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Haus of Projects / Re: 1975 RD350B
« on: Today at 03:53:23 PM »
28s. I’m trying to be mature and take the advice of those wiser and more experienced than most people.

Haus of Projects / Re: 1975 RD350B
« on: Today at 09:20:01 AM »
These arrived:

Along with some seals (most of which I discovered that I already have) and North America's allotment of clutch springs. More on (moron?) those later.
I plan to search for a jetting baseline and steal Jim's data if I come up with nothing. His Elsie should be close enough to use as a starting point...but that process is a long way off still! I have a bunch of Keihin jets and needles for the Air Striker on my KTM; the needles are NOZ as I recall. I haven't opened these new carburetors yet to see what jetting or needles they have.

Haus of Projects / Re: 1975 RD350B
« on: Today at 12:50:27 AM »
This is the clutch pressure plate situation I was prattling on about earlier:

The RZ plate has the rectangular hole in the center, the LC and RD400 are the same and what's left is  RD350.

Haus of Projects / Re: 1975 RD350B
« on: June 16, 2021, 12:18:15 AM »
Looks like I have found a front end for this bike...picking up the donor Saturday, and dgorms put me on the trail of an XS650 wheel with aluminum rim on Craigslist. :burnout:

That's a treasure trove!

Haus of Projects / Re: 1975 RD350B
« on: June 15, 2021, 12:04:42 AM »
Economy order arrived today: wiring harness, some seals, clutch holding tool, the aforementioned springs...
Couldn't help assembling the clutch on the bench. RD basket, RZ inner hub (same as RD400), friction, steel, friction, steel, etc. RD400 pressure plate that I bought with the transmission, springs, screws...wait. There's another friction plate on the bench just like the 400 one on the stack. I pulled out the RD350 plate: definitely different. Fetched an RZ350 plate: different. What the actual!?! How do I have two RD400 pressure plates? Why did I buy one from the other side of the continent if I had one? It's important to note here that I've never owned an RD400, so there's no reason for having one. I guess I'll never know...

Ok, I know. About this time, I see on the bench with the clutch stack my 350LC crank, transmission...clutch. A slow trip to CMSNL (hillbilly Internet) confirmed that the LC uses the same pressure plate as the RD400, 1A0-16351-00. Same inner hub as the 400 and RZ350, too. Love that parts-bin engineering!

eBay/Craigslist watch / Re: Rd Pipes?
« on: June 14, 2021, 11:39:02 PM »
Yup. Super rich  :twocents:

Kidding! He's good for it  :thumbs:

eBay/Craigslist watch / Re: Rd Pipes?
« on: June 14, 2021, 04:07:59 PM »

eBay/Craigslist watch / Re: Rd Pipes?
« on: June 14, 2021, 03:56:57 PM »
 :help: someone please buy those so I don’t!

Turning Wrenches / Re: What front end would you use?
« on: June 13, 2021, 09:23:57 PM »
Members have reached out to me with YZF600 and VFR700 front ends, both of which are interesting and compelling, but (and?) I still need a wheel. I like the look the general look and idea of the Continental GT front end, but I don't know anything about the quality, performance or availability of it.

Turning Wrenches / Re: What front end would you use?
« on: June 12, 2021, 12:28:19 PM »
I should have stipulated: don't have the front end anymore. Hub, forks, triple clamps all sold to members here! Clean slate update.

Turning Wrenches / What front end would you use?
« on: June 12, 2021, 10:08:07 AM »
If you were replacing the entire front end of your RD350, what would you use? Qualifiers:
You need everything: clamps, forks, wheel, brake
You prefer a conventional fork (not USD)
You want a disc (single)
You want a spoked wheel (not cast), 18" preferred but could be talked into 17"
You'd like adjustments, but not necessary
You'd like to update with newer stuff, hopefully from the 21st century

Turning Wrenches / Re: VR 166 voltage regulator install
« on: June 12, 2021, 01:15:58 AM »
So, I feel like I missed the first part of the story and was out of the room for the middle part. I see that regulator is commonly available and inexpensive, but is there another reason to use it? I mean, besides the obvious good looks?

Cages, Floaters and Flyers / Re: ‘71 Duster
« on: June 11, 2021, 10:20:27 PM »
Grandpa most likely added the horn and the recovery tank; tank works, horn makes an awful sound. 8-inch drums up front, so you plan your braking way ahead of time whenever possible! My dad has a '76 (?) Duster with a mildly tuned 360 and he thinks this car is quicker. It's technically my mother-in-law's car, but I think of myself as the curator and get to drive it when I want, so...winning!

Turning Wrenches / Re: Emgo Headlamp Fits Stock RD Housing
« on: June 11, 2021, 03:45:20 PM »
Way to go, McFly!

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