YZ125Ken wrote: BigAl,
I wouldn't race it. Maybe just woods ride like the old days.
I'd like to do a "back to factory" type resto if possible, or at least as close to it as possible.
The $700-$1000 you quoted on the engine rebuild, is that if a shop does it or if it's done on my own? I don't think I'd want to play around with rebuilding an engine that old. Besides, the Yamaha guys would have all the needed tools, etc. and would probably breeze right through it.
How long has it taken you to do the 81?
Appreciate the comeback!
I've been at mine for about a year, it was a $200 basket case. Split water Jacket, incorrect primary gear welded onto crank, corroded steering stem, etc...
To be honest, if you're not going to race it in vintage races, or not do a total restoration, I'd pass if I was you.
You're looking at every bearing and seal, crank rebuild, bore, piston, clutch, gaskets, you'll probably be over $1000 just in the motor. Add in cables, shock/fork rebuild, chassis bearings, linkage bearings, plastics, carb rebuild, seat cover, tubes/tires, chain & sprockets, etc...
Not to mention tracking down everything is a PITA, and half the stuff you buy from individuals is incorrect and most critical parts are discontinued.
If you really want a 1983 yz125, keep your eye on ebay and craigslist, there's been a few super clean ones come up lately for less than $2k.
If you want a yz125 for trail riding, i'd find a newer one..or get a KTM200/kdx200