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Project Suzuki TS185

Discussion in 'Other Projects - Other Bikes (non 250's)' started by kiffsta, Mar 26, 2019.

  1. Andych

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    Looking good there @kiffsta
    The good thing about the Rustoleum Paint is cheap to re-finish if you chip it etc...:)
     
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    Found some forklegs but only a couple have numbers on them one pair looks very close to 33mm but theyre different lengths 20190417_141546.jpg 20190417_141513.jpg 20190417_134544.jpg 20190417_131348.jpg 20190417_132402.jpg 20190417_131912.jpg 20190417_131348.jpg
     
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    Wow , some gold there , I will pull my forks down and measure the tubes

    Thanks for looking, it is greatly appreciated
     
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    Hey @kiffsta I may have some parts to suit,I'll have a look on the weekend when I'm back from the shack
     
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    She now back as a roller temporarily while I still search for forks , I did find some in the US from franks forks but they are over $700 delivered ouch

    Head steam bearings done, triple tree is back in and new bars fitted. I finished stopping the motor today and cleaned up the cases. It is nowhere near perfect as the engine spent a lot of time outside and is pitted , but it is clean and well useable.

    I have put a lengthy list of parts together for mr Suzuki to quote on which includes all the seals, bearings and a piston

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    suzuki 185 on ebay but not same model. cannibalise ?
     
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    these are dime a dozen for the modern ones , the older ones are a bit rarer and small dimeter tubes
     
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    forks not useful?
     
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    Love it when I get home and the postman has been , full gasket kit from cruising image in Japan for $30

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    Nice project. Looks awesome
     
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    I finally got a seat , someone mentioned that Thailand has heaps of parts so I tracked down a seller who I have bought a t250 reproduction seat from in the past and he had a repop ts125 seat which shares the same part number as the ts185
    $39 USD bargain , it is fair to say that I am Pretty bloody stoked , now to find a rear fender.

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    Today one of my customers rocked up with the tail light and headlight for it as well.
     
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    Rebuilt my carb today , previous pics show she was pretty ordinary , I used a keyster kit which I bought from Motocycle Spares warehouse in Melbourne.

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    I had a spare jet left over and couldnt work out where it went. After mulling it over for a bit I could see a jet with a rubber seal that went into the float bowl so I pulled out the float bowl bung bolt and the main jet was hiding in there , very weird setup.

    I did a wet blasting job for a local engine builder, he took my barrel away to give it a hone ready for my new piston and rings.

    Now patiently waiting on parts from Suzuki so I can get the engine rebuilt and back in the frame. My new $8 grips arrived today so I might do some work on the front end.

    I know this won’t ever be an appreciating classic , but It will be hoot to fang around in the bush. I recently spotted a ts250 and am thinking that might new the next one to buy for father and son rides, of course the 250 will be for me
     
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    I had a similar bike when i was growing up too, at 15 year's old i had a 1978 Suzuki TF185 AG bike

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    There were a couple of red guard's out north, but not sure what they were off

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    More parts arrived today including my seat, piston + rings and all the seals required to rebuilt the engine.

    Big thanks to @maelstrom for helping me to get my seat shipped from Thailand to Australia , appreciate it mate

    Seat went straight on, it was for a tc125 but it is a perfect fit and the latch works

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    Another score , correct headlight ears coming all the way from the USA

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    Made a start on the forks , wetblasted 45 years of grime off then sanded them to remove as many dings out as I could , then wetblasted it again to even out the finish, then some clear coat , looks a heck of a lot better

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    Forks have come up a treat , my $30 eBay orbital sander with 600 grit paper made short work of the marks , while I didn’t get all of them due to the depth of the gouges , Im wrapped that they now look presentable.

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    The next job was to address the chrome work, I was quoted between $300 and $400 for the rear fender , headlight bowl and ears to be rechromed , so I bought some primer and silver paint for $39. I needed to address the rust so I used my trusty sand blasting cabinet and it did a pretty good job at removing the rust.

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    I also inspected and cleaned up my wiring harnesses , most of the tape was falling off so I popped down to Bursons and bought some Narva wiring harness tape, it was pretty cheap at $5.50 per roll. I can’t help but feel it is just 25mm wide electrical tape , but it seemed to do a good job and they look clean and will hopefully last another 45 years. I did find one repair and I resoldered it and used some heat shrink to protect the joint.

    Still have not found a front fender , the search continues. Apart from the fender , chain and sprocket , battery and some tyres , I think I have everything I need

    I just received a call from the painter and my tank is almost ready

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    Next job is engine assembly , I wish I had a manual, all I have is a cut away diagram
     
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