2002 TM Racing 125 MX

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4/30/2022 2:24 PM

Picked up a 2002 TM Racing 125 MX off marketplace. It's...not...great... but I was looking for a resto project and it's definitely a project. One of the owners decided to give the frame a person touch. They also paint/clearcoated the plastics. I haven't decided how far to really take the build but to start it will get the suspension refreshed, new bearings, plastics and whatever else it needs to get it race ready. The bike is the quintessential 20-year-old neglected dirt bike.

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Just a roadracer sucking at motocross.

4/30/2022 2:27 PM
Edited Date/Time: 4/30/2022 5:33 PM

The upper shock bolt was put in from the wrong side. I had to cut the head off the bolt to not damage the shock more removing the bolt.

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The compression adjuster nut was not tightened by who ever worked on the shock last. The shims are nicely roasted.

the rebound needle is jammed as well.

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Just a roadracer sucking at motocross.

4/30/2022 6:46 PM

Very cool bike/build . Big fan of the 90s and early 2000s TMs.

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5/1/2022 6:09 AM

Whoa very cool!

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5/1/2022 12:27 PM

Id love to add a pink 90s TM to my stable

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5/1/2022 1:23 PM

Kidkawie wrote:

Id love to add a pink 90s TM to my stable

Same here the 1994 is so cool I seen a new never ridden one on eBay.co.Uk a week ago asking 10k for it so wish I had the money for it Photo

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5/2/2022 8:06 AM

Kidkawie wrote:

Id love to add a pink 90s TM to my stable

Those pink bikes are cool.

I havent decided what direction to take the bike on the aesthetic front. Stock or another route. I really like how the bike looks stock.
For now need to focus on the mechanical side of things.

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Just a roadracer sucking at motocross.

5/3/2022 12:12 AM

It would be so cool to make a GP bike replica from 2002

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5/3/2022 6:02 AM

romain524 wrote:

It would be so cool to make a GP bike replica from 2002

pic? I tried the googles, couldn't find anything.

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Just a roadracer sucking at motocross.

5/3/2022 11:28 AM

TM MX 125 JOAN BARREDA 2002

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5/3/2022 12:05 PM

Crash217 wrote:

TM MX 125 JOAN BARREDA 2002

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finding a seat cover may be a challenge.

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Just a roadracer sucking at motocross.

5/3/2022 12:34 PM

Kidkawie wrote:

Id love to add a pink 90s TM to my stable

lwtracer wrote:

Those pink bikes are cool.

I havent decided what direction to take the bike on the aesthetic front. Stock or another route. I ...more

Go the stock look they look so cool and Tm is good for having a lot of order parts available graphics and plastics and seat cover should be no problem through a dealer

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5/3/2022 7:12 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/3/2022 7:33 PM

Got the forks apart. There was barely any fluid in them. Lot of sticking going on and lot of grossness inside.
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Had to "make" a cartridge holding tool out of a 41mm GSXR fork tube. Put the GSXR axle in the fork lug as a handle.
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Just a roadracer sucking at motocross.

5/6/2022 6:42 AM
Edited Date/Time: 5/6/2022 6:45 AM

Getting into the motor. I was expecting worse. Whoever built it last used entire tubes of gasket maker on top of the gaskets.

Of course, the Powervalve is gross.
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Clutch basket isn't horrible.
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Stator.....
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Some jackass welded the shifter to the shaft, ill have to grind off the weld there so I can split the cases.
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Again, was expecting worse, especially from the cylinder, not too bad. And the head looks great.
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Motors built on carts (SV650 engine on the cart next to it)
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Everything that's disassembled from the bike gets put on aluminum lunch trays and put on my lunch lady tray rack.
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Just a roadracer sucking at motocross.

5/6/2022 6:35 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/6/2022 6:38 PM

Linkage bearings came in today. Old bearings came out nicely except the shock mount bearing. That was stuck in there pretty good. Had to break the collar, heat it up, and press it out. The dog bone hole is ovalling so at some point I will have to source a new unit. Cleaned it up on the grinder with brass wheel.


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Just a roadracer sucking at motocross.

5/15/2022 5:47 PM

I just shattered both of my heels and need surgery. Had to bail off the bike on a decently large jump. so this build is getting put on hold for a couple months.

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Just a roadracer sucking at motocross.

5/16/2022 1:23 AM

Shit! Get well soon man!!

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5/16/2022 2:53 PM

Sorry hear about crash ,hope you get better soon. I can’t wait to see more of the TM buddy !!

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5/16/2022 6:20 PM

Some more parts have come in and more on order so we will have plenty to do once we can begin to move around better.

Surgery is in 2 weeks and about 2 months in wheelchair then maybe we can get back to work. I've also pinned down another TM125 to pick up and restore. Plan was to get it this coming saturday but that is now on hold for obvious reasons.

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Just a roadracer sucking at motocross.

5/17/2022 8:31 AM

Cool project LW.
Heal up and good luck with PT so you can finish the bike.

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6/2/2022 8:19 PM

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Surgery today was a success. Surgeon said it went way better than expected and my recovery time has gone down. TM build will start back up sooner than expected.

Contacted Dubya to get new spokes and nipples, i just have to get the stock ones shipped to them. Much cheaper than ordering the OEM ones.

Got some plastics, graphics, valve shims, bud racing silencer, pro taper handlebars, clutch basket, gaskets, stem bearings, and some other things in. The plan right now is to do it up as a "black dream" look while i plan on racing it. Want to do the vintage SX day at daytona in 2023.
Then slowly collect the required parts to turn it into the 2002 race bike replica when its time for the proper restore. Love how they look but dont want to ruin the oe seat cover/graphics/plastics racing it. That might sound dumb to some, but thats what im going with.

^sorry for the bad grammar/typos, typing on tablet from hospital while in some pain. My body doesnt really respond to pain killers.

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Just a roadracer sucking at motocross.

6/9/2022 11:35 AM
Edited Date/Time: 6/9/2022 11:36 AM

plastics are from last generation CR.. Still waiting to order the TM plastics from Crossshop which will also have the shroud graphics. Need to source a new expansion chamber, the one on the bike has been repaired a few times and its not pretty, need something pretty to go with the bud carbon silencer.

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8/2/2022 3:04 AM

Awesome work so far mate!

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