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Offline Fredswat

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RD200a & RD350
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:07:48 PM »
From this


 
to this so far


« Last Edit: January 13, 2019, 04:54:14 PM by Fredswat »
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74 RD350A
77 RD400c
81 RD350LC
89 TDR 250
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Re: RD200a
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2019, 02:23:47 PM »
Nice work :)

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Re: RD200a
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 06:45:29 AM »
Bought this for £200 about eighteen months ago .  I have been gradually amassing parts and getting jobs done (Powder coating, chroming, forks chrome etc.) For me the best bit is when you start putting it back together.  I didn't realise how awkward to restore something like a 200a is .  Lots of bits on mine were missing or beyond repair so I have had hours of trawling ebay looking for bits. Haven't touched the engine yet as I want to get a rolling chassis together .  During that time I bought a 350b project from DK.  Iv'e got that on the go at the same time so I am doing a lot of things at the same time .  I seem to have spent hours shot blasting, polishing and painting things with PJ1.  For some reason I really like doing that . It seems quite therapeutic.  Going to flip more on to the 350 soon as the body work for the 200 is away being painted so I cant really complete the front end without the fork ears and headlamp bowl. 
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74 RD350A
77 RD400c
81 RD350LC
89 TDR 250
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71 Suzuki T500R
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Re: RD200a
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2019, 09:36:22 AM »
Brilliant, love the 350b's

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Re: RD200a
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2019, 09:37:16 AM »
Cracking job there mate, bet your chroming budget has taken a beating....... :o
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Re: RD200a
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2019, 04:45:18 PM »
I have a chrome addiction . I had all of the 350 bits done(Exhaust pipes, headers, mud guards, kick start, grab rail, gear lever, tail light bracket, Wheel rims, fuel cap, chain guard etc the list is endless ) and most of the same parts on the 200 + for my T500 the exhausts, tail lamp bracket, grab rail and rear mudguard.  I think I should have shares in "Marque restore" .  They do a good job but it costs loads.  They do a thing where you can pay £30 and book a slot about 12 weeks in advance and then they contact you to say that you have two weeks to give them your bits and they will complete them in a fortnight.  Every time I collect some parts lately I keep booking another slot.  I feel like I am some sort of addict who can't say no when they ask do I want another slot.  The lesson has to be either buy a bike with no chrome parts or one that has mint chrome to start with. Dread to think what I have spent on chroming across all my bikes

Always wanted a round tank 200  electric .  I remember as a kid thinking how good they looked and my cousin had one.  A mate a collage when I was an apprentice rebuilt a silver 350b in his bedroom .  I loved that bike too.  Hopefully by the summer they will both be finished. Here are some more picture of parts (sounds really boring when I say that) and progress   
74 RD200a
74 RD350A
77 RD400c
81 RD350LC
89 TDR 250
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71 Suzuki T500R
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89 Suzuki RGV250 Vj21
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Re: RD200a & RD350
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2019, 08:21:13 AM »
Here's the 350 as purchased and some early picture of the strip down .  I have now got all the chrome back, all the black bits painted, all the powder coating, the the Hubs polished, wheels re-laced with new spokes, New tyres, Paintwork doneand a million and one nuts and bolts bead blasted .  Just about ready to start re assembly of the rolling chassis in the next week or two as soon as I can get past helping my son with his house DIY stuff
Once that's done its on to the engines of both the 200 and the 350 .  Probably I will discover some hidden horrors inside them you never know intil you get them apart .  Both engines turn over with good compression but I am expecting a near complete rebuild on both of them
74 RD200a
74 RD350A
77 RD400c
81 RD350LC
89 TDR 250
72 Kawasaki H1d
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Re: RD200a & RD350
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2019, 12:03:35 PM »
Keep up the good work and keep the pictures coming ;) ;) ;)

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Re: RD200a & RD350
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2019, 08:28:25 PM »
Thanks I will .  Here are some pics of Rd350 & Rd200 parts & progress .  The last photo is the inlet rubbers being softened in Oil of Winter green and Rubbing alcohol .  Saw it on Youtube it really works (1 part oil of wintergreen to 3 Parts Rubbing alcohol) leave the parts for about a week .  They swell up but become amazingly soft like original.  After a day or so out of the chemicals they return to normal size but stay soft


