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Old 05-19-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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Yamaha RZ350

I'm hopeful to buy one very soon. I 'think' I have found a specimen, but so-far haven't confirmed it's exact details (Looking for an RZ, but hopeful this one isn't an RD.)

Anyway, is there any expertise out there? Thoughts, tips, gotchya's, etc? Looking forward to getting one and bringing it back to it's glory.
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Old 05-19-2013, 07:22 PM   #2
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I have one!

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Old 05-19-2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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Me too.

So what exactly do ya wanna know?
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:35 AM   #4
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Best to keep stock sized pistons.
The engine has been used in the Yamaha Banshee for years. Lots of good advice from the ATV guys.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:20 PM   #5
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Well, I don't know what I don't know. therefore i don't know what my careabouts are.
Are there any good suppliers for stuff.
Can you still get a decent exhaust?
Is it a bike where things are difficult to find?
Good source of tech info.?
I want to keep (or get) things stock (but a nice exhaust would be a plus).
Thanks all!
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Old 05-20-2013, 06:18 PM   #6
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Everything you'll need and a lot you wont.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:10 PM   #7
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Those are very cool. There is one for sale in Ventura, about 90 miles from me, for almost $4000. A bit high, but I'm still thinking about it.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:29 AM   #8
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I won't even consider letting mine go for $10K. Worth is subjective. Value is something a used car salesman speaks of.
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Old 05-21-2013, 05:38 AM   #9
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I let mine go, a long time ago, for $700.


It was very awesome. Literally 'smoked' a bunch of 750cc sportbikes in the tight spots around town. It wasn't until the R6 came out that I had real competition in the curves and started to get left behind.

I occasionally look for another. They're rare though and I grew up.
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Old 06-02-2013, 06:45 PM   #10
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Acquired!

okay, so the new-to-me RZ sits in the garage. To busy to mess with it or even look into it (until Wed PM).
Here are the highs/lows in no particular order.

Bike was in the garage with other bikes.
-Carbs removed for cleaning, but not re-installed. Intake ports covered.
-Tank remooved but still has fuel in it. Not much, but will remove whats in there.
-came with spare tank...needs to be cleaned/coated (if I keep it).
-clutch was seized. Managed to quickly break it free by rolling the bike around in gear. No biggie there.
-Seat is clean and clear
-kicks freely, no issues. Don't think it's been too long since it ran.
-still has battery with fluid in it. Not sure of its state.
-with a good clean-up this bike will SPARKLE.
-a little rash on the handlebar fairing/windscreen. Will address this (and any other paint needs) in the near future.
-Rubber is fairly fresh.
-SpecII (Burbank California) exhaust.
-1 fork seal leak.
-A few flaws here and there, but will address these as i come across them.
-overall in really good shape and should be road-ready soon (or as soon as I can get time to play with her).

Questions.
Is these a good place to get a service manual for this beast? Heading over to the RD/RZ form next.
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:12 AM   #11
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No service manual but I have a PDF parts manual. PM me a n e-mail address.

Flush the tank,add fresh gas. Clean/assemble carbs. Charge the battery and put air in the tires. Ride.

If ya need help with the jetting lemme know.

Oh I forgot. Fix the fork seal too.
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:01 PM   #12
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Old 08-10-2013, 10:06 AM   #13
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Update. Getting things sorted.
Had the F and R calipers rebuilt. The pistons were seized. Installed ss brake lines, cleaned things up a bit. Brakes now better than new.
Going to get the front fairing redone, new windscreen, tidy things up as best I can etc. think I'll pull the wheels today and see how well they take a good detailing.
She's coming along. No show bike, but decent enough.
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Old 08-11-2013, 04:58 AM   #14
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A well sorted RZ is a beautiful machine to ride.
Keep in mind that if it sat for awhile and you have some jetting problems; it could be a blown crank seal. That happens to 2 strokes when they sit. It allows air in from trans making it run lean.

Looking forward to pics.
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Old 08-12-2013, 07:07 PM   #15
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ug...things not sorted.
Starts right up, ring-a-ding-dings nicely on the centerstand. Purrs along nicely at 4-6K...but has no power under load.
Trying to figure out this one now.
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