What To Do

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MustHaveRM250, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. MustHaveRM250

    MustHaveRM250 Steve

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    I bought an 85 RM250 thats been sitting 10-15yrs, Would it be ok to try to start it or what should I do first :becca ? The top half was rebuilt before it was stored in a garage. Look's like it just came off the showroom floor, only gave $450 for it. Replys would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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  2. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    Start with the basics:

    Change all fluids.
    Fresh fuel.
    New spark plug.
    Grease everything.
    Check that all cables work freely.

    Kick that puppy over and see if she'll start.

    New tires/tubes should be next.
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  3. MustHaveRM250

    MustHaveRM250 Steve

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    The Clutch is sticking it wont engage either, dont know if it will free when I fire it up.
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  4. Firemanmike69

    Firemanmike69 Been here awhile

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    Do this. Only thing I'd do different is kick it over real gentle first to make sure nothing seized
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  5. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Long timer

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    Probably needs a new cable.

    Check the air filter, they have a way of dissolving and getting sucked into the carb, don't ask how I know.
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  6. MustHaveRM250

    MustHaveRM250 Steve

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    it is free
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  7. MustHaveRM250

    MustHaveRM250 Steve

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    cable is good
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  8. Benesesso

    Benesesso Long timer

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    How do you know it won't engage? It was probably engaged all the time it was sitting.
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  9. joexr

    joexr Banned

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    I assumed he meant disengage. It's probably engaging , but without a chain.:lol3
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  10. MustHaveRM250

    MustHaveRM250 Steve

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    it will free up i think
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  11. MustHaveRM250

    MustHaveRM250 Steve

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    may need a new one
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  12. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    Replace the air filter, it WILL be rotten. Drain and replace all gas and oil. Put in a new spark plug, and then try to start it.

    Most likely the crank seals will need to be replaced. Electrical connections could be corroded. There could be rust on the flywheel and corrosion where the stator plate bolts to the motor.

    It shouldn't be to hard to get it running. But you will most likely need to replace ALL gaskets and seals in the motor.

    If you get it running, ride it for a bit with the clutch lever pulled in. Blip the throttle and the clutch plates should free up.
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  13. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    The most obvious thing that it WILL need is the carburetor cleaned.
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  14. MustHaveRM250

    MustHaveRM250 Steve

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    and if it dont drip oil will it be ok
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  15. MustHaveRM250

    MustHaveRM250 Steve

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    so if no driping it will be ok
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  16. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Where are the damn pitchers?
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  17. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Long timer

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    Will the clutch not engage or not disengage? If it will not disengage, there could be some corrosion of the plates. When you put the bike in gear the first time while it is running, the rust should wear off pretty quickly. Although, if the plates are pitted, you could have a grabby clutch until you replace the plates.
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  18. MustHaveRM250

    MustHaveRM250 Steve

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    what if it is driping oil:(::(:
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  19. Benesesso

    Benesesso Long timer

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    From a seal. a gasket, or a hole in the crankcase? :huh
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  20. MustHaveRM250

    MustHaveRM250 Steve

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    so it is 50 50 it may not drip oil
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