1986 CR125 alive again! she is done!

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3/27/2019 10:24 AM

Cylinder stripping has begun.
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3/27/2019 8:23 PM

Still working on the head to get it clean before painting.
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4/1/2019 8:24 PM

Brian_Bowles wrote:

Still working on the head to get it clean before painting.
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Looking good Brian !

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4/1/2019 8:33 PM

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Yep.... you got some work to do. It’s going to look good though ! Still following

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4/2/2019 3:00 PM

The frame has been acid dipped and sandblasted. It is at the painter now. I ordered a new clutch, reed valves, fork boots and a Specbolt 250 piece vintage Cr bolt kit.

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4/4/2019 6:42 AM

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4/4/2019 7:29 AM

Looking good Brian! I am in the middle of restoring a 86 also, just about done with everything except the engine.Your very lucky with the water pump I had to buy a new case from the UK.
You can still get honda fenders from partzilla. Thats what I used mine were beyond saving. The tank came out almost perfect after many hours. Keep up the good work! Let me know if I can help.

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4/4/2019 12:29 PM

Thanks Roadriver, I really appreciate it.

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4/4/2019 6:36 PM

Today is parts day!
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4/5/2019 8:09 PM

I got the frame back and I think our estimate of the color matched the fender well.
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4/6/2019 1:19 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/6/2019 1:21 AM

This was the best bike i ever owned, period.
It had a pro circuit pipe and porting / head squish modified, forks and shock had heavier springs, forks had extra holes drilled and shock had something done??
All this was done by Gary Ben the Team Honda guru.
This was a fucking beast, after a season it had a 1mm gough down the bore where a wieseco ring pin came out, and I still started first 5 into the first corner every race.
It did everything right.

Make sure you try to get oem piston and rings.

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4/6/2019 10:04 AM

Eeeeeek! Excited for you! Looking great!

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4/6/2019 5:44 PM

Thanks

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4/8/2019 11:34 AM
Edited Date/Time: 4/8/2019 11:37 AM

When cleaning up the front forks do people sand them to a nice finish and paint them or just sand them? Of course just the outer case part. I am at the beach now and going to the Masters this weekend so progress is slow this week.

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4/8/2019 1:27 PM

I sanded all the big dents and scratches out of mine and had them cerakoted burnt bronze. These are 86 CR500 forks I got for a good price. Photo

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4/8/2019 4:26 PM

That is cool! Whoever did them did a nice job. Maybe I should paint mine silencer after I paint them. I wonder how they were down originally.

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4/8/2019 5:56 PM

Brian_Bowles wrote:

That is cool! Whoever did them did a nice job. Maybe I should paint mine silencer after I paint them. I wonder how they were down originally.

This is how they looked originally. Photo
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4/8/2019 7:22 PM

It is amazing that yours look that good after being so beat up.

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4/9/2019 5:36 AM

Thanks it was a lot of work! But I am very pleased the way they turned out. It just depends on how much
work you want to put into them.

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4/9/2019 6:03 AM

Roadrider I sent you a message.

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4/10/2019 12:09 PM

Hey Brian don't seem to see a message. You can email me jwilder59@gmail.com.

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4/11/2019 3:13 AM

Brian_Bowles wrote:

That is cool! Whoever did them did a nice job. Maybe I should paint mine silencer after I paint them. I wonder how they were down originally.

Roadrider wrote:

This is how they looked originally. Photo
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Those forks look awesome, what have you done with the top caps?

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4/11/2019 3:26 AM

StevieD113 wrote:

What a great find!!
Go with the UFO plastics. They do everything apart from the side panels. (87 rad scoops are the same as the 86) The UFO plastics are actually a better colour match than the OEM ones you can get! (Yes, really) The mix must have been changed slightly over time and the OEM fenders are a little bit pink. It's quite noticeable when they are next to original "orange" side panels. The UFO stuff is spot on for colour and fits perfectly, it's also cheap!!
Stevie

Bikes looking good Brian, I agree with Stevie, UFO are the go, I ordered OEM fenders from Honda a couple of years back for my 85 125 with the correct part number but the shade was way off, I was so disappointed with them I sold them off & got UFO, happy nowsmile

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4/11/2019 5:04 AM

Thanks Smed, I ordered the UFO fenders and they look great. Now I need to sand the gas tank and polish it up.

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4/11/2019 5:10 AM

Brian_Bowles wrote:

That is cool! Whoever did them did a nice job. Maybe I should paint mine silencer after I paint them. I wonder how they were down originally.

Roadrider wrote:

This is how they looked originally. Photo
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Smed wrote:

Those forks look awesome, what have you done with the top caps?

Thanks I had them anodized blue to match the Works Connection steering stem nut. Just trying to put
some modern touches on a old bike.

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4/11/2019 5:13 AM

It is a nice touch!

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4/12/2019 9:10 AM

The best mod I did to my 86' CR125 was finding a set of 87' CR 250 forks. This was back in 88' when I was still racing 125's. I found the forks in Cycle News and they came with Mugen cartridge internals which were an upgrade over the standard Honda cartridges. To this day I have never felt a plusher set of forks in square edge, small ripples, rocks, roots etc.

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4/12/2019 9:17 AM

I had a pair of 1990 or 1991 CR125R shocks but people told me the 1986 shocks were better. Of course they were not CR250 shocks. Seeing that I weigh 210 maybe I should get some 250 forks and a 250 rear spring. Would both work with the 125 frame?

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4/14/2019 7:46 AM

Brian_Bowles wrote:

I had a pair of 1990 or 1991 CR125R shocks but people told me the 1986 shocks were better. Of course they were not CR250 shocks. Seeing that I weigh 210 maybe I should get some 250 forks and a 250 rear spring. Would both work with the 125 frame?

In 86 the 250 and 500 got the cartridge internals which are better. Check out this site http://racetech.com/ProductSearch/12/Honda/CR125R/1986. You can check out and see which spring rate you need.

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4/14/2019 7:53 AM

My guess is this should be straight.
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