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First time poster, found this site while researching a potential bike first bike. It's a 1985 fourtrax, in amazing shape. Only 2 older gentlemen owners who took good care of it, and said all original parts. He said he barely had it out of 2nd gear. Just concerned about age, it's 3 years older than I am. I've attached some pictures. Any help is appreciated!
 

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Those little 250s are incredibly strong and super tough. They are great little bikes I have one and it is a great yard work or hunting bike it's not the smoothest riding bike for trails and such but I have ridin mine in some pretty good trails and never missed a beat. The brakes are pretty much shot on mine is the only real problem.

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Good morning,

First time poster, found this site while researching a potential bike first bike. It's a 1985 fourtrax, in amazing shape. Only 2 older gentlemen owners who took good care of it, and said all original parts. He said he barely had it out of 2nd gear. Just concerned about age, it's 3 years older than I am. I've attached some pictures. Any help is appreciated!
Thought the one I found was in amazing shape....but yours is immaculate. That's quite the find for you. Did you already buy it? If not, don't wait another minute or it will be gone!

Some OEM parts can easily be purchased, but some are also not available. I wouldn't let that stop you. Most of what is not available in new OEM can still be found as NOS, aftermarket, interchange, or DIY. But from the looks of it, you shouldn't be needing parts anytime soon!
 
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Good morning,

First time poster, found this site while researching a potential bike first bike. It's a 1985 fourtrax, in amazing shape. Only 2 older gentlemen owners who took good care of it, and said all original parts. He said he barely had it out of 2nd gear. Just concerned about age, it's 3 years older than I am. I've attached some pictures. Any help is appreciated!
Thought the one I found was in amazing shape....but yours is immaculate. That's quite the find for you. Did you already buy it? If not, don't wait another minute or it will be gone!

Some OEM parts can easily be purchased, but some are also not available. I wouldn't let that stop you. Most of what is not available in new OEM can still be found as NOS, aftermarket, interchange, or DIY. But from the looks of it, you shouldn't be needing parts anytime soon!
We did a handshake. The plan is to stop on my way home tonight from work and get it. I'll mostly be using it for yard work and hunting so it fits what i want perfectly. As i said, its my first atv so i'm pretty excited.
 

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You’ve found a gem there! It even has the stock exhaust, they usually rot out and get replaced with aftermarket!
I thought my fenders were in good shape until you posted this!
A great bike for a first ATV, faster than you’ll expect it to be and great work horses, pretty much a lighter, smaller 300 fourtrax IMO.

Be sure to check out the winch mounting before you use it, can’t really see much from the pictures but if it’s only attached to the front bumper then that WONT hold up.
Post pics when you get it, looks a real smart machine, good find :)
 

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So I picked up the bike last night, very happy. Unbelievable condition. Is there any regular maintenance I should perform? Oil, Carb etc? I also downloaded the service manual on the main page.

One thing I noticed is that the bike takes a while to warm up before it will stay idling. I'm sure this is normal (its been freezing temperatures here this week). But does the choke usually spring back to the off position? I need to hold it to the left or it will slide back to the off position and bike sputters off. I'm ok with it having to warm up, but do I need to baby it until it does? Is there anyway to have the choke stay half open until it warms up?

Thanks for the help. I'll post pictures tonight.
 

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All of my chokes stay on to wherever you set them, maybe your choke lever is just worn. You could look out for a second hand unit and replace the cable.
The wife’s 250 also takes 5 minutes or so to warm up, I usually leave it sit for a 5/10 minutes before riding.

As for maintenance, regular oil and filter changes, every 100 hours i do ours or anytime I’ve been in water above the engine/axles.
Pretty sure there are grease nipples/zerks on the front of the 250’s, I use marine grease and again, I do all these things every time I replace oils and filters.

The 250’s always seem to suffer carb issues, one thing I would definitely keep on top of is a clean tank and an in-line fuel filter. Remember to keep the fuel can you fill from clean too.
The rest is common knowledge really, if it looks wrong it probably is, if it moves, oil/lubricate accordingly.

Keep it maintained, clean and dry, this ATV will last you years :)
 
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Thanks for the love guys! To be honest it's almost in too good of shape to use. I think I will need a new choke cable though. Is ebay the best place to buy? Such as:

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Motion-Pro-...ash=item440cb8fb2b:g:QUgAAOSwLdNZyuy3&vxp=mtr

I'll also need to find a better storage location, planning on building a shed next year. I'll send it in for the ATV of month next month.
When I just revived mine, it ended up being the choke valve itself that was stuck. Choke cable itself was fine. Be sure to check the same on yours before you buy a cable. Motio Pro makes good stuff though, so I'd have no worries about that one you posted.
 

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That thing is in incredible shape! Nice Find!
 

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Wheelsquad has a good point about the choke valve. As yours keeps returning to the off position the seal on the valve could be worn. It may be worth replacing the valve and seal while your doing the cable, they don’t cost a lot at all.
 
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