The official XT225 thread!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by wickerman777, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. KamperBob

    KamperBob Recreation Engineer

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    No visible sprocket wear. I don't clean the chain between swaps. I spray teflon/silicon lube into links and rollers whenever it seems prudent.
  2. KamperBob

    KamperBob Recreation Engineer

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    Cool - thanks!

    I'm skeptical about flipping sprockets over. Offset is an immediate obstacle.

    Chuckle. I'm okay calling the increase in length of the whole chain stretch. It's measurable. That's the point. Marks on the wheel adjustor give another indication.

    "If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it." --Lord Kelvin :D
  3. KamperBob

    KamperBob Recreation Engineer

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    You may be right.

    I considered diesel but that would take another container. Whereas I have a gas can with (full time RVer) and I'm satisfied that's good enough. It's just solvent to break down gunky old oil so dirt particles can be swished out of the works and make way for fresh lube. Once dried gas residuals can't contaminate a bowl of clean oil too badly. That's my thinking anyway. Heck, my "clean room" these days is a picnic table...when dust isn't blowing. LOL
  4. KamperBob

    KamperBob Recreation Engineer

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    I'll try to post some pix today. I don't see an "attach" option and my website FTP is down (temporarily I hope). Maybe it's time to set up one of them thare web-pic-share account thingiemajiggers. What do members here prefer - flicker, photo bucket, smug mug, something else?

    :lurk
  5. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I guess they are all about the same, but I have been using Photobucket. It's simple enough for me. :wink:

    What is "FTP"?
  6. KamperBob

    KamperBob Recreation Engineer

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    FTP is to websites sorta like the overhead door is to a garage. Much more appropriate for moving big things in and out. Whereas the pass-through door is sorta like browsing if I'm gonna flog that analogy. LOL (I think FTP is short for File Transfer Protocol.)

    I started exploring Flickr this AM but I'll play with Photobucket too. Thanks! :D
  7. Travis28715

    Travis28715 Adventurer

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    I have noticed the updated photobucket does not work with Opera which is my preferred browser. :deal I understand the owner of this site owns smug mug??
  8. KamperBob

    KamperBob Recreation Engineer

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    Let's see if this works...
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    Woot - since that worked pretty well here's the caption. Left is late Oct 2012 hung from a sign post. Middle is late Dec 2012 hung from a tree. Right follows. Top is new length of Chain #2 (taken Oct). Middle is length after first 2k miles wear on Chain #2 (Oct). Bottom is same for Chain #1 (Dec).
  9. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    My website is hosted on Weebly.com I don't think I have to use FTP with it, but maybe it's called something different there. It was the simplest DIY & free website host that I could find when I created my site. I didn't want to learn the HTML stuff or pay somebody, since I figured it would need ongoing revisions.
    I did'nt have to use an image host, like Photobucket. But I did use a slideshow, which utilizes Flicker.
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    No image coming through for me, says "currently unavailable".
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  12. Oceanbum

    Oceanbum Been here awhile

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    I'm wanting to try a DIY windshield on my 03 xt225. Back in May of 2011 there was a post from someone who made one but the pics are gone. Does anyone have one they could post pics of or a link on building one?
    Thanks, Kevin :huh
  13. KamperBob

    KamperBob Recreation Engineer

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    Sorry 'bout that. In my defense everything looked peachy in preview mode then barfed with unhelpful "Database Error" from AdvRider. I couldn't even see it was making a bunch of dufus posts. So I just nuked those. In AdvRider's defense I now suspect it was barfing on preview not published images on the Flickr side. I'm gonna give it one more try now that I finally think I got a handle on it...
  14. KamperBob

