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General Chatter / Re: What did you do to your 2T today?
« on: May 24, 2020, 11:38:41 PM »
Made myself a new aluminum seat / tail to match the tank. Just waiting for the seat foam to arrive. Still needs a little tidying up before clear coat.
The old fiberglass one never really looked right but I trued to copy the same design but it kept twisting, so this one got bent on a little cheapie bending brake.
Tig welding 16ga aluminum definitely had a steep learning curve.

eBay/Craigslist watch / Re: They're like Kleenex
« on: May 24, 2020, 12:02:38 PM »
Local pickup only?
He should just list on Craigslist in that case.

Turning Wrenches / Re: 77RD 400 1st start after 27 yrs
« on: May 22, 2020, 09:06:31 PM »
You could just use a length of hose from one carb oil fitting to the other.

I usually screw the idle screws all the way out so that the slides bottom out and set them after the bike  is running.
If they are too far in you might start revving, or not start at all as the gap under the slide lets too much air in for the choke circuit to work properly.

Turning Wrenches / Re: Ruined carb
« on: May 18, 2020, 10:56:49 PM »
I dont see how drilling could have warped the carb body.
I have drilled a few and installed helicoils after the previous owners had screwed them up and had no issues.

Got a few bikes really cheap because of things like that.

Turning Wrenches / Re: brake rattle
« on: May 14, 2020, 11:48:30 AM »
Do you have the metal backing plates or shims or whatever they are called installed?

Turning Wrenches / Re: hpi ignition vs vape
« on: May 14, 2020, 11:40:39 AM »
I was considering a HPI because of the built in curve, but I did not really want to have to float the ground on a brand new unit.
At the same time the vape with the CDI and 4 curve options came out, so it was a no brainer. The Vape also comes with the voltage reg and relay to use the stock kill switch included. The HPI may be cheaper, but by the time you get the extra parts needed the difference is not soo much.
Installation was straightforward after I found a decent wiring diagram online. Get the rotor bolt kit too if you decide to get one.

Turning Wrenches / Re: Show me your side kickstand rd400
« on: May 12, 2020, 11:38:03 AM »
Yeah so
Cutting bracket and welding on the frame is a no go😁
Its been powdercoated

So looking for a solution that works with the stock location on the frame 😁

Thats why I will never powdercoat a frame. Paint can always be touched up

General Chatter / Re: What did you do to your 2T today?
« on: May 12, 2020, 02:54:52 AM »
Made a chain guard so that I dont keep chewing pieces out of my shoes.

General Chatter / Re: THE HI-JACK THREAD
« on: May 12, 2020, 12:55:29 AM »
Kinda weird

Turning Wrenches / Re: Show me your side kickstand rd400
« on: May 12, 2020, 12:24:22 AM »
I moved the bracket forward on my 350. I modified the pipes to fit really tight underneath so the old bracket had to go. Stand tucks up nicely with a bit of reshaping, but it leans over a bit more when parked.

Haus of Projects / Re: Another RD/LC/TZ Hybrid
« on: May 08, 2020, 04:48:35 PM »
They had sizing unfamiliar to me:10/64-18 and 13/66-18. T...

10/64 means 100mm wide and 64% aspect ratio, 13/66 is a 130 by 66%.   That way they were wide but not too tall. 

Avon do a rear race tire that's 130/65 IIRC and it fits on a stock skinny rim.  Race tire were like that back in the day to fit on skinny rims.  They hung over the rim like my gut over my belt after this lockdown.....

Dunlop triangular race tires were the same - much wider than you might imagine.

Shh don't say that. All the keep it stock, only run stock sizes guys will have a seizure.

Haus of Projects / Re: ITS ALIVE!!!!
« on: May 07, 2020, 02:48:46 PM »
I hate wiring

Went for a ride yesterday evening after installing new brakes and the bike lost power. Started to pull over and she started firing again for about 1 min before dying.
Had to make the dreaded call to the wife to come pick me up.

Took a while to find the problem. One of the pins in the connector coming out of the vape CDI had backed out of the connector just enough to loose connection, but not enough to be easy to see.

Brakes worked awesome though.

Love that bike.

How does it work in the US that the bike is in California, but has a NJ title?
If you buy the bike and register it in your name does the title not get registered in your state?

Doesn't matter witch side is cut. You are removing material so the radius will get smaller.

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