Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Sock Monkey, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. theMISSIONARY

    theMISSIONARY hunting and riding!!

    Joined:
    May 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,262
    Location:
    Devonport Tazmania
    only on the highways and sometimes i would like better bottom end power but really its not a bad package :D
  2. 1Down-5Up

    1Down-5Up Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2012
    Oddometer:
    115
    Location:
    Northern Ontario
    Anybody adjust their headlight? I looked in the owners manual and there was nothing listed.
    I thought I'd ask before taking the unit off (lazy). If I jab the front brake the lighting positions to the correct angle.
    Hi beam is useless because it's all in the trees. It must be blinding traffic as it is.
  3. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2004
    Oddometer:
    10,367
    Location:
    India Wharf
    There are two headlamp adjustment screws that adjust the beam vertically. They are on both sides of the headlamp mask. Clockwise raises the beam.
  4. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,175
    Location:
    Prescott AZ
    Plenty of power for me, but then I drive a Kia & not a ( RAMM HEMI ):D
  5. jgiacobbe

    jgiacobbe Long timer

    Joined:
    May 2, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,441
    Location:
    Near Richmond VA
    First check that it is in the plastic piece correctly. Mine was pointing really high, it was because the top mount of the headlight is just a piece of plastic clipping into the headlight shroud. It got pushed back at the top and was pointing up. They are made to pop out of that mount to hopefully not break in an impact.

    Remove the screws listed here as number 19. Then check that part 14 is firmly seated into the back of the headlight cowling. Part #15 is the headlight adjustment screws.
    [​IMG]
  6. bradrh

    bradrh Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2011
    Oddometer:
    455
    Location:
    lakewood, co
    Any idea how much sag you have with that setting? Seems like it would be more than the normally recommended 25 or 35%
  7. KansasBob

    KansasBob Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Oddometer:
    515
    Location:
    Topeka
    You are probably right that running the pre-load that soft could give you a greater amount of sag than recommended with a 180 lb rider, and now that I think about High Five's settings.... he suggested, because the stock spring is so stiff, to set the Pre-load all the way soft for a couple thousand miles until it is broken in, then tighten it up some after that.

    When I first got the bike I set my sag by measuring. It seemed harsh, and the rear wheel hopped around alot. When I read HF's settings I thought I'd give it a try. I set the spring soft, jacked the rebound clicker to the max, and set the compression to what ever he suggested (I forget what that was, but I have it written down somewhere) The bike felt more planted, and wasn't as harsh on the rear. The little extra sag helped with my shorter legs too. I realize if I rode it like an MX bike the extra sag would cause other problems......... but I don't. I did tighten the pre-load a little, about half way thru the summer, but I just looked, and there are maybe 3 threads showing above the lock nut.
    In the perfect world I'd cough up the $750 to get the suspension valved and re-sprung to make it perfect for me, but it's been working for me and my slow.... old..... style of riding. I remember early in this thread several people riding with this setup, and liking it.

    I also set the fork clickers way soft on both rebound and compression per HF. They still felt harsh to me, and I almost never used more than half of their travel (I could look at the dust line on the forks when I would stop for a break) I lowered the fork oil by 3/4 of an inch in both legs and it made them much more comfortable for me.

    I'm not a total wuss and, and have ridden some plenty rough terrain in Colorado with this setup. I'm confident, and comfortable when I ride with it the way it is. :1drink

    I am curious now............ and will measure the sag the way it is and report back.
  8. PatrickInVA

    PatrickInVA Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2012
    Oddometer:
    236
    Location:
    Norfolk, VA
    My headlight was also pointing at the sky... And randomly flopping up and down. Turns out I was missing Part #14. Not sure if the previous owner removed it or lost it or what the deal was. But a couple of bucks at the dealer and 5 minutes of my time and it was all better.
  9. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Oddometer:
    5,042
    Location:
    tucson, AZ, It's a dry hate.
    High Five has been mentioned a few times. I just recently got my 09 wr and the previous owner was much bigger (I am 150lbs) though I don't think it is set up well for him either so I'd like to set the suspension up better for me. Was HF's settings for someone near my weight and where are his settings at? Buried in this thread? At some point later I'll work on tuning it more for me but if there is some close settings somewhere that would be a good start for me.
  10. AZ TOM

    AZ TOM Long timer

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,175
    Location:
    Prescott AZ
    I fought the suspension when I first got my WRR. Went to a softer shock spring & softer fork springs. I weigh about 180 plus gear. It made the bike horrendous:eek1:eek1 Almost unridable, It handled so bad I was going to sell it. Decided to give it another try, thank God & still have & love it. I ended up with the stock shock spring, preload backed off to where when you look at the adjusters at the top of the shock you can maybe see 2 threads above the collars. I also backed off the rebound adjuster all the way & turned the compression damper out all the way, turn it counter clockwise. The forks, stock springs 15 oz Synthetic ATF each leg, rebound off & compression at the bottom 3 clicks in clockwise from all the way out. Everyone's riding style & ability & prefered terrain is different, so just some things to try.:wink: While I know it could be better if I spend the bucks it works well as is in soft sand, rocky trails & fire roads. Very stabile.
  11. ba_

    ba_ Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,847
    Location:
    Westchester County, New York
    Does anyone have any tips for getting the nuts off the bottom of the handlebar clamps? I'm swapping the stock set for an oversize set and it seems a little tricky.

