1990 KX 500 Wardy replica

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4/23/2018 1:13 PM

Picked this bike up last spring, Guy lived right down the road from my brother, had it in storage for a long time, previous owner tried to start it for me but had not been started in long time, so I took it off his hands figuring it was just the usual gummed up carb. Looks better than it really was in the before photos. By this time I had already cleaned & resealed airbox/filter, rebuild carb, new plug, replaced pipe & all the broken hangers. Replaced trans oil & gave it a quick once over to fire it up & see what I was getting into. Started right up, dug a trench on the side of my brothers house going through the gears. Was planning on riding it some before I tore it down, but a quick check of the crank bearings "loose" & piston revealed it was all original & needing to be rebuilt. Here are some before photos: Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo

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4/23/2018 1:23 PM

After: Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo Photo

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4/23/2018 1:38 PM

Tried not to get too carried away with this build. Complete engine rebuild, replate on cylinder, cleaned up ports, head decomp mod. Boyesen rad valve. All new bearings, clutch pack, and whatever nos trans gears I could find. Frame powedercoat, all new chassis bearings, rear shock from a low hr 2004 rebuilt/ revalved by Factory Connection. Complete Yamaha KYB SSS front end. Fired right up, sounds great...

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4/23/2018 3:17 PM

This is amazing, although the graphics are from the 1989 model. Wardy's bike would have had USD forks in '89, so that matches up well.

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

4/23/2018 3:17 PM

How did you clean up the rear caliper?

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Ride like a girl!!!
2016 KTM 500 EXC-F
Current project: 2007 Kawasaki KX250-R7 retro build
Current project #2: 1987 Kawasaki KX250-E1 rider/racer resto
1989 KX125 resto
1987 RM250 resto

4/23/2018 4:54 PM

sigh, i hate you. j/k, that is quite the collection you have going on now. nice work as usual!

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4/23/2018 5:51 PM

Sandman... what clamps did you use for the kyb sss forks?

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4/24/2018 5:06 AM

queen of spodes wrote:

This is amazing, although the graphics are from the 1989 model. Wardy's bike would have had USD forks in '89, so that matches up well.

Thanks, Yes, This bike is a 90 model....I like the 89 look & Evo-MX kit is perfect for what I wanted...simple & clean look. This bike had the usual "never been cleaned look" all parts were cleaned using my harbor freight soda blaster or a brass wire wheel on my bench grinder. The rear caliper was done using the brass wire wheel. Not as effective as vapor blasting, but Something I can do at my home shop. I have not found anyone local to me performing vapor blasting.

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4/24/2018 5:28 AM

Glen wrote:

sigh, i hate you. j/k, that is quite the collection you have going on now. nice work as usual!

Thanks....I keep saying I"m done but I keep looking for the next one. I"m a lot more selective now. The full restores are losers.

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4/24/2018 5:52 AM

Lightning78 wrote:

Sandman... what clamps did you use for the kyb sss forks?

97-2004 KX500 triple clamps, bolt right on the older chassis. 2007 yz250f complete front end. Had to have top clamp bored to fit, cost 50.00$ to have bored. I thought about using the yz250f triples but they were not rubber mounted and I would have had to swap stems, weld new steer stops to frame & have sleeve machined to fit upper clamp around stem. I went with the easiest conversion and I can always reinstall my complete 90 front end if needed. I researched a few sites stating the newer Kawasaki version KYB forks slide right into the 97-2004 clamps, I could not find a complete spring KX 450f front end, YZF front end much easier to find. Keep your eye open for a complete 2006 & up yzf front end....super easy conversion.

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4/24/2018 6:55 AM

Awesome work! Love all the retro sponsor stickers.

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4/24/2018 7:00 AM

Absolutely sweet! White number plates on a 500 thought??? I still love it. cool

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4/24/2018 7:26 AM

Nice job on this! Simple, clean and looks like it would be a nice rider. Enjoy the bike and again great job on the rebuild.

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4/24/2018 8:11 AM

Markee wrote:

Awesome work! Love all the retro sponsor stickers.

Thanks Markee, No where near your build but ....I do what I can. I did the engine rebuild myself, I used to be a top end only guy, now I can do the bottom ends also...can't wait to ride it! Although I should have done the clutch actuator mod, the lever pull is going to give me Popeyes forearms!

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4/24/2018 8:13 AM

quiknic wrote:

Nice job on this! Simple, clean and looks like it would be a nice rider. Enjoy the bike and again great job on the rebuild.

Thanks! I"m going to ride it for sure....no more garage queens...

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4/24/2018 8:14 AM

KHI Guy wrote:

Absolutely sweet! White number plates on a 500 thought??? I still love it. cool

I know...I debated....yellow was the correct color for the 500"s... My plan is to race this a bit, so it had to be white for my class.....

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4/24/2018 9:34 AM

You do great work man! i absolutely love this build

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Throwbackmxguy

4/24/2018 9:50 AM

Manbearpig wrote:

You do great work man! i absolutely love this build

Thanks Manbearpig....your Larry Ward RM 250 is one of my favorites here...the late 80"s and early 90"s bikes are so epic. Really for me, the best of time period in moto....

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4/24/2018 9:58 AM

Great looking bike!! Love the Ward look and the 250 gas tank.

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4/24/2018 12:22 PM

Nice... the early look is nice... I went mid 90s Flo with mine...

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4/24/2018 1:41 PM

Bent206 wrote:

Great looking bike!! Love the Ward look and the 250 gas tank.

Thanks Bent206, I found the gas tank a week after I bought the bike. I had known the 89 tank fits right on & the stock tank is massive....and ugly... Some kid was parting an 89 250, I had to convince him to accept PayPal & ship the tank, but he did it....there was no way in hell I was driving to Long Island for a gas tank.....

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4/24/2018 1:44 PM

Sidecar wrote:

Nice... the early look is nice... I went mid 90s Flo with mine...

The 89 kx was my first brand new Kawasaki, I always liked the look...I had new 90 & 91 KX 250"s, I had a lot of Flow pink going on back then!

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