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Offline kawazonkey

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #75 on: August 09, 2018, 09:10:57 PM »
I knew it!

Kickstart arrived and it folds out the wrong way...how useless is that? No, I tried taking it apart but it won't work any other way.






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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #76 on: August 09, 2018, 09:15:15 PM »
Simple black-smithery required....
Rev 'em till they rattle

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #77 on: August 09, 2018, 10:12:58 PM »
It can be done but rather have a proper one sent out. Will see what the seller says Peter.

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #78 on: August 14, 2018, 09:57:59 PM »
I got a refund from Mr Kickstart so I thought I'd have a go...and I got it to fit!





Then had attempt #whatever on the piston rings. There are 4 to choose from but as I found out only 1 is the correct size. The seller of this pile of junk needs a damn good talking to.





So not only do I need the fins welded back on I now need a new ring and a base gasket too! Curses!


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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #79 on: August 19, 2018, 10:10:58 PM »
And onto the tank. After quite a lot of sanding and thankfully not too much filler I had it once again in the base coat of silver metallic.



Then 2 prep coats of the metallic purple...





And a final coat and on the bike to see what it looks like. Damn funky I say! Need some decals now. If they are too expensive I'll make my own up.






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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #80 on: August 20, 2018, 10:48:06 AM »
It looks more blue on my phone, but it's nice to see some more progress

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #81 on: August 20, 2018, 11:10:50 AM »
And get some 2k acquer on it pdq, cause one splash of fuel or brake fluid and there will be tears !
Rev 'em till they rattle

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #82 on: August 20, 2018, 09:41:30 PM »
It is purple honest!

Peter no fuel will be going anywhere near it (or brake fluid for that matter) until it's cured a bit and has lacquer on it!

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #83 on: August 29, 2018, 10:21:45 PM »
Opened the workshop door this morning and out ran the neighbours sodding Siamese cat. Then I saw this on the floor...





Not the first time that little bast@rd has damaged stuff. I have had a word with them and if I ever catch it....

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #84 on: August 29, 2018, 11:24:18 PM »
AW! NO MAN!   after all that work!    I feel for you mate.

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #85 on: August 30, 2018, 09:46:17 PM »
I am a tad annoyed  ;D

I think it might just pop out from the inside, will give that a try.

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #86 on: August 30, 2018, 10:22:20 PM »
That is utterly gutting. You are entitled to be furious

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #87 on: August 31, 2018, 10:04:09 PM »
Cheers lads. It is what it is and probably and easy fix but I will now need another rather expensive tin of purple. Hey ho.

Anyway that's to one side for the mo as I thought I'd finally sort the big bore kit debacle out once and for all. I needed the correct size rings and only Yambits had any, and with that you get a free piston! Not really, they only sell the piston and rings as a set. So, new rings on original piston. Nope, won't fit. Old piston out, Yambits one in and hey presto. So the piston was wrong, the rings are wrong and the fins fell off the barrel. Nice kit this.

See the Yambits piston on the left and compare, the other one is piss poor...







With that finally done I have everything now to start her up, apart from an exhaust!

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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #88 on: September 08, 2018, 09:25:47 PM »
DOH! I forgot the small end bearing! Fowlers had one for a mind bending £13.95 plus £4 post. eBay £3.95 all in. So it arrives and does it fit? No it bloody doesn't! They've either sent the wrong one or there is something afoot with my con rod...send it back I guess.












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Re: RD 50 with a twist
« Reply #89 on: September 08, 2018, 09:33:56 PM »
Then I made a start on the footrest mounts. They need a trim as they foul the swingarm a tad...under some advice from someone who's done this before I got some metal blades, and with liberal doses of oil they made short work of the job, I'm now on the grinding back stage!