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Looking good. You got a great start. You PM me about a pipe. Pipe will wake the ody up some. But if you want it to really wake up you need the Comet Clutches. With a pipe and both Comet clutches they really wake up.

If you want it to run forever then leave it stock. It's a time tested design.

I best advice is to keep up on the basic maint. Every few months lift it in the air and check everything. Keep a good eye on the oil in the trans.

You said you got other bikes. Thas cool. The Ody will fit right in. Anyone even girls can ride it and make a great camp bike with that ES. You will not win any races but you have a huge smile while you ride all day long.
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Cool thanks for the advice and compliments, the batt tray was bolted but kinda the same design as yours (thank you) I used stock bolt holes so no drilling new holes, I got the odyssey thinking about something classic and anyone can ride it, I think I may just leave it stock for now and yep you are right it fits right in with the ATC350x's. Really appreciate the help, I'm pretty sure I'll have more questions about it.

Have you take any of your odysseys to sand dunes?
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Cool thanks for the advice and compliments, the batt tray was bolted but kinda the same design as yours (thank you) I used stock bolt holes so no drilling new holes, I got the odyssey thinking about something classic and anyone can ride it, I think I may just leave it stock for now and yep you are right it fits right in with the ATC350x's. Really appreciate the help, I'm pretty sure I'll have more questions about it.

Have you take any of your odysseys to sand dunes?
Yep not everyone can ride a 350X now the cute girl you take riding with you can now ride and have something to do. It's a great camp bike as well.

I have not been to the dunes yet. I live an hour or so away from the Oregon dunes though. I will get there soon. Infact I only have about 30 hours total on all my Ody's combined. We have one big camping trip every year. Then day rides here and there.
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Also here is a PDF ody manual. It's like gold when I first started. I had to read it for everything.

http://www.atlanticpaints.com/Manual...EY%20FL250.pdf

Make sure you check the changes at the end. The updates for later years are at the end. Also has early years sprinkled in. Easy to figure out though.
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Actually my gf loves her 350x I was trying to trade it for an older trx250r but she doesn't want to, she just rode the odyssey the other day and still likes her atc better but she also said it's a relax ride on the odyssey even thou it doesn't have rear suspension but oh well. Hopefully I can go to the dunes soon, I'm about 3 hrs from it but the dunes are tons of fun
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And thanks for the manual, it will be very handy.
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Bills tips

http://www.pilotodyssey.com/billtips.htm

Subject: FL250 Maintenance Tips: Updated 6/12/2000

I will soon check the Clymer corrections against the factory Honda manual when I have time.
That way I can correct any mistakes that are in that manual as well.
I have noticed various mistakes in the Clymer FL250 manual. I have addressed the mistakes here:
I have the fourth edition of this manual. If you don't, page #'s might not be the same.

Here are the changes:

P.61
Manual says to remove the crankshaft seals before removing the crankshaft main bearings
(during bearing replacement). This is wrong. On an FL250 the crankshaft bearing must be removed
first, then the seals. Also: seals must be installed before the bearings during reinstallation. Also:
If you put the bearings in the freezer for a while before installation they will contract (shrink)
a little due to the cold. This will make bearing installation a little easier.

P.98
Make a note on the jetting correction factor chart that the stock FL250 28mm carb has a 120 main
jet from the factory. Any flow mods will probably require a larger main jet to keep EGT within
desirable range depending on air temp/altitude/fuel mixture etc.

P.126
States that the limit on the lower steering shaft bushing is 0.8165
this is wrong. The measurement should be 0.7165

P.191
1977-1979 ignition schematic
6 volt AC points ignition system
35 watt 6 volt AC headlight.
The ignition switch is open (no continuity) when magneto is on.
The switch is closed when magneto is off (has continuity)
Along the trail of the wires for the wiring harness/schematic, the arrow represents a male connector
and the block represents a female connector.

P.192
1980 only ignition
12 volt AC points ignition system
45 watt 12 volt AC headlight.
The ignition switch is open (no continuity) when magneto is on.
The switch is closed when magneto is off (has continuity)
Along the trail of the wires for the wiring harness/schematic, the arrow represents a male connector
and the block represents a female connector.

