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1988 250 Eliminator

R. J. Oct 22, 2016

  1. R. J.

    R. J. Senior Member

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    :hello: While the 250 is starting to look like a bike again. I got it back on the ground today. I polished the forks. It took 3 hours. I mounted the front fender & tire/wheel. I painted the front rotor & polished the rotor bolts. They looked like crap next to the shinny forks. Mounted the front new OEM turn signals & both mirrors which are new OEM. They are from the VN 750. The 250 ones are dicontinued. Last but not least the right foot peg mount with stand. I have Ron B coming over in the morning to help me put the air box to carbs boots on. He has long skinny fingers. :laughing7:. IMG_6334.JPG IMG_6337.JPG IMG_6340.JPG IMG_6342.JPG IMG_6343.JPG IMG_6344.JPG IMG_6345.JPG IMG_6346.JPG IMG_6348.JPG
     
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  2. W_L

    W_L New Member

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    Nope, you will have (or rather you should have) enough space just by moving the airbox all the way back. Although I suppose removing airbox entirely would add some extra work space.
     
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    :hello: OK: Thank's W L. I just hope that I don't have to go 12 rounds with the boots. :laughing7:.
     
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    :hello: Ron B came over at 9 AM to help with the boots. I undone the air box & took out the battery & slid it back about 2 inches. I went to take a dump & came back out to the garage & Ron already had the carb boots on. I dressed out some more of the wiring harness. Also the voltage regulator had to come out when doing the boots. The oil seals came in the mail today so I installed one in the water pump & reinstalled it. I installed the exhaust header. It was ceramic coated in cold steel. I went ahead & cleaned up the front sprocket. Also I mounted the head light bucket. I'm going to have to switch out 2 connectors in the head light wiring area & move some wires around. The 1994 wiring harness is different than the 1988. The reason why I changed wiring harnesses is so I can use the tach from a 1994 250. Tomorrow I'm going to mount the radiator, radiator shrouds & muffler. IMG_6349.JPG IMG_6350.JPG IMG_6351.JPG IMG_6352.JPG IMG_6355.JPG IMG_6356.JPG IMG_6357.JPG IMG_6360.JPG IMG_6362.JPG IMG_6353.JPG IMG_6354.JPG
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2018
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  5. R. J.

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    :hello: I didn't work on the 250 Fri. To wiped out from the heat. I've been getting up late & working late on the 250 to avoid the heat but still to hot out until about 9 PM. Today I put the oil in (20w-50 Amsoil). I cleaned out the clutch master cyn & blead the brakes. I use LUCAS synthetic brake fluid. Installed the radiator & the last 2 hoses along with the NOS OEM rad shrouds. I'm going to try ENG ICE coolant. Cleaned up the chain guard & mounted it. The 250 didn't come with a tool set. I couldn't find a set for the EL 250 so I bought one from an EX 250. Plenty of room in the tool tray for other things. Cleaned up the muffler & painted it just as KAW done. Also cleaned up the 3 heat shields. Painted the small black one the goes on the left side of the carbs. Mounted all 4 side coves & fitted the front seat. Not sure if I'm going to work on the 250 tomorrow or not. IMG_6368.JPG IMG_6365.JPG IMG_6364.JPG IMG_6363.JPG IMG_6371.JPG IMG_6377.JPG IMG_6370.JPG IMG_6374.JPG IMG_6375.JPG IMG_6376.JPG IMG_6378.JPG IMG_6379.JPG IMG_6380.JPG IMG_6382.JPG IMG_6383.JPG IMG_6384.JPG IMG_6385.JPG IMG_6386.JPG IMG_6387.JPG IMG_6388.JPG
     
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  6. Harriminator

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    :hello:When bike ready you'll get new warranty by Kaw...:laughing7:. Great job!!!
     
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  7. markus56

    markus56 ZL-OA Co-owner Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    He sure should get a warranty from the factory....it's factory NOS!!!! You're trying to make me buy that thing aren't you R.J.?
     
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    :hello: Thank's guys. In the past 16 months I slowly bought parts, had paint & powder coating done. I paid $800 for the 250 & spent about $1460 on parts, paint & powder coating. I was out in the garage last night until 2 AM. It was only 80* in my garage with 2 fans going. I have to swap out the 3 connectors for the contols before I can start the bike. The Service Manual has 6 different schmatics for the 250. US/CANADA & 5 other Contries.
     
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    :hello: It was 78* in the garage tonight. I bought a lock set for a 1999 Drifter for the lower right side cover whick locks the tools in. The 250 is discontinued. Of course I had to modify it. I had to make a longer tab & put 4 spacers under it so that it would reach the latch stay. I used old brake cal crush washers for spacers. :laughing7:. I fabracated a bracket to mount the KOSO volt gauge & the DAYTONAMETERS temp gauge. I painted the bracket with VHT gray paint. The 1991-94 tach set up is turning out to be more involved than I anticipated. I had to buy both bar controls & instrument panel. The 88 250 has more wires in it than the 91/94. I got the right one in the mail today. I had to solder the 88 250 bar controls switches to the 94 harness. The other 2 parts will be here Thurs. IMG_6393.JPG IMG_6395.JPG IMG_6396.JPG IMG_6398.JPG IMG_6399.JPG IMG_6400.JPG IMG_6402.JPG IMG_6404.JPG IMG_6401.JPG IMG_6406.JPG IMG_6407.JPG IMG_6409.JPG IMG_6410.JPG IMG_6417.JPG IMG_6416.JPG IMG_6418.JPG IMG_6419.JPG IMG_6420.JPG IMG_6421.JPG
     
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  10. 87kawzl

    87kawzl Well-Known Member

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    Nice soldier job RJ. It looks to be real close to road ready now. I'll bet you can't wait to pick a race, tell them "meet me @11 and I'll run ya on my eliminator for 5 hund" then show up on the big one!
    On a side note, you can re-use the copper crush washers on the banjo fittings if ya run them over some 150 sandpaper until they are smoothed out.
     
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    :hello: Thank's: I have 12 hours in making, painting & installing the home made lock tab & meter bracket.
     
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    :hello: DONE:occasion14:. IMG_6431.JPG IMG_6432.JPG IMG_6433.JPG IMG_6434.JPG IMG_6435.JPG IMG_6436.JPG IMG_6436.JPG IMG_6438.JPG IMG_6439.JPG IMG_6440.JPG IMG_6441.JPG IMG_6442.JPG IMG_6443.JPG IMG_6444.JPG IMG_6445.JPG
     
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  13. markus56

    markus56 ZL-OA Co-owner Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator Supporting Member

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    That little feller is just as slick as it could be! Great job R.J., you have the nicest one in the country now for sure! Have you had a chance to ride it yet?
     
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    :hello: Unfortunately no. :pain10:. I need a starter solenoid. It's shorted out & blows the 30 amp fuse. I had every sub assy. disconnected & it still blew the fuse. Also the ignition switch might need replaced. The wiring at the switch has 2 red leads for power for the 91 wiring harness & the 89 doesn't. I'll be bringing my ZL 10 to VMD.
     
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    Sure looks nice R.J. Hope your fix is a easy one.
     
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    :hello: Thank's guys. :notworthy:.
     

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