Going to go look at a IT400 to buy.

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by Mr. Carts, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. Mr. Carts

    Mr. Carts Been here awhile

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    Going to go look at a IT400 to buy.

    Any thing I should be looking out for?

    Anyone ridden one, How did you like it?

    Pros and Cons of the bike?

    Thanks
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  2. dhallilama

    dhallilama Long timer

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    I've ridden a couple of them... my opinion, mixed with owning an IT250 of the same era

    -old school ergonomics/feel
    -some people hate that version of the mono shock (Race Tech can rebuild it nicely with proper valving). i don't mind it terribly if it's a stock rebuild... better than dual shocks, i think.
    -forks are mucho mushy (race tech has gold valve emulators for them)
    -gobs of torque

    overall i think they're very fun trail bikes that can be beat ruthlessly and not skip a beat... and they move pretty well for what they are. compared to other offerings of the era, they're not bad at all.

    oh- pros and cons?

    pro:
    cheap, reliable, not slow, shares parts with YZ of same and/or previous years (depends on the part)... parts aren't hard to find

    cons:
    dear god that color, a bit heavy, terrible brakes (all jap bikes of that era it seems), weak electrics, did i mention that color?
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  3. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Look for cracked expansion chamber at mount points/seams. Look for frame cracking on lower frame just in front/below of footpegs. They vibrate like crazy. Not the best stock suspension for that torquey engine/ frame combo.The stock pipe is made of tinfoil and breaks welds every time you ride....best to replace it.Just poor to average brakes even for that era.They will pull a wheelie forever.
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  4. Mr. Carts

    Mr. Carts Been here awhile

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    I wound up getting a mint 1976 TT500.

    Thanks for the replys.
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