Mystery VIN kx250?


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  • 123ewq

Posted January 09, 2011 - 10:44 AM

#1

Well, i bought a "2002" kx250 last winter/spring and rode it for a year, the guy was very honest and he was the second owner. THe original owner put heavy springs in the bike front and rear from factory connection (.45 front 5.6 rear) so i just recently shelled out 190 dollars for a .40 front and 5.0 race tech spring set. the rear spring went in fine since it would fit 88-05ish kx250s. However, i went to put the front spring in but the OD of the new springs was to big, it would not fit through the tube as it would hit on the lower fork tube. I checked the OD and it came out to be 43mm, the old springs OD was 41mm :smirk:. I ran the vin on the frame and found the 10th digit on the frame to be a 1 or 2001 (http://*************...ar_of_bike.aspx) so second, i ran the crankcase VIN number: KX250LE02 which is NO WHERE ON THE VIN FOR KX250 MOTORS??!?!? (http://*************...X250BIKEID.aspx)

So what does this mean? is my bike a rare 2002 motor in a 2001 frame? where can i get parts IE: top end, etc. for my bikes motor, and should i get new fork springs for a 2001 (2001's spring OD is 41.2) kx250 and put them in my "2002" which seams to be turning into a 2001? :busted:

Im confused.

thanks for taking a look B)
Zach

I can post pictures of any parts if necessary to help me identify my bike, i currently have both forks off and open filled with new 5w fork oil with no springs in.

  • 123ewq

Posted January 09, 2011 - 10:45 AM

#2

the *********'s in the websites URL's are oem-cycle :smirk:

  • no1clyde

Posted January 09, 2011 - 01:06 PM

#3

There is a # cast into the cylinder by the reed cage, it will read 1911 if it's a 2000, 1938 if it's a 2001 and 1959 if it's a 2002. Also the 02 had 48mm forks and before that they were 46mm, sounds like you atleast have older forks on it.

Ed

  • 123ewq

Posted January 09, 2011 - 02:21 PM

#4

Thanks a ton! 1938 is on the cylinder meaning its a 2001. still doesn't explain the numbers on the crankcase not matching up but i guess that doesn't matter.

  • Jim_B

Posted January 09, 2011 - 11:35 PM

#5

I think (not 100% sure) you have a 2001 with 46mm forks, not a 2002 with 48mm forks.

  • KDXGarage

Posted January 10, 2011 - 05:23 AM

#6

There is no crankcase VIN number. It is an engine number. It's not an old hot rod car.

There is an engine number and a VIN. KX250Lxxx... is an "L" series engine. The 17-digit code on the steering head tube (behind the front numberplate) is the VIN.

Yes, you bought springs for a 2002 model instead of a 2001 model. The 1996 - 2001 KK125 / KX250 fork springs are about 2mm narrower than the 2002 KX125 / KX250 springs. You can look on the Race Tech site for the actual measurements, but you already know that... they won't work.

Post a VIN and engine number if you want further verification.

Good luck with it.

  • Jeekinz

Posted January 10, 2011 - 05:33 AM

#7

From what I've read, it's just a 2001, no mystery at all. Besides the fact that the PO didn't know what bike he had.

  • KDXGarage

Posted January 10, 2011 - 05:41 AM

#8

Which almost leads me to think posting this question BEFORE buying springs would have been a good idea. How often do we get these types of threads??

  • 123ewq

Posted January 10, 2011 - 11:54 AM

#9

There is no crankcase VIN number. It is an engine number. It's not an old hot rod car.

There is an engine number and a VIN. KX250Lxxx... is an "L" series engine. The 17-digit code on the steering head tube (behind the front numberplate) is the VIN.

Yes, you bought springs for a 2002 model instead of a 2001 model. The 1996 - 2001 KK125 / KX250 fork springs are about 2mm narrower than the 2002 KX125 / KX250 springs. You can look on the Race Tech site for the actual measurements, but you already know that... they won't work.

