The official XT225 thread!

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

  1. DominoTree

    DominoTree EX250 Warrior

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    I haven't actually opened up the carb but it's working wonderfully. It is a used bike, so it's possible the PO had done something. I was having issues with it stalling and being difficult to start that seem to be alleviated now. I'm gonna dig into the carb in a couple days and I'll post what I find.
  2. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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  3. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    Right. The buttons are "there," but invisible. So it'll work if you know where said invisible buttons are hiding! Weird!
  4. DominoTree

    DominoTree EX250 Warrior

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    Apparently the overseas XT225s had rear discs for most of their run.

    I guess just get on eBay and look for a rear wheel with rotor, swingarm, master cylinder and calipers.

    Other people have converted a KLX wheel to work but it was a HUGE endeavor.
  5. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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    I am headed to Japan on buisness in March. Gonna see if i can bring the parts home with me.
  6. DominoTree

    DominoTree EX250 Warrior

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    Looks like it's an issue with certain ad blockers. Disabled mine and it works fine again!
  7. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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  8. JerryH

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    My XT is built out of 3 different XT225s, and a lot of aftermarket parts. One of the pipes had the "Z1" mod done by the PO. I could not tell any HP increase over stock, but liked the sound. It ran lean, so I went up one size on both the main and pilot jets, and turned the pilot screw out 2 1/2 turns. Now runs perfect and plugs look good. I have a Keintech pilot screw.

    As far as a tank bag, I have the Tusk tank panniers from rockymountainatv.com, and they work great. Under $20, and VERY well made. I can easily get four 1 qt. Gatorade bottles in them, which can be used to carry liquid, or you can cut the tops off them and use them to carry tools that might otherwise poke through the bag. They have an extra pocket on the outside that works perfect for a bicycle water bottle. The yoke has a hole in it that fits over the gas filler, you just remove the cap, put the panniers on, and put the cap back, so they cannot come off.

    K&N filters are garbage. They will stop gravel, bugs, and maybe really coarse sand, but certainly not dust. I use stock filters kept soaked in oil. Nothing has ever got through them. I have had my oil checked a couple of times, and even on a 30,000 mile engine, it came back good. My airbox is completely stock, with the snorkel still in place. HP is not my main concern, it has plenty stock, though I did spend a fortune on suspension.
  9. greasespot

    greasespot Adventurer

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    Hey, Jerry H:

    Do those tank panniers flap around?
  10. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

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    They do if they are empty, but they have Velcro tape to hold them to the tank. They don't move at all if they have much weight in them. I usually carry around 5 pounds on each side, and they don't budge. I never put the Velcro on my Clarke tank.
  11. operaflute

    operaflute Starving Artist

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    Sure enough! Thanks.

  12. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    I have the same Tusk ATV tank bags. They are ok for the money. With the stock tank they aren't secured very well since the gas cap isn't as large as an ATV gas cap, or probably the Clarke's gas cap. I didn't use the little velcro strips either, because I didn't want to stick them onto the tank. I tried off-roading on some steep, rough terrain and the bags cam off the gas cap & slipped forward onto the steering column a number of times.

    I have had better results, especially when they're empty, placing the tank bags across the seat and sitting on top of it. But that doesn't work very well either off-road because you need to stand up quite a bit.

    They aren't the best bags around, but they are well worth the $20. I find that they are handy and add a good bit of capacity along with my other "cheap bags", the Mountain Smith large "dog bags" that are about $38-$40. I highly recommend the dog bags for the price.
  13. Dirt2Street

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    Awesome! I've been wanting to mess around with the air box to get the noise difference but I don't want to mess with the carb at all so hearing that gives me a little hope! :norton
  14. jspringator

    jspringator Been here awhile

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    The key to these carbs is to turn the petcock to off and run the gas out EVERY time you ride the bike. I bought mine used 6 years old with 200 miles on the bike. I had to have my mechanic go through the carbs. He reset some of the needles but I don't think he rejetted it. Anyhow, it starts and runs great now. It wouldn't hardly run when I bought it.
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  16. Dirt2Street

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    I always run the gas out sense my bike is stored outdoors in our shed.. Obviously its in the shed and closed in, but no heat or air conditioning. I can't have the risk of gas freezing in the lines or anything.
    Everyone says that if I open up the airbox then I need to rejet the carb to add fuel to the mixture..
  17. Dirt2Street

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    That suspension looks soo much nicer than stock.. Custom rebuild?
  18. Keithert

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    Going to look at an XT225 tonight!
  19. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

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    Edit: Never Mind. They worked great.

    Hey guys, I'm trying to search for this but it's not working out for me.
    Does anyone know if I can run NGK DPR8EA 9 spark plugs in my 05?

    I already have a few and want to replace the plug. It looks almost identical. maybe half a millimeter or something like that longer.. Just want to make sure nothing makes contact.

    Thanks.
  20. Dirt2Street

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    Is anyone running street tires? Or supermoto wheels/tires? I'm REAL interested in the supermotos but I'm almost never offroad so street tires would be more fitting for me.