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$75 Aftermark or $500 OEM Cylinder and Piston? #153377 06/19/22 12:11 AM
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Anybody here experience with an aftermarket top end kit? The $75 kits on ebay are very tempting when OEM will cost over $500. I'm leaning towards OEM, but that's a lot of money for a 25yr old bike I probably will just ride around the yard, sand pit, and local trails. Plus, China's getting better at engines... am I just being fearful of the unknown?

If you're curious, photos are linked below of the worn out cylinder on my 1996 xt225 with 15k miles on it. Only getting a little over 100psi compression now. Many miles were US highway from riding across the US twice and the straw that broke the camel's back was a lot of interstate miles. Haste makes waste.

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Re: $75 Aftermark or $500 OEM Cylinder and Piston? [Re: CarlCrossCountry] #153378 06/19/22 04:27 PM
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You can be a zero or hero with Chinese repair parts. It's hard to know when and where, however. For internal deep repairs, I've always used OEM parts. When I replaced the stators in both bikes, I went with OEM. As I recall about $260/ea back then. As for how much the bike is worth in repairs is a personal call. If you're planning on enjoying riding the bike even casually it would seem giving it the best parts has some peace of mind value. I'd buy the OEM parts knowing they will perform, fit and hold up. I do this with my XTerra. Always buy Nissan OEM parts. I save money by purchasing them online instead of from the dealer. Good luck.

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Re: $75 Aftermark or $500 OEM Cylinder and Piston? [Re: CarlCrossCountry] #153383 06/20/22 08:13 PM
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I will never recommend chinese parts. Most of the time they are junk, and they are made in sweatshops in a communist country. But, if you are only going to rid it around close to home, and have a way to get the bike back home when/if it fails, it might be the way to go. I don't ride mine super long distances, but even 35 miles on road to a place to ride off road, then 20-25 miles out into the AZ desert would put me in a world of hurt if the bike broke down. No way to call for help, and not able to walk out. I have a SPOT device for life and death emergencies.

The above is my opinion. Your mileage may vary.
1994/2001 custom built XT225 with a ton of aftermarket parts.

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