The Most Important Part To My CR250 Build
The Most Important Part To My CR250 Build

if you don’t like seeing awesome-looking
aluminum frames you should stop watching right now alright folks I’ve got a frame
from an O 3 CR 250 which I had cleaned up in a previous video and you can go
watch that video right up here in the corner and so basically what I did
earlier is I removed all the dirt staining and grease off the frame but
this time around I’m gonna take it to the next level there’s still some
scratches left over and just inconsistencies with the finish and that
is what I’m gonna take care of today so there’s a few things that aren’t gonna
come out during this process mainly the wear marks on the side of the frame here
I’d have to sand down quite a bit of material to remove those and they’re
hidden anyways the tools for today are gonna be a couple sheets of sandpaper
we’ve got 80 grit 120 and 220 a sanding block and then of course a scotch-brite
pad to finish it off I’ll put the links to where you can buy all this stuff down
in the description 80 grit is pretty rough on aluminum so mostly I’ll be
starting with a 120 and if there’s anything really deep then that’s what
I’ll bust out the 80 grit and then the 220 will follow up the 120 all right I’m
gonna cut up a piece of this 120 and start sanding should work pretty good
just like that the key to getting a nice consistent finish is the sand in the
same direction for this frame we’re gonna sand with the shape of the frame
so going the long way you can see right here we’ve got a few scratches and I’m
gonna work those out with a 120 grit looks like those scratches worked their
way out pretty quickly I’m gonna finish up the rest of this piece now this piece has now been sanded down with
a 120 and it’s ready for the 220 grit so it really doesn’t take that much
sanding with the 220 grit basically you’re just trying to knock down those
scratches made from the 120 grit now the scotch brite pad is gonna give it that
finish we’re all after now you can really see the difference
between the two we’ve got a nice bright clean finish over here and then on this
side it is plain and dull looking before I started this little sandy project I
was gonna leave the frame how it was and call it good to go I’m glad I gave it a
second thought though man that looks amazing just gonna follow the same steps
I showed you guys on the rest of the frame
no on the inside and spots where you can’t see not really gonna worry about
that it’s mainly the spars and the cradle here that I’m gonna focus on
right now and obviously if you’re doing any sanding on aluminum wear a
respirator all right I’ve got the sparse of the
frame all shined up they turned out really good now I’m gonna move towards
the cradle and this is where it gets really rough and scraped up that’s where
the 80 grit sandpaper comes in handy and I’m actually going to mount it on to the
sanding block and that should make this process a little bit easier got the crater look and sweet and now
for the rest of the frame like the downtube in the steering head gonna give
those a sand with the 220 topped off with the scotch brite pad and then the
frame will be done what a beauty I’m gonna hold this thing
outside and give you guys a closer look at it out in the Sun the frame looks cool and all but I know
most you are wondering does this type of finish actually last well let’s take a
look at the 125 I built this bike about two years ago and I’ve ridden it quite a
bit and the frame looks just as good as the day I finished it and it really
doesn’t take that much maintenance either so all I do for upkeep is grab
the scotch brite pad and give the frame a little buff whenever it needs it just
like I showed earlier I’ll move in the same direction with the pad to get that
smooth consistent finish and that’s all it takes to maintain this type of finish
now if I had a mirror shine before a polished finish that would be a headache
to keep up on I appreciate you guys watching the video and hopefully you’ll
learn something if you want to do this to your own frame you know where to get
the supplies down below alright I will see you next time take care you

87 thoughts on “The Most Important Part To My CR250 Build”

  1. Just WhyNot says:

    Love your vids keep it up!!

  2. Joseph Knapp says:


  3. Gabble Red neck says:


  4. Hamp Craft says:


  5. Joseph Knapp says:


  6. cameron skaalerud says:

    All of your videos are super helpful… I’ve learned so much about how to fix and how to make my bikes look good… thanks👊🏼👍🏼

  7. Hamp Craft says:

    I’m so ready to see this thing together!

  8. Benjamin Roy says:

    Woow you crazy for cleaning it this much 😮

  9. Motocross fanclub says:

    Looks nice

  10. VBS Racing Team says:

    Early squad👊🏻

  11. Austin 54 says:

    You should put the 18 crf plastics on the bike

  12. Josh Dixon says:

    Wow I'm early

  13. DirtBikeVlogs says:

    Nice video Cameron frame looks awesome

  14. Cameron Niemela says:

    Do you prefer aluminum or steel frame?

