How to tell what year rm I have

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  1. KERSHAW

    KERSHAW Rookie DRN Member

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    I purchased a rm 125 from a friend that had it for awhile. I want to find out the year it is so I can start modding. Any help would be greatly appreciated :cool:


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    Can you post the VIN number?
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    sick 96 250 Rookie Damn Yankees DRN Member

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    just check the 10 didit of the VIN, here is how the years go......
    A – 1980
    B – 1981
    C – 1982
    D – 1983
    E – 1984
    F – 1985
    G – 1986
    H – 1987
    I – not used
    J – 1988
    K – 1989
    L – 1990
    M – 1991
    N – 1992
    O – not used
    P – 1993
    Q – not used
    R – 1994
    S – 1995
    T – 1996
    U – not used
    V – 1997
    W – 1998
    X – 1999
    Y – 2000
    Z – not used

    Beginning with 2001, numbers are used to designate the model year.

    1 – 2001
    2 – 2002
    3 – 2003
    4 – 2004
    5 – 2005
    6 – 2006
    7 – 2007
    8 – 2008
    9 -- 2009
  4. Britt Boyette

    Britt Boyette Rookie DRN Member

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    Your list is really close except, 1980 was the T model and didn't use a letter in the VIN. After that, they did. 1981 was the X model which had the B in the VIN. Plus, it should be the 9th digit or letter just before the numbers. Either way, he needs to post his VIN off of the frame to get the correct year and possibly model.
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    sick 96 250 Rookie Damn Yankees DRN Member

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    didnt know that, i got the list off here from before and just saved it.
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  7. John Cena

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    You are right Sir, I stand corrected. My serial number list just shows an underline in the 9th and 11th spot and only says these numbers are determined at the time of manufacture.
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    KERSHAW Rookie DRN Member

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    Thanks for all the help. I just sent the frame out to powdercoat and wont get it back till after monday. Then I'll see what year it is. Basically I'm looking to get all black plastics and a tank but cant find anything because of the year. anyway heres a pic
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    That is a 1996 RM125
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    KERSHAW Rookie DRN Member

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    Thanks Berno11 !!! For giggles im going to figure out this VIN thing when i get her back from powder coat
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    sick 96 250 Rookie Damn Yankees DRN Member

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    Actually that could be a 96-98, as for black plastics I had a 96 rm250 that i decked out all in black, i will try to find a pic for ya so you can see what your in for. It looked bad a$$ but scratches really showed up on the black
    here is a pic for ya :cool:

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    It could but its not. The 98 has a different rear linkage and the 97 has less underhang on the forks under the axle. The plastic cover on the right fork does not fit a 97 correctly.
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    KERSHAW Rookie DRN Member

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    Thats a cool looking 250...as far as the plastics getting scratched I dont care cause im on slicks for stunting......plus they are cheap! I've found the all the plastics except for the gas tank......sucks because everyone that makes a tank is for a 01 or newer...

    Anybody got a hook-up on fork seals and wipers? Not gunna pay 80 dollars at the local store just for seals. Dealerships piss me off
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    check E*AY for the seals and stuff, i got new seals for $3, are you talking about black shrouds for the tank that you cant find or an actual black tank? Did you get the 10th digit yet of the VIN for us??
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    KERSHAW Rookie DRN Member

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    Sick.....I actually want a whole black tank to replace my yellow one. As far as the VIN goes, the frame is still at powdercoater till after wednesday. I'll check out **** to see what I can scrounge up.

    Does anyone know where I can get swingarm needle bearings as well? I know there is a company that makes a "universal kit" for about 70 dollars.

    Im more than likely going to make another post that shows the progress of the build-up for everyone to see.

    Thanks again
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    i couldnt find a black tank as well so i ended up just throwing graphics over it. Everything was black except my tank. I know you can find basically all black grapgics which should cover it up. Heck maybe even try some krylon fusion spray paint. I use that on a lot of plastics and its great stuff, could be a simple solution for now.
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    Pivot Works for bearings. 96 - 98 models didn't have inverted forks, so your bike is definitely one of those three years. Look at the fork guards.
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    I'm having fun with this. You realize all we have to do is wait for the frame to get back from paint, but that would take all the mystery out of it.

    Bike is definitely a 96 or 97. 98's didn't have the black plugs on the swingarm. These are to access the shock linkage bolt/nut. This bike looks just like my 96' 250. Forks are gold. Plastics are correct. Never knew what my original seat cover looked like.



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