some parts.
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:19 AM   #30
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Not sure if it relates but we used to see a lot of the old large truck transmissions do the large gear against small gear (pulling hard in overdrive) kinda failure.thanks for posting the rebuild,I'll be following the progress.
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