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icon12.gif  Bored again. [message #266465] Wed, 29 February 2012 09:43 Go to next message
Quazi is currently offline  Quazi   United Kingdom
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After owning it now for 20 years, and first rebulding it from a box over 15 years ago, it's had only 4000miles use in 15yrs so it's about time I gave it a bit of an overhaul and tidy up.

I'm not going to go mad on it, just some things need repainting, checking and greasing, with maybe the odd change here and there.

This won't go further than 3 pages honest. smile

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg225/Quazi_photo/IMAG1279.jpg


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Re: Bored again. [message #266470 is a reply to message #266465] Wed, 29 February 2012 10:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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what is it? yamaha ts/xt ??
Re: Bored again. [message #266471 is a reply to message #266470] Wed, 29 February 2012 10:55 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Gold Wheels! RollEyes
Re: Bored again. [message #266472 is a reply to message #266471] Wed, 29 February 2012 11:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It's my old XT500 Andy, something I could never part with, still great fun to ride around these country roads around here.
Thumbs Up Stopping is the most challenging part! eek

Much as I'd like to stick modern forks on it, disc brakes etc. I just can't bring myself to do it, maybe one day. Wink

Last ridden 18 months ago now. RollEyes

Yas Swiss, but that is "man's gold" proper gold anodising not some some namby pamby Honda coating. Laugh

Re: Bored again. [message #266474 is a reply to message #266472] Wed, 29 February 2012 11:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: Bored again. [message #266476 is a reply to message #266474] Wed, 29 February 2012 11:48 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Did you add the yellow paint to slow it down a bit think

Looks gay as fook!
Re: Bored again. [message #266478 is a reply to message #266476] Wed, 29 February 2012 13:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Swiss T wrote on Wed, 29 February 2012 11:48
Did you add the yellow paint to slow it down a bit think

Looks gay as fook!


It's not yellow it's marigold. RollEyes


And yes, that is numberboard vinyl and protectivde rubber boots on the forks.

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Re: Bored again. [message #266482 is a reply to message #266478] Wed, 29 February 2012 15:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Very nice smile I'd love something like that...I had a brand new XT550 once, only for 2 weeks though before it was robbed Sad Mebbe I'll look for a project bike Thumbs Up Not just yet though, still got 2 in bits.......

Take the head off and reface the valves please, with lots of pics smile
Re: Bored again. [message #266484 is a reply to message #266482] Wed, 29 February 2012 15:51 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Seen that before and it always reminds me of my first project bike a 1978 DT250MX, simple but rugged Thumbs Up

Whats with the forks, are they supposed to be that colour as stock or did someone forget to paint them after priming?
Re: Bored again. [message #266489 is a reply to message #266484] Wed, 29 February 2012 16:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Do love these old XT's and the old Honda XL / XR's Thumbs Up

Always remember the XT in the Bond film

Re: Bored again. [message #266496 is a reply to message #266489] Wed, 29 February 2012 18:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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They're plastic/rubber covers on the forks Kermit, kind of stone guards I suppose.

The engine had a full strip and rebuild all those years ago Scouser, so nothing needed in th engine at all. I even ported it back then, has bronze valve guides and the top end oil feed too, which gets rid of burning the exhaust valve, which they suffered from.

This has been my longest owned bike, I wanted one when I was still in school, always said I'd end up with on, but as always, it was never going to be a standard bike was it. Wink


I'm going to spray the fuel tank again and apply some decals this time around though. The XT purists out there wouldn't like it, as it's not true to its registered year, different forks, swingarm, headlamp, tail light, no rev counter, indicators.


I'm just busy sanding things down at the moment, yokes, exhaust, fork legs, paint on its way.
It's going to get new fork seals this time too, new fork oil, the usual overhaul stuff.

It's going to get used this year, to get to work and back. I've landed myself a new job, which is only 6 miles away, so it kind of makes sense to take the old girl and get her out. smile
Re: Bored again. [message #266502 is a reply to message #266496] Wed, 29 February 2012 19:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Screw the purists, its your bike, probably wouldn't be half as interesting totally stock and from what I've seen you can be trusted not to stick any anodised tat on it.

Congrats on the job, thats no mean feat landing one so quickly these days unfortunatly Thumbs Up
Re: Bored again. [message #266519 is a reply to message #266502] Wed, 29 February 2012 21:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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nice bike, but i can imagine the braking needs to be planned in advance

Re: Bored again. [message #266666 is a reply to message #266519] Sat, 03 March 2012 21:07 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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pecker wrote on Wed, 29 February 2012 21:06
nice bike, but i can imagine the braking needs to be planned in advance



You're not wrong there Pecks, you have to ride it in the mindset of what's happening 6 cars ahead then decide if you need to jump off instead of hitting the brakes when something happens. Laugh eek



Another job for the old Durafix rods, I found the chain had been wearing this guard away and right through the metal. So dug the old welding rods out and gave it another test.

Not too worried about a decent finish, once I've filed it down then polished it up a bit, it'll be spot on. This section of it sits right at the front of the swingarm behind the frame tube anyway, so not exactly out on full view.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg225/Quazi_photo/IMAG1298.jpg



Been busy, rubbing down and painting the exhaust, lower fork legs, wire brushing up bits and bobs.

Going to need a Dremel now though to get the head bearing races out the headstock, so that'll have to wait a bit. smile

A few bits will be going off to the powder coaters as I can't be arsed painting them, rear metal mudguard, top and bottom yokes.
Re: Bored again. [message #266670 is a reply to message #266666] Sat, 03 March 2012 21:18 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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durafix rods, are them the alloy ones or steal as I'd imagine the chain guard is steal but thought those rods weren't think
Re: Bored again. [message #266673 is a reply to message #266670] Sat, 03 March 2012 21:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Kermit wrote on Sat, 03 March 2012 21:18
durafix rods, are them the alloy ones or steal as I'd imagine the chain guard is steal but thought those rods weren't think



Ally bud, so is the guard. smile

The guard has been made up by somebody, a good effort as it happens, so I'll still be using it. smile
Re: Bored again. [message #266675 is a reply to message #266673] Sat, 03 March 2012 21:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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That clears that up as I've never seen an oem alloy guard on a japanese bike Thumbs Up
Re: Bored again. [message #268579 is a reply to message #266675] Thu, 19 April 2012 16:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ooh, I finally dropped off me bits for powder coating today, should be ready for next weekend latest.

Good price too. smile

Top and bottom yoke, chain tensioner bracket, brake arm, rear mudguard, headlamp shell.

£50. Thumbs Up
Re: Bored again. [message #268587 is a reply to message #268579] Thu, 19 April 2012 19:35 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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sounds about right Thumbs Up
Re: Bored again. [message #269346 is a reply to message #268587] Fri, 11 May 2012 21:10 Go to previous messageGo to previous message
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Well, true to my current lack of "can't be arsed to do anything" when I get home, I haven't fitted everything back on yet from the powder coaters. RollEyes I will hopefully do something about that this weekend, Sunday, I'm working tomorrow. RollEyes

I'm having other vehicle issues at the moment. Neutral
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