Yamaha WR250R Mega Thread

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

  1. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    Is replacing a spring on the shock difficult, like does it require a bunch of special tools? I may be in the same boat. Without the lowering linkage in (doing that tomorrow) I can only get about 2 & 1/2" of sag. I'm probably 5 or so threads from the top. Yamalink recommends a 10% heavier spring if you're at the top limit stock, so I'm assuming that means I'll need 10% less as I'm at the bottom (I weigh 155 pounds).
  2. Sewerat

    Sewerat Cert. bike whore

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    Well these hand guards are seeming to be a little trickier then I thought they'd be???

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  3. UtahFox

    UtahFox Been here awhile

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    I don't want to hear that - mine are on the way! Though I've upgraded the handlebars, hopefully I won't see what you're seeing.
  4. Reeksy

    Reeksy high state of hiatus

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    I just bought an 08 with 13,000 km (~8000 miles).

    For the roadworthy test the previous owner had to fit new fork seals ... i've only done about 600 kms and there's a touch of oil on the forks.

    Looking at the guards there's plenty of rub marks, and the dust seals have been shaved by the compression. Worse still when I compress the forks just bouncing them in my shed I can see contact :eek1

    Now I need to figure out if this is causing the hammering vibration feeling I get at 50 mph. (Tyre already changed and wheel rebalanced)
  5. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    XT 225/250. :deal

    Then move up if it's warranted.
  6. dnsjo

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    My seat height was lowered by the previous owner with a Corbin seat and stock adjustment, and is still at 36 inches. I have a Moose link ready to install to lower it a further 1.75. Don't know if this will work well or not, but I've ordered Tusk bar risers from Rocky Mountain ATV so I can drop the forks even further than the stock 18 mm allowed.
  7. rsteiger

    rsteiger Bob

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    LOL!!! I got a couple of messages on my Droid when I was recording that! What timing! I replaced the video with another one that I shot.
  8. GSBS

    GSBS FunHog

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    I put a Flatlands Racing skid plate on mine right after getting the bike 22K miles ago. It had harmonic vibes that were somewhat irritating to me. Next oil change while I had the plate off I reinstalled with 1-1/2" rubber washers placed between frame and the plate at the four bolt hole mount sites. No more vibes. Rubber washers were about 35¢ each at the local ACE hardware store.
  9. AdvRich

    AdvRich Parallel Reality

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    Go Man! Go!

  10. shep546

    shep546 Been here awhile

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    I can get some rubber gromets from work I think I might try those...
  11. AdvRich

    AdvRich Parallel Reality

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    Mt Mellum! That rattled my memory... I used to live in Maleny some years back for a few years... loved riding all the dirt and paved twisties on both sides of the range. Sunday brekkie at Maple 3 :dg then :ricky for the day. Great riding area you have there to explore and enjoy on the WR.

    Awe, man now I'm thinking fish and chips watching the surf for lunch or ...

    Not the original poster, but Target in Maroochydore should have something equivalent to the fit the dimensions of your bag.

  12. xy500

    xy500 Loser

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    Did you ever work this one out? i've got the same issue on a new to me wr250r with 11000km. I'm wondering how serious it is? I'm suspecting the water pump.
  13. Rapid Dog

    Rapid Dog bikes, booze, broads...

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    Also wedge a large grommet between the cases and the skidplate 'wings' on either side of the motor. Part of the resonance is there as well.
  14. aj_day

    aj_day Adventurer

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    Everybody gets to do their research and make a choice. We already made ours - it's a WR250R. I know that starting with an XT225 or CRF230 is solid for smaller riders. She believes that she would outgrow those bikes too quickly. She has been through several street bikes, and is a very aggressive street bike rider with track experience. She read Lois on the Loose, and said she would kill me if I bought her an XT225. That's why we are still in love after 17 years... You may criticize my foolhardiness now, I am ready.

    I know that there are other women riding these with similar stature. We are going to spend some money on springs and suspension tuning, and she is going to get a pair of Frey Daytona boots, that will give her a little extra height. She will also have a little learning to do, but I am sure it will not take long for her to get used to it. The Ducati she rides on the street has a 29.5in seat height, and she has become spoiled.

    I think my next task will be sorting out the suspension for her weight. I am not aware of any suspension gurus in the Minneapolis area, so I may be taking it on myself. A good friend is a mountain bike suspension guru with some national chops, and I may enlist his help.

    I would appreciate any recommendations on replacement springs and oil weights, etc... Racetech recommends .42 springs in the front and an 8.62 spring in the back. This sounds like a softer spring in the front (stock is .47) and a heavier spring in the back (stock is 7.7)? The rear feels very plush right now, and she is getting a little over 3 inches of sag (with yamalink installed). A heavier spring on the rear shock does not seem warranted, but she is getting very little sag at all in the front (@ 1in). Any one with experience have an opinion on Racetech's reccomendations?
  15. indypup

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    When you kill the bike is it hard to restart? I have to turn the key off/on in order for it to restart. It seems like the fuel pump doesn't kick in unless I do that... :huh
  16. z@ch

    z@ch Turn it up to eleven

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    When you drop it, the tip over sensor kills the bike and requires a key cycle to restart.
  17. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    You already have the WRR and I know where you are coming from. My wife is 5'4" with about a 29.5" inseam. She has been riding an XT225 and overall is pretty happy with it, but the suspension is the weak point on that bike and its air cooled, so I don't blame you not wanting the XT or CRF230L for your wife as an experienced rider. Since she is new to dual sports though, there still is a learning curve. However, did you ever look at the CRF250L instead? This bike is pretty impressive too and really not far behind the WRR.

    We had thought about a WRR for my wife and she can actually ride mine getting just a toe down on one side, but in the end we decided the new CRF250L were the way to go with way less modifications. These start at about a 34" seat height and seat concepts already makes a lower seat. The Honda CRF250L engine is amazingly smooth, even more than the WRR and has better low end torque than the WRR. BTW, my wife is both an experienced street rider (Duc 696 is her pride and joy right now) and dirt rider and has been on dual sports for a couple years now. We probably could have made a WRR work for her, but in the end, I think the Honda was a fine choice and she's enjoying it so far.
  18. duanew1

    duanew1 In my Pajama pants

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    On mine I have to wait until the pump finishes running to start it or it has a hard time and might not start. The pump has never failed to run after a stall though.
  19. shep546

    shep546 Been here awhile

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    Can I plug the AIS line going to my airbox and just leave the line there? I got a broken wrist and don't feel like taking off my tank.
  20. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    Contact Travis at Go Race. He's go an excellent reputation and knows the WR suspension, he'll know exactly what can be done

    http://go-race.com/wordpress/?page_id=291