Still learning with the approach to telling the rebuild story sorry for the jumping around
74 RD200a
74 RD350A
77 RD400c
81 RD350LC
89 TDR 250
72 Kawasaki H1d
75 Kawasaki Z1b 
71 Suzuki T500R
76 Suzuki Gt750
89 Suzuki RGV250 Vj21
76 Honda cd175 
85 Honda c90
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Re: RD200a & RD350
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2019, 08:34:47 PM »
Sorry missed off the rubber parts pictures


Picture of the RD350 dash & clocks as well post repaint and harness rewrapping
74 RD200a
74 RD350A
77 RD400c
81 RD350LC
89 TDR 250
72 Kawasaki H1d
75 Kawasaki Z1b 
71 Suzuki T500R
76 Suzuki Gt750
89 Suzuki RGV250 Vj21
76 Honda cd175 
85 Honda c90
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Re: RD200a & RD350
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2019, 05:13:08 PM »
Bit more progress today reassembled the front and rear wheels with new bearings and seals

Here is the result of 1 week in the softening chemicals on the rd200 air intake boot + a better picture of the stuff to buy - Lots of videos on youtube covering the subject

74 RD200a
74 RD350A
77 RD400c
81 RD350LC
89 TDR 250
72 Kawasaki H1d
75 Kawasaki Z1b 
71 Suzuki T500R
76 Suzuki Gt750
89 Suzuki RGV250 Vj21
76 Honda cd175 
85 Honda c90
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Re: RD200a & RD350
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2019, 05:17:34 PM »
Forgot to mention that before soaking the intake rubber it was like rock hard plastic with no give at all - Amazing saves loads on buying expensive replacement rubber parts.  One word of warning it does make your workshop smell like a rugby club locker room - think "Deep Heat".
74 RD200a
74 RD350A
77 RD400c
81 RD350LC
89 TDR 250
72 Kawasaki H1d
75 Kawasaki Z1b 
71 Suzuki T500R
76 Suzuki Gt750
89 Suzuki RGV250 Vj21
76 Honda cd175 
85 Honda c90
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Re: RD200a & RD350
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2019, 07:01:12 AM »
What percentage of each chemical did you use to soften the rubbers ?

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Re: RD200a & RD350
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2019, 03:31:40 PM »
3 Parts rubbing alcohol to 1 part Methyl Salicylate. If you buy that as "Oil of wintergreen" it will cost you lots more so make sure you look for the chemical name
74 RD200a
74 RD350A
77 RD400c
81 RD350LC
89 TDR 250
72 Kawasaki H1d
75 Kawasaki Z1b 
71 Suzuki T500R
76 Suzuki Gt750
89 Suzuki RGV250 Vj21
76 Honda cd175 
85 Honda c90
03 Aprilia RS125
48 Royal Enfield J2

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Re: RD200a & RD350
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2019, 05:18:49 PM »
Bit more progress today.  Got the forks in, swing arm, shocks and wheels.  Fitted the footrest bracket and realised its massively bent.  The rh footrest is about 20 mm forward relative to the left and angled down slightly.  Luckily I have a spare so took that to be powder coated today. I think the bike may have been in a crash at some point as the RH passenger footrest bracket was also bent a bit.  Frame looks Ok and wheels seem to be aligned fine.  Been having a nightmare with the centre stand spring.  Anyone got any tips for fitting this?  Discovered I was trying to hook one end onto the brake spring mounting point by mistake . I understand now where it should hook up but its incredibly tough to stretch it far enough to hook up.  I am going to attempt mole grips and a lot of brute force next 
74 RD200a
74 RD350A
77 RD400c
81 RD350LC
89 TDR 250
72 Kawasaki H1d
75 Kawasaki Z1b 
71 Suzuki T500R
76 Suzuki Gt750
89 Suzuki RGV250 Vj21
76 Honda cd175 
85 Honda c90
03 Aprilia RS125
48 Royal Enfield J2