P.193
1981-1984 CDI ignition (hands down the best factory system built for an FL250)
12 volt AC Capacitor Discharge Ignition. (no points)
60 watt headlight 12 volt AC
3 watt tail light 12 volt AC
The ignition switch is open (no continuity) when magneto is on.
The switch is closed when magneto is off (has continuity)
Along the trail of the wires for the wiring harness/schematic, the arrow represents a male connector
and the block represents a female connector.

Where it shows the alternator (bottom center of the page, landscape view)
The coil shown in the center is the pulse coil.
The coil on the right that goes up to the CDI box is the exciter coil (wire is labeled Bk/R)
The coil on the left is the lighting coil (wire labeled Y).


!!!********VERY IMPORTANT:*********!!!

Applies to 81-84 CDI ignition systems only:

***This particular thing has confused me more than once.

Read the color codes / abbreviations listed in the manual.

The wire going from the CDI box to the spark plug coil labeled B/Y is some times black with a yellow
stripe & sometimes blue with a yellow stripe.

The wire labeled Bk/Y going from the CDI box to the right side of the pulse coil is some times black
with a yellow stripe & sometimes blue with a yellow stripe.

They will almost always be one or the other (the two different wires will not be the same color/stripe),
but I have encountered odysseys that had the same color/stripe wires for both.

I have encountered odysseys that someone previous to me has hacked up the wiring harness, wired it wrong,
& the car would not run. I attribute this to them following the uncorrected maintenance manual without having
the joy & benefit of experiencing this before.

DO NOT hook it up the wrong way. This invites an opportunity to damage the CDI box & other components.

Check your machine & figure it out. Make a note of what it is. This can confuse if you are having an ignition
problem & trying to trouble shoot it.


!!!*********END OF VERY IMPORTANT:*********!!!




The last page in the Clymer FL250 Manual is for notes.
The following is good information to add there:

Ignition Tips:
Let there be no doubt that your FL250 Odyssey puts out 12 volt AC power, not DC. You can verify this by
placing a multimeter on your yellow wire(power lead for the lights) coming from the stator while the engine
is running. If you try to use AC to charge a 12 volt battery it will eventually damage the DC battery.

The stock ignition rotating magnet-flywheel puller (fits all year FL250's, & also fits FL350 flywheels) can
be ordered from Dennis Kirk part # 28-282 for $18.99

Ricky Stator now rewinds the ignition coils for your FL250 stator plate. If you have a stator plate that is
bad, he can repair it.

I don't care for the original FL250 Odyssey points style ignition systems. I have found them to be unreliable.
Any money wasted buying tune up kits with points and condenser would be better spent towards buying a
reliable 12 Volt CDI system for your odyssey.

This trick that will enable you to do a quick check of your ignition system without any tools at all. Materials
needed: You need a spark plug hole rethreading tap from the auto parts store ($7) and a 9/16 - 18 thread
pitch standard or jam nut from the hardware store that the tap fits tightly into when you try to start it ($0.50).
Don't buy a grade 8 nut. Buy the lowest quality nut that you can find, preferably grade 2 or pot metal. The grade 8
nuts are very hard on your tap. Procedure: Run the spark plug hole rethreading tap through the hardware store nut
several times. Then try threading a spark plug through the freshly retapped nut. If the spark plug will thread through
the nut easily, the nut is ready to install. Sand off a clean spot on the roll cage near the cylinder head and spark
plug lead. Then weld the nut to the chassis. If you can't weld, get someone to weld it for you. Any muffler shop
($10 max). Then run the tap back through the nut after it after it cools. OK then kit is installed. Paint welded area
to match roll cage. Now install a new spark plug into the nut you just welded to the roll cage. Any time your Odyssey
won't start just pull the spark plug lead from the plug on the cylinder head & install it on the plug on the roll cage.
If it doesn't spark when you pull the starter, you know the ignition system is not firing. This can often reduce
trouble shooting time, and you are not trying to pull the start cord while grounding the spark plug by holding it
against the cylinder head. The added bonus is you always have a spare plug handy. This tip also works for Pilots
& FL350's.

