1997 RM125 - Rebuild (lots of pictures)


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  • Bumperlt

Posted January 06, 2010 - 05:32 PM

#1

First off, this is my first 2-stroke and therefor my first time working on a two stroke. But wow how easy it was to disassemble as far as I have. This is a continuation of the other thread of me contemplating buying it. I took a lot of pictures cause I'm not sure how bad things are. It was outside, undercover, for the last 6 months getting hit with moisture. So a given is replacing the rotors, sprokets, and chain

My biggest concern right now is the noise coming from the bottom end when I push the kickstarter. Its not loud really, it sounds like metal rubbing other metal with a little but of intermettent mild clicking or chugging. Maybe this is normal I don't know. I'm going to listed to my buddies yz125 and see if it makes similar noises while turning over.

Other concerns:
Denting on the top of the piston
Broken clutch line holder right near the clutch lever on the case


Here is a list thus far of what need to be fixed/replaced:
Silencer
Rear brake lever bolt
kickstarter bolt
brake resevior
clutch and brake levers and perches
girps
throttle tube
chain
kill switch
piston and ring
air filter assembly
spark plug
fuel line clamps
all plastics and mounting hardware

Goodies:
Works connection skid plate and frame guards
Rental fat bar handlebar and risers
FMF fatty pipe

please let me know what you all think of these pics, also any suggestions on other parts that should be replaced are welcomed. ** in one of the pictures the spark plug holder / cylinder cover looks cracked, its not.

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  • drmcook

Posted January 06, 2010 - 05:52 PM

#2

Wow. It looks as if something got in between the Piston and the cylinder walls and made its way up to the top and the piston was hitting it against the cylinder head. These do not look as normal wear skuffs. You definately looking at a new top end, cylinder and head. You can send it to Eric Gore or other professionals to get it bored out to a 134 or 144cc or just have it replated. I would also do the bottom end if I was you to be on the safe side. That sound is not normal. Take everything apart and inspect. You will regret when you put it together and the bottom end fries on the first or second ride if you don't replace it. Based on the condition it is right now, I doubt that the crank bearings and the rest are in good shape. Wait till you get to do the suspension bearings on the linkage, seering stem, swingarm and the shock. I guarantee those are toast just from being in the moist for a long time. I would suggest to inspect it as well. I did not see a new plug on your list.

  • zig06

Posted January 06, 2010 - 06:00 PM

#3

This will be a fun bike when it's back together!

It looks like the previous owner used YamaBond to seal the cylinder head ~ which is not needed. Be sure to clean all of that junk out and just use the o-rings when you put it back together.

Bad news on the cylinder, you need to have it replated. The scars do not appear to be deep enough to need fixing, even so, plan on spending about $200 to replate it.

It looks like the previous owner used straight well water in the coolant system instead of radiator fluid. That (to me) explains all of the rust deposits, be sure to use a real coolant when you re-assemble.

  • mihylo33

Posted January 06, 2010 - 06:01 PM

#4

Bottom end needs a total rebuild along with the cylinder needing to be replated. The head looks fine and just needs to be cleaned up. You can have a brand new rebuilt motor for about $500or less if you do it yourself. How much did you pay for it?
Good luck

  • Bumperlt

Posted January 06, 2010 - 07:09 PM

#5

I paid 300. Too much? Probably. But I need something to get me through winter and it will be super fun when its done.

I will be doing all the work myself, as much as possible at least. That said i have never attempted such a large undertaking. I've done cars and trucks, water pumps, timing belts, clutches. But for some reason splitting the bottom of this little engine makes me really nervous. Is there a thread or link to someone who has done it? Can i get by with just a manual? Anyone know where I can get a manual (ha)? I live in in the seattle area, does anyone know of a place that will recoat the cylinder, because i'm assuming it's not a diy kind of thing. I may just leave the cylinder alone for now because 1) it's not that bad and 2) it takes about 30 minutes to get it off again.

The bottom end makes me real nervous. I think its mostly cause the tranny is attached. I flipped through the gears and everything on that side of things seems to work well.

