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Author Topic: The Van Van - '73 Suzuki RV125 "tracker"  (Read 9271 times)

Offline JustinLonghorn

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Re: The Van Van - '73 Suzuki RV125 "tracker"
« Reply #90 on: Jan 25, 2018, 15:46:39 »
I can definitely dig it, man!
I'm going to eat your brains and gain your knowledge.

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Re: The Van Van - '73 Suzuki RV125 "tracker"
« Reply #91 on: Jan 25, 2018, 16:49:50 »
I don't think I've ever seen the 'bicycle pump' even though worked on plenty of Suzuki's over the years. Isn't a specific manufacturer and not 'Suzuki' branded? I do remember reading a road test (yep, that long ago) saying you would grow old trying to actually inflate tyres with it  ;D
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Re: The Van Van - '73 Suzuki RV125 "tracker"
« Reply #92 on: Jan 26, 2018, 13:13:40 »
Man there's some serious genius shit going on in here.  Using kneadable eraser as a mold?  Inspired.  Dude your ride's looking great, the green looks bloody excellent (doesn't it always) and fab work is really inspiring.  Great build man.
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The Van Van - '73 Suzuki RV125 "tracker"
« Reply #93 on: Feb 03, 2018, 00:56:17 »
Ha, I was going to 3D print a little mold but I just grabbed a nearby eraser off the desk and went with it. Took some filing to get it to fit but much more efficient.

With the help of new DTT member here morto, Iíve been gathering the necessary pieces to put a stock harness back together. I plan to make a new harness from scratch eventually.

When I got the bike, the harness had been lopped off before the headlight bucket, so a lot was missing. Including the very difficult to pinpoint ignition switch and sub-harness in the headlight bucket that I only realized I was missing after trying to wire the thing up and staring at it blankly for a few hours.

The complete original harness and the old chopped harness. Sub-harness to the left, connects to main harness inside the headlight bucket.


Original Suzuki Ignition switch. There are 3-4 part numbers in Suzukiís parts fiche for this piece, but only one of them is actually the correct part. Shrugs.


And now the most important bit on the bike...

This old rack came with the bike, and it had kinda been bent to fit and the left side mount was flipped over and booger welded back on. Seeing as I replaced the mount on the frame since it was bent, I needed to refit it to my liking.

Cut the left side mount off, then trimmed both mounts down a bit to clean it up and get rid of the unnecessary holes. I painted the bottom half in black to cover up the rusty bits and get some paint on the welds, but I wanted to leave the top part original chrome for durability. Wasnít sure how it would come out, but I think it looks ok and I wonít have to worry about paint chipping when Iím doing beer runs.

Before:


After re-fit, paint, and some new hardware:





aaaand success


Now I just need to go to the flea market and buy a hip vintage milk crate to go on the back
« Last Edit: Feb 03, 2018, 00:59:20 by advCo »
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

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Re: The Van Van - '73 Suzuki RV125 "tracker"
« Reply #95 on: Feb 28, 2018, 21:28:04 »
Cant see the pics

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Re: The Van Van - '73 Suzuki RV125 "tracker"
« Reply #96 on: Feb 28, 2018, 21:28:59 »
Cant see the pics

Yeah. For some reason the DTT app changed and I can't upload pics in order. Really annoying. Need to repost.
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

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Re: The Van Van - '73 Suzuki RV125 "tracker"
« Reply #97 on: Feb 28, 2018, 21:30:12 »
Yeah. For some reason the DTT app changed and I can't upload pics in order. Really annoying. Need to repost.

Ill let Tim know.

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Re: The Van Van - '73 Suzuki RV125 "tracker"
« Reply #98 on: Feb 28, 2018, 21:40:57 »
I finally bit the bullet and ordered a whole bunch of stuff from Vintage Connections to get this thing wired up. Stuff is absolutely top notch quality, I won't be caught doing any electrical work without it ever again.



A neat little trick I use when putting new connectors on old wire is to use a mild acid bath to clean off any corrosion. White vinegar and as much salt as will dissolve in the vinegar comprise the acid. Then a bit of baking soda and water in a separate glass, this mixture is used to neutralize the acid. I use shot glasses for containers. Hold the exposed copper wire in the acid bath for about 15-20 seconds, swirling it around if possible. I like to splay out the wires so everything gets cleaned. Pull them out and then dip into the baking soda mixture, swirl them around a bit. Dry off with a paper towel.

Before:


After:


This trick works great especially if you need to solder an old wire.

The wires had been cut on the headlight, so I carefully removed what was left of the old wires, soldered on some new ones and then covered with some heat shrink for protection. Finished off with a new block connector.





Hereís the subharness installed and everything wired up. All the lights work, haven't been able to test the headlight yet since I only had it running for about 10 seconds. Need to order a rear brake switch, the one I ordered from China came DOA. Surprising.



"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0

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Re: The Van Van - '73 Suzuki RV125 "tracker"
« Reply #99 on: Feb 28, 2018, 21:58:39 »
I filled an oil can with some 2/ oil for the line bleeding. The center bleeder screw bleeds the main line from the oil tank and pump itself - its kinda hidden in the first pic but you can just barely see the top of it between the two oil line bolts/behind the chain. That can be pulled and then replaced once all the air is out of the main line.



The small lines are bled by removing the small screw inside the nut that fastens the lines to the pump, in the above pic the left bleeder screw has been removed. You can see a small plastic washer is behind the screw so be careful not to lose it. Medium pressure on the tip of the oil can ensures a good seal, and a few pumps will get oil all the way up through the lines. Kind of awkward to hold the oil can on there and take a pic at the same time, but you can get the jist.



Here you can see a pretty large air bubble in the line before bleeding, and after bleeding the lines are nice and full.



« Last Edit: Feb 28, 2018, 22:00:57 by advCo »
"He broke the mirrors off his Cadillac, 'cause he doesn't like it looking like he looks back."

74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0 - Sold
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0 - Sold
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0
'97 BMW F650st - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75732.0