The official XT225 thread!

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

  1. MEDIC-0372

    MEDIC-0372 Been here awhile

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    Well...I ended up putting IRC GP-110's on my XT-250.

    I had 3500 miles on my original Cheng Shin tires and I think that they were junk.

    Front 2.75 S 21 Rear 120/80 S 18

    Also got new IRC tubes for the front and rear.


    The tires fit great. I only have about 100 miles on them right now but they are about 300 times better than the Cheng Shins on the road (smooth). It feels like I am riding on air. Very stable ride. I will post more info in the future...


    They worked out great and the bike rides GREAT!!!

    www.irc-tire.com/mce/
  2. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner (Negativus Supersonicus)

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    I also have the OEM Chen Sh** tires. I've ridden about 1100 miles, and I'm trying to get as many miles as I can stand. Slo-Jo is way more patient than I, and managed to do 8000 miles on his before changing them. I don't know if I can last as long....

    Congratulations on your tires!! I'll be there some day, too!! :rayof
  3. Slojoe

    Slojoe Easily Amused

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  4. Slojoe

    Slojoe Easily Amused

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    Gabbriell,

    I only got 6300 miles from the stock tires.

    Akasy just put m21s on his CRF230L. They did make the bike better in the soft sand but I think his fuel mileage may heve suffered from the change.

    The ride I went on today would have been easier with knobbies and a lower countershaft gear. I like my bike set up for highway and dirt roads because I'm not a Motocross rider. 30 miles today wore me out compared to the 191 mile ride three days ago on good dirt roads and highway.
  5. Smilin' Dave

    Smilin' Dave I am smiling

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    I would like to use the tool shown in the manual. Where are we getting them. Can they be had locally? Dealer was no help. Said its not a Yamaha part.
  6. moterbiker

    moterbiker Gypsy diver

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    It is too, I have one that the PO have me still in the bag, maybe I can get a part number for it.

    If you have a dremel though all you need to do is cut a grove in a piece of metal to hold the adjuster while you tighten the locknut.
  7. Chiny

    Chiny Adventurer

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    How much time are giving it to warm up? My bike is completely stock, no 3 turns on the pilot screw, no changing of the jets, no Z1 mod, nothing and it does take a while to warm up. When I choke it and start it up, if it's not warmed up good, and I turn the throttle a little bit it sounds like it wants to die.
  8. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    Your dealer is lost. That said, when I worked as a mechanic I bought a set of Motion Pro tappet adjuster tools and they have worked perfectly for 15 or more years. http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/partno/08-0073/ The set I have are black and only came with an 8mm or 10mm wrench but I they have worked for everything I have needed.
  9. Roadrunner

    Roadrunner (Negativus Supersonicus)

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    OK, but you did some HARD riding from what I was reading in NMRider! Did you trailer your bike in like he suggested? I also prefer good dirt roads and highway.

    How do you find the change from the Cheng Shins versus your current ones?
    :brow
    CC
  10. 243Win

    243Win Been here awhile

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    Squirmier on road, hook up much better off road. Sorry for the confusion there.:doh
  11. Slojoe

    Slojoe Easily Amused

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    The Cheng Shin tires and the Shinko 244 feel about the same to me, on or off road. The Cheng Shin may be better off road because of larger knobs. On the road I noticed a little tread noise from the Shinko tires but none from the Cheng Shin. I like to keep the pressure at 18 front and 22 rear for my usual riding bacause of the amount of highway riding involved in most of my rides.
    Last Sunday my XT performed much better in the soft sand with the pressure lowered but I wouldn't want to get on the highway with such low tire pressure.
  12. xKLR_John

    xKLR_John Been here awhile

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    I managed to locate a stump that was hiding in some tall grass and bent my brake pedal back until it hit the footpeg. I removed the brake pedal and hammered it back into a somewhat normal shape. I have two questions.....

    1) Any reason not to keep using this pedal?
    2) Is there an aftermarket pedal available? (Something a little longer than stock would be nice.)

    Bonus question....
    3) When's that bigger gas tank going to be available?
  13. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Those things are meant to bend. It should be fine as long as no welds got cracked. You are lucky it wasn't your foot! A guy back in college was riding around with sneakers in tallish grass. He hit a stump and messed his foot up. OUCH!!!
  14. xKLR_John

    xKLR_John Been here awhile

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    BTDT with the foot. No big damage in my case (luck!) but enough pain to make me always wear my offroad boots and never let my toes dip down in front of the footpegs.
  15. Hatch

    Hatch PAR OG

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    Ya know, thats one of the big things I dont like about the XT - ground clearance. I have busted my toes a couple times and usually its the same scenario - tall grass + cypress knees or stumps = ouch:eek1

    Well, I got the XT back to better condition than when I bought her 5 years ago:
    [​IMG]
    Completely new top end, rebuilt forks, spankin new paint job. Now all I need is a headlight cowling and battery side cover and itll be as good as new! Anyone got em for cheap?:deal
  16. Buzztail

    Buzztail Nomad

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    Jer- Call me one evening after 7 EST. Inept has my number:deal
  17. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Congratulations! You did a bunch of work!
    Just one question. Is there a removable timing gear on the crank or are there teeth on the crank? From looking at the microfiche I can't tell for sure.
  18. Hatch

    Hatch PAR OG

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    Gotcha Buzz.

    Clayman, I didn't notice if it was part of the crank or not, I didn't get down into the bottom end. There were no metal shavings so I just did the top end and put it back together. Runs better than before. I do have a parts engine I may well be tearing apart for parting out purposes, Ill let you know when I get to it.
  19. Drtyfun

    Drtyfun Here and There

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    I emailed him last week, he is guessing a couple more weeks......The waiting continues......(On an upbeat note at least it is closer now than it ever has been:clap )
  20. Trust

    Trust but verify

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    Hey crew, sounds like you're all having swell times with your XT's... I was trying to keep a list of good mods for a while that might end up in a particular place, but my signature hasn't had any reason to get any XT action since mine was stolen last year... so I'm going to post the few I had here, and move on to the other bikes that are still in my possession.

    Idle Screw
    Z1 Exhaust
    Valve adjustment
    16t sprocket
    Choke-on-carb
    Jets/Air Filter
    barnone Turnsignal mod

    Best of everything to all.