  • Bumperlt

Posted January 06, 2010 - 07:30 PM

#6

I was just ordering some parts for it and realized that oem handlebar stuff and not fit the renthal fat bar? I don't even have anything to compare it to.

  • 98rm250_90cr500

Posted January 06, 2010 - 08:09 PM

#7

Get ready to dig in! Pull it all split the cases and replace all seals ect.

New bearings throughout and check the tranny parts for damage or wear.

I rebuilt my 250 last year and it cost around $450 for everything in the botom end.

I would send the cylender off to power seal and have it replated and put in a new piston.

Have fun with it i think $300 is reasonable i paid $800 for my 250 but the chasis and plastics were all in good condition.

  • mihylo33

Posted January 07, 2010 - 03:47 AM

#8

I was just ordering some parts for it and realized that oem handlebar stuff and not fit the renthal fat bar? I don't even have anything to compare it to.


Yeah you have to get standard 7/8 bars unless you want to buy aftermarket triple clamps.

  • spike00svt

Posted January 07, 2010 - 06:29 AM

#9

This thread may help.
http://www.thumperta...ad.php?t=589429

  • mihylo33

Posted January 07, 2010 - 06:55 AM

#10

This thread may help.
http://www.thumperta...ad.php?t=589429


Are you ever going to ride that bike again?

  • spike00svt

Posted January 07, 2010 - 07:04 AM

#11

Are you ever going to ride that bike again?


The biggest problem is I have no way of transporting my bike. I used to borrow my mothers pickup truck but she recently moved to Florida. There are some not-so-legal spots around my house but I'm not sure where they are and haven't been able to find any locals to show me. So to answer your question: in the near future-probably not. I'm looking for a small pickup to be my toy hauler.

  • mihylo33

Posted January 07, 2010 - 07:06 AM

#12

The biggest problem is I have no way of transporting my bike. I used to borrow my mothers pickup truck but she recently moved to Florida. There are some not-so-legal spots around my house but I'm not sure where they are and haven't been able to find any locals to show me. So to answer your question: in the near future-probably not. I'm looking for a small pickup to be my toy hauler.



Well hurry the "F" up! Summer is almost here!

  • spike00svt

Posted January 07, 2010 - 07:58 AM

#13

Well hurry the "F" up! Summer is almost here!


Thanks for offering to give me a ride.

  • Bumperlt

Posted January 07, 2010 - 09:59 AM

#14

I saw that thread it gave me a little bit of good info, what I reallyneed though is input on redoing the bottom end.

Wiseco sells a bottom end rebuild kit for 01-04 or something like that, but not 96-00. Does anyone know where I can get a bottom end rebuild kit or do I have to buy all the parts individually from suzuki?

  • spike00svt

Posted January 07, 2010 - 10:04 AM

#15

I saw that thread it gave me a little bit of good info, what I reallyneed though is input on redoing the bottom end.

Wiseco sells a bottom end rebuild kit for 01-04 or something like that, but not 96-00. Does anyone know where I can get a bottom end rebuild kit or do I have to buy all the parts individually from suzuki?


Get a connecting rod kit and have a local shop press it onto the crankshaft.
http://shop.thumpert...tCode=TR_164860

  • mihylo33

Posted January 07, 2010 - 03:16 PM

#16

Thanks for offering to give me a ride.



OH yeah If you need a ride just text me! lol! Sorry about that.:cheers:
Oh You know what I can drive down in my truck and then you can take my truck to the track and I'll take your girl out to dinner! Does she like Tube steak?:moon:

  • aakmetz

Posted January 07, 2010 - 10:04 PM

#17

First off, this is my first 2-stroke and therefor my first time working on a two stroke. But wow how easy it was to disassemble as far as I have. This is a continuation of the other thread of me contemplating buying it. I took a lot of pictures cause I'm not sure how bad things are. It was outside, undercover, for the last 6 months getting hit with moisture. So a given is replacing the rotors, sprokets, and chain

My biggest concern right now is the noise coming from the bottom end when I push the kickstarter. Its not loud really, it sounds like metal rubbing other metal with a little but of intermettent mild clicking or chugging. Maybe this is normal I don't know. I'm going to listed to my buddies yz125 and see if it makes similar noises while turning over.

