The Suzuki PE thread

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

  1. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Installed the bars I bought a while back for my 78 pe250. These come up a bit higher with more pullback. They’re a lot closer to what came on the bike originally. The old bars were too low, didn’t care for them.

    Also installed a new throttle assembly. It’s from a 1980 but fits on the bike well.

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  2. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    The funniest part was how people kept staring at the bike like what the hell is that thing? Some of the guys that worked there thought it was pretty cool. I think I had the oldest thing there haha!
  3. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Got some more work done on the 1977 pe250 I’m restoring. Painted some parts and got the new rear sprocket on the wheel.

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  4. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Got some more painting done again today on the 77 pe250. Frame, muffler, and kickstand.

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  5. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Got some more work done on the 1977 PE250 tonight. Swing arm, rear shocks, forks, headlight, airbox, kick stand, and wheels installed. It’s back to rolling status again. Still got a long way to go but I’m glad it’s no longer just a pile of parts in the corner of my garage.

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  6. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Started working on the gas tank, found a bash plate, and painted the engine…

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  7. LWC3077

    LWC3077 Been here awhile

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    Brand new reproduction PE plastic tanks are now available. Jump on Facebook here for more info
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1448246348733312/posts/3632996473591611/

    The tanks will also be available on the manufacturers website in about a month (late August 2021)
    https://gilimoto.com.br

    This project started when i noticed this tank maker in Brazil was making new KDX tanks. I let the PE enthusiasts group know and then an enthusiastic member got his tank digitally scanned in UK. The file was sent to Brazil along with an original PE tank and the manufacturer made tooling for the tank, matched up the colour etc. People had to sign up and place a deposit for the tank. There was a minimum order to get this project rolling with the tank manufacturer. 1 sample tank made from the tooling was sent back to UK for test fitting on a bike and approval and the go ahead was given to start making more. The tanks are about $220 USD plus shipping to your country. The tank copied was a 80-84 10.6L tank. Capacity of the new tank was checked at 10.8L. This tank will fit ALL PE's 78-84 but you will be loosing come capacity on a 78 and 79. 78 was 12L and 79 11.5L
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  8. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Yep I already have one on order. Should be shipping soon. I’m on the PE group on Facebook, got it from there. Dave was the guy that took the reins on that one.

    My stock tank on the 78 is fine, but thought it’d be nice to have a brand new one.

    My 77 has a metal tank so no need for one on that bike.
  9. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Got the engine back in the frame along with the bash plate. The motor mount bolts have seen better days so I’ll likely get some new ones. Coming along slowly but surely…

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  10. Marvin S

    Marvin S Adventurer

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    Looking at getting an 81 PE250 but it’s a ways away from me. What is the seat height on these? Thanks
  11. Spikester300

    Spikester300 Roll Tide!

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    probably 38 inches
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  12. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Got the 77 tank repainted. Picked up a reproduction plastic tank from Gilimoto for my 78. New decals on both.

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  13. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Got the new tank, throttle assembly, and clutch cable on my 78 last weekend. Looks great and is much more fun to ride now with the smooth operating clutch.

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  14. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Got my 77 fired up for the first time since the rebuild! Runs great! Just a few more things to wrap up and then I can install the tank, fenders, side panels, and seat and go for a test ride!

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  15. radmann10

    radmann10 Old fart Supporter

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    That looks very nice. My `78 PE250 went through hell under my ownership for 2-3 years before it was stolen in Phoenix. It never skipped a beat, looked a bit rough but was a blast to ride.
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  16. gkam

    gkam Been here awhile

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    My PE 400 had an aluminum tank. Are there aluminum tanks on the market?
  17. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Only old ones to my knowledge. Just have to check eBay. There used to be a company in India that made alloy replicas but they were expensive and not that great of quality based on what I heard.
  18. cdahl383

    cdahl383 Adventurer

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    Finished up the 77. Totally restored. Runs great, looks nice, and man is it a fun bike to ride! Tons of low end power, like a tractor. Revs up nice too.

    Still needs a few little things but it’s basically done. Turned out really nice, very happy with it!




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