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Yamaha RZV500R The 35 year quest...and other stroker stories

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by busa1300, Jan 27, 2019.

  1. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Progress has stopped here.....:hair
    ............until I get the ring issue resolved.
    Had planned on getting the engine back in the frame this weekend....

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  2. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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  3. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Yea, I spun them bit by bit.

    Sent an email to Yambits hoping I get a response early tomorrow on the rings.
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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid! Supporter

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    When I did mine I spun them about 10 RPM. It helped keep the pain even and no runs.
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  5. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Yambits said they are sending me the correct set of rings for my piston.
    Hopefully here early next week.
    I guess that gives me time to get my wheels together, forks rebuilt. and clutch basket off.....
    Still need to make a decision on what I am going to do about reed valves, air filtering, and initial jetting also
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  6. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    Boyesen, UNI, and big ones
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  7. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    I wish those decisions were that easy.

    Now that the piston ring issue has been figured out, I now have another problem slapping me.
    The one rotor I got is bent.
    The rotor itself might be ok, but the carrier is probably where the bend is. The rotor will not turn properly through the caliper, and there is a noticeable amount of change through rotation. WTF.....another reason I should have just went back to 100% original.....

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    Seems after all these years I would have learned my lesson by now after so many complete pain in the ass projects.
    Like this one....78 GS1000
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    And this one....79 CBX
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    And this one....96 RGV250SP/VJ23
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    And....well, anyway....you can see I torture myself at bringing things back to life.


    And I’m no where close to even being done on this....could be many more issues ahead....
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  8. Fubars

    Fubars What would Scoobydo?

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    *Gasp*...

    That X is set up with some lovely bits. What's the story on the alternator?
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  9. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Thanks, it started out as a bare frame with the swingarm frozen on its pivot bolt, hanging from the rafters of a barn....along with some boxes.
    Alternator is from a Kawasaki ZX7.... The CBX alternator design was typical Honda (too complex with it's clutch, one of many issues)
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  10. TNWillie

    TNWillie Been here awhile

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    Nice bikes, every one of them, but that GS is pure bike porn.
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  11. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Thanks.
    That one started out as a parts bike I bought for another GS1000 I had....paid $400 for it.

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    About 9 months and $4500+ later.......I had this

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  12. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    zzzak Long timer

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    Time for a build off. :D
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  14. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

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    I think they have it in different ways, just equally as bad.

    It’s obvious this guy loves a hot rod motorbike. And @Fast Idle loves him a proper restoration.

    Both rescuing shit that most wouldn’t look twice at given the conditions.
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  15. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys....Yes, in my mind it is truly an addiction that takes up most of the space in my brain.
    My dad owned a speed shop throughout the 60's......
    ......so I grew up chewing spark plugs and trying to make things with all the blown up parts out behind the shop.
    (anytime he would go to a junkyard I went along with a screwdriver, and would take off all the cool emblems I could find....still have that big box)
    Anyway.....bikes have almost always been faster than cars, and cheaper. More exciting to go fast on than in a car.
    Seemed like the path I should take, so after working a full time job for a year or so, at 18 I bought my first GS1000......that first ride home I hit well over 100 and I knew I found my drug of choice (two wheel speed)

    Restoration/Modification....
    A restored or original bike in almost every case is worth more than something customized in my mind.
    A bike can only be original once, so although I paint for a living, most of my bikes have their original paint (GS1000/RGV/RZV...).
    I think patina in many ways is cooler looking as it tells a story of how the bike served excitement throughout its life.
    But in some cases, projects are so far gone that there is no choice but to start completely over (CBX).
    I respect originality, which is why this RZV project is being done in a way that it can still go back to being 100% original (keeping as much paint original as possible on ALL parts). ...........But I also like to go fast and look the part, so keeping things original is near impossible for me.

    Trying to find that fine line is where I struggle with every project..
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  16. more koolaid

    more koolaid Been here awhile

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    "I knew I found my drug of choice (two wheel speed)"

    I hear ya:beer
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  17. Fast Idle

    Fast Idle Since the Sixties Supporter

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    Yep, definitely an addiction! But a good one. :photog
    Going through all that right now with the RD400.
    Good to know I'm not the only one. :rofl
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  18. busa1300

    busa1300 Been here awhile

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    All I can say is fuck yea....!!!!
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  19. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer Supporter

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    That photo is screensaver material.

    As is this:

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    Want to see that photo of yours before you hide the pipes.
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  20. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Goshen !

    Ex Buckeye here..

    South west corner of the state 43 years removed.
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