1990 Yamaha YZ125 - TRIAGE!!!

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8/8/2018 7:06 PM

Rescued this from the recyclers this weekend for $100. Probably paid $100 too much lol.

Found a whole engine on ebay today for $300, so between the two I should be able to cobble together a running engine. Will need a ton more but I'm going about this as cheaply as possible while trying to make it look halfway decent again.

Here's what it looked like when I picked it up:
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Probably going in for new plastic, tank and seat, and some other things like cables. Will be getting as much used stuff as I can for the rest. Already have a nice airbox on the way.

Plan is to run it in vintage then maybe sell it to someone who wants to finish the restoration.

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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

8/9/2018 2:57 PM


You wont have any trouble finding a power valve for that bike like your previous KX .
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Yeah, I have no clue !!!

8/10/2018 9:37 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/10/2018 9:42 AM

Not had any luck finding any nice looking forks (ones that still have red anodized sliders) though. Then again, this is pretty much bottom of the barrel budget build so I may run what it has at least for now.

Goal #1 with this build is to not let it become a money pit, dollar vacuum, or financial black hole.

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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

8/10/2018 10:25 AM

Those 41mm kybs inverted forks where average the 43mm off the 91-92 where much better performance wise.

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8/10/2018 11:42 AM

SmokinJoe439 wrote:

Those 41mm kybs inverted forks where average the 43mm off the 91-92 where much better performance wise.

Will the 91-92 forks drop into the 90 clamps?

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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

8/18/2018 8:24 PM

Well.. The engine I bought on ebay last week was scheduled to arrive yesterday, per FedEx's status updates. Friday around 2pm, the status updates changed from in-route to pending shipping label.

FedEx managed to LOSE the fucking engine.

Seller is working with FedEx to attempt to locate engine that has apparently been misplaced.

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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

8/23/2018 9:22 AM

queen of spodes wrote:

Well.. The engine I bought on ebay last week was scheduled to arrive yesterday, per FedEx's status updates. Friday around 2pm, ...more

What a bummer! FedEx is shady in my experience. They tend to set packages just inside my chain link fence for any tweaker to steal. Or they will throw it over the other fence for my dogs to chew up. I don't trust them and they are slow sometimes. I really prefer the local post office. I use them every time I sell anything. Keep us posted! Good luck.

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