Originally Posted by TacoDawgfan
Check the rear axle and swing arm bearings also.
I had an 02 also but was yellow. I loved it and miss it.
Me and a friend both bought identical ones at the same time and place which helped us get a better deal. Those models are a pita to crank when cold. Strange thing I found with mine is that it was easier to crank cold if I moved the gas to the reserve position, just had to remember to move it back to the regular position after warm. I have no idea why that made a difference.
I like the fact that it's stock, so many have so much done to them and make me think they were abused more than one that is stock. Good luck!
Will def try that if I get it, it gets real cold up here, even summer nights are chilly. My friend always has a hell of a time starting his, will tell him to try the reserve trick. The whole part of it being stock is what really lured me to it, I've had my run in with modified toys and it was a bad experience. Had a 2004 KX250F with all sorts of aftermarket racing mods done to it, only rode it 15 hrs and it went to hell in a hand basket, never got it running again.
Originally Posted by i30nes
I am a firm believer that Honda's are cold blooded animals. But they will run for a long while with your basic maintenance. Have a 300ex myself since 03. No problems yet!
Don't doubt it for a minute, heard nothing but good things about the EX being a reliable beast for trails, stock suspension isn't best for racing or high jumping though I guess. I've never had a Honda that wasn't cold blooded, think its just the way they are, but once they warm up they run like raped apes all day long!