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Ok ive been looking for another quad cause i used to have a 400ex but due to money issues when i was younger had to sell it. I found a 87 250r for $1200 and was just wondering what to look for to see if its a good bike or not. Im kinda new to the 2 strokes and dont want to buy a piece of sh!t. If anyone can help and let me know what the common problem were for those bikes that would be great.
 

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Just look it over and ride it and see how the power is through the gears and listen for any funny noises and check the water to make sure there isnt any oil mixing with it and the same for the oil. Tell them not to have it wormed up when you get there that you want to see a cold start. Welcome to the forums.
 

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Welcome to the forums.
 

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Welcome to the forums!!
 

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Welcome to the forums. Also Pull the spark plug you can really tell alot about a 2-stroke with the plug.
 

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Welcome to the forums.Just look over it carefully and make sure you ride it.
 

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Hey Veritas - I'm new here too but I just learned a thing or two since I recently bought an '87 250x. Got a great price but it has some problems the owner didn't point out.

If it's hard to start, doesn't idle well, and/or runs a little rough that could mean something minor (as in my case - I lucked out) or it could be something big.

Look closely at the rear axle; bends, cracks, major corrosion or rust are going to cost some bucks to fix. Also check the condition of the chain and sprockets. Neglect there means neglect elsewhere too.

Pull all the body parts off if you can and really look it over. Check the air filter too. One bike I looked at was pretty spotless, until I pulled the air filter which was nasty - I walked away from that one.

Take some wrenches - 10mm and 8mm. Put them on the head bolts and torque a little - make sure none feel stripped. An old shop trick that works great is to spray the head gaskets (and others) with some spray on deodorant that comes out white. Crank the engine, rev it a bit, and any oil leaks will be immediately noticeable.

Good Luck!
 

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Hey Veritas - I'm new here too but I just learned a thing or two since I recently bought an '87 250x. Got a great price but it has some problems the owner didn't point out.

If it's hard to start, doesn't idle well, and/or runs a little rough that could mean something minor (as in my case - I lucked out) or it could be something big.

Look closely at the rear axle; bends, cracks, major corrosion or rust are going to cost some bucks to fix. Also check the condition of the chain and sprockets. Neglect there means neglect elsewhere too.

Pull all the body parts off if you can and really look it over. Check the air filter too. One bike I looked at was pretty spotless, until I pulled the air filter which was nasty - I walked away from that one.

Take some wrenches - 10mm and 8mm. Put them on the head bolts and torque a little - make sure none feel stripped. An old shop trick that works great is to spray the head gaskets (and others) with some spray on deodorant that comes out white. Crank the engine, rev it a bit, and any oil leaks will be immediately noticeable.

Good Luck!
Welcome to the forums and that's some good advice.
 

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Hey Veritas - I'm new here too but I just learned a thing or two since I recently bought an '87 250x. Got a great price but it has some problems the owner didn't point out.

If it's hard to start, doesn't idle well, and/or runs a little rough that could mean something minor (as in my case - I lucked out) or it could be something big.

Look closely at the rear axle; bends, cracks, major corrosion or rust are going to cost some bucks to fix. Also check the condition of the chain and sprockets. Neglect there means neglect elsewhere too.

Pull all the body parts off if you can and really look it over. Check the air filter too. One bike I looked at was pretty spotless, until I pulled the air filter which was nasty - I walked away from that one.

Take some wrenches - 10mm and 8mm. Put them on the head bolts and torque a little - make sure none feel stripped. An old shop trick that works great is to spray the head gaskets (and others) with some spray on deodorant that comes out white. Crank the engine, rev it a bit, and any oil leaks will be immediately noticeable.

Good Luck!
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Welcome to the forum. In addition to the other advise, if it looks and runs like its been well cared for thats a good start. $1200 seems like a low price for a TRX250r, so be sceptical, and if it seems like a POS to you it probably is. Don't settle for anything that doesn't "sing" to you. If you settle- you'll be looking for another one soon.
 

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Welcome to the forum. In addition to the other advise, if it looks and runs like its been well cared for thats a good start. $1200 seems like a low price for a TRX250r, so be sceptical, and if it seems like a POS to you it probably is. Don't settle for anything that doesn't "sing" to you. If you settle- you'll be looking for another one soon.
I agree. $1,200 is a low price for a 250R.
 
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