Should I buy after market parts for my dirt bike or stick with OEM? Stock parts come durable and functional, but after market parts can add additional power, durability, and style. After market parts may function similar or better than stock and can often times be cheaper than OEM. Aftermarket parts are usually readily available for most machines but sometimes OEM is the only option available. Purchasing the correct parts, whether it be aftermarket or stock, can give your ride a completely new look and feel. And let’s face it, if nothing else, once the new parts are installed, you’ll be ready to tear it up again and be the coolest and fastest thing at the next track day or day in the desert!
First, what does aftermarket mean? Aftermarket means anything that does not usually come stock on a machine from the factory. Newer bikes are starting to include many aftermarket parts but you pay for them up front. Here is a 2002 CR 250 dirt bike with many aftermarket parts installed. Stock vs aftermarket usually doesn’t change performance for cosmetic items such as plastics, seats, levers etc. The real differences come when you start adding pipes, silencers, etc. Pretty much anything to do with the engine or exhaust will give the most performance gains if installed and modified correctly.
Here is a list short list of some aftermarket parts installed on this bike:
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After Market Parts – 2002 CR 250
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- FMF Exhaust/Silencer
- Pro Taper Sprocket and Chain
- FMF Pipe
- RG3 Triple Clamp (upper)
- Pro Taper Handlebars
- VForce3 Reed
- ASV Brakeaway Levers
- Warp 9 Front Rim
- Warp 9 Rear Rim
These after market parts can be purchased for most makes and models.
FMF makes many different types of pipes and silencers. They are good quality and come with and without spark arrestors. FMF is just one manufacturer of pipes and silencers.
Pro Taper Sprocket and Chain
Pro Taper manufactures many different aftermarket parts and are very durable and reliable. This particular bike had Pro Taper sprockets, chain, and handlebars.
RG3 Triple Clamp
The RG3 triple clamp is equipped with rubber bushing mounts. The rubber mounting helps to absorb the vibrations while riding and reduces fatigue. This set up provides additional strength as well with the four post support design for the bar clamps.
Pro Taper bars come in many different styles and sizes. These particular bars do not require a cross bar due to the thick wall design.
Under the FMF pipe you will see the Vforce3 reed peeking through. This increases engine power and throttle release.
ASV Brakeaway Levers
ASV levers (or any breakaway lever) are the way to go. These levers are designed to fold out of the way on impact and help keep the lever from rolling over or breaking. And they just look cool!
Warp 9 Rims
Warp 9 rims are durable aluminum alloy. Equipped with stainless steel spokes, nipples and an aluminum alloy hub, these rims are lightweight and very good quality.
As with anything, the decision is ultimately up to you on what to buy for your machine. The fun part is, there are many different manufacturers to choose from to suit your type of riding and personal style.
If you have any questions, let me know. I would love to hear your comments.