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New member with 2004 kdx220r

Post by Bardo » 10:54 am Oct 26 2020

I just got this bike. I have been looking for a clean kdx for awhile. I was wanting a 200 because of the piston problem on the 220r but it was such a clean bike i couldnt pass. I believe these are the original tires they say 2203 so i think they were made the 22nd week of 2003. The guy that owned it was original owner and thought there was less then 50 hours on it. He was an older retired gentlemen. Anyway 2 things i need to address first replacing the piston and second tuning the carb. The bike is running way rich and im sure it has the stock jets. I live at 4700’ i checked the air mixture screw and it was 1 turn out so i have some room to back it out. But i will probably need some different sizes. Where is a good place to get these? Would you guys go the JD jetting rout? Also for now i plan to keep it stock other then taking the snorkel out of the airbox lid.

The other thing i was wondering is if there was a really good tutorial on replacing the piston? I have replaced cylinder and pistons on a few chainsaws but never a bike. I saw how there were some things to look for like lefthand threads and things like that. I think i need a piston,rings, bearing and a gasket.

Thanks Brandon
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Re: New member with 2004 kdx220r

Post by doakley » 06:23 pm Oct 26 2020

Welcome to the forums! Wow, that is a nice looking bike! Your very next purchase should be a good service manual. I like the Cyclepedia electronic version myself. It will answer all your questions about replacing the piston.

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Re: New member with 2004 kdx220r

Post by bufftester » 08:30 pm Oct 26 2020

+1 on get a manual, and a torque wrench. Great looking bike.

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Re: New member with 2004 kdx220r

Post by Bardo » 09:53 pm Oct 26 2020

doakley wrote:
06:23 pm Oct 26 2020
Welcome to the forums! Wow, that is a nice looking bike! Your very next purchase should be a good service manual. I like the Cyclepedia electronic version myself. It will answer all your questions about replacing the piston.
I saw that one and had it in my ebay cart. Is it an actual paper manual? I dont want one i have to look at a screen.

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Post by KDXGarage » 11:34 pm Oct 26 2020

Welcome to kdxrider.net. Nice bike!

"top end gasket kit" is what you need. Cometic is a good brand to check out.

Look into getting new tires and tubes, as those tires will not be too flexible, as they are indeed from the 22nd week of 2003 (17 years old). You wouldn't run 17 year old tires on a car would you? :-)
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Re: New member with 2004 kdx220r

Post by TwistedRoot » 09:52 am Oct 27 2020

Congrats on the bike. I cant imagine a better place to own a dirt bike than SW Utah. I lived in St George for a few years, what a great town.
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Post by MoonStomper » 10:47 am Oct 27 2020

Smoking hot bike! Man, to have that bike AND live in Utah? You're going to have some fun!
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Post by doakley » 12:12 pm Oct 27 2020

The Cyclepedia manual is available printed or online. I have both but prefer the online version. I use an iPad in the shop and like how I can zoom in on the photos for clarity.
+1 on the torque wrench too.

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Re: New member with 2004 kdx220r

Post by Bardo » 10:03 pm Oct 27 2020

I will get one of those manuals. I like St George born and raised here. Grew up ridding 2 strokes in the dessert in the early 90’s but havent done much ridding in years. Seems the kdx will be a great bike for trails. Need to get the jetting dialed. Probably will need to change it depending where im at -anywhere from 2,500’-10,000’ And 110 degrees to below freezing. But will be doing most my ridding at around 5,000’

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Re: New member with 2004 kdx220r

Post by oldmankdx69 » 07:16 am Oct 28 2020

Very nice looking mc. +1 on service manual. Doesn't matter which one, just get one. Lot's of good info on this forum, all you have to do is search. Good luck and have fun!!! :supz:

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Post by Bardo » 10:13 pm Oct 29 2020

Got the shop manual, a piston, bearing and gaskets ordered yesterday. Should be here early next week. Tweaked the jetting it had a 42 pilot, 138 main and the clip was in the 3rd position on the needle. I thought the main seemed lean. Went to a 40 pilot 142 main and second slot on the needle.

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Post by KDXGarage » 11:49 pm Oct 30 2020

WOW! 138 main
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Re: New member with 2004 kdx220r

Post by javjacob » 02:59 pm Nov 01 2020

The 220 with a FMF Gnarly desert/rev pipe, RB carb and head mods and a Wiseco piston is as good as it gets for a woods bike.
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Post by doakley » 05:00 pm Nov 01 2020

javjacob wrote:
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The 220 with a FMF Gnarly desert/rev pipe, RB carb and head mods and a Wiseco piston is as good as it gets for a woods bike.
Yup!!

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Re: New member with 2004 kdx220r

Post by Bardo » 01:17 am Nov 02 2020

How are the lectron carbs? I went on a 38 mile ride started at my house at 4700’ went up to 6900’ then 3100’ the biggest drop was 1100’ in 1.5 miles. Probably wont go much lower maybe 2700’ but Could easily go higher. Seems several people have problems with them fitting. Dont want to spend $500 and it not fit. Might put the desert pipe on it what reeds go good with the lectron?

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Re: New member with 2004 kdx220r

Post by Bardo » 11:26 pm Nov 21 2020

Finished the top end. The old piston was in good shape but now i dont have to wonder. Seems to have more power down low but i did put in some boyesen 607 reeds. Had to go to a 38 pilot jet. Put 2 hours on it. The old piston had 125psi at 4700’ havent tested the new one yet.

Any one use the lectron carbs? Found some threads from 2017/2018 seems people were having issues with them fitting. Are those issues worked out. Is it worth the money? I am thinking about one to deal with elevation changes.

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Post by KDXGarage » 12:56 am Nov 22 2020

Hi. Read some of the threads from 2020. I think they altered it a little to fit KDX's or something like that.
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Post by MoonStomper » 08:46 am Nov 23 2020

Bardo wrote:
11:26 pm Nov 21 2020
Finished the top end. The old piston was in good shape but now i dont have to wonder. Seems to have more power down low but i did put in some boyesen 607 reeds. Had to go to a 38 pilot jet. Put 2 hours on it. The old piston had 125psi at 4700’ havent tested the new one yet.

Any one use the lectron carbs? Found some threads from 2017/2018 seems people were having issues with them fitting. Are those issues worked out. Is it worth the money? I am thinking about one to deal with elevation changes.

Brandon
Would love to see your compression test of the new piston.
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Go Race Suspension ... www.Go-Race.com/Suspension

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