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The 2022 Yamaha YZ250 is a hell of a fun bike to ride. Even though I am not a huge two stroke guy, I had a great time riding it and thought it had a better engine character than the previous model. The new intake design really helps smooth the power down low and makes it broader through the mid range. There is more rear wheel connection than I remember on the 22, which makes four stroke lovers appreciate this two stroke. I had the chance to try an FMF Factory Fatty pipe as well as a Gnarly pipe with a Powercore 2 silencer and wanted to give you some feedback to see if it could be worth your while on your new 22 Yamaha YZ250.
FMF Factory Pipe/Powercore 2 Silencer:
After installing the FMF Factory Fatty Pipe and Powercore 2 there was some noticeable changes to the YZ’s power character. Bottom end had a cleaner feeling down low as the stock YZ250 does feel slightly rich on low rpm situations. As soon as you crack the throttle you will get a cleaner response, but not any added snap down low. Where you feel the Factory Fatty pipe/Powercore 2 combo is through the mid range as the YZ250 has better pulling power when shifting from second to third out of corners. I also had the feeling that the YZ250 now had a longer pulling top end/over-rev feel and could pull 2nd, 3rd and 4h gears longer down straights than the stock system could. When the track is deeply tilled the FMF system does make the YZ250 feel a little more spunky with its clean mid range rpm response so popping out of corners in a hurry is made easier. I did notice slightly less rear wheel traction with the FMF system, but I don’t think people that are looking to purchase a two stroke pipe and silencer aren’t necessarily looking for rear wheel traction. Overall, the FMF Factory Fatty pipe and Powercore 2 silencer is a nice upgrade from the stock system. Not to mention that it looks really nice with that raw pipe against that blue plastic.
Gnarly Pipe/Powercore 2 Silencer:
If you’re looking for more bottom end hit, lugability as well as more rear wheel traction the Gnarly pipe/Powercore 2 combo is your ticket. This combo will help with bottom end rpm response and keep that clean feel that the Fatty has, but will get you more snap as well as allow you to lug the YZ250 a little more through corners. If you find yourself a gear too high at times through corners the Gnarly has better recovery than the Fatty does. As weird as it sounds this combo gave the YZ250 more rear wheel traction/feel than the stock system or Fatty/Powercore 2. I can roll the throttle on sooner with this set up and not break the rear wheel loose as easy. Mid range meat/pull is slightly better than stock, but not as good as the fatty. The down side to the Gnarly pip/Powercore 2 silencer is that it made the top end feel rich/dirty so I had to lean the clip (raise one) as well as go down one main jet size. Once I did this it helped clean it up but still didn’t pull as good on top as the Fatty did.
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