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It wouldnt idle. So i siphoned the old yellow gas out of it and put in fresh 91. Shame on me for letting it sit long enough for the gas to go bad

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I've been thinking of buying a 2022! What do you think of it? Is it good? Pros and cons maybe?
Great fun machines. Picked up a 22 a couple months ago and it's been fun. The one con I see is having a hard time finding one for a reasonable price that does not already have a deposit on it for someone else. The pros are it's brand new so you don't get any previous owner surprises and if you take care of it it'll last a long time. Parts are readily available and also reasonable considering most other hobbies get much more expensive.
 

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Thanks! I have been looking around quite a bit and can't find new ones around here (I live in Chihuahua, Mexico, in a pretty small town of around 2,000 people) but I am looking into used ones too. I have my eye on one. He's gonna send some details of it in the following week so lets see if it's gonna be good or if it's gonna be too used for me liking
 

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My Lonestar a arms were getting scratched on rocks, I decided to make some custom skid plates. I bent them out of thin sheet aluminum to mock them up, then had a fab shop bend the real ones out of 1/8” aluminum. I used 3/4” EMT straps to secure them to the arms. I haven’t tried them out yet but they fit great


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I have the week off between Christmas & New Years. I decided it’s the perfect time for a frame off restoration I’m going to have gussets welded in behind the upper front shock mounts and the cheesy bumper mounts beefed up. Then everything powder coated. Also have a new Sparks exhaust for it when it goes back together

Does Yamaha have a way of coating the inside of the frame tubes from the factory? I’m worried the welding will cause rust on the inside down the line. I’ve seen old dirt bikes where the frames rusted out from the inside, I want to avoid that

Any thoughts?


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I have the week off between Christmas & New Years. I decided it’s the perfect time for a frame off restoration I’m going to have gussets welded in behind the upper front shock mounts and the cheesy bumper mounts beefed up. Then everything powder coated. Also have a new Sparks exhaust for it when it goes back together

Does Yamaha have a way of coating the inside of the frame tubes from the factory? I’m worried the welding will cause rust on the inside down the line. I’ve seen old dirt bikes where the frames rusted out from the inside, I want to avoid that

Any thoughts?


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It’s raw inside and the frame does have some drains in it.
 

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That’s kinda what I figured. I guess just don’t overthink it? I’m not sure how I would coat it inside anyway

I wonder if it’s worth spraying some sort of fluid film up inside the drain holes


I’m as far as I can get for the moment. I’m waiting for businesses to reopen near me to have it welded and powdered. I also have a bunch of new bearings and bushings coming from Partzilla. It should be like a brand new quad


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The chain side bushing in my swingarm was so shot that it actually trashed the swingarm. The hole isn’t round anymore, it’s oblong. This is a pic of a good used one I picked up. I noticed that there is a needle bearing type bushing on the outer side on each side, and a plastic bushing on the inner side on each side. I would think it would be a lot more robust to replace the plastic bushings with the roller bearing type bushings. Has anyone done this?


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The chain side bushing in my swingarm was so shot that it actually trashed the swingarm. The hole isn’t round anymore, it’s oblong. This is a pic of a good used one I picked up. I noticed that there is a needle bearing type bushing on the outer side on each side, and a plastic bushing on the inner side on each side. I would think it would be a lot more robust to replace the plastic bushings with the roller bearing type bushings. Has anyone done this?


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You Can double the bearings if you want, but they aren't needed, the bushings work well.
At some point the swingarm bolt came loose, and/or the bearing(s) started to fail...then wallowed out the hole in the swingarm.
I have seen this quite a few times over the years too, it's not uncommon.
You just have to check for slack to prevent it from happening.

And, for coating your frame, the Only way to do the inside is to submerge it in paint, the way many new cars are painted.
But, I wouldn't worry about it.
Unless you drive in deep mud, never wash it off, and leave it outside, you'll never have a problem.
You can also do a great job on a frame with just spray cans, powder coat is great, but not a need.
Clean and prep the frame well, and spray several coats of primer, then multiple coats of paint, over a couple weeks of paint, dry, cure, repeat.
I've done several frames this way.
I dropped a wrench on the last one, and it dented the paint...but it did not chip.
 

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Yeah it’s my fault for letting the bushings get so bad. I knew there was play there for a long time, but I put it off. I didn’t expect it to actually eat into the swingarm. But oh well, $100 for a nice used one is a small price to pay for a lesson learned

Spray bombing the frame is a good suggestion if I was on a strict budget, but powder is definitely worth the money in my opinion. I’m having the swingarm and a bunch of other small things done as well

I ride in the coal region which can actually be fairly corrosive, that’s why I was concerned about the inside. I like the idea of submerging it in paint, but I’m not sure it’s worth the trouble, like you said. I looked inside it with a flashlight as much as possible, it looks fine. I’m just being weird I guess


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Got the frame back from the fab shop all beefed up. Now it’s off to sand blast & powder

Is it a bad idea to separate the mid frame from the main frame? I don’t want to pull the aluminum threads out of the mid frame on the bottom bolts near the foot pegs


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Got the frame back from the fab shop all beefed up. Now it’s off to sand blast & powder

Is it a bad idea to separate the mid frame from the main frame? I don’t want to pull the aluminum threads out of the mid frame on the bottom bolts near the foot pegs


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I’ve had several apart without issue. You end up with a much better powder job if you pull it apart. Buy the correct socket, heat the bolts up with torch, tap on the socket in the bolt, then try threading them out.

Always chase all threads after powder before trying to assemble.
 

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Sounds good, I’ll give it a go tonight. Surprisingly, Home Depot had the correct tamper proof t50


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Oddly enough the Lowe’s brand one seems to be the strongest without buying like snap-on or mac matco whatever, so if you end up breaking it (bit breaks) might try the Lowe’s one. Have gone through a few of them over the years. The key is heat, hit it a few times, then be smooth and firm when you first start to loosen them. Penetrating oil didn’t seem to matter.

When you put it back together, avoid using stainless fasteners. Very easy to gall, especially with aluminum.
 
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