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1986 250TRX - Salvage or scrap?

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A 1986 fourtrax 250 has been collecting dust in my garage after I pulled off the final drive. The engine is still good but the drive shaft u-joint and final drive are shot. I hate to scrap the thing, but I also don't want to spend more than a few hundred dollars getting her running again.

 

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If the frame, plastic, tires, and all is pretty good I would try and salvage it or sell it before scrapping it. Have you taken a look to see what it would cost you in parts new or used? Got a picture of it?

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I just bought an 87 trx250......I probably should have asked this question long before now :)     Im too far in to stop at this point.

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32 minutes ago, jdhka1 said:

I just bought an 87 trx250......I probably should have asked this question long before now :)     Im too far in to stop at this point.

is it in bad shape?

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Where do start.   The carb had very few "moving parts".   Ordered an after market but the throttle cable is too big to screw in, still looking for a solution there.   It was stuck in reverse (which I was actually able to fix), the gas tank (which is plastic) looked like it was full of rust and it appears, from looking at the plastic, to have hit every tree in north Louisiana during its lifetime.  Thats the short version.    The motor will turn over and I only gave $100 for it.  I just want something I can leave at the camp and not have to worry about it getting stolen.  Hoping to just get it running without having to take out a second mortgage.  

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Well that's a great price! I had a chuckle about hitting every tree..lol. Can you reach out to the aftermarket carb manufacturer? Do they have a website? Maybe there have a support section to send an inquiry to about the throttle cable.

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I bought it on Amazon and so far have had no luck tracking down any info for the manufacturer.  I found an aftermarket cable for $9 on Amazon as well so I ordered it on a prayer that it might work.  

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From what Im reading on the ole interweb a lot of people just drill and re-thread but thats going to leave the walls around the cable dangerously thin so Im hoping to avoid that.

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My solution for the plastic is to cut pieces of plastic of a similar thickness, Gorilla glue them into the holes and cover the entire thing in a vinyl camo wrap.......assuming I can get the carb issues worked out and get it running

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New to the forum and first post. I was given a 1985 Honda TRX 250 for some work I did for a neighbor. Plastics were toast, seat was toast, tires were toast, but it turned over. After new aftermarket plastics $450.00, new gas tank $129.00, new tires $350, complete new electrical $400.00, new seat cover $30.00 and getting the title in my name $250.00 I have over $1600.00 invested into it. Its not worth that much, and I spent 3 years rebuilding it, but honestly it will go just about anywhere I want it to go and I have full faith in the machine.

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I reallllllly hope not to put quite that much in mine but I know how I am.  If i get it running, I won't stop until I've spent 3x more on it than its worth.  

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I still need to fix some small things on mine, like the Neutral light stays green all the time, even when you are in gear. Front and back racks need to be straightened, and need a new front light (will switch out to a LED light). But it is a fun trail ATV. No speed demon, but reliable.

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Fairings still intact and it runs? I'd make those small repairs and enjoy your lifelong toy. Hoping my 86 trx200 can get back to this point.

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