My 1976 Yamaha IT400

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  1. dannyb278

    dannyb278 Adventurer

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    Bought in 2008 and slowly brought back to life by 2010. Marriage, Graduate School, Baby and traveling job slowed me down a bit.

    Phase 1. How i found it. rough but running and titled.

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    Phase 2.
    Replaced all the body, restored orgional gas tank. New cables and other small bits

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    Phase 3.
    Tore into engine. Rebored and honed and painted. new chain, sprockets, intake, reed valve, carb rebuild etc, etc etc.

    Shown on top of Cement Ridge, Black Hills National Forest. Bike runs great. Next up....new brakes.

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  2. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Love old big-bore Yamahas!! Good Job!!!:lol3:lol3
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  3. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    I've never seen one before. Nice! Is that the first year they made the IT's?
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  4. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    That's nice, I bought a new one in 76 for my own graduation present.and the dealer put a little battery in it for brake lights and insp. for street tags. It had a smaller fr fender but had a white extension on the front of it.
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  5. dannyb278

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    You are right about the front fender. I ordered the wrong one, a 1977 fender from DC plastics and drilled the holes before I realized my mistake. The 1976 IT400, its first model year, did come with a shorter blue Fender with white skirt.
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  6. meijer's trails

    meijer's trails Been here awhile

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    Oh man ITs are so sweet!! YOURS LOOKS FANTASTIC!
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  7. stainlesscycle

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    nice one! the 76 it400 has got to be the rarest one. the it125 was pretty uncommon - but you see those occasionally. the 76 it400s never come up for sale..
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  8. dannyb278

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    thanks for the compliments. I think in a lot of ways these mid 70's two stroke yamahas are some of the easiest bikes to restore. The IT/DT/YZ share many of the same components through the model years, and parts are readly available, especially if your not looking for 100% restoration or accuracy in parts.

    To be sure, mine is far from perfect. It runs well and looks nice, though not so nice that i'd be afraid to thrash on it. I really do ride the heck out of it in the Black HIlls (my current USFS duty station) and regularly put 50-80 mile days on it through forest service roads, atv trails and the occasional single track, altough i need new brakes for some of the tight single track work up here.
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  9. baloneyskin daddy

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    You made me dig out some old Polaroids of my IT when it was new. What a handsome machine it was. My rear fender was also a little smaller and had very little curve to it and it had a speedo . Also the side panel s had just a black circle on them . I can remember seeing it on the showroom floor everytime I went to the cycle shop and lusted for it but had no way in hell to buy it. I saved and saved and used some graduation gift money and a small loan from my stepdad to get it.
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  10. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    Thats not a 76 its newer at least a 77. Different bike alltogether.
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  11. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    I agree I had a 77DT400 for over 10 years. the 76 was dual shock. first year for monoshock... it was a big thing back then...:D
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  12. dannyb278

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    The IT range of bikes never came in Dualshock. The IT 400 in 1976 was the first model year and every other IT that followed whether a 175 up we're always monoshock. My bike is a 1976 and after owning it for over four years I'm pretty sure I know what year it is.
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  13. BIG ED XT FAN

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    You are right. I remember the 1976 model. Had the white extra on the front fender too. I had a 77 model and a 79 model too. All were monoshock too. That was the first year for the XT500 too. Thats the first time i was thinking i have to buy 2 yamahas!! BIG ED XT 600 FAN!!:lol3:lol3:freaky:clap:clap:eek1:eek1:eek1:deal
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  14. stainlesscycle

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    after 1975 yamaha never made a competition bike with dual shock. that's most definitely a 76 it400.
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  15. JeffS77

    JeffS77 cheap bastard

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    that is for sure a '76 IT400
    '77 or later would have had the leading axle front end and few different bits (tank,side panels, etc etc)

    Cool bike by the way:clap

    my guess is the DT tank on it in the first post may be thrown people off..or people dont know the difference between a IT and a DT :hmmmmm
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  16. Scootern29

    Scootern29 Been here awhile

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    The tank in the first pic looks like an alloy 1975 MX 400 tank. Not a DT. I almost thought the bike was converted to an IT.
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  17. baloneyskin daddy

    baloneyskin daddy bikaholic

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    The post about it not being a 76 was referring to a picture that was removed and that bike did have the leading front axel and snail adjusters for the rear wheel I'm well aware that his bike is a 76 as I owned one.
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