The CRF250L Owners thread

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

  1. 13Moose-man

    13Moose-man Adventurer

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    I know this probably sounds dumb but I'm not sure how to post pics.:cry
  2. joec63

    joec63 Been here awhile

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    Not dumb, sent PM
  3. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    Question for the collective: How does one remove the spring from the shock assembly on these bikes? The locking collars cannot be backed entirely off the shock as they can on the CRF230F. Looks like you'd have to unscrew the clevis. But how does one do that? Or am I missing something obvious?

    Note: Interesting feature on these shocks ... the locking collar threads are not machined into the shock body itself. They are machined into a collar kept from rotating on the shock body with dogteeth. Almost as though the shock can be used for multiple models by just using a different collar.

    See the pictures below ....

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  4. Secondcreekrider

    Secondcreekrider Secondcreekrider

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    I have noticed a bit of engine "knock" at certain RPMs. I don't know for certain what the sound is but assume nothing out of the ordinary. Just such a quiet bike so more engine noise less muffler is heard at certain speeds. No issues with MPGs.
  5. Red_dog

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    More cost cutting i see, least it'd be an easy fix if it stuffs up! and replacing/renewing the shock would be easy as too.
  6. bungie4

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    Got my new Seat Concepts seat kit in this past week but haven't had time to install it yet, mostly because I think I might need a replacement cover.

    If anybody else could set my mind at ease..

    It seems that the rear portion of my cover doesn't have a 'tack strip' to staple through to the seat pan. Their doesn't appear to be much to staple through at all. See pics.

    Shows no 'tack strip' on rear portion, only on front half of seat:
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    Same idea:
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    From the top:
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    Was your seat cover like this? Does it stretch that much to let you staple through it or is my cover a manufacturer error?

    Thanks in advance!
  7. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    What's the length on that shock?

    I'm sure some old XR shocks would fit and be a huge improvement. Having adjustable rebound and compression is always nice... It might even add some extra travel too.

    :beer
  8. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    About 395 mm. Wanted to measure the compressed length but need to get the spring off.
  9. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    Is that length from the center of each mounting bolts?
  10. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    Yep. Eye-to-eye.
  11. mxbundy

    mxbundy Long timer

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    Steve,

    The cover should fit fine. There is not supposed to be and extra flap sewn on the back. This is the first batch from the vendor and we will tweak the pattern for the next order.
    When you install this, first get the cover warm in the sun, or throw it in the dryer for a couple of minutes.
    Slip the nose over and pull it down into place, then tack it with a couple of staples.
    Now do the rear, make sure the cover is centered and pull it taught enough to get an overlap to staple into pan. Now you only need about 3/8 of an inch overlap, thats it. This will put the proper amount of tension on the cover.
    Now staple the 2 sides at the bend in the pan, where it meets the tank.
    From this point you can start stapling the rest of the seat.


    bundy
  12. bungie4

    bungie4 Frostback

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    Thanks for the quick reply Bundy. Gotta like it when a company has reps online. Guess I should've just asked you guys directly. Live 'n learn. Unfortunately I put the bike away for the season today so I won't get to try the seat out till spring..

    :cry
  13. Red_dog

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    would an XR250 shock/spring fit? cuz if it does, i've got an old 04 XR250 i can cannibalise for bits! mwahahahaha
  14. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    Maybe there is a nut under the bump stop?
  15. MentalGuru

    MentalGuru Crazy Diamond

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    It might. It should be the correct length. A 91-95 XR250L shock should fit also.

    I just saw that shock and though what a POS. I'm sure a XR shock would perform better..
  16. DQook

    DQook Hawaii NX125

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    How different would a crf250r shock be? There seems to be a wider cheaper And easier to find selection of suspension parts on fleabay and i wonder if with a little bit pf tweaking if it could work


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  17. 'Flagger

    'Flagger ..this space for rent..

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    My brief search says XR250 shocks are in the 12-13" range. This thing is 15"
  18. MrFurious

    MrFurious Been here awhile

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    That's EXACTLY what I've been wondering as it would make for a fairly cheap upgrade to a full adjustable rear shock. You'd still need to swap the spring and do a revalve to make it a little more plush for street/trail riding though. Also wonder if the CRF-R shock linkage would be bolt up, and if so would it provide a little extra travel and ground clearance?

    Someone really needs to run out and sacrifice their brother/friend/sisters CRF-R/X for parts to find out. :lol3
  19. Red_dog

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    just wondering if anyone remembers the URL for the Honda shop website? i forget wot its called, so i cant even google it.
  20. Dirtchuck

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    The one with the parts?