Orange iron 1989 yz80 resto/mod

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12/15/2018 9:39 AM

When I was 14 years old I somehow got it stuck in my head that I wanted a 1989 yz80 and within a month I managed to find a basket case That was just the year I wanted, here's how it looked when I picked it up Photo

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12/15/2018 9:41 AM

During the engine teardown I found rust on the crank and inside the cylinder and a very bent rod leading me to believe the engine was hydro locked while revving pretty high. Photo
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12/15/2018 9:43 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/15/2018 9:44 AM

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12/15/2018 9:45 AM

I was just going to restore it back to factory colors but then had random inspiration for a really out there color scheme, it's a bit different and some people might hate it but I'm still dragging this bike out of the dirt and back into service which we can all agree is very much a good thing Yeah? Photo

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12/15/2018 9:47 AM

I followed this up by powdercoating and adding some small details, I also replated all the original hardware as to provide some origionality.Photo
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12/15/2018 9:49 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/15/2018 9:50 AM

I then went through and replaced each and every bearing and seal in the little engine, had the crank rebuilt and balanced as well as the cylinder honed and a weisco piston
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12/15/2018 9:50 AM

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12/15/2018 9:51 AM

Re plated the rest of the hardware and went with a slightly different gold style zinc playing on the shifter and brake pedal assembly's Photo
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12/15/2018 9:53 AM

Had to have a hole in the swingarm welded where the chain had rubbed through, was very difficult to find an aluminium welder in my small town Photo

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12/15/2018 9:55 AM

Installed new oil and dust seals in the forks as well as new oil and 0.33 kg/mm racetech springs as I'm now 18 and not as heavy as I once was. As you can tell by now this project has been going on over the last 4 years as it constantly gets put on the backburner with other bike builds and projects.Photo

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12/15/2018 9:56 AM

Started picking it all together, still a long way to go but it's getting there!Photo
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12/15/2018 9:58 AM

Powdercoated the swingarm and wheels as well as the linkage, starting to look like a bike again!Photo

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12/15/2018 10:00 AM

I am currently travelling europe and have 2 months before I can go home and continue with the build, over the course of the trip I ordered a new plastic kit, various missing hardware from bike bandit and a complete new rear axle assembly as that was missing when I bought the bike, let me know what you think of the build so far and look forward to seeing this thing donesmile

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12/15/2018 10:38 AM

At this time s/arm looks a bit NO!!

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Now a member of the Orange brigade

12/16/2018 7:10 PM

can't wait to see it done.

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"Hope is not a strategy"