  15. Ultra Drv says:


  16. vdubz757 says:

    Polish it

  17. Ben Featherstone says:

    i acc crave your vids man keep it rad

  18. MXREWIND says:

    (Idk if u can powder coat aluminium pretty sure u can’t ) but I kinda wanna see you powder coat the frame same red color that would make this looking amazing

  19. Kaden Halvorson says:

    Hey I absolutely love your videos dude. I picked up a 2002 cr250 in February and I’m in the process of tearing it down and rebuilding it And watching your videos helps me a ton. I Can’t wait to see the bike finished!!

  20. Erick Saldana says:

    I would recommend wet sanding

  21. Jon the lamb says:

    Can’t wait to see the engine get built

  22. Stijn says:

    Do you use anything tot protect all that metal from corrosion?

  23. guy poulton says:

    Quality… Not long till rolling chassis or you going to build the engine and carb up first?

  24. Cam 48 says:

    Always the best content really helpful

  25. i Am Tokenn says:

    Your bikes are the worlds cleanest! 👍🏾

  26. Getaway Osmo says:

    Wow, can't wait to see the finished bike! Your videos are awesome!

  27. Pate says:

    Awesome video!

  28. Patrick Hanaway says:

    Powder coat it 🙏🏼🙏🏼

  29. Richie Zambrano says:

    You should get the tx race kit plastics for the 250

  30. Robert Townsend says:

    Are you going to keep this one or sale it this bike is going to look so awesome can't wait to see this bike when it's done I'm loving the video's really learning a lot rebuild my front forks rear shock and linkage because of your video's thanks for the video's having fun doing all those things

  31. Mattosces says:

    Cant wait to see this bike

  32. みゃーさん says:

    Hello, nice to meet you? Good evening? When I am from Japan I am out of time and I am in trouble with greeting I am Japanese, but I am talking with an interpreter application, maybe there is a slightly strange sentence? Just to tell you, your behavior is very wonderful and you can see how much melts love on how much, please do your best from now on

  33. Ángel Bolívar Molinero says:

    Ufff looking pryme!

  34. Quade Ericsson says:

    Steal looks nice if it is painted or polished greatly but aluminium look very nice🕵

  35. Curtis Walker says:

    At 7:18 looks super scratched up from sanding. Wet sanding would work better and needs some more fine grit to get the scratching out

  36. Daniel Roberts says:

    Have you looked into vapor blasting because I think it would be a good investment because the parts literally are better than new just a suggestion

  37. Daniel Roberts says:

    Also I think it would be a lot quicker than sanding the frame

  38. Christopher Villarreal says:

    another excellent video brother keep em coming! Might have to start a new channel where its builds only! And one for tech tips and how to! more likes more subscribers more money?

  39. Robert Latham says:

    Looking good Cameron just the way I like them, once you have gone through them to this extent, it seems to boost your confidence in them, knowing they are spot on good work Bud.

  40. Piazzawoodworks says:

    Hurry up n build the thing

  41. Bbanana says:

    build it already

  42. Tyler Ski says:

    Ur so extra wearing a respirator while sanding

  43. Christian Peters says:

    If you ran a buffer over that frame it would be like a mirror!

  44. Julio Ribeiro says:

    Boa noite que show de bola positivo positivo muito bom é muita paciência e dedicação mesmo abraço e feliz Páscoa para vocês valeu.

  45. Evan Hord says:

    Can I put a scotchbrite pad on an angle grinder?

  46. Grant Womeldorf says:

    Do you think it wouldve came out better with some type of lube on the aluminum while sanding or no?

  47. Snitchy1989 says:

    i CANNOT wait, for this build to commence! Guna be a gorgeous machine dude… You have done such an incredible job on it so far.. The attention to detail that you provide, is amazing… Best and most consistent youtuber BY FAR

  48. Brad Griffith says:

    Hey Cam. Want to see you tear into the engine and bring it back 100 as in 100%

  49. Kaiden Viik says:

    Should have just powder coated the frame and swing arm black

  50. HybridEdits says:

    Can you do a yz250 aluminum frame bike flip restoration series? I have one and the frame is in good shape but it looks dingy looking from years of riding. Maybe bling it out?