Post a VIN and engine number if you want further verification.

Good luck with it.


oh i see, i though that the KX250LE02**** was the full series number, LE being the model/seris and the "02" being the year (which left me confused previously because "01" refers to a 2001 motor and "06" refers to a 2002 motor according to the oem cycle bike VIN site which confused me since my number matched neither possibilities)

And i didn't know that my bike wasn't the correct year until after purchasing the springs, as i believed the previous owner and didn't check the VIN until i had found that the springs didn't fit.

  • 123ewq

Posted January 10, 2011 - 11:55 AM

#10

There is no crankcase VIN number. It is an engine number. It's not an old hot rod car.

There is an engine number and a VIN. KX250Lxxx... is an "L" series engine. The 17-digit code on the steering head tube (behind the front numberplate) is the VIN.

Yes, you bought springs for a 2002 model instead of a 2001 model. The 1996 - 2001 KK125 / KX250 fork springs are about 2mm narrower than the 2002 KX125 / KX250 springs. You can look on the Race Tech site for the actual measurements, but you already know that... they won't work.

Post a VIN and engine number if you want further verification.

Good luck with it.


oh i see, i though that the KX250LE02**** was the full series number, LE being the model/seris and the "02" being the year (which left me confused previously because "01" refers to a 2001 motor and "06" refers to a 2002 motor according to the oem cycle bike VIN site which confused me since my number matched neither possibilities)

And i didn't know that my bike wasn't the correct year until after purchasing the springs, as i believed the previous owner and didn't check the VIN until i had found that the springs didn't fit.

Thanks.

  • Dylan8kawasaki

Posted January 11, 2011 - 04:59 AM

#11

Just a little tip here for everyone but if you follow the tenth'th letter in the serial number (on the steering tube) you can find out what year of bike you have... Ex. 231233213S ...1995 122354612T ...1996

  • KDXGarage

Posted January 11, 2011 - 04:53 PM

#12

You can say that again. :smirk: Unfortunately, some sellers had someone tell them wrong, so they just pass along bad information.

http://www.kdxgarage...nformation.html

VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) Information
This information is about USA released Kawasaki dirt bikes. It may not apply to some models made before the early 1980's. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is stamped into the frame's head tube, which is located behind the headlight / front numberplate. The VIN code is 17 digits long. The first digit is the country code, which is J for Japan. The second digit is the company code, which is K for Kawasaki. The third digit is the vehicle type or manufacturing division. I have seen "A" on various KDX and KX models. The fourth through eigth digits show various features and styles of the vehicle. An example is "DXMD1" for the 1991 - 1994 KDX250's. The ninth digit is a VIN accuracy check digit. As stated on the back of some manuals, "This digit in the frame number changes from one machine to another." The tenth digit is the model year. This does not indicate that the bike was manufactured that calendar year, but that model year. To help prevent confusion, the letters I, O, Q, U and Z are not used. For example, is that the letter "I" or the number "1", is that the letter "Z" or the number "2"? Below is a list of letters and numbers, along with the matching year:

A = 1980
B = 1981
C = 1982
D = 1983
E = 1984
F = 1985
G = 1986
H = 1987
J = 1988
K = 1989
L = 1990
M = 1991
N = 1992
P = 1993
R = 1994
S = 1995
T = 1996
V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
Y = 2000
1 = 2001
2 = 2002
3 = 2003
4 = 2004
5 = 2005
6 = 2006
7 = 2007
8 = 2008
9 = 2009
The list then repeats with A = 2010 and so on.

The eleventh digit is the assembly plant. The twelfth through seventeenth digits indicate the sequence of the motorcycle for production as it rolled off the Kawasaki assembly line.

  • Dylan8kawasaki

Posted January 11, 2011 - 05:53 PM

#13

good gas to you for the good info I can now rely on...

  • KDXGarage

Posted January 12, 2011 - 05:53 PM

#14

Cool. Thanks.





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