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  • Another Bike and Quad

    2 More projects that I didn't post much about.

    2005 Suzuki LTZ250, grabbed this in late fall and it was pretty rough. Sandblasted and painted the frame and other parts.

    Replaced all the bearings in the front and and sandblasted and painted many parts. New ball joints, tie rods, driveshaft, bumper, tires and rear diff gears so it's nice and tight. Still have a few more things to do - paint shocks, misc items paint, need a couple more fasteners and plastics need to be cleaned up. Hope to have it running for summer.









    1989 Suzuki RMX250 - Just picked this one up a couple weeks ago because it was too cheap to pass up. Not sure why I needed this, but I love the older steel frame bikes and the RMX was a trail friendly version of the RM250, it has a wide ratio gearbox and forestry approved exhaust. I figured I can lifetime register this for the NH trails as an antique since it's over 25 years old.

    As picked up (cylinder was missing)



    Home and part torn apart



    Frame ready for sandblast and paint



    Parts before they were run through my ultrasonic cleaner. Bike came with a "fatty" pipe which is nice.



    Forks were rebuilt with all new seals/fluid/etc.



    Rear shock rebuild in process, waiting on parts.



    All suspension bearings replaced.



    Motor was a mess and I had to split the cases since the crank bearings didn't feel good and had to be replaced. Once the motor is together I'll change out the media in my blast cabinet to glass bead and hit the motor to make it look new and shiny. Ideally I want a vapor blaster, but it's not in the cards anytime soon.

    The exhaust valves on the replacement cylinder were toast and the holes elongated, so I've been able to located new slides and order.



    Maintain a bike and it will run a very long time. Treat a bike the way this one was and it's more work.

    Not sure on the timeline for this project since I may have to mothball it to get boats in the water. I'd love to finish over the summer, but it may drag into the fall.

    D-
    Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

  • #2
    Nice! Especially the 89. That year was one of the Supercross years.
    \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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    • #3
      cool stuff Dave. Are these to keep or flip?
      1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
      1985 Mako 20c - sold
      Fort Walton Beach, FL
      http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=42841

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      • #4
        quote:


        Originally posted by Sailor


        cool stuff Dave. Are these to keep or flip?



        These are to keep and use. I'm building a collection and already have one 1964 bike on display at a local dealer and working to see if I can get my 1984 CR125 restoration into a regional motorcycle museum for display. I did that one 2 years ago and it's never been ridden more than 15 mins.

        D-
        Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

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        • #5
          OK, been a while since I logged in here and see that I never updated this thread, so here's the final products.

          Quad runs great and required all new driveshaft gears, ring , pinion and axle, but it's nice and tight now with no driveline slop. Plastics were pretty beat up and there's little available out there, so I used a special adhesion promotor that preps the plastic to accept paint and sprayed with a white urethane and it's held up great. It's a bit dirty now since it's mud season up in the northeast.




          The bike was a bigger project and over the summer it started getting deeper and deeper and required the purchase of a parts bike. Forks and shock were rebuilt, engine rebuilt and while at it the cases were vapor blasted and select parts were Cerakoted with red, black and burnt bronze colors. Frame was sandblasted and painted in Suzuki blue. New OEM plastics were ordered and the tank was wetsanded and buffed to look new. I finished a month ago and have yet to add fuel and test fire, but hopefully soon when the temps go up a bit.








          Now it's almost time to start prepping the boats for launch.

          D-
          Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

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          • #6
            Very cool!! Love seeing these toys rebuilt better than new and enjoyed.
            \'79 20 175 \'rude[br]Sacramento, CA (Deep behind enemy lines!!)[br]...something fishy this way comes...[br]http://www.westernsteelcouncil.org[br]http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=13979

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            • #7
              Well done Dave ! ! 1 Always enjoy seeing the high level of workmanship on your projects...
              Working for a livin\' is HIGHLY Over-Rated...[][br]

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              • #8
                Now they just need dirt


                Current
                '76 Mako 25 w/ '03 300 Yamaha HPDI
                Previous
                '85 Mako 21B w/ '94 225 yamaha
                '73 Mako 19 w/ '96 112spl Evinrude
                Brick, NJ

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