2017 YZ 2 Smoker Build

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12/4/2017 7:38 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/4/2017 7:39 PM

Been lurking around for a while and decided to start posting up some pictures of the current bike. Plan on building this bike for a kid that loves the sport just can't financially do it. Decided I like to build them and I'm looking forward to seeing someone race my bike. Picked up a 2017 yz125 that was already clean and hardly ridden. Don't really know the route it's going just yet. Main thing was getting it broke down and cleaned to my standards. This is what I started with. Photo

Broke it down to the frame. This was its state when I got it. Picture was rushed because I was at work.
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The frame has been cleaned. Just need to get some pictures for you guys

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12/4/2017 7:42 PM

Here's the last bike I built. Once it was finished I got bored with it and moved on. Still kinda miss her.
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12/5/2017 9:05 AM

Little update. Frame is pretty much finished. Came out decent I think. Didn't want that polished finish so I went with a brushed looked. Here she is. Waiting on some Ti bolts for the frame now. Decided I wanted to shave as much weight off an already light bike. Should be pretty interesting.

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12/5/2017 11:07 AM

Frame looks great. Can you share what process you used?

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12/5/2017 11:39 AM

samcampbell wrote:

Frame looks great. Can you share what process you used?

I can. Its basically the same as everybody else just a little more elbow grease. Hit it with shout and a pressure washer to get the majority of the crud off. Used some wheel brite that's the same as aluma brite. Mixed it 1:1 and let it sit for a minute then hosed it off. Went over the frame with 180 grit and finished it out with a red scuff pad. Just have to make sure to go with the rails.

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12/5/2017 3:20 PM

That is an awesome cause some kid is getting an awesome ride even as it was stock. Can't wait to see it.

Not to brag just telling a story.
I bought a 2005 yz125 when I was in highschool working in a restaurant to pay for it, track fee, parts, and gas along with all my other normal expenses. I owned it for 5-6 years through college. It would spend many months in the garage because I couldn't afford to fix it when it needed something. All those years on the 125 really made me push and improve as a rider.

In last months issue of mxa Jody wrote that a true motocross racer will do whatever it takes to ride, work extra hours to buy a beat 10 year old yz125 just to be able to go out there. I was proud for a moment lol.

I now have a yz250 that I'm building to keep long term. I'll probably buy a new ktm or husky every few years for myself. Maybe I will loan out the yz to friends who want to tag along.

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12/5/2017 3:55 PM

Hopefully it turns out nice. Want whoever gets to rip it feel good about the bike they are on.

You aren't bragging at all. This has to be the most expensive sport to stay competitive espically out of pocket. So I completely understand where you are coming from.

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12/5/2017 4:43 PM

Pipe has been cleaned and the welds reheated. Has the standard bills silencer right now but tossing the idea around on the carbon one.

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12/8/2017 5:11 PM

Started to remove some cast marks on things. Still have to finish it up but Im hoping the little things will add up.

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12/10/2017 10:46 AM

This is going to be a nice project for sure! Keep us updated...

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12/13/2017 12:34 PM

Good start to the build.....awaiting updates for sure....

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12/19/2017 7:43 PM

Sorry guys. Was out of the country for a week. Just got back yesterday. Trying to get some free time later tomorrow to get back on the build. Been tossing the idea around about getting ride of the bills pipe and running the bud racing setup. Anybody with experience?

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12/19/2017 9:46 PM

I applaud you, moto needs more guys like yourself who pay it forward. That goes a long way and hopefully the kid is grateful and enjoys it!

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12/20/2017 2:41 PM

RockyRider wrote:

I applaud you, moto needs more guys like yourself who pay it forward. That goes a long way and hopefully the kid is grateful and enjoys it!

I'm sure I'm not the first one. I love racing but I can't afford another injury. So next best thing is to give back. I don't care if the kid runs front of his class or dead last. Just want some smiles from them.

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12/29/2017 7:31 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/29/2017 7:32 AM

Engine is about as clean as I can get it without splitting the case. Once it needs a top end I'll go ahead and send it off for vapor blasting. I'll get some pictures tonight after work when I stab it back in

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1/3/2018 6:26 AM

Got the engine back in. Waiting on some Ti hardware to come in for the frame bolts now. Hopefully they get to my door before the weekend. Started to work on the linkage. Removed the coating and getting ready to machine it down a little. Remove cast lines and flatten it out a little.
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Here's some of the work on the linkage. I have no idea what coating was on it but it was a pita
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