If you replace your factory spark plug boot, replace it with an NGK boot. These boots install on your factory spark
plug lead easily. They feature a positive locking device that uses splines to lock the boot onto the spark plug. It will
ensure a positive connection between the spark plug lead and the spark plug and will ensure
that the boot will not fall off during riding. (I have seen old worn out boots that would actually fall off while
riding. This tip also works for Pilots & FL350's.
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Engine Tips:
You can use a 83-84 CR250 head gasket. The CR250 head gasket is made of copper and will fit the 77-84 FL250.
You will gain a little compression & performance because it is thinner than the FL250 gasket. Heat transfer between
the head & cyl is improved. Also this head gasket can save you money. This head gasket can be reused many times if
it is removed carefully without bending or creasing. All you have to do is clean it. Then heat it up until it glows red
hot & slowly dip it in water. This will anneal the copper (make it soft again)(copper anneals differently then iron or
steel, it does not require slow cooling to soften).Heating can be done with a propane torch or on the kitchen burner.
The Honda part # for the copper head gasket it is 12251-357-020. This tip was contributed by Frank Callas.

Viton engine seals: I have found these crankshaft seals to be superior to the butyl rubber seals that come in the
standard rebuild kits, if the kit you bought has seals in it (some don't). The Viton seals are rated to withstand temps
up to 500 degrees F, while the standard seals are only good for like 280. They don't cost very much more, so they
are worth the extra money to me. They don't seem to be as subject to hardening like the butyl rubber seals. Anyway,
that is what I always use and they work good. Part #'s for the viton seals: I buy these seals from Motion Industries,
Inc. They are nationwide, so you should be able to find them in your yellow pages under bearings.

The part # for the clutch side viton seal is:
1 00403 R 91628
30X55X10 ADL Seal
CP-8-24

The part # for the ignition side viton seal is:
2 00403 Z 20000
25X55X10 ADL
CP-8-13

Use good main bearings. Spend the extra $10. The cheap China bearings ain't no good. Don't use them. FL250 main
bearings are part # 6306.

Fuel systems tips:
If you are having trouble with rust in your gas tank you can install a Kreem gas tank prep kit. This will eliminate the
rust in your tank if installed properly (follow the instructions carefully!). It will also coat the inside of your tank
with plastic so it will not rust again. It can be ordered from Dennis Kirk part # 31-52 for $25.99

If your stock fuel pump is bad you can replace it with a Mikuni fuel pump for much less than a stock replacement.
It can be ordered from any ATV parts house for about $20. I will post the part number next time I run across it.

Transmission & Axle Tips:
If you remove axle for any reason, you will have noticed that you have to remove the right side bearing carrier and
parking brake to get the axle out. This is because the lip that butts against the transmission is to large to fit through
the bearing on the bearing carrier. If you grind the lip down a little or get it turned down slightly it will slide right
through the bearing. From then on you can remove the axle without having to remove the bearing carrier.

If you remove the parking brake drum and grind away all the drum so it is just a spacer, this will reduce the weight
of the axle assembly and the car will accelerate quicker. You can remove all parts of the parking brake to eliminate
unnecessary weight on the odyssey.

If you race dirt oval track you can get the center section of the axle turned down to about 1" in diameter. Do this
while having the turned section tapered back out to the original diameter near the edges where it passes through
the tranny & bearing carrier. This will allow the axle to flex a little and the car will not bounce as bad when you
hit bumps on the track. Also the axle is less likely to bend because it will flex instead of bending. It will also
driven weight so the car will accelerate quicker. This tip was contributed by Frank Callas.

The 77-81 FL250 transmission has a weaker chain than the 82-84 FL250. The two chains are interchangeable. If
you have your transmission open for any sort of maintenance you can replace the weaker chain with the 82-84
heavy duty chain. Part # for the heavy duty chain is: No. RK 50KB-42 LE (Takasago). If you break a chain under
full throttle it will usually do some serious damage to the gear case. If you have the gearbox open & the chain is
loose, my advice is to change it.

The manual says to use 10W30 or 10W40 motor oil in the gearbox. I use 90 weight gear oil with climbing lube
additive or some STP mixed in to help thicken the mixture and allow the oil to climb the gears. I have had far
fewer gearbox failures since I went to the thicker oil mixture.