    I saw in a video that basher posted about some tips for the right side but I'm having issues with the easier left side. It is a really tight fit.

    It seems like it would be a lot easier if I took off the triple clamp and then took off each handlebar clamp. This way when I put the new ones on I could properly torque the nuts.

    Is there any reason why I shouldn't do this? To remove the triple clamp I just remove the pinch bolts and then the steering stem nut?
  12. japako

    japako Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2010
    Oddometer:
    592
    Location:
    North Texas
    That's how I did mine when I had to replace the ignition. It really is not that hard. I hung my bars from the overhead, took off the headlight shroud and then all the stuff hanging on the tree. Came right off.

    Now I did mine like that because of the ignition and never checked if it could be done another way. Maybe a wobble socket would work.??
  13. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Oddometer:
    11,116
    Location:
    New Philadelphia, Ohio
    That's how I did it.

    I actually found one of the 17mm nuts on the back side was loose when I did mine, despite them being lock nuts.
  14. KansasBob

    KansasBob Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Oddometer:
    515
    Location:
    Topeka
    As I remember........... the consensus was that the bike is sprung stiff for the average rider and the rear shock didn't have near enough rebound damping........ even when maxed out. For a light rider like yourself, the lack of rebound damping, and stiff spring makes the problem even worse. The rear wheel hops up in the air when it bounces of rocks, ledges, and roots......... ect. The settings were to try and keep the rear wheel on the ground with the stock suspension. In other words....... the best you can get with what you got. The right spring for your weight and a re-valved rear shock with more rebound damping is what you "Need" but, if that isn't in the cards right away it's a good compromise especially for someone your weight.
  15. krussell

    krussell Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2009
    Oddometer:
    757
    Location:
    Portland, Oregon
    I'm trying to decide what sort of rear rack to put on my WRR. While the billet racks look nice, I'm concerned about the small mounting area. I really like the mounting approach of the TCI Borrego, seems much more distributed/robust. At some point, in addition to the rear rack, I think I'm going to add a Wolfman saddlebag setup with racks. I have several questions for folks who have used any of these.

    1) Anyone use a billet rack and had it break the mount point?
    2) Anyone use a TCI Borrego AND the wolfman racks?

    My plan is to get the Borrego with a hard case bracket and use a small pelican box for around town. Then for longer trips ditch the top case and use a wolfman saddlebag setup along with a dry bag across the top.

    Another option would be a Giant loop setup instead of the wolfman, which eliminates any rack conflict, I think.

    Any suggestions or experience would be appreciated.
  16. Bynoid

    Bynoid Adventurer

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Oddometer:
    57
    Location:
    Norco, Ca
    I spotted this one on Ebay and it looks like one I put on my wife's XT225. I like that it mounts to more than just the top four bolt on the subframe and is wider in the rear by a bunch. http://www.ebay.com/itm/251071443820?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

    I'm not too sure I like the bolts sticking out under the rear splash portion of the fender but I'm thinking I could "fix" that. That said I haven't seen it in person yet so YMMV.

  17. scoprire

    scoprire Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    176
    Location:
    KY
    The billet racks are nice. While it's more work, don't rule out making your own mounting for it. I used AL stock and bent it to use some mounting points on the underside of the tail. Then mounted he rack to the AL bar. It's strong enough you can lift the rear of the bike w/ it; it's also a good point to attach straps if you get the bike buried and have to drag it out.

    Not the best pic, but you get the idea.

    [​IMG]
  18. ba_

    ba_ Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,847
    Location:
    Westchester County, New York
    Thank you
  19. scottmac

    scottmac Long timer

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,030
    Location:
    La Selva Beach, CA.

    Taking the entire top piece of the triple clamp off is definately the easist solution. That's what I did to
    install fat bars and then risers for a scotts sub mount stabilizer.
  20. pfy50

    pfy50 Professional nOOb

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Oddometer:
    591
    Location:
    Oneida, Tenn.
    krussell,
    I thought of the same mounting and rack combo a month back but it will not work without some modification;(already had the Wolfman racks mounted) TCI Borega needs the same mounting location. So I got one of the Big racks from
    http://www.automotivemachine.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=56
    [​IMG]

    If interested in it let me know and I'll show you a pic of it mounted so you can get a more realistic idea of size.