CRF230L Owners Check In

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by racknack83, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. CNRED

    CNRED It'll be OK

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    Looks like you ordered the right pads to me.
    I've yet to change pads on my 230, but I've done a few others. Try opening the bleder while compressing the caliper piston. A small amount of brake fluid will be lost but can be refilled after the job is done. This should get you the room needed to get the pads in and over the disk. The piston should go almost flush with the caliper body. Becareful not to compress it too far or it may slip past the top piston seal.
  2. jsonder

    jsonder Tired Old Fart

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    Actually, this is a good chance to put in fresh brake fluid after changing the brake pads.

    I did my rears (totally used up) at 8800 miles. As you know, the small pads go in the rear.

    I installed speed bleeders the first time that I replaced the brake fluid, that makes it a bit simpler. (SB8125L M8 x 1.25 <-- same bleeder front and back).

    The front pads were still good, but, I replaced them at the same time simply as a precaution.
  3. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    Haven't been in here for a while, Been almost 5 years with this bike

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  4. dankatz

    dankatz Been here awhile

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    Beautiful picture! What tires do you use?

    On another note, any easy/simple/inexpensive modifications to boost power a little? Not looking for anything earth shattering...if I can get another 2 hp would be ecstatic!
  5. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    Thanks. Those are Michellin T63's
  6. mb300

    mb300 Adventurer

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    FYI you CAN put a D803 trials tire onto the 230L.

    The only two gear ratios that I KNOW will work are 13/48 (106 links) and 13/51 (108 links).

    13/46 won't fit
    13/47 - unknown didn't have one
    13/48 FITS, but the rear tire barely clears the mud flap
    13/49 won't fit
    13/50 won't fit
    13/51 FITS, but the axle is at the very back of the swingarm slot with only 1 or 2 adjustments left for chain wear on the snail adjustors.
    13/52 - unknown didn't have one

    Hope this helps.
  7. jsonder

    jsonder Tired Old Fart

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  8. CNRED

    CNRED It'll be OK

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  9. grnd0

    grnd0 Been here awhile

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  10. jsonder

    jsonder Tired Old Fart

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    I do a lot of solo trail riding. New filters can be purchased for under $20 from some online sources. I just figure that it's better engine protection to buy a bunch of OEM filters and change them with each valve clearance check. For my use, they aren't too dirty after 4K miles. :gerg
  11. mb300

    mb300 Adventurer

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    search "Uni Green Fine Foam" at Amazon

    $10.73 free shipping
  12. v30

    v30 n00b

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    Hi folks,
    New crf230l owner here. Picked up a 2011 with 645 miles on it about a month ago. Great little bike that I use about 80% trails. I have it on the highway occasionally and with my 225lb frame and with a hill or headwind, its definitely underpowered but that's ok, since I ride the highway for only very short stints to get to or from a trail. Love how lightweight this thing is. No problem to pull it out of the mud or turn it around on the tightest trails. Really impressed with the gas milage too. Getting about 118 miles on the tank before hitting reserve. The only things I'm planning on doing to it is getting rid of the stock trailwing tires and putting a set of kenda 760's on it......and I'm going to try a 14 tooth front sprocket to see if it lowers the revs a bit at high speed and makes 1st gear a bit longer. Here's a few pics:
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  13. grubbie

    grubbie Been here awhile

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    I Love the T63s,....I run them on my WRR. The wife hasnt worn out the trail wings on the crf yet, when she does it will have T63s as well.
  14. Jon

    Jon Adventurer

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    As of this afternoon I have joined the 230L club. I picked up a good condition '08 with 5,700 miles on it. So far I am impressed with it after the 50 mile ride home. It is smooth, shifts well, is amazingly light, and cruises nicely at 55 mph. Why did I go 230? My girlfriend will be getting her license soon to tag along with me and I wanted something affordable, reliable, and with a low seat height. I think this hits all the marks. Hopefully, I can positively contribute a bit to this thread.
  15. dankatz

    dankatz Been here awhile

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    Out of curiosity, I have 3100 miles on the original tired on my 2009. Mostly asphalt I suspect. I am thinking it is probably time to switch tires, but can't tell on the knobby's when it is time. How much do people typically get out of the original Trailwings 27/30?
  16. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    I searched, but nothing conclusive turned up...Did any mfr ever make a bigger tank for the CRF230L?

    I'm contemplating a simple smaller DS as a buddy bike and for my GF and nieces/nephews to use, and I dislike having to stop for gas. The newer CRF250L is nice, but I'm not crazy about EFI or buying new, and it's a taller/heavier/complicated bike compared to the 230.
  17. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    I was wondering about a bigger tank after I bought mine, but I think I'm getting close to 75-80 mpg and most of the riding I do on it is Forest Service roads and single track in NC and TN, 3 - 4 - 5th gear, some 2-lane highway where the speed limit is 35 - 55 mph. With the stock tank, 2.3 gallon IIRC, my arse is ready to get off way before I run out of fuel. I figure if I was gonna be someplace where fuel is an issue, I'd just carry a small bottle with 1-2 qts of extra gas.
  18. jsonder

    jsonder Tired Old Fart

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    I changed the OEM tires at 4300 miles, mostly trail riding. They lasted longer than anything else that I've run on the bike, altho, the Dunlop 606s may match that.
  19. CNRED

    CNRED It'll be OK

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    I've been searching for a larger tank as well. As of this time I have not found one. The 2.3 works well at this point because my bike is getting high 70's to low 80's miles per gallon. That being said, I would still like the comfort of a 4 gallon tank. I just got back from 1400 mile Duel Sport adventure that incorporated both on road and long off road situations, I never had a fuel problem, but the thought was always in the back of my mind.
    I dont believe a larger tank for our little bikes exists, but That does not mean a larger tank made for another bike can not be made to work, like from an XT225 or something simular. I'm looking around.
  20. CNRED

    CNRED It'll be OK

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    Just got back from 1360 mile trip on my CRF230L. Two friends on Yamaha XT225's and I left Phoenix on May19th. We rode a lot of dirt and a fair amount of Slab. First night we stayed just east of Payson, AZ. Long story short, we headed east into New Mexico, then to the east side of the White Sands Missle range, south to Cloud Croft, NM, then to Alamogordo, north west to Silver City, west to Eager, AZ thn home. Had a great time took 6 days.

    PACKED AND READY TO GO

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    TIME FOR FUEL
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    WHITE SANDS
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    BACK HOME
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    had a great time the little bike ran flawlessly.