2006 RM250 SOBE Suzuki Factory Replica 🇦🇺

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7/20/2020 5:32 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/23/2020 3:37 AM

Recently picked up a low hour good condition 2006 RM250 here in Australia. They are becoming really hard to find a decent one as years go on and I’ve always been a Suzuki rider since juniors up until now with this bike being #10 in a row. I own a current model RMZ450 and now the RM250 I’ve got the best of both worlds although if things dont improve with the big bikes at Suzuki I think there will be a colour change happening for 2021. I’ve ridden the 250 a few times now but decided it needed some attention so stripped it down and started the rebuild process and hopefully turn it into one of my favourite bikes growing up as a kid.

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7/20/2020 10:32 AM
Edited Date/Time: 7/20/2020 10:57 PM

First up was to remove the suspension and send for valving, springs and coatings as turn around time can be months. Minus the RMZ fork in the pic

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7/20/2020 11:59 AM

Awesome bike!

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7/20/2020 1:44 PM

Good find down here for sure! Took me ages to find a decent 08 for a fair price..if you don’t mind me asking where are you send the suspension to? It’s pretty much the last thing I want to do on mine Photo

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7/20/2020 6:51 PM

AC76 wrote:

Good find down here for sure! Took me ages to find a decent 08 for a fair price..if you don’t mind me asking where are you ...more

That’s a nice RM you’ve got there, colour scheme all ties in well together too. I missed out on a really nice 07,08 before finding this one. Depends what you want done, DLC coatings can be done in Aus but Kashima and Tin have to be sent away and can take months to return as they send batch numbers over. I’m in NSW and I sent it to my local suspension guy to organise. Will send you a message with some details of places that can do them.

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7/21/2020 4:18 AM

Knowing the plans you’ve got for this bike and your attention to detail, I know this will be next level mate. Keen to see this bike take shape, the early to mid 2000 factory Suzuki’s are some of the coolest factory bikes ever 🙌🏽🤘🏽

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7/21/2020 9:31 AM

Nice! I look forward to this one.

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2015 YZ250F - 2003 CR125R

7/21/2020 9:46 AM

AC76 wrote:

Good find down here for sure! Took me ages to find a decent 08 for a fair price..if you don’t mind me asking where are you ...more

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7/21/2020 4:59 PM

Jacko986 wrote:

Knowing the plans you’ve got for this bike and your attention to detail, I know this will be next level mate. Keen to see this ...more

Thanks mate. If I can get mine close to yours I’ll be happy.Hopefully be able to pair them up for a pic one day soon. I’m also open to any spare RM 250 parts you have lying around unused too 😂

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7/22/2020 3:56 AM

Next in line was to weld in some blocks with 6mm threads on the inside of the frame rails to secure the skid plate to the frame in replacement of the alloy hooks to hopefully keep the powder coat intact over time. Photo
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8/6/2020 5:14 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/6/2020 5:23 AM

Decided on gloss black powder coat on the frame and cleaned up the lower triple clamp, linkage, link arm and replaced all the bearings as the oem ones were in pretty bad shape.

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8/6/2020 5:24 AM

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8/6/2020 7:27 PM

Coming together nicely. Looks really good! I like the shiny black frame, it’s different but so far it looks really clean.

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8/7/2020 5:24 AM

Wow, I like where this is going, great work!

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8/8/2020 5:23 AM

BToz wrote:

Coming together nicely. Looks really good! I like the shiny black frame, it’s different but so far it looks really clean.

Thanks! It’s been a long process getting everything right but you’ll see what direction I’m heading in the next few posts.

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8/8/2020 5:24 AM

Cooper 688 wrote:

Wow, I like where this is going, great work!

Thanks mate. It’s time consuming but hopefully the end result is worth it!