Suspension Tips:
The front hubs (drums) from a FL350 Odyssey and the old Honda Fourtrax will fit your FL250 if you would like
to change the front bolt pattern from 3 on 100mm to a 4 on 110mm bolt pattern. I got mine at a salvage yard for
$20. This will allow you to purchase front wheels in 8" or 10" diameter with pretty well any offset & width you
want to run. The aftermarket 3 on 100 wheels are very limited for sizes/offsets/widths nowadays (lately they
can only be ordered 8"diameter 6" width with no offset as far as I know). The 350 drums are aluminum, the
fourtrax are steel, so the 350's are lighter. I usually cut the drum surface off so it is just a hub. I am sure there
are other Honda hubs that will work, but these I know will work. If you have 4 on 110 mm front hubs & ride with
350's much you can borrow a spare tire from them if you get a flat & don't have a front spare handy. Also the
FL350 Odyssey/Honda Fourtrax hubs come with sealed bearings and that is good for riding in the mud.

The FL350 & Fourtrax hubs add about 1 & 1/2" of offset to the front end. This helps eliminate ball joint
interference if you want to file down the steering stops or remove them from the knuckle completely. The
factory ball joints have a tendency to hit the inside of stock wheel after the steering stop had been removed from
the knuckle. Adding offset will space the inside of the wheel away from the outer ball joint.

Removing the steering stops from the steering knuckle will allow you to turn in a tighter radius. The FL250 odyssey
will spin a donut in a very tight circle after this mod has been made & helps to reduce the need for reverse. Just
be sure to check for ball joint hitting the inside of the wheel before you cut the stop off completely.

The sealed front wheel bearing part # for a stock 3 on 100 front hub FL250 is 6004 (Timken or SKF). The sealed
rear axle bearing part # for the bearing carrier on the parking brake side (right side) is 6007.

The next time you remove your front & rear hubs take the cotter pins to the hardware store and buy hair pin cotters.
Replace the stock cotter pins with the hair pin cotters. The hair pin cotters are reusable, easy to install, allow
for quick hub changes, and you are never caught without a cotter pin (often you end up not having the right
size cotter pin when you need one). Buy the stainless steel pins if they have them. They resist corrosion better than
cad plated pins. This tip also works for Pilots & FL350's.

The next time you pull your front j-arms (front trailing arms) off your FL250 Odyssey to clean & lube the bushings,
drill a hole & tap it for a grease fitting (usually a 1/4 x 28 thread pitch tap for the grease fitting). Do this in a
location between the 2 bushings that is accessible with a grease gun. >From then on you can use a grease gun to
lube the j-arm bushings instead of having to remove them.

On just about every FL250 I have ever seen there is excessive up and down play in the steering column. You can
grab the steering wheel and pull the steering shaft up and down in the column because it is not shimmed tight.
I had an Odyssey that the steering wheel would buzz while I was holding the wheel. This is something I can't stand.
If you shim the column tight with steel washers it will always bind at some point when turning the wheel. I found
plastic washers make great shims. I make the washers by cutting them out of a plastic antifreeze jug. The material
is thin enough that you can install a couple until you eliminate the slack (but not to tight, just snug). Install them on
the bottom of the steering shaft in-between the tie rod mount & the bottom of the column tube. Put a little grease
on the washers and the steering shaft during assembly. Then the slack is gone and the column will not bind. Also:
If you decide to eliminate the slack, it is an ideal time to measure your bushings while shimming the column.. Also
the plastic washer trick can be used to remove the slight side to side play that the throttle trigger and the brake
lever have as well.

Clutch Pulling Tips
The stock FL250 drive clutch puller can be ordered from Dennis Kirk and the part # 28-287 for $19.99
(does not fit FL350 clutch)

Another trick that all the racers do is drill a small hole in the frame on the left side of the chassis in line with
the clutch bolt. This will allow you to slip an extension through the frame rail. You can then use a impact tool to
loosen the clutch bolt & remove the clutch with the puller. On a racing Odyssey this is important, because
clutch adjustments and maintenance are done often.
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Great info! Thanks man
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just got my tie rods thanks to Bighead they are part of what I needed since I just found that my right spindle is bent!!now to find a new spindle for the odyssey!!!
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the arm where the tie rod connects to is bent outwards so when I turn right it doesn't hit the stop and it goes over center.
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Looking good. I would try to buy and original seat bottom. I have some but they are rusted bad. You would have to rebuild it. Just pop rivit some sheet metal on the bottom and your good to go. I got some okay seat foam.

Yah that spindle is toast. Check your pitman arm as well. Sending you the J-arm with spindle tuesday.
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