Pickin' up my 04 KDX 220R this Saturday! :)

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OK, I did it! My life long dream of owning a KDX is now finally going to happen! I am a "too busy" kinda guy, I travel alot for a living doing sales training, and I have now finally had it! I WANT MY KDX! So I am getting it this Saturday (along with a new trailer to pull it in!) I bought my wife a New 04 Yamaha TW 200 (she has never ridden a motorcycle before, just 3 wheelers) so it should be easy for her to learn.

MY QUESTION IS...

What should be the first things I do to a NEW 2004 KDX 220R to get it ready to ride. I am an advanced rider (not a racer type though) but that was over 15 years ago! I have ridden since but not owned my OWN bike... until now.

Also what is the major changes of the 04 compaired to an 03?

I cant find any reviews or shoot-outs with the new 04 KDX 220R's

Any and all advice is appreciated!

Thanks for all the wonderful info!

JKP!
 

fatty_k

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No changes at all from the 03 to the 04, infact they havn't changed the 220 since it first came out in 97! If you want to find a shoot out on the 04 KDX, you might try also looking for a shoot out with any 220, because they are all the same, save for color and graphics. Have fun!
 
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I would suggest you greese the rear linkage and swingarm bearings cause they come pretty dry from the factory. I had the fmf gnarly tourq. but recently put on the rev/desert to go along with tcII silencer, and it works really good. The only other thing I've done with my 220 is a rad valve and revale of the suspension. As far as jetting I've just dropped main one size and it's Ok, alittle rich but no plug fouling. I use golden spectro 50:1, but use what you like or are familar with.

Good luck with the bike, and maybe this winter you may want to swap out the piston to a weisco. I have a 99 and kept the stock piston till it was out of spec. which was about 2yrs., but I've heard some reports of stock pistons shattering for no reason....kind-of "luck of the draw".
 

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Definitely grease the swing arm and rear shock bearings because they come with little or no grease. A couple of rides in the mud and or pressure washing and you will have problems. My 03 steering head bearings were OK, but most suggest grease those ASAP.

Also, be sure to follow the breakin instructions for the engine. These are the two primary things I recommend for inital (minimum) preparations. I would also change the oil after each ride because there will be some metal shavings in the oil during breakin. Personally, I change my oil & clean the air filter after each ride.

Congratulations on the bike. You will love it!
JCW
 

canyncarvr

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'New bike prep' is where you want to go on the link provided by jason.

Spend some time (free) now or more time AND a lot of money later.
 

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Of course, these guys are absolutely right about the greasing...

I took my '03 200 apart shortly after getting it and did the greasing recommended in the "New Bike Prep" area of the JustKDX website. Believe me, there was almost no grease on the steering stem bearings, rocker arm bearings, or swingarm bearings.

BTW, if you don't already have tons of protective gear, GET IT NOW! I've been on three good trail rides thus far and the pads have saved the day on two of those rides. Well worth the money!

And your MX boots WILL rub the paint off of the frame, so plan now for some type of frame guard.
 

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One last comment. Stop by your cycle shop and get some waterproof grease. It's only $3-5 per container and it will probably last you several years. While I don't use or recommend any other Bel-Ray products, they have a waterproof grease that is OK.

Hey, we can't all be wrong on this one!

JCW
 

wanaride

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You know, I wasn't going to go down this road...

If you really want to open up a hornet's nest, just ask for a recommendation for 2-stroke oil or tranny oil. The safer path is to quietly do a search for those items and read the volumes that have already been posted there.

I'll save you some time; the MANY posts I have read indicate that the consensus of this riding community is that Bel-Ray 2-stroke oil sucks.
 

canyncarvr

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re: gear

Oh yeah. If you think it's cool to ride in a backwards ball cap and shorts..well, you're a moron.

You can't have too much stuff. It has nothing to do with, 'I don't race, so I don't need all that stuff.' It's when you least suspect it and don't at all plan on it that, after a loop-it on a hill you've been up a dozen times before, and a subsequent slide down that hill on your head with the bike riding on top of you..then you'll be glad you're geared up.

Not that it's ever happened to me! ;)

Have fun!!
 

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Ya know, that reminds me, I remember this time...
Oh yeah, this other time....
Once, I was riding and.....

We've all got our stories! You ride, you WILL have some of your own! Wear the gear!
 

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Glad we cleared the air on Bel-Ray products. Grease-OK, Oil-No Way!
This is a good way to wake everyone up! It's been too quiet anyway!
Got'a love it!!!
JCW
 

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The only problem I have with BelRay is that I cannot buy it off the shelf here. Some people will tell you they like it, and others will say that it's junk... no proof either way. I think choosing oil is like picking a favourite color :)