The CRF250L Owners thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by joec63, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Chris S

    Chris S Been here awhile

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    Hi willbe (or anyone else who might know). Having taken the swingarm apart do you think a zerk fitting would work in there?

    I did my links the other day but didn't do the arm - looked too hard and I rationalised it was under less load than the smaller pivot links.

    There looks like room from the top side or even underneath to get in there with a drill and a grease gun later.

    I found a drawing of the assembly: http://www.2wheelpros.com/oem-parts/2013-honda-crf250l-swingarm-assembly.html
    (screenshot below)
    It looks like the swingarm bolt (4) has a sleeve (6) and the bearings (23) sit on that sleeve.

    So do you recall if there was:
    a. a good place to drill a hole for a zerk or two on each side without wrecking the bearings inside but that would pack the bearings, and
    b. would the assembly contain the grease in the bearing region (give or take) so you don't end up pumping and pumping until the entire swingarm is holding 4lbs of grease!
    Ideally the swingarm pivot cross tube area is sealed off from the actual arms. Drawing can't show that.

    Thanks

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  2. willbeoutdoors

    willbeoutdoors Adventurer

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    I have never installed a grease zerk before but I believe it might be possible on the swingarm. I am like 85% certain that the tube for the bolt going across is sealed off from the rest of the swingarm so only so much grease would fit in there and would not fill up the rest of the swingarm. There is a collar that slides inside the bearings and then the bolt slides inside the collar. I believe there are spots towars the middle of the swingarm that have a gap of dead space between the collar and the swingarm metal in which a zerk could be attached and would not rub on the collar. I think that if a zerk was put there it would fill all around the collar and eventually go into the bearings as well. I wish honda would have put some in from the factory because a person should not have to disassemble major parts of the bike to grease areas on a regular basis in my opinion.

    These are some pics I took of the swingarm bearing:
    <a href="http://s574.photobucket.com/user/dkman67/media/crf250l/IMG_1872.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i574.photobucket.com/albums/ss186/dkman67/crf250l/IMG_1872.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo IMG_1872.jpg"/></a>
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  3. jgas

    jgas Stoogely Adventurerer

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    Just a thought, but if you can't get a Zerk to work, you can drill a couple of holes in spots where the bearings will get lubed, and just use a self tapping screw to fill the hole. Reason for the holes is to simply have a place to spray in some aerosol spray grease on occasion. I usually add a dab of shoe goo or plumbers goop over the screw when replacing it to seal it and keep it from working out. I've only lost one in many times doing this. You can also do it at the steering head. A zerk and grease gun would be best, but isn't always possible to space restrictions either externally or internally. I went to alot of trouble to put in zerks on a swingarm once only to find that I couldn't get the grease gun on the zerk, then thought of the simple hole idea.

    Industrial lubricant supply houses can sell you most any type of grease in a can so you can simply use the little plastic spray tube to get the grease in.

    Allied Lubricants makes a waterproof red grease that sprays thin but thickens like regular grease on contact with air. Usually this type of spray grease fails to last as long as regular grease in a tube or tub, but it's so easy to just lube it a bit more often.
  4. Chris S

    Chris S Been here awhile

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    Thanks willbe and jgas for your ideas.

    js: not quite the same as an HD spring but you can crank up the OE spring preload by adding in a collar spacer between the loose sleeve on the shock top and the locking rings. We added half an inch to mine as I'm heavy and riding around with a load. Works well enough if you're not racing over rocks and washboard.
    Was out today with no luggage and still works pretty well.

    In the pic the half inch collar (sawn off a pipe and split) has been added between the sleeve on the right and the top of the shock on the left - then tacked with a bit of weld.

    I was then able to back off the locking rings to midway, so giving me some adjustment in either direction.

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  5. gnath9

    gnath9 Been here awhile

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    07-13 CRF150 will work.

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  6. trainman

    trainman Been here awhile

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    I have never greased the swing arm bushings or the head bearing on any bike that I've owned, but the KLR 650's have never come from the factory with any or very little grease on these bearing and there are probably millions of these bike still out there today with dry bearings. Now I'm now saying this is right or wrong, but it happen more then not. My conclusion is that bikes assembled in Asia don't us grease. :D

    John
  7. NC Rick

    NC Rick Cogent Dynamics Inc

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    We can provide a new spring for your OEM shock on special order. With enough demand, those could become stocked items.
  8. feralchimp

    feralchimp n00b

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    This guy lost his job and needs to sell his brand new CRF250L. Asking $500 under MSRP. If I didn't have a deposit down on one at a dealership I'd probably be buying it.

    http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/mcy/3763355526.html

    Tell him Jared sent ya. :)

    /j

  9. SAPB

    SAPB Long timer

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    Just sent off an inquiry to Hyperpro about a rear shock. Us distributor is in NJ.
  10. Avi8tor

    Avi8tor ADV Poser

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    Rick,

    OK. Nothing against Cogent by the way. Just wondering what else was out there. What kind of pricing am I looking at?
  11. pandamanprod

    pandamanprod Adventurer

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    Still looking for any input on wether or not someone has a big bore kit on the CRFL. I know about ricks site, but he does not have too much information on performance increase. Looking for other input.
  12. Reconstructed

    Reconstructed Been here awhile

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  13. Okie03

    Okie03 n00b

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    Where did you order this from? Thanks! I bent my shifter 200 yes into the trail i was riding today. So its time to purchase one.
  14. Dago52

    Dago52 Adventurer

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    So I'm about to perform my first oil change with 300 miles on the bike. Is it safe to switch to an approved synthetic oil? I purchased some Lucas 10w30 synthetic oil with the correct additives.


    Thanks
  15. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    Personally, I would not this early in the life of the motorcycle. You really have nothing to gain by going to synthetic at this point. Get some more miles on it with dino oil before you switch to synthetic. Although a majority of the break in has probably happened by now, you still have some time for things to seat properly and if you switch to synthetic now, you could end up with a bike with rings that don't make a good seal and use oil. So what good does that do you?

    I had a bike I purchased with low miles (2k miles) and pretty new. The previous owner had put synthetic in at under 600 miles. From the beginning that bike used oil and by the time I got to 7500 miles, that bike was using a quart of oil every 1k miles! :eek1
  16. willbeoutdoors

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    Isn't the honda oil synthetic from the factory? I thought the honda oil from the dealer is synthetic too?
  17. gnath9

    gnath9 Been here awhile

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    I bought mine from Best Dual Sport Bikes ....
    I posted that pick from another forum and a reliable source that said that shifter fit perfect.

    So I think as long as you get one for the CRF150 07-13 your good to go.

    Mine is unbranded and came with no packaging ....

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  18. cat

    cat Long timer

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    Yes, please, thanks. :) No hurry.

    i went around and around, with a flashlight, could see no different link. (Yes, i looked at the pins.)

    Yes, but VF is not mentioned in the DID catalogs, it is specific to CRF250L and CBR250R. And that's about all you get when you google it.
    So i'm waiting for the dealer to get spare master links for 520VX2.

    Yes, i will not do 13. I got a 44 tooth rear. i think smaller front sprockets might be harder on clip master links too.
  19. Ed@Ford

    Ed@Ford Long timer

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  20. trainman

    trainman Been here awhile

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    I do have that shifter and it works fine, even gave me a better possession for my foot when wearing boots. I did change the bolt to a longer one and added a lock nut to the longer threads, just something I've always done.

    John