The Suzuki PE thread

Discussion in '2 smokers' started by sidetrack one, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Copperhead64

    Copperhead64 n00b

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    I couldnt believe it was pretty much all there.....A little beat on but the bike is still pretty tight.
    Some of the above stuff will make you slobber!!Color of the plastic is primo on sidetracks!
    I love these old bikes.....very low maintenance....set of rings will last all summer.

    Its on the back burner....Scored a 80 Husky 390 OR a few weeks a go,going to get it back smokin first.
    These old bikes are like crack or heroin I think..Once you start you cant quit!
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  2. dnrobertson

    dnrobertson Big Bike, Slow Rider

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    Don't know wether this is common knowledge or not.

    I had a PE 175B. I bought it brand new. I was reading a mag one day about what the USA Suzuki Enduro team did to prepare the bikes.

    Seems like the PE 175 B (maybe other models) were shipped with a huge restriction in the expansion chamber above the cylinder head. This thing was like a huge washer that was weleded to the inside of the chamber and had a rather small (relatively speaking) hole in the middle.

    We ripped open the chamber (big risk for me as a new chamber was about $400 back in 1978 and I was a student) and removed the restriction and also enlarged the hole in the silencer cap to double its size.

    Holy crap Batman!! I was working at the local Suzi dealer at the time and the boss had a PE he was racing at Hattah Desert races and was complaining he couldn't gear it high enough as the engine wouldn't pull the gearing. I didn't tell him what I had done. When he came back his face was white. He'd given himself a good scare. No problems pulling the gearing after that.

    Maybe worth a look. Don't know if they did the same things to the 250's.
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  3. Frank from Quebec

    Frank from Quebec Adventurer

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    Hi Guys,

    My first ever post...

    My user name should have been " Frank from Quebec " but I found out too late and I'm stuck with " fro " it seems.

    Back to topic.

    I have a restored and dual sport road legal 400.

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    When I fount it as a pile of parts, the previous owner had started to hacksaw the frame so it would fit in his garbage can...
    So it is a total rebiuld with powder coated frame and motor, replated fasteners etc etc.

    Hope you like it.



    Frank
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  4. Tork

    Tork Pinsetter

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    Like the dual sport treatment .

    If you want to change your user name
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=534156
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  5. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    Thats an awesome first post Frank, welcome to the madness!:D
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  6. 2twisted

    2twisted GoodNYou

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    I got this 76 PE250 from an inmate, all apart, had fun restoring it last spring.

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  7. Frank from Quebec

    Frank from Quebec Adventurer

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  8. 305racer

    305racer Fossil Rocket Pilot

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    Looks like it has a whole bunch of '78/79 inbred into it as well:D Good job none the less.
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  9. 2twisted

    2twisted GoodNYou

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    Oh crap, I think it was a 78....oh well. :1drink

    Good catch. :evil
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  10. Copperhead64

    Copperhead64 n00b

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    Great looking bike Frank!
    Awesome job on the restore!
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  11. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    So th forks are back together , steering head bearings greased and refitted and adjusted, some new front wheel bearings

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    I like to pop the seal and add a bit more grease

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    Use the old bearing as an installer

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    Check the brake pull is at 90 degrees

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    Then bolt it back in, heading in the right direction now!:D
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  12. 305racer

    305racer Fossil Rocket Pilot

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    I couldnt stand looking at all these nice and clean PE's so I had to take matters into my own hands:D Anybody got a spare '77 rear fender, mine didnt want to stay connected to the bike.
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  13. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    Bit more achieved today, gotta get cracking, first race is one month away!:eek1
    These are the swing arm bearing numbers if you need some
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    Made another special tool to install

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    So I bench assembled the swingarm bibs and bobs, sourced another brake backing plate to replace the broken one, made up new chain rollers and replaced bolts as necessary, all assembled with a liberal dollop of Loctite:D

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    New front brake cable turned up yesterday, expensive but had to have it and its genuine NOS!

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    So slipped it back in its spot, had to repair the frame where it had slop from a loose swingarm pivot bolt
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    New gear lever!

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    New grips and lever assemblies!
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    Even had time to put on a race plate with my racing number for this year:deal My choice of number, I'm a Mopar tragic, with two 318 powered hot rods in the shed!

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    I am now getting a crash course in De Carbon shock rebuilding:huh
    Took a while to figure out how to get the first circlip out , then it all happened nice!:deal Just going to refill with fresh oil and hit em with 150 psi of nitrogen
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  14. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    OK, shocks are back together with fresh oil,tested under water for leaks with 80psi in them, will get nitrogen in them this week!
    Not detailed on purpose, that will come when I decide to do a full resto on it:deal

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  15. peman

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    yay got new piston for mine finally, dead since December, dam it was good to cain it's ass again
    need to get rear shocks rebuilt seals blew a while ago, has a lot more squirt now,
    doing wheelies and fell off backwards no damage, on grass and raining.

    went in the bush had a look around and it's been redesigned a bit from recent floods
    and found a dead calf or something looked like it had about 20 psi in it, told friend to do a jump of it he wouldn't .
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  16. crg infidel

    crg infidel Adventurer

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    This is a great thread!

    I was the proud owner of an '81 PE175. I was so impressed with the compact engine and the power, and all that suspension! (I'd been riding early 70's Yamahas) Be sure to LocTite that kickstarter bolt; I spent a miserable day searching for that damn kickstarter.
    I bought it for $350, and my parents sold it when I went to bootcamp (in '93). Maybe I'll speak to them again someday.
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  17. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    OK, I'm calling it good for the moment!
    Heaps of little stuff has been done and its ready for test riding
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    Mixed up some gas and she fired straight up, first kick!:clap
    I havent got time to ride it, so a mates picking it up tomorrow and getting a few laps in on it just to confirm its readyb to go to its first event in two weeks time

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  18. sidetrack one

    sidetrack one Chief Tiddler

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    Back after the test run all good, a couple of minor issues which I've dealt with, the major issue appaently is soft suspension, so a few pounds in the front and Get some heavier springs for the rear,
    Overall,happy!:D

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  19. NOTATWORK

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    Need a gas tank for 1981 PE175x and also the "special tool"that fit on the bike mounts to the front forks part #96431-40500.If anybody knows where I could find these 2 item that would be great.
    Thank You
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  20. zetabird

    zetabird Been here awhile

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    Holy crap people on here have these bikes... I posted in the thumpers forum looks like I was in the wrong place well I habe a 78 pe250 first bike and i really have no idea what im doing lol. I rebuilt the brakes and bearings. But aperently it needs crank seals that I cant find online. And I have an electronic problem to fix. Oh and if anyone uase a 78 id love to see the chain tensioner mines missing
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