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8/26/2020 2:46 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/26/2020 3:06 PM

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Made up an engine stand for the RM engine that will be stripped down and inspected just so I know where everything is at so it can be fully rebuilt and machined, ported before cases etc are sent for vapour blasting to remove 15 years of build up.
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8/29/2020 3:53 PM

Mitch36 wrote:

Decided on gloss black powder coat on the frame and cleaned up the lower triple clamp, linkage, link arm and replaced all the ...more

That turned out amazing! I'm thinking of removing the cast lines on my linkage as well. What is needed and what is the process to make it look like that?

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8/30/2020 3:30 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/6/2020 7:21 AM

Mitch36 wrote:

Decided on gloss black powder coat on the frame and cleaned up the lower triple clamp, linkage, link arm and replaced all the ...more

James4Champion wrote:

That turned out amazing! I'm thinking of removing the cast lines on my linkage as well. What is needed and what is the process ...more

Thanks! It’s a time consuming process but you’ll need some different grade files, different grades sand paper/ wet and dry, die grinder and wheel and a lot of patience. Looks good in the end though!

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9/1/2020 7:20 PM

Mitch36 wrote:

Decided on gloss black powder coat on the frame and cleaned up the lower triple clamp, linkage, link arm and replaced all the ...more

James4Champion wrote:

That turned out amazing! I'm thinking of removing the cast lines on my linkage as well. What is needed and what is the process ...more

Mitch36 wrote:

Thanks! It’s a time consuming process but you’ll need some different grade files, different grades sand paper/ wet and dry, ...more

Just use a dremel with a rotary sander attachment, and then move to different scotch brite attachments ending on finest grit. I’ve done that a few times, really quickens up the process.

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9/13/2020 2:18 AM
Edited Date/Time: 9/13/2020 2:37 AM

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Mark from Pioneer Finishes did an awesome job on the vapour blasting and cerakote. The engine was fully rebuilt top and bottom with all genuine parts used after finding out the top end was full of sludge and the gearbox/bearings weren’t great from poor oil quality/ not getting changed. Porting and machining done to broaden out power delivery.
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9/13/2020 5:48 AM

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Mark from Pioneer Finishes did an awesome job on the vapour blasting and cerakote. The engine was fully rebuilt top and ...more

What brand of bolts did you use on the engine? They look great. Nice work!

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9/13/2020 6:20 AM

Nice! That turned out awesome.

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9/14/2020 3:43 AM

JWACK wrote:

What brand of bolts did you use on the engine? They look great. Nice work!

Thanks! I used pro bolt flanged hex head bolts, they worked well for all the case bolts etc besides the 2 powervalve adjustment bolts I ended up using polished up oem bolts as they had more surface area.

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9/25/2020 4:34 PM

Lightspeed parts arrived for the RM FINALLY!! This was a very painful experience waiting for these parts and after 11 months and countless phone calls to them they turned up on my door step.
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9/25/2020 4:56 PM

Mitch36 wrote:

Lightspeed parts arrived for the RM FINALLY!! This was a very painful experience waiting for these parts and after 11 months ...more

11 months what did they say when you called? I have been waiting on some rm125 parts for about 4 months now I haven’t called yet but I was planning on it this week. The parts were

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9/25/2020 4:57 PM

Sorry hit submit before I finished typing. The parts were listed as in stock

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9/25/2020 5:05 PM

ecmx274 wrote:

Sorry hit submit before I finished typing. The parts were listed as in stock

All I can say is good luck! I know they had recently done a run on a few RM parts but I’ve been getting stuffed around the whole time, everytime I called they’d said they’ll be ready in 2-4 weeks this went on for ages. Still waiting on a chain guide so who knows when I’ll see that

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10/22/2020 4:42 AM

Suspension valving and spring rates changed and coatings done. Pretty happy with how it all turned out. Swapped out the 2006 upper fork tubes for the later model 2007 and up forks as I preferred the fork guard mounting and removal of the plastic guide.

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10/23/2020 3:45 AM
Edited Date/Time: 10/23/2020 3:48 AM


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