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Old September 26th, 2018, 02:36 PM   #1
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New to 250's

I haven't ridden in about 14 years, previously owned bikes ranging from a YSR50, SV650S, a couple 600 CBR's and even a Silverwing scooter. I've had the itch to take on a small motorcycle project to tinker around with at my leisure. I had no time and little interest in getting back on a motorcycle for several years and honestly I'm more excited about the project than I am about getting back on the road.

I looked into some classic Japanese, small displacement road bikes from the mid to late 1970's. Everything I looked at was WAY too beat up and missing too many critical original parts. The bikes that were over my price range we're too nice (not enough project). I wanted to go with an air cooled v-twin under 500cc but my searching often led me to the EX250's.

After coming across this forum, I was pretty much sold. After searching for a few weeks I managed to pick up this 2007 with 7900 miles on it at a good price. It has a clean title and it's in good cosmetic shape. I don't know how well it is mechanically because the battery is dead, couldn't jump it. I should have a replacement battery this weekend. Aside from that it has an oil leak, looks like it's around the oil filter seal. Also the oil drain plug was over-tightened at some point so that part is also on order, hopefully it's not the case threads that were damaged <gulp>.

At any rate, here she is, before I start to get it up and running for it's impending modifications.
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Old September 26th, 2018, 02:58 PM   #2
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Old September 26th, 2018, 06:32 PM   #3
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Old September 26th, 2018, 06:53 PM   #4
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Old September 27th, 2018, 06:51 AM   #5
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Since it's new-to you, you may want to check the oil filter screen as well when you are changing the oil - https://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Checking_the_oil_screen

I'd suggest Rotella T6 unless you have a favorite cycle-specific oil.
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Old September 27th, 2018, 09:33 AM   #6
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Since it's new-to you, you may want to check the oil filter screen as well when you are changing the oil - https://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Checking_the_oil_screen

I'd suggest Rotella T6 unless you have a favorite cycle-specific oil.
I was planning on doing the oil change as well this weekend but didn't even know about that screen. I'll order that paper gasket and hold off until I get it to do the oil/filter. Thanks again!!
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Old September 27th, 2018, 10:08 AM   #7
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Since it's new-to you, you may want to check the oil filter screen as well when you are changing the oil - https://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/Checking_the_oil_screen

I'd suggest Rotella T6 unless you have a favorite cycle-specific oil.
i suggest usings amsoil 10w40.
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Old September 27th, 2018, 10:34 AM   #8
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i suggest usings amsoil 10w40.
Everyone has a favorite, but T6 is kinda a default synthetic oil that checks all the boxes.
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Old September 27th, 2018, 11:56 AM   #9
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Old September 28th, 2018, 09:39 PM   #10
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Sometimes there's a reason (other than simple lack of time or interest in riding) that a bike ended up pushed to the back of a garage for a bunch of years.

But even if the oil drain plug threads are ruined it's not that hard to fix. There's plenty of "meat" around the drain plug threads so taping in and installing a large-sized Time-Sert or Heli-Coil or other brand of thread replacement will work just fine. And all of these replacement items are stainless steel so they would be stronger than the original threads.

Beyond that, I really like the color of your EX250. You don't see that silver very often (Kawasaki code 458, Metallic Phantom Silver). I think Kawasaki only used that shade on the 2007 EX250.

I'm partial to silver, I have a 2005 in code 474, Galaxy Silver type #2. The Galaxy Silver wasn't very common either.
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Old September 29th, 2018, 07:20 AM   #12
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Thanks! I really hope it's the drain plug and not the case. I've never installed a heli-coil type product. I'll find out soon enough.
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Old September 29th, 2018, 08:56 PM   #13
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Thanks! I really hope it's the drain plug and not the case. I've never installed a heli-coil type product. I'll find out soon enough.
Although, if there are still useful/solid threads in the oil pan but it still leaks just a drip every so often, which is what my 2005 EX250 does, maybe a "sealing washer" is all you need.

The following paragraphs are a cut-and-paste of some advice given by another member here on the forum (triple Jim I think). This advice worked for my slow drip oil pan drain plug leak:

I've started using Parker Stat-O-Seals for those washers on my motorcycles. They have a rubber insert that seals without relying on squashing a metal washer, and they can be used multiple times. One place to buy them is McMaster-Carr, and the M12 size is McMaster-Carr part number 93786A200. You can plug that into www.mcmaster.com to see what it is.

They're only $1.50 each, but at McM you have to buy 10, and then pay shipping. You may find another source for getting a couple that's cheaper. Luckily I buy from McM regularly, so I just added a pack to an order.

Generic search phrases would be something like "m12 seal washer" or "m12 stat-o-seal"
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Old September 30th, 2018, 07:50 AM   #14
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That's a reasonable and cheap option. Although if I were to go this route I'd definitely drill the drain plug head and safety wire it. I'd hate for that thing to work itself loose with all the vibration & temperature fluctuation.

Thanks for the idea!
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