Yamaha XT250 Thread - All things related to the XT from riding to modifications.

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  1. Bobbyh83

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    Overanalyzed the tire decision for a few days. Ordered Metzeler MC360. I need an aggressive tire for local trails especially with all the rain we have gotten. Don’t have much Pavement riding planned. Planning to run a hybrid on the trials side for Colorado next year though. Got a few tire tools to attempt the change myself and some aluminum handlebars.

    Putting together a tool kit after needing one on the side of tee trail. Anyone want to detail wrench/socket sizes? Any must have items that might not be thought of?


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  2. Cyclepath

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    I have used trials tires on all of my dirt bikes for quite a long time. Best all around tire you will ever use. The only place they are not so good is in mud. They wil load up and become a slick. They work good in the rocks and hard surfaces and everywhere else.
    I have some kendas on my xt right now but as soon as they are worn a bit I am going back to a full fledged trials tire. They don't dig a big trench in the loose sand like a knobby does and for woods riding in the dirt they are great.
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    I have not run trials tires since the 70's I think.
    I should give them a try.
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    Fasnacht Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks very much for this new thread, RL...Am in serious consideration of a new XT for my wife. She rides an older KL250 Super Sherpa and we would like to update to FI and better braking...Looks to be very comparable in fit. Anyone have experience going between the two?
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    In this day of ethanol in gasoline, fuel injection saves from a lot of headaches. No more draining the carb bowl when the bike site. No more corrosion in a carb.

    The new rules allow for 10% ethanol without notice to the consumer. Get ready though, 15% ethanol is coming.
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    Picked up 2016 XT, dropped it off at a mechanic friend to install a steering damper and cogent suspension.
    Now got to wait 4-5 weeks for the shock to be built...
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    Hope you guys aren’t tired of my questions. Chain slack- I see the spec of 1.57-1.77 inches but not much other than that. Looks like that’s total deflection from neutral position center line by the diagram. Is that right? I need to get the service manual ordered. Thanks for the link


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    The forks and replacement shock are on the way to me. Joy.

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  13. Bobbyh83

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    Been quiet in here. Thanks for the specs- got the chain adjusted after installing the new tires. I think it was a bit tight before. New Tusk aluminum bars and hand guards installed as well. Bars seem a good buy for the $$. I’ll spend more on handguards next time most likely. Sturdy once installed but a PITA to install. Machined to where a socket won’t fit around the nut on the clamps. Don’t use gorilla super glue as grip glue... set up too quick.


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  14. Bobbyh83

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    Does anyone sell a fork brace? Is it needed?


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  15. RL Lemke

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    I don't know if a fork brace is needed. Probably depends most on how hard you ride.

    In reality, I have only seen one post regarding a fork brace. Since both fork sides work exactly the same, and considering the intended use, I see no benefit in adding a brace.
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    Here are some pics of a rack system I built for my xt250 cuzzzz I couldn't find anything I liked. And they were all way to expensive. My xt has taken a nap several times and once really hard on a rock pile and so far nothing has broken or even bent. "knock on wood" :-) You can install these with just the top rack or just the side racks or both together. Since I have taken these pics I have added a cross bar in the lower racks for more anchor points for different bags. They are not perfectly symmetrical as I bent the tubing with hand operated pipe bender but it really doesn't matter. When the bags are installed you can't see them anyway.
    Besides, I am a function over form kinda guy anyway. :-)


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    More rack pics.

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    Still more rack pics

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    Different bags, same racks.

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