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Well, I just had lumbar decompression surgery and had disc fragments removed from my nerve canal. After two weeks now I ditched the walked and now starting physical therapy. I am looking at things to get for my TW200. I don't know if anybody ever thought to use a wiseco piston from a yamaha YFM200 or YTM200 (I've owned a ytm200 and it looks exactly the same), it ups the compression to 10.25:1 which is better than the stock ratio of 9.5:1. I've already ordered my needle shims and about 4-5 main jets in increments 115 and up (my stock is 114 california bike). In conjunction with the hi compression piston and fmf exhaust I was also thinking about doing the webcam's camshaft re-grind. I also have a ttr225 stainless header too I am going to shine up and put on. I'm not looking to make this little guy a power house, it just needs a little umfph for the hilly terrain I ride, and maintaining speed during climbs on road. I switched out the back sprocket to a 47t last summer and that really helped with getting it up to speed, now it just needs the power to keep it there (I am a little on the heavy side). I may also do the dual rear sprocket mod to have the versatility for when I take it strictly off road. I know I could get an xt350 and be done with it, but I love the mini bike feel and the big tires, makes me feel like a kid again. To date I think my bike has 3500 miles on it and she's an 88. I have a complete running 87 tw200 engine, can I just send that cam in to get re-ground as it looks virtually identical, other than they changed the wire harness/cdi/stator/pickup/etc. I am going to get a blaster shock too for the rear, I will have to make the kickstand longer too. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.
 

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Stromper,

Careful is my new first, middle and last name and any other sub names. Fusion was not necessary in my case. They did not remove the entire disc, just the herniated/bulged/shattered part. They just cut that stuff out and left the disc thats still in my spine intact. The said the worst part was my lumbar stenosis. Thats why it was necessary to remove bone from my lower lumbar. They say I am healing up well, I am never going to ride like I used to, just mostly road riding and when we go upstate we will hit the dirt roads and such.
 

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Glad to hear you are ok. I had a L5 S1 Microdiscectomy 5 years ago. The doctor said it was the most mangled disk he had ever seen. It now resembles a crescent shape. The results, I can't move my small 3 toes, push off on my right foot, my leg still about 30% numb and to top it off, the bottom of my foot is a coil of nerves. The key for me was strengthening my core and back and knowing which ways NOT to bend or move. Hopefully, you didn't lose any strength.



My right leg is much skinnier than my left (Which was nothing to brag about in the first place)

The best part though is: I can still pick up my kids, surf and walk with a limp...and best of all, I can still ride my TW. Enjoy the ride.
 

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Brock,

I thought all that stuff was supposed to get better after the surgery? I'm assuming you have permanent nerve damage? I don't have kids yet, and just got married in October. I'm trying to get straightened out to have kids in the future and to somewhat return to a normal life. I've had the problem(s) for 10 years before the surgery. They opened my back up with a 7" or over sized incision. Like you, I had leg weakness/numb/severe pain but on my left leg/foot. They determined I had 70% use of both before surgery. Now post op, my heels are extremely weak, I flat foot walking which I never did before and feels incredibly weird, I may have trouble shifting when I'm cleared to ride again, so I have to get strengthened back up again. Before surgery I could barely walk (from the bed to the couch), was hunched over, looked ridiculous. Like you, I am back to doing my core strength and stretching exercises and looking forward to getting back to work as soon as possible. The Dr. said I also have disc compression at every level, which means all of my discs in my back look like they have been squashed a bit or are abnormal from a normal person's back perspective. So now I'm trying to lose as much weight as possible and do the core exercises. At least you recovered from surgery.
 
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