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Old 09-08-2013, 06:18 PM   #37786
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On a more positive note, I put together a rear rack for mine today. Needed something more substantial than the stock luggage plate to hold the duffel for any sizeable trip, so I went walking through Menards and pieced together something that would work well. It's all bolt together since I'm welderless together, and is made primarily from 1"x1/8" thick aluminum angle, some 3/4" aluminum square tubing for the mounts to the bike, and some miscellaneous corner brackets to hold it all together.



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Dangerous that.

Bikes with a flat rear plastic end and frame rails don't need racks. The Wolfman and Kriega methods are sufficient. Nothing you can't do with straps.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:49 PM   #37787
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Ims tank how do you get all the fuel out

Bought a used wr and drained the 4 gal ims tank to fuel starvation. Good news went 100 miles on reserve. Bad news is had a couple inches in the wings where I could see gas left. Over the winter what do I adjust to run the wings dry.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:09 PM   #37788
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YZ front end on WRx

What do you do when you have a 2000 YZ250 front end with 21" tire on an XT550 and want an sm wheel on it and you own an 08 WRx and want a 21" tire on it... swap forks and brake calipers of course





This was my brother-in-laws Sunday project today... According to him the forks swapped over easy as can be, biggest pain was bleeding the brakes. The XT used to be his trail machine, but now he is thinking it will make a better sumo... I would agree with him there.
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Old 09-08-2013, 08:46 PM   #37789
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What do you do when you have a 2000 YZ250 front end with 21" tire on an XT550 and want an sm wheel on it and you own an 08 WRx and want a 21" tire on it... swap forks and brake calipers of course





This was my brother-in-laws Sunday project today... According to him the forks swapped over easy as can be, biggest pain was bleeding the brakes. The XT used to be his trail machine, but now he is thinking it will make a better sumo... I would agree with him there.
Aren't the yz forks longer than the wr's?
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:19 PM   #37790
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Question Can it bedone???

Hi all, I'm thinking of buying one of these magic machines. Would the little machine be a good stablemate for my 990adv!? I'm planning a route from Florida to Canada to South Korea,Siberia,Mongolia and to Eastern Europe for next summer,about 12,000 miles. Would that be to much to ask from a 250R? I'm 6'1" 220. Thanks
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:53 AM   #37791
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Too much? Hell it'll barely be broken in by then. If you're not looking to cruise at 80mph the whole time it's a great choice of travel bike. Mine broke 40000 miles leaving Deadhorse doing 90+mph with a weekend camping load. It's a durable bike.

Those who've had engine issues typically have abused and really beat on their machines. Drowning, dirty air filter, running low on oil somehow, etc.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:19 AM   #37792
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Hi all, I'm thinking of buying one of these magic machines. Would the little machine be a good stablemate for my 990adv!? I'm planning a route from Florida to Canada to South Korea,Siberia,Mongolia and to Eastern Europe for next summer,about 12,000 miles. Would that be to much to ask from a 250R? I'm 6'1" 220. Thanks
One concern might be fuel quality & octane. Yamaha recommends 91 octane due to the high compression (11.8:1) and dirty fuel is tougher on high pressure fuel injection systems than carbs. Any failure of a high tech system in the boonies is a real problem. A basic air-cooled and carbureted motor is a lot easier to cobble a fix.

You might want to research some ride reports here on ADV for the areas that you are going to, and see what experiences other riders have had.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:29 AM   #37793
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WR250R Won't Start

After changing my chain and sprockets, spark plug, etc. I rolled the bike outside and tried to fire 'er up. Fuel pump was priming, it turned over, bike in neutral, side stand up, etc. but not starting.

Started to run through in my mind everything I touched that I should go back and check, but I jumped on Google, typed in "WR250R won't start", read about the little trick of starting the bike with the throttle wide open, went outside and it fired right up. That's a good Ace to have up your sleeve before you go take apart the entire bike looking for the problem...

Oh, and this chain tension thing has me running around in circles, seems like half the folks here think it should be tight, the other half think loose, and when I push up on the chain the new chain slider interferes before I can get a good measurement from the swingarm.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:47 AM   #37794
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This picture worries ma tad bit. Overall, the slider does not look that worn compared to the new one right next to it. Looks nasty, but not worn too bad.

What front sprocket were you running?

EDIT: Check that...just realized I was looking at the top side not being too different..then realizing the bottom side is completely worn away.
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:58 AM   #37795
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>"the other half think loose,"

Yup. Run a 14 tooth sprocket in the front. 50 or 51 on rear.
8K miles now on that setup...
The swing arm guard shows no wear on the bottom.

(I wore 4 of em out in the first 10K miles on the 250, 13T sprocket).
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:02 AM   #37796
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Yep, it was the bottom side that is causing me headaches. I regreased my swingarm bearings last night and sure enough the bearings directly beneath the chain "furrow" have been compromised and are tough to spin by hand. I did not have the foresight to check that before I epoxied the furrow, so I'm unsure if it was from the hole itself, or my epoxy getting down in there. I'll have to fix it in the future, but I'll keep riding it in the meantime. Yes, it will wear funky, but I don't feel like it will make my swingarm fall off either...live and learn, eh?
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:03 AM   #37797
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How loose is "loose"?

Just installed the 14/50 combo.

Edited to add: I didn't realize how much the 50T reduces the clearance on the rear chain guide. Not a lot of gap there, but I guess at that point it's not a big deal since everything is pulled straight and tight at that location.

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>"the other half think loose,"

Yup. Run a 14 tooth sprocket in the front. 50 or 51 on rear.
8K miles now on that setup...
The swing arm guard shows no wear on the bottom.

(I wore 4 of em out in the first 10K miles on the 250, 13T sprocket).
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:52 AM   #37798
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>"the other half think loose,"

Yup. Run a 14 tooth sprocket in the front. 50 or 51 on rear.
8K miles now on that setup...
The swing arm guard shows no wear on the bottom.

(I wore 4 of em out in the first 10K miles on the 250, 13T sprocket).
We keep perpetuating the idea that front sprocket size is the cause, but plenty of folks are running 12 and 13 sprockets without chewing up the sliders. I think after years of discussion, all we know for sure is that it must be caused by a combination of factors.

Theories include front sprocket size, loading, and chain tension (both loose & tight).

I have ~3,500 miles on a 12T front and minimal slider wear.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:08 AM   #37799
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We keep perpetuating the idea that front sprocket size is the cause, but plenty of folks are running 12 and 13 sprockets without chewing up the sliders. I think after years of discussion, I think all we know for sure is that it must be caused by a combination of factors.

Theories include front sprocket size, loading, and chain tension (both loose & tight).
I agree. I just changed mine out at 11.5K miles while I was doing other maintenance. It looked to be just over 50% worn through. I have used 12 and 13 tooth sprockets for the all of the mileage.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:21 AM   #37800
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you can destroy any bike by not breaking it in properly usually ending with a major motor malfunction at a much later date or by not properly maintaining it and at the same time running the crap out of it.

i have owned several yamaha dirt/dual sports over the past 40 years and this one is the best i have seen so far. they are about as reliable as you can get, imo.


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