Other concerns:
Denting on the top of the piston
Broken clutch line holder right near the clutch lever on the case


Here is a list thus far of what need to be fixed/replaced:
Silencer
Rear brake lever bolt
kickstarter bolt
brake resevior
clutch and brake levers and perches
girps
throttle tube
chain
kill switch
piston and ring
air filter assembly
spark plug
fuel line clamps
all plastics and mounting hardware

Goodies:
Works connection skid plate and frame guards
Rental fat bar handlebar and risers
FMF fatty pipe

please let me know what you all think of these pics, also any suggestions on other parts that should be replaced are welcomed. ** in one of the pictures the spark plug holder / cylinder cover looks cracked, its not.

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spike and mike hy-jacking your thread, don't mind them:bonk: 300.00 for the bike's not too bad, count on at least 1,000 for parts, which would include all the running gear too, chain, sprockets, tires, wheel bearings, and such, hopefully your trans is good, i put 700.00 in trans parts just this past year, and another 400 - 500 to freshen up my cyl and some other stuff, this winter, a good start would be pull the bottom apart and inspect everything, get a service manual too, for reference. and start making a list:thumbsup:

  • aakmetz

Posted January 07, 2010 - 10:09 PM

#18

OH yeah If you need a ride just text me! lol! Sorry about that.:cheers:
Oh You know what I can drive down in my truck and then you can take my truck to the track and I'll take your girl out to dinner! Does she like Tube steak?:moon:

:smirk::lol:

  • Bumperlt

Posted January 07, 2010 - 11:19 PM

#19

I'm making a long list now with all the links to the parts. I'll post it in a bit for any suggestions on things to add.

I havent decided about the FMF fatty pipe, its dented pretty bad but I've seen threads about using ice to get the dents out, but my memory tells me those were all smaller dents. Is it worth trying to salvage?

  • Bumperlt

Posted January 08, 2010 - 12:08 AM

#20

Anyone have any input on this list?

Silencer
27-0330 FMF Shorty
http://shop.thumpert...efault.asp?p=18

Brake Resevior

Chain
R1-520-114 Renthal
http://shop.thumpert...fault.asp?p=515

Sprockets
Front
R254-520-12 (12T) Renthal
http://shop.thumpert...fault.asp?p=461

Rear
R123-50 (50T) Renthal
http://shop.thumpert...fault.asp?p=461

Kill Switch
57-5014 WPS
http://shop.thumpert...fault.asp?p=557

Top end kit
16-66(19,20,21,22,23) Wiseco
http://shop.thumpert...fault.asp?p=430

Connecting rod kit
16-4860 Wiseco
http://shop.thumpert...fault.asp?p=460

Complete engine gasket set
99-0842 Athena
http://shop.thumpert...t.asp?p=422&s=2

Crankshaft bearings and seals
22-41016 All Balls
http://shop.thumpert...t.asp?p=605&s=2

Swing arm bearings
22-81047 All Balls
http://shop.thumpert...t.asp?p=689&s=2

Linkage bearings
22-71064 All Balls
http://shop.thumpert...t.asp?p=689&s=2

Wheel bearings
Front
41-3611 MSR
http://shop.thumpert...t.asp?p=111&s=2

Rear
41-3655 MSR
http://shop.thumpert...t.asp?p=113&s=2

Air filter assembly
23-3211 Twin Air
http://shop.thumpert...fault.asp?p=488

Spark plug
BR8ES NGK
http://shop.thumpert...fault.asp?p=652

Plastics

Tires
Front
31-8445 Dunlop MX51
http://shop.thumpert...lt.asp?p=67&s=2

Rear
31-8460 Dunlop MX51
http://shop.thumpert...lt.asp?p=67&s=2




 
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