  51. Lombardo ZarateIII says:

    Magnifico! I got a 98 kx 125 steel frame. But i love how the honda frames look.

  52. StilwellMotovlogger says:

    This bike is gonna look amazing after it done with all this work, but after the first ride it will never look the same again, not even close

  53. Ansen Nickel says:

    Put stuff together

  54. Trenton Borr says:

    Do a cr 500 next

  55. Jiap Aguilar says:

    Good job 👍🏽

  56. Nelsonshire Productions says:

    I can’t wait to see you put this thing together

  57. Brandon Eldridge says:

    Did a similar process to a cr250 recently. We continued sanding with 600 grit, 1000, and finished with 1500. We hit it with a wool buffing pad and a compound and it literally looks like chrome. Works good if that’s what you’re into 👍🏻

  58. Flo L says:

    Hey ! =) On your advice I bought a screwdriver Dewalt.
    But Would you know an accessory for a screwdriver in order to get the same result (for hard access parts) ?
    Thanks again for your perfect job !

  59. justin says:

    Keep in a dry place.

  60. Moto Manic says:

    It's a dirt bike. Not ment to be perfect but good job

  61. Thema Jonny says:

    I wish my frame is sooo clean! 😀

  62. zack miller says:

    I had an 03 crf450r. Just got the 2018 450r and it's fricken sweet.

  63. CazyMOTO says:

    you have too much free time! 🙂

  64. AkaComeau says:

    This is definitely brighter than my future 😅🤔

  65. Mxrider2stroke Braaap says:

    Nice video🤙 the frame looks amazing🔥

  66. Island Riders Dirt bikes & Quads says:

    Wow, your cr250 is going to be showroom condition. Can't wait to see what you will be doing as far as plastics/seat/Graphics.👍

  67. Van Alstyne says:

    Love your videos. Sorry, but the frame looks terrible. The swing arm is brushed, not the frame. You should of left it alone or gone the whole way.It's your bike so rock on.

  68. Devin Niemela says:

    Thumbnail on poiinnntttt

  69. Hamdan Shuwaihi says:


  70. Colton Darger says:

    Your frame looks nice and all but when I clean up aluminum frames I make them a mirror finish! Look into buffing wheels and metal polish creams! Your frame looks dull compared to that mirror finish!

  71. glennspeeds says:

    You are sanding off the clear anodizing that it is coated with from the factory. Now the aluminum will oxidize quick.

  72. blazin dubey says:

    Cam you the man I say the same thing every video give me a shout out next video my real names James G I'll be watching

  73. Gary A says:

    Amazing work, Cameron. If you’re OCD like me, there’s 2 more processes to try… 0000 steel wool pads and then metal paste polish. It will look like chrome. Touch ups are easy, too. Then it’s time to get some mud on it all!

  74. cadwarrior says:

    nice job on the frame! same year as mine! just finished working on it

  75. maycon ivan says:

    new subscriber. I'm from Brazil

  76. greg moran says:

    I need help guys, 04 kx250f runs great but dies out around 4th lap on the track, pull off the track, starts first kick, pull on the track does it again on the 2nd lap, pull off starts first kick, take a break, starts first kick take a few laps dies out again, pull off starts first kick, please please help anything makes a difference

  77. Human says:

    My favourite motorcycle site. 2 thumbs up.

  78. asambi69 says:

    Are those welds factory? there not very straight lol.

  79. Mike Cunningham says:

    The same way I eat my corn


  80. Thundercat68 says:

    Look awesome Cameron!

  81. Josiah Anderson says:

    what grit of sand paper where you using? Love all your vids btw! @Cameron Niemela

  82. Paul Scarpa says:

    Should get it chrome dipped or powder coated instead

  83. TheDesertsweeper says:

    As i commented on the preceding frame clean-up video, what about sealing that finish with a clear-coat of something? Have you tried that approach?

  84. ronald phillips says:

    Would it be possible to grind out the welds or would it make the frame weaker?

  85. Ringo Gingo says:

    If you keep sanding with smoother and smoother (360,400,600,800,1000,1500) paper until 2000 you could polish it to a chrome shine !

  86. seth n says:

    Lol who cares. Gonna look like shit later on

  87. Viktor Lindelöf says:

    How do you do to keep the shine?

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