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kxkid715 kxkid715
11/8/2017 9:04 AM

So I haven't swung a leg over a bike in almost two years and recently decided to buy a new bike and get back out there. I knew that buying a new 450 was going to be a costly venture and took that into consideration in my decision to buy. I looked all over and found decent OTD prices on 2018 models around $8k.

However, I just couldn't bite the bullet and spend that kind of cash on a DIRTBIKE, so I walked away from the purchase and decided to hit up the ol craigslist for a used machine that I could turn into a fun project. I'm a Kawi guy so I started searching for 250 two strokes. After a couple weeks of searching I found a 2003 that I picked up for $1,700.

Tires were down to nothing and cracked, throttle cable was frayed and it would run Wide Open upon turning left, it was soaked in ten year old oil and dirt from all over the state of CA and was seriously neglected. After looking at new bikes, this was quite the change and I was a bit nervous when I drove off with it.

So I took the bike home, tore it down to the frame and started the process. Cleaned all the hardware, all the parts, tore into the motor and found a new clutch (score!) and a top end that was in surprisingly great shape with good compression. After a shopping spree on Motosport Outlet and using some spare parts in my garage, I finished the bike and am quite happy. Here are the pics...







So needless to say I am pretty stoked on the bike. All in I am at about $2800 and ready to have some fun.

This sport doesn't need to break the bank and this proves you can still get out on a budget. See you dudes out there.
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Stuntman949 Stuntman949
11/8/2017 9:16 AM

Beautiful work! Not too many pretty KX250s still out there

"A link is only as long as your longest strong chain"

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Acidreamer Acidreamer
11/8/2017 9:32 AM

Damn now youre makin me want to buy one too

2009 Kawasaki KX450F
2009 Kawasaki KX250F
2002 Suzuki GSXR 600

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11/8/2017 9:59 AM

Nice bike and the best part of it all is that you'll have just as much fun on it if not more than you would of had on a new 450.

"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

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Sidecar Sidecar
11/8/2017 10:06 AM

AND... Every time you rode a new 450 it would de value.... That sweet ride is gonna go up in value, good move, enjoy!!!

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mattyhamz2 mattyhamz2
11/8/2017 10:17 AM

Nice!! We have an 05 that we bought new in 04 and love it! Never getting rid of that bike. If you are interested, I'm pretty sure I have a few pipes for your bike that Karel Kramer gave me. Just let me know!

2017 RMZ450
2005 YZ250-sold :,(
1998 YZ250
2005 KX250F

80% of the time it works every time
IG @hamdaddyof2 & @2HRacing
Thanks to : Factory Effex, N2Dirt, Acerbis, DT1, Fasthouse, Matix, FMF, ASV, 100% & Mika Metals

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Dirty Points Dirty Points
11/8/2017 10:23 AM

Your bench makes me absolutely ashamed to photograph what mine looks like when I am in project mode.

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Donovan759 Donovan759
11/8/2017 10:26 AM

looks incredible

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KDXGarage KDXGarage
11/9/2017 1:04 AM

Looking good!

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TimR TimR
11/9/2017 2:37 AM

Nice job! I have an 03 too that I will be restoring this winter!

People say you can make the stock suspension working pretty good.

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22Ryann 22Ryann
11/9/2017 2:49 AM

Bike Builds forum?

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robbo335 robbo335
11/9/2017 3:06 AM

corey my man that thing looks sweet, hows the fire department?

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pmshortt2 pmshortt2
11/9/2017 5:16 AM

Nice, what shape was the suspension in? No rear shock or fork rebuild?

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danman danman
11/9/2017 5:53 AM

why didn't you wedge that triple motor into the frame??? THAT, would be a bike build!

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TimR TimR
11/10/2017 12:36 AM

What wheels are those? Did they fit straight on?

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dl117 dl117
11/10/2017 6:23 AM
Dirty Points wrote:

Your bench makes me ...more

my exact thought....uhhh

Great looking bike for sure, considering one of those also, had an 01 and 02. just got back into riding again and bought a 09 250f for a song, but still want a 2 stroke to make the panties drop.


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11/10/2017 6:26 AM

Good job. Simple, no bling and very nicely done.

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11/10/2017 6:28 AM

Any pics of the other KX in the back where the guy is a little camera shy lol. (5th pic down)

"Sorry Goose, but it's time to buzz the tower."

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rongi#401 rongi#401
11/10/2017 6:55 AM
Dirty Points wrote:

Your bench makes me ...more


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crc245 crc245
11/10/2017 7:15 AM
-MAVERICK- wrote:

Any pics of the other KX ...more

Right here?

Clean build kxkid!

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Aj528 Aj528
11/10/2017 9:38 AM

Clean bike! But I’m intrigued by that 3 clylinder you have on the bench! What’s that for?

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11/10/2017 9:47 AM

Outstanding! Great job on the rebuild.

"Welcome to Southern California......the mecca of motocross racing." ~ Jason Wiegant

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jeffro503 jeffro503
11/10/2017 10:11 AM

Oh man....very nice! She looks great all cleaned up like that , and it looks like you did it right. Have fun on her , and welcome back to the sport.


And there goes Jeffro. One of God's own prototypes. A super high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Pimpin' Ho's , Rollin' fatty's......drinkin' beers , beers , beers!! ~ Ja

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NorCal 50+ NorCal 50+
11/10/2017 10:18 AM


It's impossible for a corporation or government to love you or care about you.

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mx621 mx621
11/10/2017 11:16 AM

Dirt bikes and jet skis. Ok in my book.

2010 crf450
2002 cr125
1993 Yamaha waveblaster
1993 Kawasaki 750sx

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F150Motocrosser F150Motocrosser
11/10/2017 11:24 AM

You knocked it out of the park man! How did you go about cleaning up the engine cases, cylinder etc? Just the basic scotchbrite/40 kind of elbow grease, or did you get into any kind of media blasting like soda or vapor??

Positively, absolutely 110% obsessed with anything MOTO.

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