    KamperBob Recreation Engineer

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    This is what my 2006 XT225 original sprockets looked like at replacement time (late Aug 2012).
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    A ratty grin with those teeth. Whadya expect after 24k miles?
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    Comparison of front sprockets. Not much wear visible. Slightly (consistently) scalloped roots, mostly eroded into leading edges of drive faces from contact stress of rollers. Note design differences in offset and number of thread holes for the retainer.
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    The new rear sprocket had no "dish" offset. That needed shimming. Not perfectly aligned but close enough. Side play of the front sprocket along shaft splines affords some leniency.
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    Lesson: aftermarket can save a few bucks. But! Just 'cuz they advertise it "will fit" doesn't mean you won't hafta make 'em fit. Buyer beware... (shrug)
  15. pnw

    pnw Been here awhile

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    We are removing the carburetor for a good cleaning and maybe jet change on a 2006 xt. The hoses are really baked on the nipple fittings so I will be replacing the tank to carburetor hose. A small diameter hose that runs from a small plastic elbow from the left side of the carb near where the fuel hose attaches to the carb broke off with the tiny plastic nipple in the hose, it must have been very brittle as I didn’t realize that I even bumped it at all. The parts diagram in the manual doesn’t list the function of this hose, maybe a vent? I doubt if the plastic elbow fitting is replaceable, it isn’t listed in the parts diagram. Anyone have any ideas what to do with it?
    After reading umpteen posts on xt225.com, here and other sites I am less certain about changing jets. It will be ridden from sea level to up to 6,000+ foot altitudes so I want to avoid an over rich mix at higher altitudes. But then Canada xt225 had 130 main, or so it appears. Anyone think changing either or both pilot and main jets is a good idea? I have a 42.5 pilot and 127.5 main that I bought from jetsrus that I could install. We don’t want to make the bike louder so we won’t be doing any snorkel or muffler modifications, maybe a uniflow filter but that probably won’t make much difference (or would it?).
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    >" am less certain about changing jets. It will be ridden from sea level to up to 6,000+ foot altitudes so I want to avoid an over rich mix at higher altitudes."

    I changed XT225 jets, ridden to 5-6K feet (by my wife) with no problem. Ease of starting and improved performance makes the XT225 a far better bike. The wife can keep up with me on the freeway at 65mph... (well, provided there isn't a big hill).

    I'll probably get around to trimming the snorkel and installing a different air filter this winter.

    Once you replace the carb screws (with hex), changing the jets is pretty darn easy.
  17. GlennR

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    pnw,
    I ride between 700' & 5000' with stock jetting. I only did the 3 turns out (actually 2.5 for me) on the pilot jet, which really helped with cold starting.

    I'd go with stock jets and see if you have any problems, before worrying about it.
  18. pnw

    pnw Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the replies. I bought some JIS phillips screwdriver so I'm hoping that prevents the carb bowl screws from stripping but if they are questionable I will replace them with the hex screws. We'll replace the jets, or maybe just the main (because I have them) then post up how they work at higher elevations - testing will have to wait until snow melt late in the spring.

    Any ideas about the small plastic elbow part, I hope I'm not the first to have ever broken it off. Maybe I'll try drilling the end of it and fit a different hose, the nipple broke off in the hose flush with the plastic fitting. It must be a vent of some sort.

    Thanks again! ADV members are pretty incredible, I should probably look into registering with xt225.com also.
  19. woofer2609

    woofer2609 Been here awhile

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    My service manual shows the 1996 Canadian spec bike as having a 122.5 main, 42.5 pilot, 2 turns out, along with a few other differences between carbs. Maybe it changed on later models.
    I personally found that this equates to good all round performance with 2 turns out on the pilot screw, but at altitude above 1500ft, and on very hot day when the bike is at 3/4 throttle or above on paved roads, the bike runs rich (hiccups). I'll be adding a auxillary air opening to the airbox at some point to remedy this. In the bush, it is no problem up to 3500ft, just trying to keep the bike humming at highway speeds is the problem.
  20. pnw

    pnw Been here awhile

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    "1996 Canadian spec bike as having a 122.5 main, 42.5 pilot, 2 turns out, along with a few other differences between carbs. Maybe it changed on later models.
    I personally found that this equates to good all round performance with 2 turns out on the pilot screw"


    Meaning that you stayed with the 122.5/42.5 but only did the two turns? Maybe the 130 was on a different version rather than Canadian spec, I have read so many threads and spec sheets it is hard to keep them straight. Back to work in the garage, the fragility of some of these plastic parts has me a little concerned because the hoses area really fused on.

    Thanks.