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Author Topic: Rd350a restoration, my first attempt  (Read 2985 times)

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Re: Rd350a restoration, my first attempt
« Reply #10 on: Apr 28, 2014, 19:20:05 »
All the deadly creatures and overpriced bikes eek!
Seriously though nice bikes and I'll watch ya build em

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Re: Rd350a restoration, my first attempt
« Reply #11 on: Apr 30, 2014, 04:57:35 »
Unfortunately on this resto, 90% of the work is done befofe I joined DTT so it wont be well documented like my kh100 build is.

After getting the bike home I stried to start her, run some injector cleaner through a gatorade bottle hooked up to some fuel hose straight into the carbies,  it would then wet the plugs but still no spark.

Popped open the points cover, cleaned up the points and give her a kick. RING-DING-A-DING! Running very rough, but running none the less.

Over the following few weeks I stripped the bike for painting



I couldn't believe how much loom was crammed behind the headlight!




The forks came off and seals replaced, everything was cleaned to within an inch of its life, and then the waiting began. As I had gone out of my way to get a top notch painter to colour match the original paint it took 6 weeks for a spot innhis queue...

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Re: Rd350a restoration, my first attempt
« Reply #12 on: Apr 30, 2014, 05:50:51 »
And it was worth every second of that wait!



After the painted parts came back it was reassembly time!


She was in one piece again, all she needed was a tune and some fresh rubber!

On came thr pirelli sport demons, as well as a new chain while I was there. I couldn't believe how hard it was to pull off 40 year old rubber,  but with some power tools it came off in pieces X)

Tuning was a bit of an issue,  it looks like a PO up jetted the mains a size but I had to wait 2 weeks to get some jets from the states. In that time I rode her a bit but she was missing some power.


In the wait for the jets I decided to take the side covers off, as well as the switches and everything else black to paint it in satin black and to make her really look the part, I discovered how much I dislike painting, and am procrastinating with my kh100 build in the meantime.

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Re: Rd350a restoration, my first attempt
« Reply #13 on: Apr 30, 2014, 05:53:43 »
Things to do now:
-fit the new seat cover which arrived the other day
-fit the jets and tune the bike
- source a new rh pipe, mine has some road rash on it unfortunately
-finish off painting the switches and covers
-apply new decals to ignition cover and switches
-ride and enjoy for the next 10 months until I'm on an unrestriced license and get myself a kwaka h2 ;)

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Re: Rd350a restoration, my first attempt
« Reply #14 on: Apr 30, 2014, 07:14:46 »
… ride and enjoy for the next 10 months until I'm on an unrestriced license and get myself a kwaka h2

As if you can't get into enough trouble on an RD!

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Re: Rd350a restoration, my first attempt
« Reply #15 on: Apr 30, 2014, 07:44:45 »
Is more for size, im 6'4 so the Rd is a little small, would probably consider a h1, t500, gt550 or an rd400 for size

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Re: Rd350a restoration, my first attempt
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2014, 09:37:05 »
That little 350 looks very nice.....and what an easy resto !

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Re: Rd350a restoration, my first attempt
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2014, 12:31:46 »
Nice looking bike.  Congrats.

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Re: Rd350a restoration, my first attempt
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2014, 18:56:37 »
nice build!