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Old 07-19-2013, 07:44 PM
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Well, the decision was made to buy another motor off eBay in the states. I won't be disassembling this one myself tho, I have left that in the trusty hands of dogger.
We'll have to see how this one pans out, hopefully the motor will be salvageable and can be restored. For now I will soley be focused on the motor.

Seeing that the motor will be taking a large portion of the budget, I've decided to take a slightly different twist on this. Rather than spending huge $$$ on NOS parts I think I'm going to go aftermarket will several bits and pieces....this should greatly reduce the cosmetic cost of restoring this bike.

For now it's a waiting game to see how this engine fairs.....
Hoping for the best!!

For now I'm going to clean up and box the engine I currently have, discarding useless parts, seeing that all new Maier plastics will be purchased Im going to be throwing all the old plastic bits....I'll probably be cleaning up the frame for now....
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Hi Steve, here's to many hours of toil and sweat and part searching

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It's a labour of love though, when it starts coming together, you'll see the light at the end of the tunnel and admire your handiwork, keep at it, it's worth the effort.

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Here's my 85 XR250R

I know it's not completely original now but having restored her to original a while back, later on I changed a couple of things.

Nos 1991 USD forks
Nos 1985 XR600 swingarm


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Old 07-20-2013, 10:43 AM
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That's a good looking bike, XR. That ought to give Steve someting
to shoot for

Looks like your cat is checking out the underside for leaks.

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Old 07-20-2013, 10:56 AM
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Tks Dogger, yeah, the cats seem to like nosing around the bikes and the one gets her claws into the seat if she can the little bugger!

Here's the XR the very day I bought her.....my how she's changed

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Old 07-20-2013, 12:43 PM
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Hi Steve, here's to many hours of toil and sweat and part searching

---------- Post added at 03:04 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:01 PM ----------

It's a labour of love though, when it starts coming together, you'll see the light at the end of the tunnel and admire your handiwork, keep at it, it's worth the effort.

---------- Post added at 03:24 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:04 PM ----------

Here's my 85 XR250R

I know it's not completely original now but having restored her to original a while back, later on I changed a couple of things.

Nos 1991 USD forks
Nos 1985 XR600 swingarm

That is such a great looking XR!!! Man the day mine starts to look like that will be the day!!!! Thanks for the encouragement s
I rather like the '91 forks on the front...for some reason they don't overpower the look of the bike....I think it's partly due to the fact that the rear has a mono shock. Something I may look into once I've finished the engine.......

The Maier plastics look very very good....if I didn't know any better I would have sworn they were OEM ones.....
I'm very happy that Maier makes plastics for the bike....
Have you had any great reports on aftermarket tanks?? I have located a NOS one but if an aftermarket one will look much like the OEM one then I'd rather spent a third of the $$ one that....
Otherwise a second hand one should clean up good
I guess for the most part the real fun will be doing up the overall look seeing that much of the cosmetic stuff is still available for now I'm just enduring the headache of getting an engine together
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a much easier and more satisfying (to me) fork swap is to find a set of 43mm conventionals from the late 80's cr's. they worked far better than the 43 mm usd's did. my xr had a set of 47mm dual chamber showas on for a short time. i didnt bring the back end up to the same standards or I might have liked them better than the 43mm conventionals (89 cr 125 donor) that i took off and put back on. the 43mm usd's were pretty much junk on all the early 90's rigs, and the 47's to me were just a little bit too stiff for the flexy old xr frames, never got a balanced feel out of it, and it was a more tiring ride.

you can still find lots of 43mm conventional cr forks around it seems. you need a different front wheel since it has a 17mm axle. those seem plentiful too. the 41 mm single chamber conventionals that came on the 91-95 xr250's is an upgrade from the ones you have now.
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beautiful resto on the xr..... nice mechanic too
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With a bit of elbow grease and patience you can do wonders!

This headlight cowl I bought second hand from the USA and cleand it up, did a rather good job even though I say so myself.

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^ wow and there are people out there willing to pay hundreds for NOS,
while your one looks just like NOS! and you probably paid $25 for it
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That's great looking!! Sheesh...can't believe how well that turned out!!!
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