Added reply in a thread 1984 RM500 Restoration 10/24/2020 6:51 PM

I was able to get the seat foam and cover mounted finally. This was by far one of the most challenging covers I have ever done. It must be due to the fact that there is a tank protector now, yet there is no pan under that section to pull it tight. I

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Added reply in a thread 1984 RM500 Restoration 10/23/2020 5:58 AM

Agreed on the newer style seat foam! Speaking of, I attempted to mount the seat foam and cover last night but forgot about a couple seat repairs. The seat bracket mounts to a couple flimsy (and trashed) tabs that reside inside the seat pan. I took some

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Added reply in a thread 1984 RM500 Restoration 10/17/2020 7:11 PM

Back with the grinder and welder. I ended up cutting the tops of each subframe rail and moving them down almost 2 inches! My welding and grinding was adequate. I think its strong enough for my needs...plus reinforced with the 1/2 rods in each tube so

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Added reply in a thread 1984 RM500 Restoration 10/12/2020 5:34 PM

I ran a 1/2 bar in each frame rail, used a torch and straightened the subframe. I got it pretty well lined up and installed the seatpan, foam and fender to have a look. Yeah I would say it is still pretty tweaked. I know the ergonomic are whack, but

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Added reply in a thread 1984 RM500 Restoration 10/10/2020 5:13 PM

First batch of parts. Picked up some plastic and also a seat foam and cover. This is the safety seat foam, which goes up on the tank a bit. I figured it would be best to mock up the seat, plastic, airbox, etc... because I'm confident that my seat rails

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Added reply in a thread 1989 ATK 406 Restoration 10/10/2020 5:05 PM

I took advantage of the nice weather to roll the bike outside and tackle the graphics. I had to cut the larger graphic in half and really didnt want to screw it up.

Here is a walk around that shows it off a little better. Getting ... more »
Added reply in a thread 1989 ATK 406 Restoration 10/4/2020 5:39 PM

Got the forks installed, gaurds installed, new front brake pads, air filter back on and suddenly I thought it was ready to fire up. Last thing to do was to change the oil. Found out I cant get my front skid plate bolts out with the pipe installed. So

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Added reply in a thread 1989 ATK 406 Restoration 10/3/2020 10:24 PM

Finally got the WP oil seals and dust boots.

Here are some of the fork components. The part with a zippy tie around it is an old broken bottom-out bumper. These were busted up on both forks. I replaced them with those red polyurethane tie rod ... more »
Added reply in a thread Stiffie Brand YZ250 in the works 10/1/2020 1:32 PM

Did you pull it straight out...did it put up a fight? Curious, I'm getting ready to go through that myself. Micah

Added reply in a thread Stiffie Brand YZ250 in the works 9/30/2020 2:11 PM

Sweet build! What's the story on the gas tank boss extraction? I'm interested in what you did there. Micah

Added reply in a thread Show me your 1989 KX125'S 9/28/2020 12:25 PM

These are the only two pics I have of my old 1989 Kx125 (circa 2007). It was pretty much stock. Paid $700 for it with a shot water pump. Rebuilt that and rode it trouble free except for the fact that one of the subport power valves ... more »
Added reply in a thread 1989 ATK 406 Restoration 9/24/2020 5:40 PM

I did not take off the fork lugs. I would think that they unthread...with the use of heat. As for the shock reservoir, it unthreads. If you go to my youtube channel I did a video showing the tool i made from an angle grinder spanner wrench. Micah

Added reply in a thread 1984 RM500 Restoration 9/24/2020 6:15 AM

Thanks for that tip. I dont know how the Chinese spring can cause the slide to get stuck though. The cap needs to compress the spring before it can even be threaded. Also, have you noticed inaccuracies between the same size jets chinese vs keihin?

Added reply in a thread 1984 RM500 Restoration 9/24/2020 6:13 AM

They are drilled "black tape covering them." The drilling profile looks very nice too.

Added reply in a thread 1989 ATK 406 Restoration 9/23/2020 4:27 PM

Very little progress

Added reply in a thread 1989 ATK 406 Restoration 9/23/2020 4:17 PM

I really did consider swapping the front end. Or at least upgrading to a newer generation of the 4054's, which offer better parts and performance. Hell, these first gen's don't even have compression or rebound adjustments. But, I thought the bike would ... more »

Added reply in a thread 1989 ATK 406 Restoration 9/22/2020 6:34 PM

Almost a month later, still no fork parts. Just got notice that they should be shipped this week. The inner and outer bushings are discontinued. The "inner" bushing for lack of a better word is very specialized. It is the part that you see in the cover

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Added reply in a thread 1984 RM500 Restoration 9/22/2020 9:14 AM

A quick and dirty test showed correct ohm range for one of the stator poles - the other flashes numbers and then goes dead (to number 1). I'm guessing that's the problem, but not sure. After finding the crank wobble, I have now decided on a full engine

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Started new thread 1984 RM500 Restoration 9/22/2020 8:58 AM

I picked up a new project for when the ATK gets finished up. This wasn't really on my radar, but it was fairly local to me and I had never actually seen one. I thought if I didn't pick this up, I would probably never have the opportunity again (unless

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Added reply in a thread 1989 ATK 406 Restoration 8/23/2020 7:05 PM

Got caught in a lull. Finally found time to pull the forks and tear em down. I had no clue how these came apart but there are no compression or rebound adjustments in these simple WP 4054 old school 40mm inverted forks so they werent too hard to navigate

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